Tipsandtricks' birthday came and went without a peep from me regarding the usual celebration of Greatest Hits.
It has been an honor and a privilege to learn we all need to find our own way in terms of discipline and self-rules by way of writing less tipsandtricks this year, and I thank you, dear readers, for the opportunity.
In the name of freedom, a Prayer for "Honoring Freedom" (it's long; I promise it's worth it) from the inspired Pixie Lighthorse:
"Thank you for this beautiful day of growth, of separation and individuation.
Thank you for showing us how to love and also be free.
Thank you for the water, the grass, the simple things we need to live and tend to take for granted. Thank you for wide, open-range thinking and for the ability to create our own realities with your help. Thank you for the courage to step off of the well-traveled thoroughfare to seek our own fortunes of the spirit.
Bless our paths as we leave a season of our lives behind and declare new footsteps, once again, as you have blessed us so many times before now. Bless the Wheel that keeps us turning and learning. Guide us to autonomy as we learn to make spirit-stuff our first priority and the closest matter to our hearts. Let us allow this in others, honoring their way-knowing that we each have our own sweet language with you.
Guide us to true freedom by showing us your part in everything-everything beautiful and of creation, as well as that which is unseemly and destructive. Both are of you. Allow us to sit on the edge of the cliff for as long as we need to before we can move forward. Keep us from hurrying the process, knowing that it is in our readiness for leaping that we gain our sovereignty. Remind us that it is in ownership of the role we've played which will release us and forgiveness of ourselves which sets us free.
Humble us by removing our disclaimers, our qualifiers and our blame of others for putting us in this place. Find us sitting on the mountain waiting for the visions to come from you, disrobed of our arrogance, stripped of our expectations, devoid of impatience. Surround us with your magical animals, vegetables and minerals which support our earth-walk toward full flexibility. Show us that it isn't others who hold us back, only ourselves and our very good reasons. Show us another way.
Hold us tenderly when we suffer and amplify our radiance when we shine. Heal us with right medicine which opens us all the way up, in full support of our sensitive natures.
Teach us to nurture ourselves deeply and leave tracks for others on path to find us and their freedom, too."
Thank you and bless you all.