Month: June 2018

Some Lives Matter; some don’t!

Some children grow up with the idea that it’s okay to kill things—just about anything but their own family. They catch bees in a jar, torture them, and never once think that this is life! They step on bugs, catch frogs and even badger animals without most parents ever saying a word. Perhaps, they never see this happening. However, they are never taught that life matters, whatever the form it takes.

“Beautiful: Simply Because I Am!” Art by Bo Sebastian

So, when these same children grow up to kill things that they feel don’t matter or are causing them trouble, the neighbors and onlookers say, “He was never that kind of kid! She was always kind!” Was she?

She or he was always that kind of child, because that child was never taught otherwise. 

Okay, I’m not blaming parents; I’m blaming “the preverbal village,” in general. However, a large part of the responsibility becomes the parents portion to deal with since they did bring children into the world. But parents must  be awake enough to understand themselves so that they can teach a child. This is where society feeds us a bunch of crap by all of the trash and commercials we watch on television and simply believe because we are told to. I guarantee if you show a most people a MacDonald’s commercial with a triple quarter pounder 10x a day; that same person will want the burger and want it supersized.

So, how do we—as a society—begin to change the template of “what sentient beings matter?” This is the huge question today that we must answer to stop the endemic crime spree in schools and in on today’s streets. Is it the guns? or is it the minds?

I believe that guns shouldn’t be available, yes. No question here about that. But guns have to have a hand on them to shoot someone. So, we are back to what matters, who matters? We have no room in society for prejudice, but do we have room for people to choose to kill things simply because they are not like themselves? Are we not teaching prejudice when we say to a child, it’s okay to kill a cow, but not a dog? Are we not teaching the same subconscious message of prejudice?

We can’t choose which lives matter by intelligence or beauty. What about those children who are born deformed or with Downs Syndrome, for instance? What about some animals that are not so pretty, but very very intelligent, like pigs? What about insects that can build intricate castles beneath the earth and carry 50x their weight, like ants? Are any of these creatures worthy of being stepped on or murdered—just because?

We have a “me, too” movement going on that is trying to change the message about women in the workforce and how rethink the treatment of women in all areas of life. I believe that this movement is intrinsically for all of us, though. “Me, too! I’m old. I’m overweight. I’m devalued because I’m a certain color. I’m gay or transgender. “All of us matter!

Now, what about people who can’t speak for themselves, the mute or the ones who are too sick to talk? Do they deserve an advocate who will speak up for them? Of course, they do.

How about animals, like dogs or pets that we love but can’t speak for themselves. Should they be challenged with baseball bats by our neighbors because they dared to cross a property line? Of course, not.

Then, why are we drawing so many lines in the sand about who and what should be valuable in this world? Let’s make a concerted effort today to look at all things, people, and sentient beings as valuable—simply because they are!


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The Wolf in You

For the last few days, Dave and I have been seeing wolves on our path, on television and in dreams. We are firm believers of the American Indian tradition of animal totems. So, after seeing the wolf twice, we quickly looked up the meaning. Here is what we found:

Wolf as Your Spiritual Totem

Although their lore and legend is filled with blood-thirsty tales of terror, Wolves are the consummate comics of the wilderness. Their commitment to and love of family is humbling, their communication skills elegant, and their extreme intelligence awe inspiring.

And these traits are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Wolf symbolism and meaning is rich and multidimensional.

When wolf appears in your life it may be time to take a close look at a person or situation who may be a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Trust is earned, do not give it freely. Pay close attention to what your instincts tell you.

While this Wolf symbolism seems negative, consider that He is an omen of something you’re not seeing. Wolves have been observed to have a highly developed “third eye” or “sixth sense”. Because you’re seeking out Wolf symbolism and meaning, perhaps it’s time to work on cracking open your intuitive senses.

Wolf is also very smart, loves autonomy and has a strong social character.

When you walk with Wolf you’ll discover your intuitive nature blossoming alongside a healthy sense of self confidence. Remember, your soul still remembers what it feels like to be wild and free – to trust your feelings and choices! Look at the ordinary world in an extraordinary way!

Wolf sometimes appears when we face challenges for which we feel less than prepared. Wolf reminds you that you have all the tools in your spiritual treasure chest to handle this effectively. Take a step back and see with fresh eyes.

Today, Dave and I were headed to a family gathering. On the way off of a busy Interstate Ramp, we had a big blow out, flat tire, forcing us off of the side of the road. I have only changed 1 tire in all of my 57 year, and Dave has never owned or driven a car, so neither were prepared for this.

As luck would have it (or a spiritual lesson), I had transferred my insurance and my roadside assistant last month and never replaced the roadside assistant part of the program, leaving us to change the tire in the middle of trucks passing a steep turn at the top of a high altitude exit at 80 and 90 mph… The weather was a steamy 99 degrees. And we both looked at each other as if to say,  “where do we begin?”

I had an entire load of junk in my trunk. The spare was below.

We unpacked the trunk, got the tire and what seemed like a 2 inch jack and began our descent into hell. After we got the old tire off, the jack broke, and we were left with not many options.

I had remembered that the last insurance agent mentioned that my lease may have included roadside assistance already,  so I called inquiring about it with the backdrop of a loud interstate. I could barely hear the assistant.  We needed to make arrangements for someone to help us, including, perhaps a policeman to put up road block to keep us safer.

Making matters worse, one tire was off and the other tire wasn’t on, so the car was out of balance. We were both afraid that if we turned on the car and got into the air conditioning that we could tumble the car.

One and half hours later, we had roadside assistance change and fix the flat, as it was a nail in the tire that we had apparently run over.

As we were driving home, I had remembered Dave praying, “Wolf guide, help us. Angels protect us and lead us to a perfect outcome.”

I also remembered that every time I communicated with Dave, I tried very hard not to be harsh and tough on him with my accusatory voice, which I tend to get when I’m in a tense situation.

All in all, we had a very successful and powerful afternoon with the wolf helping us to overcome some issues in our relationship and gain trust in Spirit to guide and lead us in all situations.

I needed to nap for 4 hours to reset my mind, but after the nap, I felt as if the day had been a good one.





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