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Heart and Path (from the Book of Awakening

This excerpt speaks to me today and as we move toward spring.

It takes six million grains of pollen to seed one peony, and salmon need a lifetime of swimming to find their way home...Everything in nature is given some form of resilience by which it can rehearse finding its way, so that, when it does, it is practiced and ready to seize its moment. This includes us.

As the many grains of pollen birth the one flower & the many eggs spawned birth the one fish, each person we love &  each dream we dream we try to give life to brings us closer to the mystery of being alive. So we must try as many times as necessary until our many loves become one love, until our dreams become the one dream, until heart & path feel the same 
(Mark Nepo)

My work has been in the heart chakra this winter. I dreamed of two swans (or some large water birds) both opening and protecting it within a beautiful tribal design.  I have a new framework for my heart. This week I dreamed of 88 eggs in relation to baking a very large cake! I am baking the cake and birthing the fish that knows her way.

The other day on the beach an acquaintance of mine commented that "sometimes you have to go away to find your way home." How true! We go seeking only to find what was there all along. Like the salmon who needs years and years swimming to find it's way home, we are programmed to finally get there after all, if we listen to what's inside.  

Carlos Castaneda writes, "Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone....Does this path have heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use."

And heart it has.

*Swans bear messages of love and relationships. They pair for years, sometimes male-female unions are sustained for a lifetime. When the swan glides upon the waters of our awareness, it might be a symbol for love and a reminder of the blessings found in our relationships.  The concept of partnership is further expressed on a divine level in Hinduism, wherein the swan graces vibrant traditions as the Hamsa bird. Two swans (Ham and Sa) pair together, swimming around in the divine mind “living on honey from the blooming lotus of knowledge.

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