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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Kindness Rocks!

Abigail Adams once said, “To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.”   So let’s talks KINDNESS… Kindness as a lifestyle… as a method of relaxation… Sedona Kindness and even conflict resolution! Kindness can start with a simple smile, a greeting, or even a hug. Even…

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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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The Squire

The Squire An Excerpt from The Häling and the Scottish Templars  A rising gibbous moon peered through thin veils of clouds in the indigo twilight sky. Sir Theobaud de Cherney, waited impatiently. For the first time, he realized the blood smeared across the breastplate of his leather armor, his blood and doubtless the blood of many less fortunate than himself.  Prior…

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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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Paying Respect to Nature

Of all the ways we can express gratitude, paying respect is among my favorite. To say, “The Light in me honors the Light in you,” is to acknowledge Divinity in all its manifestations… including the birds or the air and plants in the garden. Sometimes I begin my day with a short stroll around my…

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