Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnly

I need a challenge! [EDIT: I failed the challenge already!! I only saw the guidelines for “synonyms only” and did not see that it was requested to be in a specific form! Next time, Gadget… Next time.]

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnly


Soul Coffee

Morning dew welcomes my feet
A cool cushion with each step
Sunlight peeking through leaves
Spying as if we haven’t met

Captivating stillness
Overwhelming balance

The trees conjure an inescapable hex
Binding my heart to their glory
Caught and cradled by the spectacular effects
Exalted, this nature transitory

Dynamic richness
Infinite abundance

Awake, my Soul

Don’t Take My Word For It

While reading “Leap Beyond Your Limits” by Chris Curran (definitely recommend this book) I came across this sentence:

With the glut of information that we suffer from in modern society, more of our thoughts are formed based on the experience of others rather than our own personal experiences.

How true! I know from personal experience (lol) that I SURELY DO THIS, and I notice this in others as well. Perhaps in a light form, we go to YouTube or Google to find others to validate our thoughts, therefore confirming them without deep analysis. Other times, we go outside of ourselves to learn “new” thoughts.

We trust others using our own discernment mechanisms, but how often do we actually evaluate our own experience before accepting a thought as a belief? Also, how often do we actually try to obtain our own personal experience??

Extending this idea even further, when I go to YouTube or someone’s blog- how much of their experience is actually based on their experience and not someone else’s?! You can’t always know if someone is spouting off knowledge they’ve actually tested with their own mind/body/spirit complex or if they’re trusting someone else’s beliefs and distortions when they choose to share “their” knowledge.

The book also mentions how advertising and media are full of “false thoughts” that creep into the mind. Your body/hair/car/house/clothing is not good enough- you need this. Other people love this, so you should love it, too. Your health/emotional/financial problems are not created by you, so you don’t need to think about them- you need this pill to get rid of it (i.e. mask it). 

These kinds of thoughts are dangerous, because they tend to creep into the subconscious mind for processing before “you” (your conscious self) are even aware of the thought-forms that are being created into beliefs.

Soon you start thinking, “Man, I’m depressed. I should ask my doctor for pills” without even stopping to evaluate your experiences when you’re “down” or “hopeless” or “isolating yourself socially” or “anxious.” Maybe these things are diet-related. Maybe these things are just your body telling you you need to recharge for a minute. Maybe there is an unhealthy element in your life that needs to be addressed (the people around you, work environment, family circumstances). Find the “depression-trigger” and address it – don’t just mask the symptoms alerting you to a problem. (Note: this is not a blanket statement for ALL CASES OF DEPRESSION, so don’t worry about defending the use of medication- I simply mean to encourage people to EVALUATE their experience before they run to a solution)

Always judge your thoughts. Test them. Weigh them. Where does the thought come from? Is this true? Does this fall into my beliefs, based on my own experience? Are the thoughts really “me”? The answer is always “no” to that one, by the way- “I” am never “my thoughts.” Nan yar? 

Bottom line: Go out and form your own experiences!


“A Soul Force Prayer”

Excerpt of an excerpt?

The following is taken from the book Soul Force by Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry. I am only 21 pages into the book, so I cannot yet fully “recommend” it to anyone. However, what I have read so far- I would recommend. I share this with you, I share this with myself.

I literally had just finished a prayer to help me seek the Creator, and turned left- saw the book and opened it up. This excerpt is on page 22, and I did not read from page 21 to 22, it had just fell open to page 22 – the page after my bookmark. OK, enough explaining-


This prayer is by Howard Thurman, a minister, theologian, and civil rights activist who was committed to nonviolence and building beloved community. Let this be our prayer and rallying cry as we begin this journey toward soul force.

Lord, open unto me

Open unto me – light for my darkness.
Open unto me – courage for my fear.
Open unto me – hope for my despair.
Open unto me – peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me – joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me – strength for my weakness.
Open unto me – wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me – forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me – love for my hates.
Open unto me – thy Self for my self.

Lord, Lord, open unto me!


Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart (1981)


Jesus: the baby in the bathwater

I want to talk/think about the total rejection of the Bible and Christianity in the world today…. And maybe that’s not it- maybe I just want to talk about the acceptance of Jesus.

