Ice Wine Is Rare

Ice wine is a precious jewel among wines. If you are fortunate enough to hold a glass with ice wine in your hand, appreciate its brilliant golden color and savor its bouquet. Then honor this extraordinary desert wine by sipping it with your senses open to enjoy its taste – sweetness combined with a vibrant acidity.

Ice wine is rare.  There are only small quantities available each year.  It is produced from grapes that freeze over lightly while they are still on the vine, leaving a small amount of unfrozen, sweet grape juice at the center of each grape. These concentrated frozen grapes are then pressed and subsequently transformed into the golden ice wine through fermentation.

Only the best grapes keep in good shape long enough for an opportunity for an ice wine harvest, and only a few regions in the world have climate conditions that allow for the delicate balance of light frost and good harvest conditions.

Ice wine production is risky.  When the wine-grower waits and no frost comes, the grapes rot and are lost.  When the harvest takes too long or the frost is too severe, the grapes are lost as well.  It’s quite an adventure!  On the first morning, when it is cold enough, the wine-grower has to act immediately and he needs a large enough labor force to pick the whole crop within a few hours.

Some of the finest people are like ice wine.  When the last grapes are touched by light frost, they become sweeter and richer than before. When people are touched by severe hardship and loss, they can become wiser and more compassionate.

On the other hand, if the grapes get too much frost and freeze to the core, no sweet juice can be extracted from them anymore. If people suffer too much – without hope, without connecting to the light and love within themselves and around them – they too may freeze to the core and no longer share their compassion and sweetness.

However, if people experience hardship and overcome it, holding on to kindness, compassion, and integrity, they can become rare treasures.

  

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, and author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

 

Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls, these beautiful, shimmering, precious gifts of the sea grow in pearl oysters. To find one wild pearl, hundreds of pearl oysters or pearl mussels have to be gathered and opened.  For many centuries, fine quality natural pearls have been admired for their beauty and highly valued as gemstones, and so the word “pearl” has become a metaphor for something admirable, rare, and valuable.

Similar to pearls of the sea, pearls of wisdom also grow in the depth – in the depth of our minds and hearts.  They are also admirable, rare, and valuable.

But different from pearls of the sea, they cannot be gathered and brought up to the surface on purpose.  You cannot dive down, hold your breath, search for thoughts, bring them to the surface, and check them out for their value.

Pearls of wisdom are gifts. They come to you when you least expect them. However, you can prepare for them.

How? You can learn to listen.  You can gain a great deal from listening carefully. Many people hardly listen, but you can be different. You can cultivate the attitude of listening. You can listen to your family members and friends, your mailman, your colleague, your neighbor, and the cashier at your grocery store.

Listen with patience and appreciation.  Of course, when I say “listen”, I don’t mean listen with your ears only – listen with your heart as well. Don’t make the mistake to try to get something out of listening. You cannot force pearls of wisdom to come your way.  Listen because you like to listen and you appreciate their unique points of view.

The same is true for good books. When you read books, listen to their emotional flow, and follow their trains of thought.

You can also become quiet and listen to your own inner voice.

Eventually, as you listen to people, as you listen to your inner voice, as you read a book with mindfulness, you find a pearl of wisdom, and then another pearl, and over time more and more pearls of wisdom.

Pearls of wisdom illuminate your life. They shimmer and shine. They bring you peace of mind or make you smile.

One day, when you are engaged in a lively conversation with a friend, it can happen that you are inspired to say something special, something precious, yourself.

Without intending it, just speaking from your heart, you surprise yourself with giving your friend some pearls of wisdom.

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Winter is here – the real winter. For me, living in the Boston area, the real winter comes with snow. Especially around Christmas, I like to sing along with the song: “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” 

winter

And snow we have today, lots of snow. It has snowed already for a full day, and still more snow is falling. Oh, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Like everyone else in the northern hemisphere , we have wintertime from winter solstice to spring solstice (December 21 to March 21). During this time, we often have frost and cold winds. The days are  short, the nights are long. You live through this, but the magic of winter appears when it snows.

What makes snow so special? After all, it’s only water, right?

True, it’s water in the special form of ice crystals. The life of each small crystal starts in a cloud, where a miniscule cloud droplet freezes into a tiny particle of ice. As water vapor starts to condense on its surface, the ice particle quickly develops facets and becomes a small hexagonal prism.  As the crystal becomes larger, it sprouts six arms. The ever-changing atmospheric conditions of temperature, humidity, and pressure in the cloud  allow the development of the beautiful, complex, symmetrical structure of a snow crystal, which eventually “snows” down. Oh, the miracles of nature!

A snowstorm interrupts modern life. You cannot commute to work or school. You cannot go shopping or run errands. Instead, you wait for the industrious men and women with  snowplows to clear highways, roads and streets  from this abundance of snow.

Suddenly you have time for yourself. Enjoy this unforeseen leisure!

What a pleasure it is, looking out of the window, watching the snow falling down! You can even add to this pleasure by sipping hot chocolate. You can play card or board games with your family, occasionally looking out of the window into the falling snow.

