Untouched Dawn to Color

There is no such thing as a blank slate when it comes to life. We all are born into this life with an outline- a country, culture, family, circumstance, status . . . Yet each morning, the breath of life is renewed. We rise into a new day, with different lines, for life is ever shifting. We are given a box of colors; our thoughts, emotions and actions all will color in the outlines of the new day. Some of us will be perfect little artists, staying neatly within the lines, coloring just the way we see everyone else coloring, or the way we were taught to color. Others will be messy little artists, coloring outside the lines and defying what is to make our own unique world. Either way, we each choose the colors to paint our day. And in the end- they will all be a collection that makes up our own, personal, unique book of life!

Untouched Dawn to Color

Untouched dawn, I bid thee welcome
A box of colors I have at hand
Thick black ink outline a picture
Imagination afore me stands

Inhabit I alone this space
In universe that is not bound
Filled with breathing, living matter
Existence on an earth-plane round

A blank-slate never was or is
Perhaps I chose this earth I’m on
A page my artist longs to color
And here I am, on untouched dawn

Although this day seems like another
Nothing e’er remains the same
A box of colors I’ve been given
On each new day I write my name

An outline of the dawn is etched
An untrained artist free to paint
All thumbs I struggle how to color
A perfect hue without restraint

Shall I pick natural earthy colors?
Or from the rainbow choose to create?
All black and white would make it simple
Gold and silver for shimmery slate

Perhaps the sweetness of pastels?
Or big and bright like orange and red?
What colors will I paint this day
Before the sun goes back to bed?

Written by Elizabeth Van Cleve

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels

Five Powerful Steps to Evoke Change in Any Situation

Do you want change?

  1. “Promote what you love rather than bashing what you hate.”  Whatever you focus on is where your energy and time are being spent; and what you give your energy and time to, focuswill increase. For example, perhaps you want your relationship with your spouse to improve- you want more romance, more attention and such. If your focus is on the lack of those things within the relationship, then the lack will increase. Instead, focus on what is right about the relationship and how you can add more richness to it.

Another example may be a societal change you want to see. Perhaps gun-control is a deep concern for you. Maybe you are worried that your right to bear arms is being threatened.  Focus on the reasons why bearing arms is a good idea, rather than on what will happen if you are “disarmed.” Give your time, attention and energy to promoting gun-safety and responsibility rather than bashing those that oppose guns.

  1. “Be the change that you want to see.” Feel and express yourself as if you are already enjoying the state of change you desire. When a love-relationship is romantic and passionate, you may smile more often, do extra little things for your special someone, dress a little sharper and wear cologne. Playing the part is a good place to start!

Someone who desires to retain the right to bear arms will simply bear arms, and practice safety and responsibility, being that example for others to see it is possible.

  1. Walk a mile in the oppositions shoes. Take their position for a while. Listen to their reasoning. When we just shake our fist and declare our position is the right position, we get absolutely nowhere. It only fuels the opposing side. No matter how right we believe we may be, there is another side to the story and we need to have a good understanding of it and respect for those who have opposing views.

IndifferenceThis is especially true in relationships. Many times family members lose their closeness because they take liberties that they would not take with a stranger. They feel because they are family they can just push their weight around and say exactly what they think with little consideration of the other’s feelings and views. Not only does this not help to bring someone to your point of view, it drives a wedge between you and your loved one that may never be able to be repaired.

This is seen in parent/child relationships quite often. A child begins so show his independent thinking and it does not line up with what the parent believes to be right; the parent has a knee-jerk reaction and tries to plow out the unwanted thinking without ever trying to understand why their child has come to that conclusion. If you won’t listen in order to truly understand someone, they most certainly are not going to hear what you have to say, because they know in their heart you have no idea what you’re talking about. You have not even taken the time to hear and understand them.

oppositionMany of today’s issues have fierce opposing views; abortion, immunizations, religious freedom, sexual orientation, etc… these all have very strong arguments on both sides; Taking time to thoroughly understand where the other side is coming from and not just bashing them because they do not see it like you do, is essential to finding a real solution that everyone can work with. Calling people names like stupid, evil and fanatical will never bring someone to see your point of view. When you are really willing to respectfully listen to and understand, with empathy, their point of view, then doors will open for you to be understood as well.

It is then that we find common ground; it is here that we come to appreciate the fact that we are all human, just wanting to feel safe, secure and happy in this world we are currently experiencing. Taking an arrogant, mocking, superior position will never build bridges. There is nothing about any of us that is superior to someone else. We may be more learned in a certain area, but that doesn’t make us superior to another human being.

4. Make sure the change you desire to see is for the benefit of all involved. Whether you call it karma or reaping what you sow, or you get back what you put in, or “you made the bed now sleep in it,” the point is, do not misuse your personal power to change as a tool of manipulation. Be considerate of all life.

