I wrote this poem many years ago, when matters of the heart and plans went awry and were my spiritual and emotional challenges. This poem was included in the United Nations’ collection of poetry for peace. Nowadays, life is sweeter because of the lessons of yesterday.
When life casts its gray shadows on me
and the tests seem too much to take.
When my heart has been broken once again –
and my dreams have faded into nothingness,
the white sands of the beach is where I go.
Running past sand castles with the
hidden treasures the sands may hold –
running past lovers basking in the warmth
of the eternal sun,
I reach for the cool embrace of the ocean’s waves.
Together we dance to the ebb and flow
of the tide of life,
and together we stand unafraid.
In the silence of the distance
the ocean’s strength speaks to me-
enveloping my soul with the
gift of peace it came to find.
After my experience with the sudden hearing loss early this month, I was in the bathroom after my shower, and had a sudden thought pop into my mind that said:
“change the lens of how you perceive life.”
And it was so crystal clear to me, that I did just that! I saw positive potentials instead of fearsome scenarios that being caught in a world of deafness could give me. I had a great day of feeling inner balance just because of this thought and shift of perception.
What’s odd is, I have never used the phrase “changing the lens” either in my writings or oral communication or came across this in my readings. I use other phrases such as “change my/your perception.” On that week I kept coming across messages about changing the lens of life without my looking for them. The quote I shared at the beginning of this post is one of them.
Seeing the world from a place of fear or love does change everything. Living in fear is constricting; it constricts the heart, the mind, and the expression of our souls. It’s a lower energetic frequency that will not help in attracting wholesome experiences. Living in love is expanding, opens our hearts, and allows for the fullness of our being to be expressed. It’s the highest state of being.
I for one, am working on choosing love as a state of being, but it takes inner work as I am human and have my vulnerabilities. From a practical level I am releasing my fears with the help of Dr. Ben Johnson who was in the movie “The Secret.” He is an M.D. who healed himself of Lou Gehrig’s disease which is medically incurable by releasing fears from his body and choosing love. He had no choice as he was given just a few months to live.
From a spiritual level, I am in the awareness that only love is what matters in this planet and with our lives. I believe that everything that happens to us is for our highest good. Yes, even this disconcerting challenge of deafness which I struggle with at times, is a loving opportunity for me to transcend the illusions of how I perceive reality.
I am willing to continue with the task of changing the lens of how I perceive life. And permanently. I owe this love gift of freedom to myself.
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
As a few of my WordPress followers know I have a Facebook fan page “Love Is The Answer” where I post daily quotes that are uplifting or that makes one stop and reconsider how we perceive life. I breathe and live what I write about spirituality. Some one shared the above quote on Facebook, and it was in perfect timing for a tremendous challenge I experienced four days ago.
I was with my life partner Phil in the van on our way to drop off orders from our customers at the post office, and before I knew it, my ears were ringing, and most of my hearing suddenly left me. I was plunged into a world where I saw movement, people talking, children laughing, cars driving past us but all without a sound. It was to me a distressing reality.
Your inspirational writer Marie had two days where there were moments of inconsolable crying and fear. And I tell you, I am strong, but not this time. I had been working with a great science program to improve my hearing from Posit Science which I discovered when Nancy http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/ shared information about a book “The Brain That Changes Itself” that writes of mind boggling healing taking place in patients by rewiring the brain through mental exercises. In the book, they mentioned a software program to improve hearing, so I purchased it early this year. I saw incredible improvements to then suddenly experience this reversal. It caught me by surprise, as my physical health is a good one.
However, after two days of sadness and fear, and not talking much about it, Phil and I had a profound spiritual conversation (I lip read), and I regained my inner stillness and decided to move on. I went out by myself the next day and did routine tasks to have normalcy back in my life. On the day I went out, I noticed that many people were drawn to me and smiling at me. Children would wave at me as well as the elderly. When I got home, I realized that this pleasant connection with strangers made my venture out easier. In the seven years, I have lived in Oregon; I had not experienced this Southern-like charm.
By being centered, I can then do what I need to do. Seeing a doctor is not worthwhile as I experienced the same drop 24 years ago, but since I had better hearing then, I did not experience total deafness. There is nothing the medical establishment can do. By being centered, I give my mind and body the possibility of healing.
