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>Getting to the Truth

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm

>As we transition from one decade to another, from one era to another, as we move to full and equal human rights around the planet, as we move into the “angels of our better nature” I thought I would share a portion of one of my favorite speeches by a President, one given by Lyndon B. Johnson before a joint session of Congress on voting rights, one of our most basic tools of democracy. It is a speech to remember.

“In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. Rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation. The issue of equal rights.”

Lyndon B. Johnson did not “win” the Presidency, he ascended to the office due to the horrific assassination of President Kennedy. Johnson understood that one man doesn’t “make” human rights changes, he merely steps into the space of truth and offers it up for review, so the people, all the people, can move into a higher thought pattern, a space of humanity above the “battlefield” and petty tyrannies of fear.

Compassionate positioning means creating a stance where you are able to be in a space of compassion and Love and look into the eyes of those who are suffering and feel their suffering without losing your center.

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>Give Yourself Roses

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm

>In the last months of her life Audrey Hepburn speaking of her garden said “Few things are more dear to me than a full blown rose when it opens its heart.“ And I’m compelled to add – few things are more beautiful.

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage we did not take
Towards the door we never opened into the rose garden
– TS Eliot

Roses have been described as enchanted, expressive, elementally elegant, unfaltering, unforgiving, devastatingly sophisticated, a symbol for strength and eternal charm. The rose is a powerful symbol. There is a deep meditative practice of imagining all of your strife, and troubles into the heart of a Rose; the energies being absorbed into it’s heart center dissipating into the Rose’s eternal charm.

LOVING THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER
Our founding father and gardening enthusiast Thomas Jefferson felt “Nature is imagination fully formed.” Be willing to see things differently, soak in what’s calling forth and know your open heart is beautiful indeed.

>Gifts of the Moment.

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

>The graciousness of giving is one of the main catalysts of change because grace is more than a feeling, it is a readiness to be open, an action and movement to be on top of your being, reaching out to others. Gandhi often said “the end is inherent in the means.” Through giving and grace you begin to understand fully your means and the ending is written in gratitude. Let’s take this day, to gift yourself. Gift yourself the grace of listening.

Jewish lyricist Yip Harburg once commented, “A song is the pulse of a nation’s heart, a fever chart of its health. Are we at peace? Are we in trouble? Do we feel beautiful? Are we violent? Listen to our songs.” It also relates to you, your pulse. What songs are you hearing now? What song is crying out to be heard?

When you start listening and step onto the path of uncovering your Soul’s call you start hearing and articulating things you did not want to know, and it can be overwhelming. Let your song be your guide. The soul’s siren song is always broadcasting and could care less about your plans. The soul doesn’t make any distinctions between light and dark, doesn’t care about pain or heartache, and absolutely doesn’t want to hear what you think you should be doing.

Listen to the simple sounds of you.

Nothing complicated. There is no act required that is beyond your capabilities. There is only and always the simple principle, the simple sound of your Truth. Again, it might not be something you want to hear, you may have been tuning it out, but the journey lies in that Truth. How we choose our actions amplify the radical edge of the tune lifting ourselves beyond current circumstances, carrying us into the uplifting tides of tomorrow.

Give yourself, your partner, your family a gift. Focus on your song. In doing this you give the gift of letting them be different today than they were yesterday.

To give is to get, so in gifting yourself you get a new day where you are listening and allowing your endings to flourish.

>Awaken

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2009 at 6:57 am

>Gandhi Rules.

“Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.”

Take the bridge to somewhere.
Let’s make a commitment today to live in the truth.
No false idols. No judging. No fear.
Just the simple uncomplicated breath of now.

>A Stick and a Fence

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2009 at 6:51 am

>Like clock work on Christmas Day after the presents, toys and clothes have been opened and the annihilated wrapping paper is tucked away in a trash bag, one of my favorite Canadian eccentric friends makes an announcement, “when I was a kid, my mom gave me a stick and pointed to the fence and said “play.” A stick and a fence. It may have been a stark recollection from childhood, but I always take his stick and fence statement as an inspirational proclamation. He had his imagination, he had his hands, he had a place to play and someone who cared. His cry was the cry of everyone who’s ever been to someone’s house and had to step over the x-box controller to get to the Wii paddles next to the laptop and heard the kids scream past saying “I need another iphone.”

It’s simple. Two words. Need less. Getting to the core of what is important isn’t complicated. It involves making a choice to need less, understanding how little we need to be and getting rid of what bogs our space down.

You can’t get bare and grab at the earth’s resources like there is no tomorrow. You can’t oversell fear and not pump anxiety levels to all time highs. You can’t go for the short term anything with no respect for your environment. You can’t be what you need to be for your community, your family, yourself if you don’t know what is important. Needing less clutter, chaos, storage, stuff means steering the course of your own ship without being blind to your surroundings. It is being scared and tired of missing your stuff or missing out and making the choice to clear it out anyway. It is getting to the core invisible foundation that can support growth and the rebirth of new ideas and thinking. It is getting out of our patterned behavior. It is being able to listen and hear someone else’s point of view. It is so many things that commitment and compassion can bring.

