‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
There is much to be said of small things. Even in this age of emphasis on bigness we must realize that bigness is only a mass of small things. An idea is a small thing. With it we can change our world. We can take a tiny seed and give it careful attention and reap a hundred fold. We can take a little idea and give it our attention and build it into a fortune.
A smile is a small thing. Smile once at someone in passing and three will return the smile. Smiling is so contagious that it moves from person to person until a hundred smiling faces are the result of one.
A thought is a small thing. One thought inspires another and another until a mental image is formed. From that mental image blueprints are drawn. And from those blueprints worlds are built.
Hope is a small thing. One tiny glimmer of hope can lift us out of the deepest pit of darkness. One whisper of encouragement will help us to know that as long as there’s hope there is an excellent chance.
A wish is a small thing. Like a little prayer, it climbs the steps to an idea that makes a smile and gives us hope to make our wishes come true. For in small things are all great things formed, in little beginnings the possibilities of great events.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 27
There is no death. “Only a change of worlds.”
–Chief Seattle, SUQWAMISH AND DUWAMISH
The Elders tell us of the other dimension, the Spirit World. Our spirit in our bodies does not die, it only looks that way to our eyes and our brains. Some of our ceremonies allow us to see into the Spirit World. Death is only part of a process of life. It shows the transition into the Spirit World. The Elders tell us this is a joyful life journey.
My Creator, help me to understand both the seen world and the unseen world. Let me not be afraid of the world You live in.
January 27 – Daily Feast
Habit has its beginnings in thought. Whatever becomes second nature to us has first caught on in our thinking – only to operate, in time, without thinking at all. Breaking with deeply ingrained addictions is something else again. Since we were old enough to understand we have been bent to a certain thought, molded to act and react until we follow through habitually. If what we did gave us comfort or made us feel good, we did it again. We have to fight habit with habit, deliberately changing one thought, one action, for another. If we simply try to remove a habit without filling the vacuum, we are opening the door for more and worse to come in. It is harder when we let thought drift back to remember how we were comforted. There is more than one comfort, more than one joy in forming a new habit.
~ We bury them from sight forever and plant again the Tree. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
A man was dining in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to speak to her.
Suddenly she sneezed, and her glass eye came flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it back.
‘Oh my, I am so sorry,’ the woman said as she popped her eye back in place…
‘Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you,’ she said.
They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, and afterward went to the theatre and later had drinks. They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his. She listened.
After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.
The next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy was amazed. Everything had been SO incredible! ‘You know,’ he said, ‘you are the perfect woman. Do you treat every guy you meet this way?’
‘No,’ she replied…
‘You just happened to catch my eye…’
(Oh shut up, and just forward it!)
Daily Goddess Devotion – Circles within Circles:
Call to the Goddess within a circle within a circle. Have all those you love and trust to stand with you hand in hand under the full moon. All those needing energy of the Goddess to bless their lives. Step within the enter circle and release all that brings pain and sadness into your world.
Sometimes we need others to help us find our own personal essence lost within the mundane. Asking others to stand with you as call unto the Goddess to releases your fears and sadness has no shame and is a wonderful way to show others that you need their support and their love.
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Honor Yourself Today
Today, give yourself great respect. Let every thought and every action you direct toward yourself to be how you would treat someone for whom you feel both admiration and gratitude, and someone you would like very much to have as a dear friend.
Every thought should be only what you would direct toward such a person. Every action you take should be colored with deep respect, deep kindness and an underlying love for yourself.
You are everything. You are your best friend. You are the one person who will always be there. Treat yourself this way. Give yourself the credit you are due. Honor yourself for how hard you have worked, all of the wonderful things you have done, the many, many ways in which you have learned and grown. Honor yourself for all of this.
You are worth it all. You are worth every kind word and loving act. Treasure yourself today, just for being exactly the person that you are, right now.
‘May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.’
The Universal Heart Center
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
52: Keeping Still
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
General Meaning: Regular periods of keeping still are an important aspect of personal development and forward motion. The most restful person may not be the one who sleeps twelve hours a day, but the one able to grab catnaps while cruising 600 miles-per-hour at 35,000 ft. Learning to act when it is time to act, and to keep still when it is time to keep still, is the key to obtaining the peace of mind which helps you stay focused when clear focus is needed.
Consider the spine, which serves as a switchboard for all the nerves of the body that mediate movement. When the spine is kept flexible and healthy through proper rest and relaxation, active movement can always be undertaken without strain. When the spine is held erect in a balanced sitting posture, the inner balancing of meditation can take place.
