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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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Peacefully, Jane

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A Peaceful Way, the way of the heart

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

You Can Make Hope Happen! Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre

Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation Author name Jane Rosalea Booth

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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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Observed annually on March 8, International Women’s Day was born of the radical struggles of women to secure political and labor rights and peace, women struggled to demand the rights for equality, autonomy and safety.  Women continue today to show leadership and work towards these rights so that all women and children may be healthy, educated, protected, self-empowered and free.

May the hearts of all the “sisters of the world’ open wide and show the way to a new world of unity, equality, caring, peace for all people.  The time is now for new women leadership in all aspects of life. The time is now for women to walk as equal partners with men to create a sustainable, balanced, loving and peaceful world. for our children.

On this day I give heartfelt gratitude to my Mother and all my Grandmother’s, to my daughter, and to all my women friends who are truly my ‘sisters of my heart’ for their unconditional love and support throughout my life.  Your beauty and compassion fill my soul and show me truth, wisdom and love. I am deeply grateful.

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International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/first.asp

 

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Peace and love, Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth, Author, USUI Reiki Master, Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking

http://www.goldenlightcentre.com

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I received this e-mail this morning from my friend Nancy. I’m passing it on to all women. You are all beautiful! Let’s dance!

E-mail message:

To my beautiful women friends & relatives…dance, dance, dance . .

Did you know that it’s Beautiful Women Month?
Well, it is and that means you !!!
I’m supposed to send this to FIVE BEAUTIFULWOMEN,
and you are one of them !!!

Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote
when asked to share her ‘beauty tips.’
It was read at her funeral years later.
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For attractive lips , speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes , seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure , share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair , let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

For poise , walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone..

People, even more than things, have to be restored,
renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
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If you share this with another woman,
something good will happen.
You will boost another woman’s self esteem,
and she will know that you care about her.

It’s BEAUTIFUL Women Month
TAG YOU’RE IT!
Dance On!!!

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