Linda

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My experience as a blogger has been incredibly organic. Things just occur in their own way and time. Today I found myself at the Daily Prompt and noticed today’s assignment –  Daily Prompt: Say Your Name  Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

I read this and thought ” Oh yeah I’m doing this!” So my first name is Linda and I had read years ago  it was Germanic in origin and meant pretty or beautiful. I later learned it was also Spanish , which made more sense to me considering how it is spelled. Then I researched a bit more from Wikipedia: 

Linda is a female given name.

  • The name might be derived from the same root as the linden tree, from Germanic lind meaning “soft, tender” ultimately from a Celtic root. The image of the tree is used to indicate a gentle personality.
  • It may also come from the neo Latin language (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese) word linda, which is the feminine form of lindo, meaning “beautiful, pretty, cute” or “cleaned” (Spanish).
  • Alternatively it may be derived from the mythical creature/concept known as ouroboros, in the variations “Celt Lindworm” (a wingless bipedal dragon) and “Scandinavian Lindworm” (a seaserpent).
  • Muchalinda, Mucalinda or Mucilinda is also the name of the naga (snake-like being), who protected the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment.

In some languages, such as German, the name is frequently used in combination with another name, using the suffix “-linde”, for example in Sieglinde or Heidelinde.

Lynda is a common variant spelling of the name in English. Among other names in use in English speaking countries that include the -linda suffix are MelindaBelinda, Celinda, Rosalinda and Mirlinda.

It can also be a related name for Lindsay.

The name days for Linda are on September 1 (Czech Rep.), June 20 (Sweden), April 15 (Finland/Germany), February 13 (Hungary, Poland), September 2 (Slovakia), September 4 (Poland) and August 21 (Latvia).

I like the linden tree definition as I would describe myself as someone with a soft and tender heart. Then there are the ouroboros and naga interpretations involving wingless dragons and snakes. The serpent is represented in the glyph of the Scorpio zodiac sign. Well, I am a Scorpio and since these creatures conjure up of the lower leanings of those with scorpionic tendencies,  perhaps my parents knew what they were doing!

I was named after my paternal grandfather Louis who died tragically as a result of a car accident when my dad was still a child. By tradition I was named by choosing  the first letter of a deceased relative’s name. I have several older cousins who were given other female L names before I was born, but I am glad they weren’t named Linda. I would have been named Louis if I was a boy , but then again only if my older cousins were all female.

But why Linda? Louise, Louisa, Lenore, Laura, Laurie, Lana, or Lorraine were all available. My dad said he really loved this song called Linda and would sing it to us from time to time. I just learned, sigh! the power of the internet, that it was written for Linda Eastman aka Linda McCartney. Didn’t realize that we had so much in common…….

I would not change my first name. It means beautiful and I need to be reminded that we are all beautiful on occasion. I also believe that my grandfather’s passing defined my father’s identity, and some of that grief and pain was transferred to my DNA. I wish I could have met him.  I know much more about his impact on my family then about who he really was as a person.

In addition, although there are no known Latin roots in my father’s lineage, he looked Spanish and people would often speak Spanish to him when we visited Florida. Strangers thought he was Cuban. Ironically my Latin ancestry is on my Mother’s side and she does not have any indicative Latin features. I, on the other hand, resemble both my father and grandfather in appearance. See how this all ties together.

This multicultural theme brings me to the my final point. While growing up I thought Linda was such an ordinary name. So many of my peers were also named Linda. Yet when Billy Joel came on the scene, I discovered that he also had a multiethnic background similar to mine. Then I heard his song Rosalinda which was written about his mother. The song details his longing for Cuba and seeing his past in his mother’s eyes. I immediately became enchanted with it. On some visceral level, I thought he had written it for me.  I could clearly see that my name is an integral part of my own unique story.

 

 

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“You’re like, Epically Awesome man ” – The Award

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Thanks to Tamrah Jo of  The Good, Bad and Ludicrous for nominating me and writing the following about my blog:

“While there’s always a story to go with, the pictures here just lift my spirit, all by themselves, AND then I get to be inspired by the words!”

