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So, here’s the story…

I talk to the universe a lot, pretty much everyday. I often get insights about something I’m pondering, but on this particular day it went way beyond that!

On January 2, 2019, exactly one month after my mother passed away (and roughly six months after we lost our dog), I was walking through the house thinking about space and about how there was going to be more of it in my life because of these losses. For several days I had been sensing that something new was brewing, but I didn’t know what it could be.

As I continued on I had the thought to ask the universe how I was supposed to serve with whatever was going to come into the space. That seemed to be the million dollar question, because within a short amount of time I got a very specific answer. In a flash I was “told” that I was going to write a children’s book series about the energy of love, the name of the series, that it would be in rhyme scheme, the first two lines of the first book, and who the illustrator was meant to be. Yowza!

The name of the series:

Did You Know?

The first two lines of the first book:

Did you know that when you say hi to the sky,
You are really saying hi to yourself?
You are made of the sun and the stars
And so much wonderful else!

The illustrator:

Her name is Stephanie Rosas, and she happens to be my son’s girlfriend. (In the flash I saw the painting of my dog that Stephanie had given me for my birthday a few months before. As you can see, just as the universe had intended, she was perfect for my books!)

And here we are nearly two years later with two books published and the third one already written and illustrated! There’s more to the story, though, so you’ll have to come back soon for a longer chat…

A bounty…

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, then you already know about my love affair with cards from Trader Joe’s. I bought a few of what you see below as soon as I saw it because seasonal ones tend to go really quickly. I also love it when the inside of the card is decorated as is this one, which features cute little pumpkins on one side as well as some of what’s on the cover on the other. The greeting says “Hope it’s A-maize-ing.”

A Trader Joe’s greeting card by Stephanie Bauer.

Our holiday tradition began as a celebration of the harvest along with a gratefulness for its bountiful rewards. Every year at this time we are reminded to count our blessings, to be thankful for what we have. Whatever the list is in your life, I wish you a bounty of good – of health and happiness, of smiles and laughter, of memories made with loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love story…

I had completely forgotten that I had submitted information about my books several months ago for Energy Magazine’s “Holiday Gift Guide,” so when I opened an email from them last week which showcased their selections, I was nicely surprised to see my series at the top of the page. This wonderful publication continues to be so gracious with its support of me and mine.

For the three years that I was completely wrapped up in writing, publishing, and spreading the word about my books, there was little else that I accomplished as the process had literally taken over my life. I contacted everyone conceivable whom I thought would rally around my books, much of the time with no word back. Promoting a book can definitely be a lonely road, but Energy Magazine has been there for me from the start.

I am grateful for the experience of conceiving, writing, and publicizing my books. No matter what I had hoped the outcome to be, the whole process was evidently something that had to be fulfilled in my energy. That day that I received the directive from the universe (https://finding-the-write-words.com/2020/12/08/so-heres-the-story/), which set this all in motion, was a day that refocused my life.

I was supposed to write these books about the energy of love, and not just for children, but also for the adults in their lives. The gentle rhymes and sweet illustrations are meant to remind all of us of the truth of who we are. That truth is that we are love. We are love coming to know itself through our every thought, word, and deed. We are forever learning and growing in this awareness, a love story in the making.

Happy birthday scorpio…

Scorpio, which weaves it way through the zodiac from approximately October 22 to November 21, is going to start us off on a year-long trek diving more personally into the realm of Transcendental Astrology. Janae will share her insights into its inner workings as she travels through each sign month by month.

If you were born on a day close to the early 20s of either October or November you might need a birth chart to confirm your ‘sign.’ Charts are available many places on the internet, most come without charge.

Over centuries of time Scorpio has had really bad press. I’ve listened to many people woe-is-me over the misery they feel has been brought into their lives by their birth date, so if this is your birth sign I want to share some of the more esoteric energies of Scorpio, hoping you’ll come away feeling honored by your Scorpio opportunity.

I cannot deny that Scorpio, a water sign and complex trinity energy, is challenging. Trinity signs are an intermediary synthesis of Good, Beauty and True. In Scorpio, for all of us, it’s a yearly review of our sense of Beauty. Scorpio’s three stages of growth are known as the land-Scorpion, the air-Eagle, and the fire-Phoenix. Its energy bubbles up from within our core and forces itself out into a world it never really understands. Therefore, the key to the joy of being Scorpio is self-understanding. Let’s begin there.

In Transcendental Astrology, Scorpio vibrates to Beauty, and we know that Beauty comes from Within. We begin to appreciate our Scorpio Beauty when we’re in touch with our Inner life. That’s quite a challenge when we’re in our scorpion stage because it is almost entirely played out in the social world. The scorpion is a very defensive land animal by nature. It is an emotional energy and when it doesn’t understand the land it’s defending, it struggles to feel worthy.

