God is in all Things

The Divine speaks to us all every day.  If only we would listen.  In even the smallest of things, there is Itheshe, or God, as the source is more commonly known.

This poem was written in a Quaker meeting a month ago, and was inspired by a cool, windy and wet day viewed from the comfort of the meeting house.

On my 1¾ hour drive to the meeting I was inspired by the beauty of the open and often rocky countryside, and I stopped a number of times to take photos of rainbows shining above the wet fields.

I felt supported by the Divine and truly blessed.  This poem followed.  I hope you enjoy it.

In light and Love,

Alan

GOD IS IN ALL THINGS

Listen to the rain.

Listen to the wind.

Listen to your heart…

for God is in all things.

See the branches dancing in the wind.

See the light shimmering in its reflections.

See humanity and divinity in everything…

for God is in all things.

Feel the caress of the gentle breeze.

Feel the miraculous beating of your heart.

Feel the connection to all beings…

for God is in all things.

Think about your own insignificance.

Think about our vast, incomprehensible Universe.

Think about your own, Divine magnificence…

for God is in all things.

God bless,

Alan

 

P.S.  Apologies to anyone who has been disappointed by the long delay in making this post.  There is no excuse for my slackness, but you may be pleased to hear that I have been busy preparing for a hoped-for publication of the/(my) book, that will be published when the time is right: hopefully, very soon.

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A Difficult, Painful Birth

Although the coming of a New Age has been spoken of since the 1960’s it has taken a lot time to arrive.  However, just as a birth is generally heralded by pain and discomfort, the current turbulence and disruption of our times are reflections of a new beginning.

The tumult and travail are not warnings of the end of times, as Revelation would suggest, but of the long-anticipated, dawning of our new Golden Age.  It is up to all of us to make this happen.

Dream and create our better world now.

God bless,

Alan

A Difficult, Painful Birth

“Why” is the best question you can ask,

for its answers always take you to new levels of meaning.

“Why am I here?” is probably the most important question

you can ask, for it is the most profound.

So why have you chosen to be on the Earth at this time?

It is not an easy time for the whole world is, it seems, in upheaval.

There is violence, and intolerance,

and bigotry in a wide variety of forms.

These things are not new, but this is a critical time,

because it is a catalyst to bringing forth,

the world of Peace and Love, that we desire.

Lessons are not easily learned till we have direct experience,

of the ill-effects of “wrong” action.

God so loved the world that… Itheshe made it a paradise…

made it perfect for our needs,

and our learning.

Now is the time to act decisively to protect this planet,

from pollution, desecration,

and from rapid climate change.

There is the promise of a bright future,

filled with Light, and Love, and plenty,

but we must bring it into being.

We are midwives helping our planet

through a difficult, painful birth.

But from this pain, and suffering,

comes understanding and appreciation,

for the miraculous world that is ours.

It is not a world for rapacious exploitation…

It is, instead, a world for rapturous exploration…

So wonder at the miracles of life,

in this tiny segment, of our marvellous, cosmic… Universe.

So be it.

 

[This poem was written/scribed in 2016. I have struggled to find the right inspiration to select a poem for this latest blog, until I felt drawn to this one.  This was a little surprising as it seemed to end abruptly, and in posting it I have had to do some re-writing.

Let’s however keep things in perspective, as we are living in a world where Donald Trump can be talked about as deserving to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

This shows how true it is that God/ the Cosmos / Itheshe has a sense of humour, and how urgent it is for us all to be centred, to be strong, and to act according to our beliefs and our wisdom, with compassion and Love.]

Spirituality and Religion

The following poem was written in 2008.  I am surprised that I haven’t already posted this poem, although some of its references are now perhaps a little dated.

It remains perhaps the greatest challenge for many, and perhaps most humans, especially in so-called “developed” societies, to get out of their heads, and live by and through their hearts.

Good luck to you all with meeting this challenge.

Best wishes,

Alan

 

SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION

 

Your journey is spiritual.

This is your purpose for being on the Earth, at this time.

This spiritual purpose has nothing to do with religion,

and nothing to do with belief.

 

Religion is a series of beliefs.

Religion comes from and exists in the mind…

the human mind.  The limited human mind.

 

Spirituality comes from and is… a connection to God…

to the Divine Source.

Spirituality comes from and dwells in the heart.

Spirituality belongs to the Divine mind,

that connects everything.

 

Spirituality and religion are not quite chalk and cheese.

Religion brings division, and spirituality ease.

 

Religion can be a path through life.

After all, there are many paths to God…

for God is everywhere.

