Patience

It’s been a while since I last posted, but today as I was sorting through some notes for my next book (which is why I have not been writing much here lately), I found this piece about patience. Since we have a few more weeks with Mercury in Retrograde, a time that tries the patience of many, I thought I’d go ahead and share my thoughts NOW.

Do not be impatient when it feels that nothing is happening. Remember that the Baker must wait while her cake bakes, and the Gardner must wait for the seeds he has planted to come forth from the soil and produce its bounty. A mother and father-to-be must wait for their child. These are all natural processes. They are not meant to be rushed. You know what will happen if a cake is taken out of the oven too soon or if you dig up a plant that has just broken through the surface of the soil. You also know the challenges of a child born prematurely. So you wait in expectation of what will come. In each process something’s happening that we cannot see. David Boehme called those things the “Implicate Order.”

Let go and trust the process.

In other words, trust God, the Universe, the Force, and then in what I call Divine Order the cake is ready, the flower blossoms, the child is born, and what you created is manifested. What you do until that happens is up to you. Some projects take much longer than nine months and yet, the same principles of Implicate & Divine Order apply. What you do during that gap affects the outcome of not only the project-at-hand but also other projects. For instance, do you check your cake every two minutes, taking it out of the oven, which changes the oven temperature? Or do you tackle a pile of dishes in the sink or have a cup of tea and chat with a friend? The possibilities are endless. The point is that all of life is a process. When we understand the stages of the process and embrace them, we will be in harmony with the universe.

We cannot be in control of every stage of the process.

Consequently, we must let go and trust. The sunrise and sunset reminds me of Divine Order. The stars in the night sky with its changing constellations show me what I cannot see during the daytime. So, I let go, do whatever I know I can and I wait patiently for life to unfold.

Like Mercury in Retrograde, time will pass. Like the Baker, I’ll enjoy my cake. Like the Gardener, I’ll harvest my peas. And like a proud parent, I’ll birth my next book all in Divine Order.

Heavenly gluten-free chocolate cake

 

BTW Here’s my Heavenly gluten-free chocolate cake. It took a few trials to tweak the recipe, but I embraced the process and it was worth it.

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Embracing Fall With New Eyes

Embracing Fall
The leaves outside my window are changing their colors.
I watch as one leaf after another zig zags to the ground,
joining other now dried and brown leaves.

This phenomena allows me to see the patterns of the branches
and the hawk’s nest that once was hidden from my gaze.

A gentle breeze releases a shower of many rust and sienna leaves.
The sunlight casts it’s light on tree trunks
exposing a play of texture and shadowy effects not seen before.

I am reminded of the Teacher’s words “to everything there is a season.”

I wonder why we human beings do not remember to take the time to let go of our coverings, to let the light show us the core of who we are
and to know that it is time to slow down and wait for the next cycle.

Oh, Mother Earth, I heed your message
and in my humanness, I stop for this moment
for what the tree outside my window has shown me.

I embrace it’s changing colors as I embrace my own.

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It has been a year since I moved my mother from Florida to Virginia. Fall is a very different experience in these two states. Today as I drove Mom around to witness the changing colors, I noticed how some branches reach for the sky while other branches droop downward towards the earth, and yet some extend straight out as if to say “Stop!” And that is exactly what we did. We stopped and embraced fall and all its glory. And we are letting the light shine on who we are by spending time together and listening to each other’s stories. We are learning to embrace each other and our changing colors too.