It’s a few days past, but I keep thinking to myself:
You NEED to share this!
So I am.
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:
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,
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:
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!
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.
It was all full up, and I haven’t had a chance to create a new one, so since she was born, I’ve been collecting cards, writings, notices & little treasures like her newborn beanie & hospital bracelet.
Yesterday I grabbed a nice big new ring binder to start making her a new one.
I’ve been pimping it with a cover of yummy patterned papers (I got a big stack of fairytale themed paper from Big W which I use a boatload) and a photo of us.
And I get asked about this a lot… the metallic writing is done using my favourite favourite favourite…
Pebeo 3d paint in gold & silver. It’s the best for writing, adding stars & special details. Scrumptious!
Then inside I popped in all the bits I’ve collected, including her birth notice and cards.
For items I didn’t want to holepunch… I just popped them with stickytape on paper & put into a clear sheet.
I’ll just keep adding to it now, and I’ve enlisted my sweetie to keep an eye out for special things to pop in there.
So that’s what I’ve been creating… creating makes me a happy girl.
I’ve also got my declutter & cottage-transform bug on this week. I really reaallly feel the need to begin the year from a clear, simple place. (Which reminds me, don’t forget that a round of the Creating Your Goddess Haven ecourse begins Jan 15 – join ze Goddess Circle to join in the fun if you like!)
I’ve been setting up cosy places for reading and playing… buying lots of white and aqua cane wicker baskets to store all my art supplies within an arm’s reach & for Ostara’s toys. It feels so dang gooood.
Hope you are having an art*magic kinda week my love!!!
Big love & gratitude,
“It’s so beautiful! This has to be the Goddess MUST HAVE for the New Year….”
“I can’t wait to get started on mine! You help people change their lives.”
and by “holed up” I mean… sneaking in ten minutes here and there where I can… oh look! Ostara is settled! I’m just going to sneeeeeeeeak off!Oh hi crawling baby! You want more cuddles? Okay! You’re off again! Yay! Create! Oh! You’re baaack again! Hello!
Multiplied by 1000. Also distracted by:
a much needed nap (for two)
a trip to BigDubs (aka Big W -anyone else call it that?) for Much Needed Stationery Supplies. And more large salad bowls. I eat every single meal out of a big bowl. It’s my thang.
an afternoon date with Starry – a stroll up the street to visit Akiah, persuade self I need Diana Cooper’s 2012 meditation CD. Also go bookshelf hunting. I adore bookshelf hunting!
So that’s what “holed up in my studio” means for this mama. Life is either more balanced or bonkers, depending on how I feel in that particular moment. Hee hee!
Anywaysies… the important part is the creating!
I did get to the studio!!!
So project #1 I’ve been working on is THE FOLDER OF LEONIE.
It’s like a creating, dreaming & journalling centre for me.
I decorated the cover with some turquoise swirly contact paper, a print of one of my own paintings & a buffalo postcard from RedBubble (I’m newly addicted to them… have you checked out the amazing artists on there??). I used 3d metallic paint to put a queen’s crown on my goddess girl to remind me of my own sovereignty & queen. And the buffalo? I feel so safe and guided seeing my beloved buffalo on there. They are my sacred totem, and I get teary whenever I see them.
Inside, I’ve got three sections.
The first is a bunch of looseleaf ruled paper.
I keep notes from books on aromatherapy & herbs & nutrition.
I write notes from acupuncture & naturopathy & healing appointments.
And I also journal, write lists & notes & dreams I’ve had… I talk about the hard parts & I also write letters to myself from the wise older woman inside me.
Beautiful hand modelling by Miss Ostara Light. She has SUCH a gift, no?
AND at face modelling too.
Okay, baby distracted.
The next part are blank white pages that I draw with ink pen…
on this page I’m working on a Goddess Guidebook redesign. (OOOHEY!)
I’ve also got my 2010 one in there all filled out… it’s really lovely to look back at it & see what blossomed into fruition!
And here’s a photo of my very full studio desk… filled with my projects. At the moment my long studio desk is being shared by my love & me. He’s studying Psychology & is really into zen pictures… thus the brain puzzle & balancing stone picture.
(He’s way way cute!)
AND here’s the two pens I constantly keep in one of the pockets of my Folder of Leonie.
The Papermate 4 ball (in the special colours edition: aqua, fuscia, lime & purple) & Uniball eye waterproof ink pen.
Okay my darlinghearts…
So that’s my Folder of Leonie.
I so adore it… my own little sanctuary & haven. I think I’ll add a section for inspiring photos as well.
I think I’m going to be filling out my workbook through January as well as I get clarity about what I’m wanting.
Oh! And if you are filling out your 2011 workbook, I’d love to feature some pics of your workbook pages – just email me! And if you’ve got your own Folder, I would soooo love to see it!!!
Have an absolooodely precious day my love… I hope you can get some studio moments today!!!