The Peace Garden in the Hood Shariananda’s Meditation on a Life Journey

S garden headshot.JPG The road back through time and memory is fraught with the demons of the past and the wonders of rebirth in the present. This summer just past, I left my five-year–new home in Copenhagen,Denmark to revisit my natal home in Illinois, including parts where dwell my family, and friends-who-are-like-family. This was July 1, 2017.

No matter how many times I have returned to Chicago,in my mind’s eye, and in reality,  it is always the city by the lake where the iconic skyline stands silhouetted against a distant sky, pregnant with moody clouds; it stands against harsh Northern winds off Lake Michigan. The summers are deceptive, ever so hot, ever so busy, with traffic streaming along the lake front;  while other vehicles grunt along the packed, serpentine expressways. Day or night time, the city is lighted by it’s own reputation, by the gossip of midnight-good-times, and the sound and gabble of the all–too–frequent gun horrors. From this memory and opinion, I had long ago escaped. Though my brothers, who made their lives there, at a point, could have easily become a Laquan McDonald, a Treyvon Martin, or a Michael Brown. God be praised, not all the sons of the women in my family have been as fortunate: two of my once young male relatives live off and on behind bars; another one, older than I, is now deceased, having lived the hip life of a player too fast,too long.

I was born in the winter in this city upon the Illini plains, and the Hawk blew me away to the South in the 60`s.  Once I had returned from the red clay and uncivil wars of  Alabama, (l970), I taught and lived in the Windy City for three years. Living within me was the pressed ugly memories of  the death of Emmett Til, and the horrid brutalities of errant law enforcement; chilling me was the reports of drug crimes deaths in alleyways; and the reports of miscreant political dealings in high and low places, all of which established the furtive lowering of blinds, the redundant front door and back door blockades with wrought iron;  each resident of those times became a resigned witness living in suspicious neighborhoods, domiciled in anxious, unsafe households. This is my picture, this is the attitude. Or shall I say was.

I found after my arrival, that the front porch in the neighborhood on the Southside where my 100- year -old aunt still lives, dares to be a rampart for fresh air, where she and my cousins, other neighbors share an unguarded hoot and holler with neighbors who have lived “on the block”,”in the hood” for more than 40 years. The streets have the familiar curbside litter, but not the degradation of  a destitute ghetto, No, contrary to the broad national reports in the news, in the newspapers, about gun violence and the terror in the streets, in this Chicago neighborhood, residents, carry on as if there is not a worry in the world. They maintain routines of waking, eating, cleaning, talking, tv watching ,ignoring the worry of an addict behind the boarded up windows. They blot out the would-be drug dealer or a gun totting loser waiting to pounce, burgularize, murder or batter. No, not even  the careless parking of cars on unimproved city-owned lots seems to be an affront to their casual acceptance and promotion of life as it ought be, life as life goes on. Bills are paid, children are born, barbers cut hair, block parties blare, and the grey stone houses stand.

 It is a sunny day in July, the 4th of July to be exact. The City of Chicago is partying non-stop in every neighborhood and downtown in the Loop. Flags fly Bar-b-que fragrances the air; folks stroll in miscellaneous outfits of red, of white, of blue, with wreckless stars  and strips on caps and shoes to described their independence. I get brave. I take a walk. It is up the block and, lo!

I discover, a little set-aside cove. It is quiet, slightly surrounded by modest bushes, and with a stone slab pathway–a labyrinth–placed in an S-shape on the ground. There are wooden benches in the manner of the Japanese . There are lotus plants. I am amazed. On the wall of the building, which belongs to St. Stephens Church, reads the word: PEACE. I look around. There is a man seated in a comfortable lean,thinking, maybe, waiting. But there,out in the open. He is not under assault. He is free to sit, to meditate.

The church itself sits across the empty street which welcomes little traffic, so today there are no hot rods zooming, across the speed bumps.  Next to the church, is an empty lot of children. They’re playing kickball; Several t-shirted men laugh and jive, and mothers watch a few girls jump rope. It is astonishing to me. It is so normal and wholesome, and I wonder at my prejudice. I am of a mind to sit in the garden, to trust the Spirit that has allowed a new vision for this neighborhood, for myself. I have found a living possibility. It is there for whomever seeks.

