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A few years ago, my dear friend Maddy gifted me a poem that she wrote about the Summer Solstice.  Throughout history, people have celebrated on this day that brings in a new summer season in the northern hemisphere.  I have posted it before and I always read it each year on June 20-21st.  The Summer solstice is the time of blooming of the seeds planted in the spring.  It is a time to be grateful for the warmth and beauty of summer with its fruits and vegetables that are growing.  Summer is a creative time and a time for play, to connect deeply with nature and soak up all the beauty.  The sun’s rays are powerful and bring us life each day.  Let’s celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year with gratitude for the sun (Ra) and share our love and gifts with others.

Here is Maddy’s poem

Namaste, dear glowing Jane!!! Ra Ra Ra !!!

Today’s song…sitting in the sun…

This day brings to me

The gift of glorious RA

Of warmth and light and growth.

How mindfully I breathe this day

Fulfilled in this nourishment

Conscious of this JOY filled gift!

As the sun rises within me, and fills me

How natural it is

To allow this warmth to radiate

And fill the World.

 

I smile at you,

And you are no stranger to my heart

Angel of the Sun

I gaze at my own reflection

In the eyes of the other

And there is no other,

Only our shared divinity.

The boundaries disappear

To touch the places of Oneness

Within our common heart.

 

Such an auspicious NOW

Stretching our limits.

“Thy Will Be Done”

Is the name of the river

That carries me along.

This day, I surrender my ego, my spirit–

To this eternal river.

 

Within me lives the birther

The builder

The center of the sun

Creating monuments of Love.

How right it is to play our wonders in the world!

Empowered by the sun within!

AMEN RA!!!!

With thanks to Maddy.  And may we all be radiant suns! Blessings to all,

Peacefully, Jane

 

 

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CGbt4rLWwAAauwi My Prayer for Today 

May I be all that I need to be today

May peace rest in my thoughts, rule in my dreams tonight, and conquer all my fears

May I manifest love today in ways I have never experienced before

May my dreams unfold for my highest good May my heart be full of gratitude

May I feel a deep heartfelt connection with you

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Robertson, BA, CSW has worked for years with women who are on a spiritual path and are interested in personal empowerment and transformation. She is author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation She is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and USUI Reiki Practitioner and Teacher.

Register now for Fall Wednesday afternoons for A Peaceful Way workshops. Time: Every Wednesday afternoon – 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m After a summer break group begins September 16, 2015 Location: Jane’s home Meaford – directions with registration Register Today – limited seating – Contact Jane at : e-mail janerobertson182@gmail.com Fee: $11.30 per workshop

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Embracing Me

By David Ison – Stories 3.9.14 Embracing Mbeautiful-waterlily-images-for-profile-share-2-09ac3

All my life I have felt and have been surrounded by a presence. Unseen, yet always there, I have, at various times in my evolution subscribed this presence to being God, the Universal Life force, the pattern, the Unity Function, the Essence of Creation itself.

Amazing things have always happened to me throughout my existence. I have died, come back to life, I have made fortunes and lost them, sacred texts have fallen into my lap, undiscovered knowledge has been consistently revealed. My mind has always been pointed into a multileveled, multilayered and multifaceted SINGULAR direction. Always stretching and reaching for another layer of the TRUTH. Pure objective truth. I have been driven by this unseen force to uncover, to discover and recover this Essence of truth. And I have indeed, been protected every step of the way. Guided through minefields, healed and thrust out again and again, never veering, always and forever rolling, moving toward the true beginning of all things, toward the shape of the creative essence itself.

Today, I stand here in awe of this protection, of this gift of immeasurable wealth. I feel its presence stronger than ever, gaining in strength and solidity, gaining in gravitational magnetism, gaining in its natural state of wholeness. This presence is not God, is not the devil, is not the divine Essence. It is not external, it is not coming into me from some outside source. In fact, the presence is something even more amazing, more pure, more Essential. IT IS ME. That’s right, this presence is my whole self, my entire being, my Essence, My Essential Self. It is within me and is always there, ever present, like the beating of my heart. Selflessly keeping me safe, endlessly guiding my steps along the path, continuously giving me life, love, wisdom, strength and understanding.

