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Getting Through Life’s Dark Moments Unscathed…

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Melancholy – Photograph by Toni Roberts

No more reaching…no more preaching…no more stretching beyond Self

Beyond wherever I find myself at any given moment in TIME

Instead…I waitstill…patient…knowing that we exist in an ever-changing Now

Knowing that there is no need to waste precious Energy in futile attempts to change whatever the current Reality…by means of the human will

Thus it is that I walk this daily path guided by neither desire nor fear

Nor by the egoistic hubris of believing that I have knowledge of what should be

Instead…I humbly partake of whatever distasteful dish that Life presents to me…

Knowing that I have helped prepare it in some hidden kitchen…of my subconscious mind

And so…with one prayerful…careful step after the other…I continue on…at peace…in the darkness of this Great Unknown…with only the Light of my Faith as guide…

Toni Roberts

 

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The Healing Potential Of ADVERSITY…

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According to my observations of the Rhythm of Life over the past forty-odd years of my paying any real attention to the rhythm and flow of my own life

I have observed that Life is an Upwardly Spiraling Ascension… (See visual above.)

If one follows the spiral on its journey upward…one sees that the spiral takes a downward dip (01) (02) (03) just before it continues its upward journey

And so…before each ascension…the spiral descends downward…Thus it is in this human Journey to Wholeness of Being…regularly…like clockwork…we meet Adversity time after time…as we spiral upward

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Although these inevitable sojourns into hardshipillnessfinancial struggle and the myriad other devastating events of our lives may feel like Death ItSelf…as if there is no hope…that we are cursed and doomed…these dips in the Spiral are as natural and inevitable as up and downlight and darksummer and wintersun and moon

If we do not lose hope as we stumble through the dark periods of our lives…we shall find…time after time…that we emerge from the darkness strongerwiser…and more powerfully able to ride the inevitable adversities of human existence...victoriously…as we continue on this upwardly spiraling journey  to the “Heavenly Realms” of Consciousness and Existence

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Photographed by Toni Roberts Central Park, NYC

And so…fear not when once again you find yourself “between a rock and a hard place…”

Do not give in to fearful…negative thoughts…hang on for dear life to that one scrap of deeply buried Hope…use all of your Emotional Energy to renew every bit of forgotten Faith…hang on to the Knowledge that you are not a “human having a spiritual experience…”

But Spirit ItSelf…expressing inas…and through your humanity…

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Rememberthe Spiral periodically dips downward in its Journey of Ascension

As will your human experience in this man-created world

 

Toni Roberts

What Has Your Disease Come To Tell You?

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Winter Altar – Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

My experience with breast cancer some thirteen years ago taught me one thing…without a doubt

Disease is a messenger from the Soul!

Today as I sat before my altar in contemplative meditation…wondering about the cause of this sudden painful stiffness in my right thumb…and recent erratic blood pressure readings…the following Understandings drifted across the landscape of my mind:

All dis-ease is a physical manifestation of internalspiritual and/or psychological conditions…

Arthritis mirrors rigidity…an unwillingness to yield…to bend…to surrender to the realities of your physical existence…resistance and stubbornness…instead of non-resistance and surrender…

High or erratic blood pressure is a manifestation of your reacting emotionally to that which you find unpleasant and unacceptable…instead of rationally accepting that which you cannot change within the limitations of your human power…it is a result of emotionalism…of your repeating dysfunctional emotional patterns modeled by your immature parents…

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We must learn to accept that which we cannot humanly change

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Seek within for solutions…ask and you shall be answered…directed by Wisdom higher than the rational mind…

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Nonresistancesurrenderacceptance…are the keys

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And so, my Soul imparted this bit of Wisdom which I shall surely follow…for my Soul has never led me astray along this lifelong Journey to Wholeness

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Whatever your stumbling blocks in life may be…I encourage you to seek within for solutions…for understanding…for guidance and wisdom

And then wait in quiet acceptance for the responding Message from your Soul

For your Soul will never lead you astray

Ase

 

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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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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If You Think What You’re Going Through Now Is Bad…

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Altar by Candlelight – Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

wait until you cycle through the same challenge ten years down the line…

we are never finished while in these flesh bodies…

so just sit back…relax…and try to understand what it is you still don’t get

 

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Your Bodily Ills…

 

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Tranquility – Photography by Toni Roberts

are trying to attract your attention

to that which you are ingesting

for the nourishment…

of

body

mind

and

soul

 

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Today’s Prayer:

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New Prayer Altar – Arrangement/Photography by Toni Roberts

 

show me what to give this day…

where…?

and to whom…?

Thank You

 

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Abundance…

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“The Land” Photo Nine by Toni Roberts

 

is the natural state of things…

look at the lavish excesses of Nature…

 

it is time for you to get out of your own way…

for it is you

blocking the natural flow of abundance as and through you…

 

remove those stubborn blocks of feardisbelief…and doubt

open up…receive

 

rejoice in the natural abundance of being

 

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There Is No Lack…

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Moments of Stillness – Photograph by Toni Roberts

when one slows down

and lives moment to moment

one discovers that the PRESENT

is the fulfillment of every need one seeks in some mythical

illusionary

future

 

all that IS

is unfolding RIGHT NOW

moment by moment

breath by breath

 

one has but to slow down

to be

to stay in the MOMENT

where there is no LACK...

only the blessings and joy

of the PRESENT

 

try it!

 

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