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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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Our Prayers…

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Sky At Dusk – Photograph by Toni Roberts

for

WHOLENESS

HEALING

and

SELF-UNDERSTANDING

never

go

UNANSWERED

(we cannot, however, have one without the others!)

 

   in fact…

as a

bonus

from the

REALMS OF THE DIVINE…”

we also learn…via answered prayer…that we are the only thing standing in our way

blocking

the

BLESSINGS

that

are

our

natural

   INHERITANCE…

 

 

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There Is ONE Kind Of ENERGY…

Creation – Artwork & Photograph by Toni Roberts

IT

is

CREATIVE

in nature…

 

IT

is

this

ONE-CREATIVEENERGY

with which we humans

create

either:

peace…love…health…joy…fulfillment in living…justice…

or:

war…hatred…disease…unrest…despair…poverty…insanity

 

THE

CHOICE

IS ALWAYS OURS

I take this day

to

ponder:

exactly what is it

that

I

am

creating?

 

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Living With Gratitude…

A Gathering of Spirit Power – Artwork & Photography by Toni Roberts

 

I am finally learning to live truly

in

humble gratitude

100%…

24/7…

in

total

OBEDIENCE

to

WHATEVER-IT-IS

that is proving

ITSELF to be far GREATER…

more

POWERFUL and LOVING

than

i

could ever be…

 

I

am

finally

conscious

or

WOKE…”

as this new generation says…

my

life

has

purpose and meaning

beyond

what shall I eat…where shall I lay my weary head…with what shall I clothe this naked body…how shall I earn my daily bread…this day?

I know that I shall be

clothedshelteredprotectedguided...

and

lovingly cared

for

by

a

POWER

I

cannot

seetouchtastehear

or

smell

but which takes care of me far better than my human…flesh parents ever did

or

could

 

and for all of

that

and

more

I AM SO VERY GRATEFUL

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Truth Reveals ITSELF…

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Wild Stallion At Sunset – Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

when

FEAR

no longer

clouds

one’s

  VISION

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For Peace of Mind and Wholeness of Being…

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My Man Marley & The Grandfather Hanging Out In My Sacred Space – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

unfurl

the

   brow

relax

the

   gut

 

breathe slowlyrhythmicallydeeply

from

the

   belly

understand

that

it

is

not

your

job

   to make shit happen

chill…remain relaxed and attentive

your next move will unfold naturally...organically

   inas

and

through

ALL

that

you

thinksay...and do

do…be…do…be…do…

 

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These “Dark Days of the Soul…”

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Clouds Over The River & Sound – Photograph by Toni Roberts

this

blessing

of a

view

is the only thing that pulls me through

these

dark days of the soul..”

 

I thank

You

Goddess Mother

Gaia

Creatress

of

all

there

   is…

for the

soul-stirring beauty

that only

YOU

can create…

and

for the

peace of mind

and

stillness of heart

that the

MAJESTY

of

YOUR CREATON

imparts

 

   this

  daughter

most

humbly

thanks

   YOU

 

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Cancer Full Moon Meditation…

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Full Moon; Stock Photo

(“I build a Lighted House and therein dwell.”*)

calling all the

lost

forgotten

and

damaged

parts

of

Self...

 

come dwell with

me

the

I AM

of our

being

 

come dwell with

me

within this

House of Light

I now build…

   Come…

let us

re-join

in

wholeness

of

being

 

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*Quotation from Lucis Trust

A Bit Of Wisdom From The Ladies:

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Altar Goddesses – Photo by Toni Roberts

The intensity of the

Outer difficulty

Is in direct proportion to the

Urgency

Of the

Inner Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes…Yes…Yes…

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Dawn Rising Over The Wetlands – Photo by Toni Roberts

this

LIFE

is indeed a

DELICATE DANCE

of

   INTERDEPENDENCE…

in which we

HUMANS

are

BOUND

one-to-the-other

and

to the

SOURCE

of our

   BEING…

in ways we’ve

YET

to

COMPREHEND

 

 

 

 

 

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