Joe Thornton, Great Conjunction Co-Founder
Let’s look at the people around us. Yes, absolutely, let’s look at our family and our dear friends. Where would we be without each of them, whether they’re still here with us or whether they’ve passed. The contribution each person has made in and to our lives is immeasurable.
Our family helps to form the person we each become. They give us the foundation for our views on life and the world. They teach us, good or bad, lessons that we carry throughout our lives. And our closest friends have, as well.
Think back to childhood. We assumed that the way we lived was how everyone lived. Then we went to our friend’s home and saw they did things a bit differently. And it was okay; just different. And from that we learned that there were many different ways to do things. One way may have worked best for us, but it’s okay for other people to do things their own way.
But let’s not just look back in time and not at only those closest to us. Let’s look all the way around us in our daily lives today. How did the clerk at the grocery store treat you today? Did they offer up a smile? More importantly, did you? Did you contribute to their day being a little better?
There is no hard and fast rule that states that others must be kind to us so that we may reciprocate in like form. A better idea is for us to be the instigator of kindness. Click to Tweet Make eye contact, offer a smile and as a stranger how they’re doing. Let’s go out of our way only a little bit and see how big of a reaction it can create.
John and I do most of our grocery shopping at an Aldi store near our home and we’re in there at least once a week. Because we’ve both gone out of our way to smile and to be friendly to the clerks at the check-out stand, what began as a simple smile has escalated into a casual friendship. We know each other’s names; we chit-chat a little each time we’re there. And you can tell by the expressions on faces, that they’re as happy to see us as we are them. In fact, upon entering the store, we always look to see who’s working that day. It certainly has made grocery shopping much more pleasurable.
We’ve done the same thing at the bank with the tellers and at other shops we go to. And for every person we interact with, our days and even our lives have become richer.
We all know what the world is like today. It can, at times, be very unpleasant. But each of us can take a moment to bring something, no matter how small, to our interactions with others to make the experience better. To make another person’s life better. To make our own lives better.
I’m a big movie fan and the tagline of one of my favorite films is: “In a cold world you need your friends to keep you warm.”
And how sweet it is.
So celebrate everyone this July. Because while we’re pretty amazing as individuals, it’s together that we’re great. And by standing together we make a great America.
By the way, please don’t forget that our dogs and cats don’t understand fireworks and are frequently terrified by the loud sounds and smell of sulfur and gunpowder. The Fourth of July is also when there are the most strays as many beloved pets run away in terror and get lost. So keep your pets indoors and be patient with them; comfort them and let them know that they are safe.
And remember, too, that many of our veterans, true American heroes, suffer PTSD and fireworks can disturb and upset them as well.
So maybe it would be best not to set-off fireworks in your neighborhood. Let’s leave them to the professionals.
Joe Thornton, Great Conjunction Co-Founder
In Tarot Land, 5's represent change; the suit of Pentacles represents the physical plane, which includes business, your physical body, money, house, and all the other nuts and bolts of actual physical life.
We've come to a turning point on the material plane, and it's time to make some changes to better facilitate any new possibilities. In fact, opportunities that have thus far been hidden suddenly become available to you. For example, you may have the chance to cross-train or take advantage of a seminar that will advance your career. But to take part, you're going to need someone to watch the kids in the evening. A new car loan may be granted; now you have to rearrange your budget to cover the loan payments. Look for the "OOO! I wanna do that!" moments and then make space for them in your life. Click to Tweet
You'll be required to take a different approach to get things to work for you. Tried and true methods are no longer possible. Suck it up and adjust...besides, the new methods will probably be better in the long run. Believe it or not, relationships with colleagues, family, friends, etc. will improve as you reorder your life and accept new dynamic energy. That's because when you're at your best, you're happier. A happy camper is more attractive to others, and therefore, fun is had by all!
The Emerald Box Turtle
"I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way."
~Neale Donald Walsch
Rev. Rivera’s insight on this quote:
There is a very important turning point on every person’s Spiritual path when they may choose to begin to take responsibility for themself and become willing to change themself. At the beginning stages of every journey, people still have some insecurity, so they look for spiritual teachings that make them feel good, tell them what they want to hear and don’t challenge their existing beliefs too much. I mean, come on let’s face it, we ALL like to be comfortable. Comfort seeking is natural, but I feel there is a limit to how much you can grow as long as you maintain this approach.
As you become a more mature seeker, you may begin to realize the fundamental mechanism behind all true channelings/messages. The simple fact is that there are in existence, beings that have a higher state of consciousness than you do. Thus, your advantage of studying teachings that challenge you can help you see what your ego does not want you to see, or hear what your ego does not want to hear.
