The Dead Sea

It was as though time pulled me into itself. Standing still in such mud-filled, salt floating wonder I beseechingly asked the question. “Aware of awareness, where does it arise from, how is it we consciously experience this finite existence?

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The hot dry emptiness and sun’s bright gaze burning away all shadows of doubt. My spirit strengthened as I eclipsed certain parts of myself while wandering. Walking through Masada I questioned how it was such a place was built.

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Ein Gedi’s waterfalls enlivening what felt to be joyful liberation and tranquility. Finding a hidden spot to relish the freshness of the waterfalls I felt the ease of the environment soak into me. Such exquisiteness.

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I chose Abraham tours for this day of sightseeing. The drive down to the Dead Sea winds with the pressure of going lower and lower and a quiet awe took over everyone on our bus. The dead sea comes into sight it’s cerulean blue amidst the sandy mountain terrain. A place of grandiose beauty filled me with awe struck wonder as the bus went lower. Surreal,  it felt like another world, with caves dotting the mountains that hid many secrets.

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Sinkholes made the roads impassable at certain points, detouring to new roads that were made. We were duly informed by our fabulous tour guide, that over the past 20 years, due to global warming, the Dead Sea has been drying up 3 meters a year. Spas built 15 years ago are now far away from what once was the shore.

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My DIATRIBE:

Such a stunning sea while floating in it, the health benefits from the sulphur to salt to mud are numerous. Yet 100 years from now, will it still be here? It put global warming into a very real perspective.

Because it’s drying up, at the beach I was at, plastics and non biodegradeble materials were stuck in the mud. I went around plucking them up and filling the garbage can, to help in the way I could, to preserve the gorgeousness of the sea.

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My mind started reeling. What is happening to the dead sea reinforced the notion that we are not prioritizing for 100-200 years from now, or our next 7 generations. How is it we have allowed the plundering of our resources to such a damaging effect on our planet?

We are polluting our air, soil and water, due to our reliance on fossil fuels and chemicals with no real solutions being offered.

What will happen to our resources? How is it they’ve become privatized and corporatized? Our reliance on fossil fuels is the biggest detriment to our environment and future, yet big money still wages itself in it. There are many more sustainable and green measures we as a race could and should be taking with our current environmental problems.

Hoping we could move into a more sustainable future in the upcoming years, to preserve the beauty of our gorgeous planet.

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xo,

Nicole

Fluid to Make Waves

 

And the water was where I was standing, in a river where two diverging paths became one. Bubbling and flowing around me, I let go of everything I was holding onto into this healing place and a peace enfolded me.
I was reminded that many paths lead to the source, whatever that Source may be, separate paths converge to diverge again, naturally.
After being so much like air and earth lately, I am reminded to become more fluid again like this powerful flowing river.

I fill myself with the essence of what is the surrounding environment. The trees and plants nourished by the water that flows fluidly, moving over the rocks and earth that become eroded by continual movement. The wood, trees and plants providing home and food for the animals and insects to survive upon. My totem hawk flying above representing my free spirit, in the air that gives breath to life, with the fiery Sun beaming down.

All elements are needed to sustain an ecosystem. As a small piece of the whole, becoming one with the environment, whatever it may be, brings clarity and purity.

As I’m meditating in the tranquility, I remember that becoming like water means letting go of attachment to desires, wants, needs, possibilities and outcomes to allow the flow to lead me where I’m meant to go. Flowing around obstacles fluidly creates peace of mind. Rather than resisting or turning away, which feeds energy to what’s not working, I choose to see life for how it exists right now.

Going through my Saturn return over the past year and a half have been what I would call a shift in the way I perceive my outer world. Rather than “trying” , which is a futile term, to manifest all of my separate visions and dreams into existence, I am learning to create by simply being.
My inner world has been fortified with truth, which becomes fluid as I evolve more fully into the potential that exists. I realize with new inward learning that it’s not about my belief in my dreams and goals or the outer reality, it’s my belief in myself.

I fully believe in me.

A deep truth, overlaid by the deeper truth derived from all the inner work I’ve done over the years. One that is unshakeable in its very core.

That truth is

I accept and love what is, life, living, being…….

Like the many states of water, I may continually shift, evolve and change, yet, my essence will always remain the same. Understood by the outer world or not. No thing, no one, no experience will ever shake it, it’s found outside all ego attachment and identity defined through outer means. It is a presence within that is continually unfolding like a lotus blossoming. As this never-ending flower of self unfurls gorgeous petals, I reinforce my truth …

I love my life, it’s perfect right now and continually blows my mind with organic beauty that is a flow. Exploring this creation I have…. being, here, now, continuously with gratitude for living. The same source of consciousness that resides in me resides in everything.

xo,

Nicole

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Alter Egos

Which one do I desire to be today ; )

While my purpose is to attain higher consciousness and a comprehension of the bigger picture.
I also have to understand the notion that.
I am human.
A Human, with emotions,
varying along the spectrum.
I am not always perfect by societal standards, yet, I am perfect in my learning about self and others.
I accept that everything that happens is meant to, for cultivation, growth and re-calibration in re-creating.

In being human, I have recognized distinctive qualities of myself surface at different times. Either a situation, person, or an emotional reaction brings about these characteristics.
I realize that whether they are deemed acceptable is beyond me, in this strive for higher consciousness I have to

own all parts of me.

I accept and love me,

unconditionally…

Because I like to make life fun and interesting, I have personified the different facets of my being.
Like the elements, these parts of me are the earth, fire, water and air of myself.

Annabella:

Fire qualities. Feisty and fiery, she is a little warrioress with a sharpness of tongue. Rebellious, rambunctious and passionate, her spirit has been strengthened through tumultuous experiences.

Celeste:

Air qualities. She is esoteric, airy and dreamy, her head tends to be high in the clouds. Floating around somewhere in the etheric, her thoughts pertain to universal and cosmic awareness. She is outlandish, giving rise to idiosyncracies and uniqueness.

Aurora:

Water qualities. She is flowing, empathic, compassionate and understanding. Encompasses a mentality of accepting whatever life is bringing. Positive and inspiring, she makes for interesting company.

Persephone:

Earth qualities. She is grounded, introverted, calm and contemplative. Quietly thoughtful and observant, she has a deep understanding of human nature. Quite meditative in her approach to life and others.

We are all products of life and society.
After experiencing suffering and injustice in life, barriers of mistrust can be created.
What I have witnessed so often is that we can sometimes
anticipate hostility.

Collectively.

Since most people have experienced pain, hurt and trauma in some manner, these wounds manifest individually in varying ways….
patterns that become prevailing in our society.
Becoming being wary of one another, not knowing if we can trust that others have good intentions.
While living in conditions of feeling that we have to be a certain way to feel accepted

Ego barriers that block us from seeing

love.

Before I go, I would like to pose questions for you to ponder upon.

What would it feel like to live in a society where the main tenets were support, encouragement and appreciation, rather than the judgement, criticism and blame that is so prevalent?

Imagine for a minute, how it would feel, to know that you were always accepted for every part of your being?

No matter what

xo,
Nicole