I walk the labyrinth, it is short, but not without meaning in slow motion.  I sit, and trust to close my eyes. On another day, an SUV will roll through with the speaker blaring rap music and it will disrupt the peace, but not today. Today “the Hood” is in nearly an imperceptable motion toward. It is a future born in the present. This little copse of stone and flora offers a different pathway of  being; today the Peace Garden testifies to hope. I have come back as a witness.

 

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The Right Wing–Spiritual Commentary on the September 16, 2016 Republican Debate, Part I

The Right Wing–Spiritual Commentary on the September 16, 2016 Republican Debate, Part I
It has not been my practice in writing on new thought topics to mix my political views and my spiritual views, except as metaphors or similes to clarify a point. I have adhered to a general separation of Spirit and State, writing, instead, about spiritual principles as guidance for our social and civil transformation, but given the political climate that has evolved –from a “moral majority” to a more vociferous individualized religious right– that is the appearance of candidates and high profile politicians who openly confess their religious faith as they address the moral questions that impinge upon the political dialogue, it comes to me that now is the time to respond, to channel some of my energy as a healer and seer.
The recent second Republican Debate of September 16, 2015 provided those of us following the candidates another chance to consider their positions. Though I am not a Republican, I have in my voting history voted that party, as well as leaving my usual Democratic leanings to support a rare Independent. As an American citizen I believe it is my responsibility to be open to the various points of view from those questing for my vote, or at very least to know what they believe to be the failings of the incumbent party whom I helped elect.
As always, we are being asked to compare and contrast those running for office, and to assess what we hear and choose,eventually, the one most qualified– often under the influence of the news media. It comes to me as a seer and healer, that the principles upon which my work are based, authentic compassion, divine direction, and caring, arise from fundalmental and new thought spiritual teachings. I have, via Christian experience and spiritual development, become a member of a global community of light workers here to aid in humanity’s transition as a species into higher consciousness ,i.e a better and more humane , less contentious humanity. As one of many light workers, the great understanding that we share is that all things are connected, i.e all things work together for good (to them that love the Lord and seek to do His will). There is no codex, but our purpose is written on our hearts. We each have found our work and calling in our own way. We must also balance our ideals and purpose against the demands of life, partcipating without compromsing Truth .
So before I share with you how I went about assessing the debate last Wednesday, using rhetorical and spiritual tools, I need to reveal my biases. I have 6. First, I am a Christian which has inculcated a sense of self-sacrifice, weighed me down with judgmental vagaries, and inspired in me a hopeless pursuit of ideal love. Second,I am an African-American, a product of racism and discrimination that has fostered a defense mechanism and suspicion that are under constant review. Third, I am a woman activist and heir to the age of liberation and self-empowerment ,and I believe women are still subject to socialized female behaviors that undermine their equality. Fourth, I am a lesbian,veteran of GLTB advocacy for visibility, and same gender marriage. Fifth, I am a senior citizen and have a stake in the survival of Social Security, national health care and the size of the national debt. Sixth, I am an emeritus English professor, and hence upper middle class, a voter informed by the Net,newspapers, and magazines and televised news networks.
In order to better weigh the impact and gravity of a given candidate’s response to a given question, I decided to keep a simple tally of their “spot on” responses, as well as their well- handled follow-up. In this way, no one could later tell me who won the debate or who did best or poorly. I could decide based on my own system. So I awarded the speaking candidate 1 point for any of the following demonstrations in general terms:
high rhetorical content authentic self
leadership knowledgeable
informed opinion avoided generalizations
passionate view astute/witty
experienced direct
In specific terms, I kept a separate tally for the candidate who, at the end of the evening could be said to embody all of the above. That person(those persons) ought to have emerged in general terms as well.
Please watch for Part Two during this week. Shariananda http://www.Shariananda.com

Compounded Interest, Level 7,2, Pun Intended

Compounded Interest, Level 7, 2, Pun Intended

I began Level 7 yesterday, but it was such a surprise and drubbing that I came away numb. The new level accelerates the wealth reprogramming we already have undergone. It is tri-furcated with a sub-dubbing of John’s voice. It repeats and echoes, climbing over itself, coming up from below, snaking round the inner mind, and exiting in hallways of thought and rememberance.

