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While flipping through Spirituality & Health magazine, I happened upon an advertisement for Arlene Graston artwork. I had never heard of this artist before, but the image in the magazine captivated me. The painting was called What the Tree Whispered, pictured below.

Her artwork is visually calming, soothing, and comforting. This ethereal painting reminded me of the presence and power of dreaming.

I think the roots in this painting are so symbolic, and can mean many things to many different people.

I can’t help but love the trees she uses in her work. These paintings would be perfect for a bedroom. I would love to fall asleep looking at one. If you are interested in purchasing a print you can visit http://janekahan.com/folio.

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I am currently reading The Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book by Jane Roberts. Although it says it is “by” Roberts, it is actually a series of channeled sessions with a personality named “Seth.” The book is over 500 pages long, and is transcribed by Jane Robert’s husband. For more information on the channeling sessions, you can visit The Seth Learning Center.

I previously read Seth Speaks, which was also written in the same nature. Both contain fascinating information about our perceptions of reality. Seth’s main message is that “you create your own reality.” Below are some quotes from The Nature of Personal Reality which I found especially illuminating:

“The great creativity of consciousness is your heritage. It does not belong to mankind alone, however. Each living being possesses it, and the living world consists of spontaneous cooperation that exists between the smallest and the highest, the greatest and the lowly, between the atoms and the molecules and the conscious, reasoning mind.”

“When it seems to you that others are observing you, you are observing yourself from the standpoint of your own projections.”

“Your environment is the physical picture of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs made visible. Since your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs move through space and time, you therefore affect physical conditions separate from you.”

These books are both incredibly complex and extremely accessible. Whether or not you believe that information from another dimension can be channeled through a human being, the content of the books is very informative. Everything we see around us, no matter how solid, real, frightening, or wonderful it may appear, is a reflection of our belief system. When you let go of limiting beliefs, you then can experience a limitless existence.

A funny thing happened to me in Grand Central in New York City about a week ago, connected to my reading of these books. I was standing in the main terminal, waiting for a friend, and there was a man who appeared to be homeless about six feet away from me. He suddenly began speaking to me. My first thought was to move away from him, but I decided to stay where I was. At first his words were not terribly clear, then he looked directly at me and said, “So, you are finally realizing that your thoughts create your physical reality.” I have goosebumps right now writing this. I have no idea where he came from or why he was inclined to say that, except that it is true. My concentration on this concept somehow informed his words to me. It was a strange, yet affirming experience. I recommend reading these books, and exploring these concepts on your own. Anything could happen!

Image via The Seth Learning Center

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Thank you to Persephone Ascends for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! It’s an honor to receive this nomination. I enjoy writing my blog, and it makes me very happy when other people enjoy reading it! Persephone Ascends is a beautiful blog that details the ups and downs of living with depression. It is an honest, comforting, and stimulating blog. I highly recommend checking it out. Thank you again to Persephone Ascends!

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Forget your life. Say God is Great. Get up.
You think you know what time it is. It’s time to pray.
You’ve carved so many little figurines, too many.
Don’t knock on any random door like a beggar.
Reach your long hands out to another door, beyond where
you go on the street, the street
where everyone says, “How are you?”
and no one says How aren’t you?

Tomorrow you’ll see what you’ve broken and torn tonight,
thrashing in the dark. Inside you
there’s an artist you don’t know about.
He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.

If you are here unfaithfully with us,
you’re causing terrible damage.
If you’ve opened your loving to God’s love,
you’re helping people you don’t know
and have never seen.

Is what I say true? Say yes quickly,
if you know, if you’ve known it
from before the beginning of the universe.

 Furuzanfar #2933
Translated by Coleman Barks
From The Rumi Collection, edited by Kabir Helminski

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Recently I decided to go on a silent retreat at the East Mountain Retreat Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I had finished up my school year, my first year as a full-time teacher, and needed nothing more than silence for a couple of days. Life was beginning to feel hectic, and I felt pulled in many directions. I was ready to recuperate from the sounds of anything except nature. I chose to go to the East Mountain Retreat Center because it specifically held silent retreats, did not house more than three guests at a time, and was quite affordable. There was no schedule to abide by, no clocks, and no noise.

During each meal, I would sit at the gazebo overlooking the field below. It felt strange, yet amazing, to eat by myself with such a beautiful view in front of me.

A few times a day I would walk around the gardens and field. It was very quiet and peaceful.

I loved this spot because there was a giant bed of moss growing at the base of the tree.

Although it was sometimes challenging (I found myself talking to myself a couple of times), I highly recommend a silent retreat whenever you really need some time just for yourself.

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I have been considering the difference between pity versus compassion. Until recently, I thought that by feeling sadness for another person’s sorrows or problems meant that I was a compassionate person. If someone felt pain, I would often feel it for them and with them. I believe that this is a natural human tendency, to empathize. We can reach out and feel another’s pain because we too have suffered.

I now realize that compassion is much different from pity, and in fact much more beneficial. In a compassionate state, we do not acknowledge that the person we are considering has a problem, or is somehow “less-than.” If a person is suffering we should not look at that person as deficient in any way, or “feel bad” for them. We should, however, feel loving kinship toward another person’s journey in life because we too are traveling on our own journey, even if it appears to be incredibly difficult at times. Notice the energy that surrounds you as you think about someone with pity, and then when you think about someone with pure compassion. I tried this recently and it was a sensation I had never experienced. I had spent so much energy feeling pity that I had forgotten to acknowledge the sacredness of another person’s journey. Compassion allows you to hold loving thoughts for another’s path without judging it as good or bad.

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Last night I attended an angelic healing meditation. The meditation leader had everyone visualize healing on both a physical and etheric level. The energy in the room was very intense as we began to release and revitalize. At the end of the meditation she handed out heart-shaped angel cards which held a message. This is what I received:

Surrender

Remain positive about the future of our planet

for all is part of humanity’s evolution.

There is a divine order to all the chaos

which you perceive that exists in our world.

Nothing will ever truly change

until we learn to love and accept all as it is.

Lovingly surrender your

judgments and expectations

and your life will

magically transform.

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