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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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Life Shows Me…DAILY…

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River Gazing… – Altar Arrangement & Photography by Toni Roberts

that

to

LIVE TRULY

is

not

about

what I want…

desire

or

think I need…

but about

where

I

best

   SERVE

 

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This Journey To Wholeness…

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Window Altar Arrangement/Photograph by Toni Roberts

is

a

day

by

day

by

day

by

day…

 step by step

giving over

of

one’s

Being

to

whispered

inner

messages

of

 unity

and

love

plus…

the

  UNCONDITIONAL

surrender

of

the

totality

of

one’s

   BEING

to

an

       InnerHigherDirective…  

 

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