Handy Tools

­September 20, 2017

I am grateful every day for having the tools of Radical Forgiveness! They come in handy quite often on my journey.

Let me tell you about today’s use. It’s really “just a little thing”, but shows how my new Radical Forgiveness lifestyle helps me have what’s promised in the promotions for Radical Forgiveness – more energy, better relationships, and freedom from my past.

I wrote a comment on another hiker’s post, referring to my practice of looking for the Inner Journey view of things that happen, rather than focusing on the circumstances, the venue, and the perpetrator as something to try to avoid in the future. To my surprise, an icon appeared signalling that the comment had failed to post! That’s never happened before!

So, I sent my comment to her privately. She responded – and started a conversation! To my continued surprise, she asked me about Radical Forgiveness! It’s always so unsettling for me when someone actually wants to know! You see, MY old story is that “what I do is too weird and different and nobody wants to do it”. I see that I make that true by being unprepared to talk about it easily.

I remembered to USE THE TOOLS and right then and there in a message wrote out The Four Steps to Radical Forgiveness! Here’s my work:

“Thanks to you, Mindy, for giving ME an Inner Journey moment! I want to be doing this Inner Journey coaching more and more, meeting people where they are and spontaneously doing energy-shifting work! Just now, I wanted to say, “Oh, I can’t chat right now, but I have these articles to share if you want something now…” but alas, my posts are not organized for that. In the past, I would have beat myself up about that, feeling unworthy and guilty. But, with the tools of Radical Forgiveness, I can quickly take these four steps toward peace:

1Tell the story – I couldn’t send Mindy something.

2 Notice my Judgements and love myself for having them: “I’m not good enough. I’m a hypocrite, She won’t like me”

3 Love myself how I am and be open to a new perspective: ” How great to connect with Mindy! I have something to share! Yay. I have so many posts about this! It’s ok to be where a I am now.”

4 I choose peace “Time is in our side and we ARE One. I am grateful for this moment.”

“That is me using one of the tools for Radical Forgiveness in this moment about your reflection of something for me in my Inner Journey. The Four Steps to Radical Forgiveness. Maybe this is useful, and yes, I will offer chat times – this is a week of transition.”
There you have it!

And, the results? I must have results, right?!!

Shortly after I wrote this, I got an opening in what I thought was my need to rush out to do my next project. Well, circumstances changed, and I actually had plenty of time to think about my next few days’ timing and share some chat times with her.

And….I felt peace….and connection….and ease…..and authentic……and really comfortable with how I had shared with her.

In joy,

Regina

P.S. This week, I am in Ohio visiting my mom and son AND clearing out stuff stored in its new place at my son, Simon’s house. It’s very touching visiting him because he’s using quite a few of my household items I don’t need in my nomadic life. “This is my stuff!” I keep saying.

Next week, probably between October 2 -9th bub, I’ll be visiting my grandson (and his parents) in Atlanta. Let me know if you want to play Satori, walk, or talk about hiking!

And…I got my comments fixed by someone I hired to maintain my website! Neil Matthews at WPDude.com

So, please comment!

Regina

Journey in Creativity 

September 14, 2017

What did I choose for my 30-Day Passion Project? Choosing was definitely a challenge for me! In fact, I think it made me sick! Sunday, I felt awful, sleepy and headachey. I stayed at base camp while John went off to the trail for his last day on the ridgerunner job.

On Monday, I went to the launch call for the Passion Project program ready to announce that my project would be a Rainbow Energy Project, spending time each day doing something on each of the ten ideas I had on my plate.

During the call, Laura said something that made me choose, though! “A Passion Project is often something we need to give ourselves permission to do.”

That’s it! The one project on my list I would not do anyway was create How to Touch the Cacti, a storybook I have in mind!

So, that’s what I picked!

Every day this month, I’m giving myself permission to play with drawings, ideas, and sharing breathing life into a nature story I wrote in the desert!

I even formed a closed Facebook group to share and collaborate with others about it. If YOU want to join me, reply to this email and I’ll welcome you in!

It’s my journey in creativity!

In joy,

Regina

Passion Project Exploration

September 9, 2017

I’m joining Laura West of The Institute for Joyful Business for a 30-Day Passion Project! 

Today, I got the gift of a creative retreat day from Irma. I came home a couple of days early from my family visit in Charleston, SC. I’m exploring my ideas for passion projects. Inspired by Laura’s worksheets and using my own regular practice of painting through a chakra balancing meditation as a base for brainstorming, I’ve taken two steps forward: 1) Noted desires/growth in each chakra area with project ideas and 2)Elaborated on the outcomes, benefits, challenges, and areas of transformation I see for each project. Here are the worksheets:

Next step is to evaluate each project and energetically choose ONE! I’ll keep you posted! The project launch is Monday, September 11. Hmm. Interesting date for starting something.

We Are One

September 7, 2017

Fires, hurricanes, floods, full moon, sunshine, health challenges, and adventures. Today, I acknowledge that at any moment we can be experiencing any number of physical and emotional events! I offer The Radical Forgiveness Invocation to awaken our sense of unity as spiritual beings having a human experience.

The Radical Forgiveness Invocation, by Crow Dancing 

May we all stand firm

In the knowledge and comfort

That all things are now, have always been, and forever will be in Divine order.

May we surrender to this truth whether we understand it or not.

May we also ask for support in consciousness in feeling our connection with the Divine part of us, with everyone, and with everything so we can truly say and feel

We are One.

Blessings to all in this dramatic time!

Love,

Regina

Jellyfish on display in the NC Aquarium invite me to see a relationship among all of creation. We are one.

