The world had lost a great human being. Few of us met him but all have been touched by his life. We are thankful for him, we mourn him, we celebrate his life and we ask how can each of us continue his work. Forgiving each other, seeing a peaceful resolution in every situation. Knowing children are the future and treating them with respect. Commmiting ourselves to serving others as they serve us. Standing up for that which we know is right even if the status quo may think otherwise. Nelson Mandela was one wise, kind and courageous person. If just one person can have such a legacy imagine what each of us can do through expressing our gifts and sharing our light with the world. Thank you Nelson Mandela for all your work, may each of us follow in your footsteps.
A few months ago I was introduced to the song 'Who have we come here to be' as sang by Harry Belafonte on the Muppets Show. The song is based on the traditional teaching in Africa that we are all joined by spirit. We actually sung it at a Unity service as part of a singing mediation. Since hearing this simple song the words has really got under my skin and I thought I would share with you my version of it. I really recommend learning it and seeing what the words say to you too. Oh and for fun here is the ground breaking Muppet Show version on it too, Enjoy!
As children we do not need resources, we create and imagine what we want. We may draw it or write about it in stories. We may make up games or plays about what we wish to create. As children we don't worry that we might not have the ability to be a astronaut, we just go ahead and land on the moon. Therefore our most deepest wishes and loves are there as a child. We may not have travelled but we already love to sit in a cardboard box and sail to an island. That child becomes our inner child as an adult and stays reminding us in anyway they can of our original loves. This maybe pointing us in the direction of a favourite craft or art or a sudden craving for a particular food. When we ignore the inner child, or perhaps are not even aware of her existence, she will like any child who is ignored find a way to make herself known. This may be through a tantrum, in the form of stress, tears or bring up childhood fears. We can spend time with her, holding her close within our heart, comforting her and letting her know that all is ok, that she is deeply and unconditionally loved and nothing can hurt her.
This inner child is a beautiful and fragile gift. A soul full of wisdom and joy. A soul which reminds us of our higher purpose, that is our ultimate, play, ultimate bliss. We are taught very young that we must make decisions, and separate everything. Instead we can embrace our wholeness, we can embrace all. We can see that there are many ways in which we can follow our bliss. It is good to recognise that a child embraces all of life, they do not limit themselves, they do not need to only play on the trampoline, they can ride a bike, paint a picture sing, dance, make somthing, draw and swim. It is about embracing wholeness, embracing oneness, recognising there are so many things we can do and all we need to do is ' what makes our soul sing and spirit dance'
Today in America it is Thanksgiving. Not being American and living in the UK, this holiday has been a little bit of mystery to me. In the past. it had gone by without event but having a number of American friends together with a personal focus on gratitude meant this year I wanted to know more. When I sat down to think about it I am ashamed to say that I realised my knowledge of great American holiday was cobbled together from The Simpsons, Snoopy, soaps and that scene in The Adam Family, where Wednesday goes amok at camp, if that is even about Thanksgiving I'm not sure . So much worse than an elementary student! Being a librarian, Wikipedia (!) came to my rescue. The nearest we probably come to Thanksgiving in the UK is probably the harvest festival, normally relegated to school assemblies and churches and involving a tin of something at the back of the cupboard . Anyway I digress...
Anyway what appeals to me is the essence of having a day being grateful and expressing gratitude to others and for all the blessings in one's life. Yes the turkey and eating your own body weight sounds great too but to be fair we do enough of that at Christmas.
So tonight in my own little way I am going to celebrating thanksgiving and taking it as an opportunity to do a short meditation and express gratitude for all my blessings. Thank you to you and namaste x
Peace is hiding in a back kitchen scared to share her light. Every so often she peeks out and the sheer glimpse of her transforms and all those around her and that touch her instantly but then she retreats.
She is scared that she will rejected, that she is so different to the rest and that she will never be believed or taken seriously. She is scared that they will call her a fake, a child like fantasy and something not for this world. She us scared that she will be overcome by those out in the world. But she dreams, oh yes she dreams and even her dreams are powerful in this world. Her dreams leak out into others dreams, they have their own lives inhabit the nights of inspiring speakers. She sings a lullaby to the earth rocking it to sleep on each side of the planet. Hold on she says the time is coming, you are loved, you are accepted, you are seen. All this she does in her unconsciousness and yet behind the kitchen door.
Have you noticed that we don't actually turn the handle of the world?
When we rest or sleep the world doesn't stop. There is a constant flow and our only choice is to go up or down stream of the flow. When we go with the flow we feel good, creative and unlimited. We feel that we transmute all into gold and that we are living the life of the alchemist. We feel that we can play with the universe in the manner of loved playmate. With the joy of a child discovering a dreamed present first thing time on a Christmas morning.
We see the magic in all things and glimpse the shinning divine heart in everyone. We feel filled up with love and appreciation for our blessings and as we notice more beauty this only grows. We are the tree of life knowing our roots and origin while growing exponentially. Our light energies reach out and touch all we come into contact with and through living our life purpose (for it is in this state that is our default) we teach others by osmosis. We recognise that we are truly blessed and extend that blessing to all living beings.