The Razor’s Edge

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“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

                                                                                                                                    Matthew 7:14 

The narrow path by which we enter into this world is a mysterious one- is it not?

In Ted Andrews book, Animal Speak, he discusses those people with panthers as totems as generally being individuals “who have come into the world with their lights already on.” He goes on to discuss how many people enter the metaphysical world or field, taking up exercises or meditation to have their inner lights “clicked on.” However, there is a price to pay for those lights. They don’t come easy.  

In the Garden of Eden, Eve is given forbidden fruit, “the ignorant bliss” now stripped away as she and Adam hide from God. People innocent or naïve to the “evils” or “hard lessons” of this world that receive the “trials by fire” do not easily slip through the gate without a monumental amount of pain, introspection or discernment. It takes work to throw open the gates of self, exposing ourselves to a life unknown, verses hiding in the confines of our routines and comfortable behavior.

There is a responsibility that comes with such knowledge. It is certainly not looked upon as a privilege when we are hurt, the aftermath damaging and destroying all that we knew, possibly taking all that we had. Lying in the dark, we may pray for those lights to click on for many years to still find ourselves overwhelmed with a pain that consumes our every thought and the path to the light internally black and long. It can become easy to hide behind a judgment or two as an excuse to remain numb and not experience life, but if we are not careful we may start believing those judgments mistaking them for the world around us. More so, hiding from God and hating oneself is not the shortest way to get there. We don’t get to embrace the lessons and the love that is waiting.

For some who come into the world with their lights already on, it can be hard to see the injustices or ugliness that exists in our world, however turning inside away from everything will never allow a love for this side, equally important. The lights don’t make for better people, just more awareness, perhaps with even more responsibility. Maybe our path is to walk in those shoes of the individuals we are confronted with every day. Not to simply try them on, but to actually wear them for a while.

We can walk in “ignorant bliss”- Lord knows this would be much easier! But could I ever really look myself in the eye again? The light beckons us to move closer and to live a genuine life. It is not the easiest path, but yet at some point, it is through grace, a privilege. It is our responsibility to walk with it, fall in love with ourselves and shed light on everyone we meet. The light may not always show us what we “want” to see, but it does offer a truth that opens the gate a little wider. It is the spirit that expands into every corridor of the journey we call “life.” A life that is not nearly as narrow when bathed in a light of love and shared with others. It is the circle that makes us complete.

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Welcome to Ancient Archives

This is a really incredible blog. A lot of hard work and research over many years is shared. The photos are really great also. If you get a chance check it out. There are ancient cultures that left so much behind that we still don’t have a clue about.

ANCIENT ARCHIVES

Welcome to Ancient Archives. Please find within its pages over 600 plus pictures, their origins and related articles. This has and continues to be a life long journey and investigation of ancient civilizations and cultures. Many of the pictures can be dated and an origin specified, however some cannot. Over the years I have received information from people who share my passion, and would appreciate your input from your own research efforts and encourage you to share any information that you might offer that I lack.  This is a joint effort and search for the truth or at least an attempt to understand what the ancient peoples were trying to convey or leave behind. Additionally, there are marks of intelligence throughout the world that differs with our written histories that beg the question, “who were these people?”

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Rise Above…

Rise Above post 2   Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

                                                                                                                                 Mother Teresa

It used to bother me as a little girl when someone was angry with me or if someone in school did not like me. I would approach the person whenever I could, determined to make them like me or try to figure out what I had done. It was as if I could not be at peace until I figured it out. But greater still, was the feeling of overwhelming love that canceled out any fear or awkwardness to approach them. As a child, I did not wonder if my actions were appropriate or if I may be crossing over a line. It just felt right, and it felt wrong not to do something about it.

Over the years, the scales that cover the eyes, the wounds that callous the heart, and the mind that is preoccupied with judgments, opinions, and a myriad of other cloaks that supposedly self preserve unknowingly create a chasm between the innocent child and the overanalyzing adult.  Time wears down the bridge between the two a pebble at a time, and a hurt at a time, until the love, still there, ebbs and flows rather than the bright light that once burned in our hearts towards actions we need not have thought twice about. Fortunately, surrounding us in every moment, there are the reminders that the two are still connected.

It is not easy when someone’s words have hurt us, or actions have angered us to the point that we “cut them off” or immediately begin to question the “agendas” of everyone around us. Needless to say, we can find ourselves gradually and eventually behind these bars of suspicion or worse yet, walking a barren land devoid of relationships, no longer willing to try. This is when we must realize we have a choice, to continue to walk through the repetitive and energy draining bitterness or to rise above the sea of life and all that flows within it from a perspective of love.

When I would come home from school crying from an unkind word, or even in later years angry over a situation, my mother would always tell me, “You have to rise above.” The words fell on deaf ears for many years, until finally the meaning took root. It doesn’t matter what the other person is doing or what the circumstance is, it is the power in our hearts to overcome that is important. We always have that choice. While not always easy, the light that we find, and continue to hold out in front of us becomes brighter and brighter the more we let it burn.  Eventually, the scales fall, the wounds heal, the mind rests, and we find our way back over the bridge with a childlike joy and an eagerness to love.

