The Guest House by Rumi

Rumi (13th century Sufi mystic), uses the metaphor of a guest house to describe life’s journey.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

The Guest House by Rumi

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The Guest House by Rumi

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

The Guest House by Rumi


One Voice Matters

I am dedicating this October Feature Post to the women throughout history that used their voices and actions for our rights.  The Suffrage Movement fought for women’s right to vote.  Rosa Parks is known as “the First Lady of Civil Rights”, and “Mother of the Freedom Movement”.   Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward under oath to share her teenage sexual assault.  She is to be honored along with all the women that have shared or will be sharing their #MeToo testaments.   Below are quotes from survivors of sexual abuse.   There was healing for these individuals in speaking their truth and hopefully these heartfelt quotes might reach out and help others to seek help and speak their truths.

One Voice Matters

“You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage.  While silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren’t alone.”   ~ Jeanne McElvaney, Healing Insights: Effects of Abuse for Adults Abused as Children.

“Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit every time they smile.”   ~ Jeanne McElvaney,  Healing Insights: Effects of Abuse for Adults Abused as Children.

“SPEAK TO THE CHILD WITHIN YOU: Tell the child within you, the one that has remained buried that the “adult” in you is positively safe and sound. Start treating the damaged “you” just the way you would have wished to be handled when you were a child.”   ~ Patricia Dsouza,  When Roses are Crushed.

“My story can unchain someone else’s prison.”  ~ Patricia Dsouza,  When Roses are Crushed.

“You’ve already done the hardest part; you survived the trauma. You are much stronger than you think you are.”  ~ Sarah  Newman MA, PsychCentral®

One Voice Matters





Fall In Love

September 1st, 2018 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Fall in Love

I was fortunate to spend Sacred Time on the Big Island with Kahuna Kalei’iliahi and a small intimate group celebrating love, wisdom, and compassion ceremonies of the Ancestors of that ancient land.  Kahuna Kalei’iliahi has a lovely small book published called Messages from the Ancients.  I am so grateful that the Kahuna gave me permission to share with my readers passages from her book.  I chose the following because we all know love is healing.

Fall In Love

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the sun as it rises

and as it sets, say thank you.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the moon as she rises in

the night sky,

and send it a kiss.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love with the Light you see in a

child’s eyes

and the song of a bird.

Fall in Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love to today with the wind as it cools your

face and rustles the leaves.

Fall In Love

Fall in love today…

Fall in love today as you touch the face of

your Creator through your compassion.

Fall in love today…

~Messages from the Ancients, Kahuna Kalei’iliahi

Fall in Love


Big Island Sacred Time

I was fortunate to spend a week on the Big Island with an intimate group of 13 individuals and Kahuna Kalei’iliaha to connect with our personal sacred time.  This is something we need to do for ourselves daily, but we fail to put ourselves first.  Taking personal sacred time doesn’t require one to fly off to an island or to go on a vision quest.  However, it does require to get in touch with what brings us joy, fulfillment, and love.  This can be nature, yoga, meditation, art, writing or anything that brings passion to your heart.    How often do we go to a park or our backyard and stretch out on a blanket and feel the energy coming up from the ground, or wake up early for a morning walk before the noise of the day begins?  How many times do we take the opportunity to smell the flowers?  This is giving ourselves sacred time.

Big Island Sacred TimeBig Island is home of the largest volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, which has not been active since 1984.  It is also home of Kilauea volcano that has been continuously active since 1983 and the most active on the planet.  This makes this island one of the most magnetic sacred energy locations to visit.  I was grateful that the news media did not keep me from attending this special event.  The current fissure lava flow and eruptions only effects 2% of the Big Island.  My greatest gift to myself was not being in fear.  Fear robs us from so much pleasure.  I would not have been able to experience the beautiful Akaka Falls shown above, or be part of a ceremony honoring the ancient ancestors on one of the largest lava fields shown below.

Big Island Sacred Time 5-2I found that one of my most personal sacred time awareness moments was climbing the steps up to the Akaka Falls and then back down. Taking time for myself and continuing to take this sacred journey is not always an easy climb, but then once I take the time needed, going forward is so rewarding.

Big Island Sacred Time

The lovely Kahuna gave us this message on our last night together and I share it with you.   Please repeat to yourself “I am Magnificent” when spending sacred time for yourself. 

Big Island Sacred Time

ALOHA’, which means ‘Love’ to all; and ‘MAHALO’, which means Thanks and Gratitude to everyone.




Process to Enhance Healthy Emotions

Inna Segal throughout her book, The Secret Language of Your Body, uses the words “Divine Healing Intelligence”.  She teaches that we are all spiritual beings with a higher intelligence.   This intelligence can work through our subconscious mind as well as our conscious mind.  When using her healing processes, we are asked to always follow with the word “CLEAR”, as a reminder to clear all density, pain, stress, and limitation out of our mind, body, emotions, and vibration.  When you repeat the word “CLEAR”, imagine a broom or a vacuum cleaner freeing a pathway for you to experience wonderful things in your life.

