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Saturday, December 15, 2018

100 Things Yule Need to Know

by Trent Deerhorn, Deerhorn Shamanic Services

Sometimes the aspect of a deadline inspires us to step up and do what we do best in the best way we can. About four years ago I agreed that once a month I would give a noon hour presentation at a local mystical supply shop. Since then, I have faithfully attended to these presentations, with perhaps one or two occasions when it was impossible for me to be there, right up until the shop closed its doors. In any case, I usually go in with an excellent idea of what I am going to present and then allow the presentation to be somewhat organic in nature. Sometimes I open with a “check in” time with the attendees and, during that time, suddenly become inspired to include various themes that have been presented in the check in time in my presentation. I love it when an organic plan comes together. One day I was scheduled to present once again, so I sat down to try to figure out what it was that I wanted to convey to the audience. Because it was early December and Yule us just around the corner, I decided to title my presentation “100 Things Yule Need to Know.” So this is the list of things that got presented. It is random but straight forward and inspirational and deep and sometimes silly. And it is classic Deerhorn in that it shoots straight from the hip:
1. Yule need to know that this is not the first time that this corny phrase is going to be used.
2. Yule need to know that Christmas does not have to be stress and tension and pressure to attend functions, be they family, work, or social.
3. Yule need to know that you will regret getting plastered at your staff Christmas party. Don’t go there.
4. Yule need to know that energies are speeding up in our world, so Yule need to get organised. Spend less time in front of the TV and computer and more time with loved ones and doing actual activities instead of virtual ones.
5. Yule need to know to be more cautious when out in the world, whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. Look both ways even if the light is green.
6. Yule need to know to be open to love in order to actually find love.
7. Yule need to know that you have to be the kind of person that you want to attract into your life. Opposites don’t attract. Like attracts like.
8. Yule need to know to let go of your gender biases, racial biases, sexual orientation biases, age biases, and economic biases if you are ever going to find someone who is not biased towards YOU.
9. Yule need to know to eat healthy food to be healthy. You can’t live on potato chips and pop and expect stellar health.
10. Yule need know to let go of dogma of all forms: dietary, religious, spiritual, scientific etc just to name a few. Dogma is actually your enemy and is most difficult to identify when it is within YOU.
11. Yule need to know to embrace change instead of fear it. Otherwise life is going to leave you in the dust.
12. Yule need to know that bad things happen in life and that doesn’t mean that you are to blame or that some other victim is to blame because either of you “invited” that into your lives with your thoughts or belief systems. This is a NEW AGE/OLD AGE dogma that blames the victim EVERY TIME.
13. Yule need to know that it is okay to get comfortable with death. It is a natural part of life. Its timing usually sucks big time when it is someone we love dearly that has died, but its existence cannot be avoided. And being comfortable with death does not take away from the grief you will feel when it happens. That grief is real. But it does make it real for less of a period of time.
14. Yule need to know that it is essential to spend more time meditating and star gazing if you are ever going to find awe and magic in this world. Magic does exist…for those who can look at the Universe as well as look deep within.
15. Yule need to know to spend a lot of time in total darkness to be able to develop your sense of sight…especially when it comes to seeing auric fields and communing with spirits. Darkness is your friend that way.
16. Yule need to know to occupy YOURSELF and become less distracted by tangents of thought and chatter of people if you are going to become aware of your surroundings. Being present is the key.
17. Yule need to know that no matter what anyone tells you a particular “medicine plant” will do for you, it is also nothing that you can’t achieve on your own by doing your personal work and spending time meditating and star gazing and occupying yourself.
18. Yule need to know that fare is not always equal and equal is not always fare. Not everyone has the exact same needs in life. So what $1,000,000.00 means to one person will not be the same as it means to the next. What having a safe bed to sleep in means to one person will not be the same as it means to the next. Both people are worthy. Both people can have. But it is not always fare or equal.
19. Yule need to know that manifesting things in life has very little to do with waiting for it to simply be. You must put personal effort into manifestations in order for them to come alive. The Universe does not support free loaders.
