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Non-Resistance…

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Sitting At The Window…Cloud-Gazing – Photography by Toni Roberts

Life is a series of adversities followed by abundant blessings…which cycle right back into adversity…the sun rises and then darkness descends…such is the rhythm and nature of human existence. We who would hope to emerge unscathed from Life’s ups and downs must learn to bend…non-resistance…acceptance…lest we be broken by the ill-winds of misfortune

 Toni Roberts

 

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Humanity In The Grips Of Existential Fear…

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Grandfather Wisdom – Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

I stopped myself just in time as I was getting ready to fire off an angry, hateful response to an angry, hate-filled bigot who commented on one of my Facebook comments.

Ignore him,” my Better Self whispered. “Do you really want to engage at that level?”

I didn’t. And so, I decided to ignore his hateful remarks and if he persisted with comments, I would send him some “Love.” And, if I ultimately had to block him, I would.

No negative engagements for me—ever—end of report! I don’t have the space in my heart in which to hold both LOVE and HATE. And, furthermore, I understand the source of his hateful words: fear and insecurity. Neither is a stranger to this heart. Hateful racist words spring from feelings of being less than…of not mattering; from unmet needs and frustrations and from a sense of being threatened by people who are not members of one’s “tribe;” people who do not look like one. And who, to add to one’s frustration, may not even speak the same language. So there goes one’s last hope of communication, understanding or brotherhood.

I was not infected with this man’s fear-based anger because I am “Divinely Vaccinated.” And so, my initial angry impulse transformed into tears of sadness…sadness that we humans have strayed so far from who and what we essentially are. We have divided ourselves into warring tribes—now called nations—based on skin color and religions—which are all in essence, stories made up by the men of the tribes (differing slightly according to geographical location) in their unsuccessful attempts to assuage their own and others’ existential fear: not knowing who and what we are and why we are here.

And so, in false, fear-fueled bravado, we kill one another bolstered by the belief that Our God loves us best among all others and will surely smite our enemies.

Oh, humanity…with your childish hubris. Perhaps it’s time we all admit that we don’t know “jack” about anything; that we are all the frightened children of an unknown “Creator.” Perhaps it is time for us to turn within…to the heart…to that beating, pulsating organ at the center of our beings…whose activity or stillness defines life or death.

Perhaps the heart is the holder of the meaning of life…Toni Roberts

 

(Copyright: 1/23/2019-Toni Roberts)

 

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Yesterday…

"Reflections"  (2011) by toniroberts

Reflections…Photography by Toni Roberts

I swam against the current

attempting to change the current to my rhythm and flow

Today

I am flexibleadaptable

I bend and flow with the current

Allowing It’s Wisdom

It’s Knowledge of the Way

To carry me to Joy and Fulfillment

 

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Today, I Remain Obedient…

""...Lest Ye Become As Little Children...""  (2018) by toniroberts

“Lest Ye Become As Little Children…” – Window Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

I

maintain

a

stance

of

obedient surrender

to

the

MAGNIFICENCE

of

LIFEITSELF

 

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“Resist Ye Not…”

Another Golden Sunset – Photography by Toni Roberts

 I am learning to

RESIST NOT

the

natural flow

of

LIFE

to

embrace

the

peopleevents

and

circumstances

that do not

please

this

Queen Mother

I am learning

to

lean into

every

difficulty

every

challenge

every seemingly

insurmountable obstacle

by

befriending

it

and

allowing it to tell me

what it has come to teach

and then letting

it

lead

me

in

a

direction

in which my

Ego

would

never

have

thought

of

going

 

I am thus discovering the

rewards

the previously

unimagined new ways of being human

 and the

countless

Divine Gifts

deeply hidden

within

LIFE’S

   CHALLENGES… 

 

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“There Will Be An Answer…”

Under the Love and Protection of La Virgen Madre – Window Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

sitting at my altar…

fretting over the state of the world…

and the needs of my own life…

 

the Beatles song drifts in:

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be”

 

I

let go

of

all

thought

fear

anxiety

and

simply

let it be

 

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Today’s Prayer:

I Am Mother…Earth…Giver Of Life…I Am Goddess – Artwork & Photography by Toni Roberts

HOLY MOTHER

help me to break the

emotional

psychological

and

cultural

CHAINS THAT BIND ME

help me to stay this course all the way to

FREEDOM...

 

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Still Following…

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Trees…Trees…Trees… – Photograph by Toni Roberts

the sage advice of the

   I Ching

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Unity…holding fast to La Diosa Adentro

following Her instead of my over-ambitious Ego

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More Summer Blossoms In My Neighborhood – Photograph by Toni Roberts

Spending these beautiful summer days

in mindfulmeditativecontemplation

appreciating the beauty of my surroundings

honoring the abundance of the natural world

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More Summer Blossoms In My Neighborhood II – Photograph by Toni Roberts

re-balancing

   body

   mind

   soul

 

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My Life Has Become One Long Lesson In…

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Autumn…Garden In Bloom – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

looking…

seeing…

feeling…

 

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Autumn Garden II – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

RELEASING

 

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Fall Garden III – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

thus beholding the beauty of  this common life…

heretofore

INVISIBLE

to

blind

  eyes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Beginning To Realize…As In “Make Real…”

Golden Sunset  - Photo by Toni Roberts

Golden Sunset – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

the many

rewards

of 

unquestioning

trusting

obedience

to a

mysterious

nameless

Inner Directive

that places one’s feet

   for one…

step by careful step

along paths both

known

and

   unknown…

 

 

 

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