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A Toni Roberts’ Survival Manual:

Portrait of the Artist – Pencil Drawing/Collage/Photography by Toni Roberts

adapt…

adjust…

change…

re-form…

conform…

and

re-conform…

to

the

constantly shifting sands

of

these

most

tumultuous

times

 

A wee bit of hard-earned Wisdom from an Elder who has survived…nay…thrived…for eighty-one years as an African American woman in racist…sexist…misogynistic America…

Toni Roberts

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Ponder This…In The Silence…

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Today…From My Sacred Space – Photograph by Toni Roberts

All spiritualmental…and emotional upheavalstressanxiety…and such…

Will be mirrored in the somabody...flesh

And over time…will manifest  in the somabodyflesh...as a physical disorderimbalance...diseaseAs

 

For we who call ourselves human…are but the material…the cloth…the mechanism…the vehicle…the agent…the instrument

Inas...through…and by which

CREATION

CREATES

 

A bit of Wisdom from the Mother for those who have “the eyes to see and ears to hear…”

Toni Roberts

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Wisdom From The Mother…

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

We must learn to turn our bodies over to the Inner Physician

To

the

Mother

the

Goddess

the

Inner Healer

the

Creatress of all Life

And thus avoid falling victim to cultural myths of Old age

Disease

and

Dying

 

For

We

Are

Made

Whole

and

SUSTAINED

from

the

Inside

 Out

Toni Roberts

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There Is So Much That We Don’t Know…

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

And don’t even know that we don’t know…

Perhaps it is time to still our FEARANGER…and SUSPICION-driven tongues

Time to listen within to the quiet…Voice of WISDOM

Time to turn to the HEART for answers…instead of to the angry mobs…each presenting itself as infallible TRUTH…thus compounding our fears and confusion

 It is Time to turn within…to That Which Knows…

To the Wisdom of the Heart…

To the Wisdom of the One Who Dwells Within

Toni Roberts

 

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Wake Up! Baby Crone…

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

Time to awaken, Baby Crone!

Time to rise…

To stretch your wings…

And

Fly

 

That rumbling in the womb that used to bleed just yesteryear…

Is the grumbling of Dis-Satisfaction

 

Time to wake up!

You who live still for the carefree fun of Maidenhood…and Womanhood

Those days…my love…are long gone…

Now is your time of the CroneTribal ElderGoddess-In-Flesh

It is your time for the Dance of Interdependence with She who Rules…in…as and through all that you are

It is only thus that the topsy-turvy world of Yang Supreme can be set once more a-straight…

Time now to surrender your girlish days of immaturity…and follow the deep stirrings of your Heart…and Solar Plexus

This Time when no blood flows marks the Beginning of your Awakening from the glamour of this manmade world of sensual pleasures that can never-ever-fulfill-or-satisfy…

No earthly thing can feed the unnamable hunger that haunts your days and restless nights…each crammed with people…places…things…that leave you dissatisfied…still hungering for the unnamableunreachableSomething…with which to fill your Empty Soul

Answer the Call! Baby Crone!

 The Time is Now…the choice is yours

Either the Path of the Mother Creator…or…the Way of Humanity: “Senior Citizen…” “Old age…” and the breakdown of the body’s organs and systems as the Soul throws off the confinement of Its now useless flesh suit to return to the Source of All Being

Wake up! Baby Crone!

The world needs you…

Right now

Come as you are

 

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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…

***

We must learn to accept that which we cannot humanly change

***

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

***

Nonresistancesurrenderacceptance…are the keys

***

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

***

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

 

The Power Of Focused Attention:

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Night Prayers – Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

Is there something in your lifemindbody…that you no longer wish to experience?

Try withdrawing your attention from it each time that you find yourself thinking about it.

Instead of dwelling mentally and imaginatively on what you don’t wantswitch your thoughts and inner attention to something about yourself or your life…that makes you feel good.

Do this a “zillion” times a day if you must.

Be patient.

And one day you will suddenly realize:

  • the worrisome condition, circumstances, or person(s) have disappeared
  • you were so involved in newjoyfullife-giving thoughts that you can’t even remember when the troublesome condition…situation…or person…simply vanished

 

You can change your entire life and conditions of the body by simply changing the focus of your attention from what you do not wish to experience…to that which you do.

I’ve been practicing this for at least forty years now…

and although my life has never been trouble-free

I’m still standing

without a walker…or joint replacements

still youthfulvibrantvigorous

and useful

and squeezing every joyful drop of juice I can…

from this mysterious and mystical experience called human life on planet earth

 

(a bit more hard-earned wisdom from this very joyful Elder for you to take

or leave…)

 

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If You Don’t Rule Your Money…

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Healing Childhood Wounds – Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

it damn sure will rule you…

 

and if you let insecurity

doubt...

fear

lust

or

desire take over…

 

your ass will surely be grass

 

a bit more hard-earned wisdom along this “trek”  to wholeness…

 

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My Rude Awakening…

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“The Land,” The Berkshires, MA; Photo Seven by Toni Roberts

 

there is no magic potion

witchy chant

pill

or

prayer

for keeping this flesh body at peak performance through my 80s

and hopefully my 90s and beyond

IT TAKES EXERCISE!

EFFORT

SWEAT

AND

TEARS

 

So let me just get up and get at itboo…hoo…hoo...

 

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The Silence…

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“Night Altar” – Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

There is nothing more filled or fulfilling as SILENCE

Drink long, deeply and often

From your Inner Well of SILENCE 

From thence flows the FORMATION of the world…

  

(A bit of hard-earned Wisdom from the pen of Toni Roberts.)

 

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