The approaching demolition and ‘holding vigil’♥

LOVE NOTE – Monday April 21st, 2014

Dear Friends
We spent a lot of the day and evening down at my daughter ♡Freea and her husband ♡Lee’s home today including having a late picnic lunch down near the river for our Easter catch up……felt relaxing and carefree…

We’ve been having some great conversations with them about houses as they are tossing up between buying an already established home or building a solar passive and ‘sustainable house’ on a block of land they already own. They have been looking and researching all this on and off for quite a long time and are very knowledgeable about it all so an excellent resource for me with regards to ideas and information about future building, if that is the way I choose to go.

This evening we watched a few videos of ♡Josh Byrne [he is best known for his role as the WA presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program ] that are about the design and construction of Josh’s House that has been built in the Western Australian suburb of Hilton – see http://joshshouse.com.au for full details. It achieved a 10 Star NatHERS energy efficiency rating with 10 being the highest rating score.

I find projects like this absolutely exciting, both from the point of view that he has done it to build his own family home, as well as he is teaching many about the idea of building sustainable housing, and has proved that resource efficient homes can be built at a comparable cost and time-frame to regular houses.

I also find it exciting from the point of view of building a sustainable and energy efficient house myself. It is fascinating to me to experience my interest and excitement rising about the possibilities before me…..There are so many resources available now compared to when ♡Russ and I first bought Warm Fuzzy Hill 34 years ago and started the process of renovating it over many decades…..

I am intrigued noticing there are two parts of me in this process…..

One part is excited and enthusiastic and energized and could jump with full zeal and zest full-steam ahead to designing and planning and building such a new house…….

Whilst on the other hand the other part is not so sure about what to do and in fact doesn’t feel it is appropriate and respectful to be even thinking about building and replacing our home at Warm Fuzzy when it hasn’t even been demolished yet…….

I was actually talking with my other daughter ♡Zoe just yesterday that it feels to me like the ruins of our home are somewhat like someone that is very sick with a terminal illness and we are waiting for her/it to die and it is our job to ‘hold vigil’ for our home in much the same way one would for a person who is dying…
And it is like this is the ‘proper process’ that needs to be done before any attention can be given to moving forward in any way. And that feels right in my soul and it feels OK.

I am going to reflect further on what ‘holding vigil’ might look like and include and have some further discussions about it. I would appreciate hearing any thoughts, suggestions or ideas that you have or can contribute about this.

The demolition dates for our beloved Warm Fuzzy [12-17th May] and ♡Toni’s Stonievilla [5 -9th May] are fast approaching. For me it is a hard time anticipating the demolition and I request some extra ♡LOVE-ing care and support and I know that is true for ♡Toni as well, especially with her returning to work next week.
I am not sure what I need and I will think further and report back about it.

I can feel that the part of me that is excited and enthusiastic and ready to jump with full zeal and zest full-steam ahead into building is happy that I have acknowledged it and is willing to respectfully wait. That feels good.

For me it is important to acknowledge our different parts. They then don’t have to keep nudging and pushing us for attention.

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This photo is the earliest and only pic I have of our original ‘old’ house and it was taken sometime in the early 1980′s, a few years after we bought it in September 1979……..and is the foundation on which all the rest grew. The house was an old farm-house – one of the original Stoneville homes – with the core made of incredibly solid and thick [about 10 inches/50mm] poured concrete walls. The room on the very left hand side wasn’t there originally and was one of our first renovation projects – as our family grew so did our house! ……We needed to build bedrooms for the girls as in the beginning the house only had one bedroom…….Also the horizontal cladding and window in the middle wasn’t there when we first moved in – just open verandah…the vertical cladding was…

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I am so so grateful for the gift of our Warm Fuzzy Hill home and life and all the memories. The story of how and what it was like when we first bought it is a grand tale that I will write about one day soon……♡

Have a splendid day….I’m going to go and put some dreaming time to tuning in more to our Warm Fuzzy Hill home…..and how best to honour and bid it farewell ….

