I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. ~ Og Mandino
The Light Beyond the Darkness
I’m generally pretty upbeat, positive, and happy. Life has been good to me. I’m deeply grateful for that, and for life itself.
However, this past year has been full of challenges for my family and me. There have been some pretty dark days. Also some damn good days, thanks to all the angels, human and in spirit, who’ve been there for us.
We all have challenges. They’re part of being human, especially at this time in our planet’s and humanity’s journey back into light.
One of my angels is a dear friend of many years, also a writer and publisher. He’s a legendary figure in the world of publishing. He once told me it often helps him, in times of challenge, to simply go back and read some of his own written words. Great advice!
We often freely give our words of wisdom and support to others. But we don’t always think to nurture ourselves too.
So I did a bit of self-nurturing this week. I revisited some of what Spirit and I have written over the years, especially those words that brought light into the dark days of this past year.
Perhaps, if you’re facing any challenges at the moment, these words will help you too.
- All paths lead home. You will never be lost or homeless.
- All you need is to ask and we shall be instantly at your side, loving and supporting you.
- Ask us to comfort and cradle you in these changing and challenging times. We are always here for you.
- Even in the midst of your pain, your trials, remember you are loved and supported. You are never alone. We are always with you.
- Happiness is your natural state of being. It is your birthright as a child of the divine.
- Learning your limits is all about knowing you have no limits. You are powerful beyond imagination.
- Meditation slows everything down and carries you back to that timeless realm your spirit lives in eternally. Meditate regularly.
- Treat yourself to something—anything— that makes you feel good. A song, a poem, a beautiful sunset.
- Seek out the peace and stillness of nature often. Nature will heal you.
- Seek the company of animals, wild and domestic. They are close to God and will remind you that you are too.
- Always treasure the light and the darkness. Both hold gifts for you.
- Above all, know all is well—always.
Adapted from Messages From Spirit.
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One song that never fails to boost my spirits (no pun intended) is A Place in the Choir. It was written by the legendary American folk singer, Bill Staines. Here it’s performed by the Irish group, Celtic Thunder.
The line, “All God’s creatures got a place in the choir,” is a pretty powerful reminder for us all. I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do. Listen to it with headphones if you can.
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Thanks for these powerful reminders, John! Highly appreciated!!!
You’re quite welcome, beachdrifter! Thank you for your kindness, as always.
Bless you too John. Bless us all especially the ones we’d rather not bless. For them
… double blessings with a cherry on top!
As usual John…this was right on time! I needed to hear this today…one of those ‘dark’ days!A meditation and calling on the Angels is just what is needed! Thanks for reminding me!
Thank you, Blessed B. I’m delighted this was timely for you. The universe works in wondrous ways, and always for our highest good.
Your message expressed here was perfectly timed. Been having some dark days myself, physically challenged zapped of my energy, feeling mighty low and discouraged.
Your message was so loving and a good reminder of the importance of self nurturing — not exactly my strong suit. Amd so it is with alot of us ultra sensitive empathic types. The last frontier, I guess.
The song was such a delight and those boys put a smile on my face to take with me to beddy byes!
Thanks very much, Martha. I’m glad to hear this was timely for you. Spirit always knows what we need when we need it.
Not many of us were taught to be self-nurturing. So I know it’s a challenge for so many and at different times in our lives.
Glad you liked the song. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
Blessings to you, my dear,
Greetings John and Spirit,
I have recently returned from a trip into the Amazon jungle. I spent a week there with a wonderful shaman and participated in an Ayahuasca ceremony. I was prepared to battle my shadow(s), and expected to do so, however, Mother Ayahuasca had something else in mind for me. See, I tend to hold grudges. I also tend to overthink the bad things in my life. When I first drank Ayahuasca, I was…nervous. I had researched it extensively and knew what ‘could’ happen, which didn’t help my nerves. So, I sat there waiting for the effects to take hold and I asked my power animal to protect me, or, to at least be with me on this journey. This is when my vision took over. I saw her, my power animal. I asked her if she would like to play. We ran through the forests of my home state, Wyoming. We ran through lakes and streams, meadows and mountain tops. We ended the long day in a grove of pines with a roaring campfire. Food was there and we ate our fill. On the other side of the campfire was the shaman singing his icaros. I had an overwhelming urge to say, ‘I love you!’ I said this to my power animal. Then Mother Ayahuasca told me, ‘Your power animal is you, and you are your power animal. You are one. So, when you tell her you love her, you are telling yourself that you love you!’
When times are tough. When I feel down trodden and heaping the guilt upon my back. I know that I am not being kind to myself. This is when I know, I need to take a trip into the Wind River Mountains. It is here that I feel at home, at peace, and that I can love myself unconditionally. I go as often as I can now. Every chance I get. Not that I haven’t before, only now, I understand why. It is in Nature, untouched by man, that I feel the power of love and hope. It is here that I can reconnect with myself and with ALL.
I was miserable at the job I had before I went to Peru. Upon my return, I quit without any prospects. This is what kept me at that job for five years, fear of not being able to find a better job. Yet, I quit. I found myself camping in the mountains thinking of what I do want. When I returned home the Universe provide me exactly what I wanted, a new job! Letting go of fear and negative emotions isn’t always easy. I agree, do what feels good to you, let go, and all will come to you.
I am not saying one must go to Peru to find the peace one seeks. This was my calling, for whatever reason, I may never know, but, it has worked for me. The mountains are much closer, heh. So, this is where you will find me. I much prefer balance and harmony over the negative. Yet, if it wasn’t for the negative, how would you know what you do want?
Thank you John and Spirt. May the leaves of the forest shade you.