Chapter 9: The Empowerment of Surrender
– Miracles manifest and flow with grace.

 

My divinely manifested brand new 2011 Suzuki car, shortly after driving it home.
(In 2015 it manifested another miracle – that story will be included
in Book 2 of “Sacred Possibilities”!)

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The sacred and significant dream-catcher I created for my new car.
(Includes a feather from Great Horned Owl gifted during one of my Nature walks,
other feather gifts from Nature, brass bee bead and brass Thor’s hammer pendant
created by a Norwegian artist, different beads of stone, lava, crystal and wood
and leather strips of multiple colours.

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My urban backyard from 2002 – 2011, which I transformed with many,
into a Nature oasis (this is what it looked like pre-transformation).

Note: All images of the yard, plants and wildlife, were captured with
film photography (before I went digital!).

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The first plants – “red osier dogwood” seedlings, being investigated by a robin.

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Plants emerging and leafing, in the transformed yard’s fifth Spring (2007),
complete with two seating areas and stone paths.

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The blooming season transforms the native prairie plants into
beautiful gardens – a feast for pollinators!

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The following photographs are of various wildlife with the indigenous plants,
taken from 2003 to 2007.

A monarch butterfly chrysalis hanging from a “wild grape” vine on the trellis.

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Monarch caterpillars feeding on a blooming “swamp milkweed” plant.

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A monarch chrysalis in the beginning of its phase.

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A monarch chrysalis at the end of its phase
(shortly before the butterfly emerges).

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A newly emerged monarch butterfly that flew onto me.

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A newly emerged female monarch butterfly.

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A monarch butterfly feeding on a blooming “meadow blazingstar” plant.

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A painted lady caterpillar feeding on a blooming “everlasting” plant.

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A painted lady butterfly feeding on a “New England aster” flower.

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A painted lady butterfly feeding on a “narrow-leaf sunflower” blossom.

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A newly emerged painted lady butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.

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A black swallowtail caterpillar on the stem of a “golden alexander” plant.

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A black swallowtail butterfly feeding on minerals in the damp
(chemical-free, naturally organic!) garden soil.

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A black swallowtail butterfly feeding on the blossoms of a “purple boneset” plant.

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A juvenile cottontail rabbit feeding on the seed-heads of wild grasses
like “switch grass”, bowing over the path.

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A bumble bee feeding on a “New England aster” blossom.

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A female meadowhawk dragonfly sunning herself on the
buds of a “Canada goldenrod” plant.

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A tiny skipper butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.

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A male goldfinch feeding on the seeds of a “tall coneflower” plant.

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An anglewing butterfly species (the question mark) feeding on blossoms
of a “swamp milkweed” plant (that smell sweetly like caramel!).

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A monarch butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.

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A flower fly that imitates a wasp or bee for protection from predators,
feeding on a “New England aster” blossom.

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A red admiral butterfly feeding on the pretty spire florets of a “culver’s root”
(a species of wild plant has become rare in its natural habitat).

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A honey bee feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.

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A cloud sulphur butterfly feeding on blooming clusters of a “stiff goldenrod” plant.

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A Milbert’s tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on a “New England aster” flower.

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A female meadowhawk dragonfly sunning on a “Canada goldenrod” plant.

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A bumble bee flying towards a “wood rose” blossom.

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A red admiral butterfly feeding on a “false sunflower” blossom.

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A bumble bee feeding on the blooming florets of a “culver’s root” plant’s spire.

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A bluet damselfly perched on a wild grass stem.

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Honey bees feeding on a “wild rose” shrub’s blossoms.

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An anglewing butterfly species (the comma) feeding on the sweet juice
of overwintered native “wild grapes”.

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My special Navajo ring of green turquoise and silver, worn and charged
at the sacred Navajo canyons in Arizona.

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