All Is Well?

Hawk

Hawk from our backyard © 2015 by Pat Ruppel

I read a post today from a fellow blogger, John Cali, a world renowned channeler. He titled it, Why Is the World So Screwed Up? I have to say I’ve wondered it a number of times, too, especially these days. So, I was curious what message Spirit might say to us through John and it helped put things back in perspective for me and remember that feeling of ‘all is well’. Here is a small portion of what Spirit said:

“The world is not screwed up. It is simply moving out of darkness back into light. Darkness is an illusion. Illusions are not real. Only light and love are real.

All is well. Trust that. Know that.

Virtually every human on the planet today is undergoing this transformation, each in his or her own way. This (your current experience) is your way.”

I forget that. Just like the rest of us, I’m going through transformation and we’re all connected. It’s harder to look at the big picture, when I get caught up in family, routines, and daily drama.

Life is a process and it’s what we feel and learn along with the essence of our creations that we’ll take with us to the other side. It’s the people I love and exchange my life with in thoughts and deeds and, when I remember that, then the feeling of ‘all is well’ returns. It’s the people I don’t know and love that have the greatest potential to influence me and plant seeds of inspiration; or negativity, if I let them when I hear about them.

I remember that feeling when I walk along a mountain path or, as a child, the muffled voices of family around the kitchen table in the wee hours of the morning, as I lay in bed half asleep. Here is a little of what I wrote in a post a number of years ago when it felt like ‘all was well’:

“I grew up spending the whole summer, every summer, with my sister and 5 cousins at my grandparents. We were always excited to get there and cried when it came time to leave.

There was nothing special to do at my grandparents. They didn’t have toys and never took us to a movie. We just hung around every day and played together and were part of their everyday life. I think that is what was so special. We belonged and were valued and safe.

They took us fishing and crabbing and we went to the cemetery with them to cut the grass around the family tombstones. They interacted with us in their regular daily living. We visited like that with them every year until I graduated from high school. In fact that’s where I got the idea of sitting around the kitchen table and talking (see my headline).

Occasionally on the weekends our parents would come to visit – some as far as 250 miles. Because it was a long ride just for the weekend, they would leave after work on Friday and drive until the early morning hours. We’d be in bed and hear them come in and Grandmom would put on a pot coffee.

She would fix them something to eat to give them a chance to unwind from their long trip before going up to bed. We’d lie in bed catching the aromas of food drifting upstairs and listen to the quiet sounds of their laughter and talk. It’s been over 35 years now since my grandparents have died and I still miss them.

I can still hear them in the only lit room in the house, talking and sitting around the lone, kitchen table with all of us nestled upstairs in our warm beds. How do you create those memories for our children, our families? The answer: time and giving of yourself.”

I want to think it was simpler times then and, yet, there was still chaos and turmoil in the world. We weren’t that far removed from WWII and the Korean War and still to come were the Viet Nam War and assassinations of a President, a Godly man advocating equal rights and a Senator.

For me, it’s a choice on what I put my attention on and what I’m feeling. It’s always there ― that feeling of ‘all is well’ and the more I live from that place in my daily life, the more evidence of it I see.

What are you feeling today in your daily lives and what’s going on in your world? Can you find that place where you feel safe and can say ‘all is well’?

 

Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table

 

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Guest Post: Let your Kids Lead the Life Adventure

I am so happy to bring to you a story written by Emma Lawson. Emma approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked if she could be a guest on my site. We share the same passions for our children, family and parenting and I couldn’t be more delighted than to introduce her to you.

So, without further delay, here is Emma’s story. I know she’s excited about it and we hope you will enjoy it as much as she did in writing it and with me posting it.

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Let your Kids Lead the Life Adventure

Most people go through life without ever living to the fullest and without experiencing the thrill of adventure. Some do experience it once or twice a year when they get those two weeks off, but people who live their whole lives as an adventure are rare and they usually go to extremes. It is probably a subconscious reaction to never experiencing freedom and excitement from early childhood. I believe these two extremes can be balanced if kids are brought up with the sense of adventure from the beginning. Here is my personal story.

Children playing.

Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play. Source: Aeon Essays (https://aeon.co/essays/children-today-are-suffering-a-severe-deficit-of-play).

One of the things I am most grateful about is the way I was brought up. My parents both had many siblings, but I was their only child and they gave me all the attention they didn’t get as kids. I had the most playful parents. They let me experience things for myself instead of telling me what was right for me. For example, we had a baby goat once and I insisted on having it sleep in with me in my bed. They let me do it until I figured you can’t sleep with a goat for more than a few nights in a row. There were no restrictions to experience, only an open space for learning which allowed us to get along well.

Another important thing for me was that they never tried to entertain me. I was given the whole world as my playground and I was supposed to come up with my own play, and that really taught me how to be self-sufficient and not rely on anyone else when trying to have fun. I learned how to work to create space for fun. There was a lake in my hometown with a public beach where everyone went in the summer – except us. We went through the forest to the other side of the lake which was wild and without easy access to the water. We camped and I was given a small fishing boat and a paddle, I was shown once how to row and I was rowing alone soon after. I was around seven.

Early childhood development

Source: Nature International Weekly Journal of Science | “Early child development: Body of knowledge” (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7560/full/523286a.html)

They taught me adventure should be useful instead of destructive. My father had a cottage out in the nature, and he would usually be busy with his orchard, making lunch and repairing stuff. Since I was usually bored, he would give me a hatchet and send me out on a quest for firewood and dry branches. He taught me how to cut shrubs and make paths in the forest so that’s what I did, all alone and completely confident in my abilities. That taught me how to be independent and feel capable of overcoming any challenges that might arise. I believe my father was actually spontaneously doing what the wonderful Montessori method teaches nowadays; he should have been one of those teachers.

The most valuable thing I received from my father is the experience of the joy of freedom. He had made me a little custom parachute once, and I would strap it around my shoulders and run down a steep hill. Sometimes the wind would lift me up and I’d fly for a short while. He was teaching me how to fly alone. Later, when I grew up, I travelled the world completely alone without any fear, making my dreams come true, because I knew I was the little girl with a hatchet who could handle rapid waters and I had experienced my own pair of wings.

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Emma Lawson

Emma Lawson

Emma is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson.

If you like this, here are more links to some of her other published articles:
http://wisemommies.com/teach-your-kids-emotional-intelligence/
http://beyondvitality.com/a-yoga-journey/
http://mommayoungathome.com/parenting/mother-of-two-solo-runner-and-always-on-the-wheels/

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What a wonderful childhood that started Emma off to feeling confident and strong. A few hints of those adventures and I can only imagine how she could fill the pages with wonder and wildness of what nature felt like as a child. I wonder if she was ever scared or how did she learn to do things when they were hard?

Oh my, the stories she could tell. Thank you, Emma, for sharing with us you, as a little girl, with a pair of amazingly loving parents. I can dream and only imagine what it was like. No doubt you are passing along the same wisdom to your sons. There is so much to be learned in giving our children the freedom to learn on their own while keeping them safe and allowing them to make their own choices.

Can you remember the innocence and sense of adventure of your childhood? Just as it was for Emma, I hope it was full of joy, launching you into the rest of your life.

Pat from the ‘ol kitchen table

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