I Have All I Need

It has been too long since my last post and I apologize if anyone has been disappointed (or even noticed).  I could make excuses and say I have been very busy, but the truth is I just haven’t prioritized this blog sufficiently.  I can’t say I haven’t had the time for “I have all I need”.

It’s interesting that I had been wondering about which poem I should post and I had decided to go with this one. When I opened up my site to write I was greeted with an ad for a post titled “Give me meatloaf”.  Certainly, the universe or the divine or God, is abounding with synchronous connection and humour.

I should point out that this poem was written eight and a half years ago, and I have moved twice since then. Hopefully it still has some relevance.

I Have All I Need

I have enough.  I have all I need.

I would like more, but I am not ready,

for I do not appreciate everything I have.

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I have a roof over my head. It may be a little mouldy,

and peeling in places, but it keeps me warm on these cold, winter nights.

It keeps out the rain and the wind.  I do not have to huddle around fires,

or under bridges to survive.

Thank you for the roof over my head.

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I have enough food to eat, brought from countries all round the world.

I can eat different foods each day of the week, if I choose.

And I have enough.  Sometimes I have to go into debt,

to pay for my groceries, but I always have enough to eat.

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Let me never say “I’m starving” again.

Let me remember those people who really are starving.

They are often living in refugee camps and fleeing natural or man-made disasters.

Let me be grateful for the abundance I already have.

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Have you noticed how often many of these people smile…

grateful to be alive… grateful for the smallest of gifts,

or the simplest act of kindness.

It is humbling.

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Almighty God,

Help me to remember all the things I have.

Help me to remember, that I have nothing to complain about.

Help me to be grateful.

Help me to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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Help me to be willing to share my belongings, as so many others are already doing.

Help me to appreciate the things that are really important in life.

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So what if I do not have a recordable DVD player, or an up-to-date car.

I have life.  I have shelter.

I have family and friends who love me.

All my needs are being met.

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God, help me to appreciate all these gifts…

for I am truly blessed.

And when I do fully appreciate the things I have,

I can stop wasting my time and my thoughts,

in idle speculation and dreaming.

I can get on with living my life in the way I know I should:

living simply, with a smile on my face

and helping others who are less fortunate.

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As the old saying goes:

“When someone needs a smile… give them one of yours.”

For a smile can be infectious…

and perhaps, one day… we will all be infected.

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God Bless.

Thanks for reading.  I am endeavouring to post blogs at least weekly, and hopefully bi-weekly from now on.

May the divine walk with you and take you to where you need to be.  Go with the divine flow, always.

Alan

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Do Not Be a People-Pleaser

Howdy! I hope 2017 has started off well for you.  It should be an exciting year as numerologically it is a “1” year – a time for new beginnings.  I’m sorry that it has taken a while to post this poem as promised. Previously I had saved it as draft and I mistakenly thought I had posted it.  Still every thing happens at exactly the right time. (The following few paragraphs are from my previous introduction.)

It is time to post another of my poems and I am endeavouring to provide my readers an indicative sample of both, the range of subject matter and philosophical directions of my poetry.

This poem has had some positive feedback when I have shared it and it offers what I hope is practical advice.  It seems particularly timely because at this time of the year many people, especially women, put enormous pressure on themselves, trying to make sure things are “just right”.

I hope you enjoy this and it helps you to be peaceful in “the silly season”.

 

Do Not Be a People-Pleaser

Do not be a people-pleaser.

Do not bend over backwards, to keep others happy.

Don’t be so anxious to meet others’ needs, that you’ve anticipated their “needs”,

before they’ve even realized that they have them.

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This behaviour is harmful… to you… and to them.

It is harmful to them because they do not have to struggle.

They do not have to deal with the vagaries of this world.

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Struggling, and setting goals and meeting them are vital steps for each person’s development.

When you meet a need for someone else you deprive that person of the growth,

that comes from struggling to make their dreams come true.

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When you hand things to another on a plate, it is akin to royalty being served by servants.

How is this healthy for them?

How is this healthy for you?

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You are so busy meeting others’ needs that you do not even know what your own are.

You have a compulsion to make others happy…

a compulsion to keep the peace…

to prevent any eventuality which could bring an uproar.

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 Where are you in all this?

When will your needs be met?

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So what if there are some harsh words?

So what if others are unhappy?

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Peace comes from balance…

Peace comes from within…

You cannot make another person peaceful…

no matter how much you want to…

or how much you care.

Thanks for reading my blog and for a little time sharing my world.

I wish you and all your family and friends and acquaintances and “strangers” (those friends you haven’t met yet) a wonderful peaceful and loving Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Let us all help to make 2017 better and more peaceful and more equitable for the world.

In love and light,

Alan

Daily Prompt: Hopeful

via Daily Prompt: Hopeful

What a great idea writing about hope on the first day of a new year, especially after the wackiness of 2016.  Let’s all start the year as we mean to go on.

Here is an extract from my latest blog titled “The World is in Need of You”.

“It is important to keep your faith… and keep your hope, and trust…

especially in these difficult and troubling times.

Tomorrow will be a better day. Peace will come…

but we must do more.

