Love, to Expand, Nurture and Trust


Rituals identify and celebrate turning points in life.

Springtime is full of such rituals, one being Lent. People choose a significant offering to show their love for God/Source. The offering may be something loved and cherished or the letting go of a habit or behavior not serving their best interests.

Appreciation and gratitude are fast tracks to experience love.

As you enter your day, begin by noticing your home, running water, electricity and food. Basic, yes! And, a great foundation from which to begin and feel appreciation. Feelings of appreciation lead to gratitude as our(cell)ves enliven and expand into their full nature of greatness.

Being great-full tunes our reticular activation system*

to light an expanded view.

Basics noticed, yet often overlooked, transform our daily routines into rituals as we offer love into every moment of each day.

Love expands to create a conscious shift to the riches within the mundane.

The riches of a home, water, and power are internalized to nurture our body and soul. This journey to our center offers a (k)new view of life from the inside out where we nurture our soul purpose. Nurturing the soul activates the body’s innate ability to access well(th). We return to the nature of the soul to trust.

Trust in our (cell)ves nurtures the origin of being: expanded Love.

Trust, Nurture & Expand Love!


The Venus Transit

The Venus Transit Completion of 2012

On June 5, 2012 the primary elections in California were to occur with people casting their votes moving toward the November election for the President of the United States. On that same day, the Venus Transit completed her eight year cycle around the sun after having cycled the locations needed to form the 5-pointed star on both sides of the sun.

Together, this 5-pointed star creates 10, creating the One. (10×1=1; 1+1=1) Within each 8 year cycle, the sign of Infinity was formed. Venus represents the complete expression of the One which Infinitely creates! (1×1=1×1=1×1=1, ad infinitum.) Even the 10 points plus the 8 creates 9, another sign of completion according to numerology. The pairing of this transit began in 2004 and is now complete.  Venus transits occur between 105.5 to 121.5 years apart.

What does this have to do with us? It has been documented that after each Venus Transit there is an expansion in communications. The year 2012 was a 5 year, linked with the fifth chakra, the voice. The voice is one way manifestation of beliefs, emotions and thoughts begin. On the Evolutionary Scale, it is the Stage of Transformation.

According to Susan Custer, historically, “One pair of transits occurred in 1519 and 1526. At that time Magellan started his sail that proved the world was not flat. This was one of the first steps into a new worldview – we live on a globe, not a flat world that drops off into heaven, or hell, depending on your beliefs or fears.

The next transits were December 1631 and December 1639. During this time national mail service was started in Denmark and Sweden. This enabled communication over long distances. [This transit was in Sagittarius, which rules long distances.]  At the time of the 1639 transit, the first printing press was set up in America in Cambridge, MA. With faster communication the global village had started.

The transits of June 1761 and June 1769 caused another first.  There was an effort by astronomers around the world to observe and share information. This kind of cooperation had never been done by any group, scientific or not, on a global scale before. Venus is all about relationships, and Gemini is information. She was the cause of the change in the way we communicate with each other throughout the world. She started the “world brain”, as it has been called. And it seems very appropriate that Uranus the planet of the higher mind was discovered in 1781, just 20 years after the start of the Transit of Venus.

With the next group starting in 1874, we had the telephone and its patent two years later The explosion of information really started – newspapers, telephone, telegraph, eventually radio and now the Internet.

“Each transit has brought about new explorations into the world, especially in communication, because the transits often occur in Gemini the sign of communication.”  http://www.theastrologypage.com/Archives/transit_of_venus.htm

According to Mystic Mamma, “We are entering a new era, the Divine Feminine is rising, coming forth within each one of us to heal and bring into right balance and right relation our planetary family. We are moving into HEART-based living! Feminine qualities (venus, moon) are going to transcend into wholeness and integrate with those of the masculine (the sun).  The Feminine is rising and coming into the forefront to bring unity consciousness forth. Can’t you see it and feel it? There are signs everywhere!


