As you walk the path of Love…

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Here’s a wee mantra type affirmation to consider as you choose to walk Love’s path each day…

See with the eyes of Love

Listen with the ears of Love

Feel with the heart of Love

Breathe with the breath of Love

 

Use it as your ‘check list’ to see where your head and heart are in each moment. And remember…

YOU – ARE – LOVE

each moment of each day, no matter what’s happening, no matter how it all looks.

So go on …

 

Be daring. Be the Love You Are.

Be well. Be happy. Share the joy.

 

Yes, even now … Especially NOW.

 

Namaste.

 

 

 

Remember this…

It’s easy to forget. In the midst of all the craziness, it’s easy to look around and think that all the closing doors and circulating fear is all there is now. But it’s not. That’s why I’m writing this, to say to you – remember.plumeria-blossoms-just-about-to-open

 

Remember how beautiful YOU are.  Even here, even now. Remember what an amazing expression of Love you are, whether you’ve been sitting at home in your pajamas for three days, haven’t combed your hair, and maybe haven’t slept much either. Whether you’ve been chewing on the latest news bites of fear every other moment of the day until you think you’re going to go a tad mad with it all. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change who YOU truly are.

 

YOU are a Divine Expression of the Eternal Heart. And yes, the world seems to have turned itself upside down, and yes, things are challenging, and yes, you have to wash your hands more times than you’ve probably ever washed your hands in your entire life. It still doesn’t change who you are! Not deep inside.

 

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So breathe deep, be the courageous soul you know you are, dare to open that glorious heart of yours, and come HOME to the heart of YOU, and then breathe from there.

 

 

This world, OUR WORLD, is beautiful right here, right now. Look outside your window, step outside the door, see the sky. Drink in its beauty. Be grateful for it. Listen to the birds. Hear their song. Be grateful for them too. Feel the breeze on your face, or the sun shining. Be grateful for the infinite beauty that is around you every moment of every day. We take so much of it for granted. Be grateful for each breath you take. Be grateful for friends, family, for all that is yours to be, to have, and to share.

 

Come home to the deep-space love you are – because that space, that sacred wondrous space, knows that all is truly well, and that you, YOU, are doing just fine! No matter what appears to be happening on the outside.

 

Come home to the endless harmony of YOU, and then live from there.

And remember …

You are Love.

You are loved.

And you are not alone.

 

Namaste.

 

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Hello All You Gorgeous People…

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In the midst of all the craziness out there – in case you might have forgotten (and understandably so) – remember – wherever you focus your attention, especially intensely, is what you help bring into being.

With that in mind, if you haven’t already, start giving thanks for the good health you have and that of friends and family every moment of every day. Give thanks to the world for being a world in balance and harmony. Yes, even now.

SEE and FEEL that balance and harmony with each step you take. Walk it as if it were true no matter what else appears to be around. Breathe it in until you know it is so! And then dare to LOVE that great good health and harmony into being NOW, for all and everyone.

And sure, wash you hands well. Do diligence on these things. But do them out of an energy of love, not fear.

It matters. And so do YOU.

Namaste.

You are Love, and you are most definitely loved.

 

 

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Before we know…

BEFORE WE KNOW…
                                                                       By Aliana Alani ©2019

 

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As the sun begins its shine upon the morning,
Sending flecks of gold light along its path,
I find myself grateful.

Grateful for the budding warmth.
Grateful for the birdsong building.
Grateful for this garden of life,
You and I call – home.

A slow-turning globe of endless beauty.
A world that dazzles with its diversity
And humbles with its call to greatness.

Yes, things sometimes fall away.
They can crumble and burn unexpectedly
Or ebb and tide when least desired.

Tears fall then. Hearts crack open.
And when they do, before we know,
Before we understand,
New life has begun.

Rebirth
A new dawn
And the garden, more abundant than before

Our garden –

                A garden of Love.

 

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Dare to love…

 

Perhaps Martin Luther King said it best – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

As we wake up to the news of increasing hatred and violence, and all the pain and suffering that can bring, this thought comes to mind –

Dare to be the light of love unto your world. For YOU and your light of love are needed. Perhaps now more than ever. Never doubt that. Never doubt the power of love.

Kind thoughts … Kind words … Love in Action.

 

A bit of poetry, sent with love

No Goddess Likes To Be Ignored                                    

by Aliana Alani ©2018

 

 

She enters your world like the goddess she is
Late or early, one knows not which
She has her own sense of time
Her own way

A flick of red-gold
A puff of smoke
Flirtatious, at first

She enters
And you pay her no mind, silly you
No goddess likes to be ignored

She beats the drum of her inner womb
Until you turn and look her way
Beats some more until you think – enough
But she has just begun

She’s claiming ground now
Caressing skin
Searching for the heart
Taking what is hers
What you thought was yours, silly you

Rumbling along the path of your tomorrows
Cracking wide the green of your todays
Filling the spaces, red-hot and wild

Call her if you can, if you will
But do not speak her name in vain
No goddess likes that either

Say to her only this:
I see you and I remember
Say:
Let us live in harmony, you and I
Say:
Aloha, Pele, Aloha, Aloha, Aloha

 

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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.