Love subdues all, and I am subdued by Love.
By love’s salt, I have been made sweet as sugar.
I’ve just finished a book called “Syd Arthur” by Ellen Frankel. It is a book I have really enjoyed reading. It has some very funny moments but underneath the lightness there has been some juicy learning for me.
As well as a good book there is a piece at the end about Pearlsong Press, the publishers, that I think is worth copying here:
“Pearlsong Press is an independent publishing company dedicated to providing books and resources that entertain while expanding perspectives on the self and the world. The company was founded by Peggy Elam, Ph.D., a psychologist and journalist, in 2003.
Pearls are formed when a piece of sand or grit or other abrasive, annoying, or even dangerous substance enters an oyster and triggers its protective response. The substance is coated with shimmering opalescent nacre (“mother of pearl”), the coats eventually building up to produce a beautiful gem. The self-healing response of the oyster thus transforms suffering into a thing of beauty.
The pearl-creating process reflects our company’s desire to move outside a pathological or “disease” based model of life, health and well being into a more integrative and transcendent perspective. A move out of suffering into joy. And that, we think, is something to sing about.”
I was at a friend’s place getting ready to leave yesterday when the big southerly blew in, bringing with it a dramatic thunderstorm. Standing on her doorstep watching the sleety hail pelt down I was about to make a dash for my car when lightning struck and immediately the sound exploded around and through us. We use a term “a clap of thunder” but that was no description for what we experienced. The energy discharged was huge and hit us in waves and the strike was extremely loud. My ears felt deafened by it and they took some time to recover.
We decided that 2011 has seen a new normal here in New Zealand with dramatic natural events, including weather changes now being something we have to manage.
I had intended to post today about energy but it is a vastly different experience of energy. On our recent holiday trip to Pukaha we were aware that along one of the paths there was a stand of Californian Redwood trees. We had enjoyed being amongst these trees on Te Mata Peak, Havelock North so it was exciting to come across a large stand amidst the native bush of the wildlife centre.
We simply stepped less than a metre down a gentle incline off the path and felt as if we had gone through a force field into an entirely different world. Without any communication both my daughter and I spread out our arms and turned around as we felt the changed energy. We looked at each other in acknowledgement of what we had both felt simultaneously. It proved very difficult to find words to describe what we were feeling.
The air felt cooler, very still and serene. It was, as if, we had stepped out of one world and into another vastly different one in the space of 3 or 4 paces. There was a lightness and joy to the energy. High above us in the tops of the Redwoods was a group of noisy Kakas busily tearing at the fibrous bark to find insects to eat, providing some familiarity.
I have done a little Google searching today to find out more about Californian Redwoods in an attempt to discover why we felt such a shift in energy when we were amongst the giant trees. These magnificent trees can live for up to 3000 years and have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. The tallest specimen in the world stands 6 stories higher than the Statue of Liberty. They have the ability to sprout from root stock as well as from seed. A fallen or cut Redwood can provide nutrients to a circle of new redwoods. One variety is named Sequoia Sempervirens or Sequoia Everlasting. The life force is very very powerful in these trees.
Druids consider Redwoods excellent at drawing down power from heaven to earth.
So they are remarkable trees and they seem to like our climate here in New Zealand, where they have been planted for many years now as a source of hard work timber.
It was very easy to spend time among these special trees, soaking up this extraordinary energy and we certainly felt the shift back into the real world as we returned to the nearby path.
Here is a list of books that have mattered to me or influenced me in the past few years. Many of these authors have websites and blogs to explore.
The Mindful Woman – Sue Patton Thoele
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom – Rick Hanson and Rick Mendius
A return to Love – reflections on the principles of a Course in Miracles – Marianne Williamson
A walk on the beach – Joan Anderson
A year by the sea – Joan Anderson
An unfinished marriage – Joan Anderson
A cup of sunlight – Juliet Batten
Growing into wisdom: change and transformation at midlife – Juliet Batten
Listening below the noise: a meditation on the practice of silence – Anne D LeClaire
The church of 80% sincerity – David Roche
The Happiness project –Gretchen Rubin
Focusing: how to gain direct access to your body’s knowledge – Eugene Gendlin
The intention experiment – use your thoughts to change the world –Lynne McTaggart
Everything I’ve ever done that worked – Lesley Garner
Love the life you live – Anne Hartley
The sword of heaven – a 5 continent odyssey to save the world – Mikkel Aaland
Transforming depression – the Heartmath solution – Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman
The artist’s way – Julia Cameron
God is no laughing matter – observations and objections on the spiritual path – Julia Cameron
Letters to a young artist – building a life in art – Julia Cameron
The vein of gold – a journey to your creative heart – Julia Cameron
Walking in this world – practical strategies for creativity – Julia Cameron
Your body speaks your mind – Debbie Shapiro
A complaint free world: the 21 day challenge that will change your life –Will Bowen
Wherever you go, there you are –Jon Kabat-Zinn
Full catastrophe living – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Common Ground – the true story of 2 friends and 2 very different gardens – Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey
Common Table – an uncommon tale of friendship and food – Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey
Changing patterns: discovering the fabric of creativity – Daena Giardella and Wren Ross
Plan B – Ann Lamott
Grace (Eventually) –Ann Lamott
Operating Instructions- Ann Lamott
Traveling Mercies- Ann Lamott
This piece of earth – Harvey McQueen
Shift happens – Robert Holden
Simple Abundance -Sarah Ban Breathnach
I’ve had a random collection of things on my mind in the last few days. I’ve been thinking about: weddings and our obvious fascination and delight in them;
labyrinths and mandalas and our fascination with inner journeys and spirituality;
my tenacious cherry tomato plant that looks, by and large, a total wreck now but which is still producing edible tomatoes and even has some new leaves and flowers on it;
the workings of wireless modems and how they don’t always work…..there seems to be “fade” happening lots of the time;
how easy it is to live in the absence of persistent windy weather and finally today the amazingly hot and humid day we are experiencing here today.
Okay enough avoidance. I am about to speak to the wireless modem provider as the thing is still under warranty. Wish me luck on this one!