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“There has arisen from its narrow limits

My self and finds itself

As revelation of all worlds

Within the sway of time and space;

The world, as archetype divine,

Displays to me at every turn

The truth of my own likeness.”

— Taken from The Calendar of The Soul, by Rudolf Steiner.  Translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Always beginning with my disclosure of not being a long-time student or expert in Anthroposophy . . .

This little verse is pretty, I think.  It speaks to me of the expansion of our awareness of ourselves.  Our spirit’s swelling and filling within us.  Our realization of our limitless natures.

As we begin to honor and love our selves, we begin to honor and love others.  Other people, the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, Mother Earth, the sun and moon and cosmos.  We begin to see ourselves reflected in all other aspects of creation.

We begin to notice those rhythmic movements within ourselves mirrored in the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, the changing of the seasons.  We start to feel the times of warmth and of cold.  The times of wetness and dryness.  The times of death and rebirth.  We begin to see that the mysteries of our inner life are reflected in the world around us.

There are great clues for us.  Clues about how to love . . . how to surrender . . .  how to grow . . . how to play . . . how to sing . . . how to dance . . .

Open yourself up to yourself — and then to your world around you.  And, see what you can see!

The magnolias are in bloom here in Memphis!  [deep breath, as if I can smell them here in front of my computer screen in the office — I wish!]  They really are magnificent blooms.  They’re HUGE and rugged and they smell divine!  My little one said, “Mommy, you should make perfume out of this.”  She’s right.

Can I see myself in the magnolia?  The tree is an evergreen with large, glossy, dark green leaves.  This time of year they bloom and then leave behind very cool-looking woody cones.  I just found out that the blossoms are not pollinated by bees or butterflies, but rather by beetles (beetles as totem animals assist with resurrection and transformation).

I think it’s especially interesting that although the tree does not itself follow the cycle of “death” and rebirth like deciduous trees do, it’s flowers and fruit are pollinated and assisted by a totem animal of resurrection.  I like this!  Can we begin to see how death and rebirth may be an inner experience rather than an outer experience sometimes — and that the gift of this process is something that smells so sweet and looks so beautiful?

Thank you, Rudolf Steiner, and thank you, Magnolia Tree, for your messages today.  I carry you both in my heart and in my awareness today . . .

I confess:  I’m not a big fan of spiders.  I don’t mind them too much if I can see them coming, but if one sneaks up on me, or starts walking on me, I get a little freaked!  All those little legs holding up that little body . . .  [shudder]

However, any of you who do work with Animal Spirit Guides knows that those dear little (or not-so-little) spiders actually carry an important message for us.  From Steven Farmer’s book Animal Spirit Guides, when a spider shows up, it means:

– This is an opportunity to access your deepest wisdom and assimilate it so that it becomes a part of your daily living.

– Beware of any potential traps or ruses that you’re tempted to get involved in.

– Rather than staying stuck in this apparent impasse, open your mind to the infinite number of possibilities that are before you, and make a choice.

– Don’t limit yourself to the mundane world, but instead be willing to explore other dimensions and realities.

– It’s time to write creatively without limits of tradition or habit, allowing yourself to be inspired by Nature.

Now, whenever a spider shows up, I’m more interested in seeing where its message fits into my life. (I still brush it away from me gently and lovingly, though)

The angels want to add some more detail to this discussion of spiders (they brought up the topic, by the way . . .).  The remind us that everything on this earthly plane is interconnected.  All of our lives, all living organisms, all currents of the earth.  There is no randomness, there is no coincidence.

They show me the web of interconnectedness that encircles our whole world — on a very large, cosmic level.  And, they show me the delicate interconnectedness that exists between each of us.  They ask you to imagine the beautiful gossamer threads that tie us to everyone else.

They also invite you to imagine yourself sitting in the center of a beautiful, intricate web made of golden thread.  Your influence and energy stretches and fans out from your heart center.  It isn’t an image of ensnaring others or capturing them — it’s a loving extension of your spirit-filled soul.

Now, it is possible for dark gunk to cover the golden thread.  That gunk would be the tendency to control and to manipulate others.  But, that’s not the core — the core is beauty and light.  To remove the gunk is in the practice of forgiveness and surrender.  Surrender to love and peace — and forgive all things that are not.

The threads of love and peace  are very strong — they cannot be broken.  But, the dark gunk can be dissolved and washed away.  Hold the intention of it and ask the angels for their help and the clean-up begins instantly.

Also hold the intention of connecting completly with the golden Truth of your interactions.  Hold the intention of adding blessings in all situations and interactions.  Hold the vision of rising into your highest self — that part of you that is in full alignment with the divine.  (Yes, that is part of you!  Absolutely!)

You are sitting in the very center of your personal web of interconnectedness — make it work for your highest purpose.  Add love and forgiveness, blessings and beauty to the web.  You will feel the love and beauty encircle you like a warm, gentle breeze — and you will offer that to everyone around you.

Remember Charlotte and her web.  The amazing power of the spider!

Love to you all today.  Blessings from above.

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