To Be or Not…

TO BE OR NOT…                                                                            by Aliana Alani ©2017

This is a long read so hang in there with me.

As I was counting my blessings yesterday morning, I found myself giving thanks for living in a relatively peaceful country. I say relatively because we all have little chaos gremlins spinning around in our minds from time to time encouraging us to bitch about this or that, whether this or that is even worthy of bitching about (gremlins, you might remember, don’t actually care about worthiness and are not known for being discriminatory at all). So it’s easy enough to get on that bandwagon without really thinking about it and well, give out, as they say. Giving out being a golden road to heaven for a gremlin.

maple leafThat said, Canada is a decent country. Most people generally do get along. We have a high percentage that believe in kindness as a path to well-being, like the idea of a healthy environment, and would prefer dialogue to out & out warfare. Sure there are things to change, things we could get better at, things we should get better at, and yes there is the issue of the weather – this is where you are to picture intense chill and vast amounts of white flakes falling for far too many months at a time. Clearly I am not one of those who love to ski.

So there I am basking in the soft air of blessedness and tranquility. Grateful all the way to those maple syrup rafters for being in a peace-filled land. Until I turned on my computer and read the latest news.

Now, I am not one for getting political on this site. I admit there have been fleeting moments when I have dipped the tips of toes into those waters, but generally no. This is a site for soft words, for the poetic, for blossoming gardens, for life built anew in beauty and love.

So forgive me as I step outside of that realm. It is precisely because of that realm – the realm of a peaceful loving world – that I do so.earth in space  2

WHEN A MAN IN THE ROLE OF LEADER OF A LARGE COUNTRY dares to say, in front of a vast group of other leaders and representatives from many countries in the world, that he would not think twice (if provoked of course) of TOTALLY DESTROYING a country – this should be a warning to us all to stand up and say – Not On My Watch, thank you very much! Why? Because if we don’t, if it becomes okay to blatantly speak of obliterating another country, especially in this nuclear age, as if it were all a computer game to be won or lost by the best little twinkie in town, then we are dangerously close to crossing a line that we, as a human species, may not recover from – certainly not in this incarnation.

I am not naive. I realize that one country desiring to take over another is not new (it may not be good but it’s certainly not new). Nor is it new to have despots clamoring for power. Look around. We seem to be full of them these days. I get that in many ways this is but history repeating itself. But must we? Must we repeat this? Have we learned nothing from the suffering and devastation of the past, let alone what’s going on right now?  Have we learned nothing from Hiroshima? Do we honestly think that we could have a war (no matter the excuses we give for its rightness), obliterating a country (and its entire people by the way) full of nuclear energy, perhaps using nuclear weapons to do it, and not have it affect the rest of the world? Do we think we can get off scot-free from such actions? Clearly the Man in the Role of Leader of a Large Country thinks he can, if he’s thinking about it at all!

And that begs the question – does anyone, role of leader or no, have the right to make such choices – choices that could, probably would, intimately affect the rest of humanity and the planet? Clearly the Man in the Role of thinks he does. And that is a most worrisome thing.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S UP TO US.lotus flower

If we truly desire a world of harmony and love, then we must do everything we can to bring that into being, and from the looks of things, we must do it now.

Each in our own way, we can stand up and say, NO – Not in my World – Not on my Watch!  But what about the positive – the YES. What can we do there? As is often the case, it’s the small yet constant that makes a difference. Those little thoughts and actions that build like droplets in an ever-growing wave. You don’t think they’re going anywhere until suddenly you turn around and, poof, there’s your new life. In this case, a blossoming peaceful world.

So now would be a good time to envision it within your heart and mind – make it into a grand movie that you delight in watching again and again. Cultivate the still point within each and every day so that you bring as much peace to the equation as you can – remember, every moment of peace sends a ripple into the world and makes a difference. Water the garden of your life and world as if it were your child and you the parent nurturing it into wellness and exquisite being. Speak words that encourage love and compassion, to those you know and those you don’t know. Whatever you do in your day, do it with love. Smile often. Laugh much. Stand up and be counted. Write about it. Paint it. Share stories. Whatever is your talent for helping this world be better, use it. And as the old adage says, ‘treat people the way you would want to be treated’.

This is a world crying out for love.  Dare to love it back. Please.

And remember – deep within, YOU are the stuff of dreams. The love that passes all understanding. The divine flame that burns eternal and everlasting – YOU.

You are needed. We are all needed. And we are needed now.

NAMASTE, and thank you.

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Happy January 2017

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be changing a few things around at 22shangrila – taking down pages, putting new ones up. Consider it a bit of ‘de-cluttering’ for the New Year.

