Sunday, July 25, 2021

Blessed Fire


 

We honor you for the transformation that has danced across our lands and through our lives.

May you see the respect we intend in the numbers and qualities of beings we send to battle you.

We know that you are the heart of the sun, burning strong and proud, never truly quenched, the fire we have buried in our own hearts until you broke free to display your power in a way we could not deny.

Let this symbol of creativity show that you have been heard:

      Not all fires should be quenched; the fires of passions and joy and love and creation 

and exploration should burn on forever. And those fires should be used.

I pray you, release our forests from your embrace, and return to the candle and the camp.

Your work here is done.

Thank you, fire, for that work.

Thank you, fire, for your message.

Thank you, fire for always being alive in our hearts.

Hail and farewell.



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer Solstice Divination Special


Hello to you!

I recently had the opportunity to do some readings, and I must say, I loved it!

So, to honor the Summer solstice and do more of what I love, I am having a Reading Special - 1 hour for $55.   



If you're like me (and Colorado), it feels like it's taken this long just to pull yourself out of the winter of contemplation.  So now is a great time to pause and ask a few questions:
  • Am I where I want to be?
  • What seeds have sprouted in my life's garden?
  • Which ones am I still waiting for?
  • Which dreams do I want to tend, and which am I ready to weed out?
  • Do I HAVE to think in plant metaphors?

The answer to the last one is no 😉

But if you have questions, I'd be happy to help find the answers. I use the runes, the Wild Wood Tarot, and connection with the divine to translate what you need to hear from the Universe. As a Happiness Practitioner, the focus tends to be on what will be empowering for you; Self Care and Acceptance are also themes that often weave through the conversation.




The readings can be in-person (within a reasonable distance of Denver, CO) or online. Once you've purchased a reading, we'll connect and coordinate time and place.

And if you want to be informed about the flowers in my Garden  sign up for my newsletters.




Happy Solstice, Gentle Beings. May the sun shine brightly, and without harm.

-Lila

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Watcha Feelin'?


 Hey! How ya' feeling?   

If you're like me, you feeling like your slogging through something you can't quite identify and you can't really see your way out of. Your strength is sapped, you're tired all the time, and you're not always sure that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.

And more people die and the economy is uncertain and everyone is fighting about politics it seems and somedays…  the only feeling is "Why bother?"

And since most of us are feeling that way, it seems to multiply and spread until we're as beaten down as district 12 in Suzanne Collins' books about the MockingJay.

So, if you're like me, it's time to explore a different question. Cuz we know what we feel, and what we're afraid of. What would we like to feel? Seriously. Take a few minutes, take a deep breath, push back from the desk or lay down on the floor. Look out the window, or close your eyes - and allow yourself to answer this question… "What would I like to feel?"

Be curious. Be imaginative. Be brave. "I'd like to feel safe. I'd like to feel free. I'd like to feel 30 pounds lighter. I'd like to feel like an astronaut. I'd like to feel the ocean on my feet, the mountain breeze on my face, the hug of my family, my pets.  I'd like to feel magical, delighted, competent, healthy, free of this headache, full, strong, mellow, sad, excited… "

What would you like to feel?

Hopefully, just the act of contemplating that - of exploring the possibility that there are other feelings out there to be felt - helps your body connect with some of those feelings. What does it feel like - physically - to feel safe instead of beat down? To feel magical instead of drudging? To feel free?

What does it feel like in your heart, in your head and your shoulders? What does it feel like in your breath?

 And there! if only for a minute, we are breaking through the bleak fog of habit and reaction and we are emitting rays of hope, sunshine, possibility. This is how we change our worlds, my friends. It doesn't change the weather, but it definitely changes how we approach it. What we add to the collective.

And the answer can be different every day! every minute.

 So what, in this minute, would you like to feel?

 I hope the warmth of the sun breaks through the fogs and lightens your day.

-Lila

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Enlightenment is Awesome... and inclusive. (What's that mean?)



Today I was told I was wrong.

I have been attending a Universalist Unitarian church lately - delighted by the professed inclusion of a variety of spiritual practices. The structure of the celebrations follows the norm - entrance, light candle, words and music and non-denominational prayers/ meditations, douse candle. One service was lead wholly by various members of the congregation. 

And the music. OH! the music has been a balm to my soul. Choral music. Contemporary music, orchestral and pop Congregation singing hymns, of course, and members playing Chopin, and choirs singing Billy Joel, and... and... and... So far every service has been different and every service, musically at least, has fed my soul.

Propelled on the love of the music, I joined their choir. Just this week.

I am glad that I did. That I have been carried on the wave of the music. Because today, I was told that I was wrong. That my practice - the Happiness Practice - basically everything I am - is wrong and NOT part of the inclusion that is the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

I am "enlightened enough" to understand that this could be my interpretation… but the words I would say her sermon paraphrased down into was "Individualistic focuses and practices are bad." We are, as humans, relationship beings. And so, our focus the core of the faith practice - even a liberal faith practice which has no set dogma or creed but is all about inclusion - should be on the society. "Ask not what your church can do for you…"

I am proud of myself. I was still able to enjoy the music.

And it is so tempting to rail against the injustice of this personal attack - though it wasn't. It wasn't personal at all. She didn't even know I was in the audience. Only a few people in the congregation even know I am a Happiness Practitioner. Heck, only a few people in the world know what a Happiness Practitioner is!

