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Flight of the Soul

Having grown up watching every old movie ever made these images are in my DNA, part of my growing up, and live and breath in my heart.  When I stumble on some shared work from one of these movies my heart explodes with gratitude.
Some of the most beautiful words and lyrics we have in the history of American Classical Music have been written by George and Ira Gershwin. They Can’t Take That Away from Me written near the end of George Gershwin‘s life is wrapped with so much love and community, so much respect and reverence for talent and has lived on long past its introduction in Shall We Dance, the 1937 film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Drop into the magic with this clip, featuring this song at the end of the film (and because the YouTuber missed the Dancing that does not happen in the 1937 film, edited in the promise fulfilled with the beautiful movement between the two that is featured in The Barkley’s of Broadway from 1949.  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shared a balance and harmony and joy of performing with the other. Their chemistry is unmistakeable and we are all the better for these reminders that the universe celebrates music and dancing, a perfect pairing.
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My take away from Ginger Rogers experiencing Fred Astaire sing the Gershwin Brothers tune is one of deep connection to what lies beneath the words and music as we witness Ms. Rogers heart through the lens as she listens to Mr. Astaire singing “the way you changed my life, no, no, they can’t take that away from me…” is beautiful.

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I love You Pink Butterflies Melanie LutzAppreciate the amazing magnificence of all that you are and all you were put here on the planet to do.

You are not trying to be any one else, you are living your life as an expression of love for who and what you were put on the planet to do.  This breath represents the fullness of all that you are, every cell of your being alive and awake to who and what makes your heart beat down to the cellular level ingrained in the codes of your DNA.

Love. Yourself. With wild abandon and cherish the moods and rhythms of your sacred sounds.  There is only one of you.  Complete and healed and whole and in full possession of unending joy, peace, love and presence of self.

Experience all of you and say Thanks God for who you are.

Exactly as you are.

Take your authentic loving self into the world and celebrate each step, each encounter and each expression of your truest self, fully revealed and alive and awake in each moment.

If you get hung up on any part of remembering to love who you are, ask yourself the beautiful question “Why Not take all of me?” and enjoy Willie Nelson singing All of Me a song written in 1931 in a decidedly different era…

Why Not?  What do you have to lose?  Why not take a chance on accepting yourself and your way of being as perfectly perfect.

Why not?

We never know why we are made a certain way. Who’s to say one quality you consider a hindrance isn’t the key to your path through. You never know how the gifts you have been given will be received and to what affect. All you can do is give your gifts freely and openly.

In talking to reporters when Walt Disney opened Disney Land he shared, “It’s something that will never be finished, something I can keep developing and adding to. It will get more beautiful eve-ry year. And it will get better as I find out what the public likes.”  The happiest place on earth was built on the spirit of work in progress where adventure unfolded and imagination flourished and the never ending process was cherished.

I gladly give up my fear

I move into eternal joy

Standing in the truth

Balanced and at peace

Returned to full awareness

Celebrating my life

Let my heart rise and flow

expanding through my breath

In its ever radiating glow

Restore my blissful self to its rightful seat

In Love

Inviting my heart space

to unlock the treasure chest of recognition

Prospering in all ways and means

Revealing what is already mine

In service to my magnificence

Striking a tune the likes of which emanates from my soul

The hum of which cascades ever forward

Gently with force

Exploding the crucible of my being

Once crucified and crushed

Now

Free

In Harmony

With Infinite Love and Gratitude

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All You Need is Love NeliganMy thoughts are teachings my teachings are words my words give flight to my dreams

Flight of the Soul started thousands of days ago. Through this blog I have been able to celebrate so many different beliefs, to consider new possibilities, to learn to dance with life as it comes in beautiful harmonies.

Divine Love and Wisdom Unfolds When Wisdom is Applied to Commitmentin that space of the heart. When we are lucky this space is in alignment with all that is.

“A wise old Owl sat on an oak, The more he saw the less he spoke, The less he spoke the more he heard, Why aren’t we all a bit more like that wise old bird?”

In the preface to Emanuel Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Wisdom the Latin Translator of the text talks about the sketch of a Roman Garden that adorned the title page of each of Swedenborg’s books under the phrase Cura Et Labore “with care and work.” The image of a beautiful garden with a cherub like Angel watering the plants tending to the well loved garden’s growth and harmony strikes to the core of any process.

It is a reminder of the wisdom and grace that exists when discipline is applied to commitment in realizing the fruits of our labor. It represents the opportunity for us to make manifest the joys of a life fully lived in divine Love. When we enrich each moment with care and work, making conscious choices. Free of the energies that keep us bound. We allow nature to take its course in harmony without calling out the struggle, we effortlessly step into the full beauty of existence.

