Hi there! Just back from some time outside and it came to me that the t-shirts I’ve painted through the years are very symbolic of my personal spirit quest. Each shirt marking a step of my walk in discovering my own spirit – remembering who I am and why I am here. Love, hugs and light to you through the wires….you are part of my spirit quest! You are my family. We just have to keep lifting each other up when we fall down – the only way through all of this is together as one team. It’s not about a “New World Order” and conspiracies….it’s about realizing we are all of one mother and father….one Earth. Whatever we do to help one, has the potential to help us all.
It’s difficult to accomplish such a task with so many individual working parts of the one time piece…different and independently operating “limbs” to “one body.” I know it’s hard for me to manage my own body and how I think, feel and act much less extending that out to even just one other person…..but it is possible.
The answer to finding more peace in our world, I think anyway, is to find all the things we have in common. Focus on all our strengths and what we all require to live on this planet (including all the other beings we share this planet with!). Focus on all the ways we are “alike” and celebrate those things and build on those things. May be if we can see how much we all have in common the seemingly impossible task of addressing our differences will have more solid ground. Thinking this way helps me when I find myself focusing on people that are different than myself…judging them as better, more or less than myself. When I focus on how much I have in common with them, to include negative aspects of character, it makes it easier for me to turn fear, anger, judgement and even hatred into love, compassion and empathy.
I am having to practice what I preach in regards to this US Presidential Election! I am having to look at these two people with different eyes. Instinctual/Primitive Jackie wants to be sickened and disgusted about them! However, when I break down individual aspects of their character, I realize why I dislike them so much! I dislike in them the parts of myself I have discarded that no longer serve me OR parts that are still in my nature that I have not yet made peace with….they are mirrors of myself! Most everyone in our lives is! I will still be voting for Jill Stein BUT I don’t want to think bad things about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump and looking at them as I’ve said, helps me with that. I pray every night that no matter what happens when this election is said and done, we will all be better for it.
Lead to this song for some reason, from the Phantom of the Opera, All I Ask of You:
All I Ask of You
No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you
Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I’m here, with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you
Say you love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summertime
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true
That’s all I ask of you
Let me be your shelter
Let me be your light
You’re safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you
All I want is freedom
A world with no more night
And you, always beside me
To hold me and to hide me
Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you, here beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that’s all I ask of you
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you.
Share each day with me
Each night, each morning
Say you love me!
You know I do
Anywhere you go, let me go to
Love me, that’s all I ask of you
I must go
They’ll wonder where I am
Wait for me raoul!
Christine I love you!
Order your fine horses!
Be with them at the door!
And soon you’ll be beside me!
You’ll guard me and you’ll guide me
(They hurry off and the phantom emerges from behind the statue)
I gave you my music
Made your song take wing
And now how you’ve repaid me
Denied me and betrayed me
He was bound to love you when he heard you sing
Say you’ll share with me one love
One lifetime say the word and I will follow you
Share each day with me, each night, each morning
You will curse the day you did not do
All that the phantom asked of you!