Eclipse of the Sun March 2015~Photo’s

I have a couple of hours to spare while my lively 4 year old Granddaughter is at preschool. So I thought I would upload the photo’s I took of the Eclipse we had here in the UK last Friday. 

First the sky was bright and blue, and we thought we were in for clear skies

Blue sky, the eclipse was already under way and was a quarter of the way across even though my  Small Camera couldn't pick it up.

Blue sky, the eclipse was already under way and was a quarter of the way across even though my Small Camera couldn’t pick it up.

If you look at the top of the above image you can see the wisps of cloud rolling in.. The sky was very strange,  I think as the cooler air started pulling in the blanket of cloud.

The cloud rolled in and this was the second picture taken

The cloud rolled in and this was the second picture taken

 You can see already how its getting darker

Darker still

Darker still This one is darker because I used my Sun glasses over my camera lens to see if it showed what we could see visually.

Looking through our pin prick pieces of card we could easily see the eclipse by this time the Moon was around 2 thirds of the way across the Sun 

Now you can see how much darker it was getting

Now you can see how much darker it was getting

But my digital camera was not showing what we could see.

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What I could see visually without my pinned piece of card

I heard my neighbours out on the front of our houses.. they were observing the eclipse by not looking directly up into the sky. But by looking at the reflection through their windows..

I went back around the back and looked into my kitchen window from the outside.. Sure enough I could see the Eclipse perfectly..

These next few photo’s are what I saw..  I took these pictures  of the window.. Now you may see on some there appears 3 eclipses this is due to the glass reflection and the angle I took the photo’s

Taken through the reflection of my kitchen window

Taken through the reflection of my kitchen window from outside looking at the window

When this stage of the Eclipse took place, the temperature dropped it was cold, and the birds who had been singing up until this point in the garden shrubs all stopped singing.. The wind also got up slightly adding to the eeriness of this wonderful experience..

I then got out my Drum.. and did some drumming, and gave thanks to Mother Earth in a small ceremony to celebrate The  Spring Equinox and the Renewal of Life

 

Here you get the strange effect of seeing the eclipse 3 times as my window reflected the sun back

Here you get the strange effect of seeing the eclipse 3 times as my window reflected the sun back

I hope you enjoyed this little Interlude..

 I will be back in a few days to catch up with all of your own recent posts.. In the mean time have a glorious week.

And hope to be back really soon..

~Sue~  

A Journey With Friends

 A Journey with Friends.

This is to all of my WordPress friends… Thank you 

Happy Spring Equinox 

And Enjoy the Solar Eclipse! we should get to see around 90% of it in the morning around 9-30am  in the middle of the UK.

I have one or two projects that need completing so I may be quieter for a while,

 I Hope to share with you soon what I have been up to.

Enjoy! 

 

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Many times along our road,

We struggle onward with our load.

Forgetting when at low ebb tide

The many friends which around us reside.

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For when in doubt, or feeling low

It’s good to share with the friends we know,

The buried pain we suppress and hide,

Those hidden tears, we keep inside.

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A trouble shared is split in two,

A piece for me and a piece for you.

Sharing thoughts we often find

Our friends experience is just like mine.

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We all experience the highs and lows,

Not knowing the direction of our roads,

We just keep travelling to journeys end.

Helping each other around our bends.

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But isn’t that how our journey should be

Helping each other, the likes of you and me.

What have you got packed within your case?

That helps us all in this ‘the rat race’.

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For what do we take with us at journey’s end?

It’s not the Mansions or Mercedes Benz.

Packed in our hearts is the love that we share

It’s showing our family and friends that we care.

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These are the treasures of perfect pure gold,

That remains intact when we cross the threshold.

And into the ‘Light’ we once more will step

Thankful for friendships and love ones we’ve met.

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So whether your experience is taking its toll

Remember the friends with along whom you can stroll.

For each has a blessing even though in disguise,

We share with the old, the young and the wise.

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The knowledge that wherever we are on the road,

We can always shed a burden and offset the load.

And if we pray hard, a heavenly hand you will find.

Has walked in your footsteps, carrying you, at your side.

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© Sue Dreamwalker 2010 –  2015 All rights reserved.

Living in the Moment~ A Short Story

I wrote this in 2011, and was browsing through my Archives,  I needed to read it again to bring me back into my NOW.. and Live in the Only Moment there is..

