New Website

I'm moving my blog to my newly created website Butterflies and Incantations. All of my future blog posts will be there. I have already moved all my best old blog posts from this blog over to the new one under the Vanessa's Ramblings category.

Goals and Aspirations

There's a lot of talk about goals and aspirations but few people really sit down and work out exactly what world there'd like to live in if everything was right in the world. What would the ideal life look like?Most people would probably unthinkingly answer "I want to be rich" but rarely does that come with really thinking about what that looks like. People with money are generally constantly on the edge about their money. Worried that some day they won't have it.To quote the Tao Te Ching, The house that is full of Jade and jewels cannot be guarded.Even worse, if you become rich in isolation of those around you, you might suddenly find yourself alone with nobody to share your new world with, just like what happened to the creator of Minecraft.Some people take this a step further and realize they would be happier with everyone in their community becoming rich together so they start having dreams of communism but once again they don't really think this all the …

The Ravens Are Watching

The ravens are watching me
A thousand thousand eyes
Green, Orange, Yellow
Glowing, piercing in the night
From dark dead trees above
They're watching me
Breathless and still
They're watching me
As I walk through
They're watching me
They don't look real
They're watching me

Raven's Call

Can you hear the Raven's call
as she calls out in the morning?
Can you hear the Raven's call?
Mother nature's scorning.Can you hear the Raven's call
as she sings out sullen warnings?
Can you hear the Raven's call?
Follow not your plans suborning.Hurried hopeful that you not fall
Can you hear the Raven's call?
If her warning hear you null,
it is you she will be mourning


If my divine will to help others and promote a kinder, more compassionate, more harmonious world is but a chain which binds then so be it. I would sooner lock myself in a dungeon for all of eternity than willingly increase the suffering of the innocent in the universe if it can be helped, even for a being as seemingly insignificant as an ant. For we are all a part of The All, and we all share in it equally and the suffering of one is but the suffering of the all. And even if it were not such the case, it would change nothing, for by what right do I have to enact my will on another at their expense? No, truly if it was such the case, I would go willingly and gladly knowing that my incarceration decreased the overall suffering of the universe. May everything I do raise the vibrations of the planet, not lower or hinder them.

Building a Better Future

If you have not yet realized the future will not be forged with mere resistance or reforming of the old system which is so fundamentally flawed as to be irredeemable, your 2018 will be a very difficult year. If we want to build something better, we can't keep thinking in the old way with the old hierarchies and the old laws, we have to accend to something greater. We have to completely reforge the very concept of what it means to be human on planet Earth to be something more harmonious in mind, body and sprit. We can become something greater. We can heal the traumas of the past. We can create a world built on what's right rather than what's convenient and economical. We can do this, we just have start by doing the inner work and placing compassion above everything else.

Twelve Things to Remember in the New Year

Twelve things to remember in the coming year.1: All are equal in the eyes of the divine.
2: Your mental health is as important as your physical health; take care of yourself.
3: Your worth is not judged by the size of your bank account.
4: Earthly authority is harm as it is always maintained by violence.
5: Helping others is always a worthwhile cause.
6: Failure is an opportunity to learn.
7: Never discount the elderly, but heed the lessons of the young. For ancient knowledge and fresh perspectives are both but halves of the whole that is the path to wisdom.
8: The greatest crimes of humanity are selfishness and apathy. Greed and gluttony are byproducts of selfishness, and cruelty of apathy.
9: Life should be a constant pursuit of improving oneself for the good of all. To do otherwise is to do a disservice to your own ability for growth and to The All which we are all a part of.
10: To struggle is to gain, but to inflict struggle on another is theft.
11: Respect all life or your life …