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This Fleshly Life…

Window Altar – Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

Is not about the pursuit of fame and fortune…nor is it about securing the right mate and proper number of children

No…that’s not at all what being present in a flesh body is about…

 

If one lives long enough…and grows Wise with the years instead of…just old

One discovers the true nature of this Life

One learns that Life… at Its Fundamental Basis

Is about learning to use one’s Divinely-Bestowed-Gifts… and Natural Talents

In service to humanity…and not…oneself

One learns through Life’s not-so-easy-lessons…how to live as a Vehicle of whatever IT is that creates and sustains all that we perceive as reality

It is then…that one finds oneself living a FEAR-FREE Life…a life of FreedomOrder…and body-mind-soul Balance

A Life of being in the right place…always at the right time…doing something ecstatically joyful…with the exactly the right people

And all of this achieved without conscious effortplanning…or intention…on the part of the Ego

Life has then become a seamless flow…an effortless living from withinfrom a Place of Mystery and Light…from the Inside…watching in wonderment as the experience of being human shifts and alters

Until Life Itself is a kind of “Heaven” lived right here and now…on Earth

 

Toni Roberts

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Food For Thought…

Morning Light – Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

A REACTION is emotional...

It is usually fear or anger-based…

It is spontaneous...lower brain...primitive

 

Whereas…

A RESPONSE is intelligent…balanced…unemotional…

And usually well thought-out

 

For the most part…HUMANITY appears to be REACTING to COVID 19

Instead of RESPONDING to it….

 

In which camp do you fall?

Toni Roberts

 

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Change Your Consciousness And Change Your Life…

Morning Prayers – Altar/Photography by Toni Roberts

You are the creator of all that you experience

Including the condition of your body

Your life

Your finances

So stop bellyaching…symbolically and literally

And get to work clearing out all of that mentalemotional…and spiritual garbage to which you’ve been clinging all of your life…

Let in some fresh Creative Energy

Remember…

Consciousness is the only Creative Force

 

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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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Like An 80 Year Old Oak Tree…

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Window Altar-Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

I stand strong

undaunted by the harsh winds of Life

roots firmly planted…

deep…deep within the life-giving soil of the Mother

I am woman...elder…daughter of Gaia

 

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To Know True Freedom…

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Realizations At The Altar – Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

is to

release oneself

from the

tyrannical preoccupation

with

SELF

 

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Healing…TRUE Healing…

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Opening the Ancestral Gates – Lighting the Cauldron Fires of Transformation – Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

of body...soul…or mind

is…

and always has been…

from the inside

the Goddess-side

out

all other externally applied efforts can only result in temporary “cures…”

at best

 

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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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Words Of Courage…

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Companions In-Spirit – Window Altar Arrangement & Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

come drifting into consciousness as I sit here at my window altar…

turning the focus of my attention inward:

 

ARDOR...ZEALSTEADFASTNESS

now is not the time to be faint-of-heart

hold steadymy girlas you proceed along this Journey to Wholeness….

let LIFE carry youlet IT flow from withinout

relax

lean back into the WATERS of LIFE

float

trust LIFE to carry you wherever you need to go

 

breathereleasetrust your own INDWELLING WISDOM

 

know that you are a cherished part of a purpose beyond the scope of all human imaginings and suppositions…you are loved…you are neededjust as you are

 

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I Am Tired Of Following ANGER…

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La Madre Con La Pareja – Window Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

It never leads me to any good place…

 And whenever I stop…before acting on It

And take “Time Out…”

 To think

 I invariably discover

HURT

Of some kind…

Hiding…beneath the ANGER

 

I am now learning to WAIT before ACTING

Allowing my ANGER to dissipate in the LIGHT of TRUTH

 

 

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