September 20, 2017

New Moon In Virgo On Sept 19th-20th. Change Your Life by Tania Gabrielle. Happy Rosh Hashanah Everyone, Starts Today Ends On Friday The Autumn Equinox! :)


Change Your Life!
written by Tania Gabrielle
contact her at www.TaniaGabrielle.com
[source: CrystalWind.ca]

On September 19/20 a dynamic energy is being released…

All 5 personal planets will be in Virgo during the New Moon!

Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars and Mercury…

Virgo is an Earth sign – practical, efficient and methodical – so you’ll finally feel the forward momentum to MANIFEST.

You may notice a certain part of your life needing meticulous attention.

It could be your health, since Virgo governs health and healing. It’s a great time to go on a fast or cleanse, or begin a brand new nutritional or exercise regime.

It could be your daily work life – Virgo governs how you spend your day and who you spend it with.

As your perspective on life changes, you are being liberated.

At the moment of this New Moon several astrological “oppositions” are bringing your life and relationships back into balance. These planets are lying opposite each other – getting into equilibrium so you stay centered and grounded. (A beautiful synchronization since the balancing energy of the Equinox is just two days on September 22.)
I added the images above to Tania Gabrielle's message I've shared with you in this post. The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message.
You are now inspired to make an impact which will lead to astounding results!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle

P.S. How have you changed in the pivotal weeks since the Big Solar Eclipse on Aug 21? Please share how your life has transformed in the comments below!

JAPAN: A Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Struck Off Japan's Coast Along Pacific Ring of Fire Today, Like Recent Mexico Earthquakes. :o The Science Behind Why There Are So Many Earthquakes In Mexico?

KTLA News
written by CNN newswire
Wednesday September 20, 2017

A day after a powerful earthquake along the Pacific Ring of Fire hit Mexico, another large quake hit the same area of seismic activity on its opposite side, across the Pacific Ocean, on Wednesday: a magnitude 6.1 off the coast of Japan.

Wednesday’s quake hit at 4:37 p.m. local time, or 8:37 a.m. PT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was about 200 miles off the coast of Japan, and about 315 miles northeast of Tokyo.

The quake hit about 228 miles from Fukushima, the site of the nuclear power plant that was inundated following a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on March 11, 2011. That much more powerful quake 6 1/2 years ago was much closer to shore.

The 40,000-kilometer (25,000-mile) Pacific Ring of Fire stretches from the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the smaller plates such as the Philippine Sea plate to the Cocos and Nazca Plates that line the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

About 80% of all earthquakes strike in the Ring of Fire, according to Hongfeng Yang, a seismologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

People are most at risk in Chile, Japan, the US west coast, and other island nations including the Solomon Islands to the western seaboard of North and South Americas.

They are at risk because they lie on subduction zones that are locked so tectonic energy must be released by large earthquakes.

How did the Ring of Fire form?

Tectonic plates are massive slabs of the Earth’s crust. These move constantly above the mantle — a layer of solid and molten rock below the Earth’s crust.

The Ring of Fire was formed as oceanic plates slid under continental plates.

Volcanoes along the Ring of Fire are formed when one plate is shoved under another into the mantle — a solid body of rock between the Earth’s crust and the molten iron core — through a process called subduction.

Large earthquakes — which risk triggering tsunamis — also occur in subduction zones.

How are earthquakes triggered?

Earthquakes represent the energy release from the interior of the Earth, where huge amount of heat is stored.

The heat drives the plates to move. When two plates move against one another and produce friction, it causes energy to build up. When the energy is released it triggers an earthquake.

“It takes tens of thousands of years for the energy to build up, but only a matter of seconds for it to be released,” said Hongfeng Yang, a seismologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tectonic plates usually move an average of a few centimeters each year, but when an earthquake strikes, they can move several meters per second.

Can earthquakes be predicted along the Ring of Fire?

As with the Sept. 7 earthquake off the west coast of Mexico, seismologists can’t yet predict when or where earthquakes will strike, or how large they will be.

Some researchers argue that there are certain conditions — such as hydraulic fracturing when we drill deep into the sea to extract energy resources — induce earthquakes. But there’s no hard scientific evidence to back this up.
Sky News
written by Aubrey Allegretti, News Reporter
Wednesday September 20, 2017

Mexico has a deadly and unlucky history with earthquakes.

It is frequently hit, the latest quake coming on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 disaster that killed more than 5,000 people, and less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude hit the southern coast.

The Central American country suffers so much because of its position on a large grid of tectonic plates, on which all the Earth's countries and seas sit.

Mexico is on the edge of two the world's largest - the North American and Pacific plates - as well as the smaller Cocos plate.

It also falls on the 'Ring of Fire', a horseshoe shaped area around the edges of the Pacific Ocean, from Australia to the Andes, along which 90% of all earthquakes occur.

Mexico's location makes it particularly vulnerable to earth tremors.

