I’ve Got Goosebumps! MKE Heroes Journey 17HJ

I’m on my way- Goosebumps included!

About a week ago, I had a flash of a dream. In a very brief instant I was walking on a trail and came upon what I observed in my dream to be a tree growing brazil nuts. Not knowing their nature (they’re not even technically nuts) I saw a tree with the little orange slice-looking nuts hanging from their ends in the tree. And then I was awake. Why, you might ask, does this evoke goosebumps? Read on…

Why This “Brazil Nut Tree” Matters

Like so many things in our busy lives, I kept thinking about looking up information about the tree that produces brazil nuts. Every time, though, I was not in a place or space to dwell on it for even moments. Finally, while sitting at a coffee house, the thought occurred to me at The Right Moment. Oh. My. GOODNESS! Yes, goosebumps.

The Bertholletia excelsa Tree is found in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s seeds grow in baseball-sized pods within the high-hanging canopy of these trees. The trees reach as high as 160 feet tall and can live for 500 years or more. They are actually more closely related to blueberries and persimmons than walnuts or pecans. Here’s a fascinating video about the industry built around this tree:

Very interesting significance this tree provides those who labor to wrest its fruits!

Did Someone Say Peru?

Since I am hosting a tour of Peru as part of my Definite Major Purpose, it would be reasonable to think that this is where the uncanniness of this dream resides. But wait, there’s more; so much more!

Sharing Day 3 of our Peru Tour! It’s Happening!

The Brazil Nut Tree & The Heroes Journey!

Agouti, a rodent found in South America and the only other animal besides humans that can open the seed pods containing brazil nuts! So unlikely for us to have the privilege of enjoying brazil nuts, isn't it? Goosebumps!

Bring on the goosebumps! Delving further into the nature of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, there are only two animals that can open it’s sturdy seed pods: a small rodent called an agouti (pictured left) and we humans; that is with the help of axes or machetes. As viewed in the video above, there’s no easy method to access those seeds!

Image of an Orchid Bee, the only pollinator capable of pollinating the brazil nut tree! Gives me goosebumps to think that this tree couldn't survive without depending on only one insect!
One Bug for the job!

Perhaps the most unusual characteristic of this tree rests within its pollination. Consequently, there is only one, yes one, insect that can successfully pollinate the trees flowers! The orchid bee is the solitary insect that is big enough and possesses a long enough tongue to pry open the flower’s hood to lap its nectar! Isn’t it amazing that nature provided ONE pollinator for a tree that grows throughout South America’s Amazon Rainforest, that lives for 500 years or more, whose known history begins at least with the Paleolithic era, some 11,000 years ago?

How Does This Correlate With My Journey?

Each and every one of us is here for a specific Purpose. As Og asserts, “Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers and yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”

“None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child and, in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I.” None can share my passion for the connection I sense within the realms of creativity across the world and its cultures quite the way I share it! I am a unique creature, just as you are! I began this self discovery with knitting, my first foray into something that lit a creative fire within me.

Goosebumps again! THERE Is ONLY One YOU!

Like the orchid bee, I am the only ME that can be what I am meant to be. It is the same with you; YOU are the only YOU that can share YOU and your passionate purpose with this world! Above all, we are each NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE! See? A momentary dream about an Amazonian seed-bearing tree. Not random in the least, and truly GOOSEBUMP evoking for sure!

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Creative Force- Begging to Emerge! MKE Week 17

Is Your Creative Force Flow Slow?

The flow of creation inspiration courses through each and every being, yet as humans we tend to trample this flame that is our creative force. We are busy with chores, deadlines, errands. We answer our deepest yearnings with sentiments such as, “When I have time…”, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure”. Trust me; I hear sentiments like this on a daily basis from visitors to my art gallery.

What’s Really Happening Here?

I believe there is a hidden truth in sentiments such as these, not unlike the challenges we tend to face when asked who we are. How many times have we each answered this question with our occupation rather that who we ARE? It’s tough to answer when so overcome with tasks that become our identity- or so we think.

Years ago I was yearning for a creative outlet and -you guessed it- I was circling the issue since, “I didn’t have a creative bone in my body”. Once I became incapacitated by a surgery on my neck all my associated tasks came to a screeching halt. For a month I sat upright to “sleep”; my job as an in-home caregiver was put on indefinite hold; my occupation became trying to find something to do that I could do. Since I suddenly had ample time on my hands, I finally decided to take up a creative endeavor: knitting. Mind you, this was just before the breakout availability of YouTube! But creative force is not limited to technology, availability, absence or abundance of any kind!

My creative force began coming to life once I allowed myself the chance to make mistakes!
Another example of my knitting

Fear? Just Say No!

Let me circle back a moment to that hidden truth I mentioned. I believe there’s hidden truth behind most or all statements we use to shortchange ourselves and our opportunities: FEAR! I believe we EACH identify with an inner flame to be, do and have specific goals, dreams and outcomes. As a result of fear we are AFRAID to answer that call. Why? It’s all in the “what ifs”. I might have no talent? What if I don’t reach my goal? I may not accomplish…. SEE? It’s ALL based upon FEAR!