With gratitude and wishes for much warm LOVE-ing to you, Susie

WarmFuzzy NOTE: Want to know where the name Warm Fuzzy Hill comes from? See this post

 

 

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♥Happy 64th Birthday to me…

LOVE NOTE – Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

Dear Friends
64 Today!!

•*¨*•♫♪ ░HAPPY░ (¯”•.¸*♥♥♥* ¸.•”¯) ░BIRTHDAY░ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ .•*¨`*ི♥ྀ░TO░░ME░♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

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WoW what a ♡LOVE filled day I have had and are still having with the messages keeping on flowing in from the northern hemisphere where they are just starting their day!!!!
It has actually been a whole beautiful birthday week full of blessings… 

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your ♡LOVE-ing Birthday wishes and all the many creative ways you have celebrated me.
I am definitely feeling FLOODED with ♡LOVE  - and I want you to know that one of my fondest wishes is each one of you does know that you are important to me and your good wishes are appreciated …. please do forgive me if I haven’t personally acknowledged you yet……..I’m working on it…..yet sitting at the computer or being on the phone doing that hasn’t been possible….. as there were so many FuN distractions I was being ‘called’ to do!!

It is a significant birthday I think.
When ♡Russ died in 2000, 11 weeks later I turned 50 and I have, and will always remember, that as a very significant birthday. Yes turning 50 is an important milestone in most people’s lives…… yet seeing my life partner had just died the message I got was it was the beginning of the second half of my life for me. And just 6 months later my darling ♡Shelton walked into my life……..and that began lots of new stories…….

Now it feels like on this 64th birthday so much of my past life has been ‘wiped out’ I am at the beginning of some very new part of my life.
Not sure what it is yet but that is OK♡
As I said last night, it feels like there is an opening in me to go to another level…..to go deeper, or to open more, or to expand my present…..

I notice signs.
I shared many in The ending of the First Stage P.F. [Post Fire] post:
- I have completed the first 90 DAY bracket for the year,
- there is the beginning of much new green growth at Warm Fuzzy Hill with the weather and season change, and
- the stunning Easter Lilies shoots coming through and blossoming…..

I am at the beginning of STAGE 2 – I am still deep in the process of mourning and grieving all there is about my beautiful home and life there being destroyed by the bush-fire….. Tonight I look up in to the beautiful crisp night air and see a very clear crescent moon – always for me a sign of the beginning of ‘the rise to the full….’

I found it so interesting this morning before I had turned on the computer one of the first thoughts I had was OMG!!……… the image I used with yesterday’s post was -
“I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back…..”
Interesting isn’t it in that there were a range of images and sentences I could pick from the whole poem and that was the one my unconscious picked – and I didn’t even realize it till the next morning. I do ♡LOVE that process!

“……..stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back…” WooHoo!

For now I offer a gift to you of a post I wrote for my birthday in 2012 -
My birthday wishes for you……it all feels soooooo relevant still. Please do go and check it out and take them all in.

This is my favourite photo from my birthday dinner tonight where I was gifted with the beautiful bear that ♡Toni made for me ably assisted by ♡Rick.

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Tah Dah!! Her name is Rosalie Bear. She is magnificent….a jointed one-of-a-kind unique type of bear that ♡Toni is an expert at making. Many of these wonderful creations were burned to ash and dust in both of our homes……Part of my wanting is sharing ‘stuff’ that helps people to understand more about the ache and sorrow that is in us. Maybe ♡Rosalie will help show that.

♡Rosalie feels to me like she is a symbol of both the beginning of new creations as well as a memento of the cherished old that has been destroyed – she wears a string of beads tarnished by the fire that were one of the few treasures that were salvaged from ♡Toni’s Stonievilla House ruins. Thank you dear friends for such a special gift from a very deep place in my heart.