5. Be grateful. Morning, noon and night, as often and you think about it, give thanks continually. There is always something we can find in every situation to be thankful for. Whenever you find yourself feeding the negative monster or bashing what you hate, the quickest and surest remedy is to start naming to yourself all that you have to be thankful for in that given moment.

These five steps are powerful and can evoke the change that you desire to see in any situation. Whether it is a relationship, a personal need or a societal condition, by diligently practicing these steps you will begin to see improvement and the light of hope shining bright on the horizon.

Inconspicuous Blessings

Quiet moments . . .

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Evening hues . . .

 

Moonlit nights . . .

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Un-retouched Photographs by Elizabeth Van Cleve

 

Rain Vibes

California is on fire and short on water. We need rain and lots of it. Perhaps if enough of us bring rain vibrations the heavens will soon burst open with fresh waters. Send a prayer up for, believe in, and feel the rain!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Honey PB Frosting

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Recipe for cake

1 cube unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup olive or grape seed oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In large bowl, beat together butter sugar and oil till creamy. Beat in eggs, butter milk, coffee and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, sift and mix well together flour, cocoa, bkg soda, and salt.
Stir into wet mixture and gently mix. Gently fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
Pour into oil-sprayed 9×13 pan.
Bake at 325 for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean- done!

Allow to completely cool before frosting with…

Honey PB Frosting

0121 cube unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup all-natural Peanut butter
2 tbs organic honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups powder sugar

Beat all ingredients together until creamy and well blended

 

Watermelon or Gatorade?

If you are looking to stay hydrated, you may want eat to your hearts content some sweet, juicy, icy cold WATERMELON!

Many people stock up on Gatorade to keep up their Electrolytes as they hydrate. Gatorade does provide salt, sodium citrate, and monopotassium phosphate.

But Gatorade also contains artificial dyes, preservatives, brominated vegetable oil and glycerol ester of wood rosin- all of which are unnatural for human consumption and can potentially be dangerous to the body if consumed in high doses.

Watermelon, will not only quench your thirst and hydrate your body, but it will provide electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, fiber and sustenance- for a great day.

In fact, fasting a day or two on nothing but watermelon- eating lots and lots of this beautiful red, luscious fruit will cleanse and revitalize you.

Try it!

Remember: Every step you take up that vibrational ladder has a ripple effect!

 

Color Me a Rainbow

Someone posted a picture of the rainbow on facebook, claiming the Bible’s meaning behind it; another person commented saying, they were sick of the rainbow being used for an “unholy” thing.
I don’t think the LGBT community meant to give it an “unholy” meaning nor take it away from the story in the Bible. What the whole point is behind the rainbow is that life is not black and white, even though so many see it that way. When we see life as black and white, we miss the entire beautiful spectrum of the rainbow. Some issues cannot be boxed up into two different categories.
There are a lot of colorful and beautiful people who are part of LGBT community; and there are some people who want to stick them all into the black box- the “bad” box, and let them stay there until they learn how to be “straight.” Its just not that simple.
Many of these colorful and beautiful people have been hiding inside the black box, or trying to climb out of it, but keep getting shoved back in, by those who do not understand them. Thus, the rainbow has become their way of saying that they are not BLACK- they are part of the beautiful tapestry of color that everyone else is.
I personally am not wired that way, so it is really hard for me to wrap my mind around that type of life-style. But I don’t have to. That is not my job or purpose here in life. My job is ME- being the BEST possible version of me I can be, and learning all I can in this journey called life!
I do not have to understand everything about everybody and try to control what other people do. There is no such thing as abnormal. Abnormal is a product of prejudice and believing some people are more valuable than other people. Everything and everyone is normal when put into the context of their own life.
The best thing anyone can do in a world that feels like it is going mad, is work on being that person you wish everyone else would be. Be the best possible YOU, you can be. Learn and grow and LIVE with passion. Boxes are debilitating for anyone.
There have always been and will always be a LGBT community. Shoving them into the “black box” doesn’t change that. What it does create is hypocrisy and in-authenticity which are like a big grey cloud covering the beautiful colors of the rainbow!

Trust the process.

Hi-Vibe Breakfast

Tomorrow morning, change up your breakfast  to give your body a happy, healthy kick-start! Fruits have the highest vibrational frequency because they are an offering from the plant. You do not have to take life from something to enjoy them. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and so much more.

Fruit cereal

This delicious bowl of organic fruit has bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi. On top I sprinkled a little unsweetened coconut, hemp seed and sliced almonds for added crunch and protein. Pour some ice cold almond milk over it all for a delicious and nutritious cereal.