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How long could she shut out the World? To open her eyes would allow the harsh light of day to blind her vision. A vision she no longer wished to see. She had witnessed cruelty beyond measure of Man’s inhumanity to man.

If she kept her eyes closed she could shut the world out. She could stop the constant chatter; the inaudible rabble the world threw out, the constant noise of the ‘woe is me’, ‘the I have not’, ‘the I want’ and ‘it’s mine’

Within the darkness behind her closed eyelids she could create a perfect world. A world of love and healing, a world of unity and sharing, a world of giving and receiving. A selfless world of Peace.

She wished this throbbing in her temples would cease, in fact it was at such times as these she wished she could just vanish completely. But as soon as the thought appeared she vanquished it from her mind, she knew she still had to fulfil her destiny, complete her mission, she knew her ‘Time’ was not yet.

‘Time’ ….everything had its Season, a time to sow a time to reap, ………

Harvest Time, ….. Now there she could focus, she knew all about harvest time… (We plough the seeds and scatter the good seed on the land) arrgh she thought what seeds indeed did we sow. Again she was a child, running, carefree, laughing.. Oh to have that feeling back, to wake each day with that Joy and spring in her step. To view the world with untainted innocence.

She wished Time would open up its ticking hands just to hold her still. To stop her thoughts from racing off into the future or slipping into the past. She wished Time would hold her still within that ‘moment’.

She laughed out loud, the sound echoed within the tunnel of her thoughts like an alien train. She’d had many ‘moments’ and each of them had been a ‘Now moment’ but she had let them All slip away as she looked over her shoulder as the shadows of the past crept up. Or she chased them into her future wishing them to come.

The salty brine oozed from beneath her eyelids, but she still refused to open them. Where did all those ‘Now’ moments go? Lost, gathered up in vague recollections.

The Light squeezed a ray of silver under her lids as the salt stung at her eyes.. Her temples throbbed in unison with her heart, pounding now within the cage beneath her breasts. A cage she had placed herself in. The rays of light filtered through her lashes creating prisms of colours that darted in lines she counted them, One,…… two,…….. three………………….

She opened her eyes with a start, the Sun had come out from behind the clouds.. She was back within the ‘Now’.. and a smile once again touched her lips for she realised she could live within the Now Moment any time she wished.. For ALL Moments are Now moments.

She just needed to believe and Live and ‘breathe’.. Every Moment Now….

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2011 All rights reserved.

 

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Love and Blessings  

~Sue~

 

The Evidence Of our Emotions.

The world reflects back what we project out. My own sadness was projected out.. My own Horror was projected out in my last post, but I also hope my love and my compassion and my wish for Peace is also projected out. For I truly believe it is We who have to change. 

Much is happening within our world and we need to bring our world back into balance through living once again through our HEARTS…Not judging or condemning. But by bringing the Care and Kindness back into our thoughts.      

All through our lives we seek Love and need to feel love, Now is the time we need to share Love, we need to share our HEARTS…with each other.  

Within each of us is a spark of LIGHT which connects us to the Oneness, We are creating what we are on the inside which is mirrored on the outside.   This video speaks of those very tools I spoke of, The Power of our Minds, and how that affects the Whole of Humanity and our World.   

When we learn to connect to that Light within, as we experience through our senses, you will see that everything we experience in our Outer-world takes on a new meaning. Ask yourself what energy are you creating? Are we projecting out hatred, judgement, prejudices, anger? Or are you projecting Love, Kindness, Care, forgiveness,Tolerance and Compassion?  What is in your world right now? 

When you discover for yourselves this truth, exiting things begin to happen, Things thought to be coincidences take on a new meaning, and when you open your mind even further you then see you are indeed Co-creators, and you are the ones who has the power to change the world with your thoughts.. And Peace and Harmony will become the Norm, as we learn to shed the Fear of chaos and negativity.

Gregg Braden ends his talk by saying,”Those changes extend into the world around us, into communities and families in ways that can be measured and that’s a fact, and with these two facts we can move on in this 21st Century of the world and not let the frightening conditions of the World dis-empower us.

We can look at that world square in the eye and say yes these things have happened, But there is a Power Within us and maybe we can outgrow the need for War”.

Have a Peaceful weekend

Love and Light

Sue  

 

Warning: What I’m about to say.