She neatly summarized my spiritual mission statement. I am grateful that someone understands what I want to achieve by blogging and hope I can continue to fulfill my mission.  Please read her creative blog filled with hilarious anecdotes and plenty of heart.

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So here’s the 2, ” To-Do’s”  in order to display Epic Awesomeness

1. Tell 10 Epic/Awesome tales about yourself.

Ten Epic/ Awesome Tales:

1- When I was a teenager, my family went to LA and my great-cousin worked at one of the studios. He got us tickets to the Johnny Carson show. Johnny was off that evening, but we were shown on TV in the audience.

2- The second time I took the MBTI test, I scored the highest possible score for Intuition!

3- I ate at the Llanerch Diner featured in Silver Linings Playbook.

4- Some of my thoughts about Quaker practices were referenced in a very popular Quaker pamphlet.

5- I toured Resorts International, the first Casino in Atlantic City , before it opened to the public.

6- I earned two Master’s degrees and tuition for one of them ( the more expensive one) was paid for by scholarship.

7-  Ramtha hugged me when I went to his workshop.

8- I have in my possession most of my original vinyl records.

9- Even after waking up and getting out of bed, I have been able to re-enter some of my dreams.

And Drum roll please……

10- Did you know I blog at WordPress? ( the most awesome tale)

2. Nominate 10 Epic/Awesome bloggers and let them know how Awesome they are.

While I know way more than 10 awesome bloggers, I am going to nominate 3 today. It has been a very hectic award season ( Now I know how Meryl Streep must feel!) so I want to narrow my focus.  I have chosen people who I am just beginning to get to know. All three individuals are heroic in their own way. While they live in different regions of the world and belong to various generations, what they do share is resilience and grace. In my book, that is spelled AWESOME ( like epically!)

Nominees

Http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com

Amber is an old soul in a young college student’s body who dances, writes, struggles, and shines. Amber’s lovely starry blog sparkles with brutal honesty about the creative process in the life of a woman with bipolar disorder. Triple please, get to know her and see if you aren’t moved by her words.

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Ajay is a beacon of light and we litebeings love this about him and his blog. His inspirational quotes and mind-blowing photography will help you transcend the day-to-day stresses and bring back your smile! He is a kind, giving man who doesn’t let his physical health issues limit his impact on the planet. If you haven’t seen his pictures, you  are in for quite a treat.

The Good, Bad and Ludicrous

Now I know its unorthodox to re-gift an award, but… who am I kidding? Orthodoxy is not in my nature, and I just had to nominate  Tamrah Jo.  She came on the scene with a vengeance with her quirky tales and feisty spirit. She has suffered setbacks and grief , yet she fills the blogosphere with humor, passion, and unique wisdom. Visit her blog often, there is always something fresh and vibrant to savor.

Final thoughts:

I had previously thought the word awesome was something for ” those kids today” to repeat relentlessly, until it became obligatory , and eventually extinct. I want to take awesome back to its original meaning with this award and these nominees : the inspiration of awe….

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My First Blog From Prague!

This breathtaking post is from http://cindyknoke.com

Her vacation odyssey has been sublime, a feast for the eyes and the soul. Take special note of the 15th century astronomical clock!

Enjoy this virtual roadtrip…….

My God is Prague gorgeous!! Everywhere you look is like magic fairyland! These first three photos were taken the first night from our hotel balcony.
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The murals on top of the buildings are exquisite!
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The astronomical clock was built in the early 15th century.
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The rooftops are stunning.
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The Charles Bridge views, just lovely.
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Ahoj from beautiful Prague!

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What’s the 111 ?

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Do I have a surprise for you !

I was going to start this blog on January 1, 2013.  It made sense to begin at the start of the calendar year.  But since I have been seeing sequences of ones for several months, 111 and 1111, it seemed right to start on January 11, 2013 – 1-11-13.  This has proven to be a lucky number for me because blogging has been such a blessing. Plus Jupiter is approaching my moon, yet another blessing.

