Clouds and Form

Nature has a metaphor for any state of mind for me. Clouds will do it for today, specifically the big, white fluffy cumulus clouds.
I have big thoughts and projects building with bright magnificence. They are constantly changing in indistinct form, however. My opportunity is to judge this as wrong or to love this amorphous state as the dynamic, surprising phase of creation.
Let the forms shift, for once the cloud descends as rain and becomes incorporated into a tree it’s form is pretty well set.

Passionate Doubt

what you love to do. Find your true passion. Do what you love to do a make a difference! The only way to do great work is to love what you do..” Steve Jobs

Do you doubt your passion?
I do.
I doubt its value,not to myself, but to others.
That’s getting harder to do because I have successful clients who praise my service.

My passion and I are in a transition period. We are shedding the physical structures of our former habits of denying ourselves, hiding ourselves, and not expressing ourselves.
A house. A marriage. A timid business.
Physical structures require physical tools to dismantle them. Or do they? I have been focused on using time, money, and personal energy to restructure these institutions to yield freedom for my passion.
I may have untapped resources, however that could hasten and fertilize the growth of my passion.
What about imagination? Collaboration? Curiousity? Experimentation? What about Courage?
I feel more free just thinking of those qualities!
Today, I’ll use them.

How about you? Are you living your passion?
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Celebrating Lessons Learned

Celebrating Lessons Learned

This morning I was looking through old teaching materials to find a program I wanted to send to a friend who is a new teacher.  I found it!  My Acclimatization Lesson Plans. This is a binder of specific Nature walks that I had at my side constantly as a new nature interpreter 35 years ago.

What came to my mind was “I don’t need these any more. This way of teaching is so ingrained in my fabric that it comes naturally. I can make up my own walks and sensory awareness activities at the drop of a hat with people of any age! After my walks, I get comments like, “I’ll never look at Nature the same.  You changed my life!”
I realized that I  have mastered this method of using sensory experiences as gateways to conceptual learning and that I don’t even remember that I once had to learn that myself!

Then, the light bulb went off. “Maybe someday it will be like that with marketing Forgiveness Walks and Radical Forgiveness and doing that prosperously! Maybe someday this work will be so ingrained in my fabric that I won’t even remember I had to learn business skills and take notes and be instructed and have my steps all written out so I could do them smoothly.”

In that moment, I really integrated the idea that learning anything is always gradual and progressive and after I practice it for a while I forget that I had to learn it. Moreover, while I’m learning it I wonder, “How can I ever be good at this? I’m just not good enough!”

That’s just not true.

I’m sure that I don’t need the Acclimatization Lesson Plans book to deliver a superior and memorable Nature walk. I now declare that I am on the path to mastering marketing skills as well.

What’s your area of mastery that you’ve ingrained? Where are you a novice?

Leave your comments below.

P.S. No comments section? Guess what?  That’s one area of mastery I’m still working on!  If there’s no comments section, please send me an email at


Yesterday, I joined in

Isabel Parlett’s

class about successful writing.

What I got was
1. Start with Free Writing
2. Moooove to get started
3.Ask a big question then get started

So, I got started!

This morning, I wrote Free Hand on paper!

I was surprised at what came up. First was my resistance to starting out in a NEW notebook. I had already chosen to write free hand with a blue pencil.  How bold of me!  No digital work today. Freehand felt much, well, FREER!

I wrote about feelings and ideas, then launched a whole section on cost estimates for house improvements and pros and cons of whether to spend my time doing house projects or creating business products.

Now that all of that is out of my mind and on paper, I can let it go for a bit and focus on the tasks I had written down last night to be first on my TO DO list.

Free writing did free me up a bit!

How about you? What’s your relationship with writing?

Write your comments about writing, below.

What’s YOUR Wilderness?

A call from three friends who are climbing Mt. Katahdin, Maine evokes some emotion! Wow! I wish I were doing something easy like that today! Instead, I’m struggling with autoresponders, sign-up forms, and digital design which is hard for me.

Then, the light bulb goes on!

When I climbed Mt. Katahdin at the beginning of my walk of the Appalachian Trail, I struggled. I balked at the immense boulders that faced me on the ascent. I feared for my safety as I shivered in the cold. I reached outside my comfort zone to ask another hiker to walk together down the mountain.

It was definitely not easy! I questioned decision to talk that long walk. You can see in this picture my stress and concern.

Concern about hypothermia dampened my spirits

Cold and Concerned on Mt. Katahdin








And then, I mastered the wilderness of living on the trail for 7 months. I accomplished my goal of walking the Appalachian Trail. I celebrated at Springer Mountain feeling vibrant, safe, and competent.Regina's victory on Springer Mountain

I did it! Springer Mountain Victory


Now, starting a business to share the tools of Radical Forgiveness through walking, helping women walk into their dreams, is my wilderness.  It’s unknown. It’s outside my comfort zone. It’s calling on new skills I have yet to master. I don’t always like what I need to do. I don’t know if I’ll accomplish my goal.

Still, I take the steps. I keep going. Small successes dot my way. My goal of helping 22 women walk the Appalachian Trail as a pilgrimage calls me forth through the wilderness.  And I’m staying on the path.

What’s YOUR wilderness?

Please leave a comment below!


How to Forgive

How to Forgive

Even if we know that forgiveness is a good thing to do and has many benefits, how to do it isn’t so straightforward.  I’ve searched for answers about this and found the following articles.  The authors have lots of tips on how to forgive.

Elizabeth Scott, M.S

Express Yourself

Look For the Positive

Cultivate Empathy

Protect Yourself and Move On

Get Help If You Need It

Edited byRosemary Thornton and 91 others

Realize that the hate you feel toward your adversary does not harm him or her in the slightest.

