Recognizing Nature’s Way

Spending time in my garden in the mornings always provides such wonderful insight.

No matter what’s happening in my life Mother Nature soothes and inspires me every time. Even when my first reaction has a negative slant. (This isn’t what I want, this is hard… ya know, that ol’ chestnut!)

As a conscious creator I recognize mental anguish and physical discomfort as an invitation to release myself from a situational (vibrational) loop started by a belief that didn’t serve me.

It’s a powerful thing to understand, which allows us to more easily control our emotions and not be sideswiped by negative mental chatter.

Allowing Support

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time picking off squash vine borer eggs from my squash plants. They are as relentless at leaving them as I am of searching for and picking them off.

But, I’ll tell you. I’m tired. I want to relax. And that gal has no other objective in life than to do what she’s doing. That just feels like an uphill struggle.

So, to more fully support myself and my garden, I’m learning to feed my soil.

I’m taking Dr Elaine’s Soil Foodweb program and am in the process of starting my first (biocomplete!) compost pile so I can make sure the right microbes are in the soil to provide the perfect mix of nutrients my plants need to protect themselves from this sort of attack.

And voila! Nature’s way. Yes, please and thank you!!

We puny humans are no match for Mother Nature so I’m supporting myself by learning how to work in harmony her.

In nature, all systems support each other. Here’s to humanity coming into alignment with this principal and learning how to put it into a sustainable practice.

Reality Check!

As I’m writing this, I’ve run 2 cats and a squirrel (3 times!) out of my garden space. I can’t stop giggling about the irony.

Welcome to humanity, I say.

I’m human! What happens when I’m not looking… happens.

But, If I’m around… I’m going to run out hollering with arms flailing. This is where I am.

When I move the energy around it one of two things will happen… 1) I’ll do something different. Or 2) they’ll stop fucking with my shit. Either way works for me because I’ll feel better first!

I also encourage some things to come into my garden and enjoy themselves… like the two Black Swallowtail caterpillars resting between feasts on my curly parsley.

Aren’t we humans fickle? Rules for some, but not for all?

The trick is to find the value in every single experience and learn for the next opportunity.

We all have different objectives and agendas.

My motto is “For everyone and everything’s highest good. No exceptions.”

And so it is.

Keep Growing!

Another thing I know about Mother Nature’s way is that if we humans just stopped harmful practices, everything would return to balance.

Much like our negative thinking being the only thing that keeps us bumping into things we don’t like or want. It’s only our negative farming and land practices that keep our soil, livestock and human bodies nutrient deficient and depleted. The moment we withdraw our harmful inputs the healing begins again.

As I roam around my garden pulling up baby tree and shrub seedlings that are everywhere, I see how God wants us to just keep moving forward planting our seeds of love, support and connection. Don’t look back at what didn’t materialize or come to full fruition, just keep moving forward planting our seeds.

The moment those seeds put their tiny roots into the soil, they are contributing to the soil community, releasing exudates and calling forth microbes with the sugars it releases from the process of photosynthesis and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. Super helpful to the soil and all life on Earth.

And the very moment I pull them out of the ground, room is made where the roots have been released which opens the space for more movement through the soil. Oxygen floods into those spaces further supporting healthy microbial life and the plant material is either left in place to provide armor for the soil and further nutrients for the microbes, or put in a compost pile for more of the same. Super helpful to the soil and all life on Earth.

There’s benefit in each scenario. Cool, huh?

It’s About Relationships

No man is an island. No one goes through life alone. We weren’t meant to.

We’re here because of nature, dependent on nature.

In my estimation our ultimate, big picture goal is to live in creative cooperation with one another and all living beings in our environment to create Heaven on Earth.

Plants don’t thrive singularly either. They need their plant community around them, the more diverse the better.

And the microbial life in the soil those plants are living in? They need that same sort of diversity in the life around them, providing the vital, highly bio-available nutrients the plants need, while storing the carbon the plants have pulled from the atmosphere.

It’s amazing! And absolutely beautiful. The perfect system where every “pest” has a purpose and if you’re calling it waste, you just haven’t figure out how to utilize it yet.

LIFE!

Whether what we’re looking at is what we want, or what we don’t want. Our opportunity is right now.

As a conscious creator…

Am I walking my talk?

