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Fall Letter From Char

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Skookum tob tob: a pure and noble heart. Where am I in this myriad of options? How do I create an atmosphere of well-being? Not just me being well and happy, but a respect for my environment, the animals, people and elements that are close to me. Do I find myself not keeping small things small? Or over analyzing, criticizing and judging whatever happens to be closest… at firing range so to speak? How can we find center? Where does real serenity, peace of mind and a balanced life and attitude exist? They say if you spot it you got it. What is my most common feeling throughout the day, this month, this year? Where do I get suspended in a reaction? Where do I get caught in thinking my needs are more important than everyone else’s? We can see how short sighted we are when we are only thinking of ourselves and our own needs. The time of the lone wolf is over. We are being called as a collective, and due to some shifts in our economics, living as communities, families, collectives, and roommates is now a common theme held by people of every age group and every demographic. We find ourselves in collectives everyday no matter what our financial means. Our external world in communities is a reflection of our internal world always. What we do in communities reflects and shares our values. What do we value? What do we stand behind in ourselves and in others and in the world? My extraordinary teacher, Dr. Angeles Arrien, speaks to a tracking device, that if we want to be happy we can live by the fourfold way covered in her cross-cultural research, in the book of the same title. We can track ourselves daily by asking ourselves four questions. How do I do with the four fold way? In which of these am I most skillful and which of these is calling for development and deepening in my nature? Do I show up and choose to be present?  Can I speak the truth without blame or judgment?  Do I do in my life what has deep heart and meaning?  Am I open to the outcome and not attached to the outcome?  We can use this technology to teach ourselves every day, to track ourselves every day. I have found that it creates win/wins and allows everyone to speak from the heart. It creates communities that develop...

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Char Sundust Letter

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[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] “I trust myself to receive your trustworthiness with appreciation” ~ David Richo Hello Every Beautiful One, What do we trust?  Do, we trust that life will continue, life will go on?  Do we believe in ourselves in all that we love?  Do we trust our loved ones, the people we have called into our lives, to love, support, and cherish us, and we, them?  I wonder…. Do we trust the Mystery?  The invisible world that supports us all…the miracle of oxygen and gravity…everything is working as it should.  The sun rises and all become a part of it, because the sun is responsible for everything that rises in the morning…all life emerges.  There are invisible hands at work…loving the world, loving us…bringing every miracle into its fullness. Are we patient?  Do we allow the blossoming of our lives, our desires, our goals?  Do we give ourselves and others the space, the time… to learn, to grow; to blossom in our own ways, and in their own ways? Or do we watch over the tiniest bud, urging it to bloom faster…to open at our whim and will?  When really, we could allow and become mesmerized at its great unfolding…in its own way, and in its own time. Do we trust the miracle that brought us here?  Trust reflects an absolute presence; an acceptance that everything is unfolding in the perfect way for us to become our best selves… Will we continue to open to our best selves; to be part of the small and great miracles of life? What are we grateful for?  Am I truly grateful for everything that brought me to this miracle of now?  Or am I scrounging for the miracles directed by my will and my ego?  Or do I recognize that I am the miracle… that I am the great blessing way… and the miracle is in my trust in the present to carry me to the gifts of tomorrow, through my appreciation of today. May you love and appreciate every miracle that brought you here…in the perfect place, in the perfect time, with all of the perfect teachers around us…to lead us to the miracles that lie waiting, just beyond what we can see. Help me to trust life, Great Mystery, miracle maker of bones, minds, hearts and hands.  Please bless us. Open our eyes, guide our hearts to receive the blessings in this day…to focus on what is working…to bring our gifts...