Move into the garden of your being remembering everything is as it is. You are exactly where you are supposed to be and you know absolutely how to tend to your needs.

Swedenborg was one of the first and my favorite dude to express the idea of religion into the revelation of light and to translate the ideas into the concept of spirituality tramping through the late 1600’s through 1772, that all the doors lead to the same place. His roots into the ideals of mysticism are well documented and another of the Renaissance spirits who illuminated concepts outside of the current limitations of present conscious understanding.   Like Benjamin Franklin who would follow in Swedenborg’s self publishing divinely inspired writings Swederborg is an inspiration.   Men of vision and insight and continual curiosity expanding principles into the hearts and minds of humanity to lead the way forward to freedom.

Spending the beginning of a new year, another Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend enjoying the spirit and love and all the wisdom imaginable celebrating how far on the journey to discover the truth I had come was the ultimate gift. I know how blessed I am to know what I know and to get to participate with so many of you in sharing this beautiful, wonderful life. Thanks again for all the miracles and thanks again for the laughs and most importantly thanks for all the memories.

thanks for Joining me for these Flight of the Soul inspirations on Beliefnet.com.

As we all begin new endeavors and new projects and new relationships while treasuring the old, as the days stretch forward filled with more and more light and love, may this new day bring you everything possible in service for the highest expression of who you are. May you live in the fullest expression of joy and happiness possible and may you always remember whatever your circumstance the center of inner peace is yours.

lots of love,

Melanie

#MelsLoveLand #Peace #Wisdom

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My best friend is Jewish.  She was raised in a community in Diamond Bar California with a Dad who was superintendent of LAUSD.

When her five year old daughter asked me at a Diner “Is Santa Real?”  My inner Christian froze, a million thoughts went through my head, her Dad is a bit orthodox, they are not super Christmas-ers, God knows I don’t like to lie, and who am I to answer this question.  Whatever was going on in my brain, my heart knew what to say.  “I’m going to write Santa a letter, right now.”

Excitedly, she bounced with Glee, “I want to write one too!”

I didn’t need to tell her anything, her heart knows that Santa lives in our hearts ever available for us to talk to, he is as real as our imagination tangible and intangible, always on call to listen to what our dreams are.

Christmas is the time of year that divine light broke through human consciousness to reveal love and possibilities.  The idea of light being born in complete immaculate space of union with the intersection of humanity and that which is the bridge to other conscious realms. It is an intersection to infinite joy and grace.

Enjoy the holidays and the messages and the symbols and the love flows in your heart no matter what is happening. Today is a day to remember Santa Claus is real, he represents wishes and dreams that live in your heart that want to be born. Gifts given and received and cherished.

Lots of Love,

Melanie

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These words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. spell out the point of no return. Oddly enough in our times it is both. We go forward through chaos and continue to grow our community of love.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. –Harriet Tubman
Dreams are a Wish Your Heart Makes Yes, these words are found in the Disney classic Cinderella, the quintessential underappreciated un-recognized person, who remembers with the help of her Fairy Godmother that dreams do come true and to never stop dreaming regardless of circumstance, and, yes it feels like a statement of deep truth… “Dreams are a wish our hearts make.”
Take this moment to celebrate a dream for a new day.
On p. 555 of James Melvin Washington’s massive towering The Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. references Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community? In which Mr. Washington describes Dr. King’s work on this particular book as the toughest project he ever pursued as he had to
reconcile the despair over the gap between legislation being enacted granting rights and the prejudice being perpetrated around the country negating the spirit of universal equal rights.
I have been fortunate in my life to have achieved my childhood dreams and to have helped so many others achieve theirs.  The one quality that made the difference was having a vision and never giving up no matter what.  Holding the dream as the reality and acting as if, onward through what appeared to be darkness and disappointment.  I am grateful for all the ways these dreams were fulfilled and the ways in which they have given me a strength of character and an integrity of understanding in what it takes to realize a dream personally and collectively. I know how important dreams are to making significant shifts in society. Dreams strengthen character and build a foundation of honesty and open up the imagination of possibility to deliver magnificent experiences and occurrences beyond anything expected.
It is important to have a dream, to set your sights on that which only your heart sees, currently invisible to the registry of the eye.  It is the magic and miracle of allowing that which is in you but not of you to give wings to your souls calling.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.
In dreams you will lose your heartaches.
Whatever you wish for, you keep.
Have faith in your dreams, and someday,
Your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving,
If you keep on believing,
The dream that you wish will come true.”
“The word “Cinderella” has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.” There have been countless tellings of this story. I experience it more times than I would like to admit. It’s one of those archetypal myths that most of the planet resonates with… Who doesn’t want to transcend their cur-rent circumstances and without changing any of the outward circumstances experience a full recognition of the truth.  We are powerful beyond measure.
Always we ask what will become of us, instead we need to ask what do I need to do in this moment to be loving to myself and those in my life, what dream does my heart want to unfold making the biggest difference to myself, my community and the planet?  At no time in the history of humanity has it been more important to listen to the answer and remember the truth.  Our thoughts create our reality and if we are not thinking with Love we are not living the truth.
Dreams are wishes our hearts make.  Today and everyday.  Have a dream.  Stay open and be willing, do not lose hope in your dreams and have faith in the unseen to carry you through.
We can’t change the circumstances that happen but we can stand in the truth and be loving in each interaction in the world. Looking everyone in the eye and say “Hello” from my heart to theirs. I can be kind each day in each moment and I can remember each person is experiencing at least the level of anxiety uncertainty and misunderstanding that I am.  I can choose to be open to not knowing and be compassionate.
Martin Luther King Jr. often said “there is a power in our hearts more powerful than the power of bullets” … and today in the land of the free and the home of the brave it’s never been more important to re-member.
Love always remains the answer. In remembering this we stand in the power of humanities greatest gift. The gift of Love.

