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Knowing the Ecstasy of the Infinite

"You ask, how can we know the Infinite? I answer, not by reason. It is the office of reason to distinguish and define. The Infinite, therefore, cannot be ranked among its objects. You can only apprehend the Infinite by a... Continue Reading →

The Power of Graceful Receiving – #Blesstival

"Life is infused with spirit. When we receive deeply we’re receiving not just from an individual but from spirit itself."~ Sobonfu Somé Receiving deeply. Sounds so simple, doesn't it? And yet in a culture where we're taught in many ways,... Continue Reading →

Creativity and Art Make the Soul Grow… #Blesstival

“The arts are not a way of making a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s... Continue Reading →

Joy, Presence and the Power of Blessing – #Blesstival

Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons - use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.
Fiery Poppies in Woburn, England, May 2007 by Jamie S. Walters. Creative Commons – use with attribution and a link to this post. Merci.

Energy alchemy and Timeless, ‘Evergreen’ Wisdom — the alchemy of joy, presence and “reciprocal blessing.”

Happy Dark Moon and soon-to-be New Moon and Lunar New Year!

Big Love,
Jamie

The Blesstival Wave Continues to Build…

See more Blesstival Participants’ blessing posts AND participate in the Blessing Wave, too! Here’s how…

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The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA. The Mystic Mountain nebula. Photo courtesy of the Hubble Heritage project, NASA.

In times of intense energy dynamics and epic shifts — for many, that’s pretty much right now — we can feel both catapulted out of our comfort zones, uprooted and unmoored, and stuck, as in Way not opening. At the same time.

A strange and confusing paradox, that, but it seems to go with this particular unmapped territory.

This and other stressors can stir up a seemingly mighty riptide of angst or funk, a.k.a. depression. Add the holidays or similar high-expectation times, and shake.

And yet sometimes the medicine for being off-kilter isn’t so much out there — thankfully, as we often have little to no control over what’s out there (yes, I learned that lesson the hard way!) — but rather the medicine is right at hand, as close as our own breath.

Girl Blowing Dandelion Seeds, 1899, by Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1933) oil on canvas 87.5x123.5 Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway Danish, out of copyright Girl…

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What Makes You Come Alive? #Blesstival-2016

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." So advised Howard Thurman, the philosopher and theologian who was... Continue Reading →

Music Medicine: Joshua Bell and Overlooked Blessings – #Blesstival

Sometimes we have blessings in our midst that go largely unseen, ignored, passed by if and when we're so stuck in our routine we just walk right by them. This is what happened when the violin virtuoso, Joshua Bell, staged... Continue Reading →

Laughter Yoga – Imagine Being on This Subway Car – #Blesstival-2016

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." ~Jean Houston Laughter is good medicine. Clears out the solar plexus, and other desirable energetics. It's a blessing to be able to recall at least... Continue Reading →

The #Blesstival Wave Continues to Build … Thanks to …

The Blesstival Blessing Wave continues to gather momentum. Thanks to: Sylvia Fujiwara (via FB, multiple times), Linda@LiteBeing, Sue Dreamwalker, Ka@FiestraEstrella, Jack@Jackspottings, Mary@WalkingMyPath, Debbie@Spaceships China, Brad@WritingtoFreedom, Mary Lou@MeInThemiddle (multi-Blesser), Maddie@Chaos & Order (multi-Blesser), Bridget@BridgetCameron, Sri Devi@WellWishers, Joanna@TopofJCsMind, Ann@AncientConversations (multi-Blesser), and Mari... Continue Reading →

Releasing the Dead Shells of Yesterday – #Blesstival

“May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed.” John O’Donohue,  “Beginnings,” from To Bless the Space Between Us (The... Continue Reading →

The Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... Continue Reading →

Benediction: The Blessing-Magic of Speaking Well – #Blesstival-2016

“While our culture is all gloss and pace on the outside, within it is too often haunted and lost.” “The commercial edge of so-called ‘progress’ has cut away a huge region of human tissue and webbing that held us in... Continue Reading →

A Fullness of Joy – #Blesstival-2016

"You are the Ground I have built on and the beauty that rejoices my heart. I give thanks to you at all times for lifting me from my confusion, for teaching me in the dark and showing me the path... Continue Reading →

Blog Blesstival – Create a Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

The Ninth Wave, 1850, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900). Image courtesy WikiMedia.
The Ninth Wave, 1850, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900). Image courtesy WikiMedia.

The Blesstival Blessing Wave continues and gathers momentum.

Thanks to Sylvia (multiple times), Linda at LiteBeing, Sue Dreamwalker, Ka@FiestraEstrella, Jack@Jackspottings, Mary@Walking MyMyPath, Debbie@Spaceships China for adding #Blesstival blog posts so far to the Blessing Wave.

