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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

Our Spiritual Balance Sheet

Our Spiritual Balance Sheet
Yesterday I completed a big project for the Tax Man... seven years overdue. Ha! My cells had completely regenerated in that time! And yet I was being asked to resurrect and reconcile. Ugh and double ugh. That was my attitude. It was more than disdain for the work involved and the time it would pull from my passion projects; it was resentment. I didn’t want to go back in time, especially to a dream...
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Great Expectations

Great Expectations
“She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons they did.” ~Zelda Fitzgerald I love this quote and the simple truth it carries. Manifesting a beautiful life isn’t just about visualizing it, nor must we be so specific about what we want to attract. Magic is born in the hearts that are open to magic, that believe in possibility, and are willing to receive it....
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Love for Lease

Love for Lease
“I love you for free.” Yes! And yay! And let’s bring more of this to ourselves and each other! Funny thing is... there was a “For Lease” sign hanging right above this beautiful message. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud... We WANT to love for free, and freely so. Yet, many have that lease sign towering above this desire, and the terms and contracts at the ready. “Sign on the dotted line,...
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Getting Off the Brand-Wagon

Getting Off the Brand-Wagon
Too beautiful, too sexy, too strong— these are just a few of the “too too’s” that the wounded world asks us to dim down. And for every “too too”, there is a “not enough”. It is this “not enough” that lives in the broken heart of humanity, causing the judge to point her finger and the accused to accept her scarlet letter. This image got a “too too”. “It’s too intimidating to use...
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Summer Solstice Invitation

Summer Solstice Invitation
Happy Summer Solstice everyone! This image reminds me of a cherished painting of my abuelita, Madre Sarita. It depicted the Eye of Providence with the all-seeing eye radiating within a pyramid. (Do you see the eye here?!) I loved that painting and spent hours meditating upon it. For me, it represented the eye of the dreamer—mine and that of the divine infinite—and it opened my spiritual eyes to see beyond form and into...
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How We Remember Them Matters

How We Remember Them Matters
On this Memorial Day, as we honor those who have died serving our country, let us remember them well. For how we remember them, in a sense, is how they are resurrected within us and our life. “They live on in us.” We say these words, but we don’t quite give them the credence they deserve. They do live on in us. Through our memories, their living moments are given breath again. Their...
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Earth Day Invitation

Earth Day Invitation
The Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Thank you Ralph. And thank you Mother. I have such gratitude for the beauty of this Earth and all that She inspires. She has always been my greatest teacher and friend— my secret church and the riverbed for my tears. She has been speaking to me and through me since I was a child, as I believe She does with every human, every living...
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Saying Yes to More

Saying Yes to More
I awoke last night before my usual witching hour of 3am. I had crashed early, happily exhausted, and found the midnight chime to be my time. I lit my candles, said my prayers, and swiftly disappeared into a wordless dream that enveloped my mind— empty and yet saturated like the invisible aroma of flowers in the air. Though beautiful and sweet, it left me restless and wanting— my body hot with the energy...
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My Secret Church

My Secret Church
In light of Notre Dame, I thought I would share this piece I wrote a while back about my “secret church” and its ‘demise’. Perhaps it will offer some comfort to those feeling the loss of their sacred site. Perhaps they will feel the loss, like I did, as an expansion and return to the essence from which it came... and to which called us there in the first place. All things fade...
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A Simple 5-Step Meditation

A Simple 5-Step Meditation
Meditation came alive for me when I let go of the obligation to silence my mind and instead chose to direct my mind into the meditation. Let’s face it; the mind’s habit is to talk. It has been talking to you, at you, about you, for however many years you have been speaking. So what makes you think it is suddenly going to hush up now that you have chosen to seek inner...
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Fencing in our Creativity

Fencing in our Creativity
Fence?I am the fence! And my lines Bend time And wildIt all away. Lately my walking meditations have been much like those of my childhood—listening without a question in my heart. It has been nice to return to this place of simply receiving the medicine of the moment, without the prayers that so often lead these walks. It draws me back to my training days with Sarita and our practice of channeling—just her...
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The Death of Prince Charming (repost)

The Death of Prince Charming (repost)
In today's society, the search for true love often trumps the search for God but each is a worthy quest that, with the right map, will bring you to the same place— you. I struggled for years in my relationships with men and with God. Though I was raised to be an independent and self-sufficient woman, I secretly sought completion. I pushed and I pulled on their love— the part of me that...
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Perfect Pain

Perfect Pain
I have been riding a wee bit of a death spiral (she says facetiously). Apparently, the Mother is asking me to give up much more than I anticipated. Beyond my home, my marriage and all the selves that resided within them, She is excavating parts of me that I thought had already returned to the light and others that I hadn’t realized needed to. She is reaching deep into my core—uncovering hidden trauma, releasing...
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LOOse that Resolution

LOOse that Resolution
RESOLUTION: ORIGIN: from Latin resolutio: from resolvere: loosen, release, settle.” RESOLUTION: IN MUSIC: “the move of a note or chord from dissonance (inharmonious, tense, unresolved) to a consonance (pleasing, final, lacking tension against the center key).” RESOLUTION: COMMON USE: “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” We all love a good firm declaration, a hard line drawn in the sand. It feels good. Like music moving into consonance, we have...
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Departure from a Dream

Departure from a Dream
Departure from a Dream Heart aches Pain stakesAnother end That means To releaseAnd return again From sorrowThat borrowsYour breath awhile And beatsIts drumFor the mercantile Whose trade windsLean inA kiss for the bride AsleepIn the deepOf Love’s end With flowersAnd firelightInto Eve’s rising tide She driftsTill Night liftsIts veil from her eyes WakingBreakingInto Dawn. ~Rh——————How are y’all doing? Riding these emotional waves can be tiring... or exhilarating. We can feel broken... or we can...
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Solstice: Emptying Out

Solstice: Emptying Out
Yesterday I shared my blog about Solstice inviting us to pause between the old and new. Titled “The Day the Sun Stood Still” I share it every year cuz the cause for pause is essential and ever-changing. Each year calls me in a different way. Last year, the pause had shifted. The stillness felt active, magnetic, expansive. The “emptiness and fullness of pure potential” were seamless in their exchange and ushered action and...
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Emptying Out

Emptying Out
Woke up this morning overwhelmed with grief… and with gratitude, with the sweetest sorrow… and with a heart-piercing joy. This is the way with the watery grave of emotion. When we allow ourselves to lay down in it, we are swallowed into the whole of life’s expression—the agony and the ecstasy. Neither holds the other nor holds us to the one, but moves through like the ocean wave that carries all that it...
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An Emotional Storm

An Emotional Storm
Some sit out the storm. Others use it to take higher flight. I love a good storm— the undeniable winds that blow right through me, and the surge of an ocean that carves away my edges and calls me deeper, higher, louder. Of course, there are times when we are meant to hunker down—to be the stillness in the center of its fury—watching, waiting, listening for its howl to return to calm. But...
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