Thursday, May 7, 2009

Full Flower Moon Dreamboard

Full Flower Moon Dreamboard

1. full moon {полная луна}, 2. I love art, 3., 4. Winter Peace, 5. Earth Wind Water, 6. MAGIC in B&W, 7. Magic, 8. Magic, 9. magic moment, 10. The colorful world of pencils!, 11. ~ Magic Forest, 12. Write your destiny, 13. Abbotsford House from the gardens, 14. Me Must Be Dreaming!, 15. joy, 16. tranquility, 17. Autumn Ride !, 18. Dreams of a Journey, 19. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, 20. CXXXIX "imagine", 21. Minnie the Dreamer, 22. zero gravity, 23. Fairy Castle~Explore, 24. Dream Fairy

I'm excited to finally be participating in the Full Moon Dreamboard posts! In keeping with the name of this month's full moon, our heavenly host, Jamie Ridler, has asked us to visualize what we want to flower abundantly in our life this month.

Some time ago, in a post far away, I mentioned that I have strange and unpleasant dreams. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed one. Most nights, I'll doze in front of my laptop a few minutes here, a few minutes there and stay up until midnight or later, waking up at 5:15 a.m. During those hours in the dreamworld, I'm usually either on a quest or running from something or someone. I'm never really sure who that person is but I know they want to harm me in some way, emotionally or physically. My task in these dreams is to find a particular object or person. While most of these quests or escapes are set outdoors, houses and buildings are almost always an important prop.

Most people look forward to sinking back in their comfy beds after a long, busy day allowing Morpheus to have his way with them, but I truly prefer to encounter my dreams during the day when I have some measure of control. The soft, comfy bed is kinda nice, though.

What I want to flower abundantly this month is a practice of visualizing pleasant scenarios and locations before going to sleep in an effort to direct where my dreams will take me. I long to look forward to those hours in dreamland.

NOTE: This was posted before Jamie's Full Moon Dreamboard post and I took her question from her newsletter. In her actual post, she also asks What seeds will you plant this month?

Along with recreating my garden, I would like to sow seeds of contentment. I know there are others like me who love and and enjoy their lives and the people in it but are always thinking there's something still needed to make them truly happy. Maybe that something or someone is God, maybe it is something else.

I am NOT saying we shouldn't have wishes and dreams, long for a partner, plan a new career or work toward equality, justice and an end to hunger. I'm saying that while we are doing those things, we should appreciate where we are in our lives and discern what our purpose is at any given moment. I truly believe there is a purpose for our circumstance; that we can find something in our situation to hang on to and work with, no matter how difficult.

I have found that always looking to the future and not living in the present can be destructive. It can eat at you and breed hopelessness.

Let us wish our wishes, dream our dreams, search for hidden treasures and pray for the answers. And while we're doing that, let's also be thankful for our blessings and content in our situation knowing that it is where we are supposed to be right now. Perhaps it is where we need to be in order to get to where we're going.

P.S. I'm sorry if that sounded preachy. I just felt compelled to talk about this because it has been an issue for me for many years and I hate to think of others always feeling that churning in their gut, that frustration that what they're looking for (even if they don't know what that is) is forever just out of reach.

Many blessings to you all!

[a cross-post from A Touch of Inspiration]

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Full Flower Moon

Native American tribes kept track of the seasons by giving names to each recurring full moon. This Friday night, May 8th, 2009, we welcome the Full Flower Moon, named as such because in most areas, flowers are abundant at this time. Other names for this moon are the Full Corn Planting Moon, the Milk Moon, or the Hare Moon. The Buddhist name for it is Buddha Poornima.

I'll be participating in Jamie Ridler's Full Moon Dreamboard this month. Each month on the date of the full month, Jamie posts a collage reflecting something she wishes to manifest that month and asks others to join her. Why post it on the date of the full moon? Jamie says: "There is power and energy in the full moon. ... take a moment to really set your intention, to say to yourself and the Universe, "This is what I wish to manifest this month."

I hope you'll consider joining us in this exercise. For more information about Full Moon Dreamboards, please click on Jamie Ridler's link above.

Here are a few more ways to celebrate the Full Flower Moon:

1. Take a moonwalk
2. Plant bright and cheery flowers
3. Host a spring themed party
4. Draw or paint the moon or what you'd like to manifest this month
5. Listen to light, playful music that rejuvenates your spirit.

While looking at moon photos, I ran across this Zazzle page selling Flower Moon related merchandise and found this poster of the Full Flower Moon by Hafapea:

I hope you'll take time to notice the full moon this Friday. If you do, please share your thoughts or discoveries with me!

NOTE: The top photo, Moonlight and Magnolias, was found at Unabashed, The Modern Day Adventurer's Guide, the blog of fiction writer Matt Mitchell. It's a wonderful site I hope you'll check out.

Welcome to Signs & Wonders

I'm not exactly clear yet about what I want this space to be. I am not an astronomer or astrologer and have no professional experience with regard to the moon and the stars, but I do have an interest in them.

Maybe the best thing is to just start writing. If you read this blog, you might see a mish mash of posts: information about the constellations, moon phases, astrology, and traditional and nontraditional rites and rituals about time, holidays and festivities. I might post something of interest I found while surfing the net or stories about the miraculous. Who knows? Let's get started, shall we?