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Spring Letter from Char Sundust

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What I am thinking of myself is what I am making of myself. I am building my future out of the straw and bones or supple flowers that fill my mind and create what comes out of my mouth. Our words are our horses that we send out into the world to do the work and wildness of creating our lives. The horse is the symbol of potency and power, words are power objects. The one’s we say to ourselves and to others are medicine bundles. Are they empowering for us, for others? I build a new world from all the letters that make up the words that we think or speak. What is this new world that I build? From the words and images in my heart and what are the horses that pull the chariot that contains my future. It’s taking me somewhere, how can we know where? Reflect – On my heart. What does my heart want me to experience? Acceptance, love, creativity, gratitude. Reflect. Listen. Then act, speak, move, create from your reflection. Bring something into being that is tangible. Pick up the phone, make the call, do what you need to do to make this tangible. An image, a prayer, a poem, it is an Inspiritrix, a symbol to create our reality. Bring the reflection into form, the heart is following you, make this relationship reciprocal. Invite – I invite help, seen and unseen. Let others know through conversation, prayer and authentic sharing, the beauty you want to create in your life. Hold yourself responsible and ask for support. Bless – Bless your reflection, the action taken, and the invitation given. You can send a blessing by thinking love, peace, and sending it to your heart to the action taken and to the seen and unseen worlds that are so devoted to you and your purpose. Trust – That it is within you, these words that will create the life you want. Trust the mystery that got us this far and your heart that would not have suggested such a wild and precious thing unless it were truly possible. Tend – Bring your reflection into all your interactions. Nurture this quality throughout the day, the month, the year. Transform – Allow the learning the gifts to emerge. We do this by looking at where am I not experiencing this? We also do this by looking at where am I doing this?...

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Winter Letter from Char Sundust

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Thankfully we humans have the ability to reason. Perhaps. Perhaps not. There is a poem by Walt Whitman where he states ‘I think that I could turn and live with animals. They are so placid and self contained. Not one bows to another. Nor to his kind. That lived hundreds of years ago’…from  Walt Whitman’s poem Leaves of Grass.  Animals simply live. They take care of what they are faced with each day. No one does for them. I have yet to see entitlement in the animal kingdom. Or a lion who says with a den full of cubs and a nursing lioness  ‘well I am king of the forest, someone else should hunt for me’and I will relax here in the comfort of my cave’. Interesting how they don’t think the world owes them anything. How everything is earned through the energy they put in. There is no wild creature that does not know how sufficient they are. We do make them weak and reliant. Pets are wonderful but animals who sustain themselves in the natural cycles of winter, spring, autumn and summer are not supported when we leave them food in the deep fall going into winter. When we ‘help’ them many birds don’t make it if we make them overly reliant. As Angeles Arrien says ‘nothing in nature survives if it is too dependent or too interdependent. Both are needed. So I find it interesting to notice how we human beings as animals have become accustomed to having things done for us. A friend of mine says her mother taught her ‘if you really want to help you don’t ask, you do.’ The lion doesn’t ask. He follows his true nature. He hunts. He is in contact with his instincts and follows through in his actions. He takes care of his family. The instinctual nature is in us also. An internal guidance system so that we can do what it takes to care for ourselves, our families, our work and our creative lives. This seems to have fallen by the wayside. And we are the birds at the winter feeder having not migrated because of a reliance because of something outside… and we don’t only hope but raise quite a fuss if things are not done for us. If we’re are not fed in our own way on our own time. Our acceptance of the way things are and...

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Fall Letter From Char

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On the land in Idaho at Nine Muses the Retreat Center that we have for artists, writers and meditation we have frogs. Tiny little frogs, and frogs as big as a small coconut. This is such a blessing, I love hearing them sing and talk. I love finding them hopping up the steps, or sunbathing on the water lilies in the sweet kingfisher pond. This is a good sign. Frogs are so sensitive to the environment that they wouldn’t be there unless the land was healthy. What they show us in our time here at Nine Muses is that things in the environment are in balance and the frogs are steadily increasing in number. This is how we know the environment is healthy for us and for them. What are our own significators that our environment is healthy? that the landscape of our interior and external world is healthy. What are significators that we are on track in our own lives? That we are in balance? Well…more often than not we are happy when we are living every day of our lives. We have moments where we slow down, speak the unedited truth, sing, dance, be with friends, and tend to the environment of our hearts and the terrain of our relationships. There is an indigenous saying “all my relations” I was told from the time I could walk (and most likely before) that everything is related, that what happens to the stone, the frog, the lupine, happens to me. What is happening to me? What are the causes? What is my environment like emotionally, spiritually, creatively? How am I co-creating a place where I can live and let live? A healthy environment is one where everything communicates. They say the first law of love is listening. Am I listening to my own heart, to myself, and to the others that I deeply value in my life? Am I supporting and nurturing a healthy environment or am I a toxic thinker and speaker? Do I stay in toxic relationships at work, at home or in the territory of my friendships? Do I not want to change the internal environment so that what is precious in my life can be brought to its fullest potential? My uncle Alan said to me about a month ago, “everything in nature reaches its fullest potential except for human beings” It got me to...

