Merry meet friends!
Michelle here, bringing lots of love and light………
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” …..John Lennon
How true that has been for me this week! I had my week planned out, starting in Charlotte, NC and ending in Lexington, KY, by way of Earthaven, Atlanta, GA, Flat Rock, TN and Nashville, TN. Not! I needed to be in Richmond on Wednesday with family matters so I decided I would take the bus on Thursday. On Tuesday night I communicated via messenger with those friends I planned to visit. On Wednesday morning I received a message from Lori in TN saying that she and her husband had just agreed to house and pet sit for friends for two weeks beginning Friday, the 25th. Another friend from the Immersion, Dana, told me earlier in the week that she now had a spare bedroom and I could visit. She stated that she would be in Atlanta for a family reunion from Thursday until Sunday. So when I couldn’t visit Lori, I decided to stay with Amanda (with her consent) for a few more days until I could visit Dana. Afterwards I would go to ATL and perhaps on to Whitney in KY.
My trip to ATL would be from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. Originally it would have been the weekend of July 26-27. My daughter Tiffany checked with her friend in ATL who said I could visit. On Wednesday, Tiffany sent a text saying that Lerissa (her friend) might be out of town that weekend in August. So I thought to myself, ok, I will just visit Earthaven, Amanda in Charlotte and then Dana in Charlotte. Wednesday evening I received a text from Dana that she would not be returning to Charlotte on Sunday the 27th but would now return on August 1st. Ok Universe, what is going on? At that point, I told Amanda that I was not coming at all. Later I thought about it and decided that I could still do the initial visit with Amanda and ride with her to the Red Tent event in Earthaven. But then I decided against that as well. I was very excited when I wrote about this upcoming journey on last Sunday but as it got closer to Wednesday, I had the feeling that I wouldn’t be going. Isn’t it funny how we can know something inwardly even if our conscious mind won’t accept it? I still have not discovered why this journey has been postponed at this time. It may never be revealed, I just have to accept that it was for the highest good of all concerned.
While I wanted to visit everyone, I was very much looking forward to revisiting Earthaven and Medicine Wheel again. Corinna’s Red Tent event, seeing my friends from the Immersion and helping Virginia celebrate her birthday was important to me. I spoke with Virginia on Friday and she didn’t attend!
This weekend is the Dark Moon and I wanted to share that experience with women I grew close to at the Immersion. A dark moon describes the Moon during that time that it is invisible against the backdrop of the Sun in the sky. The duration of the dark moon is between 1.5 and 3.5 days. “Dark moon is the time of the month (2 weeks after full moon) when our energy is at its lowest ebb. Traditionally women would go to the moonlodge (Red Tent) at this time of the month to fill their cup so they would have energy to give to everyone else the rest of the month. Women would share their previous month and assist each other in identifying lessons in order to age with grace and wisdom”…. (Thanks to Tanishka: The Moon Woman for some of this info). Corinna Wood says this about the dark moon: “In the Wise Woman Tradition, we honor the dark as much as the light, turning inward as much as shining outward, loving myself as much as loving others Blessed Dark Moon.”
There are still Red Tent events happening around the world today. I’m happy about that because we women need this. I have a strong desire to teach women “Blood Wisdom” and how the moon affects us.
When I spoke with my daughter, Zakiya, on Tuesday, we discussed setbacks or the appearance of them. She and I seem to parallel each other in what we are growing through. It may be because she is Scorpio with a rising in Sagittarius and I am Sagittarius with a rising in Scorpio. At any rate, we usually have the same type of experiences. She mentioned that she felt as if she were going backwards if she made a particular decision. I told her that when we attended Hosanna, a charismatic church, the pastor and prophet, Travis Thigpen spoke some words over me that I have never forgotten. He said that Spirit was giving me a mid- course correction; and then he said, you’ve heard the saying, you can’t get there from here?. He went on to say that my destination was on point but I was headed to it in the wrong direction; hence, you can’t get there from here. I went on to tell Zakiya, that sometimes going backwards is going forward because we can’t reach our destination from where we are. We have to turn around and head another way in order to get there. We’ve all had detours, physical ones, mental ones, and spiritual ones, but we keep forging on. As it happens so often when we give advice, we are giving it to ourselves. I had to listen to my own words. Prophecy is usually for some future time, it’s not always in the present.
In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that I was going to live rent free with a woman in Asheville who had Parkinson’s in exchange for helping her. It didn’t happen because her partner decided not to go to Europe and she didn’t need the help. While looking on Craigslist on Friday for housing in Asheville, I saw a post for rent free housing in exchange for house help for a woman with Parkinson’s. I replied to the post and inquired if it was the same person. I haven’t received a response as of yet. It doesn’t matter whether it’s her or not, I’m still interested but this is another example of “can’t get there from here”. “Here” isn’t always a physical place; it can be a consciousness, a time of the year, etc. I wanted to stay in Asheville until I heard to leave but nothing supported that at that time. Had it happened then, I wouldn’t have been able to help my son, Jason, with moving perhaps, or do a number of other things that transpired. Maybe now is my “here”.
I am learning/remembering so much about myself on this journey of self-discovery. I am being reminded of words spoken over me long ago that were still with me just not in the forefront of my consciousness. Another prophet said to me once that I was like an eagle. He said eagles fly high above the clouds and have the ability to see storms coming before they actually happen. Another prophet, Jan Painter, said that I had a tiger in my tank and I was raring to go. LOL, it seems that I have a lot of references to animals in descriptions of me. I guess it’s the wild nature, huh? I often refer to myself as a wild stallion. I don’t know where I’m headed, even with the eagle eye, Spirit has the upper hand. I only know that I am waiting for the next thing. I remember Travis saying to me once that being still is still growth. It’s just growth that can’t be seen but it’s still happening. If you’ve ever had any type of garden, you know that to be true. I taught a bible study on this principle once. I gave everyone cups with seeds planted in the soil. I told them that if they gave it water and sun, it would grow. I reminded them that they wouldn’t see the growth at first because it would take place beneath the soil. The roots had to grow first before the flowering and if it was uprooted before the roots became strong, it would die. It’s the same with us. We need nurturing in order to grow, we need to be rooted and grounded, and we need to know that whether we see it or not, growth is happening. Life seems to begin in the dark, obscure places, doesn’t it?
Until next Sunday…..
Merry part and merry meet again,
Gypsi Mama Michelle