20. Yule need to know that whatever your responses internally are to anything, even this information, are entirely your own reality. They mean very little to anyone else who will have their OWN reality that they are dealing with. We cannot expect to be coddled by the Universe when it comes to our own triggers. Nor can we expect others to treat us with kid gloves just because we are wounded. Our responses are ours alone.
21. Yule need to know that you can try to hold others hostage to your own personal wounded history, but they will put up with it for only so long before they say “so long” to you.
22. Yule need to know that sometimes more than one person is wrong. Who is MORE wrong is often an issue of perception and legality. This does not mean that both were not wrong.
23. Yule need to know that sometimes more than one person is right, but for different reasons.
24. Yule need to know that you are a sovereign being that is loved…always…even if you are completely alone. So you may as well equally love the person you have been sleeping with for your entire life….that being YOU.
25. Yule need to know that people will lose it on you now and then, and that this may have nothing to do with YOU. And if it does, then you need to make it right.
26. Yule need to know that it is always alright to apologise for any mistake you have made. Whether or not that apology is accepted is up to the other person.
27. Yule need to know that for an apology to be accepted, it will most often be accepted if you acknowledge what you have done and have made amends to the person in a way that means something to THEM.
28. Yule need to know that your personal debts are your personal responsibility. Take care of them asap and especially before you die. That way your loved ones are not left having to pay them off.
29. Yule need to know that not everyone in the world will like you. Nor will you necessarily like everyone in the world that you meet. It is okay to part ways and just find your peace.
30. Yule need to know that holding a grudge creates disharmony within YOU, and has not much of an effect upon the one for whom you are holding it.
31. Yule need to know that it is okay to NOT accept a friend request on social media. Your life does not have to be completely out there for all to see. And it is equally alright for someone else to not accept your friend request as well.
32. Yule need to know that, just when you think you have nailed it when it comes to how someone else ticks, you will discover something about them that you did not in any way expect…because people can be both private and dynamic at the same time.
33. Yule need to know how to cook, because your mama ain’t always gonna be around.
34. Yule need to know that comparing one person’s pain to another person’s pain is a fool’s practice.
35. Yule need to know that personal cleanliness is an indication of personal self-worth, but that it can also be an indication of how connected you are choosing to be or not to be to others.
36. Yule need to know that self-sufficiency does not depend upon what others do for you, it depends upon what you do for yourself.
37. Yule need to know that, just when things seem to not be able to get any worse, they actually can. And that this does not need to crush you.
38. Yule need to know that if you allow yourself to be strong, you will become strong.
39. Yule need to know that strength has little to do with physical might and much to do with internal fortitude.
40. Yule need to know that if you pray for someone else, that prayer needs to match what that person’s actual needs are…not what YOU think they will need.
41. Yule need to know that as much as you may want that new do-hickey, there is someone else in the world who doesn’t even have a bed to sleep in.
42. Yule need to know that privilege is rarely perceived by those who are privileged. That is not necessarily their fault. We all see the world through our own personal lenses.
43. Yule need to know that right now there are likely as many people rooting for you as not. What you make of that is up to you.
44. Yule need to know that you deserve to be compensated for work that you do, even if someone else tries to tell you that you should not be.
45. Yule need to know that there are many people in the world who will want to use and abuse you. Whether or not you let them is your choice. I hope you don’t let them.
46. Yule need to know that if you allow yourself to relax into the dynamic being that you are, you will have much more to offer the world than if you don’t.
47. Yule need to know that if someone bad mouths you in your community it says a lot more about THEM than it does about YOU.
48. Yule need to know that as you create your world, there will be mistakes made and that these mistakes are opportunities to discover how not to do things as well as how to attempt it in a better way with the next attempt.
49. Yule need to know that if you can find even just a spark of Light in any difficult situation you will be several steps closer to becoming at peace with it.
50. Yule need to know that you are a physical manifestation of the Divine, and as such there is nothing that you can’t do if you put your intent, your mind, your heart and your drive into it.
51. Yule need to know that your dreams are more of a reality than the rest of this world is…and it is a much more vast reality at that.