Warning, what I’m about to say

Could seriously upset your day

So listen please well to my words

For this is my perception of what occurs

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Sunday is our day of rest

Some go to church and dress in their best

Others go down on bended knees

Reciting their mantra’s wherever they may be

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Within ALL Religion of which men speak

Is the LOVE of God of which we all seek

Yet while we sit within  our snug homes

War rages on with Bombs and Drones

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Children die hourly, being Killed and maimed

In the name of religion, beliefs are blamed

It’s time we stopped walking on the other side

It’s time to act, it’s time to decide.

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Ancient monuments being put before Humanity,

Seem more important than Lives, its insanity

Wake up People, to the Horrors WE Create

Yes WE with our denial, and Hate.

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What drives men and women to pick up guns?

What Kind of Human kills babies for fun?

Can you explain how hate got so ingrained?

Why LOVE got so lost, and Genocide inflamed

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Those who look the other way,

Maybe need to Wake up and Pray

That this hate doesn’t spill, to their front doors

Hate is the lack of Love—That’s the Core!

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Each bad apple starts with a bruise

Spreading like a cancer, touching others to abuse

‘Fractions’ and ‘Extremes’ spread out with Fear

Closing our eyes won’t stop all the tears

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Throughout History, in many many lands

Man has much blood to wash from his hands

Hitler, Amin, Pol Pot, to name but a few past

Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Ukraine, We still blast

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Many tell me to live with Joy in my heart

But how Can I Ignore this Suffering ‘I AM’ Part

‘WE ARE ONE’ within this experience of Life

We need to stop being ‘Indifferent’, Inject Love not strife.

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I can’t stop the wars that others may fight

My only weapon is LOVE, to beat the Darkness with Light

We have to look within at our own prejudices and Hate

Clear out our own darkness, Let Love be our Fate.

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The Hopi foretold this long jagged path

We are now at the Cusp, we have to choose and fast

Dictator’s control, using fear to cause harm

My only weapon is LOVE –  But it’s more powerful by far

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Our minds are our greatest tools we possess

Use them to send love, to heal and caress

Compassion verses Anger, Light against Dark

Use thoughts and create Love—Generate Sparks

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Our Children need lessons in Love not Fear

We the Elders need to teach love, not hand out tears

I know Love outweighs and will overcome

Stop turning the other way and playing dumb

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Stand up for Freedoms, Live a life in Harmony

Unity Consciousness starts with You and Me

We Came to Earth to find the LOVE we separated from

Don’t waste this life, Find LOVE, Before its Gone!.

© Sue Dreamwalker 2015 All rights reserved.

To see what generated this poem I wrote last evening, you can go to Learning From Dogs post Written with a heavy heart. But Please be Warned the Images there are Very disturbing about the ISIS movement and massacres of young children. And as Paul says should not be viewed by children under the age of 16.. But what incensed me about our Media news is that this week airtime is given to Ancient Monuments being destroyed which was described on TV as ‘a crime against Humanity’!!…. And yet Thousands of innocent lives are being tortured and killed every day, …World Wide….

We not long ago held the Anniversary about WWII… as we remembered those Millions who died.. “Never Again” said our leaders should this happen again?

‘WAR’ is a Crime Against Humanity be it in which ever country, and by who ever the perpetrator is.

And while some countries withdraw their armies.. They supply  More Weapons to fuel More Wars!..

*Sigh*

Paul ends his post by saying

“Makes our dogs look like profoundly straightforward, loving animals! Why, oh why, can’t the human race essentially be as straightforward and loving!”

Why indeed !

March Energies: Dancing to the Light of the Moon..

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Tonight is anther Full Moon, and to those who are astrologers know how these energetic cycles and phases of the planets impact upon our personal lives..  The dance of the heavens have always been a mystery to me, but one in which I have always been intrigued with.

As I look to the night sky, with an inner knowing of belonging to a far greater source of Oneness within our vast Universe.  The Moon’s own energies I know from experience plays a great part in the ebb and flow of our own emotional tides, and why wouldn’t it.. For we are Water based creatures over 70% make- up of water.. So as the Moon affects the tides of the oceans, is it any wonder it affects our own rising emotional tides within..

I read an article recently which said March is the Maker Month, I liked that, as I had already started to plant my seeds in their trays which now line my window sills.. And already after only one week I can see them beginning to sprout new growth.

I also read my Horoscope, something I don’t often do, which said within March issues may come up for review, and some things may appear intense, as the cosmic energies combine with some human actions.   Those of you who connect much more wisely than I on the astrological plane will know much more upon the alignments of planets than I do.