It is time to honor the Essential Self with the full recognition of its presence. Time to give back. Give back to ME. Time to celebrate the Essence that is always there. The Essence that is in resonance with all things holy, with all things true, with all things unchanging and with all the elements that make up the Creative Pattern of the Essential Unfolding nature of EVERYTHING.

Let us stand in the embrace of the Presence of the Essential Self, let us lose the shackles of the endless stream of metaphorical designs and designations. Let us free our minds from the chains of desire and the human tendency to continuously, endlessly seek confirmation from without, from the external. Let us finally, now and forevermore, look within, welcoming OURSELVES and nothing else, into our hearts, our minds, our spirits and our souls. Let us learn to listen to this eternal Essence within, hearing the songs it has to sing, hearing the stories it has to tell and at last, let us learn to receive its wisdom and its truth.

The Essential Self is the protector. It is the healer of wounds. It is the spinner of the web of our own individual lives. It is our sense of wonder and our endless source of creative energy, our very imagination. Lastly, let us simply sit. Sit quietly. Sit with an open mind and open heart and simply receive and then with a calm and a quiet mind, let us simply learn to say THANK YOU.

My gratitude to David Ison for sharing this article.

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master 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 a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com   http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

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We rejoice on this Winter Solstice Day at the return of the sun to give more light to our days.  It is an ancient celebration that reminds us, as we move into the winter season, to have grateful hearts that embrace the beauty of winter.  It is time for us in the northlands to prepare for the cold and sometime harsh days ahead  It is the beginning of the season whose rhythms tell us to take time to rest and reflect.

“On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, “Let me cover you.”
–   Laura Lush, The First Day of Winter 

“The Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter, occurs around December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. It occurs on the shortest day or longest night of the year, sometimes said to astronomically mark the beginning or middle of a hemisphere’s winter. The word solstice derives from Latin, Winter Solstice meaning Sun set still in winter. Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies from culture to culture, but most hold
–   Winter Solstice – Wikipedia

May we join together in the warmth of friendship and love on these wintery days.

Happy Solstice everyone,

Jane

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3373434879_32607b59e8_mMay today be all we need it to be.

 

“Embrace your blessings with gratitude

You cannot seek what is not meant to be

So follow your heart, your soul

Remembering –

Respect yourself,

Love yourself,

Give yourself.”

~Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence

“I am only one, but I AM ONE.
I cannot do it all, but I will not refuse to do what I can.
and what I can do, by the grace of the Creator, I will do.”

– unknown

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth, BA, CSW, M.Div, USUI Reiki Master/Teacher and Practitioner

