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“Woman At Crossroads”

Woman At Crossroads – Artwork/Photography by Toni Roberts

 

” Woman At Crossroads” –There are those times in all of our lives when we come to a Crossroad…do I go left or right? This job or that one? Chemo or no chemo? Live or die?

You would think that after 79 years of living this human drama, a woman would be spared life’s complexities and dilemmas. That one’s sunset years could be spent in play; drumming, dancing on the summer grass, experiencing only the joys of life…loving…simply being…

That’s not the way of this journey in the Third Dimension. And I am finally learning to embrace Life’s challenges; to welcome each Crossroad, regardless of how challenging a choice I must make as I continue on this twisting, winding journey of unexpected events, people and circumstances.

These days, when I reach that inevitable Fork In The Road, I find my Spirit Companions right there waiting for me. Mother Goddess, my Guardian Angel, my Orisha, Elegua…and Love ItSelf. Right there in the Silence of my heart…waiting for me to ask: Which Path is my path to Fulfillment of Purpose in being in this Here-Now? All it takes is the asking. The acknowledgement that I DO NOT KNOW. And in that surrender to a Wisdom higher than my human Ego, I am led; step by step, day by day, breath by breath into a new and expanded experience of being human on planet earth.

Let us never forget that the Ancestors are always here to guide us. We need only to stop pretending that we have the answers…and ASK. Ashe.

 

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As I Navigate These New Waters Of My Life…

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Elemental Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

Everything

Falls into place

Perfectly...

 

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Elemental Altar- (View Two) – Photo by Toni Roberts

 

With the help of my

Elemental

Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was This Not…

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Rainy Day Altar – Photo by Toni Roberts

an even more delicious day

   than the sunshine and calm blue skies of yesterday?

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Indoors On A Rainy Day – Photo by Toni Roberts

this

glorious

today

with

noisy splatters of raindrops

and

boisterous winds

intruding upon the

SILENCE

of  my

   SACRED SPACE

blow!

Oya

clear away the debris that clogs the mind and soul

whip up the waters!

cleanse this vessel!

ready it for the

Holy Work

   for which the Soul has come

Reacting VS Responding…

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Yemaya At Work – Photo by Toni Roberts

Today

   For the first time…

      I saw the choice so clearly:

I can continue

Reacting to negative people…events and circumstances

From my place of

   OLD…UNHEALED…EMOTIONAL WOUNDS…

In that so

   HUMAN WAY…

   or…

I can rise above the residue of pain from events long past

And

CHOOSE

 to lift up my

   CONSCIOUSNESS…

ALLOWING

An

   EVER-PRESENT…

   APPROPRIATE…

And

HEALING RESPONSE

To

Unfold

Naturally

   On ITS own…

    In

   As

And

      Through…

 My every

   Thought…

   Word…

   Action

An Urban Shaman’s Tools Of Transformation…

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New Window Altar; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

she

opens each day with a

CREATIVE ACT

paying homage to the

MOTHER

of

the

     MULTIVERSE…

honoring the

DARKNESS

out of which 

LIFE

   emerges…

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Altar II; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

 the

shaman

plants...

   cooks

and

   waits patiently

   cleansing

   selfnourishing…

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Waxing, Crescent Moon; Stock Photograph

 

while

MOTHER MOON

fills with

LIGHT

from

HER HEAVENLY LOVER

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Altar III; Photo by Toni Roberts

 

the

shaman

takes her cues from

   within…

   never leading…

   ever-following…

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Altar IV; Photo by Toni Roberts

   in

complete surrender

and

   at-one-ment…

 

 

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Breathing In With The Waxing, Crescent Moon…

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May 9, 2016…14% Waxing, Crescent Moon; Stock Photograph

   I must remember…

this is the time of the

  in-breath…

of filling up with

   Light…

   of taking in…

   strengthening…

   building up…

   restoring…

 a time of  regeneration… 

the time of the

out-breath

shall return with the

fullness of Mother Moon

It will then be my time return to the world

   empowered…

ready to

   build…create

slay dragons…

but for now…I focus on the

   in-breath…taking in…

resisting the temptation of trying

to carry my dreams from

imagination to physical form

by

dint

of

human power

   alone…

yes…

the time for action will come

   but for now…

the

    in-breath

Toni Roberts’ Artwork and Photography are available at:

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I Play But A Most Minor Role…

Photo by Toni Roberts

Photo by Toni Roberts

in the

Great Drama

Photo by Toni Roberts

Photo by Toni Roberts

that is being played out

beyond the confines

Photo by Toni Roberts

Photo by Toni Roberts

of that tiny space

Photo by Toni Roberts

Photo by Toni Roberts

between my ears…

Toni Roberts’ Artwork and Photography May Be Viewed & Purchased at:

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Another Day Of River Gazing…

Hutchinson River & Wetlands; photo by Toni Roberts

Hutchinson River & Wetlands; photo by Toni Roberts

   Don’t have to travel…

Moving this body from place to place

Dragging this

Me

From land to land

Seeking the wherewithal

With which to fill an

   Eternal yearning

My travels are here with

YOU

Who lifts me up

Making possible these

Daily Flights

To times and spaces unimaginable to my

Questing heart

Yea

My travels are right here with

YOU

   Beloved river

Ochun

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Drum Slut Rising…

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rising…rising…ever rising…

Drum Slut rising

stretching awake after a long winter’s sleep…

The drumbeat

stirring

within

Her

Loins…

Rising…

Rising…

Drum Slut rising…

Arms stretched to the sky

in homage to the Sun‘s

greening of the land…

Flowers…

Birdsong…

prelude to

summer’s heat

and

the

throbbing

pulsating

beat

of

the

drums

calling to

Drum Slut…

Slumber’s end…

Awaken…

Arise…

Drumming in Marcus Garvey Park…

And yesterday…Saturday

after the gift of Friday with K. in Central Park

came the ecstasy of drumming in

Marcus Garvey Park

A Holy Circle of

modern-day santeros, babalawos, curanderas

women, men and children

who are called by

the Spirit of the Drum

Grandfather blessing my drum…

Gathering weekly to pay homage

to the Motherland: Africa

Lending body, mind and soul

as vehicles upon which the Orishas may ride…

Giving oneself up as intermediary

between the two worlds

vessels to be filled with the

Voice of Drum Spirit…

Holy Rhythms of Healing and Love

rippling out from the village of Harlem

in never ending circles…

through the city…

the nation…

the world…

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