Good morning to you. We are getting some thunder, lightning and rain this morning as I start to write to you. I’d rather hear that than what made it difficult to sleep last night – yep more vibrations and my bed shaking. It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t shake me on the inside of my body too. It feels like my brain and heart shake in this ol’ container! The dogs have been more edgy too which doesn’t help me. They have a tendency to be more prone to bark about random things they normally would ignore when this is going on. It was strong from about 4:35 pm and into the night. I guess I just get so tired I eventually fall asleep but don’t wake up feeling rested.
Anyhew…..the reading out of Streams in the Desert today resonated with me in it’s opening message in regards to “shining.” This is a phrase I use a lot to try and encourage people either when they are already being a light in the world or if it seems their light has dimmed and they need a “spark.” For my friends and those who work in the Holistic Community in the realms of energy healing work, keeping your “shine on” can be challenging at times. It’s hard to be “on” all the time for others. What I’ve learned from my own experience with down times when it’s hard to shine, is that those are the learning times. When I am sick, experiencing low energy levels or am going through a personal trial or sorrow of some kind, I find these are times when I grow the most as a person. I often realize just how much I have yet to learn, how much more I have to grow and expand in my consciousness. I am incomplete…unfinished…a work in progress. It is in these times I find humility and realize I don’t have all the answers!
It has always been frustrating to me that it seems to be part of human nature to not be happy and productive all the time! I console myself with history. Even the finest examples of our species through all of history have had their ups and downs! They’ve either become the better or the much worse for those times. It is always a choice we must make of what we will do with our troubles…the refining process we seem to go through our entire lives.
“Will I let my troubles crush and destroy me or will I rise up out of the ash like the Phoenix?
It’s kind of like when I was looking at our trees in the backyard the other day and noticed that intermingled in the shade they cast were gaps for light to come through. In our dark and down times, if we look and are paying attention…remain open in our hearts and our minds….light will find a way into that darkness.
I would say to those of you who are put off by religion or dogma, there still might be a message here for you. I do not go to church or subscribe to traditional religion anymore, but I believe in every positive walk of spirit there are personal truths to be found. This book my Grandma, one of my most cherished Elders, left me is a treasure and a vital tool to help me navigate these uncertain times. For some reason I it only feels right to share this gift she left for me with those who may not have it. There are many keys to the one door of this home we all share.
“I even reckon all things as pure loss because of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil. 3:8) (Weymouth.)
Shining is always costly. Light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. An unlit candle does no shining. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves. Burning suggests suffering. We shrink from pain.
We are apt to feel that we are doing the greatest good in the world when we are strong, and able for active duty, and when the heart and hands are full of kindly service.
When we are called aside and can only suffer; when we are sick; when we are consumed with pain; when all our activities have been dropped, we feel that we are no longer of use, that we are not doing anything.
But, if we are patient and submissive, it is almost certain that we are a greater blessing to the world in our tome of suffering and pain than we were in the days when we thought we were doing the most of our work. We are burning now, and shining because we are burning. – Evening Thoughts
“The glory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of today.”
Many want the glory without the cross, the shining without the burning, but crucifixion comes before coronation. (I will add, there are no short-cuts!)
Have you heard the tale of the aloe plant,
Away in the sunny clime?
By humble growth of a hundred years
It preaches its blooming time;
And then a wondrous bud at its crown
Breaks into a thousand flowers
This floral queen, in its blooming seen,
Is the pride of the tropical bowers,
But the plant to the flower is sacrifice,
For its blooms but once, and it dies.
Have you further heard of the aloe plant,
That grows in the sunny clime;
How every one of its thousand flowers,
As they drop in the blooming time,
Is an infant plant that fastens its roots
In the place where it falls on the ground,
And as fast as they drop from the dying stem,
Grow lively and lovely around?
By dying, it liveth a thousand-fold
In the young that spring from the death of the old.
Have you heard the tale of the pelican,
The Arabas’ Gimel el Bahr,
That lives in the African solitudes,
Where the birds that live lonely are?
Have you heard how it loves its tender young,
And cares and toils for their good,
It brings them water from mountain far,
And fishes the seas for their food.
In famine it feeds them- what love can devise!
The blood of its bosom -and, feeding them, dies.
Have you heard this tale-the best of them all-
The tale of the Holy and True,
He dies, but His life, in untold souls
Lives on in the world anew;
His seed prevails, and is filling the earth,
As the stars fill the sky above.
He taught us to yield up the love of life,
For the sake of the life of love.
His death is our life, His loss is our gain;
The joy for the tear, the peace for the pain. – Selected