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The Way of Devotion

In one of my meditations last year I was presented with a question. “Can you see a world without conflict and war?”  This question led me to reflect upon such a world.  It came to me as I listened to the news about Syria this morning that there has always been a war going somewhere in the world since I was born.

War has not been part of my personal life, but thousands of Canadian soldiers have died in wars overseas so I am able to live in a peaceful county.  I am so deeply grateful and humbled.  Tomorrow, we remember and honour those Canadian soldiers who fought at Vimy Ridge in France in the 1st World War. But war continues…affects millions…is killing children.

I have been deeply blessed by living in Canada, so perhaps I can begin to envision a world without war, to envision a world that so many fought and died so we could have an opportunity to create peaceful living.  “Can you see a ‘world’ without conflict and war?” These are the words that I wrote after reflecting and meditating on this question and an answer unfolded.

A world without conflict and war ~ A place of devotion ~

“A world without conflict and war is a place where each person lives in devotion to one another.  Each one is precious with gifts to offer and to receive in humble gratitude.  There is a flow of energy in this world that only supports love.  From love…all else flows to create a place of devotion.  A place where each person says, “I am devoted to you and my life extends and creates from that devotion” The devotional ‘way’ comes from a loving heart, a center of harmony, joy, excitement and creativity.

This way of devotion is personal for each being. It is ever growing, ever moving, ever transforming as there is a devotion to self-knowing, self-acceptance, self-loving that flows into each cell, into each soul.  A cycle of devotion unfolds from one to another and all embrace the light of devotional love and light.”

Devotional Light

I am devoted

See only your perfection

Beauty, love and grace

By Jane Rosalea Brown

I know that some of you who are reading this will have the reaction that this world can never exist, that people will never change, that I am an idealist, a dreamer.  Yes, I am.

I can understand those views but our world will never change if we do not have a beginning, a vision, a dream and a deep understanding of what kind of major transformation has to occur to create a world of peace, social justice, compassion, integrity and freedom for all.  It is a huge transformation…a movement into forgiveness…letting go of old ways that perpetuate conflict…and begin to love one another.  Each person must be willing to heal, to transform and to have a deep understanding of a way of devotion.

How do we begin this transformation?  I would like to share the Reiki precepts/affirmations for all Reiki practitioners and teachers that were given by Dr. USUI, the founder of Reiki practice, to bring this way of devotion into our daily lives.

“THE REIKI AFFIRMATIONS

Just for today,

I will not worry

I will not be angry

I will do my work honestly

I will give thanks for my many blessings

I will be kind to my neighbour and all living things

May these words assist you today to live with devotion to yourself, to your loved ones and to others.  In devotion there is freedom to love, to give service and to join our hearts with all beings, all nature and spirit.

Peacefully, Jane

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

 

 

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In our Conscious Aging workshops we talked about becoming an elder and what that really means to us.  Being a conscious elder is different than just being old. We discovered that life is a process that leads us on a journey of awakening to ‘self’…who we truly are and what is our truth and passion. We have the opportunity as we age to become an elder who can finally feel a sense of freedom, joy, creativity.
Each of us is a seed of consciousness that grows and blooms.  Life presents us with lots of challenges.  It is how we respond to our challenges that creates healing and love in our lives.  When we discover how to let go of anger, regrets and grief, our hearts open and are full of love and gratitude.   When we ‘go with all your heart’ as Confucius says…an elder can be a powerful being, a loving being and one who brings comfort to those who are afraid of living fully.  Confucius also said if you are committed to being a Sage, you will become a Sage.  If you are committed to being worthy, you will be worthy.  So if you are committed to growing older consciously with awareness, with an open heart and accessible heart, you will be a conscious elder, a conscious being.
I think the greatest gift and elder can reveal to younger people is that they do not have to wait till they are an elder to experience awakening to truly loving yourself.  Indeed, this should happen when we are very young.  It is in our uniqueness that our beauty is revealed.  We can feel unity with others and share in community but not lose who we are.  We simply share what gifts we have with others and love is the biggest and grandest gift you have to offer!
Cathy Carmody wrote a poem about her process of becoming an elder~ a process of letting go or as she calls it ‘leaving behind’…and becoming something new.

 

Becoming an Elder

Leaving behind my journey of struggling and racing through
the white water of many rivers, I become the river,
creating my own unique way.

Leaving behind my self-imposed role as a tree upon
which others have leaned, I now become the wind,
with the freedom to blow whenever and wherever I choose.

Leaving behind the boxes I’ve created in my life, crammed with
roles, responsibilities, rules and fears,
I become the wild and unpredictable space
within which flowers sprout and grow.

Leaving behind the years of yearning for others
to see me as somebody,
I soften into becoming my future,
with permission from SELF to
continually unfold as I choose, without concern
for how others may see me.

Leaving behind years of telling and teaching,
I become instead a mirror
into which others can peer and
view reflections of themselves to consider.

Leaving behind the urge to provide answers for others,
I become – in the silence of this forest retreat
– the question.