There will be a page called, WHAT’S NEW, which will mostly be about what’s currently available to buy, with a few added ‘bits’. This way you’ll be able to check it out at your leisure rather than having to scroll down on the main section to find things.

And there will be a page entitled, THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH. You may find a quote there or something longer. Hopefully it will in some way inspire you and touch your heart. Because we are almost at the end of January (hard to believe, I know), it will begin February 1st, the Celtic New Year.

I’ll also be changing the POETRY page periodically. Mostly you see new postings of poetry in the main section, and that will continue. But from time to time, I will scoop one of them up and tuck it into the Poetry Page. Do go and take a peek now and then. I hope you enjoy them.

I also hope you’ll stay with me as we walk these challenging times together. The year 2017 promises to be a year of opportunity, but it is opportunity cast within a swirl of chaos. Chaos, as you may remember, can be diva drama at its best. As such, it loves to pull you in and hold you in its sway. It wants you to believe it is the only game in town. It needs that to succeed. However, if your desire is for peace and harmony, a growing serenity within, a life of kindness and caring for yourself and your world, this year will be your chance to truly live that desire.

Meditate. Find the stillness within. Look beyond the illusion. Stand true to your core knowing in your heart of hearts. Be kind. Be caring. Share your gifts and talents generously. Laugh in small giggles and big HAHAs. Let people know how beautiful they are – because they are. Daily tend your garden of life that it may flourish and grow. And above all – LOVE.

 

Love is the answer. Always has been. Always will be.

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This is for you…

OH LOVERS OF CIRCLES AND SQUARES, of triangles and portals, and of all things deliciously sacred and geometrical …

There are EIGHT Templates from The Garden still available for sale and they are looking for their KEEPERS (aka their owners).

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Straight to the Heart (snippet)

Here’s the list:   AT HOME IN THE GARDEN       –   STRAIGHT TO THE HEART      –   THE DANCE     –   BALANCE     –   THE WATERS OF COMPASSION     –   SERENITY     –   THE GREENING     –   TOWARDS THE STARLIT GARDEN

If you want to peek at them, scroll down in the postings on this site. At some point, I’ve written something about the focus and shown ‘snippet’ images.

IF ON PONDERING – that’s as in looking at, touching into, letting your heart dance even momentarily with the resonance of one or any or even all – if on doing so your heart speaks, and in the speaking says – YES, YES, this one belongs to me!! – then grab that inner call, delight in its message, and take action.

Leave a message here with your details or send me an email at 22shangrila.com and we’ll go from there.

When each of these templates finds its home, then the circle is complete and the portal can truly resonating – so let’s do that – let’s complete the circle.Let’s help The Garden glow.

 

They are magical, they are powerful, they are portals within The Garden, and they are longing to be in their next ‘best’ spot. If that’s with you, don’t wait.

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The Greening (snippet)

 

A Wee Reminder & A Big Thank You

burning candles, like a heartFIRST OF ALL, to those of you who participated yesterday in Let’s Make Sunday A Day Of Love – THANK YOU! Every time we choose to be the emanation of love in our lives and in our days, a ripple of that love flows into our world. As we all know, our world needs that love right now perhaps more than ever, and truth be told, so do we. So bless you and thank you!

Remember – there’s always next Sunday. Let’s be in this one for the long haul. Let’s spread the word and be the love.

 

lotus flowerNow for the Wee Reminder – TEMPLATES FROM THE GARDEN – There are nine templates available from this series and they are looking for their new owners. As some of you may remember, the focus for the series is now closed so these are the last ones you can buy from this series.

Here’s the list of titles – AT HOME IN THE GARDEN – STRAIGHT TO THE HEART – THE DANCE – A PLACE OF PEACE – BALANCE – WATERS OF COMPASSION – SERENITY – THE GREENING – TOWARDS A STARLIT GARDEN.

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‘Detail’ of THE WATERS OF COMPASSION created by Aliana Alani 2016

If any of these call to your heart, do email me – aliana at 22shangrila.com – and we will discuss the power of the templates and pricing. Of course you can purchase any of the series solely as artwork BUT if you also choose to be a Keeper of the energy and focus, you bring that resonance and flame of possibility into your home, your life, and your world on a deeper level.

The doors to these templates have been opened, the portals created, now they need to complete their next step which is to find the home they are meant to be in. Then they come full circle and are truly resonating at their optimum.

Each one of these is sacred geometry that in its own unique harmonic way speaks the language of love.

If any of them speak to you, do become one of the Keepers.

 

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Remember

Love is the answer

Always has been.     Always will be.