52. Yule need to know that maturity and age are not always synonymous, one with the other.
53. Yule need to know that it is not okay to belittle anyone as “immature” when they are most likely just one who knows how to play.
54. Yule need to know that you do have spirit guardians around you and that you most likely would not even be here today if you did not.
55. Yule need to know that your passions are valid aspects of your existence. Follow them and allow yourself to become a fuller individual as a result.
56. Yule need to know that we are made up of just as much stardust as we are made up of earth.
57. Yule need to know that it is completely okay to have a “healing team” that is made up of a number of various practitioners of various modalities and that NONE of them will actually contradict any of the others.
58. Yule need to know that personal tastes differ and that this is okay. Whether we are talking about music, food, or any form of entertainment, what one person likes is not something that needs to be liked by everyone.
59. Yule need to know that some people cannot properly digest spicy food. This is in no way a judgement of the makers of the food or of the ethnicity of that food.
60. Yule need to know that we all wear different masks on different days and in different circumstances. This is not WRONG to do. We don’t always have to wear our hearts on our sleeves. In fact, doing so may be the most inappropriate thing to do at times.
61. Yule need to know that the way you breathe will definitely infinitely affect the way you feel.
62. Yule need to know that the amount of “stuff” that you hold onto will eventually serve only to weigh you down at a time when you need much more freedom than it allots. This would be a time to purge your things and NOT replace them with anything.
63. Yule need to know that, even if you don’t like to drink water, it is important to do so in order to keep your kidneys functioning well, otherwise you will indeed develop kidney stones and experience the worst pain that you will ever experience in your entire life. True Story!
64. Yule need to know that it is more important that you are comfortable in your life and with who you are than it is for you to live your life to please other people. Their delusions of you are their own.
65. Yule need to know that you are far more capable of expressing love than that for which what you are already giving yourself credit.
66. Yule need to know that whether or not someone is a parent has little to do with their personal worth, so don’t ever assume that they don’t know or understand just because they are not a parent. Their experiences may be different, but they will be equally as rich.
67. Yule need to know that everyone has a right to privacy. So if someone does not tell you something and you become offended by that, then it is your issue and not theirs. Needing to know EVERYTHING that is going on in a person’s head or heart is an act of the CONTROL FREAK.
68. Yule need to know that there will be times that you feel that no one cares enough to ask you how you are doing and actually listen. That is when it is most important to seek out those who will listen.
69. Yule need to know that when someone is sharing a personal story with you it is important to listen, without interruption, right up to the very end of the story. This way you don’t take away from the story by inserting your own story or going off on another tangent.
70. Yule need to know that we have one mouth and two ears for a reason and that this reason is that we can use them in exactly that ratio.
71. Yule need to know that violence is violence, no matter who it is directed at, and that it is important to put a stop to it. It doesn’t matter if it is a child, a woman or a man who is being verbally or physically attacked, it is not acceptable and must be ended.
72. Yule need to know that the “man cold” concept is a form of sexism. Men do not get ill as often as women do and when they do they get knocked on their asses with it. Women’s immune systems, on average, are better than men’s are. This is why they get ill more frequently and in bits and pieces instead of all at once. This is Nature’s way of preserving the species. It has nothing to do with who is weaker or stronger. And there are viruses that are smart enough to not strike the female of the species as hard because they know that the females are the incubators of future hosts. So they tend to want to kill of the males. That is a scientific fact.
73. Yule need to know that breast milk is the healthiest form of nourishment for newborns. End of story. Get over whatever hang ups you may have about it.
74. Yule need to know that fathers are equally as important in a child’s life as are mothers, even if their relationships are different than that of a mother and child. They are equally as powerful, equally as nourishing, and equally as nurturing.
75. Yule need to know that mothers can screw up their children just as badly as can fathers, and that grandparents are not immune to that capability.
76. Yule need to know that your family may consist of blood relatives, and may also include non-blood relations. That is an important part of life.
