Do You See Love in All?

LOVING MEANS SEEING GOOD

You must learn so to act, so to live each day, that you are naturally, at all times, a being of love.  Love is not sentimentality.  Love is seeing good, seeing God, recognizing the divine law of cause and effect working throughout all life.  To love is to be tolerant towards all men, towards all the happenings of daily life; to be patient, thoughtful, kind and meek.  All these qualities are contained in the one word–Love.  ~ White Eagle

This quote from The Quiet Mind is powerful.  We are bombarded by so many things that block us from seeing good and living Love.  I flipped on the news this morning and within two minutes, I was wondering if human beings were intentionally bent on self-destruction.  The reality is that today it is my responsibility to see good, to see God, to act from a place of Love and compassion.  If I do it and after you read this you do it–see good, see God, and act from a place of Love and compassion, we can see Love in all.  It is about choice.   Will you choose to see good, to see God, to act from a place of Love and compassion?  I hope so, we need the inspiration and hope.

Peace & Blessings~

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Can This Be Your Life’s Blueprint?

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

I found this poem several months ago.  I return to it on oSt. Croix Mountainccasion to review, what I believe, is an extraordinary blueprint for a wonderful life. …keep peace with your Soul…Strive to be happy… Words of wisdom in our rush-rush world.

Peace & Blessings~

Jenny

One Universe. One Breath. One People.

We recently returned from a two-week trip to the Republic of Turkey.  An absolutely phenomenal experience.  The Turkish people are beautiful, hospitable, and purposeful.   This was the most powerful travel experience I’ve had.  Our incredible guide, Ender Tan, wove ancient history into our trip bringing the landscape and ruins alive.  I decided to share my final trip recollection as a hopeful inspiration.  For those considering a trip to the Republic of Turkey, I hope this peaks your curiosity.   This is a country that was at the intersection of the ancient world’s most extraordinary historical events.

Jet landing.  An abrupt screech of tires and an ear shattering roar of engines at full throttle reverse thrust.  Back in the USA.  11.5 hours cramped up in Delta’s rickety plane hurtling through time zones and away from an experience that is now memory. 

The Republic of Turkey was home for almost two-weeks.  More than 2,000 miles of roads covered; more than 6,000 years of history explored.   We traversed two continents–Europe and Asia and laid our heads in six cities: Istanbul (17 million people the largest city in Turkey), Çanakkale (visited the 9 cities of Troy/Trojan War and that famous wooden horse), Izmir (3 million people 3rd largest city), Antalya (enjoyed the azure blue Mediterranean Sea washing over our bodies), Cappadocia (balloon rides, cities in caves and underground), Ankara (the Republic’s Capitol and 2nd largest city of 6 million people). 

Hallowed and Holy waters flowed.  From the crossing of the Dardanelles by ferry (retracing Alexander the Great’s invasion to the WWI Gallipoli Campaign that birthed a hero who would found the Republic of Turkey–Atatürk), waters from the Marmara, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas met our eyes or washed over our feet.  Holy healing waters bubbling from the ground at the Pergamom/Sanctuary of Asclepius (an extraordinary Healing Center where water was the therapeutic healing force)–in this place you were not allowed to come if you were near death.  I splashed the holy water on my head and took a drink.  In the early 1800s, the detailed visions of a bedridden nun, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, led to the discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary.  Her humble abode near a bubbling spring of water high in the mountains outside of Ephesus.  Three Catholic Popes have visited this holy site.  I drank the holy water.  At Pamakkule – Hierapolis (Holy City), hot spring water bubbles from the ground, cascades down, turning the minerals in the water to white stone.  I bathed my feet in the holy turquoise blue pools.  Hierapolis was a Holy City where people came to die…the hole in the Earth of the gurgling warm spring water was believed to be the gateway to heaven.  

My memory is full of the confluence of language, civilizations (the Hittites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, and others), conquests and invasions, adaptation, the holy books (Holy Koran, Bible, Talmud), and holy and powerful peoples: Prophet Muhammad, Abraham, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Sarah, Isaac, Ishmael, Jesus, Apostle John, the Virgin Mary, Saint Basil, Rumi, The Sultans, Queens, Kings and so many more.  This adventure over two continents leaves me with this understanding.  We are all birthed from one Universe…one Source.  Our stories–no matter our ethnic group or socially constructed racial caste–are historically intertwined from the beginning–across wide expanses of geography. We are all holy and sacred. Our Holy Books or indigenous oral traditions have common intersections in the creation myths, moral laws, and the cultivation of good character.  Allah/God/Spirit/Jehovah/Goddess or whoever the Holy’s name has one edict:  To Love ALL without judgment, without prejudice, without fear.  Just Love.

Peace & Blessings~ Jenny

Love’s Desire

LOVE

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

The Prophet ~ Kahlil Gibran

Be filled with Love.  Peace & Blessings ~

Jenny

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Have No Fear

THE CHARTED PATH

Do not look upon the coming days as upon an uncharted path.  They shall be charted by law and divine order.  As long as you consciously walk in that law and work with it, your way is charted for you in perfection.

Have no fear, for though you see not the road before you, your only fear need be that you step aside and try to walk the path alone.

Speak often to Me, my Beloved.  I do beseech you to hear more clearly my voice.  I can only speak as you listen and you can only listen as you become very still.

The Voice of the Master ~ Eva Bell Werber

Be fearless and lean into the all knowing and all seeing Divine Creator of your understanding.

Peace & Blessings ~

Jenny

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Let Love Rule

Divine Love Expressed

LET LOVE RULE
Let Love rule. There is nothing to fear except fear. Fear is man’s enemy and the last to be overthrown. Have no fear. Resign all to the wisdom and the love embodied in divine law. Do your best. Be true and sincere and loving in your human relationships. Let Love rule your heart and life. ~ The Quiet Mind