The Earth's plates grind against each other all the time. Sometimes they get stuck and pressure builds-an earthquake is the sudden and violent release of this pressure.

On top of this, the Cocos plate is denser than the landmass of Mexico itself, meaning the country's soft earth crumbles more easily.

This combination makes it one of the most seismically active countries on the planet.
Mexico City, where more than 200 people have been killed in the latest tremor, was also mostly built on a former lakebed, making it even more susceptible.

Japan, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines, India and El Salvador are also among the countries most vulnerable to earthquakes.

NEW ZEALAND: A Strong 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Struck Wellington Just Hours After Mexico City Disaster. Island Also On The Pacific Ring of Fire. :o

The Daily Mail, UK
written by Sam Duncan
Wednesday September 20, 2017

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill, followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake northeast of Seddon.

The quake caused 'moderate shaking' reported Geonet.

Initial classifications called it a strong quake, hitting 585km southwest of Invercargill at a depth of 10km.

Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere, while the Seddon quake was felt strongly in Wellington.

New Zealand authorities have issued a reminder to 'drop, cover, and hold' in the event of an earthquake.

The second quake was strong enough to be felt in nation's capital, with Metlink Wellington reporting all trains have been stopped.

A seismologist said the two quakes - which hit exactly an hour apart - were not linked.

People took to social media in shock to report feeling the quake and to check on on their family and friends.

The more distant earthquake measured 6.1, USGS reported.

GNS seismologist Dr Anna Kaiser said there was no link to the Mexico City earthquake that has left more than 100 people dead.

'It's certainly something that can't be scientifically proven,' she said.

Dr Kaiser said that although earthquakes can trigger aftershocks nearby, that is unlikely to be the cause of the Seddon quake.

'But obviously that's [aftershocks] not a mechanism that could explain the earthquake in the Cook Strait because it was too far away to be caused by that kind of stress change,' she said.

One shocked resident wrote that her city is a 'disaster waiting to happen' as Wellington was rocked by the latest in a long line of quakes.

'Rocking side to side in a rocky chair: the Wellington experience,' wrote another.

Others made light of the tremors, with one Twitter user writing: 'Yikes that shake I thought was me moving in my seat (need to lay off the donuts...) was actually an earthquake.'

No tsunami warnings have been issued.

'Then an ornament fell off the wall, and the dog ran outside and I ran outside too. I think we're just going to sit out here until my husband gets home from work,' she said.

Tim Struthers, a farmer from Seddon, reported feeling shaking during the earthquake, TVNZ reported.

'I was outside fencing and it shook the posts in the ground, everyone at home ran for the doors,' he said.

Mr Struthers said his family is 'almost immune' to seismic activity now, having lives through numerous earthquakes in recent year.

The first quake hit a seismically active area near a plate boundary where the Australian plate dives below the Pacific plate, the NZ Herald reported.

This boundary is called the Puysegur trench, and stretches for 800km between New Zealand's South Island and a point in the Southern Ocean 400km west of the Auckland Islands.

A similar 6.4 quake hit the trench in July, with an epicentre 190km southwest of the Snares Islands.

That quake was felt all around the South Island.
The Independent, UK
written by Michael Perry and Lydia Smith, Reuters
Wednesday September 20, 2017

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), was recorded 211 km (140 miles) west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand's South Island, the USGS said.

There were no tsunami warnings issued immediately after the quake.

The quake was felt strongly in the capital Wellington but no damage to buildings has been reported.

Train services were briefly disrupted in the area.

Two smaller quakes — a 4.7 and 5.0 magnitude — were also recorded off the New Zealand coast.

New Zealand is prone to earthquakes as the country is situated on the boundary of two major tectonic plates, the Pacific and Australian plates.

The news comes just hours after a powerful 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling dozens of buildings and killing more than 200 people.

The quake hit while people were taking part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a major tremor killed thousands in the city.

President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed more than 20 children had died and dozens were missing after a school collapsed.

MEXICO: A Powerful 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Struck The Heart Of Mexico Right In The Center Yesterday. Massive Damage Throughout And Over 200 Lives Lost. :(




Yahoo news
written by Sky News staff
Wednesday September 20, 2017

More than 200 people have been killed in an earthquake in central Mexico - including at least 21 children whose school collapsed on them.

Dozens of buildings has been reduced to rubble, forcing thousands of volunteers and emergency personnel to scrabble through the debris in a frantic search for survivors.

The 7.1-magnitude quake hit hours after preparation drills were held on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people in Mexico City.

The death toll has yo-yoed as authorities have struggled to keep up with the number of bodies being brought into hospitals and morgues.

But the latest official figures put the number of dead at 216, with fears it could rise further as more bodies are discovered.

At the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, 25 bodies - all but four of them children - have been recovered, the federal education department said.

Thirty children and eight children are still missing.

A volunteer rescuer managed to squeeze into a classroom after teams created a cavity into the ruins of the building. He found four bodies, but no survivors.