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When I think of all of the experiences of my life and all of the people I have met, I want to experience the smile of compassion and understanding that we are all doing the best we can.  I want to stay present in the loving moments that were shared. I want to remember the love felt and shared is real. I want everything that isn’t loving therefore not true, to wash away like so much chaff or straw disintegrating into the forgiveness that is my treasure chest of truth revealing the stash of love and joy and peace.
As the past and the future do not exist, bringing an open hearted forgiving wash over all that is not present allows us to make space and create extraordinary levels of peace filled grace.
“Manifestation begins with the willingness to make room in our beliefs for something that doesn’t exist. We create that “something” through the force of consciousness and awareness.”  Gregg Braden  This force of consciousness allows forgiveness to flower into healing the soul of humanity.
Let’s take a moment to enter and awaken a level of forgiveness you have to this point not thought possible.
Take a moment to drift into that deeply personal space of your heart. Take this moment to say, “I’m sorry” for any wounds inflicted; for the fallout (literally) and for any ways we have, in our actions overlooked the basic tenants of humanity.
Lets together deeply connect to the space beyond all sorrow and trauma and heartache diving into the waves of forgiveness allowing the gentle washing away of all that burdens our minds.  Let’s connect to our loving center and imagine a world of love and possibility and freedom. Imagine those who come to mindsight joining you in celebration and declare all that was complete and healed and whole.  Reconnect to your loving center and bow into your soul before all that is and become a new wave of forgiveness; allow this
wave of forgiveness to caress whoever has come to mind that needs this wave of love, allow this wave of love to flow freely from center and watch it embrace those in need and those we cherish and those we don’t know and the world at large, flowing into the ethers of the universe. Rest and relax and know all is well and all will be well and return once again to center, the source of all the love there ever was, all the miracles that are possible, and all the joy that resides in the purest laugh of the smiling heart.
Become present to the beat of your heart and allow that beat to guide the way to deeper and deeper levels of peace.
Come back to center.  Say Thank You.***

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The trick is not believing in what you can see, but believing in what you can’t. 
There’s some deep mofo stuff happening in the world. We are at a point where half the planet is overweight and the other half are starving.  Where you can’t shake a stick without someone going off the anxiety spectrum of fear and defensiveness. A few things I know for sure. There are more people who are kind and loving than there are people who are filled with hate.  There are more ideas to protect the planet than there are people commited to destroying it. There is a shift at play in consciousness, we are on the cusp of a widespread transformation in our reality into something else. We are presented with a choice in each moment, whether we are going to choose love or choose to stay asleep. Whether we are going to take loving compassionate action or stay silent and inactive. Whether we are going to be numb to the necessary intentions of healing or we are to become an active peace warrior and let love do its thing.
There is a saying that seems to sum up this disconnect from the loving source that empowers us “Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.”
You get to experience the world you choose to see.  When you see with the heart you bare witness to the truth, the beauty available in each moment, the joy of creation and possiiblity, the miracle of love’s grace. You are in connection with all that is and a part of everything.  There is no disconnection because you are in everything you see.
Saw this on a friend’s social media and found it to be powerful. Give it a look, see how it feels in your earthy steps forward as we prepare the way ahead for more and more love in action. (If you are male, could be a good opportunity to get in touch with your inner feminine and get on board with supporting the effort, whatever works for you: )
“…Today is the day I declare that I am the One who has to save humanity. I declare
I am the One who is the Mother of all the mothers, who is the Primordial Mother, the Shakti, the desire of God, who has incarnated on this Earth to give its meaning to itself; to this creation, to human beings and I am sure through My Love and patience and My powers I am going to achieve it. I was the One who was born again and again, but now in my complete form and complete powers I have come on this Earth not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the Kingdom of Heaven, the Joy, the Bliss that your Father wants to bestow upon you.” – Shri Mataji,
2 December 1979—London, UK
The courage of imagining with the heart’s eyes, invites the possibility and vision of something grand, something miraculous, something connected, healed and whole.  This vision of the heart extends as manifestation outward with integrity and standing up to
the onslaught of doubts on the interior and exterior in conflict with the effort required to release love’s fullest power and the healing that extends from its embrace.
From 1
Corinthians 13:7-13 a good reminder of the depths with which this energy flows. 
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a womyn, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love
abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