I feel held and supported by a ♡LOVE-ing universe. May you too!
Here’s to a grand year ahead for us all…..
LOVE & much Gratitude, Susie

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“The Invitation” and Opening…….♥

LOVE NOTE – Tuesday April 1st, 2014

Dear LOVE-ing Ones

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Here we are in April - a whole brand new month to connect and explore and play and learn and celebrate and have adventures and to validate and be compassionate and be brave and kind and for us to inspire each other and ♡LOVE……..and lots more…..

Thought I’d check out Wikipedia for a tidbit of info about April. I found that the Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open” ……..

And even though this is referring in particular to the Northern hemisphere it fits for me following on from my reference to our wonderful Easter Lilies in my post yesterday opening their gorgeous flowers which for me always signifies opening to our next glorious season.

So I’m choosing OPENING as the theme of the month for me
opening my mind, opening minds…..
opening my heart, opening hearts…..
opening doors…..

What Grand Opening is lurking……..or hanging about……or loitering around……just waiting  for you?…….

It feels like there is an opening in me to go to another soul level…..
When I get the hint that there is an invitation to go deeper, or to open more, or to expand my present, I often get drawn to poetry – either writing my own or to reading some of my favourite poetry.

Tonight I was led to “The Invitation” by ♡Oriah Mountain Dreamer which I feel moved to share here in full.

I so resonated with this preamble she wrote as well: [my layout]

“I wrote what I need to remember, what I need to hear again and again:
that life is full of beauty and pain;
that the world will break your heart and heal it,
over and over,
if you let it,
and that letting it do both is the only way to live fully;
that we are not alone but deeply connected to that which creates,
and sustains all life….”
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“The Invitation” by ♡Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
Without moving
To hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
With yourself,
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.

Source: The Invitation

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Let’s invite and welcome April’s openings -
share what we ache for,
what we dare to dream of,
touch the center of our own sorrow,
sit with pain,
be with joy,
dance with wildness,
be true to ourself,
not betray our own soul,
and do what needs to be done while we stand in the center of the fire and not shrink back.

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MIRRORING PRACTICE: Share with another about what impacts you the most or stands out for you in the “The Invitation” ….. And/Or on the topic of what are you OPENING to or would like to OPEN to this month?…..Have them MIRROR you for a minimum of 5 minutes and then swap, or write about it in your journal if you prefer.

Hooray for you and me, LOVE and Blessings, Susie

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The ending of the First Stage P.F. [Post Fire]…

LOVE NOTE – Monday March 31st, 2014

Dear LOVE-ing Ones
I am feeling very very celebratory tonight.
WooooooHooooooo ……. Big Happy Dance :D

It’s DAY 90 of the 365 Day Being-♥LOVE-Zero-Negativity Campaign!! – that’s right – and that means 3 MONTHS!! of daily posting for me…….. I’m over the moon with delight that I have “hung” in there for that time…..
I feel sooooooo good about it.
My posting everyday for 90 DAYS is probably the ONLY solid structure that I have had in my life over the past 11 weeks – it was 11 weeks P.F. [Post Fire] yesterday…..the only thing that I can rely on happening each and every day.
Like tonight when I get up to walk I feel like my legs are stuck in glue I feel so tired!!……. yet I will do what it takes to post…….I tell myself that is perseverance and showing up and commitment and being of my word….YaY!

I see it as success, sticking to an intention, having a direction – all things that have been lacking and feeling almost impossible for me to set up in terms of the bigger picture of my life P.F. [Post Fire] 

I have been struggling with getting over here to SusiesHeartPathBlog to post but have decided it is about time or another month is going to disappear. I have been thinking lots about you kind subscribers and value your patience. Posting will probably be a bit unpredictable and might even feel out of sequence over the next week as I catch up on the beginning to April. I appreciate your understanding and forbearance……..it may feel a bit like a flood after a very loooooong drought so my hoping is I won’t overwhelm you. I still intend to post the back log of posts from the beginning of the year and once I have April up-to-date I will start on them. My wish is you will stay journeying with me.

