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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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Sacred…Holy Sleep…

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Night Prayers – Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

the time in which the INVISIBLE ONESweave our highest aspirations and efforts:

the very fabric of our future lives

into the cells of our human bodies

 

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I Am Tired Of Following ANGER…

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La Madre Con La Pareja – Window Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

It never leads me to any good place…

 And whenever I stop…before acting on It

And take “Time Out…”

 To think

 I invariably discover

HURT

Of some kind…

Hiding…beneath the ANGER

 

I am now learning to WAIT before ACTING

Allowing my ANGER to dissipate in the LIGHT of TRUTH

 

 

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Life Shows Me…DAILY…

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River Gazing… – Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

that

to

LIVE TRULY

is

not

about

what I want…

desire

or

think I need…

but about

where

I

best

   SERVE

 

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Nighttime Prayers…

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Nighttime Prayers – Altar/Photography by Toni Roberts

Guide

me…

Show

me…

Place

me…

Be

me…

Ase!

 

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Lessons From Within…As I Sit…

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Morning Prayers – Healing Altars by Toni Roberts – Photography by Toni Roberts

at my

altar

in

contemplation

of

the

nature

of

BEING

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The Ol’ Crone Who Dwells Within – Drawing/Photograph by Toni Roberts

LESSON ONE:

the

WORK

the

REAL WORK

begins

with

the 

   SELF

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My Greatest Joy…

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Giving Thanks! – Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

is that I am not alone

on

this

journey to wholeness

and for that

I am most grateful

 

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I Am Learning To Trust…

Healing Altar: Coniunctio – Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

and

follow

my

natural impulses

and

organic urges

now that they are led by

“LA DIOSA ADENTRO”

and

not

the

  EGO

 

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