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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. 

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

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

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The New Year is beginning with a beautiful full moon!  We know that the moon affects the tides of the oceans and its energy transforms us too. A full moon is always a great time to reflect and to envision your desires.  This January moon was especially beautiful  and the moon looked extra large as it hung in the sky.

“The first Full Moon of the year is named after howling wolves. In some cultures, it was known as Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule. Wolves howl a lot in January. The Wolf Moon on the night between 1 and 2 January 2018 is a Supermoon. The following Full Moon is also in January, on the 31. It has no given name, which makes it a Blue Moon. However, this particular Blue Moon will likely look red in some areas, because it will cause a total lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon.”

 

In my book, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, I wrote about my animal and nature teachers.  For over 40 years, I spent time each summer on a northern Ontario lake where I listened each night to the haunting howls of the loons and the wolves across the water. In my book is a section on the Wisdom of these teachers.  Wolf is one whom I especially love and I feel that the wolf is a wonderful teacher about living in a ‘pack’,  howling my own song and having a deep appreciation for all the teachers in my life and for the ancestral teachers who have passed on their wisdom to me…if only I had listened more to their teachings…but we all have to learn in our own way.  Life takes us up and down but teachers are always present within us and in our daily lives to guide us along. Then it is time when the student moves beyond and creates his or her own art…

From In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

“The Wisdom of WOLF  –Teacher

Hear the haunting call of Wolf

Awakening thoughts of old

Teachings of transcendence

Uniting with the stars of heaven

Protector of the pack

Teacher of love and wisdom

Your teachers are ever near.  They come and go during your lifetime as you need them.  You, like wolf, are also a great teacher.  Teach others to love through your radiance and forgiveness.  Call for your teachers and they will assist you.  Share you talents and skills to the fullest.”

Enjoy the transforming energy of the January moons – January 2 Wolf moon and 31st Blue Moon…allow new thoughts to come forth and allow teachers to help you to grow and evolve to reveal all your talents to flow…

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Peacefully, Jane

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I came across the song “Try to remember”.  It is a mellow song calling us to recall earlier times in our lives when we were happy and bring those feelings into the present.  This is a good practice of reflection on our lives but often it is not an easy task if things are difficult for us in the present.  But looking back our lives we can tap into the strength and courage we had to move through life’s challenges and know we can use what we have learned to deal with today’s challenges.

Hopefully, we have learn not to ‘sweat’ the small stuff and look at a bigger picture to discover what really has meaning and brings us peace.  Perhaps we can embrace different ‘small stuff’ to bring us happiness…a smile, a hug, a kind word…and return these things to others.  I remember when my brother had cancer and his days were short how he loved me to put my hand on his head.  This simple gesture and touch of love brought him happiness.

We do not have to be ill to awaken and remember who we truly are and what we can share with others in so many ways.  This morning a neighbour invited me and my dog down to the beach area in front of her property.  It was a great treat for Max to run and play with his friend Marley.  I so appreciated this invitation, a simple gesture.

So my spiritual practice for today is reflecting back on my life ‘to try to remember’ those moments that I may have not thought of for some time that help me to bring into this present moment parts of me, parts of my true nature, that may help me to move into my wholeness now.

It still astonishes me that at my age I am still learning more about my ‘self’, my joys, my fears, my dreams, my hopes.  I am still learning…

Enjoy this song “Try to Remember”…remember when you look back on your life do it as an Observer, not as a critic. Bring forward what will assist you in this moment!

Meditate on your thoughts. Relax in the moment.  Be silent and let your heart recall some meaningful times.  Then you may want to journal, draw, write a poem, make a collage card about what was revealed to you.

Peacefully, Jane

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With all the events that have been happening in our world, I am feeling very grateful for many things in my life in Canada this morning.  Our energy feels lighter and happier when we are grateful.  By saying a simple ‘thank you,” you can create a new perspective towards your life that will offer you healing and comfort.  In gratitude, your heart opens to accept unconditional love and you move into a greater knowing of Divine consciousness of one heart and universal truth.

What are you grateful for today?  Begin a gratitude journal and write all the things that you are grateful for, all the little things that happen during the day.  It can be as simple as someone smiling at you or saying hello.  You’ll be surprised how many blessings you receive each day.  Gratitude creates a wonderful energy around you and  you begin manifesting a new way of being.

Enjoy a day of blessings,

Peacefully,

Jane

Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Facilitator – The Peaceful Path Women’s Retreat, June 17 -19, 2011

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