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Today I welcome guest writer, Julie Redstone, “Movements of the Heart”

MOVEMENTS OF THE HEART

Julie Redstone
The human heart exists in beauty and in limitation.  Its beauty lies in the fact that it is capable of great love, great tenderness, and great vulnerability.  It’s limitation lies in the same fact.  Yet, the limitation of today is the expansion of tomorrow, as the heart begins to feel a greater Love moving within itself, and as it awakens more fully to its own power of expression.

The love that the human heart calls its own, the love that it seeks in order to satisfy its desires and hold at bay the sense of loneliness that would exist without it – such love is only a small portion of what the human heart is capable of.  Because of its need for self-protection, and because it perceives itself to be small when, in fact, it is quite large, the human heart fastens on the one love that it hopes will nourish its life and fill its empty spaces, instead of the larger Love that would restore to it the experience of its own wholeness.

The heart has been taught to expect certain things of life and to give certain things to life.  In this sense, it is influenced by current perceptions regarding the nature of relationships and the nature of love, and no longer knows its own potential.  It no longer realizes the vastness from which it came.  Such a heart often goes through its days confined within a small sphere of contact with others, not perceiving its relationship to the greater Whole, not perceiving the great Heart of humanity that beats within its own.  It therefore, understandably, seizes upon the experience of ‘falling in love’ with one other as the central experience of life, because this event lets it know more fully than anything else, what it means to be truly alive.

Yet, even this experience of love which is so profoundly moving and enriching to life can also be limiting.  It can limit the knowledge of what love IS, believing it to be embodied within one relationship, whereas in truth the intensity of love, the depth of love, the joy of love, and the tenderness of love, are part of what it means to be alive. These qualities belong to Love itself, and to the deeper nature of the heart as it brings its essence into everyday experience.

With a more awakened heart, it is possible to be deeply in love with life.  It is possible to deeply love one’s own being.  It is possible to become identified with love to such a degree that one wants to extend it everywhere.  These possibilities exist but must be awakened within the human heart.  They exist, but they must be perceived as real. 

The relationship with a beloved partner is one expression of limitless love. Such a relationship is often singled out among all others and asked to compensate the self for what is lacking in the rest of life. However, love is not meant to be confined within such small quarters.  For the deepest bonds of love between two who love resonate with the great harmonic of the universe.  They resonate with the music of Creation.  They are part of that Creation, and can only find their truest and most complete expression when experienced as part of a greater Whole.  Indeed, a complete partnership in love will seek to reach out to others – will seek to reach out to the world in order to bless it.  Part of this naturally happens through bringing new life into the world – through children and the contribution they make to the future.  Another part happens through the extension of love directly – through one’s conscious participation in the great circle of Life.

Many who love today still believe that love is limited and that there is not enough to go around.  Therefore, one must concentrate on the few who are the closest – on children, parents, family. and friends.  This perception of love is based on a heart that does not yet know itself.  It is based on past learning, not on what actually is. The perception of the smallness of the human heart arises out of the history of separation from the wellspring of Infinite Love and the Spirit that dwells within all.  Nevertheless, this well remains, and the water is still there.  And those who look for it will find it within and can allow it to enrich the life that they lead. 

For each human heart holds within itself a spark of the Divine.  And each human heart is capable of embracing not only others, but its own existence as well. This is the love out of which the human heart has been fashioned which contains the Divine within the human. This is the love that is meant to encircle the earth, and to restore and nourish all of life.

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Writings by Julie on the Light Omega website are meant to be freely offered to the world, coming from the Divine plane of Spirit that seeks to nourish, awaken, and support all beings on their spiritual journey.  May they find their place in your heart and soul, and in your sharing with others may they be treated with the sacredness with which they were created. 

In this spirit, you are invited to share these writings with others in any way you wish to or are guided to, with the exception of the images on this website which need to be treated differently.

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[Title of article, calendar, newsletter, poem, or message] – by Julie

www.lightomega.org

Blessings in the light of holiness that is creating new life for the Earth. 

