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Flight of the Soul

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.

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.***

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

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.”

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

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.


“Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.”
— Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu

Thinking with love is a blessing to ourselves and the world we inhabit. Being loving is not meant to prove a point.  It is an action that is whole and complete.  Using Lao Tzu’s words and heart, the undertaking of a Love Movement as sharing, not enforcing has been the whole enchilada.  Everything is offered up with love for your consideration.  You have a choice to be wise, to live in the center of your divine inner wisdom, to experience the grace and ease of source flow of all knowing in complete service to your gifts to our collective humanity.

As inspiration Emanuel Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Wisdom in its preface 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.
 
Be wise today and everyday by relaxing into your birthright.   Be wise today by opening your heart to love.  Be wise today in offering your gifts in service without attachment, released and healed and whole.

Life is not always like a box of chocolates, sometimes you do know what you are going to get.  There are signs and wisdom designed to give you instructions on the way forward, to guide you with love into new realms.   Here are a couple of great wisdom pieces from some of our most loving Wisdom Masters that have helped me.

“Life is like a door: if it is written “pull”, please don’t push.” — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) November 24, 2013

“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”  ― George Carlin

What matters is you keep your heart open and stay in movement in the divine dance of possibility.

Lots of Love, Mel

#Wisdom #MelsLoveLand #Next100 #PeaceforAll

Loving thought in the world creates space for unlimited possibilities.  

That energy of love’s purest grace is made manifest through our soul’s code working in concert with our nature.  How we cultivate this powerful force of our being relates the ease at which we move through the world lending our imprint. Cultivating love in action is a practice like anything else of inspiring the leading edge of loving presence where miracles occur naturally.

Commit to be loving to yourself with each step forward, shift your thinking with love, and don’t

stop until the miraculous unfolding beyond fear blossoms. Take responsibility
for the joy that is possible in your heart space. Take today to make a commitment to loving.

Here’s to life, to dreamers, and their dreams… to love and its many splendored days.
Make your life an emblem of beauty. Standing for what is Loving, allowing any action that is necessary to rise up. Never forgetting the highest space of possibility. Remaining centered, so when adversity strikes, when you are irritated, when getting knocked down or stumbling awkwardly when your intention was to soar you know Love takes it all in stride allowing us as Dorothy Fields wrote to “take a deep breath, brush ourselves off and start all
over again.”
There is nothing more powerful than loving thought to confront what the day brings forward.  Go forward and be all that you can be aligned with the truth of who you are.
Lots of Love, Melanie

The miracle isn’t getting what it is you think you are praying for, a miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.  Nothing changes your loving makes the change. Faith and Love practiced in the present bring us into the miracle of our days. Life’s gifts arrive as they are needed with the closest available resource. if it hasn’t arrived yet it isn’t time. 

As Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr shares nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

You can have faith in love, right now.  You can love today like you have never loved before. You can love more in this moment than the next, more than you did yesterday, you can stretch your loving vision and action right now.  Life is here for us to enjoy and experience and grow in the present moment, open and full of all the possibilities that are quantum and numinous in each moment.

Love leads us, love guides us and love opens doors into realms within realms.

Allow life’s wonderful miracles to flow as we are all saved by love and in loving and sharing that love all things renew in a never ending cycles of growth and rebirth.

As Babyface wrote “There’s a place inside all of us where our faith in love begins.  Reach to find the truth in love, the answer is there within.  I know sometimes it makes you feel, it is much harder than it really is…

Don’t give in.

Call on me, I will be there.

Don’t be afraid.

Please believe me, when I say.

Count on, Count on, You can Count on, Me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae2iX6vZCoM

Great song. Truthful message.  In setting the stage for what’s ahead in calling on our faithfulness with compassion for ourselves and the loving actions required you will be fueled by exactly what appears. 

“We need another standard to measure our actions, and I think that standard is faithfulness.” Listen to some expanding thoughts here. Ask the questions.  Be in Service. Experience what is.

As How can I be of service? 

In our faithfullness that gifts are always flowing we can have faith in Miracles with gratitude for what is. Let go of outcomes and results. Live in the greatness of possibility.

May we all find peace in our faith filled imaginations, full of hope to remain present to love today and everyday and watch the happy, joyful miracles unfold.

#MelsLoveLand #Next100 #PeaceforAll #Love #Mercy #Justice #Faithfulness

 

A few things to Remember with Love….

-Change is a constant. The Earth never stops moving and spinning and evolving.

-Freedom is something that our ancestors fought for and should never be taken for granted.

-The heart is always ready to sing a song and your body and spirit love to dance.

-Love always remains the answer.

-Every dog has its day.

-No matter how many tears fall, they will eventually stop.

-A smile turns the world around.

-Every moment is compete.

-Everything that isn’t loving as a call for love.

-No matter how dark it gets the sun will always rise and shine.

-Love doesn’t hurt, closing our hearts to love hurts.

#MelsLoveLand #Love #Joy

 

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