Choosing The Sparkling Path of Possibility

sparkling path of possibilityChoosing The Sparkling Path of Possibility

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”

Mark Twain

The Leadership themed book, Optimize Your Strengths, by James Brook and Dr. Paul Brewerton was a Finalist in the 2016 International Book awards, and closely echos the themes of the following startlingly prescient, inspiring adventure tale.

They say “Choose the path of possibility. The path of limitation is unproductive and drains your energy. The path of possibility gives a sense of power and enhances energy.”

We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

A local Artist and Wise-Woman named Barbara Odil introduced me to this powerful retelling of a Hopi Prophecy years ago, during a time of personal initiation.

A Hopi Elder Speaks

“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered… 

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

What are your relationships?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community.

Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!”

‘There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.

‘Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. 

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. 

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

P.S. What’s happening with you? Please let me know how this lands with your experience. We’re all in this together. ✨

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2020 Guide Astrology of Happiness Dedication and Prologue

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Dedication

For Chloe Ann, my first grandchild.

May you always feel loved in exactly the way you need it.  

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Prologue

The moon was full and magnificent over the Las Vegas desert that night. I could see her from my hotel window. She neither judged nor recoiled from the bloody, corpse strewn field below. She was my hope. The moon reminded me that only a few miles away in the desert, bugs were emerging from their tiny burrows, nocturnal animals were going about their lives, completely oblivious to the nightmare unfolding on the Vegas strip, as police reports continued to confirm the spreading pandemonium. 

On October 2, 2017, I was in Las Vegas during the infamous Route 66 Concert. On my flight from Atlanta a couple days before, I sat with people who positively hummed with excitement over finally getting to relax, listen to live music, and party at this historic event. The cheerful man sitting next to me jubilantly told me about his beautiful new wife and step-kids, his new job, how elated he was to have relocated to Vegas from Detroit. They couldn’t wait to meet up with their friends at Route 66. As we touched down at McCarran, we waved goodbye as he took a phone call from his wife. I felt the love coming out of this man for his wife, family, and friends. I still wonder if they’re alive and well. 

I thought about these same people I’d connected with and seen over the past couple of days, my heart aching, as I witnessed the entire massacre from my hotel window at the Luxor Hotel.  Only minutes before, I’d heeded the intuitive nudges I was getting and left the shops at Mandalay moments before they erupted into terrified, often violent lockdowns as the bloody pandemonium spread. As I took the elevator up to my room, a couple came running from the otherwise silent lobby. They were in shock, covered in blood splatter. The woman told how at first they thought it was fireworks, and they looked up into the sky, seeing nothing, but then suddenly seeing people splattered with gunfire falling around them as the band retreated from the stage. People ran to and fro, desperate to escape the sealed concert enclosure. This fortunate found a way out and ran across the street into the Luxor before the doors were locked. 

I asked the woman if I could hug her, in hopes of extending some human kindness, some kind of healing in the midst of their horrible ordeal. I felt the shockwaves as I held this woman who told us the story about what was going on downstairs at that very moment.

Only love empowered me to chat over the phone with my youngest the entire night through, telling him jokes and stories while inwardly I feared exploding into dust at any moment. We were on lockdown from a car bomb threat down below in the parking garage and nobody knew what was happening or what group was behind it. It seemed as though civilization itself was falling apart before my very eyes on the Vegas strip as helicopters flew by my window, an endless ribbon of flashing lights from law enforcement lit up the night, and non-stop gunshot reports from a widening circle of venues. (Later, it became clear that these were gunshot victims running from the scene, but at the time nobody knew what was going on, which ramped up the panic.)

My own children had tragically lost their father only 3 years before and I ached at the thought that they might lose me too, powerless to help, except to keep my youngest calm and cool. Thankfully, my other 2 grown children wouldn’t know what was going on until the morning after, when the lone gunman finally turned on himself, ending the massacre. 

Even now, writing this, I feel my heart constrict. Tears well up. My stomach is tight. Everything hurts. But I know how to disperse this horrible feeling in less than the time it takes to brush my teeth, replacing it with an inner smile that soothes body and soul. You will too, by the time you’re done reading this book. 

In my fervent quest to feel genuine Happiness again, I’ve been privileged to meet with wise people, shamans, healers of seemingly every kind. Astrologers, teachers, scientists, Happiness researchers, particularly the group at Berkeley’s Science of Happiness course, a free offering online that I can’t recommend highly enough. 

Allow me to share what I’ve learned.

With the global transformations we’re experiencing, we need the kind of imagination that dares to transcend consensus reality and place our attention on something wonderful that sings to our souls. 

My hope is that this simple guidebook will provide a toolkit for every soul who has always felt like they don’t fit in, is unusually sensitive to the world around them, wonders why they’re here, yet deeply wants to assist in humanity’s evolution. In short, I’m writing this for My Tribe. 