 

It’s Sunday…

SO LET’S MAKE THIS SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE … ALL DAY … LOVE.

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Check out the page above entitled – WILL YOU JOIN ME? – for more information on how and why and … Plus there are share buttons. Please use them. The more people who agree to make this day (and every Sunday) a day of love, the better.

And thanks for being part of MAKING SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE.

Our world needs more love. It needs you.

 

Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.      Always will be.

For your consideration … AT HOME IN THE GARDEN

AT HOME IN THE GARDEN was created by Aliana Alani ©2016

This is the latest and last template in The Templates from The Garden Series.

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AT HOME IN THE GARDEN created by Aliana Alani – Snippet Image

 

Done on high quality watercolour paper, in gold, silver, pale aqua, and teal pens.

 Size: 20” x 22 ¼”

Focus: To be AT HOME IN THE GARDEN means the struggle is over and a world of harmony and love, joy and plenty, balance and serenity stands before us. The peeling of the onion skin has brought us to the oasis of being and we are ready to begin life in a new and wondrous way. To be AT HOME IN THE GARDEN means relaxing into a life lived from a different set of qualities, a different way of perceiving and of interacting – with the small self, the divine Self, and with all else. It does not mean the journey is over. In many ways, it means the journey has just begun.

So, though this is the last of this Template Series, it could also be perceived as the beginning. For those of you into numbers, this is the 33rd of 33 in the series. The half moon symbols in these templates represent the essence of divine light – our own inner Eternal flame. As it turns out, there are 33 of those as well. So whoever becomes the Keeper of AT HOME IN THE GARDEN will be asking themselves to open more to a life lived through the power of divine love and the eternal flame that resides deep within the heart, from whence all tranquility and bounty flow. It is the pinnacle of possibility. The jump has happened, the skin has been shed, and the new dances before us.

If you feel AT HOME IN THE GARDEN may be for you – if your heart calls to become its Keeper, do not hesitate. And if you do become its Keeper, be willing to put it in a place of reverence in your home, meditate with it, and let others see it as well, that they too may be touched by the opportunity of being AT HOME IN THE GARDEN. As you do, small seeds of change happen within – for you, for others, and for our world.

 

For pricing and to purchase, email me:  aliana@22shangrila.com. Mark AT HOME IN THE GARDEN in the subject section.

I look forward to hearing from you. And as always, I wish you much joy.

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Remember:    Love is the answer.    

Always has been.     Always will be.

 

 

 

Updates…

UPDATE #1 – Sacred Geometry Templates D

Like many in the world today, there are shifts & changes happening for me as well. Some of these changes will affect the templates that I provide so I wanted you to know it as I know it.  Here are two –

Personal Commissioned Templates:   Created for an individual, business, group, or center, they are large, powerful, and can assist greatly in bringing into being that which you most desire in this your life’s journey. I have been doing these in one form or another for years. However, they take an incredible amount of energy and time to do, and these days leave me with very little room to do anything else while I am bringing them forth. As I make this shift and new work comes in to accompany it, I simply will not have the energy, space, or time to include them.

SO IF THESE CALL TO YOU, PLEASE DO ORDER NOW. I suspect the closing date will be in the next 3 months. I know it will not be longer than the end of this year. Do remember that I can only do one, perhaps two, a month. So if you want one, don’t wait too long. Should the closing date be sooner, I will let you know here at 22shangrila, so click ‘Follow’ if you want updates.

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The Templates from The Garden Series:  I have been doing this series for over two years now. Some have been large, some medium, some small in size, but all are powerful doors and pathways to a marvelous blossoming of The Garden for us all.

As has been the way with the templates I have been privileged to open over the years, a door of focus opens, a number of templates are brought forth, and then that focus & its door closes. At some point after that, a new focus is usually provided and a new door opened.

PLEASE KNOW -THE TEMPLATES FROM THE GARDEN SERIES AND ITS FOCUS ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE.

There are 8 templates currently available for sale. They are:  SERENITY, BALANCE, THE WAVES OF COMPASSION, THE GREENING, TOWARDS A STARLIGHT GARDEN, A PLACE OF PEACE, STRAIGHT TO THE HEART, and THE DANCE.

 I have one more to create, and then the door closes.

IF YOU HAVE A CALLING FROM WITHIN TO BE A KEEPER of one of these templates, do order now.  Once they are created, they don’t belong with me. They belong with one of you. And obviously, once they are gone, they’re gone. So please do follow your heart and claim one of them while you can.

And yes, there will probably be another focus and another door opening, but at this time I have no idea when that will be or what it will be about, nor how it will be made available.