Treat your innate spark of energetic vitality like a candle in the wind you are protecting, as your only light in a dark forest on a moonless night. Avoid external conditions that threaten to snuff out the flame, and be careful not to suffocate it with your own ambitions of worries.
Time out. Relax now, take your shoes off and sit a spell. Let go of thinking. Breathe and meditate on the breathing.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Etteilla
Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.
Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.
Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.
The intense Scorpio Moon reminds us that the idea of balance sometimes sounds better than it actually is. Today, we are wise to express our position and then take a stand, irrespective of the consequences. However, we might overstate our opinions as communicator Mercury forms a skillful quintile with excessive Jupiter. Meanwhile, assertive Mars septiles Jupiter, suggesting that the outcome of our actions is not necessarily what we expect.
Your current optimism about the future motivates you to swing into action, yet it also distracts you from what’s happening right in front of your nose. You could be eager to shift your focus away from a complicated emotional situation that would benefit from your undivided attention today. Just remember that a positive attitude can be helpful as long as you don’t forget to use your common sense in the process.
You may feel as if you have finally broken through the resistance that’s been holding you back. Luckily, you now have an opportunity to change your life for the better. You have an upbeat approach and are certain that you’re moving along the right path, even if the current circumstances suggest otherwise. Hold on to your dreams, for your self-confidence may be your greatest asset at this time.
You may feel irritated with the intensity of your own feelings today, but you just can’t make them disappear. You might be fearful that there isn’t an easy way out of an entangled situation, and even with your mental agility, you still cannot rationalize your reaction. Stop resisting your emotions; sink into them instead. You will have time later to revisit your experience and logically plan what to do next.
You may have one great idea after another today, yet you’re likely to keep them to yourself. It isn’t that you’re insecure about sharing your thoughts; you actually think that you’re moving in the right direction. It’s just that you believe that your plans are still developing and are not yet solid enough to talk about with anyone else. Don’t feel obliged to say anything until you are ready.
An unexpected interaction with a friend or a new acquaintance can raise your level of self-confidence today. The faith that someone else has in you now may exceed the belief you have in yourself. But you don’t necessarily suffer from low self-esteem; it’s just that you must stretch to fulfill other people’s expectations of you. Don’t waste your time feeding your doubts. Your uncertainty doesn’t have to slow you down in the pursuit of your goals.
You might not trust your own assessment of a situation today, for even the impossible looks doable. It’s great to be confident about your own capabilities, but it’s not smart to ignore what’s really happening. Although your key planet Mercury is buzzing from its connection to enthusiastic Jupiter to bolster your morale, your logical mind isn’t taken in by the good news. Be patient; clarity will return in time for you to make the best decision.
You are wiser to build on what you have already started, rather than initiating a new project now. However, you still could be tempted to skip over a step or two in your haste. Your judgment isn’t as clear as you think now, so slow down your timeline. Delaying your responses allows you to consider the practicality of your actions before you jump in too far. Less hurrying today means less worrying tomorrow.
Today’s magnetic Scorpio Moon turns up the heat on your desires, but you still might not be ready to share your feelings. You often hide your emotions when you believe that they might make others uncomfortable, yet you are thinking about trying a different tactic today. Talk about what you want, but don’t get overly attached to the outcome. Instead of making anyone else responsible, just express your needs. You may be pleasantly surprised by what happens next.
Your key planet Jupiter is dazzled by trickster Mercury today, challenging you to concentrate on the demanding mundane affairs of your life. You must deal with what’s happening in your immediate environment, even if it’s not as much fun as dreaming about the future. But no one can see what you’re thinking, so you can continue exploring your unexpressed fantasies as long as you cover your bases in the present moment.
You may not be on the same page as your friends today. It’s not that you’re trying to be different; it’s just that you feel strongly about something that highlights an unresolved issue. Tread carefully, for the harder you attempt to get to the bottom of the disagreement, the wider the gulf becomes. Thankfully, this split doesn’t need to be fixed right away; give the situation some breathing room and things will begin to heal on their own.
You may feel overstimulated today. Every little thing that bubbles into your awareness brings cascades of thoughts along with it. Every new idea tempts you to swing into action. However, you can’t easily separate the reality of your day from your desire to help save the world. Ultimately, there’s no need to confine your thinking now; observe your inner process and watch as the very smallest details magically merge with your global perspective.
You could feel so overwhelmed today that you just want to rest now. Your mind may be racing so fast that you can’t quiet the flow of ideas, whether they are useful or not. Don’t try to catch any single thought and turn it into something practical. Instead, just let the mental currents rush through your mind and rest assured that the most important concepts won’t be lost.