So I have an announcement to make. Because I am feeling very grateful today and I have received 2222 views to boot, I want to give back. Spread some light.

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So I am throwing a party and you are all invited! ( no RSVPS necessary) When I reach 111 followers, I will throw a litebeing party, complete with music, refreshments, and prizes for three lucky followers!

Here’s a sample to get you in the mood:

The prizes are a surprise so you will have to wait. I will keep you posted on the countdown to 111. Attire is casual and animal companions are welcome. Just bring some light , or lite, and get ready to party like it’s ( insert year here)

See ya soon 🙂

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new world party image by http://www.amazon.com/

 

Calling All Angels

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Now it’s time to get back to some storytelling. While my last few posts did not stray from my theme, this blog is primarily about sharing stories on how my everyday experiences contain some light. I am excited to share another true story with you. It’s about angels and me. So once upon a time……

But first,  here’s a little background –

Early Influences – My childhood was not filled with angels , except for the movies and one angel story. Glinda from The Wizard of Oz was an angelic archetype for me, as was The fairy godmother from Cinderella . I longed for both of them to enter my life. Perhaps those figures fueled my interest in shows like Touched By An Angel and films like City of Angels.  Once my father told me a story about Gabriel and how we come into this life.

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There is a tradition that Gabriel is the Angel of Birth. It is said that he carefully spends the nine months of the pregnancy watching over each unborn child and instructing that child on the necessary knowledge of Heaven that is an inherent part of all people. Just before birth, though, Gabriel touches each baby on the upper lip to make the child unable to remember all of the information about Heaven until the child returns to the spiritual state at death. The sign of Gabriel’s Touch is the cleft just below the nose.

I remember wondering how this process actually works and became very curious about life before and after we incarnate. It was a pleasant memory of religion for me amidst a typically fearful religious atmosphere laden with guilt, rigidity, obedience, and tradition for tradition’s sake. This particular  story contained mystery and magic, which is probably why it has stayed with me throughout the years.

Watch – A few years ago my watch stopped working and I was told that I could no longer replace the battery. So I looked for replacement right away.  I found an inexpensive but delightful bracelet watch which was part of a holiday collection. I liked the fact that it stretched to fit my small wrist and that it was mostly copper in color, making it neutral. It had the most lovely assortment of charms.

The bracelet had lovely angelic figures alongside stars and engraved sections displaying peace, hope, love, bliss, etc. What seemed to be unusual about this watch was the reaction I got wherever I wore it:  coworkers, neighbors, passengers on the train,  strangers in elevators , medical technicians: everyone would grab me and ask ” Where did you get this watch? ” I figured  it must be the angels. I will never forget the time I went to Pendle Hill for a Quaker gathering. One evening we stood in a circle holding hands. I heard a noise, looked down, and then noticed my watch had scattered into pieces all over the floor!  I felt the sadness of this loss and wanted to find a way to turn it around. Instead of getting it repaired  I decided to honor its unraveling by giving away some of the angels. I gave away some of the charms to special women while at Pendle Hill. Later I gave away a few more to other significant angels in my circle  This process was very powerful and transformative. It showed me that the energy associated with the watch can live on in a different form.  I still have a few pieces of the watch.

 See below:

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Automotive Angels –

About a month ago, I took my car in for an oil change. The car is reliable but old and well-lived. The shop mechanic said the car was excessively leaking oil and transmission fluid.  I did not have the money to pay for major repairs. The car had been making odd noises while in reverse, which I chose to overlook. I’m feeling pretty lousy and frustrated since I have put plenty of money into the car and recalled past experiences with failed engines and transmissions. As I am about to leave, a man calls over to me . I had not seen him  before, either in the waiting area or in the garage until this moment. He looks like someone straight out of Central casting: A balding hefty guy with big glasses smoking on a cigar. He looks over at me and says ” Sometimes an excessive oil leak is not what it sounds like. You can just check for oil.” Than the mechanic comes out and says ” We can tap off the oil for free anytime you come by.” Then the cigar dude says ” See what he said.” and he grinned at me. A few days later I go to a transmission center for a free transmission check. I  tell the manager what happened and I describe the odd noise the car makes in reverse. As I hand him the remote, I mention that the keys have begun to fall off the chain because the remote has broken. A few minutes later the manager calls me over to look over the vehicle. Apparently the brakes were making that noise signaling the need for repair. He also said that there are some leaks but that the transmission is not in need of any repair at this time. The noise was gone after he repaired the brakes and he also fixed my key remote!

