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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Flowers midst the chill…

It’s snowy here, with a winter frost, and a chill beyond the norm. The desire to hunker down, wrap yourself in leaves of warmth, submerge until … But this is precisely the time to dare to bloom, to open wide the tenderness of heart, and find that precious gem of golden light that speaks to the truth of you who really are.

snowdrops-3237705_1280Deep space Love blooming like snowdrops from within the ground of our remembering, bursting forth midst the sun-kissed light of day.

For this is who you are, this deep space Love. This is YOU, the Eternal Heart, calling you to remember, to live anew, to dare, to dream, to imagine infinite possibilities wrapped in infinite Love, emitting forth with infinite joy. This is YOU.

So go on now, IMAGINE … YOU bursting forth like precious snowdrops into the exquisite light of day.

 

 

I can feel your smile from here.

 

 

 

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It’s our Day of Love

single-red-rose-3As many of you know, each Sunday I call on all of us to help MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks. During such times, we express and send love into our world, close friends or not. We share kindness and compassion where we can. We celebrate the day with a prayer that such  love might go on forever.

This week, the Love is for YOU.

No matter where you are, YOU matter. No matter what you look like, how you dress (or don’t), how you share the magic of your days, YOU matter.

It is often easier to give love to others. And yet without drinking from the Well of Love ourselves, how can we truly share that love with the world?

It is time to nourish our own inner gardens. Celebrate our inner beauty. Honor our inner wisdom and knowing. And allow ourselves, each and every one of us, to blossom into the magnificent gardens of love we were always meant to be.

After all – to be a tad poetic – YOU are the breeze that wafts within tall trees, the golden leaves that fall in Autumn, the slender buds that bloom in Spring. YOU are the rippling waters of a gentle pond and the crashing waves midst a stormy sea. YOU are today and tomorrow NOW. YOU are the reflections of those around you, the reflection of yourself in life’s slender mirror. YOU are an endless garden, an open heart, a robin’s song. YOU are all these things and so much more.

LOVE YOU. Why? Because YOU matter.

So go ahead, make today, SUNDAY, the day YOU LOVE YOU.

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A tiny poem – You are…

Last April, I did a posting in memory of Sathya Sai Baba who had passed from this world five years before. Remembering Baba had brought gems of heartfelt knowing back to conscious awareness for me. At the end of the posting, I included a tiny poem that had come through the tender threads of the night sky and landed at my doorstep the following morning.

Recently, while speaking to a dear lovely soul, this poem came to mind.

I feel called to share it with you once more. It is for each and every one of you. I pray you will take it to heart.

YOU ARE…                                            Aliana Alani ©2016

You are the love you seek,
The peace you crave,
The abundance you desire.
You – infinite glorious radiance of the Eternal,
You are the one you have been waiting for.

Remembering…

Five years ago yesterday, April 24th, a beautiful light transcended this world, moving into a different level of being. His name was Sathya Sai Baba.

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Baba was many things to many people. For millions, he was a guiding light. For others, a challenge, even a threat. For me, strange as it might sound to some, he was like family – the spirit of a being you have known for so long but haven’t seen in eons. The universe brought me to his door, he opened it, I came through, and life was never the same.

His was a universal message. Though he spoke of many things over many years, there were two constants that wove like a gentle wave of energy through everything – Know that you are Divine, and be the Love you truly are. These are messages I too felt called to share when I became a spiritual facilitator.

As the years passed and I walked what sometimes seemed like different roads (that rabbit hole being one of them), Baba still wafted through the ethers of my world, usually popping up when I needed it most, a wee reminder that I was loved and protected.

Yesterday, as tears surprisingly flowed, I found myself remembering, and in the remembering, slowly coming home to a heightened level of purpose – one of those ‘Remember why you came here’ moments. tribute-graphic - sai babaAnd so once again, I find myself in deep love and gratitude to the man with eyes that could take you straight to the heart of the Eternal – Sathya Sai Baba.

I woke this morning with these words – they are for you – each and every one of you. I hope you will take them to heart.

 

You are the love you seek,
The peace you crave,
The abundance you desire.
You – infinite glorious radiance of the Eternal,
You are the one you have been waiting for.

This is for you…

I’ve had 22shangrila up and running for awhile now. Some of you have been following here since the beginning; others are new, or at least newer. Some click ‘like’ having found something in that moment that speaks to you and then you are gone into the internet mist, never to be heard from again. Some come back. Some choose to hang around.

To all of you, I want to say – THANK YOU!

Thank you for being touched by something in this site, whether that be poetry, an article, or some of the other work I do. Thank you for letting me know. And thank you for choosing to follow to see what else might show up here.

The purpose of 22shangrila has always been to communicate – to speak to the language of the heart in us all, no matter the form or moment – but especially through the power of word, image, and story. And of course to let you know what I’m doing.

I’m not the best at answering, or for that matter at clicking ‘follow’ to your sites when you come to mine. Apologies. The intention is often there. I do take a look at what you’re doing if you click ‘like’ on mine, and I often say to myself, ‘I must make a comment, a thank you, an I-like-your-work-too’. But then the moment goes, the phone rings, the muse calls, and my best intentions fly off into the winds. I’ll try to get better at that.

After all, we are a community of world storytellers, are we not? Mystics in the making, perhaps. Poets abounding. Weaving new visions and thoughts that, yes, could quite possibly change our world for the better. And we all matter.

So here’s to you – all of you  – may every day in your life flourish with harmony, balance, and love. May you weave the most scrumptious tales ever, whether they be in word, image, or sound! And may they dance in our world like magic calling us home.

I hope you’ll hang around. If it feels right, send a comment note or an email (I will answer those) and tell me what you’re doing to help this world be a kinder happier place.

And again – THANK YOU!

Aliana