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Finding Your Bliss


“Following my bliss” has meant different things at various times in my life. How about you? Certainly selling pretty much everything I owned at mid-life, leaving the circle, and heading out into the world with my partner was both scary and illuminating.

Could I call that “bliss”? Yes, I would say that now, because up until that time I had defined myself in certain ways that had become claustrophobic and limiting. I discovered that I loved to write, and here I am now and speaking to you. More doors are opening all the time, and that’s a truly beautiful thing.

Is there something you’ve been yearning to do, but haven’t quite taken the leap yet? I urge you to take at least one baby step forward. You will be amazed at how the universe will conspire to help you!


Susan L Hart 2023 / HartInspirations.com

It Will be Spring Soon

How our souls yearn for spring, for the sweetness of it, the rebirth of green and the feeling that no matter how hard the winter was, we endured it. We are finally rewarded with the chance to start afresh…


Our dreams are renewed in spring; we feel like anything is possible. The vitality of life runs through our veins again, just as the sap flows in the trees.

My heart drifts back to sweet memories of spring, accompanying my dad to the sugar bush, snow still on the ground, but the sun promising the coming warmth of summer. And hauling a big tin of maple syrup home, feeling the abundance that the Earth had provided. Even as a kid I appreciated it, the sweetness of this simple annual ritual with my father.

Our backyard boasted both a cherry and an apple tree; one would flower pink, the other white. I loved walking way down to the end of the yard, simply to admire the beautiful blossoms and breathe in their intoxicating, delicate scent.

Much later in adulthood, I discovered travel stories of Japan, and now my soul yearns to visit a place where the cherry blossom is revered and celebrated. Some day I will, paying homage to girlhood memories, springtime, my father, and the beauty of life, which ideally we should celebrate every day.

But oh, how it feels easier to celebrate that beauty in springtime!

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus



Susan L Hart 2023 / HartInspirations.com

Walking in Wonderland

“Walking in a winter wonderland…” Every year at Christmas time, this classic song has a way of making Northern Hemisphere dwellers slip into nostalgic myopia. After all, what could be more romantic than a fresh snowfall for the big holiday?

Being a hopeless romantic myself, when I began traveling I would still pine for snow during the holiday season. Hmm. The classic White Christmas. I miss it. Even in places that never have snow, a white Christmas seems to be the eternal dreamy ideal.  I’ve seen fake snow sprayed on many a shop window around the equator, on both sides of the world. Yes, it’s the BIG DREAM.

The reality? I loved snow during my childhood winters. Skating, tobogganing, building ice forts, snow ball fights – winter was my favorite season. It was fun. As an adult, not so much!

Adults are the ones who shovel snow and scrape ice and commute bad roads to and from work, day after day after grueling miserable freezing day. Winter can surely be a grind. That’s why I feel deep empathy right now for my friends Up North. Much to their chagrin, the romance of Christmas feels already long gone, and they are faced with the reality of winter.

Oh yes, I will grant you there were days when a fresh powdery snow would cover the tree branches so magically, it would take my breath away. And all that horrible shoveling and winter driving would almost all seem worth it.

Almost. 🙂

Susan L Hart 2023 / HartInspirations.com

The Rainbow Warriors Legend

The Maori of New Zealand possess many ancient legends and stories that explain their beginnings, their ancestors, their deep connection with Papataanuku (Mother Earth), and their relationship with “Io”, the supreme spiritual power.

One of their most important legends is that of The Three Baskets of Knowledge, and Tane, who was called to make the journey and ascend through the many realms to the uppermost one, occupied only by Io-Matua-Kore, God-the-Parentless. His mission was to obtain from Io the three baskets of knowledge, and bring the wisdom back to Earth for the benefit of all humankind.

Looked at simply, it is a story that explains how humankind gained knowledge of things both earthly and spiritual. However, at a deeper level, it is a metaphor for the archetypal inner journey of the mystic, as he or she travels inward, seeking always to find unity with the universe, and to become one with his or her concept or knowing of Io or God or the Supreme Being or the Way.

Several excerpts from the Maori song “He oriori mo Tuteremoana”, which speaks of the journey of Tane, highlight important ideas from this story.

“Listen O son. There was only one spiritual energy that transported Tane to the Uppermost realm; it was the spiritual power of the mind. Nought seen there but Io-the-parentless. Source of all authority, Source of all spiritual energy, Source of all heavenly origin, Source of all creation.”

The song speaks here of the incredible gift we are endowed with as part of the Source of all spiritual energy, and that is the power to create whatever we desire with our minds.

“Smoothed and a-glistening were the Bespaced Realms when Tane was summoned to the sacred beam in the presence of Rehua at the tail end of the realms; distilled then was the Ancient-knowledge of the upper realms, Ancient-knowledge of the rainbow, and the Ancient-knowledge of the spiritual powers.”

The rainbow as a bridge between realms and as a sign of hope and inspiration for the world is found in countless legends and stories of the indigenous cultures. For instance, the Maori legend of Uenuku and the Mist Maiden is a testimony to the power of love, and the rainbow represents love in all its shades. The rainbow is a reminder of the covenant between land and sky, mortal and immortal, earthbound and celestial.

“Tiwhana mai i e rangi a Uenuku-rangi! Span the skies, great rainbow of Uenuku!”

Many indigenous cultures believe that under the symbol of the rainbow, humanity will come into balance with one another and the Earth to experience the Golden Age. However, first an alignment with spiritual values, a healing between brothers and sisters, and a renewed reverence and appreciation for the Earth must take place.

There is an ancient theme that runs through many American Native legends that warns of the devastation the European white man would bring to the land. However, the myths also promise that some time in the future, when the devastation (especially as it was wrought upon the native peoples and upon the land itself) was at its worst, spiritually aligned souls among peoples of all colors, peoples of the rainbow, would feel a calling of Spirit and come together to bring things back to proper balance.

These souls, who would do no violence and would work to end violence, would be called the Rainbow Warriors.

The time of the Rainbow Warriors has come.

Footnote: Quotations from “He oriori mo Tuteremoana” are by Tuhotoariki, grand-uncle of Tuteremoana, the most famous descendant of Tara, eponymous ancestor of the Maori Ngai Tara tribe. He lived nineteen or twenty generations ago. At his birth Tuhotoariki composed a well known oriori or song chant, “He oriori mo Tuteremoana”, which has survived to this day. Tohotoariki was a famous tohunga or priest of his time, and his oriori contains many spiritual teachings for his high born grand-nephew.

Time of the Rainbow Warriors is included in my ebook: Our Beautiful Earth © 2021


Susan L Hart 2022 / HartInspirations.com

Our Divine Nature

When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) that breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and we remember our infinite essence.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at that magnificent rock face, we feel small and big, all at the same time.

The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And yes, it is.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  (Henry David Thoreau)

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”

Lord Byron, from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

The indigenous peoples of the world believe that Nature is not only our provider, but she is also our teacher.

What has been your most profound experience with Nature? What has been the most important lesson Nature has taught you?  Please comment.

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Susan L Hart 2022 / HartInspirations.com