Sunrise at Stonehenge. PD-US photo from WikipediaToday I begin anew.

Over the last week or so, I found that message – Begin Anew – arising within and around me more than once.

First it simply arose in my awareness. Begin anew.

Then, as I was walking, I noticed a bumper sticker on a car that passed: Begin Anew.

Amazing, right?

Having a more focused Muse Walk on Friday (“Walking the Muse” as I call it), once again it arose clearly in my awareness.

Today I begin anew.

Yesterday morning, as I sat in my morning practice that bridges Dreamtime with waking into the new day, I was moved to pull a book from my bookshelf and opened it to the first chapter.

Can you guess what the title of the first chapter was?

Morning sunlight streaming through the trees. PD-US photo from PD pictures.net.
Morning sunlight streaming through the trees. PD-US photo from PD pictures.net.

Yes, you guessed right: Begin Anew.

After I followed the intuitive nudge to do two very specific energy shifting practices, I noticed that I felt as if a spell popped, as if a ‘glamour’ had suddenly been dissolved.

That happens on occasion.

We live in a world and culture in which fear-stirring glamours (a.k.a. ‘spells’) are woven and rippled regularly out into the collective mind.

We could consider this a type of ‘energy-psychic pollution‘ in the shared field — ala the Morphic (or Morphogenic) Fields posited by Rupert Sheldrake’s work and known to more than a few sages, mystics, and shamanic adepts over millennia.

Those glamours can feel so familiar, or they leave us with a hazed-over sense of not-quite-clarity, that we can’t quite see through the spell-haze to recognize that we’ve been ensorceled.

In the old stories, and the new stories sharing timeless myths — like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and many others — there are always themes of sorcerers who weave glamours and cast spells to confuse or distract or divert the heroine or hero and her or his allies.

Think of The Great Eye of Sauron in Lord of the Rings — Tolkien gave a clear example of that force and its weavers at work.

The Source at Mt. Shasta, California. Photo taken by Jamie, a long time ago.
The Source at Mt. Shasta, California. Photo taken by Jamie, a long time ago.

Yet there are times that, through and with Grace, and perhaps greatly helped by Allies and practices that fortify our receptivity and awareness, the spell pops, the glamour-haze lifts, and we feel and see and hear with the ‘Heart Illuminated’.

Today I begin anew.

It’s a message (and intention or invocation) that’s connected to present-moment awareness and the ‘spacious mind’ that I wrote of recently — the ‘Now’ and the ‘spacious mind’ in and through which we access intuitive guidance, empathy, compassion, creativity, creative thinking, and a much clearer recognition of the wholeness that we are and in which we are.

Perhaps it’s similar to what, in Buddhism, is called the Beginner’s Mind, and in the Jesus teachings is called ‘becoming as a child again’.

I’d guess we’d find it in other timeless wisdom traditions, too.

Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
But even with all of these gifts of remembrance, there’s another great gift.

Today I begin anew’ is a reminder that in each moment — Now — we can begin anew, with a shift in perception (and thus energy) and focus that is in greater harmony with renewal and ‘new greening’.

It has a strong connection with the Narrow Mind – Spacious Mind and Decolonizing the Imagination & Soul (and related) themes I’ve written recently about.

We have the possibility to see through the haze-spell that passes for ‘unalterable reality’ and see it for what it is.

Setting Down the Great Sack of Boulders

Often though, if my own experience is any guide, influenced by internalized conditioning and the psychic-soup spell-haze, we drag along an increasingly heavy sack of boulders — like Sysyphus of myth, forever pushing the gigantic boulders up the mountainside.

Sisyphys's Punishment (1548–49) by Titian, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Sisyphys’s Punishment (1548–49) by Titian, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The great sack o’ boulders includes the guilt boulders, the shame boulders, the blame boulders, the grief boulders, the regret boulders, the trauma boulders, the past lauds and accomplishment boulders, the problem boulders, the drama boulders, and the heaviest boulders of all: the “I’m supposed to” and the “woulda coulda shoulda” (didn’t) boulders.

Needless to say — and we know this, because we’ve likely done it — that boulder-sack gets pretty freakin’ heavy, and carrying it steals more and more energy and becomes more and more fatiguing and diminishing.

Today I begin anew.

In this moment I set down the big-ass bag of boulders that have long outlived their usefulness, and release the false belief that there’s some rockin’ value in the punishment and penance of perpetually dragging it.

Then I breathe back that energy and power I gave to it, and I begin anew, re-empowered and in alignment with the All that Is.

Blue Morpho Butterfly. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, among other things. Image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.
Blue Morpho Butterfly. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, among other things. Image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

Stir and repeat as needed. Again and again.

A renewal of heart and mind. In any moment. Now.

Today, in this moment, I begin anew.

An enlivening experiment.

Why not join me?

Big Love,
Jamie

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The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
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