 Just say NO to FEAR.
Emancipate yourself from fear!

Food For Your Higher Self and Your Creative Force!

“The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of the instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.” Here Haanel (Part 17, Sentence 19) addresses much the same I am trying to convey. It is instinctive for us to follow a path of “shoulds”, often of other peoples creation; lower self instincts. Similarly when we are following paths to please others or assimilate societal expectations with our lives, we are ignoring the Call from our higher self; we are ignoring our own creative force!

When you feel that inner flame burning within you, what lights that fire of passion within you? Above all do you devote time, concentration and endeavor toward that desire? If not, you are not working in harmony with natural law! “Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law, or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage!” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 25). In contrast, the larger things we do for no other purpose than we “should” prove time and again to lead us to misgivings and regrets.

Such BOLD WORDS! The term “Emancipate” is such a powerful word, it compels me to share its definition!

Emancipate: To free from Bondage; to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs).

My Own Emancipation Proclamation!

To put this in perspective I’ll share with you a thing I have been hesitating with. I wish to lead people to deeper connections with their creative lives. One way in which I wish to convey this is by hosting a phenomenal tour to Peru this August! I’ve previously visited Peru and I’m eager to share its riches with others! I’ve had this in my thoughts for months, however I haven’t added traction to getting the word out to the public or assembling marketing materials. Why? FEAR! Fear that I may not get participants. You know? I will gain NO participants if I don’t do these things! To be delaying for fear is just silliness. I am finished with fear, and trust you are encouraged to be as well!

Andean Knitting as taught by my teacher. Creative force needs no words to express itself!
What an amazing experience to learn without spoken language!

Please Take These With You!

“Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build,” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 21).

“A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.” (Part 17, Sentence 27)

In addition, one more to zap your fears away:

“The mind may place the ideal a little to high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.” (Part 17, Sentence 12). -All is not lost with the first, or 100th or 1000th attempt!

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Focusing On Kindness and Waking UP! MKE Wk 16

Creating my best life by appreciating my inner vision through meditation.
At home appreciating the outdoor beauty as I work on my cards, blog and business

Beautiful Weather, Kindness, Peaceful Introspection

For the first time in a year, I have spent 3 continuous days at home! I purchased an art gallery last January and I run it 7-days a week with an occasional day off every couple weeks. I can’t help but recognize the ultimate kindness of a break while my partner operates the gallery for me! Focusing on kindness is what I’m all about this week!

For week 16 of the Master Key Experience we are observing and participating in kindness all around us. Can you imagine? This is a global effort; individuals recognizing, implementing and appreciating the kindnesses around them on at least 5 continents! And it is AMAZING!

Kindness in action! Contribution for the greater good.
So Grateful for Dave, clearing the way to encourage the safety of our visitors!

While we have been snowed in (doesn’t take much where I live) I have been home enjoying solitude. Recognizing kindness may be slightly more challenging, right? On the contrary I am in the flow of kindness! Fellow merchants focusing efforts and collaborating to post publicly that our businesses are open; people taking extra time to hold doors while others carefully navigate their way across risky parking lots; even others shoveling public right-of-ways to promote safe movement.

Lest We Forget Where We Experience Kindness Most!

On the subject of kindnesses, though, I can’t refrain from mentioning my partner, George. Upon his return from his last stretch of government employment, he has shown me such amazing love, commitment, devotion and desire. He is so giving, thoughtful and dedicated in everything he does. I can’t express gratitude enough. And to think we were previously heading a much different direction. It is such bliss to have him home after his final seven months employment were a plane rides distance.

During this snow event George has been going in and opening the gallery for me, giving me the time to relax, rest and do some catching up on other aspects of my life. Beyond this he has given me amazing massages, made me coffee, taken me to dinner, spoken sweet and meaningful words, held me closely and so much more.

Nothing better than two hearts beating together! Focusing on Kindness TOGETHER!
Love, Peace and Harmony

Should Focusing on Kindness Conclude at the End of This Week?

Where does all this leave me? I will continue observing, implementing, appreciating, BEING kindness within my world. I choose to continue to grow this quality in my life, substituting it for the snarky and bitter viewpoint so readily prominent within me and my old blueprint.

This week has changed me. I observed something within myself while observing this focus on kindness around me, especially relating to the kind acts that were meant for me specifically. I have a lifelong, subconscious habit of waiting for the shoe to drop. “That person has shown me kindness because…. _____________.” I was always waiting for the motive to become clear and usually while feeling a sense of fear.

Let's live up to focusing on being kindness in our world!
Wisdom from a Wise Man!

For this reason alone, if I had no other motivation, I will carry this exercise beyond this week so that I practice this giving and receiving of kindness for the authentic purpose of kindness until my heart and my head wrap around the fact that its only purpose is for greater good. We tend to live up to our expectations after all!

Thank you for letting me share with you about my experiences here! You must go check out Esme West’s blog about how she is encountering kindness week! From Esme: “If what we are asking for, if what we are focusing on, if what we are showing to the world and looking to observe in the world is Kindness, what do you suppose will happen?” Thought provoking!

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