Portrait of the Artist – Collage/Photo by Toni Roberts
I was going through my bookcases earlier today in search of a book that I did not find. Instead, I came upon an old, yellowed book of poetry: SOUNDS OF YOURSELF by Theta Burke. (Copyright 1977 by Theta Burke. Publisher: Delafield Press.) I had made a notation on the title page that the book was a gift from…either Larry or Surry in May of 1979. My handwriting is abominable and my memory not much better for I remember neither a Larry nor a Surry. My apologies to whomever it was who obviously knew my spirit so well.
The poet speaks to my heart. It’s as if her thoughts and words were lifted from my own soul. I hope you get the same pleasure as I from Ms. Burke’s deep understanding of this journey we share as human beings. You will be seeing more of her work in future blogs.
The following poem is from the last section of the book entitled: CONTEMPLATION. I dedicate it to all of you seekers of eternal youth.
“Sometimes it appears
that concern with the accumulation of years
is more prevalent with those
who have sought gratification
from physical attributes
and fear their deterioration.
“They are ageless
whose beauty of mind
has properly assigned priorities
so that the passing of the years
only adds facets
which contribute to the richness of the glow.”
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Healing Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts
Sitting at my Healing Altar in my Sacred Space is a daily ritual. Were it not for the time spent each day sitting in the Silence surrounded by my Companions-in-Spirit, I would surely be a mad woman. As it is, this daily ritual anchors me to the Divine within; and sets the Tone and Energy of my day. And each day, one step at a time, I move slowly towards total and complete At-One-Ment with That Which Causes All There Is Into Being. I am learning that life is a process and that “God” is who I am.
Una Mitad De La Pareja – Photo by Toni Roberts
thought by thought…
belief by belief…
emotion by emotion…
opinion by opinion…
prejudice by prejudice…
intolerance by intolerance…
judgement by judgement…
Long Island Sound; Photo by Toni Roberts
I am learning to surrender
desires of the flesh
HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS…THE GREAT MYSTERY…THE COSMIC SOUP…GOD…ALLAH…THE FATHER…THE GREAT MOTHER…THE COSMIC WOMB…THE FORCE…KRISHNA…JESUS…A HIGHER POWER…THE MOTHER/FATHER…THE GODDESS…
called: Human Life on Planet Earth…
Patience…Endurance… Central Park, NYC – Photo by Toni Roberts
La Madonna – Photo by Toni Roberts
I am learning to let
resilience and flexibility
as the sands of time
Healing Altar Series by Toni Roberts
I am discovering that the answer to any of life’s dilemmas can be found on the opposite side of the question. And the only way to flip the shit is to ask the question; and then wait patiently for the answer to “come through” into physical reality and your own personal experience—from the inside out.
Remember, if you already knew the answer, you’d be experiencing it.
Accept that you don’t know what to do and that the answer does not lie within your human, individual, ego-consciousness. That there is a Consciousness beyond the ego that knows all there is to know: KNOWLEDGE ITSELF.
Test this. What do you have to lose? Ask within in the Inner Silence. Then put the problem or question out of mind as you go about your daily business…
Healing Altar Series by Toni Roberts: http://toniroberts.imagekind.com