There have been reports of trapped children send WhatsApp messages from underneath the rubble .

President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has visited the school, appealed for calm, saying: "The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people."

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Tuesday's quake was centred near Raboso in Puebla state, 76 miles (123km) southeast of Mexico City, but the shaking in the capital was almost as intense.

:: Why are there so many earthquakes in Mexico?

Panicked workers fled from office buildings and clouds of dust rose up from the crumbling facades of damaged buildings as the quake struck.

Amid the screams and shock, terrified parents ran to cradle their children in the worst affected areas of Roma, Condesa and Doctores.

At patches of rubble where floors had pancaked on top of one another, cheers and applause occasionally broke out as rescuers pulled people to safety.

At others, signs saying "silencio" were held up as emergency personnel thrust themselves into hollows in the debris as they tried to hear if anyone was trapped.

One of those rescued, Alma Gonzalez, said: "It was a very hard hit that went down and then I went to find my child and I couldn't so I started to WhatsApp and I was trapped on the third floor... and the people in the house next door helped me get out with a ladder... I am just grateful to God that we are here for something."

Officials asked people not to smoke in the streets of Mexico City - which has a population of 20 million - warning of possible ruptured gas pipes.

Mexico City International Airport suspended operations, while electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

The earthquake came less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude tremor in southern Mexico killed at least 98 people.

Amid the latest quake, the Popocatepetl volcano near the capital had a small eruption, flattening a church on its southern slopes and killing 15 people attending a mass.
Discover Magazine
written by Erik Klemetti
Tuesday September 19, 2017

For the second time this month, a large earthquake has struck Mexico. Unlike the M8.1 earthquake that occurred off the Pacific coast and far from Mexico City, this one was located under central Mexico and only ~150 kilometers from the massive Mexican capital. This new earthquake was a M7.1 located ~51 kilometers beneath the surface. That will hopefully help dampen some of the potential damage as over 8.5 million people live within 100 kilometers of this temblor. UPDATE: The death toll is now over 100 from the earthquake.

Some fires have already been reported due to the earthquake damage. This video shows people outside after early warning alarms went off. The earthquake strikes about ~20 seconds into the video, when you can hear windows cracking and shaking of the building:
Here’s a stunning video of a building shaking taken by someone on the 38th floor of a building in Mexico City:
Now, it is unclear what the casualties might be, but it looks like significant damage has happened in Mexico City. People have been tweeting video from building in Mexico City showing billowing clouds of dust or smoke that could be from damaged buildings.
Now, it is way too early to say that this earthquake was triggered by the M8.1 that occurred earlier in the month. There could be the chance that the previous earthquake added more stress to a fault that was close to rupture. However, it will take time to determine if this was actually the case. Check out some of the discussion of triggering earthquakes on this USGS page.

Shockingly enough, today is the 32nd anniversary of the disastrous 1985 M8 earthquake that was centered about as far from the city as this one was today. Just hours earlier, people had participated in earthquake drills in memory of that earthquake, which killed at least 5,000 people.

I’ll update this post as new information comes in, but as with many large earthquakes, the region should expect aftershocks.

UPDATE: this video of an amusement park near Mexico City show how surface waves translated into water waves and just how much shaking there was.
UPDATE: Initial analysis of the earthquake seem to indicate that it was potentially caused by the same process that caused the M8.1 earlier in the month. The oceanic plate slab diving underneath Mexico appears to have “cracked”, causing an extensional earthquake.

September 11, 2017

USA: GlobalAwareness101 Remembers 9/11/2001


Regardless of what you believe about that day... In and around the twin towers there were 2,752 deaths of INNOCENT SOULS! While 189 people died when a plane was flown into the Pentagon and another 44 were killed when a hijacked jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Show respect for those who lost their lives on 9/11 including respect for their families and close friends.

♥ Sending you much LOVE and a warm embrace! ♥

I Believe ~ by Blessed Union of Souls

Walk blindly to the light and reach out for his hand
Don’t ask any questions and don’t try to understand
Open up your mind and then open up your heart
And you will see that you and me aren’t very far apart

’cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

Violence is spread worldwide and there are families on the street
And we sell drugs to children now oh why can’t we just see
That all we do is eliminate our future with the things we do today
Money is our incentive now so that makes it okay

But I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

’cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe I believe I believe I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way
Please love find the way
Please love find the way

September 10, 2017

♥ A Love Story! ♥


"Love knows only one time: NOW and only one place: HERE" ~ by Osho

A Love Story
~Author Unknown~

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left. Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of silver in my boat. There is no place here for you." Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered. Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh....Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself." Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!

Suddenly there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way. Love realizing how much he owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder. "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because, only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

Steps To Happiness... ♥


Steps To Happiness
poem written by Father Pat

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

So:

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

Then:

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And we'll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.

May God Bless you and keep you safe.