Below is a link to a video with Doreen Virtue discussing Jesus/ New Age/ Demons/ and NDEs. Watching the video is not a pre-requisite for reading this post- I merely want to share her message, which I found to be interesting and insightful.

Also- these are my OPINIONS. They are in no way infallible and they are subject to change. These are my thoughts as they come right now, and this is not a perfect semblance of my thoughts and beliefs in their entirety. This is not something I have discussed in great depth- so these thoughts are not “fully formed.”

I use this blog post to better understand my own beliefs, to share my perceptions with others, and mostly to refine and forge a stronger picture of my spirit by working through my thoughts here. This sort of thing should go without saying – buuut it doesn’t. lol


I grew up in a Christian home, going to church almost every Sunday. Although I am not the same person as before, I could still call myself a Christian- albeit probably a quite different one from most of those in the Church, but then again: maybe not. I find all kinds of people find a benefit in attending a Church service, reading the Bible, or practicing much of the Christian-faith doctrine.

When it comes to “New Age” philosophies/doctrine, Jesus isn’t a prominent figure, from what I have seen. But when I do come across it, there is usually a favorable picture painted around Him. Whether you believe he is the only Son of God or just an Ascended Master, it does seem that a spirit or energy that “favors” Jesus is aligned with the “positive” side in this existence. Therefore, in my opinion, any teaching or spirit that tries to belittle or degrade Jesus (or negate his teachings) is not one that I want to bring into my world. That doesn’t mean that a “negative” spirit can’t use Jesus to manipulate. This manipulation can exist, so it takes discernment and guidance from God in order to better understand the agenda behind whatever spirit or teaching you’re taking in.

Note: I use positive and negative in quotes because of the ideas behind “service to others”  (an outward charge) being positive and “service to self” being negative (an inward pull). The “positive” side will share the love, light, and power of God with others and the “negative” will pull in and keep love/light (or darkness) to him/herself. The One Infinite Creator (I don’t mind calling it God) offers itself equally to everyone. What is it that you do with His love and energy?

I have ideas about “Demons” and what they are, but that is for another post (that may or likely not ever be written). I won’t deny their existence, however- that I will say. There are entities and energies out there that do not accept Jesus and/ or want to destroy his ideas and those that perpetuate love/light and forgiveness. There are energies and spirits that enjoy the darkness and want to destroy the light in others.

As Doreen Virtue says in the video linked above, Jesus was not all sunshine and rainbows. He had his moments of what we may call anger or frustration. And also, as Doreen says, he spent a lot of time casting out demons. I would not say that times today are very different than then- people still invite “demons” into their life.

However, demons are not the only reason someone will experience negative things in their world, but they very well could be what is causing some negativity and destruction  in your life or in the lives of people you know. However, don’t discard the idea that God uses destruction, too. Destruction is sometimes necessary in order to rebuild something newer and better. Destruction can be used to tear down something that is not serving you/others in the best way. … I feel I am getting off topic here. Lol

I should insert here a caveat that I do not accept the Bible in 100% of its “teaching.” I do not believe that the Bible is infallible. I believe that the Bible passages are “subject to their times” and not everything is applicable today. I believe God has granted free-will and that includes allowing people to decide what is “gospel” and what is not. I also believe that the Bible could have been (and was) manipulated by people- it is probably still being manipulated today by newer translations with passages that are farther and farther away from the original text. Without studying in depth myself – I can’t know – I only have to trust others that claim they do. I tend to use when researching passages and that way I am able to look at various translations as well as Strong’s Concordance and original words/meanings.

Even with all of that- a word in the English language meant something different years ago than it does today. “Peruse” in the 15th century was to “use up, wear out, go through” “completely” ( The meaning to “Read carefully” was applied sometime in the 1530s, and in the 19th century, we now use it to mean “read casually.” So – what did the original term actually mean? It’s even harder to say- AGAIN I am getting off topic. lol

Furthermore, I believe that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit still reveal messages to people today. Gods only messages were not delivered thousands of years ago

Doreen Virtue mentions in the video that Jesus followed the principles of “free will” in that he did not heal or serve without being requested first. This is important. The allowance of others to engage in their own free will. Not only did he not heal without imposing on others’ free will, but he also taught his lessons without infringing upon free will. Many of his parables are coded, esoteric messages that will be allowed to fall shy of anyone’s ears who is “not willing to hear” them.

