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Thank You For This Glorious Day Of Life…

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Giving Gratitude…In My Sacred Space – Photograph by Toni Roberts

Thank YOU for this moment in TIME

Thank YOU for yesterday

And for all of my yesterdays

 

Thank YOU for tomorrow

And for all the tomorrows to come

 

Thank YOUWHOEVERWHATEVER…?

Thank YOU

For this glorious day of LIFE

My Good News From The Ancestors!

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A Gathering of Spirit Power II – Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

you’ve finally reached that point in life…

at which nothing else makes sensebut “letting go and lettingGod…'”

by Whatever Name

you’ve reached the “Pearly Gates” of Consciousness and there is nowhere else for you to go…and nothing more for you to do…but lay down your heavy burdens…and enter therein…to the Other Side of Reasonor “Heaven…” as It is also known…

you are at the end of a long journey

you are “born anew…”

transformed

while still encased in flesh

your Life Work…your Missionyour Raison d’etre…may now begin

and…my dear…if you do it rightthis time

you will never have to come this earth-way again

 

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The Real WORK…

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Night Altar – Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

is on the Self

once you get that in order

all else falls into place

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Ode To The Great Mystery Of Life…

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Morning Prayers – Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

Divine One

Christ

Holy Mother

God/dess

Creator of all there is…

Consciousness

All Knowing One

by any NameOh, Holy One

You are the Same One Source

of Life ItSelf...

to You…I surrender this Being

 

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The Highest Form Of Doing…

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Altar Arrangement and Photograph by Toni Roberts

is being who you are…

 

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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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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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I know That I Am In Accord With The Cosmos…

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Candle On Altar – Arrangement/Photography by Toni Roberts

when everything in my life falls right into its perfect place…

as if by magic

 

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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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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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