The previous lessons at the previous levels return like the adages of a guru, they affirm, they direct, they encourage, they declare. Where one sentence leaves off another begins, while yet another returns and rumbles beneath. It is phenomenal, like the echoes in a fun house,his voice–calm,soothing,clear, knowing, bounces about the inner cranium like a set of colored ping pong balls inside a lottery globe. It is a challenge and very foolish–I discovered–to try to follow one line of reiteration, for crossing it is another, and yet another. It all was a ticklish kind of force feeding far too advanced for my comprehension. And I think that is the point.

At this level we find just what we have taken in and what not. I was particularly jolted by phrases like “and you are” “financial destiny” “you can earn all the money you want”,”money comes from sources known and unknown”. “Double it!” It’s as if I’d met a classmate on the road of life, and we stood chatting about our old professor whose teachings we recalled: “Do you remember how he used to say,’You now have all the intelligence you need to earn all the money you want?'” “Yes, yes, he was a trip!” Yea, he was that!” But he taught us a millionaire’s mind set!” Haaa haaa
Imagine all of us at one time or the other meeting in the moment or in the future, sharing this collective experience, could we say it has been with (and brought us) a compounded interest?compounded interest

The Supreme Court Ruling as Prosperity and Blessing

The Supreme Court Ruling as Prosperity and Blessing

My day started with good news. The USA Supreme Court has approved same-sex marriage and hence paved the way for my wife and me to come to the USA as a married couple. This is something we have been waiting for. It lessens the strain of our being recognized as a legitimate couple in the USA when we apply for an extenuated visa or green card. It also reduces the immigration paper work and legal riggermarole.

I am also immensely glad that this political eventuality has come about because I am one of the many out black lesbians who helped fight for the cause by writing and publishing, marching, voting, advising, and standing up when the call came forth. During all of my 20s,30s,40s and 50s I participated in rallies and initiatives, and in the 1970s I had my first marriage in the Metropolitian Community Church of Long Beach,CA. Had it survived, our union would have been 40 years old and legitimate only now. I am not sorry for the end of that era or union(it taught me a lot about commitment and maturity), but I am happy that those who may have married back then as a spiritual ritual are now fully fledged. Be Blessed.

Many of you know that I live in Denmark now, and have married here, where same gender marriages are established and common place. This has reduced the strain that I felt in the USA, and I am still getting used to being a wife and having a wife! (smile).

This ruling by the Supreme Court is angelic synthesis from my point of view, a doorway to greater prosperity because I am not limited by legalized and limiting bias to my sexual orientation, nor by descrimination against my gender. Again, blessing be on this day, and on the lives of all in the USA who have joined h

What Do You Think?

What Do You Think?
Shariananda–www.bricksite.com/shariananda

Well, I am at a crucial juncture. I can move ahead and get my own office in a health and healing building or I can wait to save more cash. I get “Go Now!” from the Ascended Masters and “Yes” from the card “Ganesh.”
The clientele are still coming as a result of my advertisement and the word of mouth is travelling. There’s really no reason to wait, but I do not want to jump too soon. Today’s Daily Word encourages me. What I want to know is do any of you make decisions using the Daily Word?

Opportunity
I have the power to accomplish all things.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life has given me many opportunities. I have acted on some and released others. What makes the difference between saying yes or no is a belief. Do I believe I have what it takes?

Before seizing any new opportunity, it is natural to feel fear. I cannot know how this adventure will end, but I know I am divinely supported. With faith, I face any fear and bravely take the leap from opportunity to action.

When I say yes and decide to move forward, the Universe lines up to support me. Energy wells up from within and any cloud of confusion clears away. Circumstances fall into place as Spirit supports my soul’s unfoldment. Through the power of Spirit within, I make the most of life’s opportunities.
A wide door for effective work has opened to me.—1 Corinthians 16:9

The Joy of Success–A preamble

The Joy of Success

These days I am enjoying the steady flow of clients for readings and insight. They leave messages at my YouTube pages; they call by phone, and they send e-mails for written responses to their dilemmas. I am seeing quite a few weekly in office also. The best part is my energy is undiminished;I am gaining more and more for the work, and I am grateful and happy.