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It is not enough to trust in a brighter tomorrow… for we need a brighter today.

If you want more light… and more love in this world…

then be a source of light and love .

Sow the seeds of peace and love today…”

 

More can be found at https://supposespiritualblog.wordpress.com

Cheers.

The World is in Need of You

Well, that was a surprise for me finding that my last “post” is saved as a draft and not posted after all.  Oh well, I’ll save that [“Do Not Be a People-pleaser”] for another time.

Today is the start of a new year and I’d like to post something uplifting and hopefully inspiring to help get 2017 off to a positive start.  This poem was written in October, 2016. I hope you enjoy it.

 

The World is in Need of You

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

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It is important to keep your faith… and to keep your hope, and trust…

especially in these difficult and troubling times.

Tomorrow will be a better day. Peace will come…

but we must do more.

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It is not enough to trust in a brighter tomorrow… for we need a brighter today.

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If you want more light… and more love in this world…

then be a source of light and love.

Sow the seeds of peace and love today…

Right now!!

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You are standing on fertile ground for everyone, almost without exception,

wants a peaceful world… a world of love… and light.

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Turn on your light, little one…  Don’t wait for another…

You are enough…

You think you are only one… (even though you are one of many),

Even one is enough….for One…

is the All.

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It is not enough to intend to do things, one day…

Some things need preparation and this is fine,

but start today… not next week… or next year.

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The world is in urgent need of you, functioning at your highest capacity.

It has need of you functioning at your highest capacity.

It has need of  you as a bringer of light…

and love… and peace.

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Accept your circumstances, little one.

Accept your limitations, and your desires, and your aspirations.

You are in exactly the right place… right where you are meant to be.

So start today… right from where you are.

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You say you are not capable… that you are not enlightened…

But, little one, you are on the path to enlightenment…

You are on the path to becoming a realized soul…

a light-bearer… and a light-bringer…

 a sower of truth… and peace… and love.

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So reflect on your situation. Find someone who you can help… today…

and offer your assistance.

Learn something today so that you will have more to offer tomorrow.

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Make sure, too, that you learn about yourself, and how you function.

Take time to reflect in stillness… to meditate…

and to connect with the divine essence and understanding,

that permeates everything.

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Little one, take time for yourself.

Little one, take time to help others…

and allow yourself to grow.

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Blessings be to you… and to all humanity…

even those who know what they do.

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Turn on you light… today.

Little one, turn on your light…

 and shine.

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God bless.

Alan

At Peace in an Age of Chaos

With all the “craziness” that is going on in our beautiful world it is a challenge to remain peaceful and in the moment. It is perhaps asking too much of people, to embrace the words of “The Planet of Peace” which was the subject of my first blog, without a stepping-stone. It could be too big a leap.

So I am posting this poem for that purpose, and to publish a more current poem as most of the poems I have published here have been ones written five or more years ago.  This poem was written at the end of November, 2016.

The purpose remains however to raise the spiritual functioning of our planet and to produce as a by-product, a “Planet of Peace”.

At Peace in an Age of Chaos

This is an age of chaos… a time of upheaval.

It is a time of intensified suffering.

Incredible as it may seem this is good!

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Perhaps this is hard to believe when one looks at what is happening in Aleppo,

where civilian populations are indiscriminately bombed,

and hospitals and medical facilities…

(Yes, unbelievably this is true)…

are deliberately targeted.

These are acts of “war crime” which can certainly seen

as acts of “evil”.

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However, these evil acts are for our own good too.

We are being woken from our slumber.

For too long, we have been going through the motions.

It is time to awaken and to stir…

it is time to “fight”for peace.

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These evil acts are rousing us…

calling for us to care about the world,

and the suffering of others.

Do not be discouraged by the evil-doers,

for then they will have won.

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Do not be disillusioned and think that the world is beyond hope.

Everything is happening at the right time and place.

You are in the right place…

at exactly the right time.

You are here to make this world better.

You are here to bring peace…

and then joy and love, to this world.

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The peace of the Universe is in your hands…

for you are at the centre of your universe.

Do not lose faith in the future.

God is behind all actions, even all this suffering.

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Little one, you are being called to awaken.

Little one it is time to take action…

to help this world move forwards into peace.

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It has been said that if you want to have peace and/or love…

then you must be… peace and love.

If everything is happening at the right time in the right way…

then you must embrace this understanding…

and be at peace.

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If there is nothing “wrong” then there is nothing to stop you being peaceful.

All this trauma and travail is happening to bring peace.

So embrace this process.

Be happy about this process…

(whilst always being mindful of, and compassionate to the suffering of the “victims”)…

for better days are ahead.

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There is no reason for you not to be peaceful “now”.

So be here in this moment, now.

Be grateful for your situation… and the unfolding divine plan.

All is well.

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So be at peace, little one.

Find someone to help today.

Cultivate appreciation of all the things that bless your existence.

Cultivate gratitude and pass your calm appreciation on to others.

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Now is not the time for doubt.

Now is the time for resolute determination…

to see only good…

and to remind yourself to be here… now…

in this joyous… peaceful… moment.

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Support those in need and ask your government to do more.

