Summer reflections: blessings, challenges, and underlying themes

It’s Sept 1st, 2022, and I am looking back at how the summer has been for me. I had set the intention that it be an enjoyable and joyful summer. Because in the past years, there was always some kind of trouble in the summer. Something usually happened which made me think, ‘Yeah, the weather may be beautiful, but life sucks.’ I am thinking about events like the too strenuous hike in 2016 which screwed up my right foot, the subsequent dismissal of a negative spirit guide and the accompanying feeling of betrayal in 2017, and the vaccination damage to my left knee in 2021. So, I didn‘t want this to happen again this summer and consciously set the intention that I wanted to enjoy this summer.

Counting my blessings

Here are some of the good things I got to enjoy:
-) I got many opportunities for travel and seeing friends and family (in contrast to the past two years).
-) Plenty of yummy food.
-) Some swimming. (Hadn’t been swimming in 2021 at all due to the knee pain)
-) The first vacation with travel (to the Thuringian Forest) after the Corona break (2020/2021).
-) Grateful that I was able to take slow walks during the vacation even though my left knee is still a bit inflamed after the COVID vaccination from the summer 2021.
-) I am very thankful that we all stayed Corona-free and none of our travel plans had to be canceled.
-) At home, daily walks in the evening sun.
-) Relaxing from the stress and overwhelm of the channeling class of 2021.
-) Long warm summer evenings on the patio mostly without mosquitos, but sometimes with a lovely visit from a hedgehog.
-) Plucking fruits on the fields in Walldorf and even raspberries on our vacation. (I love raspberries.)
-) Taking pictures of nature and playing with the photo app. So much fun!
-) Reading John Foster‘s mindblowing UFO books Eminent Discovery and To Earth From Heaven.
-) I am thankful that our two young adult sons are taking good care of their life.
-) I am still working in the home office.
-) I enjoy the luxury of a nap almost every day.
-) The summer was hot and way too dry. But even though we rarely watered our garden, the plants survived it.
-) And recently, there was heavy rain. Several houses in our street had flooding in their basements, but we and our neighbors didn‘t. So grateful that we were spared and the garden is watered now.
-) I find it joyful when spirit shines through the mundane from beyond the veil in little synchronicities like when I find little gifts (- found a white flower on the grocery store floor at our wedding anniversary day).

So, it was a relaxed and beautiful summer. And I am grateful.


Of course, there were also less pleasant situations:

-) My aging parents welcome some support and I traveled to Berlin more often which is a 7-8 hours ride one way. At times, the situation at my parents’ can be difficult and stressful for all involved parties.
-) The constant bickering of our kids (- yes, even grown-up children can ruin lunchtimes).
-) My rheumatoid arthritis. I live with pain every day. Sometimes I wake up at night with pain.
-) Then there was additional annoying paperwork to do this summer related to our real property tax. But I didn’t procrastinate this too long and was even able to help my dad with his real property tax form.
-) I got a painful wasp sting and had to take antibiotics with side effects. Luckily, all is healed now.
-) Bringing our budgie to the pet sitter for our vacation was unnecessarily complicated because the sitter gave us wrong information and also because the sitter needed to shift the time of our appointment on short notice due to an accident.
-) The vacation home in the Thuringian Forest had no sauna (even though it was advertised) because they had had a water damage a month earlier. Again, this was not communicated to me beforehand. But, the weather was too hot for sauna, anyway. But I would have loved to go to the sauna. Since the Corona lockdown, I miss it.
-) And oh, the constant feeling of overwhelm with just the normal obligations I have of part time work and family duties.
-) The comparatively frequent travel this summer started to feel a bit overwhelming, too. Several times, I had to spontaneously shift plans in the last minute. Also, it felt as if I was constantly looking at maps and timetables of trains for all the travel planning and constantly thinking about what to pack into which bag. Not so much fun.

So, that was the summer. Some challenges and yet much to be grateful for.

Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig, Thuringian Forest, Germany. (Picture was taken by my younger son Jonah)
The Merchants‘ bridge (Krämerbrücke) in Erfurt, Germany

Are there underlying common threads?

When I try to find the common threads, what jumps out at me is the topic of travel and meeting people. In contrast to the Corona years 2020 and 2021, there was much travel this year.

And also the topic of spontaneously shifting plans last minute. That’s about practicing flexibility, I guess.

Poor communication or miscommunication is also a thread that comes to mind. Maybe that is mirroring something in me? Mabye mirroring my procrastination with getting on with my tasks given to me from spirit?

Another underlying theme was not to worry so much but rather have faith and trust that things will turn out well. Whether it was at work, in the family, or in politics, there were several situations which looked like threats but which turned out well during the last minute. That is a recurring lesson for me.

Meeting people in crisis/breakdown/breakthrough situations and also giving back to people what they have lost continue to be underlying themes. For example this summer, I found a credit card wallet and was able to give it back to the person via his employer.

What also came up with a couple of signs was the nudge by spirit that it is time for me to speak. I guess I have to get serious now about producing the divine guidance workshop in an online format. I have put this task off since 2017 when a voice in my head announced that I should put the pdf of the divine guidance workshop into an “internationally available online class” – whatever that means.
So, I started to look at some new software tools to create and cut audio and video files, mainly with the Descript software and am playing around with that now.


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