Kahlil Gibran on Love... ♥


Kahlil Gibran on Love

When Love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as Love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall Love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only Love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of Love's threshing-floor,
Into the season-less world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For Love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of Love, for Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate Love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith
Psalm 27 NKJV
[source: Biblegateway]

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      Whom shall I fear?
      The Lord is the strength of my life;
      Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
       To eat up my flesh,
       My enemies and foes,
       They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
       My heart shall not fear;
       Though war may rise against me,
       In this I will be confident.

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
       That will I seek:
       That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
       All the days of my life,
       To behold the beauty of the Lord,
       And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
      He shall hide me in His pavilion;
      In the secret place of His tabernacle
      He shall hide me;
      He shall set me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
      Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
       I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
      Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
      My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
      Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
      You have been my help;
      Do not leave me nor forsake me,
      O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
        Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
       And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
       For false witnesses have risen against me,
       And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
       That I would see the goodness of the Lord
       In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
        Be of good courage,
        And He shall strengthen your heart;
       Wait, I say, on the Lord!

INSPIRATION: Resentful Man Finds Mother-In-Law Hunched Over In Kitchen, Hard Heart Shatters When He Realizes Why She’s There ♥

InspireMore.com
written/shared by Josh Starling
Thursday October 20, 2016

Marriage is not only a union between two people, but a union between two families. Relationships in the immediate family can be difficult enough. When you marry into an entirely new family unit things can get dicey in a hurry. Sometimes it’s not until it’s too late that we come to appreciate people like our mother-in-law.

When Scott met his mother-in-law, he knew off the bat they weren’t going to be the best of friends. But when Scott and his wife were in their seventh year of marriage, their life took a drastic turn that changed their world forever. Scott’s wife was diagnosed with aggressive Leukemia when she was only 3o years old.

Out of this tragedy, Scott learned that even the one he thought was unlovable was deserving of all his gratitude.
This is Sharon, my mother-in-law.

She taught me it's important work to see someone for who they are, not what you expect.

When I first met my mother-in-law, I had a hard time understand her thick South Virginia accent. And she seemed a little bossy in that southern passive aggressive polite way. But I knew she was important to the love of my life, so I accepted her begrudgingly as some of us do when family is forced on us.

After 7 years, I still didn't really know her.

When my wife got leukemia at 30, when they gave her 10% chance to live a year, when our world was shattered and changed forever, Sharon very quietly and very firmly stepped into the role she was born for. She moved, with her dependent Vietnam vet husband, into our house and became my wife's caretaker too.

Over a period of two years, she bought most of the groceries, cooked almost every meal, did most of the laundry and cleaning, drove both dependents to almost every one of the 300+ doctor appointments, sorted tens of thousands of pills, and made sure they were all taken on time at every hour of the day.

And she did this when she herself was diagnosed with cancer in the middle of caring for everyone else. When she was getting a mastectomy. When she was going through chemo.

She hums when she works. She talks to herself when there is no one to listen. And she goes about every day with humility and grace.

I took this picture before I left for work one day. She didn't know I was there.

 This, friends, is what greatness looks like in a quiet moment. Waiting on oatmeal to cook for her daughter for the 300th time since she got sick. Her hair was gone from her own chemo. She refused caring against all odds.

Not everyone gets to have a real-world superhero in their lives. And for this I was filled with gratitude every day.

*********

Scott’s story is one that we all need to internalize. There will always be people in life, some of them family, that are hard to love. Let’s do all that we can to love them well despite our feelings about them.

After all of the years spent living in frustration and annoyance at the “family” forced upon him, Scott realized just in time what a wonderful woman his Mother-In-Law really was.

The Gift of Wisdom! Beautiful Message ❤

The Gift of Wisdom
[James 3:13-14]

I was inspired to focus on the James passage today because of a comment my granddaughter made during a children’s sermon at her church in Houston. It seems that the pastor had gathered all the children around him and posed to them a question. He said: Does anyone know the difference between a person who is smart and one who is wise? Our Shelby raised her hand and the pastor recognized her, “Yes, Shelby, what is the difference?” She replied: “A smart person is someone who knows a lot of stuff and a wise person is one who makes good decisions.”

A reading from JAMES…………

“You say that I am repeating something I said before. I shall say it again. In order to arrive there,
to arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
YOU MUST go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
YOU MUST go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
YOU MUST go by the way of dispossession.
To arrive at what you are not
YOU MUST go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know.
And what you own is what you do not own.
And where you are is where you are not”
-T.S. Elliot. “East Coker”

If T.S. Elliot and Shelby Kallus are correct, and I sense that they are, WISDOM is a quality we are given and not something we gain. Wisdom is not how much you know, but knowing what is IMPORTANT to know as we read between the lines of our lives.

The author of James asks the question: “Who is wise and understanding among you?” And he goes on to supply his own answer: By ones good life let that person show their works in the gentleness of wisdom.” Wise people live out their gratitude for God’s gift in happiness, gentleness, and serenity. Or as Eliot would suggest: wise people know that what they do not know is worth knowing, where they have not yet been is important to be, and what they do not possess is what is important to possess. Wisdom is something accepted as a gift.

