An Open Letter of Gratitude

Dear Mary, Lita, and Amy, (and anyone doing the work), 

On Thursday, Amy completed day 40 of Journey of Creation. On Friday, she sent me an email with six words: “Feeling SO much gratitude for you”.

Six words. And I felt it.

So I went into the feeling of gratitude and returned it to Amy.

That then expanded to thinking/feeling about all three of you: the three people who have given me so much over the past five months. I wept with gratitude for the three of you, for your being, for your willingness, for your courage and beauty and creativity, your actions, your contributions, your lives. (I still have tears of joy and gratitude, and I began this over an hour ago…)

Here is a small metaphor for what you gave me, what I saw in your actions, and what you/we are contributing to humanity through accomplishing these Journeys.

When geese fly in a “V”, the lead goose bears the full-force of air resistance, breaking it up, distributing it down both sides of the “V”, so that each subsequent goose in line feels less and less of the air resistance. The geese collectively understand that a) they benefit from the work of the lead goose b) the lead goose gets tired at some point, after bearing the full force of the air resistance. Thus, the geese rotate the position of lead goose. A goose from down the line of the “V”–one that has received benefit of all the geese ahead of it–flies to the front, taking over the lead, and allowing the now-former lead goose to drop back and rest, to fly in the wake of the “V”, where there is less wind resistance.

I was the lead goose on the Journeys from 2013-2019, and I was tired. The three of you flew in and took over. I have been able to rest, to rejuvenate, to follow in your wake using less of my own direct energy, and allowing you to bear the wind, break the force.

And I feel it. And I am so deeply grateful.

This does not mean that I haven’t been working–my “wings” have still been flapping! But being caught in your currents has meant that my energy, my love, my life-force could be utilized in other ways. And I am so deeply grateful.

As for what you/we are contributing to humanity: Everyone is a goose whose consciousness is flying upward, whether they know it or not. Everyone is in someone else’s wake (think of any spiritual leader who has served Love–that person was a lead goose). We are now at a point in humanity’s evolution of consciousness when people are realizing a) that they are part of a collective, which they both contribute to and benefit from b) that they have what it takes to be the lead goose– everyone has a contribution to make.

Much of humanity remains unconscious, flapping along in a current created by others ahead of them, sometimes drifting away, sometimes resisting. But everyone has the potential to become the lead goose, whether they know it now or not.

Every contribution to the upward flight of humanity’s consciousness benefits everyone. For the Journeys that you each lead, you benefited all of humanity: everyone was in your wake. The work was with words, the force was invisible, the effect silent; everyone moved. Feel your power. I do.

This is always true, whether the work you do (or anyone does) is a Journey, or a massage, or a drum circle, or a shaman’s flight, or any other modality that increases awareness, that shares the Love and Oneness within you. When I am lifted, All are lifted. When one finds the Light, Light is opened to All. You lifted me; you opened Light for me. And I am so deeply grateful.

Anyone doing work to uplift humanity is doing the work of the lead goose. More and more people are understanding this, more and more people are becoming lead geese.

Thank you all for being lead geese for me–for all of humanity–over these past several months. I commit to you, and to all, to carry forth Love and Oneness for the benefit of All.

Om Namo Namah.

 

Final Reflection –Journey of Beauty 02.10.41

At the end of each Journey, as the ideas from the Journey integrate themselves into your new way of being, there is one final reflection to solidify them within you. Here is Lita’s final reflection for Journey of Beauty.
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My companions for Beauty this past week have been pause and percolation. I have found it hard not to let my mind wander back to Beauty’s stated importance in my life. While Relationship, Awe, and Appreciation still remain true for me at this Journey’s end, I must now add Essence and Accountability.
Like the previous writer on the Journey of Courage, I, too, am attending to serious sorting and cleaning. My efforts at this may seem on the surface a bit different, but now I am not so sure. Cleaning at our house is, in part, motivated by the sorting the last remains of our mother’s belongings, most of which have been distributed amongst my siblings, but there are some boxes and such which were put aside. Now the rush is on for us to empty her house and ready it for new occupants.
The sorting process is not limited to my mother’s belongings; it is also what is in my house which needs a good going through. So, as we sort through her stuff, we are sorting through ours as well. Do I/we really need or use all of this “stuff”.
The Beauty Project for me has offered the same kind of sorting process, this time on the inner planes. I pulled up the word, Essence, because both of these efforts, writing and physical sorting/clearing, involve my attention as to what really matters. I have more clarity in my heart and mind. I now get to translate that to my house and my life.
Accountability is also up, an offshoot, I suspect, from my relationships. In this period of reflection I celebrated a birthday. My good friends and family are holding me accountable to my own shining and creative endeavors. They will be sure to ask how and when I have used their gift, the given item, which, is of course, in service to Beauty. Now that I know what place Beauty has in my life, what am I going to do with it?
Both Essence and Accountability have a quality of urgency to them now, especially at this juncture. How apt that the next Journey is that of Creation.  I trust I am on my way.
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Tomorrow, we welcome Amy Castillo as the guest blogger for Journey of Creation. A new voice, a new perspective. I am very excited to watch Amy’s Journey, while experiencing my own.

Here is the link to the book for Journey of Creation, a free PDF download. Use it to follow along, taking your own Journey, as Amy leads the way. http://bit.ly/GTbooklet11

Journey of Creation Starts TOMORROW

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Again, thank you all for your patience. Perhaps you, too, have been experiencing life as faster and more intense than “usual”. Yeah, it’s been a  ride. But…here we go anyway! Onward to the next Conscious Journey!

Tomorrow, we welcome Amy Castillo as the guest blogger for Journey of Creation. A new voice, a new perspective. I am very excited to watch Amy’s Journey, while experiencing my own.