And it has started to pay off…. I used healing energy techniques, purchased Homeopathic remedies for tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and Bach Rescue Remedy for trauma. Yesterday after taking a nap, I woke up with some hearing back! The damage this time is not permanent. Now I can hear my voice, Phil’s and a few sounds we take for granted. I am not out of the woods yet as I still hear less than last week, but at least I am not in the Twilight Zone where the world suddenly has lost sound.
The lesson I am learning from this is I need to make further spring cleaning type of changes. Life is a constant letting go, not only of physical things, relationships and so on, but a letting go of internal dynamics that no longer work for our well-being and spiritual evolution. I am also reminded to never lose hope that out of this challenge something good will result.
I am blessed that I do experience a peaceful and loving life, and have made many, many changes in the past few years but the work is not done yet, and I am up to the task.
As the year is coming to an end, what better time to focus on peace and change for ourselves and the betterment of humanity.
I am sharing different music videos that can be listened on a lazy day and perhaps inspire you to create your own changes, or if not, then at least relax you.
Imagine- John Lennon
Peace I am aware cannot be accomplished overnight, the human condition pretty much show us this, and it used to be discouraging at times for me to see that basically mankind has continued with the conflicts that are centuries old.
Yes, I am a dreamer, and at times a doer. Altough I am very human and have moments of inner struggle, I try to contribute to the consciousness of our world by having peace in my heart and therefore in my home, and in turn I am generally very peaceful towards family, friends and strangers, but in order to experience this, I made personal changes by letting go of what no longer worked for me.
As Lao Tzu said, we need to start with ourselves. One person at a time, can create change.
“If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart.”
— Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)
Tell Me Why-Declan Galbraith
I admit, I had never heard of this singer, who is English of Scottish-Irish origin; my lifemate shared it with me last year, and I was moved to tears! He was only 10 years old in this clip (he is now 20) and sings with passion, as he asks the questions mankind has often asked, why is there suffering, why is there need and what can we do to help.
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
Disregarding Michael Jackson’s eccentric ways, I find the late singer was a powerful performer, with yet another reminder that to make a change in the world we need to make a change within ourselves.
As Ghandi said: “Be the change, you wish to see in the world”
Words of true wisdom.
BOB DYLAN – Blowing in the Wind
This song has been described as a protest song, but the lyrics does not preach, or suggest a course of action; it lets the listener listen to the philosophical questions and come to his own answers, which are blowing in the wind – near you, your heart.
The same message of peace has been repeated worldwide for thousands of years, by spiritual leaders to philosophers (well most) and yet we still don’t get it, but one day I assume we will, if not in this generation then in another one.
May the New Year bring everyone love, joy, abundance and the “peace, that passes all understanding!”
“Forgiveness is not a moral issue.
It is an energy dynamic…
Forgiveness means that you do not carry the baggage of an experience.
When you choose not to forgive,
the experience that you do not forgive sticks with you.
When you choose not to forgive,
it is like agreeing to wear dark, gruesome sunglasses that distort everything,
and it is you who are forced every day
to look at life through those contaminated lenses
because you have chosen to keep them.”
Gary Zukav from “The Seat Of The Soul”
and to celebrate life whether I am alone or in the company of loved ones or friends…
I am thankful for my loved ones, my friends, the strangers who crossed my path…
I am thankful for my love of writing and that of others as we enrich one another through our diversity and the gift of the written word…
Happy Thanksgiving! We can always find something to be thankful for no matter what we are experiencing in the moment.
And we do not need a holiday to be thankful, every day is sacred. Wishing my friends who celebrate Thanksgiving and those who do not, a day filled with love and gratitude.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. —Tao Te Ching
Affirmative prayers are words that are spiritual and positive in it’s approach, acknowledges our inner power, and are not confined to a religion; one can pray to our concept of God/Creation.
In a planet that is always growing, changing and
where there are needs to be fulfilled,
there is opportunity of work for all.
I wish to have security and provide financially
for my loved ones and myself.
May I be guided to work that I love.
May I be surrounded in an atmosphere
of cooperation and respect.
May I be embraced by calm and confidence
during interviews and do so well
that I will be hired and gainfully employed!
I let go of the fear of staying unemployed
and trust in the bounty of the universe!
Thank you for the answer to this prayer!
And so it is! Amen.
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