My own energies have been shifting, and I have had to learn how to feel comfortable within these changes.. Knowing if I assist in keeping my own energies in balance, I also help create a more balanced world.

Winter has been a time to rest, rebalance, and for me its brought about issues that I needed to revisit and heal. Learning to nurture ourselves is important.. But this also means not just our outer body with healthy food and exercise.. But also we overlook the many things we keep locked within us.. These last two months have allowed me to go within and face head on some of those hidden hurts I had thought were dealt with.. Yet there they were as large as life knocking upon my heart to be viewed once more.

That inner Knowing is also yelling out to me to keep calm, as the world around us can seem to explode into chaos.  I found myself being caught up within its chaos, And some of my wisest WP family here were very kind in helping me look from another perspective upon the view I was choosing to see from. And I am never too proud to admit to standing back from myself and viewing myself from a different perspective.

March is the beginning of Spring, where new growth sprouts forth. I feel March is already making me look within and seeing my ‘higherself’  I feel excitement, I know I am growing too, and around my home we have cleared spaces, cleared out items no longer needed… And so as the outer world is de-cluttering so too the inner world de-clutters the debris of held onto emotions…

The ‘Outer and Inner’ Worlds reflect back to us.. Yet so often we do not look in the mirror to see the cause of the problems we create within our ‘Outer World’ often stem from our ‘Inner World’.. It reflects back to personal responsibilities.. 

Today I revisited an Old Poem.. which speaks about the Moon.. And I wonder how many poems there are about the Moon? And this phase within our present cycle is making us navigate through our hearts wisdom..  

March is feeling energising, and I am recharging and trusting again that inner guidance to take me out of my Winter dormant phase.. We are all of us Moving through these cycles. The Moon reminds us we are not alone, for we can amplify things as we move through our personal phases. But each individual change is also connecting us through the global changes we are experiencing..

As Above, So Below..

Love and Blessings..

Sue  

 

 

 

I have been Spammed. Am I in your Spam Box? Karin, Marina, Brenda?

I have left various comments upon some of your blogs today, but upon some of them I have been sent into your Spam boxes, I have been retrieved from two blogs, 

Other blogs I left a message on are which I disappeared are .. 

Spiritual Awakening Can you retrieve me Karin please.. 🙂

http://marinakanavaki.com/ Marina hope you can find me 🙂

http://friendlyfairytales.com/  Hope you can find me too Brenda. xx

I have contacted Askimet and hope they can sort it.. it appears also my own spam box isnt getting any spam at all.. and yet I would get 100’s a week..

I know before my Spam box went quiet I was also unspamming regular commentors from WP.. as I used to check my Spam box regular until it became  so quiet.

Is anyone else getting this problem?

 

 

 

Tree Medicine..

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It was only in dreamtime that those memories came to haunt her.. She had always been a restless sleeper, and her grandmother had long known that her dreamtime experiences went further than normal dreaming.. Aponi’s wisdom had known even before her birth that she was going to be a special child. She knew she was a Dreamwalker, one who could travel beyond this vale.

But she also knew that her granddaughter needed much guidance to be able to develop her skills for she was fragile in her emotions.. But Aponi had been told by the wisdom keepers that her granddaughter had much work to do, she needed schooling in the old ways.. A task Aponi had much pleasure in teaching her.

The Spirit Elders watched over Aponi’s task, which they had charged her with to teach her granddaughter  Muna all she knew. Muna’s name had been well chosen, it meant Overflowing Spring  in her Hopi tribe.  They had watched over the infant and would travel in and around her world until she was ready for the task she had come to this earth to fulfil in this modern age where the old ways would be needed to be called upon again. 

So Aponi had taught her grandchild the Earth medicine and she had done it in such a way even her grandchild was unaware that these were in fact lessons. For they came as natural as breathing to her. Such was her love of the outdoors and all of Nature she absorbed each piece of information Aponi gave her and remembered everything.

Aponi had only been too pleased to teach her granddaughter to connect with the Forests, and about the many animals. She spoke of the Trees being the Lungs of this earth, and how they gave us not only the air we breathed in, but the tools to live.. She taught her about the various varieties of Trees and their uses, and how their barks and fruits, leaves and shoots could all be used in various ways…

Coming off the Moor we enter a beatuiful Silver Birch wood.One of her Granddaughter’s favourites was that of the Silver Birch, it is graceful in form with its silver bark, was known as ‘Lady of the Woods’.. Aponi took pride in teaching her how its medicine had been used throughout the centuries and told her how it was a cleansing tree..