I feel that mature seekers deliberately seek out teachings that challenge their most cherished beliefs. As you mature, you begin to realize that the divine teachings challenge your beliefs, thus compelling you to reach beyond the ego’s dualistic understanding. As the world evolves spiritually, many seekers are awakening from soul darkness and beginning to step slowly away from body-centered ego-consciousness. Instead of identifying as mere physical bodies that are born and die, we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience.
When I talk about challenging your beliefs, you may find that there are many more truths that connect ALL beings, regardless of your Spiritual path, political path, ethnicity, or sexual identity. Truths that unite us rather than divide us. I ask you to seek higher truths in your personal progression and on the path of your soul’s evolution so that we ALL may become closer and more accepting of one another. Click to Tweet
In Love and Light,
Rev. Marjorie Rivera Kain
In May we celebrated our wonderful mothers. June is the month in which we collectively celebrate our fathers; the other half of our DNA. If you don’t mind, I would like to share a little something about my father.
My father, whom I call Papa, was always an incredibly hard-working, don’t-sit-still kind of guy. He truly worked all the time. And that trait began in his childhood.
Papa in the Marines
Papa began his days with his paper route before heading to our family’s church where he was an altar boy and assisted with mass seven mornings a week for many years. Then he headed to school where, all through school, he was on the football team and the basketball team. During high school he also added ROTC to his schedule and by the time he graduated was a sergeant in the Marines. On the rare occasion he was home, he naturally did chores around the house. He never stopped.
My First Birthday
After graduating he joined the Marines full-time and before his discharge, was an embassy guard in El Salvador.
Upon his return home, Papa immediately got a job at the B.F. Goodrich, where my grandfather worked all his life.
Soon thereafter, he met my mother and they married. She had three daughters from a previous marriage and was pregnant with me. With five-mouths to feed and another on the way, he went out and got a second full-time job and a third job working part-time.
Eventually my parents divorced, but Papa was awarded custody of me and before long, he got his dream job in law enforcement and he remarried. In the 1960’s the Sheriff’s department didn’t allow deputies to work other jobs, but at least this one paid well enough he could support his much smaller family.
Papa & my Step-Mother
Papa would have grown bored having only one job, but luckily, my stepmother owned her own flower shop. Papa was the built-in handyman and deliveryman.
On the rare occasions that Papa had a day off, he would relax by grabbing a cycle and felling a field of weeds. Somehow that gave him the rest he needed.
No matter what in life, Papa always put my stepmother and me before himself and gave us a solid home life.
My father has always been my best friend; we have been tight my entire life. A few years after I moved to Arizona, my parents quit their jobs, sold their home and joined me in the desert. After my mom passed away and Papa retired, he wanted to return to Akron, OH to be near his siblings, though he wouldn’t move without me. Naturally, I came along. Now that I’m married and living in Youngstown, OH, Papa decided that my being an hour away was too far, so at 78 he sold his house and moved to Youngstown. Now he’s only one-mile from us.
Not surprisingly, I guess, Papa also instilled in me a strong work ethic.
I’m incredibly proud of my father and I’m grateful and proud to be his son. The lessons I’ve learned from him, and am still learning, are innumerable. He’s my best friend. He’s Papa. He’s my hero.
Happy Father’s Day.
We are thrilled to introduce a new Feature from longtime friend, teacher and Expo Reader Annette Noyes! Each month Annette will draw a card and give us her interpretation based on her extensive knowledge and studies.
Nine of Cups, reversed (that means upside down, not a "bad thing" simply a change of energies):
Nines, generally speaking, represent completing a big project or endeavor. Examples of that would be graduating high school, college, a training program, military basic training, etc. You may be coming to the end of setting up a new business or have just bought a house after long searches and endless paper work. But even though you've worked very hard for something, and the end to all that toil is near, it's not time to rest on your laurels and coast. "Complacency" is the big message of this reversed Nine of Cups, and I want to stress that we don't want to park it with our feet up just yet.
There's more work to be done before it's Miller Time. In fact, through more hard work, something may come to light...a "D'oh!" moment where something you thought was settled turns out not to be. Maybe your new computer networking system goes down, or the gently used restaurant cooler you got for half price blows a gasket.
You're also going to figure out who your real friends are, and who are just beer buddies. Not that beer buddies have no place in our lives. They're great! But when you need real help, they're not the type to help you move houses in July. Into a building with no elevator. And you picked a fourth floor apartment.... Did you mention your brick collection?
Happy May all!
The Emerald Box Turtle