Leaving behind the rigor of my intellect,
I become a single candle in the
darkness, offering myself as a beacon for others
to create their own path.

I become an elder.

This poem was written at a ‘Choosing Conscious Elderhood Retreat’ at the Sea to Sky Retreat Centre, British Columbia, Canada in August 2012. This retreat was offered by The Centre for Conscious Eldering.

Cathy Carmody died in 2017; her website www.cathycomody.com, continues to be a source of inspiration.  She gave permission for others to share her poem as long as she is credited as author.

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Spring Equinox Walk – Stillness in the Spring Morning

This morning I walked along Georgian Bay (part of the Great Lake Huron) but it did not look like spring had arrived. Instead I was treated to this wonderful view that looked like pyramids on the ice.  Everything was still as the water was frozen near the shoreline. But these wondrous formations fascinated me.  A lady who has lived in this area since a child said they were water spouts.  Sure enough as I looked carefully the center top of each ‘pyramid’ was open.  She said the water spouts out of the pyramids that she called ‘water spouts’.  No water was spouting this morning but I would love to see the water spouting out of them.

As I neared home, I saw some small green sprouts poking through the ground where the snow had melted.  Yes, spring had arrived!

I love Japanese Haiku poetry.  I wrote this one about the arrival of Spring.

morning snow falling

below roots stir quietly

with spring’s rhythm

By Jane Brown Robertson

May you soak up the feelings of stillness on this Spring Equinox. It is when we enter our stillness that we begin to experience feelings of renewal, hope and new beginnings that the energy of the light of the Spring Equinox brings.  The Equinox invites us to create balance and harmony and to move with the natural rhythms of the universe.  Take a few moments to meditate or reflect and allow your mind and heart to open to something new and allow it to grow.

May the radiant Spring blessings of light fill your heart with peace and warmth,

Peacefully,  Jane

11709538_10152829565162303_6161609573751527717_nJane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Retreats

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Conscious Aging Workshops

Jane Rosalea Brown   Follow me on twitter @janerbooth

Although most of my known ancestors were born in Canada or Scotland, I was told that my great great grandmother who lived in Goderich ON in the mid 1840’s was born in Ireland.  I had a slight glow of auburn in my dark brown hair when I was younger and my green eyes still reveal my ancestral Celtic history.  But what I did not inherit was the ability to roll my ‘r’s. Everyone in my family could do this very easily. I so wanted to sound like my grandparents and my parents!  Now I want to sound like my husband who was born in Scotland.  Although my mother was born in Canada she too could change her voice and sounded very Scottish.  My grandfather spoke Gaelic and would throw in a few words to tease his grandchildren.  I had no idea what he was saying a lot of the time!  But his warm smile and hugs made up for his strong Scottish brogue.

As part of my Conscious Aging practice, I reflect on what I have learned from my ancestors.  Yesterday, I watched a video on Beginning to speak Gaelic.  Just hearing the sounds of the language that my Grandparents and great-great grandparents spoke, warmed my heart.

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Today, I am reading a book called Celtic folklore of Fairy-faith that is rich with stories of everyday Celts whose ‘faith’ included fairies.  I call fairies my garden angels but indeed, they may be something entirely different. I often see fairy like beings in my meditations but I have been taught to think of them as angels. But I have also had a longing to know fairies and have my daughter and I feel they are with us, like angels. However, fairies have their own rich culture in celtic lore.   I am looking forward to reading about this celtic faith and  learn the wisdom of fairies that still exists.

A Celtic Blessing of Light

“May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart till it glows, Like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, as well as the friend.

And may the light shine out of the eyes of you, like a candle set in the windows of a house, Bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you – the soft sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up, And shed their sweetness on the air.

And may the blessing of the great rains be on you, that they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the earth be on you – the great round earth; May you ever have a kindly greeting for people you pass as you are going along the roads.

And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.”

Enjoy Enya and other beautiful singers on this sunny and bright St. Patrick’s Day.

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Do you realize that we are always invited to love more deeply?  Yet, in our busy days we turn away to focus on our daily worries, anxieties and fears. Our heart is waiting for us to relax, to be compassionate with ourselves, to open to receive love on a new level of conscious awareness.  To feel refreshed and inspired about life makes each day exciting and have purpose.  So how do we allow our lives to evolve naturally where we feel a deep connection with others in a loving way and feel a deep connection to spirit in a trustful way?

I think we need to be willing to transform and change our thoughts and habits.  We can get stuck in the old ways and how we view ourselves.  I had a friend say to me “I am always anxious and depressed.  I have been that way for years.”  I realized that she was speaking very honestly about how she viewed herself.  I also realized that she has accepted that view as being very fixed and she had no way of knowing how to change her feelings.  I have another friend who wrote me the other day after being diagnosed with a serious health problem who said “I am a passionate person and nothing will change me from seeing each day as my last and enjoying the present moment.”

So if we are going to evolve ‘naturally’ which means we tap into the natural rhythms of the flow of nature; we open to receive new perspectives; we are willing to flow with the ups and downs of life and see that life’s possibilities have no limits if we are willing to transform.

