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Was This Not…

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Rainy Day Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

an even more delicious day

   than the sunshine and calm blue skies of yesterday?

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Indoors On A Rainy Day – Photo by Toni Roberts

this

glorious

today

with

noisy splatters of raindrops

and

boisterous winds

intruding upon the

SILENCE

of  my

   SACRED SPACE

blow!

Oya

clear away the debris that clogs the mind and soul

whip up the waters!

cleanse this vessel!

ready it for the

Holy Work

   for which the Soul has come

Rainy Days And Sundays…

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Poder Feminina Africana*  – Photo by Toni Roberts

always wake me up!

*African Feminine Power

Reacting VS Responding…

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Yemaya At Work – Photo by Toni Roberts

Today

   For the first time…

      I saw the choice so clearly:

I can continue

Reacting to negative people…events and circumstances

From my place of

   OLD…UNHEALED…EMOTIONAL WOUNDS…

In that so

   HUMAN WAY…

   or…

I can rise above the residue of pain from events long past

And

CHOOSE

 to lift up my

   CONSCIOUSNESS…

ALLOWING

An

   EVER-PRESENT…

   APPROPRIATE…

And

HEALING RESPONSE

To

Unfold

Naturally

   On ITS own…

    In

   As

And

      Through…

 My every

   Thought…

   Word…

   Action

We Are But Bit Players…

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Altar To The Orishas/Goddess/Divine Feminine – Photo by Toni Roberts

in a

   major drama…

one far greater than that

unfolding

in

the

empty

space

between

our

two

   ears…

Memories…

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Memories – Photo of photo on altar; by Toni Roberts

Windswept beach

Moonlight walks

   Drumming

with

My

   Lover

Time

to clear out

Inner Space

for

New

Life

New

   Love

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Friday The Thirteenth…

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Sunset Friday the Thirteenth – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

usually my lucky day

not so

   this day…

finally stopped trying to squeeze

satisfaction

out of

misery

and simply sat in the

   Stillness…

   and with

mind

disengaged

  I watched the sun set…

with the descent of darkness

I found

   peace…

As I Sat In The Silence Today…

      as I sat listening within…

contemplating the new life that is about to enter the family…

so soon after the suicide of my beloved grandson…

   I heard these words:

“it is

BLOOD

and not the

CHURCH

or

STATE

that determines and defines what is

FAMILY

and the

“RIGHTNESS”

or

APPROPRIATENESS

   of relationships between and among humans…”

such is the strangeness that drifts into consciousness

when one’s mind sits idle and open…

such a re-making of one’s worldview

such a re-seeing of reality

and

re-ordering

of one’s

cultural indoctrinations

such strangeness

born of a mind and heart not engaged in the mindless madness of the world

such an exquisite awareness of what is

REAL

and what is

   NOT

Today I Listened Deeply

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Healing Childhood Wounds; photo by Toni Roberts

 

I quieted the

   Inner chatter…

Shut down the

   Drunken-monkey-mind…

And using my

Heart

As a

Listening Apparatus

I tuned into the

Inner Silence

at the

Core of my Being

 

I am learning daily how to hear

   Truly…

  And thus become the

Human Receiver

   I

 Came

This

  Way

   To

         Be...

Toni Roberts’ Artwork and Photography are available at:

http://www.cafepress.com/DaughtersofGaia

http://www.cafepress.com/orishatreasures

http://www.fineartamerica.com/art/all/toni+roberts/all

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Another Day…

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Altar Photo by Toni Roberts

   in my

         Sacred Space

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Grandfathers and Drum–Photo by Toni Roberts

with the

Ladies…Grandfathers…Djembe…

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Altar #2–Photo by Toni Roberts

   sitting…breathing…waiting…listening…

   pen poised above journal…

ready for today’s

   Dictation

Toni Roberts’ Artwork and Photography are available at:

http://www.cafepress.com/DaughtersofGaia

http://www.cafepress.com/orishatreasures

http://www.fineartamerica.com/art/all/toni+roberts/all

http://toniroberts.imagekind.com

An Urban Shaman’s Tools Of Transformation…

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New Window Altar; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

she

opens each day with a

CREATIVE ACT

paying homage to the

MOTHER

of

the

     MULTIVERSE…

honoring the

DARKNESS

out of which 

LIFE

   emerges…

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Altar II; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

 the

shaman

plants...

   cooks

and

   waits patiently

   cleansing

   selfnourishing…

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Waxing, Crescent Moon; Stock Photograph

 

while

MOTHER MOON

fills with

LIGHT

from

HER HEAVENLY LOVER

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Altar III; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

the

shaman

takes her cues from

   within…

   never leading…

   ever-following…

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Altar IV; Photo by Toni Roberts

   in

complete surrender

and

   at-one-ment…

 

 

Toni Roberts’ Artwork and Photography are available at:

http://www.cafepress.com/DaughtersofGaia

http://www.cafepress.com/orishatreasures

http://www.fineartamerica.com/art/all/toni+roberts/all

http://toniroberts.imagekind.com

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