On the Playing Field –Journey of Beauty 02.10.11

Guiding Thought

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

Reflection / Contemplation

I am taken to a new place today with Beauty, that of agency.

By definition, at least from a philosophical perspective, agency is our ability to make choices. The term agency has been popping up in some of my recent readings over the last year or so.  It had been a very long time since I had heard this word, agency, and here it is.  I rather like it.

The last time around, with these particular Guiding Thoughts, I attended to the agency of mind with attention and intention. We make choices all the time as to where and how we direct our energies. Today’s guiding thoughts are all about getting off the sidelines of observing and receiving Beauty and into the game itself: act, bring, create, embody. All of these words are action words, words of doing.

The intersection of agency and Beauty was on my massage table today with a client. In the midst of my attention (focus) and intention (to relieve muscle tension) was my creative interaction with tissues that lay beneath my hands, but also in my engagement with another human being. For some short time within my work space I was able focus on what Beauty was in that space. I don’t think I can fully describe it just yet, but it was more than manual work, a client, payment, etc. I had a hand (literally and figuratively) in creating Beauty.

I must admit that it was only a momentary awareness of being on the playfield of Beauty today. Now, how to stay on this playfield of Beauty for a longer period, especially when there are the mundane tasks of laundry and dishes that call? I guess I will know more tonight, when I review my day.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 02.10.06

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)

My Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.10.03

Guiding Thought

Do I know how beautiful I am? Do I have any idea what Beauty created me, what Beauty adorns me, what Beauty permeates and surrounds me? Do I know all Beauty is a gift of Love, leading me to Itself?

Reflection / Contemplation

It was over 20 years ago in my reading of the work of Stephen Levine, the Buddhist author whose work around death and dying provided great insight and comfort as my husband’s father was on hospice. Levine’s work took me to a place of Beauty I had never before gone. A therapist had tried to take me there once, prior to my reading his work. I could not go on that journey until Stephen Levine words offered this particular pathway to me.
 
His statement was that when we experience or feel love, it is actually a mirror that is being held up to us.  We are being reflected back upon ourselves. The Divine we see in others is, in truth, a reflection of the Divine in us. WHAT?!! And here I had thought the love that I feel and express is just me be a good person, and one that I am supposed to be. Knowing that the Divine is in me is one thing, owning it is altogether another thing.
My knowing and owning my Beauty has been and continues to be a work in progress. There are parts or ways of my knowing that are easier to navigate. Maybe it is because I have given them more attention or there are less societal and cultural judgments to navigate. My taking ownership of my own Beauty has implications too, and that I know is part of future conversations with this project
For now, this intention piece keeps showing up. I periodically re-enter the world of “Mirror” work, both for personal development and application to my body work practice. I am finding how much work it takes for me look into the mirror without judgement on my appearance or give attention head noise, and maintain a steady focus on the heart energy exchange, that deep connection with my own inner beauty/Divine. To be honest, I know I am just dipping my toe in the mirror’s waters right now.

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)

Wholeness in Pieces –Journey of Courage 02.09.32

Guiding Thought

When I attune my mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, I understand my place in Wholeness. I am the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is me. I am blessed through this understanding. In return I bless all I encounter.

Contemplation / Reflection

This was a day of “wholeness” in pieces. Today was a great day and I FEEL Oneness and Wholeness!  Been thinking a bit about the attachments we make to things and the freedom and lightness that comes from letting go of those attachments.  My sister-in-law moved recently. She was in a very urban, traffic-jammed, run-down apartment where she had lived for over 25 years. Today was the day for the final exit inspection of the place she’d vacated. After 25 years of a dead-end routine, depression and a disability diagnosis, the place was in less than pristine condition. She was terrified, and feeling insecure about the process and asked that someone in the family accompany her as her advocate. I “was elected”. It didn’t begin well, with the inspector not showing up anywhere nearly on time. My sister-in-law was feeling angry, discounted, disrespected. I’d been visualizing this event, but only the actual inspection itself. And that part went very smoothly. While they still need to send her the paperwork, I believe that penalties, if any, will be slight compared to the disaster she had been fearful of. While I didn’t particularly WANT to be the advocate, I now understand that it was the Presence of Life that put me in this role. It was my place in Wholeness to be there to speak kindly to the inspector, to speak reassuringly to my sister-in-law, to simply “hold the space” for a positive outcome.  In retrospect, I was in the right place to bless this encounter and to assist her in letting go of attachment to this place and the negative experiences it represents to her. She drove more than two hours home to her new place. Instead of heavy traffic in a densely populated area, “home” for her is now surrounded by lush fields, astounding mountain peaks, deer outside her windows and breathtaking waterways nearby. All of this at a significant reduction in rent and other expenses. And when I arrived home, my husband had sold a truck he’d been attached to for several years. There’s an open space in front of our house that’s free of that attachment. I had a place in the Wholeness of this day. I am blessed, and in return I offer blessings and gratitude for all of the encounters of this day.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary Reading

Here is a great article on “holding space”: https://heatherplett.com/2015/03/hold-space/

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)

Generational Reflection –Journey of Courage 02.09.31

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. I embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who I am. As I embrace Life as my Self, I come to understand Life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.

