Inner Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.09.02

Guiding Thought

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

Reflection / Contemplation

I wonder if inner beauty is just that? It is just because it exists; we exist.  I recognize it in what is around me, in others, and even myself. I am inclined to think it exists even when it is not of my focus.
Last summer I participated in a course on the Spectrum of Love which over the course of a week’s time took us through a meditative process of engaging objects, people (including ourselves) and situations.  We started out very simply, with observation and moved through a myriad of states of recognition, acknowledgement, and others on the way to Love at the end. It was a building exercise that started small by way of awareness of location and engagement that eventually included the difficult and challenging areas of our lives (people and situations), both personal and on the world stage.
I came away from this course with a reinforced understanding that all things, beings, people, etc., have some inherent Beauty in their very existence. I was presented with an opportunity to notice and take the experience deeper if I so chose.
There is an apple tree outside of my studio. I am lucky enough to have it in view throughout a portion of my treatment sessions.  And right now the blossoms are in early bloom. In the last few years I have really paid attention to the cycles of the seasons and the steady and varied expressions of this tree. What I really admire about this tree is its ability to be and stay a tree. When I remember, or move into an awareness, I send appreciative thoughts to this tree. We had a bumper crop last summer. Was this tree saying “thank you” back to me?
Back to the cultivation of inner beauty, it requires that intention and attention that I wrote about yesterday. That is the action piece, the day to day work. The how varies. But underneath all that, I have to choose to do it. Like that tree, I know I will get something in return.

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)

Show Up! –Journey of Beauty 02.09.01

Guiding Thought

How do I act with Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to mundane tasks or actions? Is Beauty created, when I bring Beauty to a project? How do I embody Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I am inclined to think that most, if not all, that we do involves intention and attention. As a body worker, if I don’t have clear intentions about what I am doing, and I don’t pay attention to what I am doing with my client, I could cause serious bodily harm, or at the least, give a lousy treatment. This intention/attention business applies to relationships, or just about anything. Beauty included.
Now I know that I cannot sustain such focus all day. My mind wanders and the autopilot button kicks in. My daily interaction with Beauty is much like this: I weave in and out of intention/attention to autopilot.
This intention/attention business starts before I get out of bed in the morning. More and more, certain phrases, mantras, or the words attached to a vision board that sits by my bedside, help me to garner my forces for the day.
It is then that I get up, get dressed and go for a walk with my daily walking partner. We have, now, an unspoken pact to make sure that we notice something new every day. We stop and appreciate some piece of nature that we have not noticed before. Today it was the first of the irises; and the tulips are not yet done offering their burst of color and happiness. We are lucky to live where there is a constant supply of newness and an invitation to pause for Beauty. My engagement with Beauty starts early in my day.
And so it goes this weaving in and out of intention/attention, to autopilot, and back to intention/attention. As I write, I realize there is a temporal process to all this: the actual stopping throughout my day, being present and noticing. It is my part in the relationship with Beauty. I have to show up!

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 02.09.0

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)

Dancing with the Stars –Journey of Courage 02.09.40

Guiding Thought

I am aware, I allow, and I accept What Is. I go within to my silent Self which Knows and follow my Inner Wisdom to Truth. I practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. I Am! I Am my Self! I Am my Self of Love!

Contemplation / Reflection

Wow, day 40, Finally! Already! I don’t quite know where to put that. I thought this would be the end of this Journey of Courage. Instead, I find that What Is, is that I’ve made new commitments to myself through this Journey. Yes, I’m getting up a little earlier every morning. The Divine Balance in my thought, word and action is evaporating the obscuration of the thought “I am not a morning person”. It’s also changing my actions regarding clutter, particularly where the papers on my desk are concerned. But that’s not all. On a deeper level, I am more in touch with my “inner Wisdom” and truth. It’s hard to hide from the truth when you challenge yourself to find the courage to tell the truth. The clutter on my desk is only the outward manifestation of a level of clutter in my thoughts and actions. I’ve uncluttered my closet. I’ve uncluttered my bookshelf. A nice start, perhaps, but I haven’t uncluttered my desk. In terms of this Journey, I obviously still have lots of work to do. In the meantime, I AM my Self of Love! I Love the changes taking place. While I’m completing the commitment of 40 days of responding to these Guiding Thoughts, I find I have new commitments now. The beauty of this is that it’s commitments to my self, and my Self. Practicing Divine Balance is just that – a dance with Divine Balance. I intend to continue dancing as if no one is watching. But I’ll be watching! You may look for me dancing with the Stars, but not on television!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage 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!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

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)