It is fascinating that today there has been a definite change in the weather after our veeeeerrrrry hot dry burning summer…….it started drizzling yesterday afternoon going into the evening and it’s been overcast today and drizzling on and off……and definitely colder…..brrrrrrrrrrr for getting in the pool which I am proud to say I still did yesterday…. 

This is my birthday week and it is the time of the year that is always the ending of our summertime here in the Hills of Perth – I find it remarkable that is coinciding with the end of this 90 DAY Action Plan and the beginning of another – which, until I find a more descriptive name, I will call:

The Next Stage P.F. [Post Fire]

The end of March-beginning to April is always the start of much new growth at Warm Fuzzy Hill which is heralded by the stunningly splendid Easter Lilies popping their heads through the hot dry summer hardened bare clay soil………
It is always feels like a miracle to me…..this year even more seeing the earth has been ravaged by the heat of the fire……some of the bulbs near and above the earth’s surface have been too scorched but we are still being gifted with a beautiful display….

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B.F. [Before Fire]….…..Our beautiful Warm Fuzzy Hill and the Big Bear garden corner with the Easter Lilies starting to sprout up everywhere [28 March 2012]
I am still shocked every time I see the contrast – it makes my heart flinch……. and I feel myself just drop…… and retreat a little inside….

And it feels good after the rain that some of the dry powdery dustiness has settled…..I look forward to much more of that…..yet I am surprised that the harsh fire-burnt smell is still so strong and overpowering…..

I am choosing this to be The Beginning of STAGE 2.
April is the time to say our Goodbyes to our beautiful Home leading towards the demolition in May. I am not sure what will be included and what are the best ways to do this other than to keep some sacred time each day to do it…… One thing I choose is to not yet return to a full work load this April so that I do have both the physical and emotional space and time…….

So as this is the end of magnificent March I invite you to check out how you are going with any intentions you have set yourself ………with the REMINDER – ALL micro-move-ments are movement!!  Be great and grateful to hear of your celebrations of your achievements over the last few weeks………

Let us Welcome our southern Autumn and northern Springtime and new growth and new stages.

May you be feeling supported on your journey whatever that is and wherever you may be…  Wishing you LOVE and Beauty allways, Susie

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what to say/do when someone’s house burns down / world falls apart♥

LOVE NOTE – Sunday March 30th, 2014

Dear Friends

11 WEEKS P.F. [Post Fire] today.
I went back to Kinfolk Cafe in Mundaring today for the opening of Flourish which is a Wholefood shop that is being set up there….and because I have lived in the Hills for such a long time and my ‘high’ profile in the community it meant that both yesterday and today I would ‘bump into’ and see local people and friends that I know…….

Well it is fascinating me……..[and seeing I am committing to being authentic]….it is more like I’m gobsmacked. astounded. astonished. surprised. dumbfounded. flabbergasted. bewildered. befuddled. every damn word that my trusty Thesaurus can come up with that means downright stunned and A-M-A-Z-E-D!!

“And what for?” you are probably thinking!!
Well there seems to be two responses that happen when I see people these days….and these are people who I haven’t seen in weeks or I haven’t seen P.F. [Post Fire] And note I do know these people KNOW our home has burned down!!

1. They don’t say anything about our house burning down and they talk about anything [and I mean anything!] other than what is happening in my life.