I believe the broken remote is symbolic and the restoration  of the key remote represents a healing:

According to http://tylluanpenry.blog.co.uk/2010/01/19/the-symbolism-of-the-key-7787842/

Both physically and magically, a key can both unlock and lock things. This ability to be on both sides of the same argument is sometimes called ‘antagonistic’ and you come across it quite a bit in magic. You can see it in the saying ‘under lock and key’, which when you think about it is rather overstating things; why not just ‘under lock,’ or ‘under key’? But the presence of lock AND key shows the antagonistic side of keys… we turn the key in the lock one way, and deprive someone of their liberty. Turn it the other way and we set them free. The lock doesn’t work without its key, and vice versa.

The Roman god Janus (the month January is named after him) was, amongst other things, a god of doors and beginnings, and was often shown holding a staff and a key. In Christianity the iconography of the key is almost always associated with the Apostle Peter, since he was supposed to be the keeper of the gates of heaven. Sometimes the key is shown in double form.

If you hand over a key then you are granting someone power. Granting someone the freedom of a city is an example – giving them a key to the gates means they can come and go as they wish.

In the same way, when young people celebrate their 21st birthday they are often given a symbolic key ‘the key of the door’ although what door exactly is rarely ever specified. What I think it means is that when they reach 21 they used to be considered an adult – and the key symbolised their newfound power to access the world of adults and all that it entails. At least, that’s my theory!

This might also explain why keys can symbolise being initiated – the key gives you access to knowledge that was previously hidden. So when we say something like, ‘The key to inner happiness…’ (or winning the lottery, or the key to success) we’re unconsciously drawing on the key symbolising arcane knowledge. And knowledge is power.

In my case, the concept of initiation really resonates for me. As I reflected on the chain of events, getting the oil change alerted me to the need to get the transmission checked. Having the transmission checked resulted in fixing my brakes, which potentially saved my life and the lives of others. Meeting both the man with the cigar and the transmission shop manager helped restore hope in my heart, access knowledge, and reclaim my power.

I wondered if the man with the cigar was real. Could he have been an angel? He certainly showed me kindness during a challenging time and appeared virtually out of the ethers. His intervention helped me find the strength to get the transmission checked. What about the transmission manager who fixed the brakes , fixed the remote, and solved the mystery of the odd car noise? He fixed the remote without prompting and free of charge. He also gave me a discount on my bill, which was substantially smaller than major transmission work would cost.

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There is no neat resolution to this story. The car will require frequent fluid checks to assess a need for major repairs. I am still unable to afford a new car. Yet I learned so much about my assumptions about cause and effect. I also was gifted with another round of synchronicity, which tells me I may hold the key to something larger than 3D reality.

Finally, this saga is in need of a soundtrack. I am providing the music for the closing credits. I am open to suggestions for more musical accompaniment as well as reactions to this tale.

Who are the angels? Glinda, Gabriel, The bracelet watch, The folks who received the charms,  Cigar dude?

 paintings by Josephine Wall 

related reading on mystical mechanics http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/856599-way-of-the-peaceful-warrior

related post – https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/litebeings-guide-to-the-movies/

What is an Old Soul ?

I saw this post on aMusing Spirit  a few months ago and I kept returning to it.

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It seems appropriate to share it now as we continue to celebrate the Taurus / Scorpio axis with Eclipse number 2. Let me know your impressions!

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related material on soul ages – http://www.michaelteachings.com/soul_age_index.html