August 2019 Update : Lessons from the Bear

It’s time to face the music. I checked out. And the truth is, I needed it. I still need it. Crave it. Honor it. My Soul needs to hibernate and focus to create. 

: Balance :

I’m a Mama bear with a healthy new boy cub. My third. My last. And it felt so right to hibernate in our cabin, high in a snowy, wild western canyon to give birth and grow together, unbeknownst to the ‘world’. We even saw a real Mama bear and her wee cub recently on a backcountry road. Yeah, I see you. 🙏👁

: Grace :

With this space, I’ve watered my myself and those I hold dear and watched our dreams manifest. In just this short time away from public eye, with support from my hubby, I’ve aligned with my goal of self-producing + publishing my music from my own pro home studio and once the collections are ready, I’ll be making them available to you, wherever you stream.

: Clarity :

For now, I am choosing to invest in making updates + announcements here at amuseinharmony.com, and contributing to my other new baby, modernmusescommunity.com, the home of our initially Instagram based Modern Muses Oracle project, still very much alive, with weekly BTS video conferences with my badass co-creators.

: Focus :

I want to thank the many who have gone above and beyond to reach out to me, follow my Musings, my Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube…even text or email me (gasp!…Lol!), asking where you can find my music. And seriously, it means the world to me that you want to hear the lyrics that stream through my mind and flow through my voice. 

: Gratitude :

I check out to rest, to be for sake of BEing, to love, to feel, to grow, to create! So that what I bring to the ‘world’ when I return feels real, meaningful and carries power. I check out because it’s okay (nay, necessary!) to simply live for yourself and your family and to take the time and space you need, lens free.

: Allowing :

With the Highest Love and Deepest Peace,

Jess Bray

~A Muse in Harmony~

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Rise Above with the Hawk

Kristofer Rowe Photography
Kristofer Rowe Photography

Just a friendly little hawk reminder for today. When we get too wrapped up, or close, to a situation in life, let us not forget to rise above it, and remember we are ever changing, infinite beings, choosing this life experience for a little while. All ails shall pass. Treasure the lessons, offer gratitude for the blesSings. When welcomed, use your powers of creation to see/sing/feel/paint the matter to its highest potential, and let go of the rest.

You ARE so very beautiful! I love you all!

~ Jess ♥ ∞

Nature’s Wisdom ~ A New Season with Praying Mantis and Bear

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Yesterday, hubby and I enjoyed a precious, Soul-quenching day, just the two of us. Late afternoon, we stepped out our back door to make music together and discovered a praying mantis floating in our newfie’s water bowl. Being the first out the door, Jon immediately rescued him, placing him tenderly on the wisteria vine in hopes of drying out his drowning body and recovering the use of his limbs.

As I began to sing a gentle song of love and wellness to sacred mantis, he looked away to the leaf just passed his head.  There I discovered a tiny perfectly shaped heart eaten out of the leaf. I felt his returning love and gratitude, and he turned his head to look right at me as I continued to sing and connect with his Spirit.  I knew our encounter was no accident, that there was a message, a meaning.

Hubby and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset, playing and singing together, and as we entered back into our abode, we saw the mantis had fully recovered.  Mantis’ message was divinely timed, as Spirit always is, and was perfect confirmation of my recent embrace of hibernation and reflection for creative Soul renewal.

“Usually the Praying Mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. Taking a step back and some simple meditation would be in order here because the external din we’ve created needs to be quieted so that we can come back to our own truth. The Praying Mantis always comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. […] Even within this calm and serene environment you are capable of quick and decisive action when opportunity presents itself.” (http://spirit-animals.com/praying-mantis)

In the past, it has been difficult for me to allow myself to rest, to let go of the pull to always be productive and creating, working toward some desired goal. This year, I embrace my resting cycle without guilt, and in doing so, I see that the seeds I sewed during my natural times of energetic action, now blossom at my doorstep as I rest…a phenomenon I always believed possible but never truly made space for until now.

Ophrys Photography
Ophrys Photography

The past two years, the bear has visited my dreams. Last year, they were trying to eat me…a clear sign of the need to learn to honor my resting cycle. This year, from my space of acceptance and allowing, the bear returns — this time, following me around like a puppy dog…a sign of lesson learned and confirmation of my growth.

