When Trees Speak

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“We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea. Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea.” – Paul Tillich

(I first published this post on another blog in 2014. Someone brought it to my attention today and it seemed right to re-publish it here, now.)

When trees speak, their message is not so much heard as felt.

I felt them speaking to me, their voices percolating inward, cresting my consciousness as I approached the top of the ridge.

The day was gray and moist. Tiny droplets settled on my face, on my hair, collecting, commingling, until finally they gathered enough collective momentum to run in tiny streams over my lips, my cheeks, my brow.

The message of the trees emerged.

“You are trying too hard,” they said.

It was not a whisper.

“You don’t have to try to solve the problems of the world. Just be who you are and you will make a difference. All you have to do is be.”

Be yourself? Is that what they were telling me?

Who knew trees spoke in cliches?

But who am I to argue?

Take a moment to listen to the trees today. What are they saying to you? What difference will you let it make in your life?

 

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A little gratitude adjustment

Buffalo and crows spirit animal gratitude poster
Today’s Affirmation:
“I am thankful for all the wealth that comes to me every day.”

 

Just take a moment and do a mental wealth count.

Just the little stuff. The food in your fridge. The pictures on your wall. The clothes on your back, and in your closet.

Most of us are insanely wealthy by world standards.

With that in mind, from today onward, I’ve decided to consider myself wealthy. That doesn’t mean I have to spend needlessly or drive a new Ferrari. It’s just a matter of attitude, and of gratitude.  Concentrating on the blessings I have, instead of the ones I don’t.

I’m going to see where it takes me. Want to come along?

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Affirmation for a New Year

“I am willing to create positive change in myself and in the world.”

"Wind Woman" illustration copyright Anne C (Christie) Michelsen
“Wind Woman” illustration copyright Anne C (Christie) Michelsen

As is the human body, so is the cosmic body
As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.
As is the atom, so is the universe.
– The Upanishads

As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul
– Hermes Trismegistus

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
– Matthew 6:10
Just a thought for the first working day of this beautiful New Year:

We are Creators, you and I. We create our own reality. Piece by piece, step by step.

The little things we do? The little choices we make? They DO matter.

Yes, they do. A lot.

Each little choice (physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial) takes us that much closer to our own personal Hell…or to Heaven on earth.

Piece by piece. Step by step.

It’s up to us.

Which reality do you want to create?

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Thoughts on Paris

Angel of femininity and graceThe thing about attending conferences is that catching up with the real world can be a shock. I didn’t even know about what happened in Paris until someone mentioned it on the airport shuttle on the way home from my events this past weekend.

Needless to say it was sobering.

My very first reaction was to tune out the rest of the conversation, close my eyes, and send love and light to the people of that beautiful city.

And as I did so, I sensed that I was not the only one. I could feel a tremendous tidal wave of love directed towards Paris from all over the earth. The city glowed like a beacon – truly a City of Light.

Then a strange thought came to me. It was, that somehow, the Earth needed healing in that spot. Needed it strong, and fast, and now. That the acts of violence happened in order to call attention to that place.

I hope this does not sound disrespectful to the people who died in Paris last week, or their families. The way I understand it, these people are not victims, but spiritual heroes.

It pains me to hear people reacting to the violence with thoughts of hate and revenge. I know it’s a natural reaction for many people but as they say in Unity, “thoughts kept in mind produce after their kind.” Hate only feeds hate. Fear feeds fear.

The key to change is to think the opposite. Only Love can conquer fear and hate, not more fear and hate.

And Love IS stronger than fear.

Whenever you read this, please join me right now in sending Love to Paris, or to wherever in the world you sense is hurting. Your doing so will be felt, and it does make a difference. Let’s not let the lives of all who passed in Paris last week be lost in vain.

Love & blessings,

Christie

P.S.The angel above is another in my new Angel Prints series. She is another one of my Angel Art Readings that was created for a specific person but has universal relevance. Her name is Helena, and one of her messages is to embrace both the light and the darkness in the world with grace and love.

This week, I am donating all profits from my Etsy shop to relief efforts in Paris. My spirit animal and angel posters and prints were all created to raise the vibration of Love in your home and the world. If you would like to help me spread this message of love in this way, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrightSpiritArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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When you never tell girls they can’t, part 2

Medicine bear drawingThe weekend before last I was in Milwaukee for a holistic fair. While there I had the pleasure to meet Dennis (Rocky) King, a medicine healer from the Bear Clan of the Oneida nation.

I’ve had a lot of bears come into my life lately – in dreams, in my art, and, just a few weeks ago, a bear crossed twice in front of me while visiting my aunt’s cabin near Manistique, MI. So naturally, we got to talking.

By the end of the day, we had arranged a trade. He gave me an awesome Bear Medicine healing, and I am working on a piece of art for him, featuring Medicine Bears. (The sketch above is a preparation for the final piece, which will be in watercolor.)

So, anyway, while we were talking he told me a story about two little girls.

Rocky worked for several years as a teacher’s aide on the reservation. He had a special relationship with the kids because he would listen to them and take them seriously. But one time two little second grade girls claimed something he just couldn’t bring himself to believe.

“Rocky, we can lift you up!” they said.

You have to know Rocky. He is literally a bear of a man. Tall, and big. He has to weigh at least 250 pounds. (Here is his picture, modeling for the bear painting:)

Native American Healer“No way,” he said. “You can’t lift me up.”

“Yes, we can!” they insisted. So finally he gave in and let them try.

“They each grabbed me around one of my knees,” he told me. “I grounded myself and made myself really heavy, but they just looked at each other and said ‘one, two, three!’ and on three they lifted me straight up! I couldn’t believe it! What those two little Indian girls could do.”

He said he told one of the teachers later about it and she just looked at him and said, “Rocky, you’re so funny. Tell me another one.” But when he told his medicine man mentor, the man looked serious and said, “Well, of course. Children can do amazing things, before anyone tells them they can’t.”

When Jesus said, “become like a little child,” perhaps this is part of what he meant.

Believe in yourself. You are more powerful than you know.

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