It has been an incredible honor to open this series of templates; to know that in doing so it is helping to shine a light of love on The Garden and help us discover our place within it. To those of you who have chosen to be Keepers of these Garden energies, I thank you. May they bless your lives, and anyone else who views them, with great joy.

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 Email me, aliana at 22shangrila.com for pricing and to purchase. Mark which you are keen on in the subject section. Or, you can leave a message with your details in the Comment section below.

Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been. Always will be.

 

The rushing waves…

Another shock wave ripples through our world.wave-energy_nice-wave

Whether you agree with the recent decisions in the UK or not, find them right, wrong, or are indifferent, the bottom line is change is afoot. And though change can ultimately be good, it also often carries with it a rushing wave of insecurity, vulnerability, and a touch of the OMG factor.

We’re all connected, right, we know that now, and God knows we’ve had a lot of rushing waves lately, which means that, generally speaking, our balance factor isn’t exactly on center point – SO – beautiful people that you are (and you are!) – now is the time to amp up that glorious light of yours, hold that vision of balance, open up the heart a little more, and let the boundless love that’s in it cascade like a gentle waterfall of kindness and compassion into our world.

It is needed, now more than ever. Which means, of course, so are you.

Smile at the grumpy grocery clerk, shake hands with a stranger and mean it, give the person dear to you a hug. Reach out and share your kindness with others. It makes a difference. These are soft ripples in the pond we’re creating here, not tsunamis, but they mount up, they matter, and they ease the pain and confusion in this world. They ease the loneliness many carry, and they say, subtly perhaps – we are all in this together – we are one.

So please, go be that shining light. Help heal the world with love.

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Remember

Love is the answer. Always has been. Always will be.

 

 

 

 

Love…

For all our ingenuity, our ability to reach for the stars and to create technologies both positive and not-so, we seem to be incredibly slow on the uptake when it comes to love.

We seem determined to put it into little boxes with keys designed only for a few. We seem determined to believe in maxims that both quantify and qualify. We seem determined to judge. And so, again, after millenniums of this, we miss the point.

And here it is – LOVE is a universal energy that flows through all and everything. It is unlimited, endless, it knows no bounds. To be poetic, it is the essence emanating from the Heart of the Divine. And so it is like a river that flows through all of life. One might even venture to say that it is, therefore, the essence of life itself.

So, is it not possible, that by demanding that it be expressed only in certain ways with certain people at certain times, we who do that in fact cut ourselves off from the very thing we all seek – the Love of the Divine Itself – to be ‘home’ again in the cradle of Divine Love?

LOVE = LOVE = LOVE

The judgments and divisions are of our own making.

Be kind to each other. Let love prevail.

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A reminder…

The following Templates from The Garden Series are available and looking for their new homes. Perhaps your home is meant to be one of them.

A PLACE OF PEACE

Done on high quality watercolour paper, in gold, silver, garnet, and lime-green pens Size:  15” x 22 ¼”

BALANCE

Done on high quality watercolour paper, in gold, silver, dark mulberry, and violent pens     Size:  15” x 22 ¼”

THE WATERS OF COMPASSION   

Done on high quality watercolour paper – in gold, silver, pale aqua & deep electric blue pens.     Size:  19” x 22 ¼”

SERENITY

Done on high-quality watercolour paper – done in gold, silver, light aqua, deep teal, and lime coloured pens.            Size: 15” x 22 ¼”

THE GREENING          

Done on high quality watercolour paper – In gold, three beautiful shades of green, and a breath of a touch of silver.   Size:  15” x 22 ¼”

TOWARDS THE STARLIGHT GARDEN

  Done on high-quality watercolour paper in gold, silver & black pens.   Size:  12 ¼” x 22 ¼”

 As always, the templates can be purchased as artwork to beautify and energize your home. However, it is also possible to become a ‘Keeper of their story’. In doing so, you have the added opportunity to actively participate with the blessings and focus they each provide; meditating with them, pondering the gems of wisdom each carries within, and allowing the template to influence your life in loving empowering ways. The choice is yours.

 

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‘Detail’ of THE WATERS OF COMPASSION created by Aliana Alani 2016

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I don’t normally post images of these templates online for many reasons. I prefer to send them in PDF format for those truly interested. However, I am going to break tradition today and include a ‘detail’ image of The Waters of Compassion, a truly potent template, whose focus is much needed in our world today.

This image is but a snippet of the template but it will give a wee sense of it all. I hope it intrigues you enough to want to look deeper and ultimately become its Keeper.


For additional information, to view the PDF of images, for pricing and to purchase, contact me at:  aliana@22shangrila.com. Please mark ‘templates’ in the subject section.

As always, I wish you much joy.