The following exercises are found in the author’s book (pages 197-207).  Focus on these positive emotions and make a conscious decision to replace any dense feelings that you may be holding.  Find a quiet comfortable location and body position.  Before starting, take the time to breathe deeply for several moments.  Keep a notepad and pen nearby to write down insights that may come to you in the process.

Process to Enhance Healthy Emotions

 Here is Series #1 of the author’s exercises to enhance healthy emotions from the list shown above.

Process to Enhance Healthy Emotions

1.  Say:  “Divine Healing Intelligence, infuse me with your radiant beam of clarity.  Uncover any gray areas of confusion, conflict or worry I may be feeling and dissolve these by shining your light upon them.  Help me become focused  and clear on my life’s direction, the decisions I make, and the opportunities I need to embrace.  Illuminate my path with your brilliant wisdom so that I feel confident to ask questions and am open to receive the most empowering answers.  Help me to live each day purposefully, confidently, and joyfully.  Thank you.”

2.  Repeat the word “CLEAR” several times until you feel lighter.

3Clarity is a state where your mind is free from worry and uncertainty.  It requires a level of knowing yourself.  When you need clarity, focus on asking yourself empowering questions, such as: If I were making this decision from my heart and soul, for the greatest good of all, what choice would I make?


1.  Say:  “Divine Healing Intelligence, please pour your pink light of compassion into every cell of my body that carries the burdens of hatred, resentment, and fear.  Wash away all density from my mind, body, and affairs.  Help find freedom from hatred, hurt, fear, resentment, and transform these into compassion, kindness, affection, and connection.  Thank you.”

2.  Repeat the word “CLEAR” several times until you feel lighter.

3.  In order to find authentic Compassion, imagine walking in other people’s shoes.  What pain must they be experiencing to be hurtful or cruel to others?  Rather than react negatively toward them, which will only perpetuate the situation, find ways to heal your own hatred and fear, and transform it into compassion. Your compassion allows others to free themselves, and change how they see themselves and the situations they have created.

Process to Enhance Healthy Emotions

 1.  Say:  “Divine Healing Intelligence, I call on the gold ray of wisdom to awaken my inner strength, confidence and self-worth.  Help me open my heart to love, joy, and enthusiasm for life.  Fill me with your light, wisdom, and faith.  Strengthen my belief in myself, and support me in making my dreams a reality.  Thank you.”

2.  Repeat the word “CLEAR” several times until you feel lighter.

3.  Focus on your strengths.  What are you good at?  What do you enjoy?  What makes your heart sing?  Write those things down, and begin following your dreams.  Every time you have a success, celebrate your Confidence.

Peocess to Enhance Healthy Emotions



Practice Transforming Energy
One of my favorite award winning authors is Sandra Ingerman.  Besides known for her books on shamanism, she also teaches workshops and on-line classes all over the world.   A great way to kick of the month of June is to share this author’s  8 Simple Practices to Transform Energy. 
1.  Breathe
Breathing is one of the simplest ways to transform energy. When you are in a state of reaction, your breathing becomes shallow. By breathing deeply, you naturally transform your reactive state.Practice Transforming Energy
2.  Set an Intention
When you feel upset, just say the following statement to yourself: “I need to express how I am feeling right now, and I ask that the energy of my feelings be transformed into love and light so I am feeding the world with love.”
Practice Ptransforming Energy
3.  Think of a Precious Image
The energy behind your emotions goes out to all living beings. If confronted by someone who evokes strong emotions, think of a loved one and impose his or her image on the face of the person challenging you. For example, you might work with the face of a baby kitten, puppy, or your favorite flower. What thoughts do you want to send to those you love?
Practice Transforming Energy
4.  Use the Power of Words
Spiritual traditions teach that words are vibration and the words we use affect our lives. As children many of us used the phrase “abracadabra.” This is actually an Aramaic phrase “Abraq ad habra” and means, “I will create as I speak.” Use words throughout the day which remind you of the energy of love.
Practice Transforming Energy
5.  Be Grateful
Think about what you are grateful for. Being grateful always transforms your current state of consciousness.
Practice Transforming Energy
6.  Project Strength
Don’t pity others whom you perceive as suffering — this only pushes them deeper into a hole. When you see people in their divine light and perfection you help give them the strength they need to deal with their troubles.Pactice Transforming Energy
7.  Connect with Nature
Water can wash away your pain. As you wash, visualize negative energy flowing from you and being transformed into light. As you stand in the wind, imagine the wind carrying what needs to be released and being transformed into light. Light a candle and imagine the fire transmuting your intense feelings. Or you can bury your troubles in the earth with the intention that the energy be transformed to love.
Practicies Transforming Energy
8.  Surround Yourself in Light
If you feel someone is being energetically hostile toward you, imagine a protective light surrounding you. Some people think of being surrounded by white light. I imagine being enclosed in a translucent blue egg. Find a color that works for you.
Practice Transforming Energy 