In my opinion, the 2 most important things that Jesus offers: forgiveness and love. These are obviously scattered throughout “New Age” movements. One thing that always kind of struck me is thinking about the idea of Anubis and his scale weighing your heart. Does Jesus not offer your heart to be light-as-a-feather? During any “life review” – would not the sacrifice and forgiveness of God through Jesus grant you permission to have a softer review? Would this not help alleviate the “wheel of karma” on some level?

But love and forgiveness is not all he talks about. There are messages that the Kingdom of God is within you. Perhaps this can be interpreted in different ways: the Holy Spirit dwells within (after accepted), Holy Spirit dwells within (whether you accept it or not), or Heaven is within and here and now (not external or another place or another time) – surely there are other interpretations as well. There are also verses which Jesus/the Bible seems to indicate a very literal kingdom- a “new earth” or “new government” physically here on Earth. Both of these are also seen through “New Age” ideas.

Apart from any messages he brought, Jesus as an Ascended-Master/Anointed One/Messiah/Way-Shower- HE IS ONE TO EMULATE. He showed amply mercy and forgiveness and was full of service to others. He allowed the ultimate sacrifice- his own person to be slaughtered in a most brutal way- in order for many to have Salvation, Love, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life. Whether you believe He was the true, literal, and only Son of God would not change any of the above.

So anyone and everyone: why throw Jesus out?
Throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not the answer here.

(is it ever? Lol)

Helping others, Helping yourself

One thing I struggle with is infringing on other people’s free will. I don’t like “preaching” at people and I don’t want to tell someone how to live or how to handle their life or circumstances. However, I also feel this desire to try to “help” people. Where is the line? Is there a line?? How do I “help” people without bombarding them with my distortions? Just because something works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for others- how do I balance this? How do I *know* what to say?

This is overwhelming…. I was commenting on a post, and wanted to say SO MANY THINGS, but I had to truncate my comment because I didn’t want to preach. I also don’t want to give advice when it is not requested. I am not providing “service to others” if I am forcing it on an unwilling participant. At that point, I am only serving myself and my desire to “help.”

So instead of aiming my advice toward one specific soil- let me scatter it broadly so the seed can fell wherever the soil is accepting. One benefit of this change is that I can say even MORE on the subject than I was planning to originally.

It [does not] go without saying:  If this does not resonate with you- forget about it! Don’t force something to fit into your world when it doesn’t fit.


If I could have one wish for everyone, it is for you to know -with every fiber of your being- that you have the authority and capacity to change your environment. You are not powerless.

Stop giving your power to other people and circumstances!!

What I mean by that is: Evaluate a situation, know your responsibility in it, accept your responsibility in it, forgive yourself and others involved, find the “growth” opportunity, and lastly and MOST IMPORTANTLY- accept the love/give the love freely.

So for an example- you lost your job. How many thoughts lately did you have that you wanted to leave your job? Similarly, how much fear were you projecting about losing the job? Were much of your thoughts based in fear or scarcity? What were your beliefs around this job or its duties? How did you feel about the people you worked with or the “work environment” as a whole? Have you been craving a change, but were too scared to initiate it yourself?

Chances are you had some part in creating this change in your world. If you are saying to yourself “None of those questions apply to me” then you could also ask yourself if this was a much-needed-kick-in-the-pants for something greater? Don’t discard God’s/Your Higher Self’s/The Universe’s ability to force a change on you that is NEEDED if you aren’t taking enough action for yourself.

We can’t always see “the bigger picture,” but if you can accept a change in your life as something that is REQUESTED BY YOU and/or NEEDED FOR YOUR GROWTH, then you can roll with the change with some joy and grace. Accepting responsibility also helps greatly with forgiveness…

If you find that you brought a perceived catastrophe upon yourself, forgive yourself for it. Every circumstance is an opportunity for growth and for a chance to show love. Show a little love for yourself. You will get through this, and chances are you will be stronger for it and better for it. After the pains of change have passed, if you believe that you will be stronger and better, you can perhaps find forgiveness for others involved that helped bring about the change. It’s easier to forgive others when you can accept at least a partial responsibility in the matter. Holding onto bitterness and pain will harm you more than anyone else. Allow yourself the time for growth and change and allow this time for others as well. We are none of us perfect beings, and for the most part- each of us believes we are doing the right thing (even if we can’t admit that to ourselves, but that’s a whole large topic in and of itself…).

