Sunday, May 19, 2013

Amazing Day

Here are some photos from our amazing day at Motor City Comic Con 2013 in Novi, Michigan.

Some of the stars were set up to do professional photo ops. Yes, we had our pic taken with Adrian Paul and received this awesome 8x10 photo. Then, of course, we took it back over to his booth for him to sign it.

Our first stop of the day, though, was to see Cary Elwes. He was awesome. Both of the girls got hugs from him.

 Katana with a stormtrooper.

 Megan with Aaron Ashmore.

 Katana with Batman and Bane.

 Nicholas Brendon is a favorite from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But I also love him as the nerdy sometimes love-interest of Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds.

 Steve was calm, cool and collected about meeting Edward James Olmos. He even indicated that he didn't need to get a photo with him...until we met him. this was Steve's fan moment. He really loved the Battlestar Gallactica series and admires Edward James Olmos' skills.

 Even the Muppets showed up!

 Yes, the girls were geeked to get a pic with Darth Vader.

 This was a pretty cool moment because I've had a Twitter conversation with Robert Duncan McNeill. We weren't in agreement on the political discussion we were having, but it was a discussion. Not an argument. Not a claws out, distressed conversation. A nice, respectful discussion.

Katana with Aaron Ashmore.

Not only did we have these photo ops with so many of the stars we've grown to love over the years, every one of them was amazingly nice. One of the things I've always loved about Creation Entertainment conventions (and I can now add Comic Con to this statement) is the stars are friendly and humble, the fans are respectful and courteous. We ran across Adrian Paul and Cary Elwes walking around the vendor tables. They weren't being mobbed by the fans, though I couldn't help but stare at Adrian until he walked away from where we were. Of course, when we first met Adrian, I told him about naming Katana after his sword. I also told him about my three (yes, three) Highlander leather jackets and the disagreement I had with Todd and Zeke about who was going to die in Endgame. After we walked to the van, I took a photo of the four of us with Adrian and tweeted it plus a thank you to Adrian for making my day.  When we got home, I was checking my Twitter feed and found this pic he tweeted:

He double-triple-quadruple made my day!! This is a pic that was taken when we first stopped at his booth (so into telling him my stories that I didn't notice his assistant take this pic). When we went back to have him sign the pic that we're all in, I asked him if I could have a hug. And he said yes! I have never felt like such a fan girl as I did around him. I was very concerned that my heart was going to beat out of my chest when he hugged me. 

What an amazing day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Prayer for Love

We're going to share a beautiful dream together--a dream that you will love to have all of the time. In this dream you are in the middle of a beautiful, warm sunny day. You hear the birds, the wind, and a little river. You walk toward the river. At the edge of the river is an old man in meditation, and you see that out of his head comes a beautiful light of different colors. You try not to bother him, but he notices your presence and opens is eyes. He has the kind of eyes that are full of love and a big smile. You ask him how he is able to radiate all that beautiful light. You ask him if he can teach you to do what he is doing. He replies that many, many, years ago he asked the same question of his teacher.

The old man begins to tell you a story: "My teacher opened his chest and took out his heart, and he took a beautiful flame from his heart. Then he opened my chest, opened my heart, and he put that little flame inside it. He put my heart back in my chest, and as soon as my heart was inside me, I felt intense love, because the flame he put in my heart was his own love.

"That flame grew in my heart ad became a big, big fire--a fire that doesn't burn, but purifies everything that it touches. And that fire touched each one of the cells of my body, and the cells of my body loved me back. I became one with my body, but my love grew even more. That fire touched every emotion of my mind, and all the emotions transformed into a strong and intense love. And I loved myself, completely and unconditionally.

"But the fire kept burning and I had the need to share my love. I decided to put a little piece of my love in every tree, and the trees loved me back, and I became one with the trees, but my love did not stop, it grew more. I put a piece of love in every flower, in the grass, in the earth and they loved me back, and we became one. And my love grew more and more to love every animal in the world. They responded to my love and they loved me back, and we became one. But my love kept growing and growing.

"I put a piece of my love in every crystal, in every stone in the ground, in the dirt, in the metals, and they loved me back, and I became one with the earth. And then I decided to put my love in the water, in the oceans, in the rivers, in the rain, in the snow. And they loved me back and we became one. And still my love grew more and more. I decided to give my love to the air, to the wind. I felt a strong communion with the earth, with the wind, with the oceans, with nature, and my love grew and grew.