 

Religion can bring joy… purpose…

and even happiness, but it has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality.

These things are on completely different planes.

 

So many wars have been fought in the name of religion.

Why is this?

 

If I believe that I know all the answers,

and that those who disagree with me are wrong…

then I am not being spiritual,

and, in fact, I do not have the answers.

 

Spirituality is a connectedness to God.

Spirituality is a connectedness to all creation…

to the Earth… to all beings, human and non-human.

Spirituality is marked by compassion for all…

Spirituality acknowledges the divinity of all things.

 

Every being is divine…

Even you…

Even me…

Even Charles Manson…

Even Adolf Hitler…

Even Osama Bin Laden…

Even your own worst enemy…

 

Especially your own worst enemy.

 

Try to see things differently.

Try to see all things, all difficulties,

all challenges as coming from God.

 

Try to look on all beings with compassion…

and acceptance… and even Love.

 

For Love is unconditional…

which means you cannot love one being,

if you do not love all beings…

 

Think about that…

and I will return to talk again

about Spirituality and the all…

 

God Bless.

In Death There is Life

Hi everyone.  No I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth. I’m not sure whether I’ve been just busy or slack, but either way, I haven’t done a blog entry for ages.

This is my first one for 2018, and I’m looking forward to a positive and uplifting year. There are some exciting new changes happening for me, and I hope you are all creating your lives well, too.  Many blessings to you all, and may your year be filled with love and light and achievement.

This poem was written in 2016, and has a couple of words that need explanation.  I have used “interconnectedness” to suggest a state of interconnection rather than just interconnection.  That seems to me to be a subtle but important difference.  And I have used again “my” word for God, “Itheshe” which is derived from “It”, “He” and “She”. Please tolerate, if you can, my “eccentricities” (idiosyncrasies).

 

In Death There is Life

 

It is a beautiful world.

There is so much complexity, and interconnectedness, in everything.

 

Everything is a wonder…

so spend some time wondering,

and marvelling at “creation”.

 

“In the beginning was the word…”

and it turned into our world,

and even more incomprehensibly,

into our universe.

 

There is so much to wonder at,

and yet it is all “illusion”.

The solid body is made up of tiny, “invisible” atoms,

which are, in turn, mostly empty space…

 

and these atoms as they dance, their cosmic dances,

join in conga lines of molecules,

and cluster into “compounds”

and “cells” and “organs”

and individual creatures,

each mostly unique from its fellows.

 

There are so many species of beetles and flies

and bacteria and mammals.

It is amazing…

 

You have heard the expression perhaps that “beauty is skin-deep”,

but this is wrong.

Beauty is everywhere…  in everything…

even in the things that disturb, or disgust you.

 

Have you ever seen the rainbow colours of an oil film?

Have you seen the awesome power of a crocodile’ s jaws

closing on its prey.

 

There is beauty everywhere.

Everything is God’s creation.

Itheshe dances everywhere.

 

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…

which is nearly true.

Beauty is appreciated by its beholder…

for everything is beautiful.

 

Do not be disturbed by death,

for this too is beautiful.

It is an intrinsic part of the life cycle of our illusory world.

 

Death breeds life.

The plant or animal that you eat, sustains you,

and helps your body to grow, or renew itself,

or to survive.

 

Similarly, the waste that you produce,

and even your body when you have discarded it,

help to sustain other creatures,

and help them to grow and reproduce

and to survive.

 

In life there is death…

and in death, there is life.

 

It is a beautiful cycle.

It is truly amazing.

 

God bless,

Alan

Raj, the Buddha in Disguise?

Greetings.  I’m killing two (symbolically only, of course) birds with one stone by posting this poem.  Raj’s owner was keen to get a copy of this poem about her beloved pet, and it is a poem which is short and easy  to post given my continuing use of the local library’s computers.  And as an added bonus it demonstrates that I can, at least occasionally write poetry that rhymes.

Given the state of the world at the moment it is appropriate to write about something which is light and joyful.  It is so important to stay positive and good-humoured in these times of confusion.

It is great too to find sources of inspiration and upliftment in the world around us.

Enjoy.

Raj, the Buddha in Disguise?

 

Raj is not here, but he’s not far away,

and if I don’t see him now now, I will another day.

 

Raj is ever-present and for him the world is fine.

He cares not if its raining or if the sun doth shine.

 

He miaows with great vigour, for Raj is indeed a cat.

He loves his life and all his food, so much…

so very much, he’s getting fat.

 

But Raj has much to teach us, of this I’m really sure:

for he has contentment… peace…

and a love, that’s really pure.