Visit BRIDGES this week for an article by John O’Leary, https://chasingtheperfectmoment.com/bridges/

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Powered by Faith

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I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness. –Adeline Knapp

My logic battles with my faith each day.

I have learned a hard lesson this week- a lesson that begs to be seen with eyes of faith and not dismissed by logic. Sometimes what I feel is easiest to sort out with logic becomes the obvious blinder to what is so much greater to see through simple faith. There is the continual illusion that if I approach the difficulties in my life by coloring inside the lines, I will be safe and so will those I love. If I stick to the schedules and do exactly as I “should” be doing the gears will grind throughout the day void of unwanted surprises. How, I ask myself, could I get more off track?

Rains fell in my world this last week, actually literally, but more so metaphorically. I pulled out the umbrellas and tried to shield, not only those around me, but myself as well from the torrential rains. It does not matter what happened, what matters is my jolt from fear. I pray each day my snug little prayer to God asking him to help me let go and to leave everything in the hands of the universe, only to find myself quickly yanking back my concerns with the first clap of thunder.

Throughout the storms as I struggle for my nearest ideas of safety and shelter, I risk missing the first few precious drops of rain and the quenching of my thirst that they offer. Parched and dry from a battle I am not nearly close to winning, I keep running to the safety I assume lies ahead. It is only when I stop, and truly ask for help that an answer begins to dawn upon my horizon. As the sun rises so does the burdens begin to lift and my hidden wings begin to unfurl. I fly freely once again among the carefree joy of knowing that I am not in control. There is a greater power at hand, and while I am graced with wisdom, part of that wisdom is to accept and understand that I do not have to “figure it all out.” But yet, appreciate the overwhelming gratitude that begins to stir in my heart from yet another one of God’s greatest truths being to simply be present in this moment and watch the universe work in all its glory.

So with my fears at bay and my heart a few hundred pounds lighter, I sit in my garden as kind of a victory celebration. My dog snoring beneath the bench I sit on like a 70 lb. bulldozer and my cat taking one of her numerous “cooties-be-gone” baths, I sit quietly as the sun fades in and out around me while the birds fly above with their sweet song- I am blessed with the knowledge that my “logic-verses-faith-battle” has been won at the hands of Christ once more and powered by a force so great.

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In the Arms of “Real” Angels

imagesCAKET5JJ      We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.                         ~Luciano de Crescenzo

No day should ever be passed in our life without knowing that an angel intervened in some small way, nor should it ever go unappreciated. In ways that we cannot always fathom with logic, angels descend like a mist over our darkest moments bringing forth a light that lifts us from the shadows.

A few weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night to find myself gripped in fear and an overwhelming feeling of sadness. I lay there tossing and turning while thoughts battered me with endless accusations and judgment. I felt so alone. While lying there, feeling the weight of the world and knowing I needed sleep, my body would not relax. I remember thinking, “God please just help me get to sleep and let go of whatever has this hold on me” –that is when I heard the first bell softly ring.

My Smartphone is set to let me know whenever I receive a new email. In this case, it is the email that I use for my blog. Whenever the bell rings, I know that some person somewhere in the world has thought enough of my post to “like it” or comment. It was interesting that in the midst of my battle with my own doubts and fears, these “bells” rang  over some word or two that resonated with someone else, somewhere. What’s more interesting is that they continued for the next few minutes, quietly in the night. As I laid there listening, I thought how appropriate that a bell should ring with the small act of kindness and appreciation. I thought of you, the many angels that let me know how much my little blog means to you. Resting in this comfort, my body finally relaxed as I drifted off to sleep.

The blogosphere, the web of soul where we each dare to spin our threads of thought, inspires us to share and reach out in a way a normal meeting in the street might not bare. We only have words and a few pictures in which to reveal ourselves and share what are our passions and joys, but it brings a unique unity.

This post is to thank each and every “special” person who visits my blog. I know how much I enjoy visiting yours. I also want to thank those bloggers who have nominated me for the awards within the last few weeks. It means so much. Please know that for the next couple of weeks I will be a little scarce. I am having to concentrate on finals at school, but I have not forgotten your kind gestures and will accept the awards as soon as I can.

Every time the bell rings-I think of you.

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A Melody to Lift the Soul

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“People look at me and assume that I am dumb, because I can’t talk”.

This video touched me. It reminds us that there is something greater in all of us, and in this case, this young lady has had to struggle for her “inner voice” to be revealed. Please take a moment to watch the video, if you can. It is worth it.

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“I think the only thing I can say is don’t give up. Your inner voice will find its way out. Mine did”. Carly Fleischmann

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Believe…

Believe        “It is the era, the climate of our times that limits and shapes our way of being. The climate of our times, our era, determines what we see as being possible, and it determines what we see as being achievable.”                                                        “Altering an Era” by Joan Holmes

Believe that in every breath we inhale a spirit of amazing possibility.

Believe that each breeze that blows by contains the hopes, dreams and wishes of someone just like you.

Believe that the same spirit resides in each and every heart that it touches.