Thanks, Louise Hay

August 30, 2017

Louise Hay passed away today. Her work gave language and acceptance to self-love as a path to loving others. It was my sister, Claudia, who first shared Louise’s words with me. I remember taking the cassette tape into bed and listening, with amused astonishment, to that deep, soothing voice enticing me to be grateful for every little thing in my life. At the time, it actually seemed a bit silly to be thankful for the morning light, and for my body’s basic functions, and for water, and breathing. Her visualization of walking to the ocean of abundance to scoop up goodness, asking, “What are you using, a teaspoon?!!” really jarred me. Aghast, I noticed that I was! 

Her book of affirmations, You Can Heal Your Life, has helped me pinpoint symptom-specific beliefs countless times! What a novel – and challenging- idea, that symptoms and diseases are physical manifestations of limiting beliefs! It seemed incredulous in theory, but neither could I  deny the accuracy of her alphabetical list of conditions paired with beliefs! So, I used it, setting aside my need to have scientific proof before acting as if this body-mind connection were true.

For me, Louise Hay’s way has been a helpful precursor and complement to Colin Tipping’s Radical Forgiveness, the practice which has made room for seeming miracles and shifts in my life!

I’ve noticed that the reports of Louise Hay’s passing have all used words like, “passed,” and “left her body” and not “she died”. That seems fitting for a great teacher who gave us the language of Love in terms of everything being Energy! Surely, she is still here in another form. I am imagining that she, and what she brought to humanity, is now even more available to us in her non-physical form. May we magnify her gift by embodying her words, her ideas, her legacy!

“Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.”

-Louise Hay

Late Bloomers

August 27, 2017

This week’s walk took me and John on a traverse of our entire ridgerunning seciton. We walked from Partnership Shelter to Damascus, VA on the Appalachian Trail. This is the section that we have taken turns walking since April 24th. The flowers have made a noticeable transition from spring to late summer species! I captured just a few of the crisp, colorful blooms that delighted me this week.

Here’s a link to the album of Late Bloomers:

https://goo.gl/photos/tVyNDMczKUk5TJ2S6

 

Majesty Transforming

August 24, 2017

What caught my eye on my walk this week through the Grayson Highlands, VA in the Mount Rogers Reccreation Area were decomposing tree trunks. I first noticed one on my ascent up Balsam Mountain, the actual mountain one climbs to reach Mt Rogers, the high point of Virginia. I took a photo of an array of wood planks that reminded me of a hand of cards, spread out on a table.

As I walked, many more trunks stood out, each with a story to tell of a once majestic tree melting into the soil. Their patterns, colors, and shapes were mesmerizing.  The closer I looked, the more intricacies I saw. Soon, I had a collection of photos, which, of course, only suggest the complicated, delicate, yet rugged transformation of these forest creatures. Enjoy my photo album – then go out and find majesty transforming on your own walks!

Here’s the link to the album:

https://goo.gl/photos/PPzgyAbLHSxqGVox8

Eclipse!

August 22, 2017

My Eclipse story. We decided at 6 pm on Sunday to go for a location in the path of totality rather than stay in the Mt Rogers area for a 90% eclipse. I resisted traveling, wanting to avoid the trouble and shame of contributing to traffic. We made all sorts of bargains about what would make us abandon the plan. We packed for the worst case scenario of being stuck for two days by loading up with 6 gallons of water and our whole box of backpacking food, five or six days worth! We can sleep in the van.

 Originally aiming for someplace west of Knoxville, TN, we realized instead that we could choose exciting spots on the Appalachian or Benton MacKaye Trails by going southwest via Asheville, NC. 

We chose Wayah Bald, NC. It’s on the Appalachian Trail about 230 miles away. There was no traffic! We arrived there at midnight and maneuvered our van into one rare spot available on the top of the mountain. 

Monday morning, I was impressed with the quietness and focus of the hundreds of people there. After a short walk on the AT, in the morning, we positioned ourselves to watch. A thoughtful, generous man gave us viewing glasses. Clouds teased us with intermittent blockage, helping us keep cool, until a couple of minutes before totality, when the sky cleared and stayed clear ’til the end of eclipse. 

I felt a bond with all the people as the crowd dispersed – slowly! We took another walk on the trail, talking with people and stopping often to watch the waning of the eclipse until the very last passing of the tiny black thumprint.

We left the mountain at 4pm, arriving back in Sugar Grove, VA at 1am. We did encounter traffic, but didn’t mind it terribly because it was for the sake of that grand experience. Trying to avoid the bottleneck at Dillsboro, NC, we headed west to Cherokee, TN, and through Great Smokey Mountain National Park. That was a bonus, as it put us in touch with that beautiful drive – and another favorite long trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail, at Smokemont.

I remain happy for our choice and blessed by the experience! What stands out most was the flood of emotion I felt when the first sliver of light returned and the sky was lit by an eery, dim light.

While preparing for the eclipse I was considering it’s metaphorical considerations, believing that I would see meaning for life in the event. I was surprised to notice, however, that the pure physical observation and it’s scientifically factual occurrence captivated and satisfied my mind – and my heart! I thought, “That’s the sun with the moon’s shadow going over it! It’s not an omen or a metaphorical ending or beginning. It’s a rare celestial event and I’m so grateful I can watch it!”

Trail Delights

August 9, 2017

Today, I walked from Dickey Gap to Fox Creek, 8 miles. The weather was utterly pleasant and I saw just one family group of five hikers. During the last 3 miles of the forest walk, I started taking photos of some of the fascinating specimens that caught my eye. There was an endless supply! Here are a few:

See the whole album at this link:

https://goo.gl/photos/xCsius67gnw77gnh8