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

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This is one of my favourite poems by Rumi.  The last two lines express the power of love when we listen in silence.  We live in a world where words are used in great abundance. We are bombarded with them everyday.  But how special is it when someone simply looks at you and you can feel their love…no words only feelings.  Rumi says we must be quiet to ‘let love speak from the nest of silence.’

Rumi allows each person to interpret what the ‘nest of silence’ is…but says love comes with a hundred blessings!  Love is the key to happiness, compassion and inner peace and when we live from our heart, we are truly blessed in so many ways.  Yet, Rumi reminds us of how tender love is and we must take care so we do not chase it away.Slide1

Hundred Blessings – Rumi

When Love comes suddenly and taps
on your window, run and let it in,
but first shut the door of your reason,
even the smallest hint chases love away,
like smoke that drowns the freshness
of the morning breeze.

To reason, Love can only say
the way is barred, you can’t pass through,
but to the lover it offers a hundred blessings.
Before the mind decides to take a step,
Love has reached the seventh heaven.
Love has climbed the Holy Mountain.
I must stop this talk now and let
Love speak from its nest of silence

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown,BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master, IONS Conscious Aging

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As many of you know, for years I have been leading women’s spiritual, self-empowerment, and conscious aging workshops. They began as Happiness Circles and transformed to Harmony Circles..Golden Light Circles…Peaceful Path Workshops and retreats for women…to A Peaceful Way gatherings.

The purpose of these ‘circles’ and ‘gatherings’ was to help women move beyond past hurts, to love themselves, to come into a place of wellness and peace. I used words such as holistic, wholeness, finding balancing, intuition, connecting with higher self, inner peace, chakra balancing, crystals, ‘finding your true or authentic self’ , consciousness, awakening, and conscious aging…compassion, forgiveness, mindfulness, reflection, gratitude, acceptance, being… wisdom…self.

At these programs and gatherings, many women who gathered over the years did transform.  I saw some who carried deep wounds from their past move into a place of forgiveness and love…for themselves and others.  Today, they are strong and have taken the ‘tools’ of transformation such as meditation and forgiveness and continue to use them as they face today’s challenging world.

This morning I am reflecting on what ‘tools’ do I need, what have I learned and practiced over the years, and what is my role in life as I move on in these ‘elder’ years.

A neighbour who is my age said to me ‘I am at the age where I don’t care what other people think’.  She’s a strong, bold woman and I wondered if she had ever cared what people think.  She is bright and intelligent and can speak about almost any topic!

For me, I am not really worried about what people think of me too…but I do care about what other people think about life and our world.  I still hold a vision of people caring and respecting one another. So if I truly love you…I care about how you feel and live.

But I also wonder if I have done enough in my life.  As a child I wanted to go to be a nurse in Africa.  I knew about the starvation and illness there.  I worked on fundraising committees for years for various organizations.  Then I began my Happiness circles and worked with local people and businesses to show a peaceful way to cope with the pressures of our western life. I adopted two children who are the joy of my life. They taught me unconditional love. But could I have done more?  Or a better question is what is my next step…

I am retired now and have many happy times with my husband.  I share meditations and Reiki with friends in my community. I help with horses at a local therapeutic horse riding centre.  I write poetry, my blog and Facebook, walk my dog, crochet and hook a rug that I have had for 20 years that is calling me to complete.  I dance Paneurthythmy in my family room during the winter months and on the Equinox in March will dance outside at a farm. I feel a sense of freedom and it is a great feeling.

All the words above…holistic to self, are blending together now. I am still curious about new things and am always evolving.  However the words ‘gratitude’ and ‘acceptance’ both have deeper meaning for me now.  As far as wisdom, perhaps I am wiser than I was…or is it that I am more accepting now of who I AM.

Enjoy your day and take time to reflect over your life.  Be honest about your past…your ups and downs. Be honest and accepting of your uniqueness and beautiful self!

Celebrate your invincible summer that is always within you!

Peacefully Jane

Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW
USUI Reiki Master
Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation
A Peaceful Way

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I’ve loved rainbows all my life.  Each time I see one they fill me with awe and wonder.  To many they are the promise of hope and better things to come. To others a symbol of peace, harmony and unity of all peoples.

A Rainbow of Feelings

“The spectrum glows across the sky

With a rainbow of feelings

A blending of thoughts and emotions

Spreading its loving energies

In an arc of pastels

A symbol of hope and love

With rainbow warriors of love

Dancing in the shinning droplets

Cleansing our thoughts

Healing our hearts

Guiding us home

To harmony and peace.”

By Jane Rosalea Booth

Jamie Sams writes about the Whirling Rainbow in her Sacred Path Cards.  She says the vision of world peace has been held for centuries.

This vision of peace is coming alive now in all our hearts, one by one, we are awakening this energy known as the “Whirling Rainbow’.  We can allow this energy to transform into our lives and assist humanity to unite in peace.

For your meditation today, visualize a beautiful rainbow of peace.  All the colours have vibrations that resonate with your body, mind and soul so you may evolve,  heal and feel loved.  See yourself melding with the rainbow and allow the colourful energy to follow through and around you…embracing you, loving you…feel the peace within your heart.  You are this rainbow of peace…be in harmony and unity with all life.

If you have any pictures of rainbows you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section.

Peacefully,

Jane

Jane is author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Visit: http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com

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