Believe that each flower that blossoms, regardless of its circumstances, manages to reach intuitively for a light even in the absence of the sun.

Believe our world is still filled with awe and wonder even in the midst of strife.

Believe that the stars shine at night not by pre-determination, but by the grace of God.

Believe that we can see past the weaknesses, flaws, frailties and divisions to something far greater.

Believe that no one has the power or can take your power away from you.

Believe that an intimacy exists between us so great that over time we just naturally begin to fill the needs.

Believe that I don’t have to be held in place by where I live, my lifestyle, what you think I am, what I have done, or where I have been nor will I hold you by where you live, your lifestyle, what I think you are, what you have done, or where you have been.

Believe, like children, that each day we wake will be filled with a newness that dances in the invisible background.

Believe that if you are grateful enough for the day you will be left with some piece of wisdom that will last you forever.

Believe, if we can love each other just a little, we can share an understanding that surpasses anything of this world.

Believe that your existence here is a miracle, and it will be.

Believe that nothing is impossible and it won’t be.

This week under Bridges and Essay Closet: One state appointing “Animal Advocates,” and “Celina,” a poem by Richard O’Neill.

 

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Does a Dream ever Get Old?

20130313_080150    “A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” — Wilfred Peterson

For those of us, a little more mature, I wonder, does a dream ever get old? I came into this world like a cannonball express with ideas and creativity galore. Who would have known the coloring books and stories would have led to blogging, that climbing trees would one day equate to climbing the corporate ladder, and the daredevil bike riding would morph into crazy mornings filled with traffic on the expressway.  I’ve come a long way baby!

The life that continues to live and deal with family, job, health, home, school, highs, lows, joy and pain is a life lived only on the external.  Like snapshots floating erratically around my head throughout the day, my life swings back and forth from one idea to another. In between the swings however, a frame will freeze, and a glimpse of the other world emerges. The world filled with the atoms, the dust, and the particles that we romanticize about, and in the midst, the spirit that’s still sitting there waiting for us to listen. Have we listened lately?

Is there a trail of us all over the place left behind? Well, pick up the gifts, the talents and the heart, dust them off, and try again. When we lose heart, when we lose focus, we have to remember the dream, design its outcome, develop a plan and deliver. Our dreams and future will not just “happen” on its own. We have to create it.

Outside of our box, with its ragged edges and its soft, comfy ideas, is a universe that we can reach into and discover a whole new beginning.  If we reach into this parallel with closed minds and solid ideas about the ways things are, our dreams remain boxed up and unrecognizable. Dreams are not static, they are alive. If we dare to learn something new, explore the times, and take a step forward, we see the dream moves with us in a whole new way. At some point, we may have to re-define it, but it is real and waiting. As we unfold, we embrace the realization that there is no end and no beginning to us, no black, and no white. We are everything in this moment. What gets old is not the dream- but when we fail to dream.

Hope your Easter is filled with wonder, awareness and love!

Under Bridges this week, a special post by Animal Connection. Please see under the “Bridges” tab.

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Opening the Heart-Ringing in the Season

DSC_0734It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.                                               Mother Teresa

With all the hoopla of the world ending on December 21st, 2012-I have to tell you that while I definitely did not want a major catastrophic event-it would have been nice to see at least a little firework. Not the kind of devastation that harms or ends our world, but yet a rushing in of a somewhat sort of spiritual tide sparking a new beginning for all life on earth. It was then that I realized the flame internally was what needed to ignite.

To me, Christmas is not a holiday, but a state of mind and an opening of heart. It reminds me of the conduit that flows throughout each life and joins us as one and for one magical season of the year-we are brought to an awareness of it. Whether we choose to “ring in the season” is up to us, but there are more choices to this holy awareness. It is this-do I strive to keep my heart open in every moment when faced with everything? The “Norman Rockwell” image so abundantly sought after at Christmastime tends to trap us into an illusory bubble far from the reality of “Christmas.” Christ, with all the love, forgiveness, humility, trust, and compassion tends to get left behind in the shadow of our external yearnings. The real-ness of family, friends and those we don’t know waiting to be seen in the light.

Christmas “true Christmas” serves an open heart not through a particular season but yet throughout our life each and every day that we live. Through all its injustices, hurts, frustrations and senselessness of events we do not understand life offers us the opportunities to serve and heal. I know no greater gift than that of “connection” to all that is. When we can feel the ushering in of this energy, this life force, this spirit that reaches down into the depths of our being and connects us to everyone and everything around us- we are alive. No closed heart protects us from anything. It is the open heart that acts as a shield with its wisdom crumbling the fear and stone walls that threaten to separate us from the very experiences we need to thrive. It is in this Spirit that our eyes and heart are opened evolving our limited ways of thinking into limitless ways of being.

Merry Christmas everyone! And a special heartfelt Merry Christmas to my friend Doris Griffin, your insight is your greatest gift to each one of us.

Please see new updates: Under the page BRIDGES this week- Diarmuid O’Murchu’s latest book- In The Beginning was Spirit. Excellently written.

Under the page ESSAY Closet- a Poem -This Special Time of Year

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