Thanks, too, those of you who are on the roster for upcoming Blessing Waves … Bridget, Brad, Maddie (times 2!), Sylvia (you go, Blesstival Queen!), Sri Devi, Joanna, and … you?

I’ll add your Blesstival post link to the Blesstival main page as I see the ‘ping back’.

And many thanks to those of you who have shared ‘behind the scenes’ blessings and Blesstival-wave support … it all ripples into the shared field.

You’ll find the recent additions so far on the Blesstivals main page … a growing sea of beautiful blessings in word, image, and spirit.

Big Love,
Jamie

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Love's Messenger (1885), by Marie Spartali Stillman Love’s Messenger (1885), by Marie Spartali Stillman

I invite you to join me in a Blessing Sadhana, or Blesstival  … sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook … wherever you connect.

It also offers the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing from within us, to the field immediately around us, and beyond, then, into the wider shared energy and psychic field.

Want to help create the Blessing Wave — and sow plus reap the ‘good medicine’ of Blessing?

Here are the Blesstival details:

Blesstival Timeframe:

January 1 – February 22, 2016

Blesstival Gist:

Commit to creating at least one blog post to share a blessing into the blog-o-sphere.

Your blessing can come from an inspiring blessing-oriented quote, bit of sacred text or scripture, or a wish or blessing you’d like to gift out into the shared field.

It can be a…

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Bird in Hand – #Blesstival-2016

"The Bird of Paradise lands on the hand that is not grasping.” (Thanks to Jack of JackSpotting for offering this reflection in a Blesstival post comment.) Big Love, Jamie See other Blesstival blessing posts AND participate in the Blessing Wave, too!... Continue Reading →

Take refuge in … #Blesstival-2016

“You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through.” ~ John O’Donohue, from A Blessing for One... Continue Reading →

Burning Bushes All Around – #Blesstival-2016

"We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs... Continue Reading →

Peace to this house – #Blesstival-2016

“Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Shalama bayta:” Peace to this house and family — May it complete its purpose and tell its tale to the end. May it fulfill itself in surrender to the One.” ~... Continue Reading →

Well-Fed Roots – #Blesstival Tidbit for Today

“All spiritual traditions, including Christianity, have shamanic roots. When the roots are fed, they sink deeper into sacred ground.” ~ Bradford Keeney, Shamanic Christianity Let’s have a blessing-bath with that last sentence for a minute … let the essence of... Continue Reading →

Music Medicine – Empty – #Blesstival-2016

Here’s a bit of music-medicine blessing on ya. ‘Blessing’ is mentioned, actually, though not in the way you might expect it. And the exquisite steel guitar accompanying Ray Lamontagne's fab guitar and singing may well combine into a blessing-wave in... Continue Reading →

The Astonishing Light – #Blesstival-2016

“I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light Of your own Being.” ~ Hafez (1326-1390) Wishing you a bounty of 'believing mirrors' that reflect to you, and stir alive within you, the... Continue Reading →

Snappy Comebacks – #Blesstival-2016

There are all types of blessings ... the lovely kind that stirs our heart and raises our energy quality, of course. But tw0 of my other favorite types of blessing include, (1) one that comes from a sharp wit, often... Continue Reading →

Janus – Looking Back, Looking Forward + a 10-Year Anniversary

January is named for the Roman deity Janus, who stands with one face looking back, one face looking forward, but planted solidly right where he is at the moment. So it makes sense that Janus would be associated with transitions,... Continue Reading →

A Waterfall of Blessings – Blesstival-2016

"Which part of your being is waiting to bathe in this waterfall of blessing?" ~ Neil Douglas-Klotz, in The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish May each of us -- human, animal, plant,... Continue Reading →

My Soul Arose at Dawn – #Blesstival-2016

"My soul arose at dawn and, listening, heard One voice abroad, a solitary bird, A song not master of its note, a cry That persevered into eternity. My soul leaned out into the dawn to hear In the world's solitude... Continue Reading →

May the Angels in Their Beauty…

"May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart To come alive to the eternal within you, To all the invitations that quietly surround you."... Continue Reading →

Blog Blesstival – A CoCreated Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

Thank you to all who joined me in an experiment: The Blesstival  ... sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook ... wherever you connect. Together, we stirred the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing... Continue Reading →

Joy, Presence and the Power of Blessing – #Blesstival

In times of intense energy dynamics and epic shifts -- for many, that's pretty much right now -- we can feel both catapulted out of our comfort zones, uprooted and unmoored, and stuck, as in Way not opening. At the... Continue Reading →

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