At the funeral mass of my grandfather this past weekend, the priest told a story about one way to look at death. The story involves a ship, the horizon and which viewpoint you're seeing it from. I found this story particularly fitting as my grandfather was in the Navy, loved to cruise and he lived on the banks of Lake Erie. I remember seeing all kinds of barges out on the lake when I would visit there as a little girl. I was told that, on a really clear day, you could see Canada. The priest spoke of watching a ship with his dad as it disappeared into the horizon. His father said, "Those of us watching the ship here in Erie are sad to see it go, but those in Canada are happy to welcome it." What a neat perspective! We are each on our journey. Those, on this planet, are sad when we leave the physical life, but there is a joyous homecoming awaiting us as in Spirit as we cross the horizon. It's all about a change of perspective. As it turns out, there is a poem written about this. I've found two slightly different versions attributed to two different authors. I decided to go with the one below:
Gone From My Sight
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, 'There, she is gone'
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me - not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,'
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'
- Henry Van Dyke
What I can tell you is you don't have to participate in it. When you tune into the horrific things going on and you become angry or fearful, you're now contributing to that darkness, that negativity. Where your mind goes, energy flows. Let me repeat that: where your mind goes, energy flows. Where do you choose to send your energy? It really is your choice if you choose to take part in the negativity. I am not denying the atrocities, I am not negating how terrible the situations are for people. I am saying, why put your energy there and add your own negative fear/resentment/anger/sadness charge that escalates the collective thought form?
What is a collective thought form? When enough people are resonating the same emotion at the same time, it becomes a collective thought form which will grow the more people resonate with it. When we connect to these thought forms, they don't make our lives any easier. It's like our radio is tuned into that fear station or that lack station. Collective thought forms are indeed very real.
I remember a news story that I saw on Facebook last year about a haunted little grocery store somewhere in the United States. A bowl of candy was pushed off the counter and smashed on the floor. This was caught on video camera. As you watch the video, you see the static bowl all of a sudden fly off the counter and no one was around. Reading this article, I was gripped with fear. I found this to be very odd and had to pause a minute. I deal with Spirits all the time and they don't scare me. What I saw on the video does not scare or surprise me, so why was I feeling really afraid? In short order, I figured out that I'd tuned into the collective conscious. There were a lot of people who read this article who it did scare - so much so that it turned into a collective thought form. Once I realized what happened and disconnected from the fear energy, I felt just fine.
What can you do about this? Be conscious. Choose what energy you desire to intermingle with. Avoid the mainstream news, avoid the negative. Seek out positivity. There are a lot of great sites that focus just on good news, like www.goodnewsnetwork.org and www.sunnyskyz.com. Avoid the trolling comments below articles. Block negative people on Facebook from your news feed. Work on yourself to create a more positive environment for you. Your creating a positive space and mindset will have a ripple effect - one that would really help the world. Want to change the world or just have a happier life? Start with yourself - your energy. Make your changes first, the rest will follow.
In Light - Adrienne :)
Once again, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Even though it has become a Hallmark holiday, it is still a wonderful reminder to focus on Love. The Love I'm talking about is not the kind you find on candy hearts. I've turned to some of the masters for their advice on Love for Valentine's Day and every day.
It's a day to remember that:
We have to remember that Love starts with us!
How can we start loving ourselves more?
How can we share our love with others?
How do we know if we've achieved love?
A final thought:
BE the Love that you are! Happy (early) Valentine's Day! Love, Adrienne :)
There are so many forms of art - from the type of expression to the media used. An emerging favorite of mine is art created out in the elements from the elements. Beautiful art that disappears into itself. Feast your eyes on some samples below.
There's the reverse graffiti trend where people are creating art by cleaning off the dirt.
Then, there's Scott Wade who produces art from a dirty windshield.
It's amazing what people can sculpt and create out of sand. Below are two photos I took at an exposition in Melbourne, Australia.
Then, there are the amazing designs that can be drawn in the sand. Andres Amador is one such artist.
It's amazing what people can create with snow - in the form of sculptures:
Or in the form of trekking a design, like Simon Beck's art:
Last, but not least, art created from ice.
Creativity is one of the gifts and blessings of humankind. I am especially appreciative when it's applied to the elements, using the elements, to eventually return back to the elements.
Like they say, the Earth without 'art' is just 'Eh' - Adrienne :)
Hello! I'm Adrienne Almamour, an empathic intuitive conduit. I assist people by detecting and clearing their subconscious emotional energy blockages. This blog is a commentary and reflection of life from an intuitive standpoint which also incorporates ways that allow us to be from our heart.