God in Christ offers us a life of purpose and meaning. God gives us wisdom that is….insight into GOD’S VISION for humankind. Our receptivity to that, our response to that, is the “GOOD LIFE” we live FOR others.

Bob is an alcoholic, a drug addict, a burglar, a thief, and con man. He is also a father of two children, a happily married man. In his book, Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs, he tells his story of how he came to accept the gift of wisdom……….He says,

“At one point I actually counted the number of times people tried to help me get off drugs…31!!! My parents tried of course and failed. Teachers were equally unsuccessful. A neighbor and friend of the family begged me with tears in his eyes to stop for the sake of my parents; I didn’t. I tried a Christian group that told me to read the bible and everything would be fine. But at that time I was so sick and my eyes were so bad that I couldn’t have read the bible if I had wanted to; which I didn’t. Christian groups failed to help me. I tried methadone. The doctors at John Hopkins thought that getting high on that bitter stuff you wash down with Tang would be better for me than heroin. I always had the impression that doctors prescribed methadone so addicts wouldn’t go out and steal their television sets. A chemical substitute for junk is certainly no solution for the addict. Methadone treatment is a bad joke.

I tried behavior modification, psychoanalysis, chemical therapy, hypnosis, confrontive therapy, and numerous other methods. My experience in rehabilitation ranged from comic to tragic to frustrating to down right bizarre….NONE WORKED. Thirty one attempts to cure me failed…BUT the thirty-second time was a different story….  - Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, p12-13

Bob goes on to tell about that 32nd time. He had begun eating lunch at the Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church across the street from Rice University where he was working on the grounds. And each day at lunch Father Charlie came by and made small talk. Bob writes:

“I had no idea what to think of the man. I wasn’t particularly interested in him, but he seemed to be interested in me. EVERY DAY he would come over to my table and talk with me while I ate. One day I was eating by myself when someone called out, ‘Phone call for Bob’. I figured it was probably a cop, so I pretended I didn’t hear. A fellow worker pointed me out, so I went and took the call. It was Father Charlie.

“I’m sorry I missed our appointment today,” he said. Appointment, I replied? We had never made an appointment. Charlie went on to apologize profusely for having been tied up. I told him that it was OK and that I would see him tomorrow.

And then just before we hung up, he added, I just wanted to say that I love you.

Very strange thing to say, I thought. I hung up the phone and walked to my table thinking, “I know he is not gay; I’ve got no money, so he’s not trying to rip me off; there is nothing a bum like me has to offer him. What does he want? Why does he say he loves me? I couldn’t figure it out. But every day I came back to that cafeteria to see Charlie. And I knew that I was coming for one reason and one reason only….I SO WANTED TO HEAR HIM SAY IT AGAIN!

And so, Bob slowly began to get his life back together again as he received and responded to the gift of acceptance from Father Charlie. His soul was strengthened and his self-esteem began to soar.

You see, my dear friends, Father Charlie gave something to Bob he had never experienced before or heard of before: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Father Charlie created an environment in which people like Bob could pull themselves up if they chose to do so. Father Charlie would have still loved Bob had Bob returned to drugs. His love was unconditional, no strings attached. He offered Bob a new definition of happiness and said, “If you want it, take it, if you don’t want it…fine.” Bob says that it took him years to understand the power of that kind of love.

Bob’s experience goes beyond those who are victims of the disease of chemical dependency. His experience under scores for all of us THAT WISDOM, like grace is something we receive, something given that is responded to, something to accept and not to waste time trying to achieve it…….God in Christ offers us a better way of life. God GIVES us Christ and invites us to partake. God encourages each of us to receive and respond to such loved offered and given freely…There it is! Take it! It’s your life! Enjoy it!

So who is WISE among US? The wise truly are those who know and live their life believing that God loves them unconditionally. The most basic need of life, unconditional love, is already settled. We are accepted. We do not have to earn it, achieve it, to seek and struggle to gain it. It is a given gift that each of us hold within us.

And yet still, some of us refuse to allow ourselves to be loved unconditionally. We are very uncomfortable with that kind of love. We are trained, geared, reared, and otherwise brainwashed that you don’t get anything for nothing! And so some of us go around driving ourselves and driving ourselves until we just want to quit….and all along there is our Lord standing beside us saying, “Won’t you ever learn, won’t you ever be wise enough to understand the unconditional love I have for you. While you were yet sinners I died for you…no strings attached. But like Bob we want to say, “Hey, wait a minute what’s this guy up to?”

Maybe I have missed you in today’s sermon but as for me there certainly are times when I reject such love or at least forget about it’s reality in my life. The high level of tension in which we live in this world and perhaps even in your homes where stress and depression runs wild are signs enough that we need to be simply wise enough to let go……let go of our self-defeating drive to be the best, the biggest, and the brightest. Perhaps we need to slow down, relax, enjoy one another, enjoy our life here, and have peace in our hearts. The wise among us are drawing ever closer to the One who loves them unconditionally.

