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!

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: 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: Eerie

After taking this first shot, I noticed him there calling out to me…

Old Man River

Old Man River

Old Man River

It seemed the soul of the fallen tree was calling out to be noticed.

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Weeky Photo Challenge – Curves

Oh, how I love where I live.

These shots were from Dionne’s birthday picnic (last January) at McKinney Falls State Park Southeast of Austin, Texas.

These beautiful limestone falls have been carved by water over thousands of years. Another example of the peaceful power of water. It doesn’t fight, it just keeps on rolling, constantly, gently making its way.

Here’s to us all being more like water… less fight, more flow.

McKinney Falls McKinney Falls 5 McKinney Falls 4 McKinney Falls 3

The water was low at this time but what a beautiful site we would have missed if it had been full. The graceful curves in the limestone created by the water is a wonderful reminder to let it all flow.McKinney Falls 2 McKinney Falls 6

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Reeds in pattern

Reeds in pattern

A few years ago while visiting our parents at Possum Kingdom Lake(here in Texas) we saw this fabulous site and I just had to capture it.

I love the natural patterns made by the waves and the reeds.

We’re all interconnected and fit beautifully together, don’t you think?

Pattern of reeds on the lake

Here’s a wider view.

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All Is Well

SunflowerDrop the idea that anything is wrong. Relax for a minute.

Ask yourself, “What if everything is perfect right now and this is just where I am on my way to where I’m going?”

All is truly well. We live in a constant current of well-being. It’s all a matter of allowing.

Not a bunch of doing. A relaxing into. Allowing.

Take a deep breathe and begin to notice everything around you that is working perfectly and getting better and better.

You are loved and cared for in ways you can’t see or may not able to imagine. It makes no difference. It’s still there.

I’m seeing your absolute health, happiness, abundance, peace and joy.

Much Love to you,
Crystal

Seasons Change

Our homegrown, organic garlic

Our homegrown, organic garlic

The sun is shining, birds are singing and it’s a beautiful day here in Texas. Plus, we’ve just harvested the first of our garlic. It smells absolutely divine.

I want to rave, rave, RAVE about the weather we’ve been having. My hashtag #MilderTexasWeather has been working out for me. (Please feel free to spread it far and wide!) We’ve had bouts of nice rain and pleasant weather for the past few weeks with more on the horizon. It’s really Spring!

I’m feeling fantastic about what’s happening in the world today. Despite our difficult week last week, I am more and more clear that things are changing for the better.

Of course, we’ll still have the hold-outs that want to say things suck or aren’t changing. Some folks would rather see something bad happen so they can be right, rather than be wrong and admit life is good and everything is actually working out. There will always be small groups of people causing problems long after the majority of folks fully “get” and understand their own personal power and the influence they have over their own worlds.

Patience. It’s all happening.

Everything is beautiful and more and more people are seeing it everyday. Don’t worry too much about the negatively focused or those folks standing on the corner (or blasting FB) with signs that point out and give powerful energy to what they DON’T WANT. Bless them. They know not what they do. They don’t recognize that they, themselves, are adding more and more energy to the terrible, shameful situation they rail so hard against.

I decided years ago that I would much rather be FOR what I WANT than to be against anything I don’t want. And now that I know how our world truly works, I see how well that decision has served me.

I don’t struggle or fight about or against anything. There’s no need. I see something I don’t like and immediately ask myself what I’d prefer. It truly is as simple as that. We do have to allow ourselves to move through any old energy to the contrary that comes up, but it is much easier than trying to physically pound this world into submission.

Recognize now that good always wins and right always comes out on top. In the history of our country and world, right always prevails. Sure there are little pockets of problems, but that is natural. The majority of the people in this world are good and happy people that want to continue living good and happy lives.

If you need help moving through fear or worry, I can help. I will help you find the perspective in every situation that serves and uplifts you. It’s there when you know how to allow it.

Recognize and appreciate your experience of seasons changing. It happens daily.

Call or email me today to schedule a session. Don’t waste another day worrying or waiting for that other shoe to drop. That’s an old conditioned response that can be gone forever.

Life is supposed to be fun and you can start enjoying it today.

Much Love to you,
Crystal

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#MilderTexasWeather – RAVE

Rain showers!

Rain showers!

I want to rave about the cooler weather we’re experiencing here in Central Texas!

We spent last Saturday in the yard doing some Spring cleaning and the next day got some really cool weather to make our Sunday cooking even more enjoyable.

This week has been fabulously cool with chances of rain. AND we have more rain in the forecast for the end of this week-end and the first of next week.

I am appreciating deeply the mild temperatures and rain. My garden and the deer that enjoy it will appreciate it as well! wink

Can I get an AMEN!?

We’re taking our weather back people, let’s do it. #MilderTexasWeather

Have a marvelous week-end!

Love you all so much,
Crystal

PS… Feel free to use #MilderTexasWeather to promote better weather here in Texas or a different version for your area. Affecting global climate change starts in our heads. Let’s do it!