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A Bit Of Wisdom From Poet, THETA BURKE…

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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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Life Is A Process…And “God” Is Who I Am…

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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.

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I Am Reframing My Life…

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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

and

thus…

RESTRUCTURING

my

BEING

 

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Slowly But Surely…

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Long Island Sound; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

I am learning to surrender

personal dreams

ambitions

and

desires of the flesh

to

a

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…

WHATEVER…

IT

is

that gives

form

and

substance

to

this

3-D-DRAMA

called: Human Life on Planet Earth

 

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This Day…

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Patience…Endurance…  Central Park, NYC – Photo by Toni Roberts

I practice

PATIENCE

and

ENDURANCE

 

in

SWEET SURRENDER

to

an

INNER DIRECTIVE

 

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Today’s Lesson…

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Virgin Mary With Child; African Prototype – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

FREEDOM

is

not

LICENSE

 

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Today…

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Inner Stillness – Photo by Toni Roberts

I

sit

in the

STILLNESS..

with a

GRATEFUL

HEART

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In This Season Of Change…

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La Madonna – Photo by Toni Roberts

I am learning to let

uncertainty

be

and to

maintain

resilience and flexibility

as the sands of time

shift

beneath

my

feet

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How I’ve Maintained My Size 12 Figure For The Past 4 Decades…

Happiness – Healing Altar Series  – Photo by Toni Roberts

It’s all about my attitude towards food.

The only reason I eat is to maintain a healthy and useful body for as long as my Soul needs it’s “flesh suit” to navigate this third dimension.

And that will be for as long as SPIRIT needs the Soul to do ITS Work.

Food is neither my lover nor my emotional comfort in times of pain.

Nor is it a substitute for the understanding and acceptance of my life and self as they are. For understanding and acceptance…I go to SPIRIT…not food.

 

However…being the imperfect human that I am, there are times that I fall out-of-balance; become unglued and off-center. Those are the times I find myself living to eat instead of eating to live…I wake up one day realizing that the chocolate chip cookies and brownies to which I’ve been addicted for the past month or so…have taken the place of reaching out and giving…rather than seeking

I then wake up again and turn away from self-involvementself-interestsself-gratificationwhat I wantwhat I need

I turn once again to seeking how I may give…whom I can serveright now...right herewith who I am and what I currently possess

It is then that the hungry monster that demands appeasement with comfort foods and sweets disappears. And I continue eating to live…living to give

 

And that is how I’ve arrived at age 79, wearing the same size 12, that I did at age 40…and if I may add…a pretty fit and healthy 79 year old size 12…

 

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Finding Answers…

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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 experiencefrom 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 SilenceThen put the problem or question out of mind  as you go about your daily business…

 

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