The recent psychic fair, “Mini-Messe” at Astrologihuset in Copenhagen was a success also, though under attended. I met several new colleagues and had good exchanges of readings and chat with them. Vivi and I brought some new presentations to their circles–different signage,posted services and charges, as well as gifts of candy and cookies for meandering visitors. We provided recordings of the readings for those who desired them. We were told that the word is out about my gifts, and it was gratifying to read for some of the other professionals and to hear their feed-back on my accuracy and style.

I am thinking now of making an investment in my own office space, so I can book as I choose and leave my belongings there. I will still be at 41 Norregade. So joy rides about like a maid in the morning on a young unicorn. Please continue to follow me at www.bricksite.com/sharianandaand if you can stay a while when you visit my videos at YouTube–it’ll help my statistics! Thanks.
Here’s the Daily Word:

Joy
As joy fills my heart, I share it with the world.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

The joy I feel in my heart can have an amazing effect on my life. My body responds to joy with increased strength and vitality; my interactions are energized and meaningful; my workplace can be transformed from any sense of drudgery into an exciting arena of creativity and abundance—as I allow my joy to express.

The poem “Ode to Joy,” by Friedrich Schiller, is one the author considered a failure. But his words of joy inspired Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which is often employed in movies to raise the energy level and has been adopted as the Anthem of Europe. That is what joy does—it spreads and inspires.

As I contemplate the joy in my heart and the many reasons I have to be joyful, I show my joy and share it with the world.

Make a joyful noise to God.—Psalm 66:1

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say–a preamble

Say What You Mean, Meaning What You Say

Democrat Alcee L. Hastings called the Republican House on it’s decision and radification of a law suit against President Obama. He says it is “a frivolous lawsuit on steroids” and that it by-passes so many truly needful initiatives that ought to be under expedited and serious consideration such as repairing city infra-structure, (Washington’s full of potholes) or (among other issues) dealing with the immigration crisis at our borders.

The Health Care Act and the improved Economy are two big plus marks in the column for Presidental Achievement. The Equal Pay Act, and the Increase in Minimum wage are worthy of praise and remembrance.

It is just encouraging to me that members of Congress will speak their truth to powers that be and not bite their tongue. I only wish the Nation would rise up and March on the House of Representatives with an eye to impeach and throw out those obstructionist power mongers who seek to enrich their lot and keep the Country choking on the corporate stranglehold that these unworthy elected officials promulgate.

Is there nothing we can do as a body politic? We voted them in; let’s take some action to get them out–now–don’t wait for elections—Free Our Country Now! Here’s the Daily Word.

Intention
My intentions shape my experience.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My life runs smoothly when I lay the proper foundation. Beginning my day with a clear intention focuses my energy and directs my activities. Intention is like a laser beam of light guiding me through any uncertainty. What I need to accomplish may seem overwhelming, but as I attune to my intention, I move through my day with ease.

To clarify my intentions, I ask myself: Who am I willing to be today? What qualities will help me succeed? Do I want to be grateful and courageous? Clear and focused? Present and enthusiastic? Once I’ve set my intention, I attend to my tasks with confidence. I have all I need to live this day with ease and grace.
I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already.—2 Peter 1:12

The Weight of Words–a premable

The Weight of Words

Sometimes I get questions as The Oracle about lost love and how to regain it. I thought you might like to see and answer I gave a recent querent. No name is given.

Dear Inquirer—-May your process teach you the great spiritual lessons his birth and love initiated.
First, you are allowed to go on loving him for the rest of your life. It is indicative of the strength of the commitment you can make, and the huge power and depths of your ability to love.It is also your free will to assert.

Second, you are among an elite class of Spirits, who come to earth together on a program of broad application. Many times it takes a long time for you and the beloved to meet. Sometimes that meeting is brief, even curtailed by an abrupt separation or death. These are hard renderings and meant to force us into dark nights of the soul. We grow against our will almost into sources for wisdom about love, and trust, and compassion, patience, acceptance, and experience.This is part of the Plan for given lifetimes. We do not remember it; we simply must live it and make choices accordingly. In making those choices, him and not him, this and not that,we are trusted to raise ourselves above error, mistakes, loss, despair, disappointment, separation, and longing.

