Monday, October 31, 2011
Today's my birthday. I love that I'm alive today and that I have reached another milestone, another year to add to the many I have had and the many more I hope to have. I'm at a very special place in my life right now, a place where I see things coming together. I have never felt closer to the spirit and more full of mystical power than I do at this precise moment in my life. Yes, to some it sounds very hoo-hoo and out there but to me it is absolute truth.
I can only describe this time of my life as a ripening. I'm almost ready for the next stage, the next move. I'm excited about the direction my life is taking. I pray that I am up to the challenge. For my personal new year, for that's what I consider my birthday year to be, I have a plan. I'm going to learn as much as I can about plants and herbs and how they heal and help us. I'm going to celebrate myself by celebrating and cherishing the people I love and care for. I'm going to focus on my spiritual, physical and mental health, and I'm going to spend more time laughing, loving and being happy. Oh and cooking, lol. I'm going to live every day with as much love and happiness as I can give out and then some.
Thanks to any and all of you who have come here to share in the small parts of my life. Here's wishing you the very best of all good things.
Peace and make sure to pay special attention to the ancestors especially at this time of the year.
Posted by Califia's Lap at 3:11 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I'm posting today about a challenge I'm participating in. For the past few days I've been washing my face with honey. That's all, just honey and after experiencing some seriously excellent results, after just three days, I decided to invite you to join along. I'm a little late, I know, but after seeing the results I just had to share.
Here's what you do....click on this link and go read the details of the challenge.
This honey challenge has been wonderful. It smells delicious, feels decadent and it's excellent for your skin. It makes your skin GLOW.
Let me know how it works out for you!
Posted by Califia's Lap at 10:57 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
My sister paid me the hugest compliment when she told me this song reminded her of me.
I'm posting it in honor of tonight's full moon. Who knows what might happen?
Posted by Califia's Lap at 9:33 PM
In my last post I talked about the fearsome tornadoes and the horrible, almost biblical fury of Mother Earth. My kids were just fine and so was my house but many people lost their homes and their lives that night. Watching the power around me was awesome. I never want to experience anything like it again. The weather moved in waves that whole day and night. Sometimes we got downpours; other times we got wind and destruction. It was during one of those wind and destruction events that this happened:
The power went totally and completely out.
And this is really what I've been wanting to write about all this time. My whole city was without power for 7 days. That meant no tv, no internet, no hot water, no light. This time was to be one of the most surreal and enlightening times of my life.
The first few hours without power were pretty cool, really. We got out candles and lit them and laughed and rejoiced that the storms were over. We used up the last of the hot water to shower and, with candles lit, go to bed for the night.
The next day was a totally different story. When the power is out there is a strange stillness to the air. When there is electricity every thing sort of buzzes. It's under everything, that buzz. It's a hum that is just there. But with the power out that buzz was gone. It was so strange. The air was different. Combine that with the extreme quiet of a place after a major storm has hit, and it feels like the world has ended.
We waded though those days. During the daytime whole families were outside walking, playing, talking, interacting. We played games and commiserated about the bad weather. We barbecued and drank. It was lovely. Until nightfall.....
When the first rays of the sun would start to disappear you felt that vague tension that comes when you're out of your element. They all knew the darkness was coming and with none of the usual distractions to help us forget about it. Reluctantly people filtered back in to their homes to go to sleep and hopefully make it through the absolute dark. Do you know what I mean by absolute dark? When there is no artificial light everything is blacker, denser, more dangerous than even a faint hint of light can abolish. You look out the window and the trees that you have looked at for years seem more menacing. Shadows are more substancial. It feels like things lurk. For someone like me who is working through a fear of the dark this was especially disturbing. I could handle the daytime and the joy of being released from some of the trappings of modern life but the night, this new night, this dark night, was a whole different beast.
Until this happened:
It was on the 3rd full night of the power outtage. I had to go out to my car and find something. I walked hurriedly down the walkway. My intention was to get to the car and get the hell back in before I could feel the dark. Most every time I go outside I instinctly look up and I did that on this night. When I looked up what I saw took my breath away.
