Employed By The Universe

Wolf Creek, Grass Valley, CA, Photo by Jane Sheppard



  • Open heart willing to give and receive love without restraint
  • Abundant and available compassion for self and other living beings
  • Willing to fall on one’s face and fail in order to learn and grow
  • Ever present sense of humor with a tendency to laugh frequently with others and at ones self
  • Takes breaks often to experience pleasure and deepening of relationships
  • Intimately connected with the natural world and is guided by the wild within and without
  • Sees through the lens of possibility, trusting the unfolding of life
  • Considered an “artist of life” and a “creator of connection”
  • Uses all senses to the fullest every single day
  • Walks in the rain and steps in puddles
  • Is spontaneous and sometimes seen breaking out in dance steps in public
  • Easily engages with small children and is willing to enter their magical perception of life
  • Dwells in awe and wonder often, in and out of the presence of children
  • Is kind to animals, people, nature and even inanimate objects
  • Actively and frequently practices random acts of kindness
  • Is easily able to dwell in silence and reflection without distraction
  • Actively engages in life with curiosity and courage
  • Loves to grow things and delights in their presence, nurturing their specific needs and desires
  • Has a working knowledge of organic and regenerative farming practices
  • Has the ability to play with abandon and delight
  • Is passionate about learning and trying on new ways of being in the world
  • Does not judge or make assumptions, but does take time to explore the depth/breadth of any given situation or living being
  • Dazzled by color, light, textures, shapes, forms and the beauty found everywhere
  • Honors and respects all elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether – as part of the whole
  • Willingness to experience all emotions and deepen emotional intelligence
  • Is transparent with ones self and others as much as possible in any given moment
  • Willingness to try on new ventures, skills and pathways
  • Does not postpone joy
  • Finds beauty and potential everywhere
  • Accepts death and the natural transitions of an embodied lifetime
  • Isn’t afraid to make noises and sounds in “inappropriate” times and places
  • Celebrates embodied life with gratitude every single day
  • Ability to listen mindfully and be a witness to others pains, struggles and concerns with empathic awareness and compassion
  • Acceptance of the mystery of life and ability to comfortably dwell in not knowing
  • Sees every fear, challenge and failure as an opportunity for collaboration and connection
  • Refuses to “behave appropriately” from time to time
  • Believes in magic and synchronicity
  • Connects and sustains relationship with nature as part of ones self, never separate
  • Lives simply from “enough”
  • Is familiar and comfortable with a “gift economy”
  • Wears funny hats and clothes from time to time
  • Must have knowledge and awareness of earths operating system and possess “Universal band width”
  • Embraces the stars, planets and galaxies as living systems
  • Willingness to live life with free form improvisation
  • Perceives all life as sacred….and interconnected


There are many of us, like myself, who choose to continue working in some capacity for regenerative economic flow and to contribute their unique artistry, abilities and wisdom. As I have been exploring what conscious livelihood is for me at this stage of life the above came through “from the Universe”.

Most of these “qualifications” came through as foundations for the shift humans are making at this time in order to support thriving for all living beings, as well as our living breathing planet earth and beyond.

It is my deepest desire to partner with others who see all life as sacred and are collaborating, innovating and creating on behalf of well being and sustainability for all. Feel free to connect with me. I am available for Universal Livelihood!

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Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 1/9/22. Please feel free to share this post and link to WildlyFreeElder

Considering a move? Finding Home: Conscious Relocation Services by Gaye Abbott

Finding “Home”

French Broad River at Stackhouse Bend, N. Carolina

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

~ John O’Donohue

Have you ever found yourself wondering what “home” means to you personally? The mystics say it resides inside and I agree with this. Yet, there is much more to this journey to reflect upon, let go into and be present to. Perhaps this is a quest we are on our entire lives.

I love the term “wild divinity” in the excerpt below – “resting in the house of our own heart”. As we age this somehow becomes easier to do as the striving and outward focused actions fall away and the inner “home guidance system” takes precedence.

Each one of us is alone in the world. It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. Most of the activity in society is subconsciously designed to quell the voice crying in the wilderness within you.

The mystic Thomas a Kempis said that when you go out into the world, you return having lost some of yourself. Until you learn to inhabit your aloneness, the lonely distraction and noise of society will seduce you into false belonging, with which you will only become empty and weary.

When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually, the sense of bleakness changes into a sense of true belonging. This is a slow and open-ended transition but it is utterly vital in order to come into rhythm with your own individuality.

In a sense this is the endless task of finding your true home within your life. It is not narcissistic, for as soon as you rest in the house of your own heart, doors and windows begin to open outwards to the world. No longer on the run from your aloneness, your connections with others become real and creative. You no longer need to covertly scrape affirmation from others or from projects outside yourself.

This is slow work; it takes years to bring your mind home.

John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher


Your vision is your home and your home should have many mansions to shelter your wild divinity.”

~John O’Donohue

Crossing the threshold into this wild divinity of our own heart brings a “belonging” that never goes away. This is foundation – the bricks, mortar and rooted earth – that brings with it the freedom to surrender into the next relationship, artistry, move, endeavor, location….life moment.

Having just completed a 7th relocation two weeks ago to Asheville, N. Carolina area I am forced to re-calibrate and go deeper into unknown territory, using challenges as stepping stones for this next chapter of life, while at the same time trusting inner guidance even as ever present uncertainty attempts to take an upper hand. The ever constant details of it all – the “right” and “wrong” – threaten to take away inner knowing and trust and often serve as immense distractions.

On the outside it may look like I have been searching for a home and never quite getting there. This last time leaping from wildfires, air pollution, rolling blackouts and high daily living expense in California to a more elemental earth and water home sanctuary aligns with the “home” inside. Yet the loss of being close in distance to sons, grandchildren and friends is part of the letting go journey as well.

I find the wild beauty and grounding of the natural world always there, serving as guidance whispered into heart and soul as a reminder of building inner resilience, acceptance and trust. When “home” resides in the wild divinity of the heart each place you find yourself – whether staying in a community where you were born and have established community or exploring other cultures and landscapes – will serve as an awakening to life……

Great Smoky Mountains, N. Carolina

Conscious Embodied Relocation: I was not consciously aware of the principles involved in this type of embodied leave taking when I took that first leap over 30 years ago now, but over the last three decades the fine tuning became more apparent.

If you are thinking of finding a “home landscape” that supports your aliveness during this transformational elder time of life here are some keys for doing these leaps that I found integral to trusting the unfolding possibilities:

  • Explicitly trusting the unfolding of life – get out of your own way
  • Taking effective action on the possibilities that show up from that depth of surrender
  • Willingness to reinvent yourself (which is actually a great deal of creative fun!)
  • A sense of adventure (being willing to get out of your “comfort zones”)
  • Listening deeply to intuition and Source messages
  • Connecting transparently with others along the way.
  • Willingness to change your inner & outer conversations

Conscious Embodied Relocation

It’s not realistic to expect to always be thriving.  Life can be messy and we can’t separate the highs and lows or have one without the other.  But we can learn to accept the process, to understand that it’s part of the journey, and to build our own inner resilience.  It’s about  bouncing forward and using adversity as a catalyst to get better and become stronger.  

And we also need to remember that we are part of a community – that when we are vulnerable, we can lean on each other and lift each other up.  And together, we are so much more resilient than we know. ” ~ Green Renaissance 

“This work is not for yourselves – kill that spirit of ‘self’. If you can rise, bring someone with you” – Charlotte Maxeke.  

Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.  

Featuring Mpumelelo Ncwadi.

Copyright by Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 4/2021 and Re-Posted from WildlyFreeElder

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