On 9-11 I wrote the following bloggett in my journal – “I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from red & green and still somehow, it’s illusions I recall, I still have not known life at all…” I had awakened to this song playing in my head. Along with thoughts of refinancing our home. Thinking about the appraisal, ‘will the house reach that magic number’, was keeping me up at night. As I stressed over my own attempts to deal with the banks, my thoughts drifted to all the people… since 9-11 who had lost not only their homes but their souls.
The house did refinance, it made the magic number and more! Yeah! Pressure is off, no longer making 2 payments each month! Point made – now is a good time to refinance. Also a great time to reconnect with your soul!
Two months later on Friday on 11-11-11, the Bristlecone Pinenuts gathered at my home for an overnight of camaraderie and ceremony to welcome in the new energy of that powerful night. Each year a group of us trek down to Inyo National Forest to talk to the Bristlecone Pines, the most ancient of living organisms on the face of the planet. Some of these trees have been carbon dated over 5,000 years old. Google them, fascinating story & photos.
Quite by accident, I recently learned we actually have a small Bristlecone on our property. It was a tiny scrubby shoot when we moved here. Covered in spiderwebs, it was spindly and had brown needles. Rather than simply pulling it out by its roots, Rod cleared out the cobwebs, fed it and I put a ring of stones around its base. It seemed to love the attention and came back. Today 15 years later, it stands not much taller than me. (Which isn’t very tall.) Bristlecones are not known for their fast growth. They cling to the mountain edges where nothing could possibly endure the harsh winters and lack of water and even soil. This small toddler we adopted, now receives water from the lawn sprinklers. We planted a seedling of an oak tree next to it about five years ago, and today the slow growing oak and the Bristlecone seem to be holding hands as a pine branch reaches out for the mighty oak. As we sat around the small tree, one of my friends commented the Bristlecone is like me, edgy and reaching out in all directions, and the Oak is like Rod, loving and strong, welcoming me home.
We wrote our wishes for what we wanted to bring into the New Year on prayer cards made from gold pieces of paper with teal colored string and hung them on the tiny tree. We also wrote what we wished to release from the old year on white pieces of paper and lit them from the flame of the Bridget candle and then dropped them into the bowl of sacred holy water brought from the home of my ancestors in Knock, Ireland.
After setting our intentions, we gave the water to the baby Bristlecone and the remains of the paper we buried under the leaves to nourish the tree until Spring. We asked the baby tree to bring our prayers to the Ancient Ones until we meet them again next summer, when the snow melts in the high county.
That night I had a vision of the 11-11-11 numbers, where individual 1’s, met another 1 and engaged in conversation. Then the pair joined hands with the other ones, like the dashes in 11-11-11. When we gather each month for our Reiki share we come together in a circle, left hand up to receive, right hand down to give and we swirl our energies, receiving from the person on our left, sending the energy through us, out to the person on our right, swirling around the circle. This is what I saw, 6 people swirling their uniqueness to the next, and the next, and the next, the number 6 signifying unconditional love, then the next 11, the hour joining the circle and then there were 8 the number of abundance; followed by the 11 minutes, making 10, the 1 to the 10th power, and on and on, as 11 (2 coming together to co-create), joining other 11’s around the globe, circling the earth…. Each with our own unique gifts and talents, giving and receiving in harmony with no competition, only cooperation, co-creation…
It is happening. I feel it already. How about you? What were your experiences from the 11-11-11 portal? Did you walk through? Do you feel differently, dear reader? I know I do. Something has shifted within me. I am seeing things manifesting almost instantly. Friends calling with ways we can co-create. Write your comments here. Til next time, this is Kalena, musing on a Wednesday morning.
Note: Saturday’s Soul Salon will be here at Chateau Kalena from 10-noon. Element: FIRE Come tie your intentions to the little Bristlecone. I’ll have the fire lit and the hot chocolate! Oh BTW, when I looked out the little Bristlecone is standing straighter and I swear has grown a few inches!
My trip to the Midwest was transformative. Blog post below tells more. Thank you everyone in Chicago and Quincy, IL who hosted and attended the 3 Soul Salons I put on while there. I learned so much from each of you, and made lovely new friends for a lifetime!