As Rumi wrote – You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.  Practice seeing with the heart. Feast on the fullness of love’s expression igniting a fire of possibility for peace on earth. Enjoy the world you see with your heart.

#MelsLoveLand #Next100 #Joy #PeaceWarriors

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Love is the wake up call of the moment. This is the destiny of this expression of humanity. This is the way that we understand our destiny to love and be loved. 

The mechanism of love, those internal gears that are developed over time and in the
flow of our life as we practice the discipline of love as a way of being brings us into the center of our divinity.

 When we love in the deepest knowing of our soul it is without attachment. It is without leaving our center.  It is the completeness of the inside job. It is being love.  This is what we come to understand and grow through in a practice of Love. Hate is merely an insight into what we love, that is all. From ACIM – What hatred has released to love becomes the brightest light in Heaven’s radiance. And all the lights in Heaven brighter grow, in gratitude for what has been restored. Your footprints lighten up the world, for where you walk forgiveness gladly goes with you.  
There are many ways to practice the discipline of love. It isn’t important what or how you practice just that you do.
 
 “For it matters not
how small the beginning may seem to be,
what is once well done is done forever.” 
Henry David Thoreau
 
Do not get tripped up by the use of God or Jesus or Allah or any language, word, symbol in general that seeks to create a separation between us.  We are they.  There is no separation. 
Love exists to see past form and stay completely in content. and our oneness. In loving others we are loving ourselves.
Feel the bliss of your life.

No matter what the circumstance.
“On the wings of love, only the two of us together flying high. Flying high upon the wings of love.”

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As we achieve a collective gridlock in beliefs, ideologies, passions, fundamentals, and opinions the only choice left is to go into the deeper conversation. There’s a Latin phrase that represents a foundational element of the healing arts, medicine, and the sciences, Primum non nocere — “First, do no harm.”  Entering any situation with this simple thought sets the stage for compassion and connection.
The end of what separates us and the beginning of a humanistic approach is in our sites because we have no other options. Our goals are the same no matter who we are or what we believe, and the great news is, if our intention is that we “First, do no harm” to ourselves and others it’s easier to find common ground.
“Do not onto others what you would wish not them do onto you.”  We all have different ways that we experience the Truth, because those ways are different doesn’t mean it isn’t the same Truth.  Imagine the possibilities for positive action when we’re living in this simplest statement of our humanity, our connection to each other rather than our differences.
There is a great healing underway. Actually, a healing of epic proportions. The inequities and the trauma and the tyranny perpetrated tis getting a consciousness raising, largely
because there is no more physical room to hide. A great light is being cast on
the things that aren’t important, that aren’t working, so they can be addressed, atoned and freed, bringing everything up and out of the shadows for a Love filled healing so we can experience the Truth.
Today is the perfect day to choose to see everything with a lens of loving thought.  To experience the grace of each moment. To remember we are all connected.  There is no us or them. It is we the people, united to form a more perfect union, establish justice in pure domestic tranquility.  What you seek you find.  Seek out that which is in harmony with your soul’s purpose. Seek out that which is right minded and just, seek love, and you just might tip the balance in favor of a world united in peace, healing our earth as the home we cherish.
#Unity #MelsLoveLand #Next100

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Each of us finds our own way on the path of the peaceful spiritual warrior in Love, as my favorite Rabbi shares “capable of wrestling with life without being
defeated by living.” Each of us finds our own way to express this language
of the heart and live in our joy.

May you be blessed today. May you find peace today. May you cherish the joy in your heart.
For this new moon, any new beginning, a quiet affirmation…

AWAKEN
TRANSFORMATION

With Love.
Please help me see these things
differently.

Give me aid as I let go.

Let me remember my goal is peace on earth which begins in my home.

My goal is to wake up every
day with joy in my heart.
May I give up what has
happened to me and leap quantum style into forgiveness laying aside blame.
Guide me with love to the
people, places, thinking that will nourish my soul’s development. Allow me to
recognize that which I have been longing to unearth.
Let any energy that is not serving the open space of my heart transform now and forever in Love.
May you always follow your heart and may your days overflow with joy.


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