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Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master,

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Take time to meditate on this Summer Solstice Day…

Twelve Easy Steps for

Creative Visualization and Meditation

In many of the major religions there are various styles and rituals for meditation. Here are twelve simple steps that you can adapt to your beliefs.

Meditation can only begin when you are able to concentrate with no distraction. Give yourself permission to have some quiet time each day. Most people begin meditating for ten to fifteen minutes a day. Find a place where you feel comfortable and will not be disturb.

  1. Create a mood – Play some soft music and light a candle to set the mood.  For Solstice Day, you may want to meditate beside a bonfire.
  2. Find a quiet, safe place – Just be still and relax in your space – a chair, bed, in a garden
  3. Quiet your mind – Close your eyes and allow your mind to be still. Do not strain or force your mind to concentrate.
  4. Breath gently – Feel your body becoming more and more relaxed. As you inhale think, “I am” and as you exhale think “relaxed”. Feel the rhythm of your body.

 5. Relax muscles – Take a moment to check over your body for any tension. If your feet are tired and tense, flex your toes and relax them. Do the same with your legs, torso, arms, neck and shoulders and face. Breathe into any part or your body that is tense or sore.

 6.Focus – Now concentrate on the spot on your forehead between your eyebrows. This is the chakra, or energy centre that opens your intuition. Concentrating on this spot helps you to stay in the moment. If you mind becomes “busy”, go back to this spot and breathe gently.

7.Visualize golden light – Above your head, visual a beautiful golden light that is flowing into and around your body. Embrace this Light and allow it to flow into your heart and filling it with love. Allow this loving energy to flow through your body into every cell to heal what needs to be healed. Allow it to flow around you so you feel its protection and love.

8.Visualize a favourite place. In this quiet, loving state, you can visualize whatever you want. Go to your favourite garden, or seashore or mountain or anywhere you like to be. Continue to feel your body relaxing and feeling lighter and lighter as your muscles relax.

 9. Listen Now take some time to listen and relax in silence. Enjoy the quiet and deep peaceful feeling you are experiencing. You may see colours, symbols, images or light. Just enjoy the stillness, sense of peace and love.

10. Gratitude – Take a few moments to be grateful for all your blessings on this Solstice Day.  Fill your heart with love and gratitude.

11.Awaken -When you are ready, slowly bring your thoughts back into your room and open your eyes feeling refreshed and calm. Do not rush yourself. Take time to think about your meditation – things you thought, felt or saw

 12.Record – In a notebook or journal record thoughts about your meditation. Just let the words flow from you. You may even like to draw a picture, colour or symbol that you saw or it may be a feeling such as love or peace.

Give deep gratitude for the radiance of the sun and all our blessings of our earth.  May we all become guardians of our earth so our children will have healthy food and peaceful and sustainable lives.

Peacefully, Jane

About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

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 It is to take place on Wednesday March 19th @ 7pm, at the Meaford United Church. (Corner of Boucher and Skyes St. Meaford, ON).
Admission by Donation
Jeremy Irons guides us through the docu-feature TRASHED, directed by British filmmaker Candida as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations polluted with the refuse of consumerism run amok. We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.
“This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.”
This is a wonderful documentary that truly awakens all who see it.  Let us be the change and work towards zero waste.  Mark your calendars for March 19th!
Peacefully, Jane
PS. Earth Week  Meaford – Join me for Paneurhthmy  Rhythmic Dance Exercise at the Reuse Fair on Saturday April 26th at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the MSV Community Centre on Collingwood St. Meaford.  Let’s celebrate Spring!  Everyone welcomed    Free Admission

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1st day of spring

Happy Springtime everyone.  May the blessings of new growth, warming days, gentle rains, awaken our hearts and souls to move with the natural rhythms of spring.

Open your minds to new thoughts and perceptions.  Allow your dreams to unfold and blossom.  Feel your heart singing like the birds, lifting you to new heights.  You have the canvas and all the paint brushes to create a beautiful life.

Enjoy this first day of spring with an open heart and connect deeply with Mother Earth and feel this loving, nurturing energy. Enjoy the present moment.

Happy Day!

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

www.goldenlightcentre.com

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