Am I anchoring in the reality I’d prefer by moving through life in ways that support that?

Or am I acting like there is such a thing as “a problem”?

I get to choose in every single moment.

The time is now.

Take a deep breathe in, audible (Ahhhhh) sigh on the outbreath. Do that a few more times. Feel yourself relax. Allow the mind to come down as well. It’s all energy and it’s all moving.

Quietly connect to that all loving power greater than ourselves. The source of all life.

Ask for higher perspective. Ask for support and inspiration and then, say Thank you!

Now, we listen, in this moment and throughout the day for the answers. The answers will come in the form of feelings, ideas, inspiration, the right person showing up and unexpected opportunities. Be open to them and pay attention to what you’re hearing, noticing and experiencing.

These are super exciting times we’re living in. The shifting of paradigms is intense at times and learning to flow in connection with nature will support you in more ways that you presently know.

Take good care.

I love you so much!
Crystal

My Shadow

As an organic gardener, I’ve heard, the best fertilizer for my garden is my shadow.

Through years of experience in life and in the garden, I know this to be true.

While I was inspecting my garden this morning, pulling weeds, pinching off the side shoots of my tomatoes, killing beetles on my cantaloupe flowers and spraying lemongrass essential oil in mosquito prone water traps, it once again occurred to me how powerful a teacher Mother Nature is.

As our shadow in our gardens suggests… we’re around, looking, inspecting and being wholly aware of what’s going on in there. If you catch a pest in the beginning, you can save yourself heartache and veggies. Otherwise, waiting around, not paying attention and ignoring the issue can spread the problem further throughout your garden.

This same principle stands true in our thoughts and minds. A Conscious Creator knows that negative thoughts and lower vibration emotions are to be acknowledged and felt through rather than ignored or worse, fueled. Can you imagine feeding the pests that were destroying your garden? What if you’re doing just that, unconsciously?

What Does it Mean to be a Conscious Creator?

I’ve been supporting small businesses by volunteering through my local Austin SCORE chapter since December of last year and one of my mentees ask me to explain the term, Conscious Creator. Thanks for that!

A Conscious Creator is someone who understands they are affecting their own reality with energy, thoughts, actions, and emotions, and so navigates life without giving power to (being upset by) outside circumstances. This doesn’t mean they don’t feel the physical sensations of that upset physically in the body, it just means they don’t react to situations because of those feelings. They are thoughtful and aware, giving themselves time to understand the situation and respond in the way that will bring them the best results.

A Conscious Creator recognizes that their outside physical circumstance is a direct reflection of their own inner turmoil, therefore the work is done internally mentally/emotionally and never blamed on another.

A Conscious Creator innerstands they have ALL THE POWER to make anything happen in their own life, no matter the outside circumstance.

A Conscious Creator realizes Fear as information, notices manipulation and doesn’t respond as if their life is in danger.

Conscious Creators in Action

As we’re the only ones always with ourselves, it serves us well to be a shadow to what’s going on in our own mind. Learning to control our emotions and take a few moments before making a decision is a worthwhile endeavor. I have countless examples of when my knee jerk reaction was wrong and even more examples of something I didn’t like in the beginning turning out to be something I very much enjoyed and appreciated.

In the coming days and weeks I’m going to be posting a series of blogs about fear. So much of what I see in the world today is people living with and by fear. Be Safe! Be Careful… being the mantra for all occasions. What if you knew there was nothing to be afraid of?

If a life FREE from FEAR and anxiety sounds like a dream, stick around. We’re going to explore the reasons for fear and how it’s used. We’ll also discuss the science of Conscious Creation and how to use the information fear offers to your benefit.

If you’re attached to the SELF-limiting lifestyle fear and anxiety offer you, enjoy! Free will is a beautiful thing and all experiences are available, AND educational. You do you.

But, if you’re tired of being afraid and ready to take command of your own life the next few blogs will offer you some new things to think about. Old programming can be interrupted by actually becoming aware of it and questioning it’s origins.

So, like your shadow in the garden… make sure of your shadow in the “garden” of your own life. Spend time in awareness of your own thoughts, “beliefs” and the physical sensations that accompany your emotions. These Conscious Creators guidance tools help clarify the “reason” for current experiences and keep the most important areas of focus, top of mind.

