HAPPY THANKSGIVING HONOR TURKEY

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In Canada we celebrated our Thanksgiving on October 14, which was also my eldest son Nick’s birthday, so it was a double celebration for our family at Thanksgiving.  To the south of us our American neighbors will be celebrating their Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28.  For my friends and readers in countries with different cultures who may be reading this and have never heard of Thanksgiving, here is a short explanation.  Thanksgiving is a special holiday celebrated in the USA (in November) and Canada (in October) for people to reflect, celebrate with family and friends and give thanks for all they are thankful for.  Each year I give thanks for my wonderful supportive family, my large extended family and friends, for my good health and my being able to live in a beautiful peaceful country that I have chosen, Canada. I am forever thankful for the work I do and being able to pursue my passion in the holistic field where I continue to learn and grow.  I am thankful also for all those whom I am privileged to work with, and I can go on and on with all that I am thankful for, however this is not about me.

Say the word Thanksgiving to a North American and it instantly conjures up visions of a meal served with the main dish being Turkey, and the foods that their family serves at Thanksgiving many passed down from generation to generation. Having immigrated to Canada from South America many, many moons ago I was happy to add this beautiful tradition to all the ones we already celebrate.  It was not until years later when I started studying and working with Animal Totems and their wonderful, wise significance in our lives that I came to understand Turkey and its gifts to those who have Turkey as a Totem. Turkey as the main dish of choice for celebrations and holidays is also a gift.

As a Totem, Turkey embodies the spirit of generosity and unselfish giving.  Anyone with a Turkey Totem has a generous heart.  They will give you the shirt off their backs.  My husband has Turkey as one of his Totems and I remembers years ago when he first discovered this he was a little hesitant to accept this wonderful totem into his life because of the negative connotation that surround the word “turkey”.  Some individuals have been know to use the word as an insult to someone they don’t like or respect by calling them a turkey!

So let’s reverse the negativity surrounding Turkey by learning a little about Turkey.  Turkey is a wise and generous totem according to many Native Peoples and below I will share an excerpt from the book Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson that paints a very different picture of Turkey.

“Turkey is actually thought to be the Give-Away Eagle or South Eagle of many Native Peoples.  The philosophy of give-away was practice by many tribes.  Simply stated, it is the deep and abiding recognition of the sacrifices of both self and others. People in modern day society should study the noble turkey who sacrifices itself so that we may live.  In Turkey’s death we have our life.  Honor Turkey”

“Spectators unfamiliar with the cultural phenomenon of the pot-latch or give-away ceremony are often mystified by it.  A tribal member may gladly give away all he or she owns, and do without in order to help the People.  In present-day urban life, we are taught to acquire and get ahead.  The person with the most toys wins the game.  In some cultures, no one can win the game unless the whole of the People’s needs are met.  A person who claims more than his or her share is looked upon as selfish or crazy or both.  The poor, the aged and the feeble have honor. The person who gives away the most and carries the burdens of the People is one of the most respected.”  We can say that Turkey gave itself away so others may live!

If you have Turkey as a totem, know it is a great honor to carry this medicine, this wisdom, this gift of generosity with you on your earth walk.  Your virtues are many. You aspire to help others who need help and you respect all life as sacred. The gifts that Turkey brings into your life are never insignificant.  It might be spiritual, material or even intellectual. Congratulations!  Honor this generous Totem and know that you have been specially chosen to do the work that Turkey has brought forth into your life

Here’s wishing my extended family, my friends and readers In the USA a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Namaste,

Sharon

 

 

 

 

Dreams Have Wings

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We have all heard the saying “What the mind can Conceive of and Believe, it can Achieve”! I am sure you can recall a time when an idea, a thought, a dream, a burning desire was conceived – born in your mind, and you nurtured it close to your heart. You had a clear picture in your mind of your dream and visualized it with minute detail, joyfully knowing without a shadow of a doubt, you will achieve it. If not immediately, some time when the time was right for it to manifest. So with positive, happy and joyful expectation you sent your beautiful thoughts, out into the Ethers with Wings while carrying on with life, letting go and allowing the universe to do its job.

For me I realized a dream I had nurtured and visualized in high school many years later. So never, ever give up on your dreams. Expect to achieve them in magical ways. My favorite subject was British History and I would sit in class and be transported to England seeing myself walking the moats and visiting famous castles. Fast forward. I am 36, married and had accompanied my husband to the Consumers Electronics Show in Chicago. There we met the owner of one of the most prestigious Loudspeaker companies in Britain whose company had just received the Queen’s Award for Excellence.

Two weeks later an invitation arrived for us to be present in England for the Awards Ceremony detailing the events which included being presented to the Queen’s Aunt who was representing the Queen. Along with 2 first class airline tickets and an all expense paid for week in England was an itinerary that included a visit to the aunt’s home which was a famous Castle. I realized my dream, finally got to walk the moat and be given a tour of the famous rooms. I achieved my dream in the most unexpected and magical way possible. If you ever doubted that Dreams have Wings, here is one of my favorite true life stories that I share all the time. It is the story of Monty.

