Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A Call to be a Channel for the Light


`Never doubt the power of God to work through you; to think you are no good is to doubt God`s power.`

I began my New Year talk in the New Lands Temple with this, one of my favourite sayings of White Eagle. Probably everyone reading this believes in the power of positive thought and light, and that clear `channels for the light` truly can make a difference. The problem I think is that we do not believe in ourselves. We may have been programmed since childhood to think/feel we are not very clever or good at anything, and that it is not good to think highly of ourselves. But, unfortunately, this very `belief system` can get in the way of the effectiveness of our efforts to `send out the light`.
When thinking about what I was going to say in the the Temple, White Eagle reminded me that one of the most important things I had to do was encourage everyone that their individual effort really did matter and could truly `make a difference`!
I went on to offer a simple formula of six key qualities for would be `lightworkers`, all beginning with the letter `C`  and thus easy to remember :

CONFIDENCE ........that you can make a difference
COMMITMENT.......the need to keep on keeping on
COURAGE.......to stay positive, even if things seems negative
CLEAR.........trying not to allow the fog of negative thought in the media to cloud your efforts
CREATIVE......think of ONE positive thing you can do to really help in a practical way 
CALM...........Try to stay peaceful and positive, even if everyone around is worried or fearful
Also, of course, never forgetting the power and magic of the Star, filled with God`s love and light, ever shining on our world and into people`s hearts.
I ended my talk with more words of White Eagle`s from Spiritual Unfoldment Vol 2,  chapter IV on the Angels of Light and Darkness, where he gives us the wonderful reassurance: 

`God does not allow the universe to slip out of His-Her hands. Nothing can happen outside the will of God.`

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hold to your Dreams


I think we probably all hope that a new year will bring good things into our lives, and feel hopeful, perhaps, that the new energy will somehow change things for the better. It is the traditional time for making our New Year resolutions and, maybe a new start or new endeavour in difficult ongoing situations. However, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the long dark nights, and cold, wet weather can dampen the most optimistic of us all!

I am fortunate because my natural tendency is to always look on the bright side, but even for someone who has been called (by those close to me!) `relentlessly optimistic` it can be difficult at this time of year to feel the spiritual sun shining through the dark clouds and the `down energy` which often persists in the media.

Contemplating ways to encourage my optimism and feel the light shining from behind the clouds on a particularly gloomy January morning, I found myself taking out White Eagle`s book `The Lightbringer` from my bookshelf, and it opened itself at page 64, at the passage entitled `Hold to Your Dreams`!

White Eagle tells us: 

`Many grumblers think that the golden age is just a dream. Dreams - as we in spirit very well know, so we can speak from experience - actually create external conditions. "Where there is no vision the people perish". So hold to your dreams and keep on keeping on. You will always be hearing from us "keep on keeping on". So many cannot do this. They go to sleep by the wayside. They get discouraged. They turn back. But the soul who perseveres and keeps on keeping on reaches the goal of spiritual liberation.`

I hope these words will inspire you, on dark days, when it feels tempting to sink down into pessimism, or give up on your new intentions. White Eagle reminds us that the light IS shining, (even if seemingly obscured by many clouds), and it truly can change anything......if it is God`s Will and in God`s good time.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Gifts



As Christmas Day draws really close, we are constantly reminded of the material aspect of the celebration in our world today. Our shops and on-line stores are full of potential gifts and pressure to buy so our families and friends feel truly cared for by an extra special token of our love. It can be very stressful and some people opt out altogether. Others make a charity donation instead of presents. This is a lovely thing to do, of course, for this is a time of year to remember those who have little or are in great need for whatever reason. However, the giving of an actual present is very meaningful too, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive gift. As the saying goes, ‘It is the thought which counts!’
 