Here is the link to the book for Journey of Creation, a free PDF download. Use it to follow along, taking your own Journey, as Amy leads the way. http://bit.ly/GTbooklet11

Until then and always, much Love to all of you!

 

Journey of Creation Coming SOON!

Thank you all for your patience.

Journey of Creation was supposed to have begun on June 8. Obviously, that did not happen.

Life happens, as they say. And when it does–not as planned– we must adjust, adapt, and be flexible. And so it is with Journey of Creation.

Journey of Creation will begin June 20!

And introducing a NEW Guest Blogger! (soon!)

More details soon, but let me say that I am very excited about how the Journeys are going. I am meeting so many new friends, building relationships, and seeing myself reflected in the words and musings of “others”. Their Journey is my Journey, and I anticipate that Journey of Creation will continue this trend. How beautiful to find resonance in All.

Journey of Creation Booklet will also be available SOON. Stay tuned.

Love to you all. Get ready for another amazing Journey.

Here’s the updated schedule for the rest of the year:

 

Radiant Displays –Journey of Beauty 02.10.12

Guiding Thought

What is inner Beauty? How do you recognize it in others? How do you recognize it in yourself? How do you cultivate inner beauty, especially when there are questions about what it is and how to recognize it?

Reflection / Contemplation

It has been for some time now, years it seems, that I have had this deep yearning about being and knowing my own light, even deep within my cells. My closest friends have been privy to these desires, and conversations have ensued as to how best to attend to them, not only for me, but for them too. My name, Lita, even carries this energy of light. It is now with this project that I see the overlay of Beauty with my preoccupation with light.

In addition to rocks, I am a collector of phrases. It is amazing how synchronicity shows up, especially now with my attention to Beauty. This sound healer I keep mentioning states this phrase on the most recent cd I am listening to. “Sensory phenomenon are radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness.” In this instance, he is describing what can arise within the meditation he is soon to lead.

I am becoming more inclined to believe that this is exactly what Beauty is: the radiant displays of energy which arise from pure Consciousness. And somebody else just put the words in my mouth.

The light which I so crave to connect with is not so much that, as it is my desire to connect with pure consciousness and have that translate into my life here and now. We can substitute the words Light or Beauty, the Divine, God. I have this inkling that when we recognize it within ourselves that we can start to see it in those around us.

The cultivation piece is to stay hungry and aware.

 

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Fully Human –Journey of Beauty 02.10.07

Guiding Thought

How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? Not just as beautiful, but as Beauty Itself? How can I exist as Beauty–how can I be Beauty? How may I Know my Self as the Beauty I Am?

Reflection / Contemplation

I was in a continuing education course a number of years ago, as required by my massage profession to maintain my license. The instructor, an osteopathic physician, was presenting information on neural development and the brain. It was all very interesting and pertinent to the course, but there was one statement that he made, which caught my attention. “We do not fully become fully human until we are around 11 or 12 years of age.” What was really being said was that consciousness does not set in until then. I bet this concept and exact time of occurrence in our species continues to offer lively debate among philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and mystics.  I want to be in on that conversation.
What strikes me about this statement is that I was about that age, perhaps a year or two older, when I truly knew something about myself. My memory is vivid. To this day I can recall with clarity where I was in the room, who all was in the room, the time of day, the lighting, even what I was thinking, etc. I made the choice to be a wise person, and I knew that it involved head and heart interaction. I “knew” that wisdom could not reside wholly in the head, by being book smart, head smart.
How is it that I knew? I was observant enough at that time to know that I was different from my siblings and as much as I tried, I could not be them. This coming into my humanity, my consciousness, my ability to be self-reflective was perhaps the starting point for the choices I have made in my life.
As I reflect on today’s guiding thoughts, my awareness, existence, knowing myself as: fill in the blank___________, requires engagement with my consciousness, in whatever way that grabs me. How may I be aware of myself as Beauty? There are lots of ways for sure, and ways that are truly reflective of who I am. But it all comes down to choice, doesn’t it? I choose to be engaged with my own self-awareness.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Why a Journey of Beauty 02.10.0

Why Beauty?
Thus begins my exploration into the interior states of Beauty. Certain family members and close friends have heard me say, on multiple occasions, that I must be exposed to Beauty every day. My soul/being requires such, whether it is something I observe or experience outside of myself or something that I create. Why does my soul place such a demand on me? Or have a loud enough voice that tells me that if I do not pay attention to this, that my inner light will diminish? 
I am not quite sure how many times I have made this claim, but enough so that if I say it once again, its meaning will drop to the level of triteness and the important folks in my life will look at me with eyes glazed over. So what does it really mean to me when I say that I must be exposed to Beauty daily? It’s time to pony up.
What I know right now, or rather what is true for me now, is that my experience of Beauty is relational: giving and receiving, or rather, receiving and then giving.
My experience of and with Beauty gives me a sense of “Awe”, access to something that is bigger than me. I am not alone in this Universe. What flows from my experience of Awe is gratitude or appreciation for whatever has been offered to me, be it by way of a visual, sound, physical, or taste experience. Even an idea or a conversation can be beautiful to me. Something inside of me gets jostled and stirred. I am different for or because of my experience and I am grateful for it.
I am old enough, curious enough, and introspective enough to know these things about myself: I have to be in relationship.  I have to be in relationship with something greater than myself. I like to stir and be stirred, especially in relationships. I have to be in relationship with that which makes me a better, more conscious human being.
Beauty attends to these requirements; at least I believe it does
What I do not know and am not so clear in expressing, is why this drives me so. Is Beauty a want or a need? Why or how does Beauty invoke the “Awe” response in me? I am willing to be engaged and challenged by this upcoming process.
Let the adventure begin!

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)