2. They say “how you going?” with an energetic silent code that translated means don’t tell me how things really are………just stay on the surface like the weather, or the dress you are wearing or, anything other than_____ [the fire and its impact]

If they do say anything about the fire it is usually something like -
“Sorry to hear that you lost your house!……
followed by many different versions of “AT LEAST”….
“At least you’re OK” [when we aren't] OR
“At least you had insurance”; [when often people are under-insured AND getting The Insurers to pay what people have insured themselves for is generally like getting "blood out of stone" and it is somewhat like you're on trial and seen to be guilty until you prove yourself innocent - definitely another 'trial by fire'!! AND anyway it feels like no amount of money can replace your home or treasures - especially at this stage!] OR
“At least nobody died; OR
“It’s just stuff” [when to you it definitely wasn't] OR
[for this one take a really deeeeep breath]
“At least there’ll be a lesson / meaning in it…and/or you’ll grow from it” 

Excuse me it’s time for a little rant….I guess this must be my ‘Queen Rant’ part. 
I do not like it AT ALL when people use the word ‘lose’ in relation to our house burning down -
“sorry to hear that you lost your house!”
as well as when it is applied to when someone dies:
“sorry to hear that you lost your partner / brother / Mum / etc!” 
I can remember clearly when ♡Russ died people saying this and I always wanted to scream out – “I didn’t lose him!” “I know where he is, he’s dead” Let me show you a picture of what he looked like when he died and I have his ashes here, so he is NOT lost!”

My house / home is NOT lost – it is burned down and completely destroyed!
I do know where it is – there’s the rubble!! It is not like going to the shopping mall and coming out and you’ve lost your car and wandering up and down rows till you find it!…….or you’ve lost your purse or wallet or getting to the car and you’ve left your keys behind – somewhere!!….and going to The Lost and Found department…… or losing your glasses, which you absolutely thought you left in a-very-strategic-place for you to find them again and now you’re wandering around back-tracking your steps looking here. there. and everywhere. and still no glasses!! [I bet no one else does that!]  Our use of language can be so often insensitive and incorrect.
End. Of. Rant!

Let me record and underline it here – I DON’T always know what to say in some ‘delicate’, sensitive situations!! For instance, I have a friend who I knew was very vulnerable and raw about having just gone through a second miscarriage and I wasn’t sure what would be the most sensitive things to say.

So what did I do? I Google-d it and spent some time learning what to say and what people in that situation most needed to hear. I was amazed at the information I found! And yes there is a whole pile of stuff if you Google “what-to-say/do-when-someone’s-house-burns-down!!”

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So even interacting with people can be a challenge for us…..what I do is be very selective. Then I sort through the files in my head choosing the response to give and depending on who they are and what energy I have at that moment depends on the answer I give. I do find it particularly hurtful when people who have been friends B.F. [Before Fire] do any of the above.

Sometimes I notice myself having a little fantasy where I run a story in my head that goes something like…..
Susie I heard your beautiful home burnt down and I was SO sorry to hear of it. …… I imagine it has been a really. really devastating time for you and your whole family………… I’m wondering how you are dealing with it all………Have you got time for a cuppa, my treat?……..If it would help and you have the time right now to share about it you’ve got my full attention. I’m here for you…” 
and I offer it to people to say to me… 

There’s lots more on this and I am finding some excellent lists of what to say to someone who’s house has burnt down………that’s another post, I think….
I think these are important life skills to have as variations of what I am saying also applies to most forms of loss and breakdown – death, suicide, divorce, mental illness, miscarriage, still-birth, being fired or made redundant, bankruptcy, diagnosed with a terminal illness or being chronically sick and other natural disasters and so on….things that are going to be happening in and around everyone’s lives…..

Thanks ♡Nicola for the beautiful quote you shared by ♡Rumi…that if applied as a principle you can’t go wrong…

“If words come out of the heart, 
they will enter the heart”

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Thanks for listening. I hope my words feel like they come out of my heart to yours….. Your being there does matter to me and the last thing I want to do is feel harsh to you… Let me know how this impacts you and the experiences you have had and I’m interested to hear any suggestions / ideas you have…
LOVE, Blessings and Gratitude, Susie

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HeArt & Beauty healing the devastation & destruction♥

