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Altars and Meditation…

Night Altar – Altar Arrangement and Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

Some view my altars and ask…

is she pagan?…

does she worship idols?…

My altars simply serve as a focal point during

MEDITATION

The candle flame draws me in…

It becomes a focal point…

My attention becomes single-focused

A requisite for deep

MEDITATION

The statues and other objects lend their unique and special energies

For everythinghuman or otherwise

is

   ENERGY…

ENERGY

is all there is…

One’s visual attention…drawn by the candle flame

remains focused on the altar…

while all of one’s conscious attention is focused on following one’s breath

simply breathe

in…and out…in…and out…in and out…

one follows one’s breath as one’s thoughts

become travellers along the pathway of the mind…

drawing no more attention than passing traffic on a highway…

simply breathe

 

in…and out…in…and out…in…and out…in and out…in…and out…in…and out…

one’s only job is to breathe

as one surrenders the ignorance of the human ego

to the

WISDOM

of the

INDWELLING DIVINE

simply breathe

in…and out…in…and out…in…and out…in…and out…in…and out…in…and out…

 

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Prayer to The Holy Mother Which Art in “Heaven…”

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African Prototype of the Virgin Mary with Child – Healing Altars by Toni Roberts – Photograph by Toni Roberts

 

I have so many

human needs

my

    Goddess-Mother-Queen…

I cannot begin to know how to meet them with

human power

alone…

my sole possession

is

this

   faith…

this

   belief…

that there is

   indeed…

a

   YOU

that

   hears my cries

and cares about…

   such a

wretched soul

as I…

 

 I beseech

   YOU…

   Holy Mother of All There Is…

Open the Windows of Heaven and

Pour Down Upon

your

wretched daughter

the

   Promised Blessing

for

I

am

finally

ready

to

   serve

THY

   WILL…

and

 not

   mine…

 

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“…As Little Children…”

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“…As Little Children…” – Photograph by Toni Roberts

Am realizing the full impact of spiritual surrender

of becoming once more as a child…

   innocent

   forgiving

leaping off

yet another of

   life’s

   cliffs

 

trusting

that there is

indeed

SOMETHING

to catch me

before

I

smash

into

the

rocks

   below

 

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Consejo del Otro Lado…

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Consejo del Otro Lado – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

“Rome was not built in a day”

transformation and re-creation

unfold

in

TIME

from the

INSIDE

OUT

slow down

breathe

be

 

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Night Prayers

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Night Prayers – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

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Another Realization As I Rapidly Approach My 79th Birthday!

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Yemaya Works Her Own Kind Of Magic – Photo by Toni Roberts

Finally…

As the culmination of  79 years in this flesh body rapidly approaches…

 

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If It Weren’t For Grandfather, I’d Still Be Asleep – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

I’m beginning to get a glimmer...

Just a mere glimpse

Of what this HELL called human life on planet earth is TRULY all about…

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Carriers Of The Word…From One Realm To Another – Photo by Toni Roberts 

 

And so I pray that the current

awakening of human consciousness

from its eons of slumber

soon reach

Critical Mass

Lest humanity ultimately destroy itself

from the

ignorance and hubris

so reflected in

America’s 2016 presidential choice

wake up!

time is of the essence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-Healing…

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Self-Healing- (Photo One) – Photo by Toni Roberts

the more I heal the hurts and wounded places within this

body-mind-soul

 

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Self-Healing (Photo Two) – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

the fewer obstacles and negativity I encounter in the day to day living of this life

 

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Self-Healing (Photo Three) – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

it is becoming quite apparent

even to one as

blind

as

I

that the challenges, obstacles  and negativity

we experience in this world are merely

reflections

of the

hurts, pain, resentments

and

anger

still hiding out in the

unexplored

dark

corners

of

one’s

   heart…

 

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Self-Healing (Photo Four) – Photo by Toni Roberts

and so this Work on Self continues

this lifetime of Inner Work

of healing the Wounded Self

of restoring the Soul

to

It’s Original State

of

Perfect

Divine

   Being… 

   Doing…

what

It

came this earthly way

to

     do-be-do-be-do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prerequisite For A Life Of Saving Grace:

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Saving Grace Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

is the

surrender

of

one’s

soul

to the

    ONE SOURCE OF ALL BEING…

 

as does

an

earthbound

bride

to

her

heavenly

   groom…

Happiness…

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Happiness Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

one

of

LIFE’S

free

   GIFTS

 

 

 

 

 

At My Window Altar…

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Window Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

meditating…

contemplating…

river-gazing…

understanding…

 

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Window Altar II – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

that there is nothing to do

but

this

nowhere to go

but

here...

no one to  become but

who

I

AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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