Ganesha Cards #42: Achievement

From Angela Hartfield’s Whispers of Lord Ganesha

You are surrounded by abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance.

The two women above symbolize success and prosperity, the two wives of Ganesha. By actively developing your spirituality and consciously working with the Divine, you will experience positive effects in all areas of your life. Develop an accepting perception of yourself. This will help you open your heart to spiritual matters. “A high level of self-mastery, coupled with a high ethical practice, will increase the likelihood of enjoying material success.” The challenge is in the “high level of self-mastery”, defining and achieving it for oneself.

It is a hope that the more people are inclined to develop a spiritual practice that we will find this type of success more attainable. Normalize extricating yourself from the imprint society puts on you.

Build the global society that is possible. Absent of the notion that there is a set amount of places at “the table”. There is no table. Just the space between us.

I Burn: Bridges, Dreams and Leaving Things Behind

I will set fire to what you refuse to release.

California is on fire like it hasn’t seen in a generation. One of the reasons I left. I hated driving under an orange sky. Worse than a nuclear sunset. The color doesn’t change. The only thing people generally beg for is rain. What you get during Fire Season is ash, the remnants of the world around you, fall on your EVERYTHING.

All it takes is one spark, traveling on a current of air, to spread it further. It can float over a house, crest over a highway, or scorch your path to safety. When you come from a state like this, especially one that offers a lot of outdoors experiences, you learn about the nature of the environment. That earthquakes only make sense because there are very clear and evident fault lines running down and through certain cities. That fires are set on purpose to clear the forest floor and make room for new growth. These are controlled and intentional.

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I feel like I’m walking through dry land and throwing matches at everything that has been dormant. As if I need a set of circumstances to jolt me into reality. I’ve never had to evacuate a city because of a natural disaster or pandemic. I always left because there seemed to be nothing left for me there.

I have taken deep breathes in the fog of a burnt afternoon. I have survived longer than I ever thought. And although this doesn’t sound like a celebration, it is a confession that I am my own celebrant. Each day I wake up, I want something good to come out of it. Something hopeful. My reaction to the real world is generally one of disgust with a slight melange of bullshit.

It shouldn’t be this difficult. We all deserve better. But we can’t have that until we truly want better for everyone. That we recognize there isn’t a deficit but an abundance of what we need, some things and people just hold us back.

Wait…I got a match. 🔥

Coloring Book

my garment does not speak for me.

your eyes do not know what you see.

the depths, the layers, the filigree

my hair does not define my intellect

the vision that your profession accepts

the ethics that built my tenets

are not written in your minutes

I’m thinking, just thinking

you’ll soon be sinking

the Titanic never saw the glacier sneaking

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