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While reading the Crystal Light Newsletter in the midst of this powerful Mercury retrograde (ending August 7) the word relinquish caught my full energetic attention.  I have always believed that Mercury retrogrades give us opportunit to see more deeply into some part of our selves.

Astrologically the Sun is in Leo, leading us with fiery wisdom to strengthen the connection between our heart and soul.  As we continue in the labor of birthing a new age, the strengthening of our core being is imperative; hence relinquishing.  The task here is to examine our ‘stories’ and our ‘old beliefs’ and to give up the ones that no longer serve our personal growth.  Through this process we allow new possibilities to enter our lives.


With so many words  passing through my mind and my mouth in a day,  it shouldn’t so hard to single out one word to be the word of the week.  But, alas, Monday is here and I am fretting through a list of words (about 400), perusing my surroundings and combing through my mental storehouses for the word.  Almost an hour has gone by.  Finally I have a resonant response to sustain.  To provide nourishment and to endure are the definitions that engage me.

My mind drifts to a documentary I saw recently about sustainable farming; how logical, how natural, how healthy.  But it is meaning ‘to endure’ that fully draws my attention.  To sustain in this way is to be unbelievably patient, to tolerate what seems intolerable, to manage time and circumstances as best we can, and to be faithful.  Indeed, I believe that enduring is essential to the building of faith; sustainable faith.


There are a variety of definitions for float. The one I am focusing on is  “…to move gently through or over….”  I chose this word today because I want to re-frame my feeling, my attitude from ‘trudging’ to something lighter.  ‘Trudge’ was the word I was entertaining posting in the Word of the Week.  However the energy of a laborious but steady march through my chores, appointments and other obligations is not how I want to feel.

Because visualization is not a strong point for me, I need to find other ways of bringing the energy of re-framing to fruit.  I have always loved to swim; love  to be in the water, and I have always been able to float really well.  So, when I feel the ‘trudging’ energy flowing through my consciousness, I imagine myself floating in my favorite lake.  I am totally supported by the warm water.  As my ears are underwater, my mind is silent.  I am lifted above trudging and I am able to float through the weekly demands.

Are you ‘trudging’ or ‘floating’ this week?



I recently saw the last part of  a Charlie Rose show where he was interviewing Phil Stutz and Barry Michels.  I saw and heard enough to know that I wanted to read their book, The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence and Creativity.

I am almost half-way through the book.  I am cleaning out my ‘tool box’, getting rid of some that are out-dated, adding a couple of new ones: stream-lining my process resources.  Personal growth and emotional/spiritual maturation is no easy task.  However the rewards are priceless.

So this week I invite you to inventory your tool box .  If you don’t have one, create one.  You won’t regret the effort!


On July 4, 1776  our Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.  The 13 colonies comprising about 2.5 million people now had the freedom to govern themselves.

We have come a long way since 1776, and the Patriot Act definitely changed the face of personal freedom in America.  As we mark this important day in our Nation’s history, I invite you to focus your consciousness on the freedoms you enjoy and the price that was paid for them.

Enjoy the week and celebrate safely!!