There looked to be millions of stars in the sky. Brilliant, shining, amazing, blazing stars. Just everywhere I looked. Just everywhere. I stopped, transfixed. I no longer was afraid. I felt the majesty of the universe out there and in me. I was proud. I felt so limitless. It was beautiful.
I stood on that sidewalk and saw the Milky Way undulate across the night sky. My mind immediately went to the goddess Nuit. She covers the night sky. Her stars shine forth from her belly, her whole body. She encompasses the heavens and the universe. She is beauty and mystery and protection and cover. She is lovely beyond words. I'm so grateful I got to look upon the night sky without the barrier of man made light. I think every person who lives in the modern world should have to.
Eventually the light did come back on. I saw some crazy weird shit during the blackout days after the storm. People fought over gas. People looted and stole. People cried because they could not watch the royal wedding that weekend. I am afraid for what society will actually devolve into if some true catastrophe occurs. I am not optimistic after seeing some of the things I saw. But I am thankful for that time because of what the night taught me. I was given a true gift during those nights and I will always remember that.
Posted by Califia's Lap at 7:13 PM
Monday, May 30, 2011
It's been a hell of a month, I tell you. Chaos is the the first word that comes to mind when describing my life in its present state but it may not be the most accurate. I'm totally and completely not bullshitting you when I say that something profound is going on with me internally, and it's causing everything else to shift around this, this, this, new awareness. I have never been more awake in my entire life, and I have never been more aware of my power. That's kinda scary...but it's also wonderful and beautiful and energizing beyond belief.
But that's not what this post is about. This post is dedicated to an old friend of mine Mother Nature. She's been tempermental (no disrespect) these past few months and this post is about her visit to my part of this world.
April 27th, 2011 started out as a normal day for us. There had been storms forecasted for the day but I don't think any of us thought anything of it. We have severe storms around here quite frequently at this time of year. Although the severe weather was still forecasted to occur throughout the rest of the day our normal lives continued; the kids went to school, I went to work and that was that. Part of my job requires me to meet clients at a predetermined location and help them with things. On this particular morning I had to meet a client and take her to work. Since her job was close to a bookstore my plan was to hang out there and not go directly back to work. I was excited about this because I honestly didn't really want to go straight back to work and sit at a desk for hours with no break.
I made it to the client's home with plenty of time to wait. There had been a strong breeze all that morning and I was enjoying it; window down, face into the breeze, eyes closed, breathing in the air. After I savored the wind for a while I opened my eyes. I looked into the westward sky and saw menacing, boiled-oatmeal looking clouds. Dark and full and heavy looking. I had a brief moment of concern because those clouds were coming from the direction of my home and the school that my children attended but I still felt that I had enough time to follow my plan and get back to work before the bottom dropped out of those clouds and the rains came pouring down.
I dropped the client off and went into the bookstore. It was a little slow in the store, unnaturally still even for a bookstore. After about 5 minutes a well-dressed man comes bursting into the store, and while he was not running he was definitely moving. A bookstore employee greets him asking if she could help him with anything. His reply is not a shout, not above conversational tones, but loud nonetheless. He says, "Oh I don't need any help. I'm just here to get away from the tornado". My ears perk up. Silently my brain is screaming, TORNADO, did you say? I become ultra alert. The bookstore worker is apparently feeling the same way because she replies excitedly "Tornado? What? Where?". He says, "Just about 30 miles west, near Athens. The roof of the school has been torn off. It's really really bad."
All at once a few things occur to me. One, I clearly recollect the menacing storm clouds I just saw a few minutes ago. Two, I am terrified to realize that my children's school is very very close to Athens and if those tornadoes are hitting there then my kids' school is in the path of that storm. Three, I am located in the exact place where a tornado hit a few years back and completely destroyed that very building. What the fuck???? As all of those things are popping into my brain I hear the tornado sirens going off. Immediately I look outside. The sun is completely obscured. Complete darkness has settled in and the wind is howling. At this point all I can think of is my children. As I run to my car I'm buffetted by the wind, almost knocked off my feet. I get in and attempt to drive to safety. I'm in my car, watching the road and looking west the whole time. And then I see it. It's a damn funnel cloud. What in the Hell???
