LIFE ON THE BEACH #5 by drjoy

Here on Galveston Island, Pelicans are a mainstay of life on the beach either in the sky sometimes flying solo or in flocks of over twenty, on a perch, bobbing on top of the waves or diving swiftly into the water.  They are a large seabird that can get up to 4.6 feet in length with a wingspan of 6.6-7.5 feet, weighing between 8-10 lbs.

Yet, they are very light and buoyant being able to float like a schooner.  Yes, I’ve seen these bobbers and been mystified as to how they can float like that being so large.  Turns out that they are born with a series of air sacs under their skin and in their skeleton.  It not only keeps them afloat but their air sacs force them, no matter how far under the water they plunge, to pop right up to the surface.

And plunge they do.  In fact, that’s what often catches our eyes concerning Pelicans the most.  They are gracefully flying high in the sky when suddenly they are diving at a great speed straight down and with a WHACK they hit the water surface and disappear.  It’s dramatic to us but not to them.  They are simply fishing.  Once in the water, they use their long beaks and an expanding throat pouch as a water filter to catch their food.  For large fish, they catch them in their bill, toss them in the air and then slide them into their gullet head first.  It’s all so quick and smooth.

This fascinating seabird can fly and soar using air thermals to heights of 10,000 ft. or more.  They glide in and flap for V formation flights up to 93 miles for feeding.  Yet they can skim along over stretches of ocean water and are also good swimmers with their strong legs and webbed feet.

Being a more tropical bird, Pelicans do have a way to adjust to colder temps and to keep from getting too soaked and weighed down with water.  They rub the backs of their heads on their preen glands to pick up an oily secretion which they transfer to their plumage in order to waterproof and insulate.  As a result of all this, they are so adaptable that they live 15-25 years and have been around for over 30 MILLION years (yes, you read that right).

Pelicans often seem so quiet and peaceful.  But there are times in their life cycle when they grunt a lot (at the colony birthing of their young) and can get so gregarious with the thrusting and snapping of their bills and lifting and waving of their wings in a threatening manner when defending themselves and their family.

I couldn’t imagine life on the beach anymore without watching these versatile birds soar and glide, plunge and dive, bob and float.  They remind me to free myself from that which weighs me down and to gracefully ride the thermals and storms that blow through my own life.

 

This article first has been published both in Galveston Island’s August 2016 Island Visitors’ Guide and Zeitgeist…

THE FOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE PATHS of Living Love, Daring the Dark, Bestowing Birth, and Celebrating Compassion by drjoy

Our problems as human beings have been developed by our personalities: our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.  On our planet today, we are still being influenced by disbeliefs and misbeliefs that have us reacting as if we humans are the be all and end all of all creation. This perceived separation from the rest of creation – and indeed from one another if they happen to be of a different color and culture, sex, age, or whatever – lies at the crux of all our nasty, narcisstic, arrogant, destructive and dysfunctional behaviors.  We’ve systematically over time made our personal problems into widescale social and planetary problems.

To move out of the quagmire of human consciousness and truly move into the personal transformation necessary in order to create social and planetary healing requires Soul Consciousness.   Even our brilliant scientist Albert Einstein recognized that “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the level of thinking and behaving that created them.”

Tuning into our Soul’s – The Divine God Spark within us all – voice and abilities through Soul Consciousness is all about consciously connecting with our Soul-full Selves on a daily basis:  This means thinking, feeling and behaving as The Mystics, Healers, Artists, and Prophets that we all are as we choose to LIVE LOVE, DARE THE DARK, BESTOW BIRTH and CELEBRATE COMPASSION.

LIVING AS MYSTICS

Living as a Mystic is all about connecting to the awe and wonder of life.  Mysticism is a transformative approach or path to life involving spiritual activity, based on the awesome power and purpose of love, which wakes us up to beauty, truth, freedom, compassion, and justice or the reverence for ALL LIFE.  The Way Of The Mystic is the path of connection, of living with purpose and balance, of being in service to one another, of being wonder-fully alive in every way.

Basing our decisions and actions on a balanced combination of both rational logic and intuitive guidance would be of great benefit in solving the complex problems of modern society.   Just envision our societies and their influences on this Earth if we all integrated these ways of a Mystic in all our decisions, actions and reactions:

  1. Being in close communication with The Great Spirit/ God…
  2. Showing great respect for our fellow beings, The Earth and all that dwell here…
  3. Giving assistance and kindness wherever needed…
  4. Being truthful and honest at all times…
  5. Doing what we know is right…
  6. Looking after the well being of body, mind & spirit…
  7. Taking full response-ability for our actions…
  8. Dedicating a share of our efforts to the greater good…
  9. Working together for the benefit of all humankind…
  10. Enjoying and appreciating all life has to offer…                                                                   

A Soul’s view of the world will always include the vision of The Mystic that lives within each and every one of us.  This vision includes moving from our present devastating influence on the Earth to a more benign mode of presence as well as treating all beings from intentions of love, of unity, of oneness.  It requires holistic thinking, intuitive listening, mindful talking, conscious actions, and appropriate response-ability.

