About Us - me, actually...

From The Originator - Shannon McArthur

Here it is the middle of March 2019 - I came to Vancouver to await the birth of my first grandchild. The blessed event has happened - isn't she beautiful?

Isn't She Lovely

 

It's been a challenge to do what I felt most important at decision time: to greet my granddaughter in a good way. Her father did not have that, though he landed in the best possible place to grow up: Salt Spring Island on the Pacific Coast of Canada--heaven on Earth. . .  He still has friends he went to kindergarten with! I am so grateful. . .
and so it was that I decided it was important for me to be here for her, to embody her matrilineal ancestors - and for love--I could NOT stay away!

Meeting the challenges has provided me with "opportunities for learning" and I'm putting into practice strange new methods of decision-making - noticing and responding to what is present and happening around me as if messages and people are there to help me. I am grateful, and feeling into the benevolent regard of a Source unfamiliar and unconsidered irl (in "real" life). . . and I keep watch for the Magic in Ordinary Moments (MOM).

A couple of videos have been created for your pleasure: 

What Inspires me and What I do? 

Yesterday's MOM.

Please click "like" on the video, if you do, and make a comment. I'd love to connect (that IS what I'm all about!)

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Here it is the middle of February 2019 - Belize, Guatemala, Arizona, Colorado; I'm sure putting on the miles! The Mayan Heart Music Festival was more than I ever dreamed. I'm working on a video/slideshow with the pictures. At this time I can only say that I felt Spirit walking with me the whole way. 

I have a growing awareness that I really missed something, growing up, when I refused to allow myself to question my feelings and impressions. Turning away was safer, and I needed that then. Not so much now.

I am learning to trust life, and Spirit; to accept that there is Something supporting what I choose to do. I'm following the thread (fuse?) that sparked last May with Lori and Jodi (U-Ma Retreat - see below). This week I have been welcomed at Julia Widdop's Traveling Shamans, Shamanic Arts Centre, Hotchkiss, CO. A welcoming salon revealed an abundance of Magic in the Ordinary Moments of each of us. We're talking about a gathering of shamans and wisdom teachers in July or August. We'll see what Spirit has in store for us!!

My deep gratitude is extended to Julia Widdop and her husband Michael: You have been so very welcoming and helpful. Your introduction of me to the wonderful people of your community supported two very successful events and, with Spirit's help, the beginning of something more than we can even dream at this time.

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Here it is the end of August 2018 - the most amazing things have happened and I have had to choose my priorities! Living each moment with full attention takes me away from the computer but allows me to do what I'm passionate about. While I'm a writer, an imagineer and traveler, I am also deeply engaged in my relationships: Mom and Son being primary players. But there are shaman and medicine people who I want to co-create with and they are at the other end of the continent! Carbon foot-print springs to mind, and yet I feel that the path I walk/drive is important. All things are threads in the fabric of life, woven as we will. If we are here to connect and become One, travel seems appropriate and necessary, and somebody's got to do it! I am so inspired, I can, and so I will do as I am drawn. I feel as long as I do that, I am walking my authentic path. I talk about it here:

My Name, Who I am and What's My Job

I'm just back from Haida Gwaii, having been welcomed by the Watchmen Spirits - feeling honoured and impressed! And now going forward to Colorado to weave prophecies, visions, dreams and medicine to co-create what I see as  the seed of the heart of Our Heart Gardens - the name really isn't important. What is important is the healing that is so very needed, and these are the people that can help that happen on a larger scale than one-on-one, sweet as that is. The U-Ma Retreat (Universal Mother) ... well, I could describe it here but that would be duplication and I'm trying to avoid that... Lori Henderson and I will be joining Jodi Tucker at the Dreamweavers Sanctuary in September, 2018, just a few weeks away. 

I'm beginning to think that all the blogging and videos scattered throughout other people's platforms leaves you, wherever you find me, with a watered-down version of me. I'm changing that - I pay money for this and, while I believe in free, I also believe in maximizing value. Time to put my money where my mouth is... and vice versa!