If this isn’t our first Scorpio lifetime we have probably gained the grace that allows us to share our Beauty, to open our hearts, to feel worthy of our own love. This is the transition where we gain wings and our Eagle takes flight over the land it once challenged for control. The proud Scorpio Eagle is aware of itself and because it is learning to feel worthy, it loves the land and all who live there. It shows respect for the family of man. It embraces brotherhood and steps forward to make a heart-felt difference. When it understands its Beauty and thinks of itself as Love, the Eagle is preparing to transform into the Phoenix.

And now Scorpio Beauty is facing its strongest challenge. It is being asked to demonstrate accomplishment of Good action and realize the True power of Love. As the Phoenix, it is being asked to break from all that holds it to the land so that it can rise into its proper place in Spirit. This is the energy it has always sensed. This is the mind-heart Beauty of Scorpio, where Scorpio knows it has come home.


We move on to Sagittarius next month.

Puppy…

This picture was taken over four years ago, a couple of weeks before our dog was put to sleep. His name was Gunner, but we called him Puppy or Mr. Puppy or even G-Dawg. My husband found him one evening outside of a neighborhood grocery store where, we came to find out, earlier in the day a family had been giving away a litter of pups. We think that someone must have brought him back. He was about nine weeks old.

Fast forward seven years when we brought him to the vet because he’d had a limp that wouldn’t seemingly go away. At first she thought that he may have torn a ligament, but it turned out that he had a cancerous tumor in one of his back legs for which there was no treatment. We had hoped we would have up to a year more with him, but he spiraled down very quickly.

In his last months he would come up to me laying his head on my legs and stare into my eyes, exactly like in the photo above. He would sit or lay at my feet, silently communicating with such depth and love in his eyes. I think he knew that he didn’t have much longer on this earth, and he’d just wanted to be very present with me.

Those eyes held such knowing, and time seemed to stand still when he came to me in this way. It melted my heart because it was as if he were saying hello and goodbye all at once. Over and over, that gaze held the essence of life within it, which I can still remember so vividly. Pure, undeniable love is the gift that he gave me in those moments, and I was blessed to share them with him.

Happies…


I saw this mural on a wall in Sayulita, Mexico several years ago. We had been staying in Puerto Vallarta and wanted to go to this little beach town not too far away because my son had lived there for a while and wanted to show us around.

This place is a mecca for surfers from all over. It definitely has a hippie-type granola vibe, but it is also very quaint in its own way. It has a tree which houses giant iguanas. We must have spied five or six up in its branches. I have pictures to prove it, too.

There were cute little walk up coffee shops and open air restaurants. There was plenty of jewelry and clothes and crafts for sale on the sidewalks. And besides the lure of all kinds of water sports, they even had a couple of places that offered Reiki sessions.

The town remained much the same from when my son had been there though streets, previously dirt roads, were starting to get paved. Sayulita was getting more attention as it was becoming more popular amongst tourists. I hope that it keeps its lovely, unique, surfer energy. This world needs all of the happies it can get!

Get grounded…

I’ve just taught a class in my community about grounding energy. The information comes from my Eden Energy Medicine days, which I still love to share. I thought you might like to read about how easily we can become ungrounded and then try a few simple techniques that can help you set yourself to rights again.

A mini class for you:

Any kind of stress to your system can potentially “unground” you because it can cause your energies to become unbalanced. When you are carrying too big a load at home, work or school, or you are very worried about something or someone, or you’ve had a shock, you can lose your energetic footing and feel off kilter. Stress affects your blood flow, your blood pressure, your breathing, your ability to think clearly, etc., which all affect your connection to the earth and to yourself. The following grounding exercises can help you to feel calm, better integrated and balanced.

Worry Points
Tap cheekbones directly under the eyes while breathing slowly in through the nose and out through the mouth. These are “worry points” on Stomach meridian. If you are worried, you become ungrounded. This tapping energy goes all of the way down into the earth and hooks your energy back in.

Triple Warmer and Spleen Balancer
a. Wrap your left hand around your right arm, just above the elbow.
b. Wrap your right arm around the left side of your body, underneath the breast.
c. Hold for three slow deep breaths, in through your nose and our through your mouth.
d. Reverse to your other side and hold for three deep breaths.

Blood Pressure Balancer
a. Place arms straight out to your sides with palms up.
b. Breath in while raising your hands slowly above your head, stretching each side.
c. Release your breath as you turn palms face down, slowly lowering arms back to your sides
.

There you have it. Repeat exercises as often as you’d like. I hope they help.