LOVE NOTE – Sunday March 9, 2014

Hello Dear Friends♥ྀ

ART and BEAUTY are ways that I heal ♥°*”˜ ི♥ྀ˜”*°•.•.¸ღ

Today beautiful ♡Selk came to Warm Fuzzy Hill with a few of her arty-crafty friends with twine, wool, materials, ribbons, raffia, beads, etc…… with a mission to make some beautiful healing Art pieces………

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This came about as a few weeks back I was sharing with her how hard it is to keep looking at the devastation and destruction and ash and rubble and burnt trees and land and our wounded destroyed home…..
After witnessing the devastation herself she felt:
“called in my heart to do something to support them……” and so was born her idea to gather together people to create some beautiful art on the land which she named -

HE’ART’ Calling for Warm Fuzzy Hill…..

WFH-Mel-heart1Mel‘s heart creation hanging at the entrance archway feels like it is waving ♡heart energy over all who enter Warm Fuzzy Hill…….it is a beautiful reminder to use our ♡heart as the filter or lens to use to look at it all through – seeing through the eyes of ♡LOVE….

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WFH-Collage-Kel-SelkGorgeous women ♡Selk and ♡Kelly……sharing both their special presence and their beautifull works of He’Art at Warm Fuzzy….gifts that are so appreciated. ♡Kelly’s magnificent hanging now also welcoming all….

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Another magical serendipitous gift for me of the day was that we were being visited by a gorgeous and wonderful group of girls who are Year 10 boarders [about 15 yrs old] from the Iona Presentation College. They came with one of their house-mothers who is a graduate of one of our Couples Retreats who wanted to assist in some way with “the clean-up” of Warm Fuzzy Hill so she asked if any of the girls would like to come with her and help out.

Let me digress to tell you of my admiration for these kids. Today was the second time they have come and they exude such a youthful sense of enthusiasm and energy and fun…….AND generosity……♡Shelton has much enjoyed having them ‘scurrying and scampering around’ after him picking up the branches after he has chain-sawed them and filling the trailers………bit like a team of ants…… It so impresses and touches me to have these young girls give up a day of their weekend to come out and get so dirty and black and work hard in the heat for hours…….not a mobile phone or iPad or any other computer devices anywhere to be seen…..no slacking off or whinging of any sort……..AND we have not known any of these kids before they came! Truly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G don’t you think!

WFH-Iona-girlsSo today they were doing more of the “dirty work” out on the land with ♡Shelton and came back for a break for lunch……. and came over to take a look at what we were doing…………… I was sitting watching ♡Kelly in the process of creating her hanging using colourful wool and sticks……..it took me speedily back to many years ago when I was in my early twenties when I used to make what we called God’s eyes…..where you weave brightly coloured wool or yarn on a simple frame of crossed sticks……we used to hang them everywhere and anywhere……. outside on trees and on verandahs and inside houses……such a beautiful way to brighten up many a corner.

I picked up a couple of twigs and some wool and started winding and straight away were in the flow…….doesn’t it amaze you how you can start doing something that you haven’t done for what seems like forever – I haven’t made Gods eyes for probably 40 years – and it all comes rushing back like you were doing it yesterday!!…..

A couple of the girls were just sitting on the ground quietly watching so I asked if they would like to have a go…….

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And then with what seemed like very little time at all, there they were, ALL of the girls sitting there on the ground in the dirt TOTALLY absorbed…… so engrossed in making Gods eyes……with very little instruction and no experience of making them before…..I just adore the energy of the photo below…….the girls are so fully immersed in the moment I feel nurtured just looking at them……..I hope the photo does the energy justice as it was such a gift to be in their presence…..it even still feels healing to me just thinking about it now…..