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To read more from me, visit my WordPress blog
The U-Ma Retreat - link above, and
Here's another video from YouTube, 
The Story of the Stones, Mother Earth's Promise of Peace
And you could choose to gift me money (that would be very nice!)
at my Patreon site or:  paypal.me/sparklingwithall

Bless you, and all you do... thank you for listening!

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Oct/17 - The following (indented) paragraphs were written in 2016, when I created this website. Since then I have traveled to Europe and the States, seeing the most amazing places, meeting amazing people and doing amazing things. I've learned that I know next to nothing - and people are creating heavenly places! The primary element of the most value in this concept, as I see it at this time, is the notion of an Earth-embracing network of like-minded facilities outside the monetary system that could provide both food sovereignty within communities and a kind of nervous system for the planet (or perhaps, the Being that is gradually becoming aware of Itself.) At the 2015 COM-21 in Rotterdam, the Our Heart Gardens concept was gifted to United Earth, so others can engage. As a member of UE, I continue my support of it. I believe that whatever we call it isn't important, though OH-G seems fun, and like calling on Gaia!

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This idea has been rattling around in my life for more than 20 years. I'm seeing the changes happening that have to happen before this concept could be manifested in our world. Combining mainstream support services with community members and homeless and at-risk along with children and elders and gardening and kitchens and computers and education and ... etc... Well, I took it to a couple of City Council members and they were encouraging, though it was too complex. Environments are changing, people are changing, needs are escalating... Active outreach to government and other agencies has been set aside while knowledge is sought and other avenues investigated. 

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20+ years in municipal government, through a major amendment of the Official Community Plan (the document that guides development of city buildings, infrastructure and community support) created awareness in Shannon McArthur of the many issues of a good community. City governments are limited in how they can address them. It takes people to make the changes needed in the cities of today - money can't do it and corporations won't.  People within those organizations try very hard to help but the purposes of those entities are otherwise focused.

Clinical Depression taught Shannon just how little they could help. Then they took away what she thought was most important - her job. Sick leave gave her time but that didn't help - just more time to be confused! It took a year attending a weekly Sweat Lodge, volunteering and becoming part of her community, and then slowly stopping medications, to really be better. As with so many others, prescription drugs were not the answer; something else was needed, something unknown in most city communities today - a way to connect with the Earth and the elements that surround us.

Searching for the way has taken Shannon past a long-term relationship; through many self-help and counselling situations, medications and meditations; and over the land back to her home town of Kamloops, BC, Canada. While bringing together the elements, people and organizations to create the first Our Heart Gardens there, she is promoting the idea through the internet so other cities can have the opportunity to be the first, one of many that will create the reality of the dream she shares here, with you.

Shannon's life has been blessed with prophesy, love and work - the perfect ingredients to create a magical life full of inspired confusion embedded in depressing reality. Her love of Spirit maintains her convictions.

To read more from me, visit my WordPress blog 
Check out this playlist of videos on YouTube. 
Or you could choose to give me money (that would be very nice!)
at my Patreon site or:  paypal.me/sparklingwithall



Comments  

Comments and Testimonials from 2015 - I love that the first comment was from my Mom...

From Kathy (Mom): Similarity in name - no coincidence, dear daughter ... I'm so pleased that your precious energy is directed toward "Our Heart Gardens" .. I remember the hours spent under the sun and in the showers with my mother - a very special time that helped me share the growing pains of early years of life. Kudos!

From Alison: Love your vision, Shannon, and cheering you on from Fife in Scotland. I will follow your progress with great interest!

Celine: What a beautiful and powerful vision. I hope it comes to fruition.

Loran: I keep seeing vacant Wal-Marts repurposed into OurHeart Gardens.

Barbara: How very exciting to have your proposal considered by the City!! I like the idea of focusing on the possibilities and solutions!

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