The Key of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

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“The Key of Alchemy”

When ignored,
the darkness within
slowly erodes this physical body
When stuffed and buried deep within,
it silently grows stronger.

At some point along the path
and at many times,
the darkness surfaces.
Like a bullet train
or ever so slowly as a tortoise.
It will not be denied.

Keep turning our hearts away, we can.
Yet, the darkness will not depart
until it has space to be recognized.

The darkness, the shadows
only wish and pine for this space.
To be seen and accepted and felt
with compassion and deep love.

As the darkness is wrapped
in a loving embrace,
the transformation begins.

Acceptance, compassion and love,
serve to alchemize the darkness and shadows.
Transforming and melting the darkness
into the light.

The darkness may transform like a
freight train or may ever so slowly
transform as a tortoise.
Yet, it will transform when met
with love and compassion.

The irritation,
The anger,
The loneliness,
The despair,
The confusion.
Surface as they rub
the darkness within.
These feelings and emotions are the
key that allow an
opportunity to free oneself
from the suffering of denying
the darkness.

Freedom to live
consciously and authentically
is the gift this Key bears.

Oh, glory be,
the Key of Alchemy.
-2017, Camilla Downs, Lessons from Nature

Shine by Camilla Downs

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Shine

Shine bright dear one.
What your brothers
and sisters think
of your shine
matters not.

You see others shine,
and shrink even further
into the smallness of
not shining your light.
Each soul is meant to shine
in their own way
And no two ways will
be exactly the same.

Your shine is dulled by
years and years
of ignoring that
which creates the shine.

Dulled by messages received in childhood,
that you are doing it wrong,
that you don’t know how to do it.

Stories learned in childhood of
how one is supposed to live
how it’s supposed to be done.

The light is ever there.
It has not departed.
You have seen glimpses of it.

To allow the light to shine brightly
you must uncover what you buried
so deeply that you remember not
even having buried it.

What you have buried swings
like a pendulum.
One side, the victim
and the other, the judge.

Uncover it you must.
Face it.
Embrace it.
Know you can no longer
be hurt, or judged.

The vital step
of uncovering, confronting
and releasing cannot be skipped.
Fear has stopped you
from fully uncovering
what has been buried.

Eternal joy cannot be
Unless fear is
embraced by we.
I will face the fear
with you.
You are not alone.

Take my hand
and let us walk
together into
the darkness
and we shall emerge
as one to shine bright
and share love with
the world.

~March 2017 Camilla Downs, Lessons from Nature

It Inspires Me

March 4 2017:

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“It inspires me.” ~Lillian Darnell

Lillian asked this morning why I had not posted anything in an Arts facebook group lately. I explained that I have so much on my to do list. Also, that I felt my poems and nature photography were not inspiring and healing to those within the group.

She then suggested instagram. I explained that it did seem to be more meaningful to those who see them on instagram, yet it takes so long to post combining the photo, the poem and the tags.

She then said, “Your poems and photography inspire me.”

Thank you Lillian for reminding me that what I create is divinely inspired. The creations will touch who they are meant to touch when they are meant to touch. And, I do not need to hear that this has been so.

Winter Wonderland at Night and Love and Dreamy and Sparkly Magic

January 23 2017:

It was so bright last night while I was taking Happy for his last walk of the day. I was able to take pictures!!! These were taken about 9:15 last night. Another Winter Wonderland for us last night and today.

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January 23 2017:

Lillian and I went for an amazing and sparkly winter wonderland walk this afternoon …. I just had to give this picture its own post.

This is zoomed as far as I could go. A tiny snow and ice heart hanging from the tree limb.

Perfect and magical message to match the perfect and magical phone call I had with the Parks Ranger for Rancho San Rafael. She is over the moon excited about Thomas’ book. She bought a book at The Discovery Museum and that’s how she found out about it.

During the call, I found myself thinking, is this call really happening? Well, YES, yes it is and …. YES!!! Wonderful things are being planned!! Life is truly magical and miraculous when we get out of our own way … xoxo

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January 23 2017:

“It’s like a dream.” …… Said to me this morning by another resident who had just stepped outside.

I was on an early morning walk with Happy, taking many pictures. This persons comment caused me pause, inspired me, and brought forth oceans of gratitude for not just this ….. for life itself. xoxo – part 1

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January 24 2017:

Icicles and ice are fun to photograph!! More walking and being outdoors yesterday. xoxo

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January 24 2017:

Magical, sparkly, icicle and love filled walk with Lillian yesterday afternoon. Grateful to the icicles for letting me practice with the macro lens. xoxoxo …

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January 25 2017:

Walk with Thomas and Happy yesterday ….. Another snow heart and check out how the lake is thawing. Like a sun and sunbeams!

My time is nearing an end with Mr. Happy. He and Debbie head back home to Florida in about two weeks.

I’ve been walking him almost daily since they arrived in September and dog sat a few times while Debbie was out of town.

In November I noticed he was wobbly, unsteady, and dragging his left back paw.

Debbie took him to UC Davis where a tumor was discovered on his brain; which was later removed at UC Davis. They weren’t able to get all of it and the symptoms are still there a bit.

He seemed incredibly sad before the surgery and now … he’s “happy”! yaY!!!!

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January 26 2017:

More icicle magic yesterday. Love the wee little ones!!

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You Are Perfect

November 19 2016:

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“You are perfect.
Every shadow.
Every line.
Every bump.
Every curve.
You are perfectly divine.
My eyes could study you for an eternity
and still not grasp the depth of your beauty.
My heart need not study you at all.
For the heart knows the depths of your beauty.
Our beauty is one and the same.
We are perfect.” ~Camilla Downs 2016

My Response is MY Choice and Picture and Clarity and Love and Light

November 6 2016:

Walk tonight with these two. Grateful for lessons they continue to teach me. My response is my choice. Others response is their choice. My state of BEing is up to me, no matter what. xoxo

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November 8 2016:

From my walk this morning …. such beauty. I kept getting the feeling I needed to take a picture. As I turned for the last section, this. The take-a-picture feeling is so incredibly strong sometimes. This was one of those times.

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November 9 2016:

Walk with Thomas yesterday afternoon …. Nature offers us a path to clarity when we need it most. Nature guides one back to the heart …. away from the ego. xoxo

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November 11 2016:

Walk this morning …. Love and light …… Be still my heart. Such beauty!! xoxo

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Eternally at Peace

November 11 2016:

“Trunks and branches growing in opposite directions,
all with different views. Yet, you are eternally at peace.
Oh tree. You inspire me.” ~Camilla Downs – Author

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one …. With each day my heart fills with more and more and more love and peace …. Yet, the love and peace is to be uncovered within before it is discovered without … xoxoxo

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Reset Button and Beautiful Colors and Coots and Clarity walks

November 1 2016:

Beautiful afternoon walk ….. Going for walks is like pressing the reset button. So inspiring …. xoxo

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November 3 2016:

Thomas and I enjoyed a wonderful walk yesterday afternoon! Such fabulous clouds too! Beautiful colors abound!!

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November 3 2016:

I got to take Happy for a walk this morning and there was a beautiful pinkness in the distance. This kind of shows it, yet it was much more beautiful than this! xoxo

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November 4 2016:

Oh so fabulous walk with Lillian yesterday afternoon. We stopped by a large gathering of coots who were eating grass. We stood in silence and listened to the sound of their grazing. It was incredibly beautiful and soothing. Similar to the sound of water running over rocks. xoxo

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November 4 2016:

Walk of clarity this morning!! Check out the ball floating in the middle of the lake. Is it hovering above the mountain or floating at the bottom of it? Perspective is a magical thing! xoxo

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