I get fired up when talking about needing less. We have so many gifts, we have so much intelligence, we have so many brave and selfless souls; what if brain power and energy was spent in doing the right thing, diffusing a symptom and not the result, fixing a problem, cleaning up our messes. Just imagine preventing and not reacting.

Rolling up the sleeves and confronting tough subjects creates a wedge of possibility instead of a morass of indifference. It’s not waiting, it’s taking action. Now. Needing less isn’t having nothing. It is being happier, more content and appreciative. In taking care of what you need to be clear, nourishing yourself, allowing yourself to enjoy the elegance of spirit and lightness and freedom of being the world opens up in ways you can’t even begin to anticipate. “The trick” as Don Quixote said, “is not to see life as it is but as it ought to be” and live in that higher place, taking others with you by the sheer example of your action.

There is a power within your imagination to transform and transcend the feelings and circumstances of your life. Use it. And not only that. Take care and be aware of how your actions, how the process of lightening up and letting go impact those around you. Be the beacon for others to follow. Clear it out. Do whatever it takes to expand your perspective. If you are still struggling with this, go somewhere where people have less. Where the smallest connection makes the greatest difference. It is possible to turn it all around. It is possible to live your life on the other side in a place of gratitude. It is possible to let go of someone else’s idea of what should be. It takes awareness and it takes making the commitment to say. “Hey. Things have been tough. But. Man am I grateful that I can wake up and try again.”

Brought to you by The Bare Melcessities.

>FREE YOURSELF FROM JUDGMENT

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm

>Make the choice to accept your mistakes, to revel in your failures, to remove judgment from your vocabulary and watch everything get very simple.

With this one action you are removing drama and “issues” from your daily thoughts. You are focusing on the journey and living in the adventure of each day. With this one shift you are cheering for yourself, living in forgiveness and any perceived mistakes only become information. That’s all… Information for you to consider in your next steps forward.

Yes. It’s tough to own perceived mistakes or failures. It will bring up everything about how you are not good enough, how your way of being isn’t okay. Do it anyway. A mistake is just that a missed take.

Surrounding yourself with love and support become the order of your new day. Giving you the opportunity to become centered in a nourishing pattern. We’re done with the self abusive, self loathing beat downs. If you are over feeling a certain way. It needs to go. Change your thinking. Let it go.

Okay. It’s going to be challenging. But anything that doesn’t feed you, needs to be weeded out. Letting go is the process. As Tallulah Bankhead said, “if I had my life to live again. I’d make the same mistakes only sooner.”

Conviction is the army of truth free from the blindfold of judgment.

>PEACE. JOY. LOVE. BABY JESUS.

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2009 at 6:50 am

>KA-CHINGLE! MINE THE MAGIC.

Ho. Ho. Ho. Let’s go. Day Four. It’s Christmas Day. (Yah!) In our 10 Days. All Love. Getting Bare. Love Fest. Today represents a deepening of the Divine Loving experience, an opportunity to cleanse the past and an embracing of a new loving, powerful, radiant being.

“If you want to sing out sing out. If you want to be free. be free.” Cat Stevens.

Little kids sing their hearts out and are so proud to be on stage. As Maya Angelou says “a bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

From Harold and Maude… by Cat Stevens.

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are

Chorus:
You can do what you want
The opportunity’s on
And if you find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
you see ah ah ah
its easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
‘Cause there’s a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
‘Cause there’s a million things to do
You know that there are

Chorus

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
‘Cause there’s a million things to be
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are

>Divine Love

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

>

We are witnessing a great struggle. A struggle that is externalizing all of our inner conflicts. A struggle over whether we will know peace or suffer needlessly at our own hand. A struggle over whether we will be loving or whether we will be fearful.

Opt out of the struggle. It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake. It’s a time where we remember Peace is available on Earth. Now. Paraphrasing a country song “all the reason’s we’re here, we know by heart.” You can live in the fiction of the struggle. Or you can revel in the truth. The truth exactly as it is. No fooling. No despair. No hope. Just a knowing that everything is what it is.

The fantasy of wanting anything to be different than it is, keeps us stuck in the fiction and falsehoods, cause never more so… do the words of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life spring out… “Each life touches so many others…” Let’s remind ourselves to remember, what we do matters. The choices we make, no matter how small. MATTER.

Choose wisely. And take care of your own 10 cubic feet. Let’s make this the Eve of something amazing. We’ve all been given so many gifts.

it’s time. to use them.

Photography by: The Franklin Files.

>Keep Christmas Well.

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2009 at 5:33 am

>MAY YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

In talking to reporters when Walt Disney opened Disney Land he shared, “It’s something that will never be finished, something I can keep developing and adding to. It will get more beautiful every year. And it will get better as I find out what the public likes.” The happiest place on earth was built on the spirit of work in progress where adventure unfolded and imagination flourished and the never ending process was cherished.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

>Today’s Get Bare Tip

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 am

>What is waiting to be born?

Turn off the people pleasing voice in your head and every last “should” that floods into your brain for the next 24 hours and Listen.

LOVING THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER

Be incredibly gentle with yourself.
Starting or stopping anything takes courage.
Knowing your truth makes everything easier.
Listening to your ‘still small voice’ makes it possible.

Brought to you by Melanie Lutz’s THE BARE MELCESSITIES.