“May we always live as love, keeping open a sense of wonder for all life and an eye for the beauty in all living things.”  LIVE LOVE!

 

LIVING AS HEALERS

Living as a HEALER means developing the awareness of knowing when we are out of balance and how to then get back into balance.  Many planetary spiritual leaders have stated that humanity’s most precious gift is the capacity to be aware: the power to be conscious, to be awake, to transform.  It is NOT being in touch with- and integrating into all that we do- Love, Divine or Soul Consciousness that gets us into big trouble with ourselves, one another, and this earthly life we live in.

Living as a Healer is all about embracing the life lessons that are constantly coming our way as evolving beings.  In order to do that, we have to deal with the negative, the painful and the destructive in ourselves, one another, our societies and cultures, and with nature itself.  Our problems (challenges and opportunities) are the very place to discover wisdom and love and to learn how to heal.

Healing is all about becoming whole involving the totality of our body, mind, emotional, spiritual, social, and political being, as well as our relationship with all of life and The Divine Source.  Real healing is a holistic journey within oneself to reunite body, mind, and spirit with our soul.

Our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, or our personality can lift us into the glory and joy of living or send us into the deepest and darkest of despairs.  Recognizing and working with the interconnectedness of all aspects of our nature involves:

  1. Naming the pain along with understanding and working with the personality patterns we acquired (recognition).
  2. Releasing our old ways of being by transforming our negativity (releasing)
  3. Consciously integrating our soulfully Divine Self into every aspect of our lives (reconstructing).
  4. Requiring us to do our Personal Process Work or to dance with our boogabears and demons, daring the dark to teach us its lessons.

Life is all about becoming a conscious co-creator (The Artist) in connection with Divine Source (The Mystic) in order to reach out and serve others (The Prophet) through a self-transformational process of letting go or healing (The Healer). 

We all can continue to suffer feeling hopeless at all the worldwide oppression and destruction and feeling helpless to stop the worldwide polluting, pillaging, and terrorizing.  Or we can Dare The Dark and do the healing work- be the HEALERS we are- that is demanded of our human species at this time.  This is to do the work on our inner lives in order to transform ourselves and each other to living lives of love, of service in connection with one another and all of Earth’s inhabitants.

“Divine Healer, I release to you all thoughts, intentions, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, habits, energy patterns, and behaviors that bind me to negative, destructive and nonproductive experiences.  So be it…” DARE THE DARK!

 

LIVING AS ARTISTS

Living as an Artist is really all about The Art Of Conscious Living.  It is about being deeply engaged and connected with life, releasing and healing all that keeps us from moving out of merely looking and hearing into deeply seeing and listening and then allowing new energies to merge from that deep engagement.

Living as an Artist encompasses uncovering and developing our natural creative talents or abilities, putting in the time and energy it takes to develop our abilities into skills and then getting out of our own ego’s way to allow The Divine to join with us as we birth a new way of being, of expression, idea or art form.  Living as Artists we are designers selecting, simplifying, embellishing, and making choices that reveal personality, perception, and insights.  It is about managing the power of choice.

The way of the Artist is a way of being that celebrates creation, becoming the spokesperson.  In order to do so we need to free up our vision by changing our consciousness.  In doing so, we grow to understand that humankind is a co-creator with The Divine Source in creating our evolving world or universe.  It is our task here on Earth to move beyond our illusions of separation into the very full and active energy of The Divine Creator and to then co-create with love and enthusiasm.

The abilities of being able to step outside the lines, to imagine things that aren’t yet manifested or connected, and to draw inspiration from deep within ourselves are all part of Living As Artists.  It is about learning to enjoy the process, discovery, and risk of ideas, new directions, and challenges that come with knowing that there is another wonderful adventure just around the bend.

Living As An Artist means that you will be trying new things all of your life and making miss-takes galore.  It means that you and your life are a work both in process and progress.  Claim your treasures and give birth…

“Infinite Wisdom guides me.    Divine Love prospers me.    I am blessed by everything I undertake.    I am expanding and utilizing my truest abilities and talents clearly, creatively, and attuned with the Divine.”                    BESTOW BIRTH!

 

LIVING AS PROPHETS

Living as a Prophet means that we involve ourselves in and create work that is an expression of Spirit, of Soul, at work in the world through us for our work is the way we return our gift to the community.  The Prophet thinks of The Universe as their employer and one that encourages us all to work for and move humanity by contributing who we are, how we are, and what we can do in the spirit of interrelations and compassion.