Now this might seem very idealistic but once our thoughts become more positive our courage and strength behind to grow.  We begin to take steps in new directions.  It may seem there is no way out when we have tough times, but it only takes a few seconds for our life to change and something new arrives…a new thought, a new friend, a new view, and new opportunity.  Something else happens as we begin to respond to our heart’s invitation to love…our self, others, all life, and to trust our spiritual knowing and beliefs.

Meditation provides the space to deepen our awareness of what is best for us.  Our inner heart, our soul, our inner knowing is always within us and we can tap into our inner wisdom.  Did you know you are a wisdom keeper?  We all have learned so much from all our experiences. We can enter this inner space of self discovery every day…in each moment. Our wisdom is within us awaiting to be awakened.

Yes, you are unique and special.  No one is exactly like you!  Your gifts and talents are waiting to unfold when you accept the invitation of love.

Going into your silence in meditation will help you to find your life purpose and to create more love in your life as your expand your awareness and allow your divine spirit to guide and love you. Meditation is a practice but as you become more comfortable and relaxed, it will become natural for you and you will receive many benefits from this spiritual practice.  You will soon flow with more ease through daily life by releasing old patterns of fear and resistance that cause blockages to your success. You will allow only positive, loving thoughts in your consciousness.  You will be astounded what will expand and be reflected back to you…abundance of love, prosperity and inner peace.  Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to your invitation to love?

Here is what I heard in a meditation when I was down, depressed and not sure what to do~

“The Light shines beyond the shadow

Move gently, my child, with grace

Be peaceful, tranquil, and joyous

Dance in merriment

Feel your heart song singing

Lifting you to new heights

Discard that which no longer serves.

Be still, listen

In peace and serenity

In silence, for messages of love.”

It took me awhile to ‘dance in merriment and to feel my heart song singing’, but what these words did for me was to remind me that somewhere inside me was my heart that wanted to be loved.  I wanted love…when I realized this truth, I began to take steps to create a life where I could love more fully.  And…I did receive many, many messages of love in my meditations, and I found love in my personal life.  But this would not have happened if I had turned down my ‘invitation of love’.

Are you ready to say ‘Yes’?  Reclaim who you really are and allow us to see you more fully !

Sufi poet Hafiz wrote “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name: Jane Rosalea Booth

Inner Peace Reiki Sessions – email for an appointment goldenlightcentre@rogers.com

A Peaceful Way Gatherings and Workshops, Meaford, ON

 

 

 

 

slide1Thomas Merton believed ‘love is our destiny, but we don’t find the meaning of life by ourselves alone; we find it with others.”

I think the discovery is finding what has heart and meaning to us? What works for us? What do we feel when we let go of all our anger, regrets, fears and experience a sense of peace and love within? How do we embrace the love that is within and bring it into our daily? How do we cope with changes as we age so we live with and open and accessible heart?

To assist you to explore these questions, Conscious Aging Workshop Series, Thursday afternoons, April 6th – May 4th, 2017 in Meaford will assist you with your quest and provide a quiet and relaxed space to connect with others, enjoy reflections and inspirational ideas and discover your own inner wisdom that will support you as you age. By discovering tools and practices to cope more effectively with aging you will enjoy greater inner peace and well-being!

I invite you to join me in Meaford.  Please visit my Conscious Aging Workshop Series site.  You will find how the Institute of Noetic Studies (IONS) research created this wonderful program and how it can benefit you in many ways.

Although this program is designed for those 50 and older, each day I realize that if our youth and young adults integrated the tools and practices of Conscious aging in their early life, their view of who they are and what is important in their life would awaken them to living consciously and begin to make creative and healthful choices that have a more expansive world view and connection with others (and without a cell phone!!! LOL).

For now, it is for the over 50 group ~ please join me.

Register now by calling Amber Knott 519-538-1060 Ext 1200  or email: aknott@meaford.ca

 Conscious Aging Workshop series is part of the Municipality of Meaford Lifestyle programs.

Hope to see you April 6th!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Brown Robertson, BA

Graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator

 

 

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Anam Cara’…soul friend.

John O’Donohue wrote a book called “Anam Cara”

“Anam cara” (Ananchara) is a Gaelic word that translates as “soul” friend. Anam cara is a partner of your soul, an equal who discuss problems and share advice with you. The ancient Celts often practiced the ritual of Anam Cara to formalize friendships in the same way that marriage rituals formalize the bond between lovers.

In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the “soul friend.” In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara you could share your inner-most self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the “friend of your soul.”  John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue  explained that “Anam Cara’ and the meaning of these kind of relationships that are different than just being an acquaintance but “requires a purposeful presence – it asks that we show up with absolute integrity of intention.

Anam Cara Blessing video
I love this  video by  Doug Von Koss, where he sings a Anam Cara blessings
Send a blessing to your ‘Anam Cara’
Peacefully, Jane
Jane Brown Robertson, BA, CS
Conscious Aging workshop facilitator, graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator training
A Peaceful Way workshops and Retreats
Author – In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

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