''The elf-queene, with hir joly compaignie, Daunced ful ofte in many a grene mede.” Geoffrey Chaucer "The Wife of Bath’s Tale"


Top 10 Takeaways from “A New Earth: Create A Better Life” By Eckhart Tolle

1. “ The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

2. “ Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

3. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

4. “Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”

5. “What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”

6. “Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living.”

7. “ Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness”

8. “When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.”

9. “This is my secret,” he said. “I don’t mind what happens.”

10. “Authentic human interactions become impossible when you lose yourself in a role.”


Mercury goes stationary direct tonight, August 18-19!  While retrograde it was  complicated here at The Cottage but I made it even with some potentially life changing decisions -- in spite of all the warnings to make no changes when Mercury's stalled/backwards - intuition overruled astrology!  The study/guestroom/hometemple is redecorated with new look, new vibration (yes, the 4th set of curtains worked).  It turned out very different from when I started but that's the action planet for you!  As always, the stars rule. . . sigh.


Never accept defeat over anything; simply know you can do something about it. Look for the way and it will open up for you. For example, the world situation looks very dark at times and you think how grim everything looks. But never leave it at that. Consider for a moment what you can do about it. Never feel that one small individual is hopeless amidst such chaos and confusion Seek within and become very, very still and find that infinite power within you. Then use that power and send it out into that dark and gloomy situation. Remember it only takes a tiny spark to light a light and you can be that tiny spark. When many tiny sparks unite in thought and prayer and send out to any situation, anything can happen, and believe it will happen.


The creative force at the dawn of a new future
by Jon Rappoport
August 14, 2018 Whenever a breakthrough occurs for the individual, there is a stepping back, a retrenching, a delay, an attempt to reset the clock and push the breakthrough away. This delay tactic can last a week, a month, or, historically, a hundred years.
We are in the middle of such a delay, after serial revelations that erupted in the latter part of the 19th century.
Individual artists (and a few philosophers) became aware that: imagination gives birth to ideas that in turn shape personal reality.
Therefore, reality is very elastic and changeable.
America—and indeed, the world—stood on the brink of a great internal revolution.
The creative IS the spiritual.
America’s love affair with the idea of individuals reinventing themselves was about more than immigrants “becoming American.” It was about imagination as the core of transforming self and future.


I posted Victory Garden back in 2012, but  still haven't relocated off the beaten path!  It's more relevant now than ever, with escalating  nuclear threats, superstorms and rising oceans.  Exploring transparent beliefs reveals blocks in the way, made even more so by increased attention?  Best to  Return To Source and regroup, just in time to align with Mercury Stationary Direct in a couple of days.


I still don't get why people are so surprised that the turtle beat the rabbit over the long run. 
Consistent effort, no matter how small, sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets, and rewrites destinies. 
No matter how small, 
   The Universe


Retrograde planets still stuck/backward motion but Mercury goes stationary direct the 18th, and not a moment too soon!  I knew better than to redecorate while the stars were askew but needed it done asap so dived in anyway. . . sigh.  Actually it's going OK if I don't focus on the detours and delays and by the way the 3rd set of curtains didn't work so awaiting delivery of  fourth set.  All good and timely reminder next time align with the stars.


On August 11, a new moon will rise, signaling the end of one moon cycle and the beginning of another. It's not just a new moon, though — it's also a partial solar eclipse. A partial solar eclipse happens whenever the sun, the moon, and the Earth are not perfectly aligned in a straight line. In the case of a partial solar eclipse, the moon moves so that it covers a small piece of the sun. This is certainly a very cool thing to see in the sky, but it also has a deeper meaning. Like any other astrological phenomenon, the partial solar eclipse has some spiritual meanings that are going to affect your life.


Intuitive Astrology: by Tanaaz

The August 11th Partial Solar Eclipse falls in the sign of Leo and is going to bring closure to the Eclipse season of 2018.
The recent Eclipse cycle has been longer than most with a total of three Eclipses over the last two months. Normally Eclipses come in pairs, but having an extra Eclipse has given us some added cosmic weather.
Along with all the retrograde planets, it seems that the Universe has really been pushing and guiding us to heal old wounds and assess the direction of our lives.


It's a cool rainy morning here at The Cottage, perfect weather to just enjoy my home temple, catch up on emails, writing and research/explore areas I might like to live someday.  I try to stay out of my own way and trust right for me Divinity inspiration. 


How's it going?  In spite of the stars, the energy is positive here at The Cottage even with  detours, mishaps and retrograde planets.   Always up for a challenge,  I'm doing  a DYI decorating project, with all  the usual stalls and restarts magnified by by Mercury and Mars perceived backward motion, ie waiting now  on the Goldilocks just right third set of curtains, par for the course.  Sigh.


One of the things on our wish list  is "Ranch in Montana".   It's been on the back burner so long it's become a metaphor for 'the best' -- one of those someday dreams set aside because of career, family responsibilities, practicality.  It's another example of  self-imposed limitations, beliefs/domestication - misplaced creative Attention etc when we can have it all. Focus on the goal and The Universe supplies.