The comfort of your home never feels better than on a cold, snowy day. You are warm and cozy inside, while cold winds whirl around outside.

The snow crystals, gently falling down on hills and trees, roofs and streets, bring a certain magic with them – a promise of mystery and beauty, of dreams and comfort, and of feeling at home with yourself.

Let the magic continue for a while! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken, like the first morning.” Whether you know this beautiful song or not – morning has broken also for you.

Wherever you are on this beautiful earth, the sun shines on you. No matter how you feel –  miserable or joyful –  morning has broken also for you.

There are times in life when you focus your attention so strongly on a particular annoying or sad situation that it can fill your entire horizon. Then, you find it difficult to raise your eyes to see the greater picture.

As you focus on sorrow and pain, more sorrow and pain are coming your way. You might even start believing that life itself is difficult and that you are meant to walk in a vale of tears. As you believe it, so you create it.

morning has broken

The good news is that you can end your misery at any time. You can lift your gaze and notice that morning has broken also for you.

Don’t you see it? Don’t you feel it? Are you not moved by it? Morning has broken also for you!

Don’t you feel like singing along?

“Mine is the sunlight,
mine is the morning,
born of the one light
Eden saw play.”

When you take this to heart – don’t you feel like giving thanks?

“Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.”

At the dawn of a new year, the year 2014 – are you not elated to know that morning has broken also for you? 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

Peace for All

We always long for peace. At the end of the year, when the nights are long and dark – at least in the northern hemisphere where I live – we long for peace even more.

We celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or other wonderful holidays where we share love, and gifts and the promise of peace for all.

When you think of “peace for all” you usually think of people, right?  You have your own family in mind, your circle of friends, your neighborhood, your nation, people on your continent, people on earth. Peace for all people!

peace for all creatures

What about the creatures who share life on earth with us? What about our furred and feathered, scaled and winged fellow creatures? Is “peace for all” meant for them as well?

Maybe you think, “They are just dull animals. What do they know of peace?” Well, animals are also aware, only in different ways. They feel joy and pain. They act, they dream. They have – to varying degrees – personalities. Everyone of you who has a dog or cat or horse in their life knows about their loyalty and love.

Well, then, if we want to extend the idea of “peace for all” to animals, what can we do to make it happen?  It all starts and ends with you. When you love and respect yourself and others, you shine your light.  When you include all life in your love, your light shines even brighter.

“Shining your light” is not a metaphor. Reiki masters and healers like myself work with this light. People who are gifted with clairvoyance see this light. People with an open heart feel this light. By the way, more and more people are opening their hearts for love and kindness. This light is the love, wisdom, and power of your higher consciousness or soul. What you hold in your heart and mind “matters”.  By shining your light you create new positive realities.

At this holiday season, when we celebrate Christmas or Hanuka other wonderful holidays, let us open our hearts and minds to include in our love, in our respect, in our desire for peace – all creatures.

Let us create “peace for all”!

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

Sit and Allow Yourself to Feel Innocent

Today, sit and allow yourself to feel innocent. You don’t have to sit on this colorful bedof leaves in the forest as this woman does. Although it’s lovely, isn’t it?

sit and allow yourself to feel innocent

You don’t have to sit on a mountain top, or even a hill. You don’t have to sit on the beach, or by a river or on a bench in a beautiful garden. But wherever you sit, feel your body. Feel yourself. Most of all, feel innocent. Feel as if you were pure light and power. Feel as if all you have to do is just radiate your light and power.

“Innocent?” you might think, “I wish I were but I’m not. You know, I’ve made mistakes and although I regret it now, I have been selfish. I have also made poor decisions. Most of my life, I have not behaved like a saint. How could I be innocent?”

It does not matter. Wherever you have been – you are here now. And right here, right now you can make a new start. Right here, right now sit and allow yourself to feel innocent.

At this moment of your life, you are new. Let the past be and allow yourself to feel your innate innocence. Feel and radiate the light and power that you are.  

By allowing yourself to feel innocent again and again, you give it power, you give it life, you give it reality.

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

Waiting for the Sun to Shine?

Waiting for the miracle to happen? Waiting for good fortune? Waiting for love to come your way? Waiting for the sun to shine? Waiting? Always waiting?

sun shine

If you think that you are just a recipient destined to wait for some chance good fortune  to come your way, you don’t know who you truly are.

You remember the words “created in the image of God”, right? God is the Creator. You are a creator. Do what is natural for you – create!

Stop waiting – start creating!

If you sit in the darkness and long for light – light a candle. If you are cold – create warmth. If you are lonely – start loving yourself and others. You are the creator of your life experience.

“But, Brigitte, if I light a candle – that is not much light. I want the sun to shine on me.” Light a candle and more light will shine on you. Keep lightening candles and you will be showered with light. And, yes, the sun will shine on you.

“But, Brigitte, this earth is a miserable place. When I watch the news I see so much injustice and crime, struggle and war. I’m waiting for peace.”

