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Morning

The first week of July and there’s a feint scent of Autumn in the air this morning.

The morning brings a quiet and gentle beginning to the day, untouched by the continuing perplexities of man.

IMG_2384IMG_2385“Man has drawn artificial lines on the chest of the Mother Earth, which have no significance, except for the sake of war and clashes between countries. The soil seems to be the same, the trees the same, the grass the same, and the fragrance of the air, the smell of the earth the same.”
~ Girdhar Joshi

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Yes it is…all the same…at most times hard to believe when one watches the circus of life on MSM.

IMG_2388Bread and circuses, but we all know and recognise real life.

IMG_2417It has a colour and fragrance all of its own.

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“The earth is a mosaic, and most fail to notice the gossamer tesserae floating down from the realm of the mind that form its images of beauty and horror.”
~ Lawren Leo

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Posted in Gaia, Inspiration, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

Common Ground

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In a world that appears to be coming apart at the seams, we are reminded, on a daily basis, by the mainstream media, that we are separate and divided on many levels.

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There are many aspects of our lives where we disagree.

I know how that works, for I was born and raised in a place of separation…Northern Ireland.

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As I grew, left home, went to university and raised a family in London, I became aware of the importance of common ground.

London is a melting pot of over twelve million people, where the essence of living harmoniously is to be found in common ground.

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I held an allotment for many years, a place where cultures met with great affection shared for what was beneath our very feet…common ground.

It served us well as we grew food, shared seed, advice and barbecues!

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I continue to share common ground with my ex-husband, for we each agree that our common ground is compassion for animals, the Earth and love of our children.

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As a species, we have much in common with each other.

When a community comes together it can be an awesome sight, especially when fuelled by compassion!

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Here we are in the midst of troubled times where much is threatened, yet I see people coming together as never before.

People with real concerns for Mother Earth, their communities, resources and much more.

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There will always be those we feel apart from, angry with and despairing of, for that is the human struggle.

It is the small, unsung bits of humanity that bind us together…kindness and compassion.

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Posted in Abundance, Angels, Bealtaine Cottage, Earth, Family, Gaia, Garden, Inspiration, Life, Personal, Spirituality, Wild Flowers

The Tipping Point Moment

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 001 “Right now over  70% of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. …Most of humanity wants to know how to make the change. It’s one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast…”

~ Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson, The Cultural Creatives

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 004Words of wisdom.

Words of vision.

The coming times; a glimpse of what’s to come.

These times are infused with uncertainty and fear.

Many people deal with this by switching off.

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 005The Tipping Point has arrived.

Most of us know this to be a truth.

We know it deep in our hearts.

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 007There is a panic among those who hold power over us.

This is manifested in the shifting sands of policy as things appear to fall apart.

Our governments have sown the seeds of chaos…in what they have done and what they have failed to do.

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 008The most insidious, Machiavellian, duplicitous human beings are rampaging and corralling us all into dark times.

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 010“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.” 
― W.B. YeatsThe Collected Poems

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 011For several years, as I have written this blog, and photographed the exquisite and the beautiful that is Mother Earth, I have attempted to inspire and encourage a return to Mother Earth.

permaculture @ bealtainecottage.com 013For those who dwell close to her, quickly find the connection to life and spirit they have searched for, and in the finding is birthed a renewed sense of humanity, compassion, goodness and joy.

These are the values we have, as humans, innate within us.

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The intuitive, intrinsic, spontaneous gifts of the Divine which make us as one.

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Those we have elected as Trustees of Our Planet are conjuring wars, corruption, hatred and despair; thrusting us into the darkest of times.

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As the falcon turns, hold on tight to what you know to be the truth. 

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The Need To Be

www.bealtainecottage.comThere is a growing consciousness of need in humanity today.

The standing stone at Bealtaine Cottage February 2013There is an urgent need to be close to the Earth.

An early bee in April 2013 at bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensMany of you feel this most powerfully.

April 2011 Earth Day at bealtaine cottage permaculture gardensMany of you are seeing the world for the first time…with eyes wide open, almost startled by the immense beauty of it all.

April 2011 Bealtaine 018The vibration of the planet is rising and has been doing so for several decades now.

April 2011 Bealtaine Cottage Laurel arch023With this rise in vibrational energy comes the Awakening of Humanity.

April 2011 bealtaine Cottage 033Do you feel the joy of being in Nature? 

April Bealtaine Cottage 2011 013Invocation
Gaia,
you who cradle uranium and the rose
in your arms–
in this vast mysterious universe,
my very bones belong to you.

You witness my love affair
with the tall grass, wind, fox:
my senses–your holy communion.

I stand on your soil
in sunlight, starlight, moonlight,
rain, eclipse and earthquake,
offering a timeless prayer.

I walk in the spirit of you.
Earth. Mother, Ge.
I speak in your tongues.
I plant your seeds.

Attend my dreams.
Clarify my thoughts.
Inform my acts.
And every day at dawn,
seize my heart anew.

Claudia L’Amoreaux Fox

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Posted in Garden, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Permaculture, Trees, Woodland

A Letter from Richard

www.bealtainecottage.com 015There follows some correspondence from a subscriber to Bealtaine Cottage.

I thought it worthy of sharing with you…

www.bealtainecottage.com 002Colette,

As a follow up to your e-mail regarding receipt of my order for your Christmas book, I wanted to let you know that I immensely enjoy your blog and You-tube videos.

 

Autumn 2013 at Bealtaine Cottage 003I follow Bealtaine Cottage regularly since I discovered your wonderful work through Tom O’ Brien’s program, From Alpha To Omega.  That was a brilliant interview. Your openness and natural manner really came through in quite a powerful way. 