 

So learn from Raj, the pussy…

Don’t let life’s “moments” get in your way.

Let go… forget your troubles…

and live each moment, of every single day.

 

God bless.

A Flower in God’s Garden

Greetings and good wishes to all.

I’ve been revising some old poems recently and transcribing them to my computer recently, and I came across this poem from 2010.  I find that it still speaks to me and I hope it does to you as well.

I will have to leave my preamble short today as I’ve had to use one of my local library’s computers, as mine is not working. Now I’m coming towards the end of my session, so I’ll go straight into the poem.

 

A Flower in God’s Garden                    

I am a flower… made by God.

I am a beautiful soul, that is a part of God’s garden.

Sometimes it seems I am surrounded by weeds…

but there are no weeds in God’s garden.

For all beings are beautiful flowers.

It is true that some of these flowers, need pruning…

and/or support…  to reach their full potential….

and to show their full, Divine glory.

Most of the flowers need fertiliser to help them grow…

All of them need water… and tending by a Divine hand.

Be a flower, little one….

Be delicate, and graceful, and open to the world.

Be a flower, little one…  be beautiful…

and give to the world your true self… and your honey.

Let your words… and your thoughts… be nectar,

to sustain the world…

and to manifest a new Eden…

which is the Earth… as it truly is….

full of beauty…  full of Love…. full of peace.

Be a flower, little one….

Don’t worry if there are stronger, or taller,

or more beautiful flowers around you.

You are beautiful, as you are.

Keep yourself in good condition.  Look after all your needs.

Eat healthily, and in moderation.

Drink plenty of water, and be careful about what you consume.

Cultivate your thoughts… and discipline your actions…

to bring to the fore, your true beauty.

Be a gardener of your soul… and be a guardian of…

and advocate for, the Earth.

It is time for you to be a flower… not just a bud, of Divine potential.

Open up…                           Take a deep breath….

and just be… a flower.

Be a flower, in God’s garden…

for that is enough.

God bless.

 

 

Best wishes to all.  Stay strong, keep the faith, and help create a better world.

In love and light,

Alan

 

Ten Suggestions for Making Things Count

If you keep reading you will find that there are more than ten suggestions but that’s probably a good thing.  The good ideas need to be shared and to expand to prevent the “bad” things from taking hold.

This poem was written in 2010 but was brought to mind because I’ve been transferring it to my computer in preparation for one day (soon?) publishing a book. The book, that I’ve been told for the past 20 years, that I would write.  So it’s topical for me.  It’s also quite playful in its language and tone.  I find these things helpful.  I hope you do too.

 

TEN (PLUS) SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THINGS COUNT

One: Look after Number One.

Look after your own needs first.

Love yourself…

for if you cannot do this you cannot love anyone.

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Two: Think of others too.

Be compassionate.

Try to walk in another’s shoes before you condemn anyone.

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Three: Exercise restraint: Leave others free…

to do as they choose.  Respect their rights to make mistakes.

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Four: Find meaning in your life. Have something to live for.

If you make a difference, your life will add up.

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Five: Live your life with integrity. If I’ve

learnt anything in my journey it’s that:

“Integrity is all about oneness, wholeness and truth.”

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Six:  Sex… (now I have your full attention)

and possessions and the physical world do not really matter.

Do not be attached to things.

If you you do not have possessions you will not be “possessed”…

and you will have a better chance of finding

the things that really matter.

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Seven: Seven is supposedly a lucky number.It’s fine to believe that but it’s_even

better to recognize that we operate under divine law,

and we make our own “luck”.

So, live right, do good things and think and behave positively,

and you will receive good things in return,

This is karma in operation.

It is divine justice, and divine compassion in action.

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Eight: Eliminate from your life ill-will and h-ate.

Love is unconditional…

You cannot love any one, if you do not love all.

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Nine: Know when to “ja” and when to say “nein”

Follow your heart. Do no harm to anyone.

(Don’t forget to include yourself!)

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Ten (X/10): Express your love.

When it is appropriate give someone a kiss (X), or a hug ,1 (O),

or a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear.

Be gentle and offer your support with kindness and respect.

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Eleven: Welcome adversity for it is a gift from God.

When life is difficult you are being given chances to

learn and to grow.  Make the most of every opportunity.

Find the right balance and move on.

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Twelve: Live life to the full. Each earthly life/incarnation is short.

Make every day count. Keep growing and evolving and finding….

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Thirteen,                                 }        Your own ways to keep

Fourteen                                 }         making your life,

Fifteen                                     }         and our world, better.

 

 

Create well my friends.

Till next time, in love and light,

Alan