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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Need I say…?

It’s Sunday AGAIN. WOW, how could that be, and so soon after last week. Did time fly? Did the birds flutter faster into tomorrow? Did we hit the warp speed button and we don’t remember? No matter, it is Sunday and what does that make it for us lovers of a world of love – that’s right – it makes it LET’S MAKE SUNDAY A DAY OF LOVE day.single-red-rose-3

So get out there. Shake a few hands, hug a few people, tell them you love them, smile that radiant smile of yours and let it nourish you and your world. Cast a glow of love like a fisherman’s net into the beyond so that it can bring forth a song of happiness and joy.

And remember, every moment is THE moment – no matter what it looks like out there. So open your heart. Dare to dream the great dream. Dare to imagine it into being. And most important, dare to love.

Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.       Always will be.

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It’s Sunday!

Here we are again at Sunday. So let’s join together and make it a day filled with love.??????????????

If you have not read WILL YOU JOIN ME?, please go to the headings above, click on the page, and take a read. If it resonates with you and your heart, please join us.

There are share buttons. Please use them. The more people who Make Sunday a Day of Love the better. Our world needs more love. Lots more. It need you.

So come join us. Help Make Sunday a Day of Love!

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Remember

Love is the answer.

Always has been.         Always will be.

Thoughts to ponder…

 

COMING HOME TO LOVE                     Aliana Alani ©2016

 

As a world community and as a species, we stand on the precipice of loving. To dive deep into the ocean of love or to linger at its edges becomes the question. It is a question that often feels perennial, for we have been here before. We have danced its dance, fluttered its wings of possibility, even dipped our toes into its serene waters, and then, except for a few, retreated back to the comfort zones of what is commonly called, the norm.

Prophets and messiahs over the ages have all spoken to the essence and power of love. Sometimes we have listened. But more often than not, we have morphed and crafted those gifts of knowing into forms that suit our desires and agendas of the time. We have chosen to take the small road, the droplets rather than the ocean.

For all our inner longing to love and be love – and everyone has it, no matter how prickly they may appear on the outside – we seem perpetually afraid to make the jump.

Yet here we are again.

Never has love been needed more, craved more, or called for more. Never has the world needed more healing, nor have we needed more loving. So what do we do?

And when we speak of the essence of love, what do we mean?

In truth, we are not talking about personal love at all. We are not talking about romantic love, as dazzling as that can be, nor familial love, as all-consuming as it sometimes is. No, the essence of love permeates every form/structure in existence down to the very cells, atoms, molecules, and particle waves of being. The essence of love is eternal, everlasting, endless – divine. It knows no limits, carries no judgements, has no bounds, and is a part of us all.

It is our true nature. Our heart of hearts. Our inner sanctum.  It is who we are.

So when we close off to this love, no matter how rational the reasons nor how fearful we may be at the time, we are closing a door to the very essence of our being – that divine spark of love that lives within us all, that nourishes us into loving expression. No wonder we often feel less than we know we can be.

So here we are at the precipice again. I have been a spiritual facilitator for a long time and I know in my  heart of hearts that this is our moment, our opportunity as a world community and as divine beings in human form to jump into that ocean of love and let it heal and transform ourselves and our world. This is our moment to come together, within ourselves and with each other, and to dare to love.

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

 

*If this resonates with you, please do share it. I’ll be posting more on Coming Home to Love and putting up a special page. I’ll also be putting out a call to join me in this leap of love, so click ‘follow’ if you want to know more.   

Bless you all    Be kind to each other.   Let love prevail.    

Aliana

Come Home to Love

COME HOME TO LOVE                                                  ©Aliana Alani 2016

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Come home to love.
Come home.

As waters flood, and lands parch and burn,
Come home.

As the world spins upside down
And that which was important falls away,
Come home.

When words tumble like empty shells upon the soul
And reason casts its knowing to the winds,
Come home.

Come home to love,
Oh weary warriors of this earth.
Put down your shields and weapons aplenty.
Come home.

Lay bare your wounded hearts
That love may heal their weeping
And serenade you into wholeness
With a melody divine.

Come home to love
That knows no ending
And welcomes all with open arms.

Come home to love.
Come home to love now.
Come home.