Here’s to becoming better Conscious Creators through the release of fear and anxiety. It’s all energy and it’s all moving!

If you know this already and just need support, I’m here for that too.

Get ready to relax and enjoy your life!

Vibrant Health

With all we see going on in the world, I wanted to share a reminder about the brilliant design of our physical bodies and the universe.

Our body’s ability to heal itself is miraculous and available to each of us.

Beside controlling our thoughts and emotions, boosting our immune systems and detoxing from all the chemicals in our environment is our best and safest bet when it comes to fighting harmful bacteria or viruses. [Actually, our bodies are MADE of these things that serve us very well. Exposure is our ally… along with fresh air and food, clean water, good sleep and moving our bodies]

Two weeks into the personal/global slowdown/reset… the canals of Venice were clear and dolphins, fish and swans could be seen swimming about. From Mumbai, the Himalayas became visible for the first time in 30 years, birds showed up in LA and sheep came down from the hills and grazed in lawns around London. What a blessing this has been to our planet and its inhabitants!

This is the shift in paradigms I’ve been going on and on about. Yes, please and Thank you!

I’m linking what I put together from the research and information we gathered and used to get Dionne through stage FOUR cancer in FIVE months.
I’ve included links to products, videos and information to support you in learning more about natural ways to support your perfect health.

Aside from the physical action steps you can take to support yourself and family, the very most important factor is your thoughts and focus. Everything works or NOTHING works based on your beliefs and current mental state. That means no medicine, surgery or modality works if you don’t consciously support it. And to the contrary, the most simple and easy solution works if you believe in it.

I love you so much and have missed communicating regularly. But, sometimes big things have to happen to shake up the status quo. I say Yes and Thank you! This has been the most transformative time for me and I’m learning new things about myself and the world daily.

What have you learned about yourself during this time? What adjustments and changes have you made to your lifestyle? What have you noticed about the world around you? What do you want your new normal to feel like?

I’m here for you if you have any questions or need support. Please look through this information to see what you’re already doing or what you can add easily. Small steps are the most powerful and important when creating true and lasting change.

I love you dearly and can’t wait to hug your neck.
PS… Feel free to share this with anyone who needs it. 💚

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What’s Right?

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What if we spent more time asking each other, “What’s right?”

What if we began looking at every situation in our lives and asking ourselves a question that would serve us rather than bring us more problems?

I know, when someone walks into the room looking upset, gloomy or mad our curiosity gets the best of us. That part of us that cranes our neck to see the horrific accident or unfolding tragedy needs to know what’s wrong. Just tell me what’s wrong and I can relax. Not.

It truly is human nature. What’s wrong? Tell me what’s wrong. What’s wrong with me, with you, with this situation, with our government, our schools, our parents, our kids. Let’s get to the bottom of this! Let’s find out what caused this trouble so we can all point at it and shake our heads in righteous indignation. Oh that is SO WRONG.

I understand. I really do. I’m human too. I understand fear. I understand anxiety. I understand heartache. I understand loss. I understand uncertainty and pain. We all do. We’re not alone. We are all living exactly the same and completely different human experiences.

What can we do to help ourselves through these difficult emotions and times in our lives? How can we better support ourselves in the moment?  (And what would it take for us to want to figure out what creates these scenarios and situations over and over?)

What if we ask ourselves “What’s right about this situation?”

I know. I know. That’s a big, huge, enormous question in the midst of all that’s wrong. But, what if asking what’s right gave you a different perspective?

What if asking what’s right helped you to see what is right about this seeming tragedy in front of you?

Give it a shot. What have you got to lose? You’ve already been asking what’s wrong all this long time. How’s that working out for you? Asking “what’s wrong” has been and always will be lining you up vibrationally with more and more things you find wrong.

Decide now to begin asking “What’s right?”

I know that in the middle of confusion and upset asking what’s right about the situation feels weird, but go with it. Notice where the energy comes up in your body and feel through it. Relax and soothe yourself with such tenderness and love.

What harm could come from it? A positive perspective? You actually feeling better?

You might discover that you’re holding on to an old belief about yourself or others that’s creating this irritation or problem. Maybe you’re so focused on the problem that you’re totally missing the blessing that is your release from a dead-end job or relationship that was keeping you from having the money, love or support you deserve.

