When I returned…

I got back home from Northeast PA on Wednesday, the longest day of the year. Beautiful light in the sky. Amazing view of Ranier while flying into Seattle. From the ferry, there were serene and clear views of other islands and the Olympics. This is home.  The land, the sky, the air all feed my spirit and heal my soul.  Though there are sweet friendships to enjoy, I can be quiet here.  I need very little.  A good day is moving from the house to the garden to the studio, never leaving home.  Painting, cooking, planting seeds, cutting flowers.

When I’m in Pennsylvania, it’s all about being busy.  Seeing clients, teaching Reiki, seeing friends, listening to music, doing an occasional craft show.  Talking to lots of different and wonderful people in one day.  Soaking in that East Coast energy from so many sources.  And connecting to my long history in PA.

And I seem to need and love both lives.  They seem to flow more and more effortlessly into and out of each other.  Both are wonderful.  Neither is perfect.  The split between East and West is not wide or huge.  It couldn’t possibly be a whole continent apart.  After eight years (amazing!), I’m starting to become the same person no matter where I am.

Spring Mandala (Tolerance)

In January, I came up with the idea of doing a new mandala for each season of the year. I finished the one for Winter on the day before the Spring Equinox. This one is ready well in advance of summer.  Good for me!

The sub-theme for Spring is Tolerance.  And here is why.  Do all the flowers get stressed when they start coming up at the same time in Spring?  Do they fight with each other for space, or crowd each other out, or deny each other light and water?  No, they somehow make it work.   And even when the weeds start to take over, they all still tolerate each other.  They all know what to do.  My personal lesson in all this is to be more tolerant of those who don’t act with kindness, or who don’t care about the good of the planet, or don’t have a particularly humanitarian philosophy.  I recognize that we are still all connected whether I want to admit it or not.

But perhaps my greatest challenge in the Tolerance department is for those nearest and dearest to me.   It is so easy to get annoyed or to need and demand perfection from them.  I want to feel like the two ribbons of blue in the mandala, entwined yet flowing in different ways and in a different rhythm.  I want to be working toward the sun and putting more and more consciousness into the tangle of green.  Coming through in the orange and pink flowers.  It’s all growing in its own way and in its own time.  And oh my, I want to be more tolerant of myself as well.  That dark spot almost in the center of the mandala.  The remnant of darkness from the Winter months.  The remainder of mistrust and doubt in my soul.

Healing for Japan … and for you and me

For the past few days, I have been glued to the news, watching as the situation in Japan continues to unfold and to be even more troubling than we at first thought.  An earthquake/tsunami of this magnitude is a rare thing, but when compounded by the threat of radiation exposure from the nuclear plants, it becomes even more overwhelming.  It’s almost too big to begin to comprehend.

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I’ve been getting calls and emails from various Reiki friends, healers, teachers, and writers about sending light and energy to the people and to the land of Japan.  Many wise and powerful messages are out there. But I still want to add my voice to theirs.

Please send Reiki light and energy to Japan in the coming days and weeks.  Please do not stop when the news media goes on to cover something else.  They will need our love for a very long time.

But also please remember that when something this huge happens on our tiny planet, we are all affected.  When the Earth goes through so much upheaval at once, it touches each and every one of us.  We are feeling it emotionally as our hearts open up to all the people in Japan who are suffering such great losses.  Some of us may be feeling it physically as well.  This may manifest as low energy, exhaustion, nausea, dizziness, etc.  It’s possible to be affected mentally as well.  Some of us may be feeling mental strain or having trouble concentrating.

Yesterday, I sat down to send Reiki and felt a combination of all of the above sweep over me.  I could feel the energy coming in waves across the ocean directly to the West coast.  I had to stop, regroup, and give myself Reiki first before going on.

So this is the message.  If you are feeling especially tired or sad, that is perfectly natural.  Watch your own physical and emotional state in the next few days.  Listen to your body, your mind and your heart.  Keep your own vessel pure and open, and give yourself lots of Reiki.  From that place of strength, know that you can make a difference.  Surround yourself with light.  Feel safe and protected.  And then…send tons of Reiki energy to Japan.

Big things (natural and man-made) are beginning to happen more frequently and with greater intensity.  It is a challenge to watch it and feel it all thoroughly, and not to succumb to pessimism or fear.

There is much healing to be done.  But now…just for today…Japan….

With much love and light, Susan