Ebb and Flow

It feels a little bit weird these days writing these articles. I have stepped away from the business of running Storm Wisdom and I’m really only there a few hours a week (at the most) Gisela, Millie and Mary Helen are running the place and actually have been in that role for a long time.

For the last few years, I have been doing the accounting, bill paying, payroll and those sort of administrative duties. These functions only require a couple of hours a week at the most. This means I am finally realigning my time to match my effort.

What that means when it comes to these newsletters is that I am not having all the juicy conversations that naturally come up when you’re in a spiritual center. I am not interacting with and learning from all the visitors, clients and friends who walk through the front door.

These interactions were the catalysts for so many of the posts I have written in the past. Not being as engaged has shifted or changed a lot of that. AND.., I am spending more time alone. I have been hiking everyday. And that is the most consistent thing I can boast about or claim. It is cathartic and enjoyable… but it does not inspire the level of self-reflection that being inside the walls of Storm Wisdom does.

Everything feels weird. But it also feels right.

I love what I have created. I love what we have created. I am no less passionate about its success. But energetically supporting it and physically being there are two different things.

I am in this space of simply wanting to be… to stay present… to focus on whatever comes up in the moment that feels good. This is “me” time.

How fortunate am I to have created a time in my life, when nothing is dictating my time or direction. It feels luxurious to go where the winds blow or focus on whatever catches my attention. I feel the rightness of this… and yet it doesn’t feel like this is how it is always going be. It is just this way for now.

Ebb and flow. Times of movement. Times of stillness.

So you may sense a shift or change in these newsletters. Who knows… but in keeping with the ongoing theme… this IS what’s going on in my head… this is where my self-reflection is leading me.

Ebb and flow.

With Light, Love, and Laughter
Charles

20 Comments

  1. Yes, Charles, same experience has happened to me several times and it’s like being reborn EVERY TIME… I sometimes called these sabaticals or quests, sometimes simply telling people it’s time for a shift and I am going to go sailing on the open ocean for 3 months (with 1 friend that time)… directed others to take care of my business… and off I go… traveled across Mexico one time alone on a bus on what I called a spiritual quest (no, I did not take Ayahuasca, although I did think about Carlos Castaneda a lot); several times alone across the United States, visiting some of the most loved hiking places… a hidden waterfall in the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Mountains one time… once moved into the mountains of western New Mexico for 3 months alone next to a national forest and hiked every day for literally 3-6 hours, spent the rest of the time writing and learning new vegetarian recipes… that was my all-time FAVORITE “sojourn”… every time I purposefully went into a semi-or full-retreat, miracles happened… I won’t describe all the miraculous power-shifting events, just know that is happened. I’m about to undertake another shift in the next month or two… I’ll tell you more about that it later… enjoy your wonderful life you have so mystically created! Shall I call you sorcerer?

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    • I love the perspective of being reborn.., and a sabbatical! Maybe every 10 years is my cycle, as I was taking a sabbatical 10 years ago, when all of this started. Thank you Darla, and I look forward to hearing more of you latest adventure too!

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      • Great! Glad it “rang a bell,” so to speak!

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  2. Blessings. Rather than perceiving this change as a death of something familiar, I choose to remain excited about what will be shared next. Shine On!

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    • Thanks Joseph! I think I will do the same!!

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  3. MIss your energy at Storm Wisdom. The Pop up art show went well yesterday and it was great to see you stop by. Thanks for creating such a lovely meeting place and store. Great you can explore other opportunities and ventures that life can offer you.

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    • You were rocking the RED Sandy! Great to see you!

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  4. I love this article. I can relate. I too have found a simpler place of pace and stillness. I jelly fish through life. There is no other way that makes sense then to Ebb and flow. The ladies take good care of the Storm and I love visiting with them. Your presence is there. Many blessings.
    Anna

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    • Thanks Anna… we’ll jellyfish at the same time! And yes… they really do an amazing job. I am so blessed!

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  5. Blessings to you always Charles. Love, Suzanne Gildersleeve

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    • Thank you Suzanne!

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  6. Great article Charles and if you ever run out of things to talk about you can aways ask your readers what they would like to hear about. I am sure that you would get a lot of responses which in turn would click inside of you for a newsletter. Sort of an inner active newsletter. Also while you are hiking it would be as great time to ask yourself what’s next for the newsletter? Nature has a way of speaking volumes to us.

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    • I love both of your suggestions Mary! Thanks for always being encouraging and supportive!

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  7. Hi Charles
    I’m sharing a metaphor that I learned over the weekend. We can live our lives like a power boat (or speed boat for some)-efforting and powering through each day or like a sailboat allowing the wind in our sails (like the Universe) to guide us. I appreciate you open and authentic posts!1

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    • I like this metaphor a lot Ellen! Thanks for sharing such great imagery!

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    • Love that metaphor… Sail on! Will be my new mantra!

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  8. You are among many things, an inspirational writer! I can feel your journey, Thank you Charles for always inspiring me!

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    • Ahh… thanks Sami… glad we are connected!

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  9. Hey Charles, if ever at a loss for a topic you could looks through some old postings to find any that no longer reflect your current understanding and share from that perspective.
    Namaste

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    • I like that idea Joseph… Thanks!

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