With the stars retrograde, keep in mind what Edgar Cayce said:
"Yet no influence of any nature-astrologically, hereditary or environmental-surpasses the will of the entity, the birthright of each and every soul." - Edgar Cayce reading 2505-1
 "Then, as to the influences from the astrological aspects or sojourns during the interim, know that these are merely urges. As to what one does with or about an urge is oft dependent upon what an entity holds as its ideal-and then the application of will as respecting same."   Edgar Cayce Reading 1842-1
 If you're awake, aware and intuitively practice using your will, then the above applies.  Unfortunately most will recognize the astrological influence after the fact.


Twain and Tesla

Perhaps the best photograph of Mark Twain. Casting spells in Tesla’s lab.


 One of the co-founders of the Findhorn Community, Eileen Caddy, received guidance from the "still, small voice within" and shared it with the community for more than 40 years until she passed away in 2006. We continue this tradition as her guidance is as relevant today as it was when she received it.

"It is by your own efforts you find the true meaning of life. You have to do your own spiritual work. You have to do your own spiritual findings deep within. Never rely on someone else to do your findings for you. There are no shortcuts in this spiritual life. You cannot find it through anyone else. You may be led along a certain path and helped by a teacher, master, guru or guide, but the time comes when that teacher etc. has to withdraw and has to leave you to go the rest of the way by yourself. This is where all you have learnt has to be put into practice, where self discipline is essential, where obedience may be a matter of life or death, where your faith has to be rock-like and unshakable. You must learn to see things clearly, know exactly where you are going and what you are doing and go right ahead and do it without any hesitation. Never be indecisive and stand on the brink and dither. Plunge right in when you have sought and found the answer and do what you know has to be done."


Mercury Retrograde: How to Survive A Three-Week

Brace yourself! Communication planet Mercury is retrograde in fiery, expressive Leo from July 26 to August 19, 2018, making for one hot HOT summer that could unleash some selfish moments and rash outbursts.

Ever have a moment when everything seems to go wrong? Your data disappears, people argue over nonsense, traffic is hellish, and your computer crashes as you’re putting the final flourish on your Powerpoint pitch deck. Flights are delayed or cancelled or you forget your passport at home on the way from an international vacation. Plans change without warning and your friends stand you up. There’s drama, sure…but this is just BEYOND.

Chances are, you’re smack in the middle of Mercury retrograde.


With Mercury going retrograde July 26, set intentions now, by placing Attention on what's most important.  Attention is creative  and intense focus magnifies our goals so choose wisely.  Invest your focus power where it counts, this is twofold, attention creates reality as well as revealing where we waste our creative power/ability.  What we resist persists so focus on wonderful things, peace, good health and love.  Take care of your body, mind and spirit, and reap the rewards.


When things don't work out,  take a look elsewhere.  Often it's because of resistance that keeps us stuck,  so look for those emotional issues/transparent beliefs, then instead of trying to dynamite it to smithereens, thank it for it's service, integrate and go free.  Remember, it's just energy and handle appropriately. It's your party.


In case you'd like to try this, decide your present reality is just what you  wanted!  Taking the resistance off allows the energy to move on.


With 6-7 planets retrograde and  Mercury in the pre-retrograde shadow phase some are wondering what hit them!  Knowing it's the stars doesn't help much so try to hang on.  Don't make big decisions until after the Autumnal Equinox - or later!  I'm a natural recluse but still means tighten the reins, activate Ninja mode (practice invisibility), nest in etc.  In spite of all that, I've already been smacked sideways so watch out, take care, metaphorically hide under the bed, pray/invoke protection/shielding to ride this out.


Eckhart Tolle
"No matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself,
 I will create no more problems".


Change is inevitable and most wish positive change, but with the planets retrograde/eclipses things may go south w/o notice. Join me while I practice my best 'be like the bamboo' flexibility aka nonresistance!  I'm the first to admit I stay on the go, mission driven, Miss Fix-it, multipurpose gitter-done, never give up personality (annoying I'm sure to laid back genres), but that seems to be my lot in life.  That said, I'm ever grateful for Eckhart Tolle and others sharing how to practice Presence - experiencing/acceptance that allows life to change/move on.   Thank you.


Some would like to be more empowered in everyday practical life, delegating reality from the inside out rather than reacting to what's out there. The first step is always the biggest - candid self-assessment of our current status!  Just begin with seeking  improvement and The Universe responds.  A few tips to get going are, claim:
  1. "I create my own reality"
  2. "I am a miracle worker" (Miracles are technology we don't fully understand yet)
  3.  "Reality merely out-pictures my collective thinking so can be changed"
  4. "Reality is software playing so insert preferred software aka new thoughts!"
  5. " Imagination creates reality, so pretend til it's real"
  6. "My reality is my movie - I'm the star, the extra's, the producer and director, screenwriter etc"
Freely, generously bestow your beautiful gifts of peace on Earth, goodwill to men
 You get the drift!  Heal the Earth, ourselves, the world - join us.  Life is beautiful.