I remember thinking years back that I was ready for a new car. I loved my other car but some things were going wonky and I couldn’t seem to find a way to get them fixed. Not long after, on a 6am drive with my son to his high school for morning practice, were were rear-ended. It totaled the car. After my moment (about an hour or maybe half a day?) I realized I had been wanting a new car but wasn’t taking the steps to make it happen. I didn’t think I could afford it.

The universe showed me I could. I got another car, new to me and much better. I love my car so much. It feels so good to drive it. I enjoy just thinking about it.

In the moment, though, I was not pleased. Not pleased. Quite irritated and upset even. My son was driving. I was angry at the driver, angry it was six o’clock in the morning, angry my iced tea got poured into my lap. As soon as I jumped out of the passenger seat to see who had done this, I saw the culprit. A woman with two small children in her car and another vehicle behind her with two more small children. My initial anger dissipated into frustration and some compassion. Bless their hearts. We’re all up early shuttling our kids around. It was rainy and shit happens.

After all was said and done I sat in the drivers seat of my new car and laughed. This is what was right about that situation. I wanted a new car, needed one, but wasn’t taking the steps to make that happen. The universe gave me a little nudge.

What are you being nudged to do?

Think back over your life and recognize how many things have happened you first judged as bad that actually turned out better than you ever expected.

Now, look at a current struggle, take a deep breath and ask yourself “What’s right?”

There’s a perspective in every situation that serves you, but you have to be looking for it to find it. I am seeing you seeing it.

Sending all my love and support,

XOXO
Crystal

 

Looking Back

Spring SedumHave you ever noticed yourself in a situation where you find your mind projecting itself forward into the future and seeing your failure in this moment or an outcome you’d prefer not to have? It’s that crazy thing your mind does to keep you stuck exactly where you are, rather than allowing yourself to expand and fly to the heights and places you dream of going.

Well, I found myself there yesterday and it was a powerful moment.

We were out having a yard walk. Looking at the peas coming up in our garden, a few baby peaches that didn’t freeze, flowers, birds and bugs. I noticed a patch of sedum that is blooming so beautifully I wanted to take a picture of it.

As I was kneeling down and getting closer to it pulling some grass that was coming up in the middle that might disrupt my picture I heard myself saying. “Looking back, I knew that was a great place for a snake to hide and scare me.” YIKES. What? My heart started pounding and I recognized how in that moment I was planning to be scared.

A little side note… we had a rat snake that lived in our shed last year over the spring. She would scare the crap out of me when I’d open the door and see her up at eye level, on the third shelf, resting with one of her babies. (I decided she was the only snake alive to have laid just one egg… the alternative was more than I could stand.)

But her eyes were round, almost human, and she would just look at me as I’d shiver and breathe heavy for a moment. I’d tell her to stay put, I was just coming in for the shovel or rake. Nothing to worry about, no need to make any sudden movements. Whew. After several months of her gentle presence and noticing there were absolutely no scurrying sounds in the shed when we’d enter my feelings changed.

So, back to present tense, the true snake fear I had has all but melted. I know what I’m looking for and I am cautious and aware of my surroundings when out digging around, pulling weeds or picking up trash. I’ve got this.

So, in the moment of me telling myself a scary story, I thought, “What a great idea!” Ha! What if we told those “looking back” stories, not of failure and fear, but in a way that actually served us?

What if we took that very moment of planning for the worst and began planning for something we’d prefer?

Looking back… I knew this was going to make a beautiful picture; I am always aware of my surroundings and completely safe.

Looking back… I knew everything was working out for me. I have the love and support of family, friends and the vast resources of the God and the universe.

Looking back… I see how silly it was for me to worry that things wouldn’t work out for me because I had plenty of evidence supporting my happiness and success.

Looking back… I always knew I would be a mother, I just got a little scared and discouraged for a bit, much too focused on what hadn’t shown up yet.

Looking back… I knew that job was mine, I just had to let go of the fears and worry I wasn’t good enough.

Looking back… I always knew I could lose the weight and feel happy, healthy and vital I just had to stop beating myself up about where I was. Boy, I’m glad I did!

We’ve got to change the stories we tell ourselves in our minds. We have to decide we are going to succeed, be happy, regain our health, find our perfect partner or make tons of money and then support ourselves in moving that direction.