WFH-Iona-girls-creatingThe girls all made a beautiful piece and I asked if they would like to take them home with them or hang them at Warm Fuzzy. I was astonished they all immediately chose Warm Fuzzy……..So we invited them to think of a quality they would like to add to their Gods eye that would be sent out on the wind……qualities that we would all imagine spreading over Warm Fuzzy Hill as well as out into the destroyed lands from the fires all around us and then even further out into the world……as well as individually for each person to take those qualities home with them in their own hearts….♡

Huge Thank you ♡Bella for Peacefulness & Bliss, ♡Rhaquelle for Balance, ♡Bronte for Freedom & Security, ♡Carly to spread Serenity, ♡Lara for Creativity & Joy,  ♡Cat for Happiness & Smiles, ♡Michelle for Peace & Beauty, and both ♡Selk and I chose Gratitude & LOVE

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WFH-Collage-Iona-girls2While I was in the middle of writing this post I felt called to look up the traditional meaning of the Gods eye hangings and was both amazed and it feels totally right what I discovered. The discovery is even more amazing seeing there was no talk or intention prior to my sitting down with ♡Kelly of Gods eyes……

The Ojo de Dios (Eye of God in Spanish) is woven with yarn and wood, often with several colors. The weaving of an Ojo de Dios is an ancient contemplative and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas, and beliefs surrounding them vary with location and history…… they are created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home………young people in the mountains of New Mexico have made them in wisdom circles with their elders……The God’s Eye is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable to the physical eye, The Mystery. The four points represent the elemental processes: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. The Huichol call their God’s eyes Sikuli, which means “the power to see and understand things unknown.” Reference: Wikipedia.

I find this simply remarkable and miraculous. You see last night I was writing about how I was reflecting on what will be the focus I choose for my New Year beginning on my birthday on April 2nd…….and how there is a scary feeling for me since the bush-fires and our homelessness around the whole idea of what does the future hold? In fact what is my future and direction? I ended my ramblings with maybe my focus for this year is living in the NOT knowing…..and having FAITH…….and how that feels like a BIG S-T-R-E-T-C-H.

And then I find “The God’s Eye is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable to the physical eye, The Mystery.”!!…….I send out a prayer of Gratitude. It feels symbolic and like a message for me I will know the meaning of all this destruction and devastation when it is time to know.

Thank you dear ♡Selk for creating this space, for opening me into my wisdom and knowing ………into that place inside me where I am reminded I am allways taken care of……… and thank you to all the girls…….simply and profoundly……much Gratitude and LOVE♡

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 “Our true home is the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us – in the world and in nature – in our bodies and in our spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice. We need only to find ways to bring our body and mind back to the present moment so we can touch what is refreshing, healing and wondrous”         ~♡Thich Nhat Hanh.

We have so many reasons to be happy.
The Earth is filled with love for us, and patience.
Walking mindfully, we are nourished by the trees, the bushes,
the flowers and the sunshine.
We rely on the Earth, and the Earth relies on us.
Whether the Earth is beautiful, fresh, and green, or arid and parched,
depends on our way of walking.
Please walk gently on the Earth. ~ ♡Thich Nhat Hanh

Treading gently & purposefully & with grate-FULL-ness for serendipity & Beauty – and of course YOU….

LOVE & Blessings, Susie

NOTE: ♡Selk and I are planning another He’Art’ Calling for Warm Fuzzy Hill event in a few weeks. We especially want to honour the house and ritually say a fond and grateful Goodbye before it is demolished. We will advise the date very soon. ALL are welcome. Please let us know if you are interested in participating either here in the comments or on the He’Art’ Calling for Warm Fuzzy Hill Facebook page  or message either of us. If you are unable to attend and you would like to make something that is wonderful and welcomed too :)

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From Toodyay With LOVE♥…miracles come in moments…

LOVE NOTE – Friday March 7th, 2014

What a memorable day this has been…..so very, very full for many reasons. The one that stands out the most for me is – From Toodyay With LOVE

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Today we – those who have been affected by the Parkerville/Stoneville bush fires – were invited by the people who were affected by the Toodyay bush fires [2009] to attend an event at the HUB Community Centre in Mundaring called From Toodyay With LOVE……

They have rallied together and have been collecting items over the last few weeks from that place of understanding of what we have been going through – and collecting and gathering together ‘things’ that were a mixture of new as well as pre-loved treasures…… items they found were needed after the fires destroyed their homes and bushland and community over 4 years ago……some very practical and others in the soul-indulging category…..