The Way Of The Prophet acknowledges that every choice we make, every thought we have is an act of power that has biological, personal, environmental, social, and global consequences.  As a result, we have to make a commitment as Prophets to not only remain constantly aware of the importance of staying conscious, present, response-able, and participatory but also of exploring and integrating new depths of response-ability, integrity, accountability, and connectedness or compassion.  Therefor, we must know how to get unstuck, how to move past limitations and barriers, and how to create movement, change and transformation in all that we are and do.

Living As A Prophet is about being committed to helping support and celebrate the compassionate transformation needed in our world today.  Acting out of a compassionate way of being requires that we be fully present as a being of love and light.  To live an awakened compassionate lifestyle from the heart of our Inner Prophet means that we are an affirmer and celebrator of life.  Living As A Prophet invites inspiration, participation, transformation and celebration.

As Co-creators we are response-able for our unique roles we are here to play into being in shaping and transforming both the present and the future of human society.  In this process, we use the personal transformation we have worked on to help us to hear, see, answer, and make visible what The Creative Life Source is asking us to do and be in a whole sense for the greater good: FOR THE BEST OF ALL CONCERNED.

The Prophet is The Mystic, Healer, and Artist all in action.  It calls for the reality of having to live what we preach integrating into our daily lives the new ways of being we have helped to unfold or walking our talk.  The Prophet’s goal is an awakened society that conducts its affairs with compassion.

“May we be blessed with the love and wisdom of Divine Guidance in becoming and living the change we wish to see for the world.”  CELEBRATE COMPASSION!

 

For more on these four Spiritual Paths of Life read drjoy’s  “The We That Is Me” and “A Soul’s View Of The World” listed under CONTACTS…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE ON THE BEACH #4 by drjoy

 I sat down on the bench and my eyes bugged out of my head with sights, colors and movements.  My ears felt like they were experiencing a good ole live outdoor Rock N’ Roll concert: the canopy of sound was startling.  I had just arrived at a “Colonial Rookery” where seashore birds gather in large groups during nesting season to lay, hatch, feed and grow their babies into young’uns.  By getting together they increase the likelihood of their chicks surviving in the wild.

What was really amazing was the fact that there were pink Roseate Spoonbills, Black Albatrosses, Blue Heron, White Egrets and Ibis side-by-side watching each other’s nests and occasionally even helping out.  They were all peacefully focused on their tasks at hand.  And all chattering away at once, with the babies also screeching for their meals.

I watched quietly as a Roseate Spoonbill Ma and Pa stood noisily watching over their nest that was obviously looking way too small for the three naked chicks.  Ma and Pa moved closer together so they could discuss their plans.  Then Pa took off for the ground and started to look for twigs.  I watched as he found one and put it in his mouth.  He then headed for the nest and showed it to Ma who took it, placing it carefully in the nest.  They then huddled back together in what looked like a happy hug.

Soon they were talking beak to beak again.  Once again, Pa left and began hunting.  This time, he went twig to twig and then stick to stick.  I could tell that he was looking for something very specific.  After awhile he found a very large stick, one with which he had to really work on perfectly balancing it in his mouth.

When he got it to the nest, Ma was obviously shocked at its size.  She then really chattered at him.  He just kept shoving it at her until she couldn’t back away anymore.  So she shut up and tried to put it in her mouth.   It threw her off balance so much that he quickly stepped closer and picked up one end of it.  She slid it down in her mouth to the other end.  Together they laid the stick in a certain way that extended the nest.  After they had arranged a few of the twigs, they huddled together and hugged.

All this time their neighbor Egrets, Albatrosses, Ibis and other Roseate Spoonbill couples watched attentively and screeched their approvals.  It plainly was all about that “It takes a tribe.”  I just couldn’t get this thought out of my mind: “If only we humanoids were as helpful to our neighbors and able to live in such close proximity as peacefully…”

 

This article was originally published July 2016 in Galveston’s Island Visitors Guide and Zeitgeist.

 

LIFE ON THE BEACH #3 by drjoy

Looking out over the ocean one sees a wide open sky vista.   The Creative Source in nature uses this as an ever-changing canvas of forms and colors that continuously both delight and confuse us.

The dark tumultuous sky of a storm can make us anxious as to what comes next.   The pastel pinks of a quiet sunrise can give us a peaceful pause with which to begin our day.

A deep blue totally clear sky can have us feeling as if we can see forever.   A deep dense multi-shades of grey fog can make us feel claustrophobic.