Buttons…

My mother passed away almost four years ago. I think of her often and miss being able to talk to her. I have things of hers in my home like these buttons that mean a lot to me, little things that keep her energy with me. It’s nice to have them along with my memories.

Mom made all of my clothes when I was young, and she taught me how to sew. We had a chest of drawers in our hallway that was full of everything needed for sewing. I would look through all of the drawers, because it was like there was treasure in each one. I remember there were jars full of buttons like these, in every color, shape and size.

My mom liked to whistle, especially when she was in the kitchen. I’m not normally much of a whistler, but I find myself doing it every once in a while. I just did it last week when I was working in the yard. I’m not conscious that I’m even doing it, but then I realize I’m doing it, and then I smile and think of her. It catches me off guard, but in the nicest way.

Mom also knew her family history. She could go back generations and keep you riveted with her retellings. She made these people come alive, and I wish I had paid better attention, because I’m afraid that most of this information has been lost with her. I do have some of her genealogy, though, for which I am grateful.

My daughter and I were very recently talking about my mom, about my whistling and other things we remember about her. I think about what reminds me of my mother and I wonder what reminds my daughter of me. What has she already “inherited” that she might not be aware of yet. Hopefully it will surprise her when she comes across it, and it will catch her off guard in the nicest way!

The bottom line…

We have circled the calendar since our first astrology post last year in October. Through the months Janae has introduced the transcendental energies of Good, Beauty and True, sharing that love is the fundamental process of human expansion on Earth. This month she speaks of purpose and service.

At one time or another every one of us has wondered what our purpose may be for this lifetime. Some people have told me they even worry about it, in the sense of wanting to fulfill their responsibility. So what do I know about that?

During one of my energy work sessions with a very spiritually dedicated gentleman who asked this question, he was told, “You know everything. Now, let your heart direct your mind, and Serve Earth.” That sounds to me like a bottom line. Again, what do I know about that? I know there’s always a process.

The first (personality) part of our Path is directed by the Buddha’s teaching to Be Kind. That sounds like a purpose to me. I’ve never thought our purpose as the job we’ve chosen to do because no matter our commercial occupation, we can do it well and Be Kind. They are not mutually exclusive.

In the second (soul) part of our Path we are directed to Love One Another by the Christ consciousness. It feels to me that in the process, Love follows Kindness. I wonder: How can indifference or unkindness precede love? I don’t think it can. Alchemy cannot exist there. But it’s not uncommon to be hassled or beaten or killed in the name of love. Go figure.

Perhaps if we could experience love and kindness in childhood, they could be known as the action of Good and our Beauty (optimism, dignity, strength) could remain intact. But our Earth path is a learning process and our emotional challenges, from childhood onward, are what drive us until we can come to terms with our resistances and move beyond the trappings of personality.

Once we know the ‘everything’ we need to know (which I believe is at a different depth for each person), it seems probable that “let your heart direct your mind, and Serve Earth” is reasonably the next step in the process.

Kindness + Love = Service

How do we serve Earth? I think healing something is a good place to begin. I can’t think of anything on Earth that can’t be made better by Good, Kind, Loving action.

Wag…

This sticker of canine wisdom has graced one of my office bulletin boards for years now. It’s in the “doggie corner” alongside pics of our pup from long ago. Cloud Star has the right of it with this saying on their boxes of dog treats, the sentiment simple and profound.

It really doesn’t need anything more said about it. Though cute and catchy, its depth of meaning goes beyond brilliant marketing and life hacks. When you read it, you know exactly what it’s saying, and you know that it’s exactly what you should be doing. It’s pure genius.

Get wagging.

Wisdom in a box of dog treats!

The beach…

These are my feet that relaxed and had such a great time on that vacation. Just about daily they walked down to the beach on the other side of that hedge and played hide and seek with the waves. They splashed and frolicked and then made many trips down to the point.

I keep this photo on the counter in my bathroom. It is a reminder for me to take a breath and unwind. It is very helpful because I find that there are many times that I don’t even realize that I am a bit tense. It’s amazing how quickly I can transform my energy by taking myself back to those carefree days. I’m already yawning (releasing) just thinking about it!

We can alter our body’s chemistry in a positive way by choosing to focus on anything that brings us peace. Besides a visual reference like mine, we might smell a certain fragrance or taste a favorite recipe or love on our beloved pets or share stories that make us smile. Anything we deem to be good can do the trick.

And to extend that sense of calm that’s been created, you can take your middle finger and tap softly between your eyebrows for several seconds while breathing gently in through your nose and out through your mouth. This simple action signals your nervous system that “this” is a feeling you would like to spread throughout your body. It allows the beach to stay with me lots longer!