All that was asked of us was to come along and take what we wanted!!

Everything was donated – and obviously with ♡LOVE….I guess you could say it was a bit like going to a huge swap meet and not having to pay any money…..or getting given heaps of ‘lucky dips’ as there were boxes and boxes and more boxes that we were invited and encouraged to rummage through, as well as ‘the Helpers” were unwrapping items and displaying them which would then be whisked away by a delighted someone, and some more stuff would appear to take its place …….very magical and miraculous……

The hall was full of a wide range of both practical goods and what I call ‘treasures’ – including kitchen equipment and crockery and glassware, food [including chocolate to ♡Shelton's delight] and other essential pantry items, bedding and linen, table clothes and lace doilies, bathroom and laundry products, some furniture, clothing, children’s toys and ‘stuff’, gardening tools………etc, etc….

It was intensely emotional for me to just walk into the hall……seeing all the tables piled high plus the bunch of beautiful caring ♡Angels who were busy arranging them all and who were there to load us up and pack boxes and help us look for, and ferret out various items we were particularly looking for……..as well as find some other things we didn’t even know we were…..

Immediately I was drawn – as if there was a magnet pulling me – to the tables loaded up with crockery and china………and so I let myself be pulled over to the back of the room where they were…….. and I was strongly touched to find a couple of vintage china plates similar to some that I had treasured that had been smashed and destroyed in the fire …. and then I found one that was EXACTLY like a vintage Wild-Rose-Green-China cake plate that had been given to me by an old Aunty of mine many years ago.

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I picked it up and was almost hugging it as I was so overcome with such strong emotion and I took my treasure to show to ♡Shelton who was foraging on the other side of the room….. I was sooooo excited…… and finding him I just ‘fell’ without words straight into his arms sobbing……. and we stood there hugging each other tightly just crying and weeping such sweet tears together…… that Wild-Rose-Green-China cake plate now has huge memories!!………it was almost like I wanted to take it around and show everyone my priceless piece………… I am so, so grateful to whoever has ♡LOVED that plate before and has given it up so that I could be moved so deeply and so nurtured by it…..what serendipity!!

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If you look at the dresser in this photo, which was taken four years ago, you can see a number of green china plates on the middle shelf including my Wild-Rose-Green-China cake plate ……..the picture is extra special as it also captures a very touching moment with my beautiful ♡Freea sharing her honouring of me at my 60th Birthday in the Glassroom at our wonderful Warm Fuzzy Hill ……..I am surrounded by many of my treasures that were precious to me…….the dresser displaying some of my beloved old china collected from many places which included pieces from my mother and aunts and other dear ones….
Behind ♡Freea is what I called my Inner Child cupboard that is full of so many cherished treasures that have been gifts to me from decades of special celebrations……especially from my girls over the years……I don’t want to name them yet as the loss feels quite raw right now…… there is so much richness and memories in there♡

It so intrigues me the unique things that touch people’s hearts so deeply…..a few of you have mentioned before some things that are precious to you…….I am sure many of you will get what I am talking about here…….It is beautiful to nurture yourself by wandering around your home and reflecting on what are your treasures that nourish your soul and that are uniquely you……and why………I would value hearing what you find if you want to share…..

And what the vintage Wild-Rose-Green-China cake plate especially means to me is a whole other story that I will share about another day….
From now onward it will take a central place……..somewhere I can see it easily each day as a symbol for me of serendipity and magic and miracles…..and new beginnings and that I am taken care of…… 

Much gratefullness to all, especially the amazing volunteers and to those who donated…. May you be uncovering treasures of all sorts that touch and nurture your soul….

Much LOVE , Susie

♡♥♡DAY 66 - 365 Day Being-♥LOVE-Zero-Negativity Campaign 

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