If we remember Source(what you may call the Holy spirit or God or the Higher Calling) of our lives, we find the courage and moment when we forgive our own errors and our beloved’s. We see the Divine Plan and bless whatever has happened and know that it is all for good Purpose.

But if we don’t, we have the satisfaction of knowing we can be true to an ideal, to a mighty love, and we can live with that in place of the beloved. As much as Mother Teresa lived with lepers and poor in place of a church or material comforts. This was her soul’s marriage.If you want to remain in this exalted state of adoration and commitment to him–as I said it’s your free will and is allowed. You are not wrong to hold to your dream and love. No harm–no foul,but consequences. Longing and self-denial can cause undue stress, cysts, high blood pressure, aches and pains, and even cancer. Be sure you are aware that the longer you hold his life as a loss to your own, your body and mind will suffer. It is important to love yourself. Could this be his gift to you? Could this be one of your broad life lessons?

But if you want to see what this love has had to teach you and wait to see where it may lead, then bless the experience (of being without him) and do exactly as you are doing, continue with your life, do no harm to him or anyone, find ways to give that love of yours away to others in less fortunate circumstances. You have a swelling backlog of his love to release, and since you do not want to let go the dream of you two being rejoined, it is your best choice to be sure you maintain your health as you move forward.

To answer your question–I do not see you getting back together unless it is in a common cause, as healers of the earth or in some traveling aid organization. It may be that you meet again in three years. There is a chance you will hear from him in two months to tell you about a project that could do a lot of good in the world. It is only a chance. Many factors will affect this including whether you have managed to lift your vision to the higher nature of your and his connection.

You are capable of loving differently and again. You have more than one past-life and soul connection each life. That way if you miss one, you find another. Love is endless and boundless and inseparable. Because we see our lives in limited ways associated with time and seasons, we think it can be lost and never regained. Not so. You will never not know him and you will see him again and again through time. It’s your choice now whether you martyr yourself to his love or use his loss as the catalyst for your own phenomenal life purpose.
I hope this helps.
PS: As to his mindset, he felt and feels you were much too turned into yourself (your need of him and only him). He felt you were needy and clingy–not thinking of others). He wanted to be bigger in the world with you.

Here’s the Daily
Word:
Demonstrate
My words demonstrate my faith in God’s good.
Monday, August 4, 2014

I create my life from the inside out. My beliefs guide my words, and my words demonstrate what I believe. As I think and talk in alignment with my faith in God’s good for me, I see God’s good unfolding.

Limited thinking affects my experience of life, but I may not be aware until I pay attention to my words. I listen to how my speech reveals my beliefs. If I hear myself talking about lack, disease, or limitations, I recognize the thoughts underlying my words and I consciously choose differently.

I am a divine creation, worthy of every good. I refrain from using words that reinforce the illusion of lack. I claim wholeness, love, and prosperity. My words demonstrate my faith in God’s good manifesting in my life.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord.—Psalm 19:14

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Traveling Circus

“Traveling Circus”

Vivi and I always get revved up pretty high before a psychic fair. As you know, this coming Saturday and Sunday we will be at Astrologihuset in Copenhagen for a Mini-Messe Aug 2, and Aug 3  2014. Low prices for readings. 150 Dkk. The location is
Teglvaersgade 37, 4. 2100 Copenhagen West. Info at storgaardjensen@gmail.com . I am also giving a talk on healing inner trauma and doing a guided meditation into the deep reaches of the chakras. I am a tour guide with plenty of inner experience. But no matter how cool and calm and experienced I am, and Vivi is, we get speedy and anticipatory. There’s so much to do. We spent this morning double checking the TO DO FOR FAIR List.

We have to make sure we send out notices to clients and interested parties and friends. We have to review our brochures, revise and change old copy and try to get the material off in time for printing and shipping. We have to get our packed materials from the basement: reading tables, chairs, banners, paraphrenalia. (candles, timer, bells, cash box, etc). It’s a scramble even when we are not in a hurry.