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Discounts & Update


TEMPLATES FROM THE GARDEN SERIES — DURING THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER & DECEMBER, all Templates from The Garden that are for sale come with a 15% off discount. This offer lasts until December 31, 2015. It includes the Templates listed below that are currently available, plus any new ones I may bring forth during this time period. I’m also including below a bit of ‘focus information’ to help give you a sense of the essence of each template.

SERENITY

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

Focus:  To walk in The Garden of Life with a deep sense of calm and inner knowing, viewing all around from a place of peace – these are the qualities that SERENITY brings. To contemplate its beauty, meditate on its form and frequencies is to open a door to inner harmony, and indirectly, to contribute to the harmony of the world as well.

TOWARDS THE STARLIGHT GARDEN

(This is the very first in the series)

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

Focus:  There is a beginning to everything. TOWARDS THE STARLIGHT GARDEN is a conscious first-steps walk toward a world of harmony and love; when hearts begin to open and eyes begin to see. It provides the opportunity to discover that The Garden of Life resides within and around us all, here and now. Meditating on it can help open this awareness.

THE ALTAR OF LIFE

Size:  11” x 15” – Done on high-quality watercolour paper in gold, silver, red, deep magenta & black pens

Focus:  Living in The Garden is to move beyond the mundane; to celebrate the sacred – the extraordinary in an ordinary way. THE ALTAR OF LIFE takes us along that sacred spiral that is inherent in all.

RIVER OF LIFE                            

Size: 15” x 22 ¼” – Done on high-quality watercolour paper in gold, silver, magenta & black pens

Focus:  There is an inherent rhythm in all life, a flow that ebbs and tides, perhaps even more so in The Garden where harmony and balance are essential. Like infinity, it comes from the core of all existence and weaves through everything. RIVER OF LIFE celebrates that rhythm. Meditating with it can help us come home to this rhythm on a day-to-day level, so that one day we may wake up and discover we are indeed in The Garden and are one with all.

PROSPERING #1

(This is the first in a series of two – Prospering #2 has been sold)

15” x 22 ¼ – Done on high-quality watercolour paper in gold, silver, red, magenta, redwood & tangerine pens

Focus:  To prosper is ultimately to flourish in all areas and aspects of life. This is a prime directive of The Garden – for The Garden is about harmony & love, it is about health & well-being, it is about joy & the celebration of beauty – and so it is also about receiving. PROSPERING #1 facilitates the opening of a door into a world of such prospering – opening the heart to the expression, both giving & receiving, of all things abundant and rich and full of love.

IN CASE YOU ARE NEW TO THIS SERIES, each image is a unique one-of-a-kind template created to open a door to and encourage the flourishing of The Garden here and now; to help shine a light on its existence. By becoming the keeper of its story, you bring that resonance into your life, thereby enhancing its manifestation for you and for anyone who sees it, whether they view it as artwork or as a template.

IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED and would like to see a pdf with images of these templates plus enquire re prices, email me, aliana@22shangrila.com and I’ll get back to you. Please mark ‘Discount Prices’ on the subject section.

AND NOW FOR THE UPDATES…

THE NEW TEMPLATE, THE ALOHA, from this series has found its home and is no longer available for sale – as has the template created immediately after THE ALOHA entitled, SAPPHIRES, which found its home before I had time to even let most people know.

I look forward to the above templates finding their best spot so they too can share the powerful energies created in & through them, both for those becoming their keeper and for The Garden.

As always, I wish you much joy.

The Time for Love

© Aliana Alani 2015

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This one’s a bit long so hang in there with me.

MANY YEARS AGO in what I now lovingly call ‘The Days of White’ when I was, in my own small way, everyone’s little guru dressed constantly in white speaking of the awakening of humanity to its divinity, I remember sharing an insight, a peek-into-the-future if you will.  We were discussing the evolution of the world, where it might go, and what our part was in it. I remember saying to these beautiful souls who were with me at the time, many of whom could not envision that awakening to divinity might ever include hardship – Be prepared for the possibility that there may come a time when each of us in this world will be asked to share with others without question, even to the point of sharing your only loaf of bread if that is the state you find yourself in at the time. Why? Put simply, because you have the bread and they do not. Why else? Because they are part of your human family. Why again? Because it will be one of your greatest opportunities to know, without measure, exactly who you are.