I am truly enjoying this time of less activity and more rest ~ less productivity and more play ~ less seeking and more finding ~ less projection and more reflection ~ more receiving ~ more blissful connection with those who mean the most.  I’m all aglow with this new season in life, in the moment, relaxed and open for whatever and wherever the great mystery leads me.

~ Jess ♥ ∞

A Shift Emerges

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Home and re-acclimating from our two week visit to my Sister’s in Florida (mostly unplugged). A shift emerges as I journey my final trimester before birth…focus on family, said the sea, the owls and magnificent wood storks.

I feel I will be less involved online and at local events for a while.  Mama bear medicine is setting in.  It’s the time of year when this Aries goes in to the great inner mystery and emerges in the Spring with new gifts for all.

Love and Bliss-full Journeys to All My Relations.

~ Jess ♥ ∞

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Hawk

Spirit Hawk Photography
Spirit Hawk Photography

Dreamed I was a hawk the other night, having fun with flight. Since then, I’ve seen many in my waking hours. All-ways ecstatically grateful for their presence. My blessed Brothers and Sisters of the sacred skies. Whatever it is you’ve got your eye on, keep laser focus and dive in. It will be.

~ Jess Bray 

April 23, 2014: The Muses of Inanna ~ Singing for the Beauty Way

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It is time for frame drum singers to unite in a chorus of beauty and harmony. Please come with your frame drum with the intention of singing for yourself, for community and for the Earth. 

All who are called to be a part of this resonating sound are welcome…but must get a drum and be courageous enough to sound & sing out your heart (we do have a few extra drums if you haven’t gotten one yet, but plan to). If you need some love and support in doing this…you will find this is a safe place to explore.

The intention will be to expand the frame drum singing ensemble “The Muses Of Inanna” that started last fall. We will make ourselves available for live performances and possibly recording in the days ahead. Small groups or large, we will be ready to sing when we are called into service.

I hope you are called and come!

Let me know if there are any questions. It is time to SING!

WHEN? Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WHERE? Berry Hill Community Center, 404 East Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

Facebook RSVP here!

 

March 12th, The Muses of Inanna ~ Singing for the Beauty Way

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photography by Michael Shumate

“Take a music bath […] it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wednesday, March 12th, 6:30-8:30pm, The Muses of Inanna ~ Singing for the Beauty Way

Together, we join our vocal forces to sing for the beauty way. We believe each and every voice is beautiful and uniquely essential to the vibration of the oneness of all. Join us as we embrace our infinite power to heal, create and support our community, the world and all of existence with our united vocal vibrations.

We’re excited to meet at a central location, easily accessible to Nashville and surrounding areas, the Berry Hill Community Center. Hope to see you and your frame drum there! 

RSVP @ Facebook event page.

~ Jess Bray ♥

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Musings of a Hawk Whisperer

photo by Glen Tepke
photo by Glen Tepke

Yesterday, rollin’ down the road with bright and beautiful Morningstar, we begin talking about my connection to the hawks.  She was sharing a story about a day or so prior when she and her Soul Sister, Shanti were on a delicious road-trip adventure and had a flat tire.  Just before an angel of a man appeared and got them back on the road, a red-tailed hawk began spinning in circles above them as if to signal their need.

Morningstar shared how she felt I sent the hawk and was with them in Spirit.  As is begin sharing other stories where I’ve felt this to be true, Morningstar ecstatically announces a red-tail hawk soaring above the car.  I immediately turn in to a drive and we get out of the car…all the while I’m sounding the call the hawks so lovingly imparted to me and singing my hearts beaming expression of Love for her presence.  Knowing this particular hawk, I asked “Where is your partner?”.  They mate for life, you know.  She spins above us with her magnificent sunlit ivory wings, sharing in the profound joy of our communion, then up into the drifts and away she flew.

We dropped Morningstar back off at her car, so she could head off on another yummy adventure.  As we convoy down Nolensville Road, I glance above the car and lo and behold…there was the red-tail hawk AND her partner, spinning above us.  I lower the window further to sound a call of Joy, Love and Gratitude for their enamoring presence, waving my hand like a flapping wing out the car.  As we continued our travels, I lost site of them.

After waving Morningstar off on her journey, Abner and I arrive at the nearby park for a little “big wheel” driving adventure of his own.  Not concerning myself with the opinions of others, I began “calling”.  KEeeeEeaah….KEeeeEeeaah.  We made it all the way round the park, and as I watch Abner playing, I glance up and across the way, there she was…the red-tail hawk.  Other parents and children were nearby, but I sounded a call of thankfulness and after a moment of whirling recognition, once again, she was up in the drifts and out of sight.

