I took my friend’s little dog Dusty, a Tibetan Spaniel. An easy companion, we sat on the dock for the longest time, just watching the light play with the clouds and the waves. A nice place to be after a good days work. Outside at last.
Lots of rain happening for us here and we are happy to have it. What better task to undertake on such a day as to look around for a new theme. One that might show off my photographs and blog content better. I hope you like this new look. Let me know.
I went to the Peru in 2012. I spent about two weeks there and took a lot of photographs, but I didn’t share them all with you and thought today might be a good day to share some more!! We started in Lima and flew to Cusco so I will start in Cusco. <img class=”size-full wp-image”
For the past eighteen months I have been in a program called The Transformational Healer’s Program as an Intern to the Enlightened Master Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. Mary Sise started this program with Sai Maa and I feel so honored to be a part of it.
I went to Albany, NY last year to attend an event with Mary Sise LCSW, DCEP. Mary was to give what are called Personal Sessions to individuals at the event. Mary Sise does Sai Maa Personal Energy Sessions.I am getting ready to go again this month June 18th through the 21st. I am so looking forward to this!!
Sai Maa is a spiritual luminary and global humanitarian, who gifted her massage table and the Shakti of her personal energy sessions to Mary, who has been a student of Sai Maa for almost 15 years and serves as Director of the Transformational Healers Program. This reflects the importance of the continuation of Sai Maa’s energetic healing legacy for the world and Mary’s role in this work. Sai Maa has a mission of global enlightenment through personal transformation and self-mastery.
Sai Maa shared this announcement while addressing 170 participants at an advanced workshop for healers on May 9, 2014 in Albany, NY.
Sai Maa’s website is at http://www.sai-maa.com
The Personal Sessions are a transference, clearing and raising of our own energetic fields which have the effect of giving the receiver a conscious experience of what can only be called “heaven”.
Mary Sise is a very interesting and amazing woman herself.I am going to quote from her website here…” An international speaker, teacher, counselor, and author known for her pioneering work in the field of energy psychology relating to the treatment of trauma, and her work in exploring the spiritual dimension of the soul and its integral relationship to authentic healing. Her warm, witty, and authentic approach makes her a frequently sought after speaker.
Condensing years of work and innovations in the field, Mary co-authored the ground-breaking book The Energy of Belief: Psychology’s Power Tools to Focus Intention & Release Blocking Beliefs with psychologist Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD. She has developed several teaching and self-help tools. ” Mary’s website is at http://www.marysise.com
Our Healer’s Internship program has been the most wonderful Journey I have ever undertaken.
In Annapolis this week we have had some lovely snowstorms. Driving to work yesterday was definitely challenging, but I do have those years of driving in Michigan which will last you forever.At least I think so. I would drive to downtown Detroit from Ann Arbor on Sundays for meditation with Yogacharya J Oliver Black, a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda who started a meditation and satsang group called Self Realization Fellowship or SFR back in the 1950s.
Mr Black was definitely an enlightened Master in his own right and had a fairly large group of people who attended the Sunday meditation at a beautiful old church in Detroit.
I remember the many beautiful and deep experiences of meditation I had then and how those experiences gave and continue to give me such peace in my life.
My present teacher is Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi, an Enlightened Master with whom I have been studying for the last 6 years. This is my 7th year with Sai Maa. I feel very blessed and I am so grateful to have Maa in my life. Her teachings are very clear and down to earth. They can be found on her website and at the bookstore on that website a book called Petals of Grace.
Today I went for a great walk down to the river and took some photos. The contrast of the snowy river and the boats is lovely.
It is the season of Hanukkah and the season of Christmas. The season for giving and greeting. Old friends and family new friends and traditions. The marrying of the old and new.
Give in gratitude to the Divine within you, just a few minutes of your time. Give that attention to celebrate your life, the preciousness of this human life.
How blessed we are no matter our age or state at this time in our lives.
Give this gift of your attention and gratitude in quiet, in stillness within or in prayer
Allow the Divine to flow through you, fill your heart with that love, that joy.
Blessings to you all, dear readers.
Wishing you all Love, Joy, Peace and Prosperity in the New Year.
I am so pleased to announce that I have been chosen as the featured poet for the month of December on the Dan Murano website at http://www.danmurano.com/poetry. Dan has also included several of my photographs.
What a thrill!! What excitement!! I am honored.
This November and December are shaping up to be really outstanding for my life in poetry.