(to be continued)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
There is a song that came out in the 90s. It was a huge hit. I did then, and still do, love this song. I'm listening to it right now. Besides the melody, I loved the lyrics. They were really deep to me when I was younger but now that I'm older and listen to them I really feel them even more. Ima post the lyrics and let you read them.
Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin
And constant craving
Has always been
Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
To its youth
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
(k.d. lang/Ben Mink)
The lyrics to this song are so true, don't you think? Aren't we always craving something, wanting it so bad, wishing that we had something that else, whatever that else is?
Especially in my own life there are examples of this. When I didn't have a job all I ever said was I wanted a job, please give me a job, I need a job. Then when I got that job after a while all I said was I hate this job, i need a new job, this job sucks. I never seemed to be satisfied, with anything, at any time. After a while the craving kicked in and I wanted more, different, better.
But then something changed in my life. I can't really identify what it is that changed but whatever it is it has totally affected my outlook.
I think on some level its the craziness that it happening globally. It's the death and destruction in Japan, the fighting in the Middle East, it's the vast and widening gulf between the rich and poor here in my own country that has erased some of that constant craving.
I'm relaxing more. I'm learning to appreciate all the good things happening in my life. I still want things, still crave them actually but now I have a better idea about how to love the time I have. I waste time less, I value more. My cravings are manageable. I have more positive emotions. I have learned that shit could be much much worse, and collectively for us all they may well get much much worse. But if I don't continue to appreciate the time that I have right now, when things are going pretty good, how the hell will I be able to function when things are bad?
That's my life right now and I'm thankful for it.
Here is the actual video in case you've a mind to watch it.
Posted by Califia's Lap at 12:16 PM
Saturday, January 22, 2011
"And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides." Luke 21:25
There was a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice of 2010. Having an eclipse on a winter solstice is a very rare phenomonon. It happens only once every 372 years. The rarity of this event makes it more than noteworthy; it makes it portentous. Maybe portentous isn't the right word because I dont think it means something negative, but it's meaningful nonetheless. This lunar eclipse has been followed by some really strange events going on worldwide many of which I have alluded to in a previous post. The strong earthquakes worldwide, the extremely cold weather, the animal die-offs...all of them point to something happening. And it all occurred after the eclipse on the winter solstice.
This video is interesting in that it mentions something that may be significant.
As a night sky watcher I have had this feeling that something was going on with the moon. With the naked eye and with my telescope it just looks different. After doing more research about what may cause this strange orientation of the moon I discovered that the moon's view is a result of libration. This may, or may not be true. I tend to lean toward my own understanding, as one man, or woman, is just as fallible as any other one.
Here's another video that may the direct result of the moon's weird activity.
Maybe libration is responsible for how the moon looks but there seems to definitely be something happening with the earth. I know that the earth goes through these changes all the time but for some reason at this time in the universe these changes seem to be accelerating.
There is a book by Susan Beth Pfeffer called "Life as we Knew It"
In the book there is a meteor heading to the moon which is supposed to be spectacular and thrilling to watch, kind of like a galactic fireworks display but is said to pose no harm to earth. However the meteor happens to hit the moon harder than originally expected and its effects wreak havoc on the earth's weather. Shit gets very real, very quickly in this book. It comes down to a real life survial mode type stuff. This was a very interesting, thought provoking book. It caused me to ask myself many times what I would do in that situation. Seeing all this funky stuff happen with the moon is making the scenarios that happened in books seems more likely than before. It's funny how life and fiction can be more real than we imagined.
I will always believe that humans are affected by the heavenly bodies, not just in overt ways like needing the sun to help grow food and by the full moon affecting tides but in more subtle ways as well. To learn how the skies affect you on a subtle level all you have to do is pay attention.