An oceanic night sky, reflecting a full moon, can light us up to seeing the world around us through the shadows.   A fully starred expression of the galaxies yet to be discovered reminds us, once again, of just how vast life is.

The sky that graces our ocean provides us so much entertainment with electric beams that dance, deep thunderous bass rolls of sound and all types of winged creatures that dive and dip, gracing our skies with undulating formations of flight.

As a sky-watcher, life on the beach provides an ocean-scape of reflective light like no other.  We’re taken into and beyond the watery glitter of the moon and the stars.   We never know what we will experience as we gaze at the horizon tomorrow.

Life on the beach has our heads uplifted and our eyes extended wide in order to fully take in its ever-changing grandness.  So, breathe long and deep as you open wide your arms and reach out to the horizon feeling that expansion opening your heart…

 

Originally published June 2016 thru the Island Visitor’s Guide and Zeitgeist on Galveston Island Texas!

 

 

LIFE ON THE BEACH #2 by drjoy

It is as if the waves whisper, “Bring us your tired, your frustrated, your depressed…”

The question is “Why do we flock like human seagulls to the beach?”

It is the rolling waves.   It is the expansive skies.   It is the smells, the sounds and the stimuli.   Sand under our naked feet.   Sun beating on our exposed skin.   The wind blowing out our mental cobwebs.   The shorebirds reminding us that flying is a natural thing.

We break the rhythm of daily work to stroll and strut, saunter and streak for miles down on the beach.   We start breathing again.   We touch the illusive silence, once again.

And we ponder and play, putter and procrastinate from ever leaving our seaside retreat.  It is where we let go and have some fun playing in the sun, digging in the sand, swimming in the sea, flying a kite, painting and photographing all the beauty of nature that surrounds us. 

We enter into a fish fight.   We pick up seashell treasures to hold on to.   We can run or bike, float or boat.   We ride the waves and wave to the dancing dolphins. 

The pounding waves bring our tears to our cheeks and the calm seas make us sigh.   Problem solving is easier on the beach.   Falling in love is easier on the beach.   Forgiving is easier on the beach.   Being here now is easier on the beach.

It is because we flow as the waves and the wind, rhythmically in tune with great big expansive movements and moments.   We’re freer, less complicated and more spontaneous.   And it feels so good…

 

Originally published in both  The Original Island Visitors’ Guide and Zeitgeist May 2016 on Galveston Island Texas!

 

 

 

 

LIFE ON THE BEACH April 2016 by drjoy

“Galveston, Oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin’ …” Glen Campbell

If you are reading this article (originally published in The Island Visitors’ Guide on Galveston Island in Texas) then you know what science has finally “proven”: That life on the beach makes us feel better.  Yes, studies show that coastal air is charged with negative ions causing the body to absorb oxygen more easily.  Serotonin levels are more equalized which decreases stress levels and improves mood.  We sleep deeper and more peacefully at night breathing in the ocean air.

And then there’s the dolphins dancing in the waves or riding the bows of our boats.   And the light-play on the waves dancing in the glistening water diamonds.  And our Pelican tribes teaching their young ones to ride the thermals.  And so much more, all the time.  Our spirits are lifted as our bodies cleanse and relax in the sunshine and the waves.

Whether you are a brief visitor to our life on the beach here on Galveston Island, a lifer or one who comes and goes on a regular basis, we invite you to visit us for a real bit of “Life On The Beach”.

“I watch your seabirds flying in the sun, at Galveston, at Galveston…”

 

 

FOREVER YOUNG by drjoy

I’ll stay, in my mind, open to the wonder of the starry skies, going on forever and a day in light years and spirals and pulsating colors teasing my imagination of possibilities of connections beyond my wildest dreams…

I’ll stay, in body, astounded at the intricacies of its systems that sustain and flourish, heal and nourish all of who I am day and night, time after time with remarkable wholeness and complexity that lifts me beyond belief…

I’ll stay, in my heart, open to the beauty of this precious planet with its great and small bodies of water that reflect beings of all kinds, colors of all shapes, and sounds of all intensity’s with diversity that moves me beyond all definitions…

I’ll stay, in my Soul, delighted beyond joy with the transformational adventures and sacred journeys of life that drive me past all shadows and fears, all blocks and limitations with a power within that guides me beyond all known realities…

I’ll stay, in all that I AM, forever young dancing in my bare feet, jumping into plies of leaves, spinning around and around with my arms wide open, swimming in the open ocean, hiking to the mountain tops, listening to sounds, touching forms, singing loudly, laughing outrageously, exploring deeply, creating wildly:  loving freely…

 

Forever Young is taken from drjoy’s free electronic book, “A Soul’s View of the World”. available through e-mail (look under ABOUT and CONTACT sections).  This generational picture was taken by Mitzi Michelle Rusk.