December 2010

Christmas Miracle

by Leonie Dawson on December 31, 2010

Hola my darlinghearts,

It’s a few days past, but I keep thinking to myself:

You NEED to share this!

So I am.

Hello.

So, apparently, a few days ago, there was this thing called Christmas.

And it took us two attempts through the rain and floodwaters, but we got to my brother’s place, and there was plenty of this:

Food. Family. Laughing.

And 2.5 hours later, we were done and heading home for a little family nap.

But the part that was my very favourite part of the day?

After all the food and family and frivolity, we drove back to town with two of my very favourite, wise & incredible nonogenerians (aka goddesses in their nineties!)

My ever rambunctious 93 year old Granny:

And the little old wise woman that I grew up down the road from, the incredible 96 year old Nan:

I always feel healed just looking in those eyes. Nan is kind and enlightened.

So, we were driving home. My love driving, Nan beside him. Ostara sitting between me & Granny in the back.

And something very strange happened as we drove.

As soon as the car doors were closed, a holy practice took place.

I don’t even know how to explain it.

I imagine that in traditional cultures, a ceremony takes place where the ancients of the tribe hand over the secrets of the universe to the newest babes of the tribe.

All I know is this:

It happened.

Nan sat in the front seat, talking happily away about how lovely the world is and what a beautiful day it was. Holding the space to witness what was to come forth.

And in the back seat, my grandmother leaned forward, took my daughter’s hand, gazed into her eyes and began whispering.

Whispering in a way that I’ve never seen her do before.

Whispering in a way that was so intimate and so sacred that I did not listen. They were the words of the world, the secret of life.

I knew the words were not for me. They were for the young one.

I got shivers. I could not help the glow in my chest, the sea brewing in my eyes.

I knew I was witnessing a miracle.

The holy baton being transferred and gifted on.

Halfway along, my grandmother began to sing a soft, wisping song.

And my daughter fell deep into slumber. There she stayed for two hours – even as we nestled her out of the car and into bed.

She was tired, that one. She had walking in Dreaming Land to do.

My GrandMother was the same. She kissed my slumbering daughter’s hand, and we dropped her home. She slept through the afternoon too.

She was tired, that one. She had walking in Dreaming Land to do.

Perhaps they met there, I do not know.

I can only imagine my GrandMother walking with her 14th great-grandchild, hand in hand, walking through the fields of Dreaming Land, teaching her all the wisdom, grace, courage & laughter she knows.

That is what I believe.

That is what I know.

And that, my darling, was my Christmas Miracle.

And the thing is? It made me long and wish that I had been given the same when I was a babe. But who am I to know that it didn’t? And who am I to not know that I am still being taught, guided and loved by my ancients every single day of my life?

Just like you, precious.

All the secrets, love and miracles of the universe,
all my love,

Zen Goddess: Prepping the ground for 2011

by Leonie Dawson on December 31, 2010

Hola dearest Goddess!!!

As we countdown into a new year… we can begin tilling the soil & preparing the ground for a new year.

Here’s a zen goddess project for you…

What do you want to take into 2011 with you?

What do you need to clear away now?

Start sorting through the things in your life – your physical possessions, your media consumption, and ask the question:

Do I want to take this with me into 2011?

  • What possessions do you want to let go of?
  • How do you want your home to feel?
  • Do you need to set up new spaces?
  • What blogs, magazines & newsletters do you want to unsubscribe from?

At the moment, our home is halfway there… I really want to start the new year with a home that is feeling clean & simple & good. It will probably take a couple of weeks to finish, but I know I’m on the right track.

I’ve got new white & aqua wicker boxes to sort out my art supplies & Ostara’s clothes. I’ve taken one bag to St Vinnie’s & have another one to go.

Today I might go hunting for a new desk with shelves.

Most of all, I want to create more room, more space for:

Love. Rainbow colours. Creating. Happy Family. Peace. Gentleness. Joy. Ease. Gratitude.

I want to have a good year, danggit.

I’m tending to the soil, pulling out the weeds, changing what needs to be changed in order to allow the good in.

Rest up buttercup,

P.S. Also, if you’re needing help/support/inspiration to make your home a sanctuary, remember that there’s a round of ze Creating your Goddess Haven e-course (divine decluttering, sacred space clearing & interior design delight!) beginning Jan 15. Just sign up to the Goddess Circle to join in. BIG LOVE!

Goddess Nixie guestposts: Celebrating 2010, Awakening 2011

by Leonie Dawson on December 31, 2010

Hola gorgeous Goddess,

So I’ve been filling out my own workbook.

And I was thinking that if we all lived in the same small goddess town…

we’d been doing the workbook together, goddess style… hanging out in my backyard, drinking tea, making marshmallow statues to eat, passing around the rainbow babies, circling & dreaming up 2011 together…

How dreamy would that be?

So, next best thing is to do it here in internets world…

Gather some gorgeous goddesses… and let us peer into their 2011 Goddess Workbooks and see what beautiful things they are celebrating about 2010… and what they are dreaming up for 2011.

Time to get inspired!

Meet Nixie.

That’s beautiful her in the photo above.

I took it on a women’s retreat/gathering/love fest that we went to together.

She is just as beautiful in spirit as she is in that photo.

A real life sage, compassionate pixie.

And she emailed me photos of her goddess workbook.

Want to see?

Of course you do.

World, meet Nixie.

Nixie, meet World.

I just know you’ll love each other!

That’s ze cover.

And if you’re wanting to read any of the pages closer up, just click on them for the big version.

Just seeing her blessings of 2010 makes me happy in my heart.

I’m so, so, so glad for her.

I love these words of hers:

There is nothing too BIG, too scary, too hard, too daunting for me to handle, with grace.

Nothing.

That’s powerful medicine right there.

Ahhhh… Permission to Complete.

I hear you, dearest Nixie pixie.

I have a thousand projects that dance about above my head all wanting to be finished, completed, made full.

Completing sounds GOOD.

And I totally totally ADORE peering into other people’s 100 Things to Do list.

It inspires me for mine.

I especially like:

18. Talk to Leonie.

Hopefully she means me. Because that would be AWESOME.

And 5. Make Falafel.

Can I tell you, Nixie Pixie, that I made my first this year, and they are suuuuper delicious?

And that you can buy falafel mixture in a yellow box, and then I add grated up zucchini and carrots and eggs?

And then I just squash them into flat patties and pan fry them?

And they are DELICIOUS?

19. Listen to MORE music.

Start with Sia. Xavier Rudd. Iz. Willie Nelson.

And I get really excited about the making more art, taking more photos & designing cards ones.

I can’t wait to see what Nixie pixie blooms forth.

Also, these are her feet. She likes to be barefoot ALOT. Even in cities, she walks down streets with bare feet. She is one grounded goddess!

Inspired now?

Yay!

Me too!

Okays, I’m off to bed dearest. One eye is doing a funny drooooopy thing.

But I needed to get my blog on before bed.

And now I have.

YAY!

GROUP HUGS!

Big love!!!