I can think of so many more negative or scary stories my mind has tried to “look back” on while I was in the present moment. Bless our hearts. I know I’m not alone. It truly is just a function of our minds constantly trying to protect us. When we fully grasp this concept the fear dissipates.

Lightly intend to recognize this, moment by moment when our thoughts are swirling around upsetting, limited or lack filled scenarios and tell a better story. Think of the greatest outcome and begin to describe it to yourself. Let yourself relax into peace, winning and success.

Our minds can’t tell the difference between what’s “real” and what we’re imagining, so begin imagining the things you’d most like to have and watch yourself begin attracting those things into your life.

How would you like your life to be when you “look back” on it? Begin seeing and visualizing it that way now. Relax around your scary mind stories, be consistent with your focus and you can’t go wrong.

Sending you much love, soothing and support.

Start “looking back” on your life right now, envisioning your success, happiness, health and abundance.

Share your “looking back” better feeling story with us and we can hold the vision of your fabulous life with you! One lucky sharer with receive a free Rave Session with me to help you get your energy moving confidently in the direction of what you’d most love. Good luck!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Perspective

Interesting that perspective is this weeks photo-challenge.

It’s so important for us to realize that our lives are completely about the perspective we hold.

When we’re troubled by something, we tend to look at it very closely. Examining and taking notes of every little think that we don’t like.

But, if we can take a few steps back from the situations the true reality can come into focus.

I love the series of pictures I took below on a trip with my (Dionne’s) family to Guatemala. We were hiking up Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes.

As I thought of our challenge today, this felt like the perfect opportunity share a deeper perspective on perspectives.

The first picture I took was of course, close up.

Up close

Up close you can the small details.

But after the first picture I noticed a little more around my subject….

A little wider perspective begins to show even more details

A little wider perspective begins to show even more

My next picture was of the grand view. Not of us huffing and puffing our way up the volcano. But the true majesty of what we were experiencing.

Get the full perspective.

Allow yourself to see the full perspective.

This was much, much more than our aching limbs and labored breathing. Our momentary response to our current situation.

Taking a few steps back to notice what’s going on around us and how small we are in the grand scheme of things changes more that just our physical view.

We can begin to see the beauty of the big picture.

We can soothe ourselves through the momentary struggle to find beauty waiting patiently to assure us all is well.

Check out another blog I wrote about perspective.

Sending much love, soothing, peace, ease and flow to all,

Crystal

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

We had a flood here on the Blanco River on Halloween night. We went out the next day to see how everything looked. The powerful water that came through the area did some rearranging.

Signs Web

Clean up after your pets… and cactus and fisherman.

Misplaced Tree

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

That beautiful first blush...

That beautiful first blush…

I know it’s January, but like many of my gardening friends my thoughts are never far from Spring. The memory of morning walks in my garden to discover tomatoes beginning to ripen makes my heart skip a beat.

Enjoy your Winter and the experience of going within but know that Spring always comes and the time for our silent seeds to emerge will be here before you know it.

Seeing this being a peaceful season of quiet internal growth for you that culminates in beautiful bounties you didn’t know you could create.

Love and Blessings,
Crystal

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Grand

The landscape, like the people of Guatemala... beautiful.

The landscape, like the people of Guatemala… beautiful.

Our view from the fabulous Sunset Cafe looking over Lake Atitlan in Panajachel, Guatemala.

My heart bursts with love and appreciation for this beautiful place and it’s warm and loving inhabitants. Our experiences along with the views were indeed grand.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected

One morning at the lake, Dionne brought me a cup of coffee. We relaxed and enjoyed the morning.

Just relaxing with a cup of coffee...

Relaxing with a cup of coffee enjoying the morning

Imagine my surprise when I saw this peeking up at me through my coffee.

Unexpected Visitor (1 of 2)

It’s nice and warm in here!

It's getting a little chilly...

It’s getting a little chilly…

This was my favorite coffee cup that I went for every morning at the lake. Our last visit, I got the news that my little friend is no longer with us. I’m so happy I have the pictures!

Here’s to great coffee, unexpected companions and morning conversations!

It’s pretty darn wet and chilly in my part of the world. I’m sending you all the warmth of love and compassion as you get ready to host or travel for Thanksgiving.

Blessings, soothing, peace, ease and flow to you today and everyday!

Love you so much!

Crystal