77. Yule need to know that when you bear witness to the joining together of two people in commitment or matrimony you also have a responsibility to help that couple to get through the tough times instead of playing one against the other. Encouraging them to stay strong and to honour the love they have for one another goes a lot farther towards the continued relationship and the good health of the community as a whole.
78. Yule need to know that when someone bad talks your love partner, it usually means more about THEM than it does about your partner.
79. Yule need to know that a true friend will also call you on your garbage. Coddling you and blowing air up your kilt will do nothing to help you become an increasingly better person.
80. Yule need to know that there are very tactful ways of saying things that are difficult to say. Find out what they are and practice them before saying them.
81. Yule need to know that sometimes “blunt” is a perfectly effective way to get a point across, although you may not win more friends in using that method.
82. Yule need to know that words can hurt often more than if you were to strike a person. Words create thoughts about the self that can take YEARS to overcome. So we need to be conscious of the words we choose.
83. Yule need to know that science is the magic that we do understand, and that magic is the science that has not yet been explained. Both exist.
84. Yule need to know that the teachings of the medicine wheel are actually within every cell of your body. Cool, eh? The pattern exists within each cell, therefore the teachings are such that they are encoded in the sacred DNA of our beings.
85. Yule need to know that history is that which is recorded by those who won whatever war was fought, and will, therefore, only reflect one side of any story.
86. Yule need to know that those who dig deeper into history and find other sides to the story are often accused of being “historical revisionists”. Although the term is meant to be demeaning, it is one that you can wear proudly if it is used on you because it means that you are a TRUTH SEEKER. There are two kinds of history…one that exists within time and one that exists outside of time. Chew on that one for awhile….
87. Yule need to know that there are many in the world who will want to stop you from finding the truth about things. Don’t let them.
88. Yule need to know that there are some in the world who will support you in your efforts to find the truth, so cherish those ones because they are few and far between.
89. Yule need to know that sometimes it is more important to do what is right than it is to do what is expected. So do what is right and then don’t look back.
90. Yule need to know that when you don’t do what is right, that act of doing what is wrong will haunt you, sometimes for lifetimes.
91. Yule need to know that we are not enslaved by karma. In fact, we can live our lives in ways that correct negative karmic patterns and enhance the positive karmic patterns.
92. Yule need to know that karma is simply part of a law of cause and effect…nothing more. It is much like tossing a stone into a pond and watching the water ripple back to the edges of the pond.
93. Yule need to know that if you are going to make a splash in that pond it will be important to make it a positive splash. The ripple will happen either way.
94. Yule need to know that whatever it is that you fear can be overcome. You do not need to be held hostage to your fears.
95. Yule need to know that when you experience fear it can very quickly become translated in your mind and in your heart as “hate”. This is very dangerous for all parties involved.
96. Yule need to know that it is completely okay to say “no” to anything at any time if you are not comfortable with the situation. Those who don’t want to accept “no” as an answer NEVER have your best interests at heart, be it in your personal life or in your professional life.
97. Yule need to know that it has been completely normal for you to have had your thoughts wonder off into many tangents while absorbing this information. It is also a normal discipline to develop the ability to not let the tangents in your mind take over.
98. Yule need to know that there are many things that you will, by the time you die, still not know. Yule need to become comfortable with that so that you can focus on what you actually do NEED to study, learn, and become knowledgeable in.
99. Yule need to know that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is the accumulation of information. Wisdom is the appropriate use thereof.
100. Yule need to know that Nostalgia and Sentiment are traps. They keep you jailed in what either always was or in what shoulda/woulda/coulda been.
101. Yule need to know that it is important to always say “please” and “thank you”.
102. Yule need to know that you may not be able to change your past, but you can change who you are by changing your heart.
103. Yule need to know that we are ALL born as naturally intuitive, regardless of gender, race or any other thing we associate with intuition.

Notes:

1. There are more than 100. Just wanted to keep you on your toes and make sure you were paying attention!

2. You are a vibrant and intelligent reader, so feel free to add to this list as often as you like. It is important.

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