Looking back: What did you learn from the last job and the people you worked with?  What was it you liked about the job and what was it that you didn’t like? Where did you find the joy and where did you find the stress? What stimulated you and moved you and what caused you to be exhausted or depressed?

Looking forward: So now what? Where do you go from here? What is it that you want to do with your life? What is it that you really want from a job? Do you want peace and quiet or challenges and stimulation? Do you want to work within a certain field or with certain like-minded people? Do you want a job that allows you the freedom to travel or be at home with the family more? Do you value financial stability and regularity or do you truly crave the ability to be inventive, creative even at the cost of irregular pay and hours?

Looking at yourself: Did you have the strength for survival, love, and forgiveness? Did that surprise you? Were you/Are you able to pursue a career path that is more exciting, creative, or peaceful? How many of your thoughts were centered on trust and faith? How many were based in fear or scarcity? What did these thoughts bring about? Be patient with yourself while you manifest what you truly desire. Things may not happen overnight (but they can!). Only state the things out-loud that you truly want to bring about in your world. Be clear on what it is you truly want. Instead of saying “I want a million dollars” try stating what it is you want the million dollars for. For example: I want the ability to have 2 family vacations each year. I want to live without debt. I want to be able to focus on my family. I want to be able to focus on my creative endeavors. What does success mean to you? State it out loud, write it down, manifest it through love, clear will, and strong faith.

Identify areas that there was love given to you from yourself, others, or God/The Universe (insert whatever form makes sense to you). Identify areas that you can show love to yourself, others, and God/The Universe. Be grateful and give thanks in EVERYTHING. Even if you cannot see the silver lining, know that it is there and be grateful for the silver-lining-of-the-future to show itself. If you look close enough, you can find love in every action. Love is there, even if you’re only identifying how someone else loved themselves instead of “loving others.” Be aware that sometimes you need to love yourself, and if this harms other people- know that eventually this harmful outcome will be known to that person and that person will have to reconcile with their actions/outcomes in the best way they can.

Perhaps this is lengthy enough now. If you’ve read this far- thank you! If anything has resonated with you- that’s awesome. In the end, I hope none of this caused any unsettling or harm.

Let me end on this note: only speak aloud that which you want to see in your life. You can also write them down. Have a clear will for what you want and a strong faith that it will come about in its own time. Be patient, forgiving, and full of love.

(Yes, I am still working on all of this, too!)


Heaven is Now

New Earth – Your Creative Choice!

Read this beautiful post this morning and it brought tears to my eyes. I love the inspirational words. The idea that “Heaven” is out there or later just seems so wrong these days. In the eternal dance of the Now, we can have Heaven/Eden/Utopia/New Earth right here and right now.

These things are only “later” if you choose to continue to deny the shift in perspective. You have the power to have paradise now if you accept love fully. See love everywhere, embrace forgiveness for yourself and others. See beauty in all things. Sing, dance, laugh, play. Share this joy with everyone around you. Heaven is you.

via New Earth — Your Creative Choice!


What a concept. The initial thought from the word “Broken” makes me think of a person with a broken spirit. My next thought is to shift my perception away from the idea that a person can be “broken.” In the eternal “now,” everything is as it should be. You are looking at one snapshot of an idea. Just as death begets new life, destruction allows for a new creation.

Embrace the change. Discard the notion that there is “trauma” and allow your perception to see the chance for something new. I hope my words will not be mistaken as being dismissive of someone who has experienced trauma. I sincerely wish to give everyone their power back to overcome seemingly traumatic experiences in order to view them without an emotional attachment other than love.

That which is not needed falls away. Do not hold onto that which is not serving you. Holding onto the idea of the pain is what perpetuates the pain. Release the trauma of brokenness and embrace the experiences which have molded you into who you are. Find forgiveness for yourself and for others. Find love for yourself and others.

This is not easy, but it will give you strength.



–Responding to the Daily Prompt Broken from The Daily Post