Expect more… Demand more, but peacefully.

Trust in the process…

for we are taking a big step forward.

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Go with God. Be your real… God-self.

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Lots of love to you and all humanity.

Alan

(P.S. If you are wondering about the use of the phrase “little one” and are a little disconcerted by it, you may be reassured or intrigued to know that I was a little uncomfortable about the expression the first time I wrote it.

I too am a “little one”, but it is time for the little ones to pool their energies and love to make our world “big”.)

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In love and light,

Alan

Into the Silence

It’s not long since my last post but I’m keen to have a more uplifting message “out there”. Although this poem was written seven years ago it still speaks to me and is appropriate on another level as I’m off to a meditation class tonight.

There is another reason for using this poem because it has a scriptural allusion, and I feel that it is useful to mine the spiritual truths that are often hidden or overlooked in some of the sacred books of our religions.

Into the Silence

In the silence there is surrender… a letting go…

a turning over of things to God.

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I let go of my busy life. I let go of all the things that “matter”.

I sit still… and I just am…

I listen to the things of which I’m “normally”unaware.

I listen to the rhythms of my breathing.

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With each breath I go deeper… and deeper… into the stillness.

Deeper into my centre… deeper into my heart.

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My heart feels like it is the centre of the Universe… and it is…

For all things are connected… all things are united…

all things are one.

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Into the stillness I go.  It is a journey of no distance,

but it is as far as anyone can go:

for I have gone from the realm of separation and limited identity –

which is not real – into the world where everything is one.

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I have stepped from the world of time… into the everlasting Now.

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Stillness… It has all been said before:

              “Be still and know that I am God”.                                        (Psalm 46:10)

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God bless.

Thanks for your interest and support.  In the near future I will post a poem “Spirituality and Religion” to build on some of the themes of my posts so far.  I will also be talking about choosing “supposespiritualblog” as the name of this site.  But, that’s enough for now.

Enjoy your journey and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Be kind and true to your principles.

In love and light,

Alan

There is No Honour in “Honour Killings”

This is my third blog and, despite some reluctance,  I am drawn to publish this poem. The poem was written in 2008 and remains, unfortunately, relevant to current events. I heard recently that in one country which I won’t name there are around 1,000 “honour killings” each year.

I have a couple of reservations about this poem. The first is that it has some political overtones which I normally try to avoid, and the second is that it has some language usage with which I am not entirely comfortable as I prefer not to talk about “evil”. Still I feel that it is important to present it in accord with its form on its creation.

I also warn you that I have used a new word for God – “Itheshe” which I will comment on later. I mention it now only because it can be disruptive to the flow of one’s reading enjoyment if there is something unexpected. But, that is enough preamble.

 

There is No Honour in “Honour Killings”

There is no honour in “honour killings”, just like there is no love in “shotgun weddings”.

When we force others to do what we desire we are like rapists or murderers.

When we do this… we are doers of evil.

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To kill a family member, because they have been raped,

especially if they have done nothing to provoke such an evil attack… is itself evil.

When the value of the family “name” is worth more than the welfare of one of its members… there is perversion.

This is a sickness of mind and a great, great evil.

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There is no honour in “honour killings”… only evil.

God help those who do these things to understand,

how great is their blindness and how hard are their hearts.

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Let them receive this form of cruelty in this lifetime, or in the next incarnation,

so that they will truly understand how evil was their act,

and how they have made themselves distant from your love.

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God please find these lost sheep, these evil “honour” killers, and bring them home to your fold.

Open their eyes Itheshe, help them to see.

Help them to recognise their blindness, and to feel compassion for those they have hurt.

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God bless these evil-doers and draw them to the light.

Please have compassion on their “victims”, who are also learning about love, even through their “deaths”.

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There is no honour in “honour killings”, but there can be, and ultimately will be,

learning about the meaning of your love, through these acts.

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     Cast out your darkness little one. See the error of your ways.

     Seek God’s light to guide you and you will have better days.

     There is no strength in compulsion and no purity in these heinous acts.

     Honour killing is pure evil, and that is just a fact.

     Reach out for forgiveness. Let go of the need to save face.

     Value each person for who, not what, they are… and the world will be a better place.

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Go little one. Repent and sin no more.

God bless.

I am sorry this poem has an almost religious tone and also oversimplifies a complex situation, but if it can help to save even one life then it will have been worthwhile.  My next blog will, I promise, be more directly spiritual and, hopefully, uplifting.

Finally I will mention that the word “Itheshe” was “lexicrated” (neologised, or invented) in 2008. It was constructed to counterbalance the common “misrepresentations” of God as “male” or “female”. Using the word “it” in relation to God seemed totally inappropriate as it is the same pronoun as is used to describe any inanimate or non-gendered object.

God is all-embracing and Itheshe is found in all beings, whether male, female or non-gendered, and in all things. God embraces all male, female and neutral beings and things, so it see med appropriate to coin this word for “It” / “he” / (and)”she” to recognise this commonality.

This is my reasoning, and I trust that you will understand, or at least tolerate, this usage.

That’s enough. Till next time, may the divine be with you in all things. Go in love and light. God Bless.