For years I have been interested in space travels, cosmology and have now been drawn to astrology in its purest sense and sacred geometry. I know that we are all affected by the galaxy in which we live and that our earth participates within its galaxy in the same way we interact with life on earth. I was driven to watch the Venus Transit and really didn’t know why. What I did know was that 2012 was a #5 year (2+0+1+2=5) representing Transformation in the Stages of Evolution and that we are in the process of moving into the fourth, fifth and sixth dimensions of consciousness and more, dependent upon which point we view life.

Transformation takes matter (the first four elements of earth, water, fire and air) and transforms these denser materials into finer elements. The 5th chakra energy is air blending with ether for creating sound to manifest the unseen. We are all being asked to transform many paradigms of the old into (k)new ones. Technology is leading our way and as technology refines, we are asked to become more conscious in our use of it and find ways for it to serve us rather than humanity serving technology. We’ve all seen where that can lead.

The Venus Transit transmitted (reminded us of our) feminine attributes of inner awareness, conscious compassion, love, and our relationship with Self.  We have the choice to transform our lives so that time serves our needs rather than voicing words such as “I don’t have time”. We will never “have” time. Time cannot be contained or controlled. We can learn more about what is within our container (our body) by consciously participating with our inner being, the feminine and maternal aspects, and remember how to transition from that inner being to create the world often “secretly” desired. Mother Earth cares for life in this way. It is time for all beings, masculine and feminine, to tune in (aka wake up), remember, and become aware that the inner voice is the connection with the Mother (our nature) and that we created in form to serve the highest and best good and to dip from the well of wisdom, love and nurturance.

The communication/information age in which we live has been moving through its inner cycle and has now transited, like Venus. 2013 has been an interesting and enlightening year. It has been a bumpy ride (to say the least) as inner “secrets” were revealed leading people to go inward to ask themselves what they think and feel. It has been a year to unify and strengthen oneself by bringing fragmented parts together to clarify and purify.

After the Venus Transit of June 5, 2012, communications took another leap forward. Separations that had been taking place over time magnified. Outer authorities have shown how important it is to trust ourselves; how to become one with our inner guidance; and that individuals have the right and opportunity to step in, step up and create for themselves.

In 2013 some opposing people and groups came together and some separated in order to see more clearly from a distance. From that distance, they could now see lines of connection and agreement. The negative and positive aspects of many situations were more clear, and the wish/desire/need for clarification and unification were now easier to see. Ways to begin the process of Unification are pronounced as all parts of Self become known.To know one’s own heart, the essence, makes it possible to contribute to the whole with less chaos and more clarity. In the same way that an instrument is individually tuned, each person/group has the opportunity to tune in and play a finer role in creation.

Robbyne LaPlant of White Wolfe Journeys described 2013 as the Year of the Venus Star. She stated: “Life is about connection and appreciating nature’s beauty as we each express in our own unique way the Venusian qualities of love, harmony, beauty, balance, creativity and peace. This is the Year of the Venus Star where the sense of family and community, one world, one light is expressed in every aspect of our life. The male compliment of the Venus star and the Goddess expression of love is Father sun.  The sun is the center of our universe, empowering and supporting those who walk with the balance of their head and heart, stepping forward with courage to now lead those awakening.  Those committed to walking a path of beauty as an expression of the Goddess.” http://whitewolfjourneys.com

The Venus Star, represented by the five pointed star, is a clear representation of the human body, as drawn by Leonardo daVinci.

The year 2013 was a #6 year representing Transmutation in the Stages of Evolution. In sacred geometry, the yantra of the heart chakra (the Anahata) is the six pointed star. In this way, our hearts have been transmuted during this year to unify the physical aspect of being human into alignment with the spiritual. Qualities of the masculine (yang/sun) and feminine (yin/moon) are uniting, as one, in the same way that our two eyes are united when we tune in to our higher awareness at the Ajna chakra (the spiritual eye).

Magnification of the polarities in 2012 lead to our opportunity to separate from what everyone else thought in support of Self. Unification of the Heart with the Head became possible as we refined in 2013 all that we had collected.

  Union of the Heart has occurred and when complete, the Seventh Stage of Evolution is possible – Transcendence.

