How many of us hear the call home? How many of us stop and listen, to hear if God is speaking to us in the silence, in the peace, in our growing intuition? Take a few moments now to read my beautiful poem, The Siren’s Call, which was published on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry blog. Click on the image below to read the poem (you can also watch and listen to the video version)! I hope you find your own “quiet beacon through the fog“. Blessings, Anita. ❤
Have you ever thought about light energy and how it is the basis of everything on Earth? All the great Masters knew this. Jesus was often quoted in the Gospels as saying: “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6: 22-23), referring to the practice of focusing on the spiritual eye in the forehead during meditation. Similarly, in the Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells spiritual seeker Arjuna: “Out of compassion for them, I, who dwell within their hearts, destroy the darkness born of ignorance, with the luminous lamp of knowledge.”(Chapter 10: verse 11).
In ancient times, the importance of the sun to all aspects of life was reflected in its deification in the form of the sun god Ra. As Ra shares his universal light with us this summer, let’s follow his example and share our individualized light —our gifts, love, time, and so on — with others.
Summer is the perfect time to do this because it’s a time of plenty when the natural world offers infinite bounty: there are fruits ripening, vegetables ready to be harvested, warm sunshine raising our spirits. As we delight in this bounty, let’s remember the words of Christ and Krishna above, who showed us how to lead a better, kinder, and more spiritual life to bring us closer to God.
We can all do this by giving of ourselves to help others. We each possess a vast amount of inherent Divine light that can be readily augmented by tapping into our inner silence. As we do this, we strengthen our link with its Source. For me, this happens best when I connect with God during meditation. Once we rediscover this light through the process of awakening, we can then share it with others. Amazing!
Read the rest of the article here as featured on Best Self Magazine. Have a wonderful summer – and remember – share your light with others! It will benefit both them and you. Much love, Anita.🌞
For today’s #healingwordsmon a few lines from the wonderful poem, Remember by Christina Rossetti. What does actually happen to our loved ones when they leave their earthly shell? It’s all down to faith, isn’t it, for none of us can really know. Some believe that this life is all there is and then we’re gone. Others believe in the tenet of reincarnation, that we are reborn again and again until our soul reaches perfection, at which point it resides eternally in the astral world (what we call heaven). What does your faith tell you?
“For like the olive
I cannot be without
The sturdy tree;
And like the nectar
I cannot flow without
The blossom at its Source.”
The above quote is taken from my poem In the Garden which I wrote last year at Easter time. It got me thinking of the issue of surrender. The more I read and talk about spiritual matters, the more the word surrender raises its head. And I’ve finally understood it! Just as in the poem, an olive cannot exist without the sturdy tree which gives it life; and nectar cannot flow if there is no blossom from which it may flow. So neither can we exist without that which gives us life – the Creator / God / Brahman / Source. I’ve also realised that the more I/we fight this higher power and try to do things our way, even when it feels wrong, the more we become immersed in “I”, the ego.
The ego is the part of us that is entrenched in the duality of the material world. It believes in all the dramas playing out before its eyes. It has desires, needs, wants and believes that these will bring it the happiness it seeks. But, deep down, we know, don’t we, that the soul has always had the right idea all along – we just didn’t want to listen! For the soul is linked with wisdom – Divine wisdom – and it directs us towards courses of action which will be for our highest good. Always. We just have to surrender to it and have faith that everything will be as it should be, for our greater good.
Surrendering doesn’t mean giving in and doing nothing. It means listening to our inner wisdom and choosing a course of action in line with it, one that will be for our good and the good of others. It means doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do and not wanting or expecting something in return (praise, reward etc.). This is non-attachment to the outcome of our actions, which is a highly desirable spiritual quality we should all endeavour to attain.
This Easter time, whatever your religion or belief system, why not take a moment to think about the avatar, Jesus Christ, who came to earth over 2,000 years ago as an embodiment of Divine Forgiveness. Think of his teachings and the example of his life of renunciation and selfless service. He was and remains an inspiration to many, and yet he was condemned by his people. #healingwordsmon
Surrender – Faith – Non-attachment – Forgiveness
This post is for Debbie Roth’s #forgivingconnects and my #healingwordsmon and it’s about non-judgement. Today’s poem is an extract from Perfect Reflections (which will appear in my new book).
Show me Your light
In the evil deeds of men
For dost not evil
Merely cover the good in them?
Show me Your light
In hurtful, vengeful words
For dost not pain
Merely cover forgotten love?
Give me the strength, Lord,
To proclaim what is true:
That we are all
Perfect Reflections of You.
– taken from the poem Perfect Reflections by Anita Neilson.
I have to say right up that I have been very judgemental in life. This all began with a childhood habit which grew into an ugly spiritual boil before bursting a few years ago. Only then, could I see my behaviour for what it was – embedded in fear. Fear of difference. But ironically, now I realise that every person we come across is different, unique, and to surround myself in this bubble of fear was only hurting myself. And yet, I choose not to beat myself up over this. I forgive myself for my years of judging on appearances; of laughing at those less pretty or clever than I; of being a little too spoilt for my own good.
Now that’s not to say I don’t struggle with showing love to those who commit acts of evil in the misguided belief that it will bring them the happiness they seek. But they are on their own journey through many lifetimes, just as we are on ours. We’re all at different stages, and who am I to say that my way is the right way? I know that there will be others who compare themselves favourably with my ‘misguided’ standards. It’s such a tricky one this. Yes, show love and understanding to people who do bad things but also speak out if others are being harmed. I’d value your thoughts on this dilemma, because I do battle with this. Anita.