The first part of the service had readings which talked about the difficulty of being a liberal religion - because there is no One True Way. There is no set dogma, creed, or practice to say "DO THIS" in bright bold letters. So it in not, as was said, a faith path for the faint of heart.

And this sermon was the minister's way of giving her congregation a sense of purpose and a direction for their spiritual focus. "Ask what you can do for your church. For your community." It was her job!

And isn't my job to accept that? Not that I am wrong, not that I have to change in order to become an acceptable choir member. But to accept that the words she spoke are her truth. Her reality. Her Happiness hinges on this belief. This is her center.

And it does piss me off, that to be true to myself I have to accept her truth as valid, for her. It would feel so good, so righteous, to use all this hurt to argue with her, tell her how wrong she is, make her validate my point. MAKE her - and by extension the community she represents - accept me.

Well, that's not my job. That's not my truth. And in the end, it might feel triumphant - for having said my piece - but it wouldn't be fulfilling. It wouldn't be my PEACE. Because in the end, it would be against the true meaning of acceptance and inclusivity - which means basically she has the right to believe her reality of the world. She has the right to make the world a better place in her fashion. She didn't throw me out. She didn't even single me out. She didn't harm me in any way - though I was harmed by her words.

I, to be true to my faith and my practice and my Happiness, get to practice accepting her. And I get to make a choice.

Am I going to let her truth become my truth? Am I going to turn myself into her version of a Universalist Unitarian in order to feel I have permission to sing? No.

Am I going to slink into the church each time, hoping to be unnoticed so I can get what I need and scurry away? No.

Am I going to swagger in, daring someone to ask me if I am an individualist? No.

Am I going to starve myself of music in order to be out of her sphere of words? No.

Am I going to sit martyr like through her sermons and wait for the arrows of her truth to pierce the armor of mine? No.

I am responsible for my Happiness, for my joy, for my practice. And if we ever meet, she will think what she thinks about me. She will include me - the Unique and Equal individualist - or not as fits her truth. It has nothing to do with me.

And will I include her? Well. The Happiness Practice is diverse. And Inclusive. And we accept that everyone, EVERYONE has the right to their truth. And frankly, I don't know her. She could be a very nice person. But I won't be seeking out her company any time soon; I doubt she is my KIND of person. Because of this one truth she has spoken.

If I want to make the world a better place - if I want to make MY world a better place, I have to do it my way.

I hope you're having a great day!


-Lila


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Why do Coloradans drive on the left!?


Today I am writing to reveal the answer to that eternal mystery.

Like you, I have been frustrated by this enigma for most of my years of driving in this state (except when I am using the right lane to pass all the traffic.) But I recently have begun travelling in the older parts of Colorado, and I have discovered the reason behind this cultural norm.

Or should I say reasons - because there are a few.

1)The right lane is for loading and unloading
How does traffic merge on? The right lane.
How does traffic exit? The right lane.
Whether you're on a highway or a main street, the right lane is the lane from which one turns right. Sometimes there is a small lane carved out of the bike lane. Sometimes there is not. And sometimes the right lane suddenly becomes the turn lane, as signaled by the discreet white sign was saying "This lane MUST turn right."

2)The right lane disappears
Yes, I said what I meant. The right lane disappears.
Many is the driver who is caught by surprise when she finds herself heading toward the sidewalk because the two-lane street merged, for no discernible reason, into one lane.

3)SNOWPLOW!
It's actually pretty logical - though, since I avoid driving in snow, the husband had to tell me this one. The snowplow plows the left lane first - much more efficient, than plowing the right lane first, since the snow (and or slush) that is being plowed gushes to the right.
 And driving next to a snowplow is NOT fun. Exciting - yup. As in "WTF!" But not fun. (Yes. This is personal experience talking.)

4)The right lane dips like a ballroom dancer
And I don't mean this in an attractive, graceful way.
Denver loves to boast of it's status as a Mile High City at the base of some beautiful foothills.
What this really means is we DRIVE on hills. Our roads are carved on hills. Which means the right lane might have a tendency to lean to the right - which means, you're driving at an angle. Not comfortable when you're trying to look over your shoulder to see if you can merge before the lane ends!


So if you see a Colorado plate cruising sedately in the left lane, just smile and nod. Cause now you know a few of the reasons why. And yes, you could ask us to change, once we're on the Interstate. But if you've ever tried to break a habit, you know how easy it is to consciously switch years of daily behavior. (Ie - Not) We thank you for your tolerance and understanding.


Safe driving, dear one!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

A breath-giving moment



As I sit to morning prayer,
 this is what I see.
And I am grateful for the breath
 of beauty set before me.

It's just a tree. It's just snow.
It's just a sky of blue.
It's just a breath-giving moment of peace
I wanted to share with you.

This is life. This moment, this time
this scene of chilly grace.
This is the world where I choose to reside -
This beautiful, happy place.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Life in Runes - The Blank Rune





The blank rune -
No questions asked can have an answer from the past.
Because the future's not yet told; choices have the weight of gold.

The blank rune -
What you cannot see is all the ways the world can be
and any step you make is right; you've the choice of fight or flight.

The blank rune -
Time to reach inside to find the truth from which you hide.
Up or down, right or left, you're the one who know the best.

The blank rune is asking you the question.
What is it you want to happen?
How will you get there? What's your choice?
The blank rune offers you your voice.