What you see in the news is what people have created. You don’t have to go along with that. You can create a better life because all the necessary preconditions are given to you.

To start with – this earth is a sacred place. Our earth gives us shelter, air to breathe, food to eat, and water to drink. Earth showers us with the beauty of forests and rivers, mountains and deserts, flowers and birdsong. If you are waiting for the sun to shine, if you are waiting for the abundance and beauty to be revealed to you – take the first step and appreciate what is here with you. Thus you open the door for more beauty and abundance.

You know what the next necessary precondition is? You. Remember, you are a creator. Find clarity about what you want. Feel good about it. If necessary, change your beliefs if they are dark and sad. Then take action and walk in the direction of your desires.

“But, Brigitte, I am just a single person. What difference does it make how I feel or act?”

You matter. You are powerful. Of course, only if you believe in your true nature.

Still waiting for the sun to shine? Or are you willing to shine your light first?

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

Celebrate the Abundance

Thanksgiving – let us celebrate the abundance that nature gives us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

celebrate the abundance

Let us thank the intelligent forces of nature which cause this abundance to grow – the varied and nutritious  grains, vegetables, and fruit. Just imagine for a moment how wind and weather, sunshine and moonshine contribute to the growth of your food. Imagine those many minutely small organisms in the soil and in the water which help your food grow. Thank them all.

Nature also gives us an abundance of fish and fowl, game and cattle, so that we can nourish our body. They are not resources that you are meant to plunder but gifts to be respected and appreciated. Thank you, animals!

There is also an abundance of people you share this world with.  You are not here to compete with them.  You are here to enrich their lives as they enrich yours. There are people who bake your bread, plant your potatoes, maintain your streets, manufacture your shoes and clothes, construct your house, deliver your mail, and drive your bus or train or plane. From scientific research to legal advice, from administration to artistic expression, from medical help to phone connections – your daily comfort and ease rests on these services. You could not live the life you live right now in our modern complex societies without them. You cannot stand alone and thrive.  Thank you, fellow human beings!

There is still more to the abundance of life. There are the unseen benevolent forces which inspire, love and guide you and me, day and night. Thank you!

Thanksgiving – so much to be grateful for. Let us celebrate the abundance that surrounds and sustains us.

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

 

Abundance of Golden Leaves

Still it is fall. Still I enjoy the abundance of golden leaves in my garden. They have been green all summer long, offering us oxygen, giving us shade, whispered when a gentle breeze wafted through them. Squirrels ran between them in search of food. Birds rested and sang in their shelter.

For my part, this lush green summer could have gone on forever but there is always change, sometimes imperceptible. As much as you and I want to hold on to a moment of beauty, a moment of serenity, there is always change.

abundance of golden leaves

So, one night, frost touched the lush green leaves with icy fingers and turned them golden. A new beauty, a new serenity emerged – the abundance of golden leaves.

The expression of life is changing in you and around you, incessantly. Not one moment equals another. That is the beauty of life. That is also the challenge of life.

Are you afraid of change? Do you fear the unknown? If you do, you fear life itself. When you fear life itself, you cannot experience its beauty and abundance, its gifts and challenges. That would be such a waste because you are here to live a full life, not a watered down version of life. Allow life to touch you with sunshine, rain, and frost.

When a drastic change happens in your life, when frost touches you with icy fingers – don’t you want to turn golden like these leaves? Don’t you want to emerge as a kinder, braver YOU?

As much as I want to hold on to this abundance of golden leaves in my garden, I know that winter is approaching. Before the ground is covered by snow and ice, the leaves will be raked and put into big paper bags and transported to a landfill where they will turn to fertile soil, eventually.

Still it is fall. Winter is not yet here. Today I enjoy the abundance of golden leaves in my garden.

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence

How Powerful Are You?

You never thought about it? Well, let me I ask you now – how powerful are you? When I ask you this question I don’t refer to your position in your company or your role in politics or social club, no, I refer to you as a person, as a human being. How powerful are you?

you are like a rainbow

Power has to do with influence, so I can also ask you – how much influence on others do you have?

You might think,  “Well, I’m just an ordinary person. No influence at all. Maybe at home. I think my family listens to me at times. At least, I hope so.  My dog listens to me. So, yes, I have influence on my dog.”

Don’t be too modest. You are more powerful than you think you are.

Have you ever picked up a little boy or girl after they fell down and bruised their knees and cried? Did you notice how they cheered up again after a while when you helped and comforted them?

Can you remember an occasion when one of your friends was downcast and you talked to them with compassion and kindness and how that helped them to look at the situation from a different and brighter angle?

Have you ever greeted your colleague or the cashier of your supermarket with affection and he or she smiled back to you although a moment ago they looked quite sad?

When you act like this, you are like a rainbow – connecting separate parts and illuminating the landscape.

When you understand that with a few kind words from your heart you can help people feel better about themselves, you begin to realize how powerful you are.

 

Brigitte Novalis, healer, therapist, author of “Finding Love” and “The Magic of Inner Silence