Portrait of the Artist – Collage/Photo by Toni Roberts
I was going through my bookcases earlier today in search of a book that I did not find. Instead, I came upon an old, yellowed book of poetry: SOUNDS OF YOURSELF by Theta Burke. (Copyright 1977 by Theta Burke. Publisher: Delafield Press.) I had made a notation on the title page that the book was a gift from…either Larry or Surry in May of 1979. My handwriting is abominable and my memory not much better for I remember neither a Larry nor a Surry. My apologies to whomever it was who obviously knew my spirit so well.
The poet speaks to my heart. It’s as if her thoughts and words were lifted from my own soul. I hope you get the same pleasure as I from Ms. Burke’s deep understanding of this journey we share as human beings. You will be seeing more of her work in future blogs.
The following poem is from the last section of the book entitled: CONTEMPLATION. I dedicate it to all of you seekers of eternal youth.
“Sometimes it appears
that concern with the accumulation of years
is more prevalent with those
who have sought gratification
from physical attributes
and fear their deterioration.
“They are ageless
whose beauty of mind
has properly assigned priorities
so that the passing of the years
only adds facets
which contribute to the richness of the glow.”
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Spring Blossoms – Photo by Toni Roberts
I realized today, as I walked the beautiful grounds of the co-op in which I live, that this Great Mystery we name “God” or “Mother Nature,” has, indeed, gifted us humans with all we really need. And that I am here on earth not to “earn my living” but to serve the living. And for this Holy Work, I am automatically paid from “God’s” Storehouse of never-ending abundance.
Take time out today to enjoy the beauty of being alive on this magnificent planet earth.
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Yemaya! Mother of the Fishes – Photo by Toni Roberts
my need to
my need to make
Patience…Endurance… Central Park, NYC – Photo by Toni Roberts
La Madonna – Photo by Toni Roberts
I am learning to let
resilience and flexibility
as the sands of time
Healing Altar Series by Toni Roberts
I am discovering that the answer to any of life’s dilemmas can be found on the opposite side of the question. And the only way to flip the shit is to ask the question; and then wait patiently for the answer to “come through” into physical reality and your own personal experience—from the inside out.
Remember, if you already knew the answer, you’d be experiencing it.
Accept that you don’t know what to do and that the answer does not lie within your human, individual, ego-consciousness. That there is a Consciousness beyond the ego that knows all there is to know: KNOWLEDGE ITSELF.
Test this. What do you have to lose? Ask within in the Inner Silence. Then put the problem or question out of mind as you go about your daily business…
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Kundalini Rising – Sketch/Photo by Toni Roberts
Consejo del Otro Lado – Photo by Toni Roberts
“Rome was not built in a day”
transformation and re-creation…
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