Choose Love

Choosing Love is not always easy. Choosing kindness is not a quick fix. But if every thought, word and deed reverberates into environment and beyond, then… I want to bath in love and kindness. I prefer to swim in the vibrant colors of joy and bask in a bright future. Drama is SO passé. It…

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Mystic Retreats

My Silent Retreats take many forms. In the midst of busy life, I make a practice of seeking  places of quiet for restoration. The Mystic in me needs a lot of nurturing. There are many ways to take quick breaks and reset my mind and mood. When I can’t travel for hours I have a…

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Forest Wayside

When I drive west along Hwy 26 outside of Portland, I make sure to stop at a particular rest stop ( wayside.)  Car parked and locked, I walk across a bridge and take a short hike into another world of moss covered rainforest and nurse logs. As I still my mind, the trees come into…

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Tenacity of Texas Dreams

Picture yourself sitting in front of your hearth one spring night on the Texas frontier, warming your weary feet after planting your vegetable garden just above the muddy Brazos riverbank. The firelight dances on your newly built log cabin walls. Your small son and daughter are sound asleep on their new cots in the corner,…

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My Templar Way Pt 4

PART 4 continued from PART 3 Flying over the Alps, destined for Klagenfurt Austria, those strange stirrings I had felt in Scotland returned. It was a resonance that I would grow very fond of in my many flights to meetings. I only knew that I was happy and grateful! The plane landed in the midst…

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My Templar Way Pt 3

Continued from PART 2 All was not lost because one day, I met Brother Jim, a Rosslyn Chapel docent with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chapel. Jim and his wife became my dear friends. They supported my quest and offered their hospitality so that I could test the waters with a meeting of the Sauniere…

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My Templar Way

‘My Templar Way’  By Linda Berthelsen, RTO, KTFA, GPTFA First published in Templar History Magazine, 2008 ~ Adapted 2018“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Long before Dan Brown opened Pandora’s box of Rosslyn Chapel mania, I was a devotee of its mysteries and symbols. My heart knew…

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Lowest tide of the Year

Along the west coast of the United States, folks call the lowest tides of the year ‘Spring Tides.’  In a stroke of good fortune, I was recently in the right place at the right time to experience the lowest tide of the year at Haystack rocks’ Marine Gardens at Cannon Beach, OR.   As I set…

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Soul Renewing Friendships

There are times in life where past – present – future seem to fuse into a dream, where memories bubble up like champagne – where wonder and vulnerability occupy the same oxygen, where tests of recall open both windows and wounds. Renewing friendships, as life unfolds in its zigs and zags offer retrospective glimpses at…

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1996 ~ Scotland

ON THE FLYING SCOTSMAN TRAIN from London to Edinburgh in late June, there was never a dull moment with the church choir I was traveling with… especially on the train. I on the other hand was more introverted and easily drawn to the passing scenery. The further north the train chugged, the lighter my heart…

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