I like to imagine a huge body of water rippling with Joy, higher imagination, genius, and love flowing from each of us. What could the world be like if all of us radiate self-possessed JOY as we let go of consensus reality and dive into what our soul’s are urging us to do?

Let’s go make some magic. 

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2020 Guide Astrology of Happiness Table of Contents

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The 2020 Guide: Astrology of Happiness

This is my baby, my project over the past year that has transformed me more than any labor of love so far, except the births of my children. I hope you enjoy it and that it serves your ongoing personal evolution in joyous, powerful ways.

I absolutely love getting to stand with a book in my hands, riffling through the pages, and getting to peruse the table of contents. How else are you going to know what’s really inside?

As a courtesy, I’m providing the Table of Contents. Please let me know how this lands with you. I’m receiving amazing feedback so far and couldn’t be more grateful.

Please allow me to present:

The 2020 Guide Astrology of Happiness

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Table of Contents

Introduction

  • Googling “Good” Tops 2018 Searches
  • Introducing The 2020 Guide: Astrology of Happiness
  • Embracing Massive Empowerment
  • Getting the Most out of this Book
  • My Sneaking Suspicions about You
  • Sharing My Highest Hopes

Chapter 1: Getting Familiar with Astrological Terms: A Glossary

  • Introduction
  • Slicing Into Our Cosmic Pizza
  • Introducing the Planets/Luminaries
  • Discovering the Signs of the Zodiac
  • Taking a Turn through our Western Zodiac
  • Learning about the Houses
  • Defining Astrological Terms

Chapter 2: Anticipating The Unforeseen: Uranus in Taurus

  • Introduction
  • Using our Astrological Decoder Ring
  • Gold Fever!
  • Flirting with Disaster
  • Overcoming The Great Depression
  • Magnetic Pole Dancing
  • Stepping into Healing
  • Tracking Solar Minimus
  • Appreciating Awe, Wonder, and Beauty
  • Walking into Awe from Anywhere
  • Alchemizing via… Laughter
  • Singing Shamanic Spells: Tripping A Little Light Fantastic

Chapter 3: Becoming Our Own Healer: Chiron in Aries

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Chiron, Our Centaur For Wellness
  • Superstar!
  • Becoming our own Healer
  • Recovering Hope for a Lost Generation
  • Remembering the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Discovering Antarctica
  • Entertaining Fool for Thought
  • Ceasing the War on Indigenous Americans
  • Taking a Closer Look at Reconstruction
  • Clearing a Way for Kindness
  • Studying the Kindness “Ripple Effect” 
  • Taking Meaningful, Positive Action
  • Introducing a “Handy” Tale of Empowerment
  • Greeting the Handless Maiden

Chapter 4: Embarking On A New Era: Saturn Conjoins Pluto

  • Introduction
  • Appreciating Saturn and Pluto Synergy
  • Adding to our Understanding
  • Fast Tracking our Well-Being
  • Revisiting The Great War
  • Curiously Contagious Contortions
  • “Rome”ing Thoughts
  • Challenging a Profiteering Pontiff
  • Unearthing Dirty Deeds
  • Reflecting on Current Events
  • Sneak Peek 2023: Unmasking New Age Frauds
  • Sidestepping Committee Approval
  • Learning from Cronus’ Titanic Mistake
  • Cultivating “Marvel”ous Thoughts
  • Introducing a Self-Creating Rags to Riches Story
  • Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

Chapter 5: Enjoying Enthusiastic Empowerment: Jupiter Conjoins Pluto

  • Introduction
  • Understanding this Dynamic Duo
  • Beaming Incandescent Hope
  • Looking to a Bright Future
  • Thinking Back to Vietnam
  • Exciting Newsflash from Vedic Astrology
  • Breaking Bad Bonds
  • Embodying Heartfelt Gratitude
  • Remembering Harry Potter
  • Visualizing Lessons with Lupin

Chapter 6: Embodying Buoyant Self-Possession: Jupiter Conjoins Saturn

  • Introduction
  • The Great Conjunction: 
  • Walking Contradiction or Compelling contraction?
  • Beholding the “Star of Bethlehem”
  • Envisioning Victory Beyond our Wildest Dreams
  • Securing East Germany’s “Wall” Overnight
  • Remembering Threatened U. S. Presidencies
  • Spotting the Pattern
  • Experiencing the Power of Social Connection
  • Physically Wired for Connection
  • Touching via the Alchemy of Voice
  • Hugging Happiness
  • Sensing our First-Class Flight Ahead
  • Honoring the Queen of Cuisine: Buoyant Self-Mastery
  • “An Opening up of the Soul and Spirit”
  • Journeying Half Way Around The World
  • Taking a Long Way Home
  • Appreciating her Awe-Inspiring Success

Conclusion: Flowing With Possibility

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