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The Real Sin…America…

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The Divine Feminine – Altar/Photograph by Toni Roberts

is to allow so much to remain in the hands of so few…

while so many suffer...

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My Secret For Successful Living:

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Window Altar – Arrangement/Photography by Toni Roberts

 

put the Ego in service of the Heart

 

 

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Today’s Prayer:

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New Prayer Altar – Arrangement/Photography by Toni Roberts

 

show me what to give this day…

where…?

and to whom…?

Thank You

 

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BEWARE…

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Opening the Ancestral Gates – Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

as you stumble along this Path of Enlightenment

this Lunacy to Wholeness

that the obstacles blocking your way…

over which you constantly stumble

are NOT of your own making

 

a word to the wise should be sufficient

 

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The Ancestral Gates…

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Opening the Ancestral Gates – Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

have been opened

the Sacred Marriage consummated

and

new lifeborn

 

the cauldron fires of transformation are lit

the Ancestors contacted

healing is imminenthowever…

we are just at the beginning

and must remain openreceptiveobedientto impulsessigns…and signals

 

and…”word-up…”

FREEDOM

is

the

BYPRODUCT

of

the

process

 

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We Are Not Children Of…

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Roses & Burning Candle on Altar – Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

a benevolent FATHER or OVERLORD

but rather 3D extensions of the

OMNISCIENT

OMNIPOTENT

OMNIPRESENT

INTELLIGENT

CREATIVE ENERGY which underlies all there is…

period

 

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OBEDIENCE…

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Grandfather and Marley – Photograph by Toni Roberts

is born of  TRUST

 

without TRUST

there can be no OBEDIENCE

for TRUST is the foundation and source out of which

OBEDIENCE  flows

naturally...organicallywithout human thought or effort

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Today…I Let Every Aspect of My Life…

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Burning Candle On Altar – Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

flow

from

the

INSIDE

OUT

 

   without my supervision

 

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A Bit of Wisdom from a Tribal Elder…

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In Memoriam – Rest In Peace Beloveds – Altar/Photo by Toni Roberts

I have finally learned that when I do not know what to do…

To do nothing

In the past…whenever I impatiently pushed forward out of restlessnessuncertaintyfeardoubt or confusion

Not really knowing WTF

I wound up ultimately creating just another dead-end of darkness, uncertainty and confusion

All over again…

It took me all of these years in the School of Hard Knocks…to finally get it

I now know to sit and breath into the empty gap between what was…and what will be…in calm equanimity…while accepting the Ego’s discomfort…

Until…eventually…the next experience unfolds…naturallyorganicallyinas…and through me…

Without the schemesplans…and self-profiting manipulations of the Ego

Bottom line: every thing…every person…every circumstance…every event….every situation in our lives…just as it is…has come to pass…and will passon its own…and all we have to do…as we used to say in my day…

Is chill

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Let Us Lay Our Collective Pain At The Altar Of Love…

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Altar of Love – Photograph by Toni Roberts

This Path I’ve chosen to walk is indeed, a “straight and narrow “one!

No longer can I stray onto the familiar side streets of anger and sarcasm: my old defenses…my old way of covering up hurt, disappointment, or emotional pain. All of those feelings that strong “Black” women (and women of any hue…truly…) have been conditioned to swallow. From childhood we become experts in covering up…in camouflaging our emotional pain. We swallow it until we are choking with a rage and anger that must be released lest we burst into a million pieces.

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I have learned to take ‘time out” when I feel that inner volcano getting ready to explode. I then explore what lies below the rage. Ultimately, I discover hurt feelings or suppressed emotional pain. I then give myself permission to be human and vulnerable without the shame of feeling weak.  I allow my heart to hold both pain and righteous anger. For each is both justified and valid. I then lay them both at the Altar of Mother WisdomLady Peace…and Sister Harmony.

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Ultimately, words of wisdomlovecompassionunderstandingforgiveness and kindness…begin to flow into consciousness; words that wash away any residue of pain or anger that might still lay hidden in the secret recesses of my heart.  Thus, instead of wounding words born of anger, my response becomes a healing balm to the heart of whoever wounded me. For underneath the attacker’s anger and harsh words or actions was her/his own hidden pain. For s/he too has been acculturated just as I; and has learned that it is safer to go into attack mode than to show the weakness of one’s human vulnerability.

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It’s time to break this vicious cycle. Let us be courageous enough to feel our painindividual and collective. Let us weep together. Let us acknowledge to ourselves and to each other our human fears and vulnerabilities. Let us stop and think before uttering those hurtful words or otherwise inflicting pain upon each other.

Let us lay our collective pain at the Altar of Love.

(copyright: 2019 – Toni Roberts)

 

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