Full Meal Deal –Journey of Beauty 02.09.10

Guiding Thought

Nature is beauty, beauty is nature. Nature brings me to inner beauty, to True Beauty, to Beauty of All. Nature is Peace, Interconnectedness, and awe-inspiring. I exist within and alongside this expansive, earth and all her creatures, at One with All of Life!

Reflection / Contemplation

You’d think that with all of my writing so far, that nature is my primary entry into Beauty. Well, in part it is, because I have always had and have easy access to it in this part of the world.  But give a good book to me, the opportunity to go to an art gallery or a concert, a deep and meaningful conversation and I will readily take it.
It is the people around me who invite me into their world of Beauty, just as much as I invite them into mine.
My husband and I are in new territory of attending to our relationship. This is because both of our son and daughter are in college and beginning their own lives. Ken and I have also spent close to 20 years attending to aging parents, and more recently attending to their deaths, the last one and most recent was 5 months ago with the death of my mom.
We now have space in our lives that does not require the frenetic attention to schedules and waving as a form of communication. I am doing my part by showing up and participating in the activities which feed Ken’s sense of Beauty. This involves nature, plain and simple.
A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip up to the tulip fields, spent the night in a cabin and toured the local town with its stores and galleries. Ken was gracious enough to listen to a cd track of that sound healer I was writing about, a while back (see 02.09.05). As much as I have been attending to what lights him up, I want to give him access to what lights me up. That trip was the full meal deal in my book.
Yesterday, it was on another nature outing with Ken to a wild-life and bird preserve that I was reminded that each of us is on our own journey. The walk along a 2 mile boardwalk (4 miles round trip) I asked him what it was that draws him to nature and what is it that he notices and pays attention to.  I gave my answer to that question too. Each of us is hooked into the beauty of nature in different ways. He is restored by nature. I told him that I am drawn by the colors. We both appreciate the break from the noises of the modern world that nature provides.
To be honest, I have had enough experiences directly with nature, in conversation about it, and in contemplation, to get the interconnected and oneness bit. What I find surprising is this interconnectivity business is weaving its way through my primary relationship, inviting us to the deeper places within ourselves and with each other, and nature has everything to with it.

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)

Classifications of Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.09.06

Guiding Thought

What is beauty of mind? What is beauty of heart? What is beauty of soul? What is beauty of emotion? How are these the same? Or are they different? Are they enacted, or expressed similarly, or differently? How do I discern the nuances of difference between beauty of mind-heart-soul-emotion? Is there a difference, or does all unite in Beauty, as it does in Love or Oneness?

Reflection / Contemplation

This incarnation business is an interesting focus of my thoughts today.  A common phrase floating around spiritual circles these days is, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. I know that I am working my way out of the dualistic cultural and spiritual underpinnings which state that spirit holds a higher place than matter.
I am trying to figure out how a memory from a college theology course in Patristics (the early Fathers of the Church in Western Christendom, and in this course the first several hundred years) arose out of my contemplation on today’s guiding thoughts. I had never before seriously considered the theory of reincarnation and here in this class I learned that it was a commonly held belief in the early days of the church, but got nixed at one of the big gatherings of the hierarchy as they were establishing doctrine.
This one and you’re done business on this planet just doesn’t cut it for me. Thankfully, my experience of breaking with doctrine was not only developmentally appropriate, it confirmed that I don’t have to believe everything I am told. It set me on a course to question authority and do my own research so that I can have an intelligent conversation about any hot topic, including doctrine. It also helps to have a debating nature, and I can thank my family of origin for this.
The folks, who really know me, know how much I live in my head and how much time I actually spend there. How ironic it is that I am a body worker and have been so for over 25 years. My insights as to why and how I landed in this field have evolved over time, and will continue to do so. For the moment, I think it is my playground for resolving this matter/spirit dilemma which stems from my upbringing and living in a culture that has not fully owned its incarnation. The implications of this reach far and wide. Beauty of body, mind, and heart are incarnational – of the here and now.
Yesterday’s musings of how a Beauty experiment could be mapped were answered by my daughter. There are studies of brain mapping in the body related to Beauty, but not in the way I had imagined.  As we talked, she was telling me exactly where in the brain, visual and auditory stimuli get stored. There are some brain studies related to when someone is told they are beautiful, and others where people identify beauty in faces.
That is not quite what I was getting at. There does not seem to be one neural pathway of or for Beauty. It is just another way to confirm what I intuitively know, is that Beauty of body, mind, and heart are separate realities, and yet contained in the whole of my being.  
Beauty of Soul is what transcends the here and now.  As spiritual beings, we are having a human experience, and one that I hope is beautiful.