Monty’s teacher gave each student an end of term assignment to write detailing their plans and dreams for the future. Monty handed in his paper with details of his future Ranch. Every room of his future home was painstakingly designed to scale. Nothing was left out including the acreage, grounds, horses, barns etc. When Monty handed in his assignment his teacher called him up and told him he would have to re-write his paper because it was not possible for him to attain what he had described. You see Monty was the son of an itinerant worker and his family lived in a trailer and traveled from state to state. Monty refused and the teacher threatened him saying “I will have to give you an F on your paper”. Monty took the paper away and when it was time to resubmit it he had not changed a single thing on it. He handed it to his teacher and said you can keep your F and I will keep my dream. You have guessed it. Monty achieved his dream and is living it. The story continued that years later that same teacher took his present class for an outing to Monty’s ranch.

Never doubt that your Dreams have Wings and will manifest magically in your life. Don’t allow anyone to steal your dream(s).

Until next time,
Namaste,
Sharon

4 ‘C’s Of Success

Image credit: nexusplexus / 123RF Stock PhotoWhenever I presented Law of Attraction and inspirational workshops in the early 90’s, I always tried to incorporate the BIG ‘C’s of success in my presentations. On one occasion my entire presentation revolved around 7 ‘C’s of Success and I could have continued on for another full workshop as everyone was really into the subject matter.

I had written this blog some days ago when to my delight, I found an article by Jim Rohn called Change Begins with Choice. How truly synchronistic! I feel so blessed whenever this happens.  I take it for confirmation that I am on the right track so I simply had to share some excerpts from Jim’s article at the end. However, here are four of those big ‘C’s that I love to talk about.

The first is CLARITY – I have always stressed that in order to make any major change e.g., life, career, profession, residence, whatever;  one needs CLARITY.  Be clear of your intentions; whatever those intentions are. Then visualize and focus.  Without razor sharp clarity, you may get something, however not what you intended or your heart desired.  It is like the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you are sure to end up some place else,” Indeed! Clarity is very important. It is like the foundation when building a house. Except this “house” is your life. Clearly picturing the end result is crucial. And what a great delight when it turns out better than you anticipated.

CHOICE is one of my favorite ‘C’s. It is by far the most powerful of all. You have the ability and responsibility to choose whatever you desire. It is the choices you make in life that will enable you to succeed. You have been given this incredible gift called Choice. Only humans have the gift of choice. Use it wisely! Where you are today is due to the many choices you have made. If for some reason you are unhappy with your choice(s), Stop! Regroup. Refocus, and start to rebuild with CONFIDENCE. Remember success is only a CHOICE away.

CONFIDENCE – Once you have the clarity and have made a choice, go forth towards your destiny knowing that the universe is working on your behalf. Combining those powerful three ‘C’s in your life, be confident that whatever results appear in your life, it will be the perfect CHANGE you desired and visualized. The future and power is all yours.

CHANGE will be the new beginning for you. I wish you many blessings on your path to success.

Here is an excerpt from Jim’s Article “Change Begins with Choice”:

“Any day we wish; we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish; we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge. Any day we wish; we can start a new activity. Any day we wish; we can start the process of life change.”  He goes on to state, “We cannot allow our errors in judgment, repeated every day, to lead us down the wrong path. We must keep coming back to those basics that make the biggest difference in how our life works out. And then we must make the very choices that will bring life, happiness and joy into our lives”.

And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeing and needing to make changes in their life – if you don’t like how things are, Change it!  You’re not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life – and it all begins with your very own power of choice.”

What do you think? I’d love your feedback. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Namaste,

Sharon

 

Butterfly – A Totem of Great Beauty, Transformation & Rich Teachings

monarch-emerging-from-chrysalisWith summer upon us we not only get to enjoy the beautiful warm weather.  Those of us who love to sit in the quiet of their garden often get to view and enjoy as well the many species of butterflies that flitter from flower to flower and land softly and gently so close to us. What a joy to sit and watch these beautiful creatures on a summer’s day. Have you ever wondered about this great totem of beauty and about its rich teachings about transformation?

Before The Great Mystery invited me into the world of totems and their teachings, Butterfly was just a beautiful delicate vision to behold and I would drink in its beauty, grace and watch it for as long as it stayed around. Continue reading

Dealing With Change and Transition

change and transitionDealing with transitions and unexpected change occurs in all our lives. There are many ways this can occur and most of the time it is not pleasant or a welcome experience. Often when you are in the throes of living through the transitions that result from unexpected change you may find yourself in total despair feeling that your life may never be happy, fulfilled and joyous ever again.  That is a normal and natural response.  After all ‘it is always darkest before the dawn.’

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