How To: Embrace Your Heart’s Love –Journey of Courage 02.09.38

Guiding Thought

I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness. I am aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through me, as me. I connect with my heart, and am aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. I am filled with Joy as I embrace my heart’s Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Some of the most inspiring and personally rewarding experiences of my life have been, and continue to be, volunteer activities. One of the earliest I recall was called “Holiday Hospital Project”. Participants visited local hospitals on Christmas day, singing carols and delivering gifts to those who were hospitalized during this holiday. It was an amazing experience. I’ve also volunteered with a local hospital’s hospice patients. As a hospice volunteer I would visit with a terminally ill patient while their primary caregiver received a few hours of respite. The caregiver could go shopping, take in a movie, connect with a friend, enjoy a walk or simply disappear into another room for a well-deserved nap. Sometimes my task was to read to the patient, or watch a sport on TV, or just to be there sitting with them while they napped. I served on the board of a local environmental group. I wrote newsletters for a Native American action group. Currently, I’m a “chemo angel”, committed to sending weekly notes or small gifts to people experiencing chemotherapy. (visit chemoangels.com If you want to know more, or if you know someone experiencing this treatment who would like to receive snail mail encouragement.) Before doing much volunteer “work”, I used to think that volunteers were the “givers”. But, once I got into ANY volunteer task or activity, I was the recipient – filled with joy as I “embraced my heart’s Love”. Such “work” is so personally enriching and rewarding, it’s not something that can easily be put into words. I encourage anyone and everyone to find a volunteer outlet and to participate. There are so many options, something for everyone. Volunteering is an opportunity to discover your own personal creativity. You can express your Self in ways you may not have opportunity to do in a “job”. You can set your own hours and boundaries. (Just a warning that protecting your personal boundaries is one of the earliest lessons in volunteering. You will be SO appreciated and any organization will just want MORE of you. SET YOUR OWN BOUNDARIES.) That being said, when you “give” yourself to a volunteer role that suits you, you will find yourself connected with your heart and its pure Love intention, you will “embrace your heart’s Love” in beautiful ways you never anticipated. I know I have, every time.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage 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!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

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)

The Grass Is… –Journey of Courage 02.09.34

Guiding Thought

I am safe in Divine Love’s assurance. I have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within myself and root them out. I allow the Light of Love to enter my mind and heart. Divine Love shines within me destroying anything false, transforming me from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

My best friend is on a river cruise in the Netherlands. For only a moment, I thought I was jealous. I wanted to be there with her, sharing an amazing experience. The next moment, Divine Light shines, and I was able to “root out” that thought and cheer for her. I’m glad her life is so blessed. What an opportunity! She flew there in business class and the riverboat holds only 136 passengers. She’ll be treated royally. I know she will have a memorable experience and I’m very happy for her. Early this morning, the fog rolled in. I thought “oh no, a damp day.” Then I heard the fog horns. I LOVE the sound of the foghorns over the water when I’m snuggled warm in my bed. And, of course, the fog lifted and it’s a glorious, sunny day. We walked in the local botanical garden and witnessed the blooming of rare “black” trilliums. I also took photos of black grass. Despite our illusions, MY illusions, the grass is NOT always greener somewhere else! And green grass isn’t necessarily the best grass!

It’s easy, sometimes, to think “it’s going to be a bad day”, when Divine Love jumps in and shows us it may have been just a “bad” moment. Maybe even that moment wasn’t “bad”. It was simply a harbinger of “good” things to come. Things I wouldn’t necessarily recognize as “good”, if I hadn’t had the thought of “bad”. It’s all part of living in a world where we have the illusion of duality. Can’t have dark without light. Can’t have up without down. Can’t have good without bad. And it’s all just labels and illusion. The truth is, it just IS!

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage 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!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

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)

What a Beautiful Day! –Journey of Courage 02.09.22

Guiding Thought

When we attune our minds to the Oneness that is All of Life, we understand our place in Wholeness. We are the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is us. We are blessed through this understanding. In return, we bless all we encounter.

Contemplation / Reflection

Blessings today are plentiful. It was exceptionally warm here, 78 degrees and pure, golden, glorious sunshine. This was a record warm day for March, and also the warmest “winter” day (spring doesn’t officially arrive until tomorrow), on record. When a day like this happens here in the Pacific Northwest, suddenly EVERYONE understands their place in Wholeness. Everyone is smiling and blessing all they encounter. Everyone is Present, mostly outdoors. Doors and windows of homes are opened after a winter of stuffiness, and our homes are Wholeness and Presence and Life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all hold onto this happy, blessed, amazing gratitude EVERY day, despite the weather?! Unfortunately, if this amazing brightness and Lightness lasts for more than a few days, people will begin to grumble about it being “too hot”. How sad. In all I think, say, and do, may I be among those who continue to bless each day!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage 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!

Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

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)