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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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Peacefully, Jane

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

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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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Some days we wonder how to make our lives more meaningful and happy.  The Persian poet Hafiz says we can ask two simple questions.  What a wonderful world we would have if each of asked these questions to one another.  The world needs us to share our love.

It happens all the time in heaven,
And some day
It will begin to happen
Again on earth –
That men and women who are married,
And men and men who are
Lovers,
And women and women
Who give each other
Light,
Often will get down on their knees
And while so tenderly
Holding their lover’s hand,
With tears in their eyes,
Will sincerely speak, saying,
‘My dear,
How can I be more loving to you;

How can I be more
Kind?’

Hafiz

How can I be more loving to you?  How can I be more kind?  Carry these questions with you today.  Ask them…even if it is in your mind…to everyone you meet.  Watch how your day transforms in so many loving ways.

Blessings of peace,

Peacefully, Jane

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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 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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Jane’s Peaceful Way Tip of the Day

If you want peace in your life…be peaceful…

If you want abundance in your life…be grateful for your blessings…they will multiply…

If you want love in your life…be loving…

The concept of what we give out returns to us is an ancient one.  We get lost in today’s world of greed and chaos.  When you make a conscious decision to have more peace in your life, then all you do…all your work and relationships begin to change because you have changed.

Now I know we all have challenges that come in many forms.  But we are, whether we like it or not, are connected to one another.  What you decide, affects me in some way.  If you are a caring and compassionate person then you are contributing to our planet in a positive way.  However, if you are fixed and judgmental and believe only your way is the right way, then you are trying to control not to love.  Love forgives naturally and allows us to create together as we communicate, to be compassionate and to be tolerant of our differences.

We all have choices and we all have free will to live the way we decide.  I am not here to change your religious or political beliefs.  I am here to join with you to live a peaceful life.  From a peaceful heart, we will join and make good decisions for our families, communities and countries.

Love is a transformative power that is ever flowing in our universe.  It is within each heart.  We see it in a baby’s eyes and in the eyes of those who love us.  It truly is the most wondrous experience to feel loved.  We all have this inner power to share with one another.

Today, I am sending love to you because I love you! I know that I will feel your love and it will come into my life in many ways.  Join me in creating circles of flowing love today….send and open to receive…that’s the magic of giving!

Blessings of love,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Anam Cara’…soul friend.

John O’Donohue wrote a book called “Anam Cara”

“Anam cara” (Ananchara) is a Gaelic word that translates as “soul” friend. Anam cara is a partner of your soul, an equal who discuss problems and share advice with you. The ancient Celts often practiced the ritual of Anam Cara to formalize friendships in the same way that marriage rituals formalize the bond between lovers.

In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the “soul friend.” In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara you could share your inner-most self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the “friend of your soul.”  John O’Donohue

John O’Donohue  explained that “Anam Cara’ and the meaning of these kind of relationships that are different than just being an acquaintance but “requires a purposeful presence – it asks that we show up with absolute integrity of intention.

Anam Cara Blessing video
I love this  video by  Doug Von Koss, where he sings a Anam Cara blessings
Send a blessing to your ‘Anam Cara’
Peacefully, Jane
Jane Brown Robertson, BA, CS
Conscious Aging workshop facilitator, graduate of IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator training
A Peaceful Way workshops and Retreats
Author – In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

 

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I am re-posting an article by Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell, PhD called “Peace is an Inside Job”.  It seems many people are experiencing conflicts in their lives either working relationships or personal relationships.  As many decide to live from their hearts, they experience others who do not understand this ‘way’.  Sometimes we blame others behaviours for our unhappiness, but Wanda reminds us that ‘peace is an inside job’.  This is not a new thought to those who read my blog but her understanding and wisdom of how to create peace is enlightening.   Thank you Wanda for permission to share this article. You may also find it at http://www.goldenlightcentre.com

PEACE IS AN INSIDE JOB

By Reverend Wanda Gail Campbell, PhD

” When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.”

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Based on the quote above, it is easy to understand that conflict is an inside job. How, then, could personal peace be other than within? With an open mind, we might be willing to consider that HH Dalai Lama’s wisdom may be true.

Certainly there are endless external events that trigger our reactions and act as catalysts to get us to notice what is going on but the events themselves don’t cause our upset. Our upsets stem from our thoughts and more definitively, our judgments about these events.

Everything is really about something else. Usually it is something that occurred in the distant past and is now demanding to be recognized, to be dealt with and more importantly, to be healed in this now moment. What will heal us is not to blame someone else or expect someone to “fix our problem”. The REAL problem is internal wounding.

Accepting that we, as well as the plethora of spiritual teachers, each contain innate wisdom that can address personal solutions is quite empowering. So, if we can accept this as fact, it only remains for us to activate this wisdom. How seems always the question.

The answer is simultaneously simple and challenging. It requires having the courage and persistence to access the heart’s intelligence. Rather than perceiving enemies, we can refocus our intention to call forth the loving essence from within ourselves and others. Gene Knudsen Hoffman said, “An enemy is someone whose story we have not heard.” Could we learn to deeply listen and to actually hear with “ears of the heart” and active love to affect a true win-win outcome?

Most of us are experts at judging those whose personal paradigm and points of view differs from our own. We also have years of practice at projecting our opinions and beliefs outward to blame someone else for anything that seems wrong to us. Much like the story of a drunken man who lost his car keys in his house but was searching for them under the light post outside (because that is where he could see), we seem to be better at looking externally. We tend to look for another to blame while we also expect someone else to find solutions for every problem or conflict in our society.

Might we more accurately look within and ask, “What would bring me peace?”, “How could I see this differently?” or “What is something I can personally do to address this situation?”

Peace and resolution of conflict begins with a clear loving intention to forgive self and others. Someone once said that lack of forgiveness is much like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It seems imperative then to accept that healing can only happen inside the individual heart.

What is needed now is for each of us to witness, identify and stand with each other’s pain and sorrows as well as to share our joys. In doing so, we foster feelings of interconnectedness. We are, after all, one humanity living on the same planet while each is, in his own way, seeking peace. Look without and turn within. Truth and wisdom is already there. It is real and accessible through compassionate love.

“… in the midst of conflict, you discover the place where conflict ceases to be conflict at all – and wake up to a love beyond reason. Yes, every human relationship is a constant invitation to let go…”

Wanda Gail Campbell is the current president of the IIGL board of directors. She can be reached at revwandagail@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

International Institute For Global Leadership 
Issue #125 * May 2012

http://www.global-leadership.com
Asheville, NC. USA

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