Guest Blogger - Rick Vanderburg

 I like the idea of inviting Guest Bloggers to join me here now and then. Who could be better as the first than my own beloved husband? I know you'll give him a warm welcome, and I hope you'll also become a regular visitor to his blog, Scattering Birdseed.


Kim has been asking me to be a guest writer on her blog for weeks. I've been trying to do my own blog for several years but can't seem to get going. So what's been the problem? Well I'm scared; I'm afraid of sounding like I think I know what I'm talking about when I don't. My passion is spirituality and I've been studying and exploring matters of the heart, awakening and expanding consciousness for years. There are plenty of books out there written by people who DO know what they're talking about and I don't what to try to sound like one of them. I'm only interested in sharing my experiences of this journey along the "long way home".

It seems to me that many of us are living on a roller coaster; one minute scared and confused, the next hopeful and full of faith. We sometimes feel excited and lost all before noon. I wanted to start blogging again when I realized that I did not want to be a soloist about these things but just a member of the choir, singing along with everyone else. And if we all begin to sing together... well let's give it a go.

It seems to me that many of us are on a journey that is moving us towards greater love, compassion, faith and a sense of connection to each other, to the earth, and to Life itself. We are also awakening to a higher order of life beyond what advertisers are selling us, insurance companies are telling us and what the news is scaring us with. And I think we are closer to a breakthrough than we think. I'm not talking about some 2012 theory of Blissful Ascension or anything. No, I believe that our true identity is here and now inside each of us, kicking andsquirming, to be born. For myself, I am much happier when I live closer to this moment and don't identify too much with my mind when it gets to projecting and fantasizing about the future, or worrying about the past. When I observe and witness my life without judging what is happening in and around me as much, I feel much more balanced. My mind still chews on stuff, but that, and the resulting emotions, are no longer the ultimate source of "who I am".

So I'll share with you my discoveries on my own blog "Scattering Birdseed" and occasionally guest blogging here on Kim's, as one of many voices. Hope you'll sing along.


  1. I can relate to your words Rick, thanks for sharing. It's nice to not feel alone on the rollercoaster. - Monica

  2. I agree with Monica, I don't think my view or experiences of life are any more or less special than the next person's. But they are my experiences, and some times it's just nice to know that someone else can relate to them. To me, my blog is just about sharing, whatever big or little it is that I am able to share.

  3. Bravo, Rev! Yes, it is scary to contemplate saying the same thing everyone else seems already to be saying. The interesting part is that people "connect with" certain people's ways of expression but not with others--even when they're basically exploring the same ideas. We have a very limited number letters, colors, musical notes or dramatic situations. It's the EXPRESSION that keeps the music, poetry and paintings going.

    Say it, brotha!

  4. Oh Rick, it has been said that we all have all the information of the great prophets, and I believe that. I also know that there are wonderful moments of "getting it" in a certain context or delivery I have otherwise missed. Somtimes it is a terrific moment of clarity, and other times it is a loving smack up the side of the head reminder. So, guess I am just reiterating Mitzi's thoughts. Our world needs clarity and reminders. Your willingness to tell the truth is appreciated. Norine

  5. Thank you all for the warm encourageing welcome. It reinforces my belief that we are making and strengthening connections with each other, even with people we don't even really know. See you soon.

  6. Rick, you plucked a string in the harp of my life that has been waiting to be plucked for a long time. I have been riding that roller coaster for far too long and it is time for the neglected inner peace to regain control of my life, time to hear the birds, smell the flowers and the puppy feet and the puppy breath (some of my favorite smells - ok,I'm a little odd that way, but that's part of what makes me - me) and time to savor today, this minute to the fullest. Thank you Rick and Kim - you touch far more people than you may imagine. Inspiration is a wonderful thing.

    Perhaps a blog of my journey will be forthcoming. Writing is very therapeutic you know, Kim.

    All the Best, cj

  7. It would be great to have another voice reassuring us that there are people working toward love, compassion, faith and connection. I try not to pay attention to the "news," but it's hard not to see how scared-and scary-some of the voices are. Adding another voice of reason to the world is reassuring-so please, write on!


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