White Spirit Animal's Message

What does it mean if one has a vision visit from a White Spirit Animal?  This question lead me to finding an amazing article published in Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine,  Spring 2018 edition, by J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, D.H.L.  She is an award-winning radio broadcaster, author, animal activist, and  well known telepath that communicates with animals.  She writes about having a waking day vision in 2013, when numerous White Spirit Animals arrived as a large group before her to ask that she tell their story.  Her book, White Spirit Animals Prophets of Change, is that story.

White Spirit Animal's Message

During four years of communicating with these White Spirit Animals using “shamanic dreaming”, each animal shared with the author what they thought important.  Here are examples;  1. Lion maintains that closing the ozone hole and closing the hole in our hearts keeps us from seeing the love we are connected to, as both are  essential. 2.  Bear urges us to heal with what grows from the earth, to bear children, to bear witness and to prepare for long periods of self-sufficiency.  3.  Elephant teaches us about compassionate action and resolution without violence.  4.  Wolf, guardian of the threshold,  protects the dead as well as the newborn, helping us to see life and death as a continuum.  5. Buffalo invigorates the soil and spirit. Sacred to the Lakota, Buffalo teaches prayer and peace.

White Spirit Animal's Message

How intriguing that the examples discussed above (Bear, Wolf, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion) and their species are all matriarchal societies.  Does this mean as a women, we may be called on?  White Spirit Animals implore us to “Improve life around us.”  They are attempting to awaken in us a great love and reverence for the EARTH we share with them, thus bringing us into telepathic rapport.  If you are visited by a Sacred White Spirit Animal (species from this planet or from other worlds), ask what is their story and how can you help!

White Spirit Animal's Message

Ancient Walker 2--3

I release my parents from the feeling that they have already failed me.

I release my children from the need to bring pride to me;

that they may write their own ways according to their hearts,

that whisper all the time in their ears.

I release my partner from the obligation to complete myself.

I do not lack anything,

I learn with all beings all the time.

butterfly 1

I thank my grandparents and forefathers who have gathered

so that I can breathe life today.

I release them from past failures and unfulfilled desires,

aware that they have done their best to resolve their situations

within the consciousness they had at that moment.

butterfly 3

I honor you, I love you and I recognize you as innocent.

I am transparent before your eyes,

so they know that I do not hide or owe anything

other than being true to myself and to my very existence,

that walking with the wisdom of the heart,

I am aware that I fulfill my life project,

free from invisible and visible family loyalties that might disturb

my Peace and Happiness,  which are my only responsibilities.

butterfly 5

I renounce the role of savior,

of being one who unites or fulfills the expectations of others.

 Learning through, and only through, LOVE, I bless my essence,

my way of expressing,

even though somebody may not understand me.

butterfly 7

I understand myself, because I alone have lived and experienced my history;

because I know myself, I know who I am, what I feel, what I do and why I do it.

I respect and approve myself.

I honor the Divinity in me and in you.

We are free.

(This ancient blessing was created in the Nahuatl language, spoken in Mexico)

VW Photo -Ancient Message

Empowered Woman

March 1st, 2018 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Empowered WomanThe Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation
and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.
She has a strong, yet generous heart
and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.
Like the mythical Phoenix,
she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,
unfettered by the things that once posed such resistance.

Empowered Woman Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
She feels the softness of her hands
and muses at the strength that they possess.
Her needs and desires she has learned to express.
She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,
overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife. 

And the one thing she never understood,
she now knows to be true,
it all begins and ends with you.

~author unknown

Empowered Woman




Native American Code Of Ethics

Ronit Baras shared the following in her Family Matters Blog:  “My work in personal development is in the service of all codes of ethics. I believe that regardless of which one we follow, if each and every one of us strives to live by them, to the best of our ability, we will create a better world.  Judaism is about 5,000 years old, Buddhism is about 2,500 years old, Christianity is about 2,000 years old, and Islam is about 1,500 years old. Meanwhile, the Native American Code of Ethics goes back 11,000 years. Fortunately, if you go deep into each of these belief systems, you will find them very similar”.Native American Code Of Ethics

Can you see the similarities between the North American Code of Ethics and your own beliefs?

  • Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
  • Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy, and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
  • Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
  • Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
  • Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
  • Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.
  • Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
  • Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
  • All persons make mistakes and all mistakes can be forgiven.
  • Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

  • Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.Native American Code of Ethics
  • Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
  • Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
  • Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
  • Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
  • Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
  • Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
  • Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
  • Respect others’ religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
  • Share your good fortune with others.

Native American Code Of Ethics