Inner Peace Reiki

Peaceful Path Equine Reiki

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I received my friend Donna’s e-mail yesterday and was so touched by it.  She is truly in the spirit of Christmas. I thank her for sharing her weekend of Gratitude.
From Donna:
“This is a weekend of Gratitude and stories within stories.
Please read and take with  you what you need.
On Thursday Dec.6, I received a voice  message on my cell from a gentleman, whom I lived beside when I was in  Burlington.  In my preceived busy-ness, I returned the call Friday  evening.  He had fallen and spent 12 weeks in the  hospital (cracked ribs, punctured lung, he is in his 80’s) and is now  able to go for short walks with a walker.  His family treated me like a  daughter/sister as I had no family in Burlington (28 – 29 years ago).  How  many times did I say I would travel to visit them? Kitchener to Burlington  is 45 minutes, I made the journey once a year (16 times) with phone calls and  cards throughout the years.  I don’t really want to know how I would  have felt if the phone call was of a different nature.
2) A co-worker had invited me to have  breakfast with her on Saturday.  I have worked with her for 4 – 5 years as  her supervisor.  We met and the first words she said was “I am having a  really hard time coping with you retiring.  When am I ever going to see  you?”  Words can not explain how I felt. We ate and chatted for 2  hours.  We shared so much of who we are, life stories, realized we have  more in common and ending the time with promises to keep in touch.
3) After breakfast, I met up with a  friend of 28 – 29 years with the purpose to go shopping for Christmas presents  for children who might not have a Christmas as we know it.  We went to  Zellers as they are having a closing liquidation sale.  We bought and  bought and bought.  The back of my Rav4 was packed with toys and clothes  for children of all ages.  Then we went to the Dollar store and bought  more.  The adventure was emotionally overwhelming.  Thoughts of  children who don’t have the life I grew up with was heartbreaking.  My  parents did without so my sister and brothers could have.  We drove to the  Fire Station to deliver the gifts.  Three young firemen came out to help  unload the car.  This was a perfect day.
4) While we were in the Dollar store, I  received a call on my cell from the Retirement home advising me that (I will  call her my God-mother, 86 years of age – been apart of my life for 44) was  fixating on her clothes and was wandering around asking other residents if they  had any smaller clothes or belts that she could have.  Oh dear, after the  firehall drop off, we went to the mall and purchased some clothes in a smaller  size for her.  She has lost alot of weight due to an illness.  In her  younger days, she drove a First Aid truck in Scotland during the war.   She is all alone in this world.  No family, no friends, just  me.
5) Saturday evening, I was grooming my  little dog. Donya is her name.  She is 7 years of age and came to live with  my other dog Ben and me 3 months ago.  Her people moved out of the country  and I welcomed her into my home.  To my understanding, she was days away  from going to the Animal Shelter.  While grooming her, it was like a bolt  of lightning hit me.  What about the animals, in the local shelter that  don’t have the luxury of being touched and cared for. Oh man, what a  moment.  Sunday morning, went back to Zellers and loaded up on dog and cat  food and drove it to my local Shelter.  When I got out of my car, all I  heard was the cries of the dogs, locked up in cages. I went into the  shelter and asked if someone could help me bring the bags of food in.   A young boy offered to help.  Walking to the car, he told me, he was there  to adopt a 1 year old German Shepherd.  For some reason, my eyes have been  watering all day.
6) I stopped to visit my Dad (92 years of  age).  He is happy, happy, happy.  He has piles of Word Searches and  Word Finds to keep his brain working (as he says).
7) I then went to the Retirement home to  deliver the new clothes to my God-mother.  The pants fit and she was  so pleased.  So much so, that she went back to the common area  and walked around, showing everybody her new pants.  As a thank you to  me, she gifted me with 2 apples to take to my horse.
8)  I then drove out to the stables  where my horse is.  I get teased by the other boarders that my horse is  spoiled cause I chop up his apples and carrots and put them in a bucket for him  to eat.  Three apples and three carrots chopped up in a bucket, takes up  more space and can be savoured longer.  In my world, there is nothing  better than watching a horse eat an apple.   Bits and pieces of the whole  can be savoured longer than getting the whole in one bite.
So, what’s this all about?
To My Family and Friends – I spent all my  money on gifts for the children and food for the animals.
If you are wondering what to gift to  me?  Please, please, please – food for the Food Bank, gifts for the  children, food for the animals locked in shelters.
Celebrate your Friends and Family while  they are still with you.
Your life is meaningful to someone and  you might not know it.
My Future Is NOW and I’m savouring every  moment.
Thank you for taking the time to read  about My Weekend of Gratitude.
It is a Wonderful World
LIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF  CHRISTMAS”
Love and Hugs
Donna
Merry Christmas Beloved Donna,
Peacefully,
Jane

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving,

On this Thanksgiving Day in Canada, I’m reminded that everything is a gift to us to help us to awaken to God”s unconditional love and the infinite beauty of the universe.   Be grateful for all your experiences in your life as they provide opportunities for a personal, intimate relationship with God, a deeper knowing of love and feeling the presence of God in each moment.  In gratitude, your heart opens to accept unconditional love.

Wishing you a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving Day,

Thank you all for visiting my blog,

Peace and joy,

Jane

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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