You are inspiring and a model for what is right in the world in the midst of so much madness. 

 

fairies 022I am so heartened by your mission of re-leafing Ireland as I watch with dismay the senseless removal of so many of our beautiful conifers and other trees here in the Pacific Northwest of America. It makes no sense to me whatsoever to take away all that grace. Yet it continues at an alarming pace.

 

cotoneaster berries for the birds in permaculture orchardI am so glad to know there are others who share my concern and deep love of our most noble and life giving creatures of our planet.  May the green realm prevail! 

 

New beds by the front door of the cottageWangari Maathai comes to mind when I think of you and what you intend to accomplish. Please know you should not have to save the green mantle of Ireland alone. 

Lunaria seeds drying on the veranda of the LodgePerhaps your strong, unwavering voice shall enlist as many kindred spirits who shall plant not 900+ trees as you yourself have nobly done, not 9,000 trees as you intend with your own hands, but 90 million or more trees in Ireland alone!  Goodness only knows the immense numbers of trees planted to the far corners of this world from a single originating voice….  May it be so! 

 

cropped-0271.jpgMay your mission far surpass your own expectations many fold, please stay safe, and take the best care of yourself.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you, friend of the green!  

 

Many blessings to you for being such a bright light in the world.

 

Richard

fairy wood at bealtaine cottageDear Richard…such wonderful, uplifting and inspiring words!

Thank you for lifting my spirits, for much has gone awry today…though nothing that can’t be fixed!

I am about to make a pot of tea, some toast and settle down to watch a DVD loaned by a friend…so the evening will be relaxing.
Oak seedlings growing at BealtaineMy beautiful Ireland, this amazing Earth, so abundant and caring, despite our hapless ways!

Trees are the noble guardians of Mother Earth and our source of oxygen…planting trees is an act of pure worship of the Divine…more so than any other worship we do.

Copper Beech at Bealtaine CottagePlanting trees is a prayer to God, to make the future secure, for those we love and will never even meet in this life.

Trees at Bealtaine CottageThe Native Americans spoke of the seventh generation, the descendants we will never know, but love all the same.

A Cherry seed grows by an Oak tree at Bealtaine CottageWe must be mindful of them, and in that mindfulness, nudge that little bit closer to the Creator.
The Fairy Tree at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensLet us not just hope, Richard, but act in great and unshakeable faith that there will be a tomorrow for our humanity.
Blessings X
Colette

Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Earth, Inspiration, Life, Personal, Spirituality, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Reclaim Your Humanity

August 2011 permaculture cottage 014Compassion is the bedrock of humanity.

Without compassion, we become robots of the  state and are enslaved. 

Bealtaine Cottage August 2011 permaculture cottage 002Compassion means  understanding the suffering of others.

How often do we regard our leaders as being unaware of the suffering of others?

April 2011 Bealtaine 013Compassion is regarded as a fundamental part of the greater social interconnection of humanity.

The people we revere most in history often turn out to be those who nurtured compassion for others and for the Earth.

Bealtaine Cottage 2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 007Having compassion for humanity often means rejecting one’s ego and focusing our full attention on the needs of others.

The humanity within us often attracts us to compassionate people.

Bealtaine Cottage Poppies2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 001This was so very evident in the days following the death of Princess Diana.

Much of humanity mourned the loss of so compassionate a woman.

Bealtaine Cottage August 2011 permaculture Cottage 020My abiding memories of Diana is of her wearing protective clothing as she inspected an area that had been land-mined…a campaign that made her unpopular with the warmongering elite, and how gently she held the baby suffering with Aids.

Bealtaine in September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 004Her passing left an enormous void that has not been filled.I cannot think of one celebrity who can fill her shoes…very sad to admit after such a long time since her death.

Our society, as portrayed by the media, appears to lack that very essence that connects us to the Divine…compassion.

Bealtaine Cottage in September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 001If we wait for our leaders to make compassion a trademark of good society, I fear we may be waiting a very long time.

It is down to us, each one of us, to cultivate and grow compassion in ourselves and those around us…Imagine, as John Lennon once sung…

 

 

 

 

Posted in Climate, Culture, Current Affairs, Family, Food, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, Personal, Spirituality, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Winter

After Sandy…Humanity and the Kindness of Strangers

There are millions of American people without power.

Candles are now a luxury item.

Temperatures are plummeting.

Whole neighbourhoods are in darkness.

People are in real crisis and all the result of one storm, albeit a “super-storm.”

Many of those trying to make it through to normalcy are describing their situation, and that of others, as being like a “war-zone!”

We are but a few meals away from starvation, when it comes to the havoc being wreaked by Mother Nature.

The media and governments remind us continually that this was just a freak storm, a “once in a 100 years event!”

If that is the case then Ireland has suffered several freak weather events in the recent years…as “freak,” becomes “normal!”

Look back over recent years and recall just how many freak events in weather have taken place…

For several years we have had unusually heavy snow and frost in a land where the Gulf stream assures us mild and temperate weather all the year around.

The Earth is not in a happy state.

There are many ways in which we can help ourselves and the planet we inhabit.

The first one would have to be simply accepting that all is change and adapting to circumstances now beyond our control is the best we can do.

New Yorkers and people living on the East Coast of America are having to do just that.

There are signs of hope and support out there, as people come together and help each other.

NYPD have reported that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, crime has dropped by 87% against the same time last year.

People are cooking communally and reaching out to others, sharing and caring, with and for each other.

In times of distress and hardship, humanity is rediscovering their immense ability to love…rediscovering community and friendship.

Humanity rediscovers itself in a time of crisis.

We are all one.

Our prayers and blessings are with all those who suffer, whether in war, conflict, climate chaos or bereavement…we are one.