Understand that the best revenge against your enemies is to live a successful and happy life

Realize that the second best revenge is to turn the evil into something good, to find the proverbial silver lining in the dark cloud.

Make a list of the good things that emerged as a result of this awful experience.

Look for the helpers.

Look at the bigger picture.

Be compassionate with yourself.

Learn that the Aramaic word for “forgive” means literally to “untie.”

Learn how to balance trust with wisdom.

Stop telling “the story.”

Tell “the story” from the other person’s perspective.

Retrain your thinking.  Wish your enemy well

Maintain perspective


Here are two other blogs with long lists of forgiveness actions.


What’s your experience with forgiving someone? How did you do it?

Write your comments below.


Still to Come:

But Forgiveness is HARD to Do!!

Benefits of Forgiveness

Benefits of Forgiveness

You would probably not argue that forgiving someone has benefits.  What I’ve experienced has been more energy, better relationships, and freedom from my past.  Here are some great articles on what other forgiveness experts say about the benefits of forgiveness. 


And please add your list of benefits to the comments section!

To sum it up, forgiveness is good for your body, your relationships, and your place in the world. That’s reason enough to convince virtually anyone to do the work of letting go of anger and working on forgiveness.

Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

  • reduced emotional stress,
  • reduced physical stress,
  • increased peace,
  • increased compassion,
  • deep healing and
  • a greater sense of well-being.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

  • Healthier relationships
  • Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse

Here are some of the benefits that we can experience thru giving forgiveness either to ourselves or to others.

It would be impossible to list all of the benefits here but here are some of them:

• Stronger intuitive insight and a deepened experience of spiritual connection

• Experience thoughts and emotions that feel good, more often

• Higher level of energy and a better quality of sleep

• Increased happiness and peacefulness

• Happier, healthier relationships

• Greater health and less stress

• Clearer Thinking


These writers and researchers all agree. The benefits of forgiveness impact all areas of our lives.

What benefits have you experienced by forgiving someone?

Write your comments below.



But how do I forgive?


False.Evidence.Appearing.Real dances in today

False.Evidence.Appearing.Real dances onto my stage


I’m waking up for the second day in a row with a headache and stomach ache and “work on audio product” on my calendar. My first inclination is to stay in bed. I can do that because I’m the boss, right?

Wrong. I AM the boss, and the crew too, so there’s no one else to get the work done. And then the arguments start. “No one wants your stuff anyway. It’s not good enough. Just stay in bed and take care of yourself.  It’s probably really a physical problem and you’re ignoring that.”

Fast forward 10 minutes and I’m writing this blog post, staying in the game, contributing and sharing. What happened? The 13 Steps to Radical Forgiveness. Fortunately, there’s another voice that usually speaks louder than the saboteur of sharing. That’s the one that knows that using the tools gets results. If I take action to use the tools instead of staying in bed, I feel better about myself, my mission, my contribution. I laugh at myself because the amount of energy it takes to listen to a 10-minute recording is pretty small compared to the results that I get.  I’m encouraged to use the tools more often.

What popped into my head after the 13 Steps today was the acronym, F.E.A.R. that’s False Evidence Appearing Real.  I had first heard that useful acronym from Jane Holmes, my bold and compassionate teacher at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, GA. Jane is a model for me of someone who steps out with what she has and grows into what she envisions. She shares boldly without waiting around for her gifts to be flawless and perfect. And because of that, her gifts ARE flawless and perfect because they are genuine.

So, what’s my False Evidence Appearing Real today? That my experience is trite and not worth writing about. That I’m not a good writer so I should stop it. That what I have to say has already been said and shouldn’t be repeated. That my work is not original and therefore not worthy. And what’s false about that?  I need only look at Jane’s sharing of this acronym for counter evidence.

I learned later that Neale Donald Walsch had coined the phrase, False Evidence Appearing Real. But, for me, it had come from Jane who was bold enough, generous enough, and compassionate enough to share that little phrase even though it may be trite, she didn’t make it up, and it had already been said. For me, the reality was that none of that mattered.  I heard it from Jane for the first time and it’s made a difference in my life!

There’s always the chance that YOU’RE hearing that one way to look at FEAR is False. Evidence. Appearing. Real. for the first time. And you got it from ME!

Want to meet Jane Homes yourself?

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And for the 13 Steps to Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping

13 Steps to Radical Forgiveness

Big Change? Look to Leo

There sure is a lot going on in my life now! That seems true for several of my loved ones as well. How about for you? Is the summer winding down with paradigm shifting? It occurs to me to pay attention to my friends who look to the heavens for signs of cosmic patterns and shifts that weave the fabric upon which we’re painting our lives.

Deb Unterman brought one such insight in her invitation to play Clarity, her board game that playfully nudges inquisitive adventurers to consider the subtle influences of the invisible energies in our lives.

The New Moon in Leo will also be on August 17, so I expect a high energy Clarity Game. Astrologer Stephanie Austin has this to say about this one:

The next New Moon forms on Friday,August 17 at 8:54 AM PDT at 25º Leo. New Moons are normally quiet,reflective times,but these are not normal times. With the increasing pace of life,it becomes ever more imperative to take time out,or rather,time in;time to check our spiritual compass and make sure we are heading in the right direction…

Leo is associated with the Sun,the star at the center of our solar system,and with the center of our body,the solar plexus. Leo is also linked with the heart,the central pump of our life force,and the heart chakra,which is the center of the seven-chakra system…

Deb plays Clarity tomorrow if you’re interested:

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