I am putting together a chapbook to enter into some contests for 2015. It is certainly about time and I am so grateful to Grace Cavalieri and Sonja James for all their encouragement and support. Thank you so much.
Dear Readers I am so happy to announce the publication of my poem ” Heading That Way”
In Lummox #3 2014. You can find that publication at http://www.lummoxpress.com and order a copy, which I hope you will as it has so very much to offer.
I am very grateful to be included in this publication. There are many wonderful writers in this tome of 170 poets which includes interviews with Grace Cavalieri,John Macker, Doug Holder, Rick Smith and Daniel MCGinn. There are lots of photos and some cartoons. This is a publication to keep at your bedside table, take with you on a long trip or to the islands this winter.
You will find my poem on page 69 and attributed to Susan Topping (Silver) rather than my usual nome de plume Sue Silver. This due to a misunderstanding with the editor RD as it is Susan Topping who pays the bills.
Yes it is time I officially changed my name. Is that hard to do? I will soon find out…
These days I am living between Annapolis, MD and Shepherdstown and I am really enjoying Annapolis. What an interesting town, filled with interesting and wonderful people just like Shepherdstown in so many ways, but of course so much larger.
I am not going to put my poem here just yet. Please support Lummox by buying a copy if you can.
Here’s a poem by Grace Cavalieri:
After Taking The Train To Martinsburg
Did you think that I could
Come to the mountains
Where it is raining
Without finding something to praise,
Only this time it is a dream
Shimmering like the new green
Out every window,
The remembrance of traveling
When young, feeling that
Something was needed but finding
The porches seemed small
From a distance,
Then left with nothing in particular
Your cheek next to mine
And how I’d like to show you
The mourning doves building
Their nest in the crook
Of that far tree
Stick by stick by stick
As if it will last forever.
I see that these days because I am busy with work ( giving anesthesia at a GI center), so it’s not like I have long to sit down during cases where in the past, dear reader, I may have had some time to write a poem or an essay usually the former.Get some thoughts down on paper or to my iPhone notes.
What can I tell you about writing. I am so grateful that I can write. It seems to run in my family. I have enjoyed writing since childhood.
I had Great-Aunts that were poets. I think that is notable.
I am hoping to get a copy of a book of poems published of my Great Auntie Cis’s poems.
At this time I am not putting any poems on this site unless they has been previously published, as I am hoping to publish what I have written.
I am so grateful for my life.The beauty of it, the hard and the easy, the painful and the joyful.
So I am writing for my life….. all of it.
Arriving at the Denver Program the last event of Sai-Maa’s Passion Tour, I am drawn to the bookstore and there a large photograph of Maa, a close up of Sai Maa’s beautiful smile and loving eyes. My heart is so full and tears came readily as I sit with what can only be one of the most powerful photographs of Maa at Shivarartri.
This was the last stop on the Passion Tour with Sai Maa. The hall, completely full with standing room only. Many seeing Sai Maa for the first time. With Maa’s arrival my heart is bursting with joy and gratitude. My tears flow; these are tears that clear the way to my heart of hearts, opening my whole self, allowing it to be filled with that divine love, that divine Grace that just is, in Maa’s Presence.
Watching the many people go up to Maa to receive her Darshan I see how very generous Maa is of herself. How much Maa gives to us to raise our vibration, to educate us, and take us to the experience of the Divine within.
I am blessed to receive Maa’s Darshan, and Maa upon looking at the photograph I present for blessing says, “Oh Shivarartri, very powerful.” I am again in Maa’s Grace, which I remember each time I see in my mind’s eye this precious moment, face to face with her.
There is nothing so precious as being in the presence of Sai Maa. When Maa said “for those of you who are in pain, give it to me” my tears flowed, tears at the kindness and generosity of Sai Maa. Tears of joy, tears of love and devotion, welling from deep within. Those tears that come in the Presence of Maa are like no other.
Sai Maa’s Successors, Joey Klein, Lucinda Hanover, and Adam Rizvi, speak of new possibilities to step into. Possibilities of a much deeper relationship with the Divine. Joey speaks of discipline in the practice of one’s sadhana. The importance of physical and mental strength, of conscious thinking, and I am so glad that I have created a workout schedule that I can stick to and a daily sadhana . We meditate, and I see a golden light. When we dance, my feet are so light. The whole room is alive with happiness.
It is a “ turning point day” for me.
I was honored to be asked to write the blog article on my teacher Sai Maa’s Passion Tour stop in Denver, CO.