That the Silver Birch Twigs were used to make Brooms to sweep clean, and beat out negative influences, clearing the way for renewal. She was told how in the past Criminals were thought to have come under the influence of ‘Bad Spirits’, and were ‘Birched’ as an act of cleansing. And how land boundaries were beaten with Birch twigs each year in order drive out the spirits of the old year, the old energy which may have got stuck there, and let the new energy flourish . . Aponi taught her how the Birch shed its leaves and twigs and even its bark, teaching us to let go of unwanted aspects of ourselves to be free to move forward to new beginnings. The heart shaped leaves reminding us to follow our hearts desires.. ..

Aponi had taught her how the sap was tapped in March for syrup which was used as a Sugar, and could be used to make wine. Also Oil made from Birch bark was used in tanning of leather and the oil too when added with almond oil soothed aching muscles when used to massage the skin.

She taught her how the bark is water resistant, containing large amounts of resin, and how in the past it was used for roofing, shoes, and making canoes and in baskets and paper making. The young leaves too could be collected in late spring and early summer to be dried . These could be used in infusions such as teas, to act as a gentle sedative, to break up kidney stones, or gallstones, or to use as a mouthwash for sore mouths..

Birch leaves are a tonic as well as an antiseptic and Aponi had many women from the town come seek relief from cystitis and other urinary infections which the Birch medicine helped relieve. ..

Aponi taught her Granddaughter many things,  how to be careful when removing the bark from trees and to do so in small patches, for as to remove it in a continuous ring around the trunk, the tree would die… This was just one of the many lessons of nature her Grandmother gave in her teachings of Earth medicine. 

Many more were taught not only on the medicinal properties of Natures larder, But of the Spiritual elements of them too.. Birch brings boldness, helping to clear a path in our energy, as changes come. Aponi taught her the great wealth of knowledge that comes from the Earth, that many now didn’t even remember or practice.

Aponi too was saddened as many of her own Native tribes had also lost their ways and forgotten to live in harmony and within the balance of our Earth Mother. Forgetting the Ancient ways. Many were now lost.. 

One of the most revered lessons Muna was taught was that of the Trees, was that Trees span the five elements . Their branches held high in the AIR, they take their energy from the FIRE, the Sun, and their roots go deep into the EARTH, drinking from the living WATERS of the Earth. Aponi also taught Muna, that they inhabit the fifth element, SPIRIT, and that we are all able to connect with them..

Aponi told the story of the tree spirits in one of her bedtime lessons, and how important meetings were held under large trees, And how they listened to us, and shared their energy, and if we listened how they would speak to on the breath of the wind, as their leaves shook and branches creaked… And how they shared their gifts of fruits and nuts and most important of all, giving us our very life’s breath to breathe. And how they sacrificed themselves for fuel and shelter, and how important it was to communicate with their wisdom, for they were old and wise. Holding a wealth of knowledge as they had stood and watched the comings and goings of human kind some for hundreds of years..

Aponi spoke on how if one were to cut down a tree, or take a branch, a limb, one should always ask the trees permission, this allowed for the Tree spirits to withdraw, allowing the tree to die, however Aponi told her that even after the tree was cut down and the wood was used, either carved or polished into a piece of furniture or some ornament, some of the trees spirit would still be within its wood, and how people would always want to reach out and touch it, stroke its smooth surface admiring its colour and grain, thus touching the wood for luck.. as they felt the Trees spirit.

Muna sat now remembering once more all the Tree Medicine, as she sat with her back connecting to her favourite tree.. It was indeed time to reach within and bring out the wisdom she knew she had within her..

It was time for her to awaken others, she was ready.. As she became like the Birch Tree she sat beside..   It was time to let go of unwanted aspects of herself, to be free to move forward, to new beginnings… She turned to the four directions, and bowed respectfully to each.. She gave thanks as she gave the tree some tobacco from her medicine pouch

Her journey was just beginning.. 

© Sue Dreamwalker  2015 All rights reserved.

 This is short story Part of one I wrote some years ago..Its message is too good not to share, Thanks go to Brad over at Writing for Freedom  whose own recent post Native Winds  prompted me to post this old chapter that I tweaked a little     

 

 

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Each of us, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward.. I hope that I can send a few ripples out via the web of life, as we each of us weave the threads together... Welcome to my Sanctuary of Peace and Love... May we each spread our Lights around our World....Sue Dreamwalker

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