Love is the Always Answer

Fundamentalism is variously described by various authors, but to me it really boils down to a rather simple test: In my view, a fundamentalist religion is a religion, any religion, that when confronted with a conflict between love, compassion and caring, and conformity to doctrine, will almost invariably choose the latter regardless of the effect it has on its followers or on the society of which it is a part.

Fundamentalist religions make this choice because they uniformly place a high priority on doctrinal conformity, with such force that it takes higher priority than love, compassion and service. ~Fundamentalism Defined

It takes courage to step away from religion and let your inner-system detox from years of religious programming. It takes time to work through fears and insecurities and find that solid ground within your heart. When all seems confusing, dark or lost, just remember, LOVE is always the answer. Love yourself. Love those that hurt you. Allow others to love you. The simple answer is LOVE!

Radiate boundless love toward the entire world- above, below and across – unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. ~Gautama Buddha

Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you and pray for those that persecute you. ~Jesus Christ

I am not exactly sure what heaven will be like, but I know that when I die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘how many good things have you done in your life?’ Rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’ ~Mother Teresa

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is to great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Embracing the Art of Manifestation

Manifestation is the hype of this age. Many people are tirelessly seeking out information and educators on manifestation with a desire to create the reality that they crave. As new as the idea or concept is to some, manifestation has always been a part of life. Awareness of how it is working in your life and what influences the vibrations that mold your reality, is key to creating a life of intention.

Much of religion manipulate vibrations through changing habits, through prayer, and creating new thought forms by way of scripture study. The Christian Bible has a scripture that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In order to effectively manifest, vision is imperative. The clearer the vision, the more detailed, the more longed for and felt in the heart, the stronger the vibrations are put out into our universe and hence manifest into this reality. When a person prays earnestly with a distinct desire envisioned- that prayer is answered; so if the prayer was for healing of an infirmity, healing comes.

Child-like enchantmentManifestation can be synonymous with prayer, intentions, or magic; They all have the same powerful purpose behind them- to manipulate and change what is, into what is desired. And for what purpose? It is to create happiness and satisfaction. Life regains child-like excitement and magic when we begin to understand and embrace the art of manifestation;  the earth becomes a wondrous playground, full of enchantments waiting to be discovered.

We can begin our day in Spirit and truth; looking within to what resonates with self. We set our intentions of what we want the day to feel like- what we desire to experience. Go within and ask yourself what you need today to be like so it will be a good day. If you can, write it down, or record your intentions in a voice recorder. Do you want to feel relaxed? Do you desire assistance in something? To you want to experience love and connection? Whatever you desire this day, enter this desire first within your own soul in connection to Spirit. Feel it, embrace it. What does today as a perfect day look like?

At the end of the day, reexamine your intentions? Did they manifest? You will be surprised at how effective this can be. As you practice you will be impressed by how much of a cocreator you truly are in this physical dimension. Step out of the boxes you have locked your self away in. Open yourself up to the infinite universe. Possibilities are endless. This is never selfish, because when you manifest happiness, you raise your vibrations and thus the vibrations of the entire universe. There is a ripple effect- high vibrations affects everyone for the better!

ocean magicYesterday I took a road trip to the coast with several other people. I kept my vibration open to magic and excitement. When we arrived at our destination, we picnicked then went for a walk along the beach. For me, the earth was an exciting, magical place. I knew it. I felt it. I found beauty and enchantment in everything around me; an old wooden arch and stairway leading to the beach was a portal into another dimension. The seedpods from a thistle were fairies that carried our wishes into the winds. I wished that the day would be filled with special magical moments, and then I blew them all away.

I prayed for our safety and protection and rested in assurance of it. The day was beautifully overcast and cool. I soaked as much of earths beauty as I could into my soul. Whenever someone put out a negative vibration- with words or moods, I strengthened the high vibrations I set which affected positive change in the negative vibrations.

Driving home we spotted what we at first thought were dolphins. I quickly pulled off to the side of the road and we jumped out of the car. There were probably fifty-plus seals jumping about the waters, and swimming around them was a pod of Orca whales. Gorgeous and majestic they enchanted us with their magic for a good fifteen minutes. One member of our group excitedly exclaimed that she set intentions that morning to see a whale. On the drive home we read Shamanic meanings of seeing Orcas and seals and each of us found soul-satisfying synchronicties. I knew my wish for magical moments had seen it’s zenith for the day. We loathed to leave that place of serendipity- manifestation at its finest!

Many people believe that the art of manifestation is all about getting things you want. While attaining things can be a fun part of manifestation, the real art is in creating a life that is enchanting, magical, fun and brilliant. Its about being present- its about experience, growth and learning. The earth is our platform waiting to be discovered and rediscovered through an infinity of perspectives. The sky is the limit. The universe is magical!