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.
To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK (11th March), here is my poem about the ultimate icon of motherhood. You may call her Divine Mother, Goddess energy, Mother Mary, Earth Spirit and so on. To all the mothers out there (fur kids are included!), let’s celebrate the wonderful job we do in caring for our children; to all the children out there, do not forget to be thankful and spare a thought for those children in the world who are enduring terrible circumstances at the moment (bombings in Syria, terrorist atrocities all over the world, hunger, abuse of any kind). Be grateful for each and every blessing we have in our lives and be kind to each other. Amen. With much love, Anita.❤ 🙏
She moves in tune
With the wind
Unseen by human eyes.
Her delicate veil
An endless trail
Of fairy-soft steps
Encircling the Earth.
Her breath is an Angel’s kiss
Light as the morning mist
Caressing the skyline.
Her dance a melodic harmony
Of light and form.
Earth Spirit rejoices
In this glorious morn.
She is maiden and mother
Sister and friend
Belonging to no-one and all.
Taste her in the air
See her in the forest
Flitting to and fro.
Hear her song
In the waterfall at dusk
Large and small
Congress to heed her call.
Earth Spirit breathes calm
Earth Spirit breathes calm
On us all.
She breathes for us all.
I believe we are all interconnected on Earth. Everything we think, say and do affects all others, if not in this life, then in the next. Here are two things to focus on today to strengthen our interconnectedness:
- Treat people with respect, how you would like to be treated.
- Stop trying to fight the current. You can never control it! Life is so much easier and more loving when you accept this and go with the flow.
Here’s a poem for you to enjoy today:
We’re all little ripples on the
Vast ocean of thought and energy
At one with the other in sublime synergy.
Ebbing and flowing with the passage of time.
I want to float on this ocean for eternity
And carry its sigh through my bones;
Feel its gentle bliss
Like a silken kiss up my spine.
I want to swim through these waters
Untroubled by waves of emotion
In tune with the current.
I want to sail through this ocean
And sprinkle its light on others
Anointing them with the Creator’s love.
I am a happy, little ripple on my way home!