"I turned my head to the sky, to the sun, to the stars, and put a little piece of my love in every start, in the moon, in the sun, and they loved me back. And I became one with the moon and the sun and the stars, and my love kept growing and growing. And I put a little piece of my love in every human, and I became one with the whole of humanity. Wherever I go, whomever I meet, I see myself in their eyes, because I am a part of everything, because I love."

And then the old man opens his own chest, takes out his heart with that beautiful flame inside, and he puts that flame in your heart. And now that love is growing inside of you. Now you are one with the wind, with the water, with the stars, with all of nature, with all animals, and with all humans. You feel the heat and the light emanating from the flame in your heart. Out of your head shines a beautiful light of different colors. You are radiant with the glow of love and you pray:

Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for giving me everything that I have ever truly needed. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Thank you for living inside me with all your love, with your pure and boundless spirit, with your warm and radiant light.

Thank you for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go. I love you just the way you are, and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am. Help me to keep the love and the peace in my heart and to make that love a new way of life, that I may live in love the rest of my life. Amen.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The First Agreement

Be Impeccable with Your Word

I have been focusing on this. I have been consistently practicing personal affirmations and striving to be the change in the world that I want to see. That means, I'm striving more and more to speak with love than with my fears or hurts or angers.  Ever mindful of what I'm sending out.

I have also been utilizing The Faeries' Oracle cards I received from my sister many years ago.  I don't think of specific aspects of my life when I shuffle and draw a card. I look for general ideas about this moment in my life. Last night, I drew: Gloominous Doom. Frightening sounding card, isn't it? One of the first lines in the description of the card was that I should read about the card preceding it because they tend to go hand in hand: The Soul Shrinker.

The Soul Shrinker observes what we say to others, especially the mean, nasty, unnecessary and critical things we say and reflects them back to us. And less than 30 minutes later I was pulled into a discussion that could have turned so easily and quickly into a mean, nasty, blame-filled, accusation-fest.  Sometimes, you just have to turn around and walk the other way.

My path is mine. My life has been spent claiming my path and walking it with confidence. I could have let my hurt and anger take control. I could have spewed nasty, non-productive, negativity on this person. Being impeccable with my word and wanting to be a part of the change rather than the status quo had me pressing the delete button on the response I had typed.

Gloominous Doom, by the way, speaks to our self-pity and self-destructive behaviors. Gloominous Doom helps us explore those thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate our personal pity parties. Gloominous Doom wants us to take responsibility for ourselves. I love this sentence: The sorrier we feel for ourselves, the worse our life becomes.

I spent about three months of this year in (what I would call) extremely close contact with Gloominous Doom. I am blessed enough that I have the strength and the fortitude to have pulled myself out of it.

I'm back. I'm continually working on making myself even better. Continuing to strive beyond the (current) norm.

Love and Light.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Prayer for Freedom

Today, Creator of the Universe, we ask that you come to us and share with us a strong communion of love. We know that your real name is Love, that to have a communion with you means to share the same vibration, the same frequency that you are, because you are the only thing that exists in the universe.

Today, help us to be like you are, to love life, to be life, to be love. Help us to love the way you love, with no conditions, no expectations, no obligations, without any judgment. Help us to love and accept ourselves without any judgment, because when we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty and we need to be punished.

Help us to love everything you create unconditionally, especially other human beings, especially those who live around us--all our relatives and people whom we try so hard to love. Because when we reject them, we reject ourselves, and when we reject ourselves, we reject You.

Help us to love others just the way they are with no conditions. Help us to accept them the way they are, without judgment, because if we judge them, we find them guilty, we blame them, and we have the need to punish them.

Today, clean our hearts of any emotional poison that we have, free our minds from any judgment so that we can live in complete peace and complete love.

Today is a very special day. Today we open our hearts to love again so that we can tell each other "I love you," without any fear, and really mean it. Today, we offer ourselves to you. Come to us, use our voices, use our eyes, use our hands, and use our hearts to share ourselves in a communion of love with everyone. Today, Creator, help us to be just like you are. Thank you for everything we receive this day, especially for the freedom to be who we really are. Amen.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Four Agreements

I recently read The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and am striving to live the agreements more mindfully now. You'll probably read more here as I continue to work on creating these realities in my life.

The First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word

The Second Agreement: Don't Take Anything Personally

The Third Agreement: Don't Make Assumptions

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best