I love coffee. I love everything coffee. My favorite place to catch up with friends and solve all of the world problems is at Bean Towne, a local coffee house and cafe. The lattes, sandwiches, salads, and assorted gluten free products are out of this world and if you are lucky enough to have Sparky whip up your latte, you also enjoy a smile that will keep you warm all day. I don’t work for or with the folks at Bean Towne. This blog post doesn’t even have anything to do with them or coffee except that it is where most of my best conversations (other than the one’s that happen in my car) take place.
One day last week, I met a friend at Bean Towne for a late afternoon latte. We try to get together at least once a week; we are concerned that if we go any longer between visits, the worlds problems could grow out of control and we may not be able to solve them all in one sitting. Our conversation took many paths, as it often does, and we soon found ourselves on the subject of marriage and why some make it, why some don’t, and what we think the key ingredients might be that help to keep one going for the long haul. I have been married for 32 years (in April) and one of the things that my husband and I do so well together is dream. We make some fairly large scale plans and have some fairly lofty dreams, we always have. We dream about where we will go on our next vacation, how we will retire and we dream about little things like what we will have for dinner or what we might share for dessert. We never stop dreaming. We often share our dreams, hopes, plans, and schemes with our daughter, with our friends, and sometimes even with the lady at the post office or the guy that bags our groceries. I am sure that we drive people a little crazy with all of our dreaming.
Our dreams have changed over the years and some of the one’s that we had when we were much younger came to fruition. Many of them did not. We don’t look back upon the dreams that didn’t become reality, we know that they morphed into new dreams. I don’t know what we would do without our dreams, schemes, and plans; they keep us joyful and united. Our dreams are a common goal, a sense of togetherness, a joint effort and a constant topic of conversation. Dreaming is fun, it’s free, and it helps us to realize a never ending sense of hope and adventure.
People that allow themselves to dream and cultivate the dreams of others, they are the salt of the earth. To encourage a dream can lead to creativity and greatness and there really is no better way to show love and gratitude for another human being than to help them reach their dreams. We all have an inner child that has not forgotten how to dream; we just have to let go and allow them to have our hearts and minds every now and again.
Couples that dream together always have something in common, something to talk about and something to look forward to. Dream a little dream together. Start with something fun and silly or something big and serious. It doesn’t matter as long as your dreaming.
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
It truly does take a village-to raise a child, to raise a barn, to raise a country-up to its highest and most balanced, safe, and glorious level.
The word “raise” as found in the dictionary- To lift or move to a higher position or level. To increase the amount, level, or strength of. Lift up, hold aloft, elevate, uplift, upraise, upthrust, increase.
When we lift up, encourage, and build the strength of, we are helping to combat the ability for fear to enter where it has no place. We are creating safety, stability and strength. To be aware, respectful of, mindful of, and prepared for, is not the same as fear. When we are prepared and given understanding and wisdom, we do not fear. When we know that we are not alone, we do not fear.
I have sought guidance (ad nauseum) about the “current condition our condition is in” and what I have received over and over is that fear is the enemy, fear is at the root of all evil, fear is how the imbalance began. Where or when did it begin? Well, they (my guides) say at the beginning. It is fear that allows (television, culture, society, religion, etc.) to control us, to set us apart from one another. Dividing us and creating fear is where we as a people, and as a country, have become vulnerable.
We have allowed ourselves to be controlled by fear. We are reacting in fear; from a place of vulnerability. We have allowed our government, our media, and most sadly each other to instill fear and disunitedness. We are attacking each other. We are hurting each other. We are teaching our children to hurt each other. We can choose to change the direction. One individual, one act, one family, one community, one state at a time. We can choose unity.
To make it to the other side, to cross the threshold of being controlled by fear, to regain our power and true purpose, we must unite. We must once again join each other in raising the barns, uplifting our elders, raising each other’s children. We must discontinue attacking each other. We can choose to uplift one another and to act with grace and dignity. We can choose to either say something nice or not say anything at all. It is very, very simple. Any one of us can choose (to change direction) at any time; it is NEVER too late. We can choose to help our neighbor, to be kind to a stranger. We can determine that we will change the direction that we are going as a country by changing the direction that we are going in as individuals. When we unite, we are limitless, unstoppable, and truly magnificent. Together, we have nothing to fear. Together we will RISE UP.
Another poem given to me by spirit. This one has given me such a beautiful sense of hope. I wish you hope as you read these words.
I will come
Sing me a song and
I will breath you fresh air
Wait for my arrival by the nearest tree
Wait for me, wait for me, rustling leaves
Bring me a gift and
I will heal your heart
Lend me your ear
And I will tell you the truth’s
Shine like the sun
And I’ll give you the moon
Wait for me, wait for me
I’ll be there soon.
This poem was given to me by spirit. I have been guided that today is the day to share it with you.
I hope that it brings you joy, understanding, and a sense of deep peace.
See them go
Away and beyond
No one really knows
Believe and you will see
A land and a sea
The likes of which
Can only be dreamed
A place in the sun
A dream yet to dream
Place your hand on your heart
Blow your breath to the sky
Place your eyes on the heavens
Rest, relax, let your mind be free
Rest, relax, all will be well
Rest, relax, you are now free.
Over the past year, I have had a number of opportunity’s to learn about the process of going home, about the great sense of loss, grief, and pain surrounding the leaving of a loved one. I have also learned that there is beauty, grace, joy, love, wisdom, and incredible insight that can be gained and experienced through this process.
I received this poem while in deep thought about how to help a loved one work through the recent transition/journey home of someone near and dear to them.
Wither the wind blows
A soul knows
The way to travel on
In all ways bending
Awake we become
And then by the drums
We move on