At this point in the story, I’d like to take you back about a year or so ago.  I felt led to write a children’s book about a forest romping girl and her friend, a hawk.  I was receiving visitations all the while by my hawk friends, encouraging me in my service as a messenger.  One day while writing I came upon the time to name this hawk friend.  Knowing deeply of my connection with hawks through countless lifetimes, I asked the name be revealed in my dreams that night.  The next morning I woke up with the memory of the name Skylar having been whispered in my ear.  I was led to look this name up online, leading me to the roots of the name, which was Skye, with its origin being the Isle of Skye.  I knew I had lifetimes in Scotland, but the memories were a fog made clear with the revelation of this name…Skye…how beautifully magical!

We head home after leaving the park, and just as we’re approaching the house, there is Skye, whirling closely above our house, as if to say, “Good evening, my Sister…time to follow the sun set.”  I send a few final calls of Loving thanks for the day, for the kindred friendship and wisdom.  I cannot begin to express the all-encompassing feelings of Loving gratitude I feel for my connection with Skye, her partner, and the innumerable hawk friends I encounter everywhere I roam and in lives past.

Next time you notice a hawk in your midst, know that you are in the presence of God’s grace in form.  Listen deeply, for their messages are wise, timely and tailor made, from the highest realms to your heart.  …and I send my Love.  ~ Jess Bray “Spinning Hawk” ♥

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Eagle and Spider

Photo by Christian Sasse
Photo by Christian Sasse

all things are connected in this web of life. let your wings fly you to the highest of heights. ~Jess ♥

Post-Performance Green Room Experience

after an early staging at the Celebration of Nations Festival, Micah and I serendipitously crossed paths once family arrived and shared a little post-show friend/family experience in the green room. so thankful we could share with them. ~ Jess Bray ♥

The Muses of Inanna @ Celebration of Nations in Franklin, Tennessee

The Muses of Inanna in our debut performance at The Festival of Nations in Franklin, Tennessee (October 2013)

photo by Michael Shumate, altered by Jess Bray
photo by Michael Shumate, altered by Jess Bray

photo by Michael Shumate
photo by Michael Shumate

Nature’s Song

Everything is energy. Energy contains vibration. Vibration contains frequency. Frequency contains sound. When you connect deeply through your heart with the present moment, allowing time-space to slow, you can catch glimpses of nature’s song, and what a magnificent song the crickets sing. Enjoy the journey… ~ Jess Bray ♥

Jim Wilson | God’s Chorus of Crickets

Symphony of Creation

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You provide a unique and essential song in the symphony of creation.

~ Jess Bray ♥

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Eagle

photo by Christian Sasse
photo by Christian Sasse

thank you, eagle, for your visitations, wisdom, encouragement, illumination and love. i have risen above my fears and self-doubts to fully accept my role as a bridge between earth and the divine. ~ Jess Bray ♥

Nature’s Wisdom ~ Red-tailed Hawk

Red Tail Hawk by Marvin Collins
Red Tail Hawk by Marvin Collins

The hawk calls us to rise above and view life from a broader perspective. From this place, daily dramas disappear and opportunities reveal themselves. Let go and ascend beyond seeming strife. Open your heart to the world. Connect to the wisdom of the highest knowledge within you. It’s always there, waiting for your embrace. May this eternal knowing be your guide. It’s time to move beyond what has been and hold the grand vision of the new world. You learned to crawl. You learned to walk. Fully rooted in the Mother’s womb, your destiny awaits. The time has come, dear ones, to spread your wings and fly. ~ Jess Bray (Spinning Hawk) ♥

Nature’s Wisdom ~ The Great White Egret

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image source unknown

Peace, harmony and working together for the common good are but a few of the Great White Egret’s messages.  As members of the Heron family, these magnificent beings carry a treasure trove of life lessons (amplified when in pure white form).  Want to know more?  Head over to my favorite online totem resource. …and remember, any time a creature captures your attention in the moment, center yourself and simply ask for the lesson.  Totem websites are helpful, but are no substitute for direct communication with Spirit.  ~ Jess Bray ♥

What’s Your Sign ~ online guide to nature’s symbolism