Archive | November 2012

A Shot Across the Bow

A year or so ago I was given a fantastic gift.  It is a lithograph of a painting by Will Haddon.  I attended a meeting at the home of his widow and was astonished at the beauty of the nautical art on her walls. She explained they were her husband’s, and that he specialized in paintings on the Chesapeake Bay.  How could I have missed out on this artist I wondered!  I told her how wonderful I thought they were and joked that if one was missing after I left she knew where to look.

Several months later she made a gift of a lithograph of one of his paintings saying that my obvious joy in his work touched her.  She selected the one she thought was right for me at that time so into my life came this painting.  It is hard to describe it with justice but it is a sailing ship with several others off in the foggy distance.  One of the ships has fired a warning shot across the bow of the ship in the foreground and you can see the water splash from the cannonball or whatever was fired.  Thus the name of the painting is “A Shot Across the Bow”.

My initial reaction was to be a little taken back and wondered what I was going to do with a painting depicting a scene from a war.  But the beauty of this work led me to send it off to be framed and what a magnificent piece of art now sits on my mantle.  Once again the truth that we draw our prosperity to us was confirmed for me.  Not only with the painting but in addition I have friends who do extraordinary framing in their home and knowing them added additional beauty to the lithograph.

Each time I look closely at the painting I see more and more.  One day in the stillness the understanding came of the lesson for me in the picture.  There are times in my life (and yours) that the best way God can get our attention is through some type of warning that stops us in our tracks.  The illness I described in an earlier post was such a warning for me.  I was so far down a self destructive path that I was lost and believe that when that happens our Spirit begins to impulse out cries for help.  The human part of us may not even realize the call is going out.  For whatever reason the Universe knew a serious warning was needed (an in your face warning such as the title of the painting) to bring me back from those depths.  And it worked.  It redirected me on the journey to freedom and remembering the love that I am in this body.

But we must be willing to recognize the warnings we receive and take action (or no action if that is appropriate).  I often wonder looking at the painting what happened that day.  Did the ship stand and fight or did it retreat and take another direction.  I also ask would either choice have been okay.  My experience has shown me there are times we must stand firm and follow through with something even though it is painful because we will come through more complete and more compassionate with ourselves and others.  And there are times when changing course is required.  Disappointment and sadness my result for awhile or immediate joy may result at the new direction of the journey.  Maybe the topic of making choice will be another blog postJ

What warnings has the Universe shot across your bow?  How did you recognize them? What action did you take?

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You Set It In Motion

Most of us are convinced over time by our minds and sense of survival that our lives are a product of forces seen and unseen and that what plays out is not in our control.  We walk through life blaming parents, families, teachers, government, fate, karma (and often this is so that we do not have to face the feeling of not being good enough) for our unhappiness.  There are times we forget our fears and allow ourselves (our true spirit) to be involved in life – learning, being creative, playing, working.  But often some bump in the road leads us to focus again on the problems others cause in our lives.  Anger or sadness spills over into our relationships as we try to figure out why our dreams do not become reality.

Not too long ago in a time of silence I had a vision.  I was inside a lighthouse (an important symbol for me) and my body began to expand until I became the lighthouse and the beacon of light above my head began to rotate.  Then I was no longer the lighthouse but walking away from it.  These words clearly came into my consciousness:  “You set it in motion”. Now there are several layers of meaning in this but it stopped me up short as I recognized I was being reminded that I am the creator of my life. I was also reminded that I am Light and responsible for what I do with the light. At that particular time, even with all I knew, I was in a funk about something and had slipped into that “no control” thinking.  Anger, sadness, depression all played for space in my mind.  But I knew clearly that truth of the message my higher self and Creation were sending me.

It took several days of embracing that, sitting in silence and allowing my higher self to take over.  The ego tried hard to convince me that yet again I was being discounted.  My mind filled with thoughts that there was no hope for the situation to change and the Universe was just not doing what it needed to do. (In my life I have had some LOUD conversations with the Universe regarding its lack of cooperation). My mind just nattered on and on.  Peace returned as I got quiet and allowed the negative feelings to just flow through.  I began to see the situation I was so upset about in a different way.  It was not about me at all and had no power to make me unhappy.  The situation did not change but I was able to see it differently and move on.

This experience brought several lessons or reminders of what I already know.  One is that I can still be quite a drama queen but love this human that I am.  Like or not I set in motion what I feel and what happens in my life.  I am responsible.  And another is to just STOP when my mind gets going.  This is a favorite word of Gangaji and sounds so simple but takes practice.  Most important for me is that images and visions will arise and when they do I must pay attention for they are gifts.

Are you blaming anyone including yourself for problems in your life?  Are you willing to take responsibility for your life?  What images or visions hold meaning for you?  What do they tell you about yourself and your life?