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)

Beauty as Vibration –Journey of Beauty 02.09.04

Guiding Thought

How does Beauty feel? What is the energy or vibration of Beauty? How do I bring Beauty to all my movements? Can I breathe in Beauty? What is the mental attitude of doing with Beauty?

Reflection / Contemplation

I have no hesitation in writing today, nor do I have any shortage of experiences and thoughts on the topic of how Beauty is a vibration.
I don’t think that it is just one vibration. One of my favorite activities to do this time of year is to stand beneath trees which are in full blossom. There is nothing shy about their expression. What if I were to sit beneath my apple tree when it is in full bloom?  I just may do this today, as my senses require some fine tuning. It is easier for me to tap into the energies of trees, especially their roots.
I had a most lovely time on a walk with a friend just two days ago. We went to a park just a few miles from my home.  Truth be told, I have not been to this park in years, nor have I ever explored its wonders. What a treat! Our time in the park was purely to introduce me to the several stands of Sequoias, otherwise known as Redwoods. I never knew they were here to begin with, nor were they so close. Hello, anybody home?
Thankfully, my friend and I get each other and at each new stand, we allowed ourselves to tap into their beauty, or should I say, they allowed us to stand in their presence. I am still in awe at their majestic height and how each tree seems to have its own bark pattern. It’s hard to miss this bandwidth of Beauty.
I love to sing. In recent years, I have regularly engaged in group singing, Kirtan, a practice of devotional chanting to the Divine.
Singing is vibrational. This is a given. But what I experience with this group is how I feel the vibration in my body as we sit in silence between chants. And there is a variance in the vibration depending upon which chant we sing.

A monthly meditation group I am in also engages in chant. Last month we decided to use the same chant to begin and close our session. Oh my gosh, the difference in tone and sound at the end of our group was amazing. Not only were we stronger in our singing, but we were clearer, more resonant. It reminded me of another meditation group where one of our participants was in the early stages of Acupuncture school and had to practice pulse taking. So our pulses were taken prior to meditation and then afterwards. Our pulses were more balanced at the end of the meditation. I know mine were.

Now here’s a thought: Beauty brings us into alignment, if we are open to it.

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)

Hobbies as a Doorway to Peace –Journey of Courage 02.09.39

Guiding Thought

I accept my light and my lightness! I feel my Self expand! As I perceive change around me, I remain anchored in my Being of Light. I allow myself to sit peacefully in the still place of nothingness as life moves quickly around me.

Contemplation / Reflection

Light and lightness. I’m feeling a lightness about this Journey. Only one more day of commitment. My husband has already congratulated me on a “job well done”. I asked him to save his congratulations until tomorrow. The lightness I’m experiencing is about demonstrating that I can make a 40+ day commitment and keep it.  Sometimes that’s a big deal.

And then, of course, there’s the actual light around me. It’s been one of those days where it’s gray and pouring rain one minute, with the sun shining brightly the next. Sometimes the lack of daylight can impact my sense of my “Being of Light”.

I’ve been playing with a new hobby today. I realized afterward that it required a single focus of attention, a “still place of nothingness” as life was moving around me. It seems like many hobbies are like this. We can remove ourselves to a more still place, somewhat removed from the life moving around us. Perhaps that’s why we gravitate toward hobbies in the first place. When we get really involved with them, the rest of life goes on around us. We sit peacefully. While I was working on my project, I was distantly aware that my husband was playing his guitar, involved in his own still place. Perhaps, when we find that place in ourselves, it radiates outward and impacts those around us. I plan to practice carrying my lightness, my expanded Self, into my days as I interact with others. I’d like to notice if, “anchored in my Being of Light”, I can shed some of that light on those around me, helping slow the pace of the life that moves so very quickly around all of us.

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)

What Kind of Travel Companion are YOU? –Journey of Courage 02.09.37

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! I embrace Love and wield it through my awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. I move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

I like to travel. I’ve noticed over the years that how a trip is planned can depend a great deal on who I’m traveling with. I’m a fairly spontaneous person. That’s not an issue with some travel companions. With others, they need to know, before we leave, exactly where we’re going, how long it will take to get there, where we will sleep, where we will eat, what we’re going to stop and see and how much it’s going to cost. They will also want to know if the car has been recently serviced, what kind of mileage we might expect, and how much we’ll spend on fuel, and what time we’ll be home. Check-in time, check-out time, rest stops and snacks may also need to be pre-planned. And don’t even get me started on how the weather will be and what we need to pack! My awareness of Oneness has helped me to realize that, while not necessarily important to me, these things are often vital to the Peace of mind and enjoyment of my travel companion. I’ve also learned that, after a few experiences of these differences, I, too, feel more comfortable with a bit more advanced planning. So, we meet in the middle. A little less planning for my companion, a little more for me. This is a demonstration of Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness. And we BOTH have a much more stimulating and pleasurable experience because of it.

 

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)