Contemplation / Reflection

I have a great-granddaughter celebrating her first birthday today. I wish I could be embracing her physically, but she lives in another state. My Self-discovery for the day is a whole lot of mixed feelings. First, saying “great-granddaughter” makes me think “I’m old”! But, in a workshop I participated in years ago, we were encouraged to choose an age we really enjoyed, and stay there in spirit. So, I’m forever 27! Old enough to have gained a little wisdom (I hope), young enough to still want to sing and dance and play through life. Next, feeling mixed about this little girl. For her first birthday she’s wearing a pink tutu and a white lace shirt. She’s adorable. She’s a tiny princess. But, it’s so very GIRLY.  And, she’s being raised in an incredibly loving family with three older brothers who adore her. I’m sure, somewhere along the way she’ll learn to play with boy toys. And, in truth, what I feel about any of this doesn’t matter a bit. I’m not present to influence the gender training of these children. Their mother is a brilliant and multi-talented woman who is a great role model.  These children will grow up learning of love, for themselves and for one another. And I can’t change my age. So I’m embracing Life as it presents itself. I understand that I have biases and preferences. As I embrace the meaninglessness of those, I feel life embracing me gently in return. Life is what it is. And that’s more than okay with me.

 

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)

Symbolic Reminders of Love –Journey of Courage 02.09.18

Guiding Thought

Allow yourself to connect with your pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness. Be aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through you, as you. Connect with your heart, and be aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. Be filled with Joy as I embrace my heart’s Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Ombre Purple MalaSometimes I wear a mala. Sometimes I wear a bracelet of meditation beads. Sometimes I carry an angel in my pocket. Actually, it’s a small coin-like object with the image of an angel on it. Rosewood With Amber Wrist MalaSometimes I give that angel away, knowing there are more of these symbols at home waiting for me to share them. Angels, or prayer beads, or crystals, or other symbols, they are simply that, symbols, not the “real thing”. Each such symbol stands to remind me of the expression of Divine Heart through me. While I hold these things as precious, in reality they are all basically triggering mechanisms.  They are there to remind me of my connection with my heart. Well, not just my heart, but a higher source of love, light and joy in my life. I am a massage therapist and these types of items help to remind me that, when I share massage with a client, it’s not ME, but “pure love intention” doing the massage. The massage or Reiki touch comes THROUGH me, not FROM me. In the vernacular of the “woo-woo” world, I suppose I might be considered a “channel” of healing touch. Yes, I did the homework, I studied the anatomy, took the exams, qualified for the license.  But, ultimately, I would contend that “it’s not ME”. It’s the joy and Love that any of us can connect with at any time and in any place. It’s magical  — and yet, it has the potential to be so mainstream. A “healer” doesn’t so much do healing, as they open the space for a person to tap into their own healing abilities. And when I’m in touch with that, I cannot help but be joyful and to wish that All of us would tap into that Divine Love and joy. What a blessed world it is, when we practice that connection!

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.

Become a Guest Contributor
If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Smiles –Journey of Courage 02.09.08

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

When I allow myself to connect with my pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness and allow it to express through me, I find myself in a bit of a paradox. As I am delving into the very core of my being, I find myself less self-centered and more other-centered. When I am other-centered, I feel the call to serve others with whatever kindness I can. And, in so doing, I am filled with joy. I often do things in service to others. As one example, I write snail mail at least weekly to people undergoing chemotherapy. I know my notes and cards brighten their days. I’m amazed at how much it brings joy to me just in the doing-ness. My smile is broader as I drop my letters into the mailbox, and I get to share that smile with others throughout the day. I read somewhere that “if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours”. While it may lighten their day a bit, it’s sure to brighten yours too!

 

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.

Become a Guest Contributor
If you think you might possibly like to be a guest contributor at some point for a future Journey (taking your next courageous step!), as Mary is doing now, please email me: susan@withpearls.com. We can talk. Smooth. Easy. No pressure. Just take that step and we’ll see how it goes from there.