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We spend our whole lives trying to seek love, to define and express love and hopefully to become love in the present moment. But turbulent times can turn us away from love and bring up our fears.  Fears change our actions and we have great difficulty forgiving those who harm us.  When we release our fears and anger and move our thoughts to connecting to the feelings of our heart, we begin to have the awareness that love is dwelling…always…in our heart.  Then forgiveness makes sense and all our senses respond in a new way to love.

All we have to do is tap into this loving energy, embrace and allow love to become the way of our being in our daily life.  This transformation into love consciousness is what each of us is here to do.  Michael Jackson understood about staying ‘in love’…with ourselves, with others, with nature and all the universe!  John Denver felt that love is an everlasting memory that shelters, embraces and at times is turbulent but love is in all the elements…it is everywhere and always there for us.

Love By Michael Jackson

“Love is a funny thing to describe. It’s so easy to feel and yet so slippery to talk about. It’s like a bar of soap in the bathtub-you have it in your hand until you hold on too tight.

Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves. They think they have to grasp it in order to have it. But love slips away like that wet bar of soap.

Holding on to love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants. When it’s allowed to be free, love is what makes life alive, joyful and new.  It’s the juice and energy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything.

As long as love is in my heart, it’s everywhere.”  from Dancing the Dream by Michael Jackson

 

John Denver – Perhaps Love…

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John Denver also sought for the meaning love. One of my favourite songs about the meaning of love was sung by John Denver is “Perhaps Love”  This video show John performing in London where he explains the transformation that took place for him as his thoughts transformed from sadness to love and these words and music came to him while he was driving his car in California.

I hope you will take time to listen to his story and song~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKhBPps7_Fc

 John Denver – Perhaps Love Lyrics
 
Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home

 

Perhaps love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself
And don’t know what to do
The memory of love will see you through

Oh, love to some is like a cloud
To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living
For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it’s cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

Songwriters: J DENVER
Peacefully with love,
Jane

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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)

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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

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I found this picture on Facebook so I am not sure who created it, but it did stimulate me to reflect on the meaning of the words, “I didn’t change. I just woke up.”  When I awaken to a new thought, vision or perception, it is an exciting moment.  It’s an ‘aha’ moment.  I have discovered something new that can change my life or encourage me to try something new. I think to awaken my consciousness, my feelings and emotions change as I see a broader picture of our life.  Sometimes, I feel a deeper connection to others, my spouse, children, friends.  I may awaken to how to solve a problem.  I may awaken to words for a poem or a blog article that flow easily out onto the paper.  I may awaken to a deeper connection with nature and its beauty.  I may awaken spiritually and feel a greater connection with God or the universe.  I may awaken to my inner being, my soul self and all the wonders that come with that awakening.

Our consciousness is in a constant state of awakening to new ideas.  We can shut new ideas out or we can say ‘aha’ to a new thought…”I just woke up to…”  This constant creative consciousness is what keeps us moving forward, seeking new adventures, being grateful for each day, embracing the unknown mystery we call life.  By allowing ourselves to wake up a little each day, our lives become enriched with new energy.  Life always has hope and newness!  We don’t have to do anything spectacular but some of us may.  We do have to be willing to awaken and unglue old fixed ideas so more vibrant, healthy and creative ideas can flow.

How are you awakening each day?  You do not have to change but awaken your mind, open your heart,  breathe…the change will come naturally as your heart and mind open to greater love and peace.

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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Here we are at the beginning of a New Year with lots of people promoting programs to change us, to help us create the life we want by encouraging us to live fully and to make affirmations or intentions about how we would like to be and how we can be our authentic Self. I am in this group of people with Conscious Aging that starts in April.

Now all these ‘intentions’ and programs can be good for us. Positive energies bring positive results in our lives.  Affirmations keep us focused on our visions or dreams. Self- reflection and meditation takes us within and helps our to calm and feel connected spiritually.  But sometimes we can feel bombarded by all these suggestions no matter how well-meaning these practices may be.

However, I am going to offer my Jane’s Peaceful Path tip. For today, stop trying to be something different.  Everything in this moment is what is best for you…even though it may not appear that way.  For today, simply stay in love…all day…every moment…with everyone you meet, with nature, with all life but most of all, with you.  For today, observe how your life is unfolding as you stay in love…magical things happen when we stay in love.

Here is a lovely video that I have played at my retreats…just what we need to stay in love! Enjoy

“Love, Peace, Wisdom” by Bliss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elzh8cUOImc

Bliss – Love Peace and Wisdom lyrics

“If Love were a bird, I would stroke her bright feathers

Then I’d watch her fly free, cross the still of the dawn

And if Peace were a mountain, we’d gather around her

To bathe in her silence, her power, her call

If Wisdom could sing or whisper his secrets Eternity teaching the ways of the free

In my mind I can see them, I hear them and I feel them

For Love, Peace and Wisdom are all part of me

If Love has her freedom, and Peace her expression,

Surely Wisdom will grow like a flower in bloom

The seed has been planted, and tended and watered

By the prayers of the hopeful and the tears of the brave

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I feel it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are all that we need

Some call me a dreamer, some will call me a seeker

One who follows her stars on a quest for the truth

But every believer holds a deep hidden memory

Of a time when the earth was a flower in bloom

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I believe it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are the three golden keys”

Stay in love so peace and wisdom will flow.

Have a beautiful, loving day,

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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Visionary Artist Francene Hart http://www.francenehart.com

As I was making preparations for Christmas, baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, I took a few minutes this morning for quiet reflection and meditation.  As part of my spiritual practice, I write what I have heard in my meditations.  My inner voice continues to speak to me after my meditations and I am always lifted by what I hear.  Our inner voice is the voice of our soul, our essence, our inner wisdom. We all have come into this life as wisdom carriers (listen to a 3 year old, you will know this is true) with much to share with one another if we take time in our relationships to listen…to our self…to others.  Taking time and trusting your inner wisdom brings peace even in our most difficult moments.

I was thinking about ‘gifts’ this morning and what gifts in my life do I truly value and what has heart and meaning in my life.  This is a conscious aging practice that I use to bring me into my core and truth.  I opened my binder where I had recorded these words from a meditation in last Dec. 26, 2015.

“The gift of your presence

Fills me with joy

Lifts my heart to see

What I Am

Light within light

Creation upon creation

Waiting to unfold

A step into timelessness

A dance in the moonlight

A beginning, an ending

Endless revolutions

Stillness of space.” Jane Rosalea Brown

This time of the year brings up lots of emotions for many people as Christmas has transformed into a commercial circus.  Take some time to see who in your life is a ‘gift of your presence’.  Take some time to connect with your inner presence and realize that you are a ‘gift’ to all who know you.  Stay in love with all around you…soak up the beauty of nature…the kindness of neighbours and family…create your own dance even if it is just in your imagination…feel the loving presence, the stillness of our inner space, that is always supporting and guiding us.

Christmas is about the birth of a miracle…a baby who went on to teach about love.  Each of us is a miracle.  May we all pass on that Christmas miracle of love in each moment.  However, you celebrate or pass this holy time of the year, I send you…

Season’s greetings, Happy Solstice and wishing all many miracles, joy and peace,

Merry Christmas, Love and Peace, Jane

About artist: Francene Hart is a wonderful visionary artist who connects deeply with spirit through nature and sacred geometry.  Please visit her website to see her amazing works.  She lives in Hawaii.

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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