I love the symbolism of the Wise Men following the Star to the simple little stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born (as the Bible story goes). They brought with them three gifts, which each have an inner meaning for us all. They are gifts from heaven for every human soul of every country and every religion. They are gifts to be truly treasured and will last our whole life through. White Eagle has given beautiful teaching about the inner meaning of each aspect of the traditional story of Christmas, including the gifts of the wise men. He tells us that gold symbolises the love of God which is always with us. Frankincense is the angelic help, the sweetness and wisdom of heaven which flows freely upon us (like incense) if only we can open ourselves to be aware of it. And myrrh is symbolic of the difficulties of physical life (the suffering and pain) which bring the hidden blessings—the rose blooming on our cross!

So I pray that this Christmas time the Christmas rose will bloom for you, no matter what is happening in your outer life and that the magic of the light will touch your heart and help you feel your loved ones who have passed on, are really close with you.

I wish you a heart full of spiritual blessings and joy on Christmas Day.

Friday, 24 November 2017

What is Freedom?



We often find these days stories in the media about political prisoners and infringement of human rights. Even though we are now very much in the Aquarian age, issues of brotherhood are arising all the time. The wonderful ideal of the Declaration of Human Rights in 1776 at the end of the American War of Independence (and to which Grace Cooke refers in her opening chapter on Who is White Eagle, in `Memories of Reincarnation`) seems incredibly hard for nations to actually put into practice. In some ways I feel the Declaration marked the real beginning of Aquarian energy manifesting in the world, but, as with all deep change it is a long process with much opportunity for individual and collective learning and transformation!

An Aquarian age charity which works for individual human rights, Amnesty International, gives many examples in its magazines. One quote which stands out for me is from Fred Bauma of the Republic of Congo. He says his country is one of the world`s richest in natural resources and in natural beauty. It could be paradise, but instead it is like hell, due to war and political dicatorship. Freed, after years of imprisonment for speaking out against the Regime, Fred says: `Losing my freedom showed me how precious it is.`

Freedom is not just about not being within a physical prison, of course, and the Aquarian energy is bringing so many opportunities to free ourselves from old patterns of thought, old boundaries, restrictions and judgemental ways of living. It is also about the realisation that whatever our outer circumstances we can live inwardly in the freedom of our body of light and the realisation that we can all learn to transcend earthly restrictions and persecution, whether real or perceived, and fly freely into the sunlight of heaven.

Whenever I read media stories, such as the one about Fred Bauma and other cases of infringement of human rights, I always think about the magical power of the Star, and how our prayers can and do help bring about miracles and speed up the change of consciousness which is happening as humanity collectively awakens to the new energy of true brotherhood. And always, we have the wonderful White Eagle teaching to inspire and reminds us: 

‘Look to the light. The light shall overcome all darkness and set you free. Freedom means peace of soul, happiness, joy abounding, and abundance of all needful things. Yes, humanity is approaching the time when you will be able to command for the good of all people the action of the light in matter.’

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Storms of Life



On Monday, Ireland and western parts of the UK experienced ex-hurricane ‘Ophelia’ and our western shores were battered by high seas and winds. The fact that this coincided with the thirty year anniversary of the terrible storm of October 1987 did not go unnoticed by the media. Added to this, much of the country was enveloped in dust from the European continent so the atmosphere took on a strange dark orange hue. My eight year old grandson and his friends were scared that ‘the end of the world’ was coming! Probably not many adults thought this, but our hearts went out, even more than hitherto maybe, for all those in the Americas and Caribbean (and other parts of the world) whose homes were totally swept away by the recent bout of one storm after another.

As our hearts open in greater compassion (and we do what we can to help through our Star prayers and possibly joining in actual relief efforts, or fundraising for these), maybe one other thing to ponder is the image of the Great Healer Jesus stilling the storm. Water is of course symbolic of our emotions and I believe as important as opening our hearts in love and compassion, is keeping still and steady within. We need to re-affirm again and again what White Eagle teaches. His actual words (in The Quiet Mind, p.95) are:
In your daily life you can, by an effort of the will of God within you, instantly attain, under any conditions, tranquillity of mind. Whatever the conditions, you can still the storm and know tranquillity. Be tranquil and serene. A Master is never perturbed.’

By remaining calm within, we can be stronger channels for the angels of peace and healing, and we can be more receptive to inspiration for ways we can help spiritually and practically as well.