We also have to get ourselves in the state of mind that allows us to meet differing people, energies, personalities and problems as would-be clients stroll past our booth. So our meditation time has to increase and silence exponentially. Since this is our first time at this particular fair, we will be the new kids on the block. Fortunately for us, we have booth number 1–that is fortuitous
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Then there’s the setting up: getting the equipment tables, massage table and chairs set in just the right geometric arrangement in the space that we have. We have to decorate and post signage and we have to put clipboards,pens, and treats within reach. Luckily for us this time the fair asks all of the psychics to charge the same amount for a 20 minute reading, so there will be no hard competition and shunning from those hoping to get a lot of insight for a reasonably low price. These events are always a feast for the eyes, mind and senses. Gems and flutes,practitioners touching and talking to rapt persons, people on massage tables in vibrating chairs, and seated before an aura machine getting their etheric body read by kyrillian photography. You may see people in feathers and buck skin; in silken gowns or toole capes. You will see skull caps and turbans and many ringed hands. Here and there a healer is fanning the air, stroking the unseen, of holding steady the Reiki forces that he or she aids in moving through the prone person’s healing body. There are products for sale:drums,creams, lotions, pills, jewelry,clothing,and all kinds of readings from all kinds of oracle, tarot and mystic decks of cards. Or none at all…

Sometimes you catch a glimpse of someone crying, relieved of the burden of a issue or problem, or releasing tears of joy or the bottled up anguish of not having clear insight or aid. Yes, it can be a thrilling experience to go to a psychic fair. It is so much more than fortune telling and spirit mediumship. It is informational, offering workshops on dreams, meditation, health, higher consciousness, new technologies and mystic tools–from gem stone rings to pyramids, from hugh crystals of Amethyst or Obsidian to digederoos and scented candles, from totems of bears, whales, big cats or elephants to little crosses and pins. Go see for yourself sometime. And while I do not think it is a travelling circus, for us, Vivi and me, by the time we get all of our stuff in the car, dress, and set up, we feel like the ring masters of the greatest show on earth.

Explore your life purpose. Shari http://www.bricksite.com/shariananda

According to His Purpose

According to His Purpose

It doesn’t matter if you believe that God is a man or a woman, or if God is to be called God at all. It doesn’t matter if you believe in God. It’s good if you do, and it’s equally good if you don’t. All things do work together for good, from avalanches to icebergs, from rain to wind storms, from birth to death. Many things happen in uncanny synchronizations, like babies being born on the day a family member dies, or when someone dies on their own birthday.

Thus,the horrors of war move us toward peace. The challenges of injustice move us to act. The divorce or the break-up lead to liberation, growth, hindsight. No thing in human history has gone without revolution or change. No time has ever failed to make us cry, make us over, make us ready for transformation. We surve ages and epochs to live in our own times.

No one knows where these many life times and lives on the planet will take us. We barely recognize ourselves in them. There is the mystery of creation and the mystery of the unfathomable manifestation of the future, all happens according to a purpose or purposes we glimpse through a glass darkly. Yet, we believers say God knows. To hold such abstract yet palpable faith helps me to breathe, to look up to heaven, and to bless the survivors of these endless bloody mishaps and military conflicts that are broadcast daily. I must believe that whatever brought us into being surely has purpose, and we can depend on that even in the dunning despair of loss and grief, in trying to remain sane during senseless war and unrelieved ignorance. I ask you now to pray for revelation of each our own purpose in these times. In this way we create a critical mass of harmony. Here’s the Daily word:

Harmony
The harmonizing power of God works in every area of my life.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

If situations in my life feel out of sync, I pause for a moment of prayer. As I turn within, I come back to center. I pray to understand how I can harmonize with the ways of the Divine. I am reminded that “all things work together for good.” A higher power is at work in my life and in the lives of those I hold dear.

In the stillness of prayer, I relax and let go of any worry or concern. I give thanks for the power and presence of God. My life is unfolding as it should, and I am patient. In tune with God, I know what is mine to do and when to do it. All is well. I rest in this peaceful awareness and emerge with a new sense of direction, appreciation, and joy.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28