There is much to do in this life of ours. But let us have the wisdom to accept it first, to enjoy it first, to be grateful for it first…to receive God’s unconditional love FIRST and then to live into a life of gentle wisdom.

Friends, God loves YOU unconditionally. Believe it! Accept it!

God bless you this day!

September 8, 2017

USA: 'Get Out Now!' Hurricane Irma Threatens Historic Disaster for Florida. Florida Governor Urges People In Irma's Path To Get Out: 'We can't save you'.


Breaking News: Hurricane Irma update. Florida Gov. Rick Scott update Hurricane Irma September 8, 2017 at 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST

CBN News
written by Charlene Aaron
Friday September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm, but it's still extremely dangerous and is now on track to make a direct hit on Florida early Sunday morning.

The storm is packing sustained winds of 150 mph with gusts as high as 190 mph, and it could wreak havoc for Florida after it hits the Turks and Caicos islands today and then heads to the Bahamas.

At least 20 people in the Caribbean have been killed already.
As Irma moves within striking distance of south Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is warning people to follow evacuation orders. Roughly 850,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes and the state says 6,000 are already huddling in emergency shelters.

Hundreds of thousands of Floridians have fled the state, clogging its major highways, but Scott says traffic officials decided not to reverse the direction of southbound lanes because gas and supplies must still move south.

Scott is stressing the powerful storm could be a historic disaster.

"Remember Hurricane Andrew is one of the worst storms in history of Florida. This storm is much worse," Scott said.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long has this advice for people in Irma's path: "Get out" now!

Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal is urging more than half a million state coastal residents to evacuate before Irma hits.

Irma is likely to move up along the east coast of Florida, with a potential threat to Georgia and the Carolinas, after doing serious damage throughout islands in the Caribbean.

Irma is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

With 185-175 mile per hour winds, it devastated small northern Caribbean islands like Saint Martin and Barbuda.

Here's what Irma did to St. Martin. This amazing footage from the storm shows residents trying to rescue people trapped in a flipped-over bus. It comes about halfway through:

Gaston Brown, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said the country has been decimated.

"It was the worst time in all my life. I would not like to see a hurricane like this again," one island resident said.

"We were praying the whole time," one island visitor said, standing next to her injured friend in the hospital.

In Puerto Rico, Irma left nearly a million people without power and it could be four to six months in some areas before its restored.

And here in the U.S., the National Weather Service warns that some "locations hit by Irma could be uninhabitable for weeks or months" due to powerful winds, and that "structural damage to buildings, with many washing away" is possible in some coastal areas.

Major preparations are underway along the East Coast. In addition to Florida, the governors of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.

Residents are boarding up homes, grabbing dwindling supplies of bottled water, and battling fuel shortages seeking to get out of harms way.

"There's no gas there's no water at the grocery stores. They have security guards and police at Home Depot, the waiting for plywood down there it's crazy," one North Carolina woman said.

But Florida is the main state in Irma's path where huge numbers of people are evacuating and getting ready for the monster storm.

And CBN's Operation Blessing has been stocking up for its relief and humanitarian aid as well.

OB already has dozens of tractor trailer loads of water and food at its warehouse in Ocala, Florida, and has been in contact with Florida pastors they've worked with over the years as it prepares to help those who will need it in Irma's aftermath.

Meanwhile, Operation Blessing continues to aid the flooded residents in Harvey's aftermath in Texas.

MEXICO: Woah 😧 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocked Mexico's Southern Coast Yesterday, Killed 34 People And Felt By 50 Million, Most Powerful Earthquake To Strike In Around 100 Years.



I recommend that you follow dutchsinse on YouTube for regular earthquake and volcano activity updates.

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The Independent, UK
written by Mythili Sampathkumar, New York
Friday September 8, 2017

Officials in Mexico are scrambling to respond to a 8.1 magnitude earthquake off the country’s southern coast that has killed 34 people and triggered tremors across the region.

The most powerful earthquake to strike in around 100 years saw with tremors reported from Mexico City to San Salvador to the south.

Evacuations, massive damage to infrastructure, and alerts were triggered as far away as south-east Asia.

The epicentre was 74 miles (119 km) into the Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles southeast of Mexico City, at a depth of 43 miles.

Jana Pursely, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey, told CNN that the quake was relatively shallow, which resulted in more “intense shaking”.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said between the initial quake and aftershocks at least 50 million people of the country’s 120 million population felt it.

It hit as most residents were sound asleep around midnight on Thursday night, forcing many out into the streets in their nightclothes, uncertain of where to go as everything around them appeared to be on the brink of collapse.

In Oaxaca alone, the state closest to the epicentre, Governor Alejandro Murat has reported 23 dead.

