• Insight3.1

    Feelings-attitudes-optimism

    Feeling-attitudes-optimism “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” is the question indie pop band Bastille poses. It’s a good question An everyday….. moment to moment question. I appreciate what Patrick O’Neill says when he talks about optimism. He states, “It means to be optimum and that the optimistic people are the ones that make it through where others don’t.” It reminds me of our capacity to do the right thing. To empower what is going well and what is working. We also, while having this positive attitude, get to look at what is not working- and address, process, and resolve things together when it’s time. How can we offer our greatest healing gift which is love? Sometimes this is quite a process. Having a positive attitude does not eclipse other feelings. It is a deep knowing that all of who we are can be present. We Honor that feelings reside together and know we have everything we need to face what comes. And what comes…..is a lot ...

  • What will I harbor now?

    What is a harbor A safe harbor, a place where you can relax as you never have before. A place where words mean something where speaking makes a bridge, a way for us to reach one another.  Angeles used to say sometimes we need to over communicate in order to create a field of safety.  There are a number of ways we can contribute to our own and others’ safety. She also stated that too much spaciousness and not enough spaciousness create fields of unsafety… What if I am responsible for my safety and my needs?  What kind of safety do I create? Am I a co-creator of safety? Do I show up and have the conversations necessary for my emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Am I over extended?  Do I have the reciprocity I need to have a place where I can relax, refuel, reflect and regenerate a safe harbor for myself – is there a place for my humanity, for the humanity of my loved ones? where there is room for speech, silence, movement, change and truth.&...

  • "Two geese at peace," featured image for "Let the Rains Come" by Char Sundust

    Let the Rains Come

    Today the rain came down like seeds – on the houseboat – tiny seeds breaking open over the lake, the trees. The kestrel making his morning motions overhead. breaking over black crows, cormorants and mergansers. Families of wood ducks & the steady stream of cars – The purifying, cleansing rain cool – sweet water – filling the house with delicious sound.  I love this symphonic morning I was wondering if that’s why so many people love this final resting place before the next world of Canada. I wonder if we yearn for the rain, the pure tenderness, the wonder and dangers of what it means to be cleansed. Being cleansed is always a relief – it takes time and care – a force of attention and consciousness – respect.  It’s important we clear away whatever we no longer need to become refreshed and clean to clean it up in order to clear a way and remember what we, and how come we, are letting go.  What does it mean to ...

  • Cycles & Seasons

    Cycles and Seasons

    Happiest New Year to you and all that you love and cherish It is a ceremonial season. As all seasons are…. In the Hopi survival kit by Thomas Mails (a textbook we work with in the Spiritual Identity program) They speak to the natural cycles of life. Organic, authentic, prayerful, pragmatic, and very very real cycles and seasons. We want to escape them. We don’t want to gestate, cultivate, nurture, grow, harvest, celebrate, clear and cleanse. Rest, prepare and plant…. We want to feast. Not plant, not prepare Not nurture, cleanse or rest.  In the Hopi survival kit They say The earth is a person. How can we begin a relationship of reciprocity and respect? I think we can begin with a list of what we each need in order to feel respected, whether that be kindness. Being heard. Feeling protected and cherished. Cared about, taken into account. The earth is constantly creating. But to do this she needs to rest. Many of her animals and plants begin their preparations in th...

  • charinsightdec22016

    For the good of All

    For the good of all? What is for the highest good of everyone? How can we in this moment…. this precious sacred moment, wonder About everything that brings us life? We were here Formed by air Moistened by water, made of loam. A most noble and humble beginning Like everyone, like everything. We are given so much, an entire wilderness of years called a lifetime. Even a moment is treasure. And yet we are given years, How do we want to spend those milliseconds, minutes, months and seasons? What we know is that we are walking with others, that we are not the only one on this road…. There are insects. Animals. Lichen. Moss. Trees. birds. Other human beings…. What is my awareness of these other beings? Am I listening to the world….? Am I taking care that I am healthy and well? Am I then supporting the health and wellness of what and who is in this precious world around me? What is my impact? How are my words…. my actions, my feet, landing? This is a time when lov...

  • Stay Together - picture by Char Sundust

    Stay Together

    Stay Together  I love this line.  I was recently in New Hampshire giving a talk on Spirit in medicine. Different aspects of the soul and their expressions and different ways we can return the soul to medicine, medicine to the soul.  One way we can do this is to stay together, to speak to listen to maintain curiosity – I love his “one word” in this poem:  Stay together Learn the flowers Go light  How do we tend to the good of all? To our togetherness? As healers and visionaries many of us see beyond what is said, feel beyond what is shown, and know beyond what is consciously known.  There is a wisdom of the soul and the heart The heart being the center as the soul surrounds. The best way to bring our medicine into the world is to get ourselves together – the soul, the heart, the mind – and to build a relationship between the 3 that is caring, responsible compassionate, creative and joyful.  My unity within me, my caring fo...

  • The little one in the caves at Cougnac...

    Underneath Everything….

    How we follow the symbols How we make the symbols. We have always made them.   I have just returned from a journey with Patrick O’Neill, on pilgrimage to the sacred sites in France with a group of friends and colleagues.   We were taken on the most breathtaking journeys. To Lisieux, to Madeleine, to Sarlat. These places where people made life. Where they made home / ceremony / children / friends / a life for themselves and their community Mairie, our guide introduced us to these sacred places with such tenderness and wonder That we were transformed by each encounter as a community, as individuals, captivated in a journey of what is ancient, sacred and truly lasting With one another, with the mystery and the immense generosity of the people, the land, the harvest season. To see as we did at Cougnac Caves the tiny bat clinging to a slender crystalline stalactite was a befriending of what lives under the surface. I wonder what treasures, images and symbols are underneath t...

  • Leanna & Char Making Medicine

    Making and Taking Medicine

    What is my medicine?  We are always making medicine. Our words our thoughts and our actions. Angeles Arrien used to say, “I can be in the description or I can be in the prescription.” Where am I? What kind of medicine am I making? Would I want to take my medicine? The words and actions and thoughts that I’m putting into the world?  One of my favorite prescriptions is a gratitude practice. There’s almost nothing that cannot be shifted in some way by gratitude. It’s a simple, and complicated, thing. And that we must slow down, pause and maybe see that everything is OK after all. What am I grateful for? What needs tending or mending? It’s not an all or nothing world. Different things go well while I’m learning other things. Sometimes we learn Gracefully. Sometimes not. But it’s all part of this fantastic journey that we all share – how could we bring our medicine, our prescription, to our own lives, to our relationships, And ...