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Dear Community

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Dear Community, I have written a prayer as I know we are deeply impacted by the events that happened yesterday, may you find comfort and solace in these words at this time. In  Beauty, Char Great Spirit, Creator. We come to you with humble hearts and we ask for your comfort and healing. We are not a broken city but badly wounded and in grief for those we’ve lost. Members of our community, precious creatives, healers and visionaries have come to join you creator. We believe it is too soon for their divine appointment. We need your help. Please heal us of this violence creator, rearrange our hearts, remove from us any desire to harm anyone for any reason through word, thought or deed to harm anyone in anyway. May those who have crossed find their way to you, may they know the comfort of your angels, may they have a safe journey to their divine appointment with you. And may we be changed by this tragedy, may it open, deepen and transform us into people who care. May we mentor the youth and their gifts, focus on what is working instead of what isn’t, be in the prescription instead of the description. May our hearts be rearranged to make love the most important thing. It is the greatest healing power we carry. Infuse us with this wisdom, power and love. Please cherish, hold and comfort the families, friends, teachers and fans of those whose lives ended in this terrible tragedy. We need your help to teach us, to heal those who are wounded into their wholeness and well being and to carry us all to the wisdom of spirit. We pray that you will keep us in your safe light. Heal us as family, friends. Heal us as community and lush green city. Guide us to change so this never happens again. Thank you very much creator. Bless us, heal us. Aho. Amen. The heart moves deep, wise in the fog of misinterpretations only the grace stills the old memory. Somehow this is to change us, move us into a different place than we’ve known before. What is that place? Grief, yes. Pain, yes. But a seed of wondering, how can we be the change we want to see. The present that shapeshifts things, the voice that sings instead of accuses. How many times have we shot down our most creative selves, isolated ourselves from community...

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Love Is Blind, Or Is It Kind?

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Winter Letter From Char Men and women, women and men; moon and sun, earth and sky.  The masculine and feminine is within us all.  Jung calls this the anima and animus, this is our deep sacred territory of how we experience vision and heart and the capacity to trust our intuition and our ancestors.  Jung also talks about something aboriginal people call the “Bush Soul” which is our animal or a certain kind of tree.  This “Bush Soul” is considered an innate and essential part of the human, soul, inseparable from the person themselves.  This animal or the tree acts as our ally and if we don’t have one we are considered lost to ourselves, our community and to our deep loved ones.  What has happened to our natural instinctual selves our deeply human animal our instinctual selves. Our self trust our openness to the natural world.  What has happened to our connection between the anima and the animus.  Externally we see the reparation, but externally we also see the work that needs to be done.  What if we were to write an apology to instinctual selves?  I am sorry for all the times that I did not listen to my own true nature.  I’m sorry I did not speak up like a lion would, or fall silent like an oak tree.  But, what if we were to commit to use our silence and our voice for the benefit of all human kind?  We can normalize Love is Kind and release the belief that love is blind.  We can always see when we are being trust worthy and loving and when we are being authentic in the world.  Actions taken inside and in nature, words said or unsaid in our relationships, its time for a new tactic, that of coming into contact with ourselves, with our science and our spirit, our intelligence and our heart.  Working together to say what’s true inside to ourselves to others with some compassion directness and tenderness. The simple act of extending love to ourselves, to all of ourselves that means every part. In this time of winter what do you love about your masculine dynamic self?  What do you appreciate about your feminine and receptive side?  And how can we connect with the deep wild soul?  That wants to run like a cheetah, tear things apart, rest in the sun?  Run fast at record breaking speed...

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