At least 17 of those people were in the state’s capital of Juchitan, where the town hall, hotels and bars now lay in rubble along the streets.

Juchitan Mayor Gloria Sanchez said: “The situation is Juchitan is critical; this is the most terrible moment in its history.”

There are reports of at least four people being trapped in a hotel that was damaged in the earthquake as well.

Chiapas, the other state bordering the epicentre, reported several collapsed homes and three dead.

In Tabasco, two children were reported dead as a result of a crumbling building.

However, the death toll appears to be less than a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed almost 10,000 people in four Mexican states though it was not nearly as powerful.

That quake was more deadly because it had hit much closer to Mexico City, one of the world’s most densely populated cities.

As Mexico deals with the infrastructure damage, only fully known in the harsh daylight, there was also a tsunami set off by the ocean-based earthquake.

Though the waves seem to have only reached approximately three feet, the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said they could reach up to 10 ft.

Nevertheless, Mr Peña Nieto said operations at the Salina Cruz refinery close to the epicentre have been suspended and Pemex, the state-owned petroleum company, is conducting reviews of operations.

Though the damage is less severe than expected for such a massive quake, at least one million have been left without power in various neighbourhoods Mexico City alone and the airport reported shattered windows.

A full minute of tremors even rocked the city’s Angel of Independence monument as one Twitter user’s video shows.
Overall, approximately 1.85 million homes lost electricity or water services.

Authorities have advised people to check buildings and homes for possible gas leaks as well.

Since the 1985 quake, the country has employed as strict construction codes as the US and Japan in order to minimise infrastructure damage in a place that lies on two tectonic plates – the Cocos and North American – and is susceptible to such events.

The plates shift against each other about three inches each year and as friction builds, the plate breaks along a fault line causing earthquakes and tsunamis.

Called a “subduction zone”, several can be found on the perimeters of the Pacific Ocean, according to The New York Times.

These zones are the cause of some of the deadliest quakes and tsunamis.

Recent examples include the the 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan in 2011, which caused the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

In 2004 nearly a quarter of a million people died in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India and other Indian Ocean countries as a result of the 9.1 quake near Indonesia which spurred a massive tsunami.

Mexico’s army, marines and federal police have been deployed for disaster relief efforts.

Schools and offices in 10 Mexican states have been ordered closed until infrastructure damage is surveyed.

“We are assessing the damage, which will probably take hours, if not days ... But the population is safe over all. There should not be a major sense of panic,” Mr Peña Nieto assured citizens in the early morning hours.

September 5, 2017

Pisces Full Moon On Wednesday Sept 6th. Making Room For Miracles by Tania Gabrielle. Mercury Went Direct On Sept 5th. Yaaay! :D


Making Room For Miracles
written by Tania Gabrielle
contact her at www.TaniaGabrielle.com
[source: CrystalWind.ca]

Since the big Solar Eclipse we have been building towards a beautiful Full Moon in watery Pisces on September 6 at 8:03 am UT (London) 3:03 am EST (New York) and 12:03 am PDT (Los Angeles).

Amazingly, the Moon conjuncts (joins) Neptune in Pisces, the sign Neptune rules!

Emotional and spiritual transformation is now irresistible, as everything behind the scenes rises out of the shadows and is made light.

The element of water awakened by Pisces, Neptune and the Moon (ruler of Cancer, another water sign) is magnified exponentially!

Add into the equation the number 6 for September 6 – symbol of love and birth and compassion – and the underlying message clearly points to a period of cleansing, feeling, healing… and Love.

The lineup in the stars of numbers invokes a powerful, synchronistic message:
  • ALL merges into ONE, we are part of one big ocean of love.
  • Approach every moment with compassion, kindness and loving action.
  • Spiritual and emotional healing are enhanced in a miraculous way.
Pisces is a water sign and represents the depths of the oceans – where Neptune rules. Pisces symbolizes the mystical and mysteries of the universe, the unanswered question – and our connection with Source. Unconditional Love is the highest expression of Pisces.

Pisces seeks to bring the hidden into our conscious awareness. Through intuition and meditation we become aware of every breath, every thought.

In the same way, water connects us to the oceans of wisdom. Water is the only element that can reach everywhere – tap into every resource, inspire from every angle.

We are exploring how to share our heart without any resistance.

Pisces activates creativity, Imagination, miracles, art, music – you are experiencing a refinement of your senses and your perception.

The more you FEEL, you HEAL.

One thing to keep in mind during any transition and awakening (which we are definitely experiencing at this time!) is that you may feel bit in limbo, as the water can bring to the surface certain elements that were not visible and conscious before now.

Secrets are revealed and you’ll notice that not all was as it seemed.

If you feel like a ship without a sail, remember…
  • You are healing with every emotion – allow feelings to well up in your heart.
  • Love, passion, tenderness, sweet delicate joy is always flowering inside the depths of your being.
The Sun is in Virgo opposite the Moon in Pisces at 13° – an added element of life-death-rebirth transformation.