This year ahead – 2014 – is that Transcendental Year. It is a year to appreciate all that has been and is. It is a year to Be your Self.

Happy (k)New Transcendental Year!

                                                     ~ Brenda Astara Gustin

 “The stars in their courses may guide us,

but it is we ourselves who must row the boat.”      ~  Patric Walker

Composing Themselves

These ideas remind me of All About Us . I hope you enjoy. Bruce is another creator and sustainer of the Sudbury Educational Philosophy which we lived at The Sacramento Valley School for 18 years.

Write Learning

This morning I read a great article by the father of a four-year-old who hit upon a way of adapting his love of role-playing games such that he and his daughter could enjoy them together. As he says, this girl is already quite adept at creating and shaping elaborate, fantastic narratives; the only thing he had to do was simplify the mechanics, in particular the means of calculating and noting the logistics of the game.

As a long-time Sudbury educator, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. Over the past sixteen years, it’s been my great privilege to be, as I sometimes describe it, an anthropologist of childhood—studying this exotic culture in its natural habitat, which is to say, unfettered by the limiting, if well-meaning, assumptions that lead most adults to narrowly restrict children’s growth “for their own good.”

And what I have seen in hundreds of young people over…

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About Us All!

Many of us write on a regular basis and do not consider ourselves to be authors. Many of us paint, draw and create in a variety of ways and do not consider ourselves to be artists. Cooks, bookkeepers, carpenters and data entry operators; mechanics, electricians, janitors and teachers. I can hardly scratch the surface naming ways people create daily. Much of our time is spent working and many go out each and every day with the idea, attitude and energy of attending to a need rather than the opportunity to create life! Many walk (or run to keep up) and are in anticipation of when they will have time to live their dreams. What if, we began to realize that each day we are creating in that dream, authorizing ourselves to be artistic and creative in all that we do, say and feel?

Many people don’t think of themselves as creators and often this title, along with titles such as author and artist, are identified only with those who do this for a living as a professional. While this is partially true, the other part of the truth is that each and every human is an author, artist and creator. We each live our days one-by-one and as we do so, we write our story. We paint, sculpt and dance in a You-nique way; creating this world, our world.

Each of us contributes to how this world actuates itself, how it evolves through expansion and compression and in the larger scheme of things, the cosmology of its life amongst its peers: other planets, the sun and the moon within this galaxy.

My chosen path is to joyfully create health and wellness, to discover our part in this grand plan and to enjoy this gift of life on earth. I see the artists and authors in each of us, and I love to shine the light upon them as they grace my life. Turning our lights on brighter brings clarity to see the beauty, love and life that abounds in all things – animate and inanimate.

Igniting the light within connects us with the nature of our feelings. As sentient beings, our feelings send a vibrational flow outward connecting with those similar. Vibration is all that ever exists, and it expresses in a variety of ways. When we see life through this lens, many begin to real-eyes that life truly is a “box of chocolates” awaiting discovery!

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The Divine Design

The Spirit within the 2012 Olympics

Many people experience the Divine by following their passion in sports.

The competition with others signifies the duality of the grand design.

By tapping inward, the individuals experience inner and outer growth in their participation

with the Power from which All creates.

Often missed from the ordinary lens of focus, many have and will continue to adjust their lens to see

both the Spirit and the Purpose in which this world is built; seeing beyond the duality to the Unity ~ En…Joy!

“Spreading Divine Joy”

It is my hope to:

“Let my love spread its laughter in all hearts,

in every person belonging to every race.

Let my love rest in the hearts of flowers, of animals,

and of little specks of stardust.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

As I began to invite people to the new yoga class I am now teaching, I found this beautiful quote.

I just LOVE how the continuity, serendipity and spontaneity occurs when we ask and then listen! 🙂

Real Eyes

Our perspective is the heart from which we view life.Image

Is the perspective from which we perceive really our present reality?

Or, has it come to us from experiences of the past?

Life is a gift.

As we place “real-eyes” to the present, our viewpoint can shift dramatically!

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