You are super sensitive, experiencing much greater intuitive powers and compassion that knows no bounds – or boundaries. Meticulous attention is being paid to your health, well-being and healing – and how you can be of service to others in your chosen field.

13° means changes are appearing swiftly and unexpectedly so your intuition is your only compass from now on.

Finally, an astounding development…

Mercury retrograde ended just hours before this Full Moon, as Mercury moved direct on September 5. So you are beginning to see and communicate more clearly now.

But what makes this change of direction of Mercury so remarkable is…

Mercury is stationing direct at 28° Leo – the SAME degree as the Leo Total Solar Eclipse on August 21!

What miraculous synchronicity!

This incredible cosmic event signifies the inevitable shift in consciousness penetrating into every aspect of our human existence.
  • 28° Leo is a critical degree in astrology carrying a greater impact.
  • 28 adds up to 10 and 1 – the same number as September this year, a19/10/1 Universal Month and all of 2017, a 10/1 Universal Year.
  • The Total New Moon Solar Eclipse and Mercury the Messenger activate the SAME point in the heavens – and do so during two consecutive lunations.
Absolutely extraordinary!

How will all this new beginnings, birthing energy affect you?

We have reached the point of no return…

Be sure to watch the important Pisces Full Moon Forecast to see how it all impacts you!

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle
I added the image above to Tania Gabrielle's message I've shared with you in this post. The pictures and gifs that I share sum up my interpretation of the current astrological message.

written by Tania Gabrielle

Mercury is now moving direct, and that is good news!

What makes this moment even more dynamic are several additional cosmic activations.
  • Mercury is changing directions on the SAME degree that the recent August 21 total Solar Eclipse took place on – 28° Leo.
  • 28° reduces to 10/1, September is a 19/ 10/1 Universal Month, 2017 is a 10/1 Universal Year
  • Mars just crossed the SAME 28° Leo mark on Sunday, September 3.
  • The Pisces Full Moon (only hours away) has the Moon in Pisces merged with Neptune (Neptune is the ruler of Pisces) – a super strong water-related theme!
What synchronicity!

It’s so dynamic, that the energetic shift is irresistible…

You are starting to live each moment as if it was the only one you had.

Nothing is distracting you from the moment at hand.

And that means, what you are being, thinking about and doing right now is irreversible. Never will this moment – any moment – repeat again.

The transformational energy will continue to strengthen over the next days, with the culminating Pisces Full Moon in just hours, and as Mercury begins its forward momentum again.

Let’s look more closely at the 28° Leo (Total Solar Eclipse) degree.

Much has been stirred up and brought to the surface since the eclipse cycle in August, especially that big Solar Eclipse two weeks ago. Energetically we have entered a new stream of consciousness which is stimulating an Awakening to a greater degree than ever.

The changes are personal and global – extending to us all – but as always divinely planned.

Clearly this Solar Eclipse continues to leave a major legacy.
  • Just two days ago, on September 3, Mars ALSO landed at 28° Leo.
  • Now, Mercury is literally at a standstill at 28° Leo.
  • The Eclipse happened at 28°53’ – almost 29° Leo.
In astrology, 28 and 29 degrees in any sign are considered “critical” degrees. Any planet or the Sun is greatly enhanced, having a greater impact.

It also activates the fixed star Regulus, which resides at 29° 50’ in Leo.

Regulus governs honor, courage, high spiritual goals, generosity, ambition and royalty. Thus, we are being held to our intentions – meaning, what you focus on is happening pretty instantly. The impact of your intentions are remarkably clear.

2017 is a 10 Universal Year – which carries the same message of Instant Manifestation!

In rapid times of change it is important to balance the swirling energy with a practice of conscious action and plenty of time for meditation and relaxation so you can acclimate to the changes in a graceful, flowing way.

Every thought, action, feeling is creating a powerful ripple effect.

An energetic restructuring is pervading every moment, every decision.

Maybe your life feels a bit on “stand-by” mode at this time. So much is being reorganized, and the restructuring can feel somewhat disorienting, for sure. You may feel lost or disillusioned. Just be patient and breathe through those moments.

Keep in mind that each new step is BOTH an acclimation and an activation.

Getting acclimated to the new vibrational weather means acquiring a new energetic wardrobe.

As you align to the undeniable shift, you’ll discover a new way of expressing yourself.

Today Mars moves into Virgo (leaving dramatic Leo behind!), while Mercury stations and starts moving forward again. This is lifting the energy (before the Pisces Full Moon) which is a wonderful and welcome development.

Notice if you are attracted to new ways of using language, that just feels better!

Or you may get fresh perspective that surprises you.

It’s all part of the overall “ripple effect”.

Go within to that place of love and peace. Relax. Be with the energy that supports you, inspires you, motivates you. You don’t need to understand where the energy is coming from.

Trust, all is well.

Love and Blessings,
Tania Gabrielle