AND WHO ARE YOU? You are unlimited, eternal, everlasting love. And that is what you will have the chance to give – through the offering of bread, of hope, of rest, married with the divine love in your heart.

SO HERE WE ARE so many years later and it seems to me those days are upon us. Refugees pour from Syria into Europe. They are one group of many in this world seeking a better way or a safe place to live, to eat, to raise their children. Often they come with nothing except a longing to be out of devastation and into the light of possibility.

HOW DO WE SEE THEM and what do we do? Where are our hearts? As one refugee recently said, “Where is the world’s humanity?”  It was this statement that brought me back to those earlier days and hence this chat with you today.

THERE IS AN AVERSION to looking at the devastation in our world. Partly because it scares us – if it can happen to them, perhaps it will happen to me.  Partly because somewhere in it all it asks something of us, and that scares us too. ‘If I give you part of what I have, will there be enough left?’ And partly, for some, because we think that if we look too closely at what is going wrong, we will help manifest it. This is quantum physics, the law of attraction, and there is truth to it.

BUT IF WE PUSH THE SUFFERING ASIDE, if we block it from view, we run the risk of judging its story and those who are a part of it. Nestled within judgment, there is always a modicum of fear, which carries its own ‘attractor’ energy, often sending us into yet another swirl. And if we judge, we are still dancing the dance of duality – this is good, that is bad. It is a dance that does not ultimately bring us home to the centre of all that is – to Love.

SO HOW CAN WE LOOK at those who are suffering, how can we help, and stay true to our path of the positive? The word, Compassion, immediately comes to mind; that and a constant awareness that we are abundant in love because it is our natural state. Carry within the awareness that you are an overflowing vessel of love that knows no limits, know it to be true, and respond from there.

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL WORLD before us. The garden, the kingdom, whatever you want to call it, is here and now. But to have eyes to see and ears to hear, we must have an open heart. We must love without measure. And we must dare to see everything and everyone in this world as the love they truly are.

OUR WORLD IS THIRSTING FOR LOVE. We are parched to the deserts and beyond with a longing and a calling for love. Look at the eyes of these children and you will see a call for love. Look in the mirror and you will find that same call. It is everywhere. It does not matter how wealthy we appear to be or how bereft. The call for love transcends everything.

SO THE TIME FOR LOVE TRULY IS NOW. Your opportunity to gift that love will come in many forms. Judge them not, for each time you open your heart and share the pure love within, you will grow and flower and blossom. And so will our world.

Namaste and Aloha.

SEPARATE NOT…

by Aliana Alani ©2015

Do not think that because I appear to have little,
I am without power.

Gods walk amongst you every day and do not speak
of who they are.

Neither make assumptions that the homeless one before you
is not an angel in disguise.

For angels come when called but sometimes in the most
unexpected garb.

And those who journey cradled in the arms of war-weary parents –
young, just beginning?

They too are your brothers and sisters, though you know not
yet their names.

So separate not, nor limit, within the cloisters of your mind
and heart.

For the God in each does work in mysterious, oft times
variable ways.

The Buddha walks with you.
The Christos is within.
God is everywhere.

You are home, if you know that.
You are everywhere and you are Love,
if you know that.

If you live that.

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

A Friendly Universe…

 

 

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AMONG OTHER GEMS OF WISDOM, Einstein has been quoted as saying, ‘that the most important decision we can make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe’. I’m guessing he was also saying that whichever one we believe in is where we will focus not only our attention but our resources. In other words if I believe the universe is hostile, then I must create measures to protect myself (think: guns, walls, armor). If I believe the universe is friendly, then I must come to the table of life with an open heart, perhaps even an outstretched hand.

Personally I vote for the friendly universe. I can’t picture any other reason for hanging around:  The hostile universe having been done a zillion times over and truly (if one were being cosmically honest), boring beyond belief (an interesting turn of words, I realize).

But here’s the trick. And it’s especially true if the choice is new. Just because I choose to view the universe as friendly does not mean that the buggy-boos of the hostile one won’t come to my door to taunt me. To see how serious I am about the world of friendly. To even say, ‘hello hello, won’t you come and play my game – after all, it’s the only one in town’.  Well it’s not.

And yes, I have walked through the world that is hostile. I’ve experienced its fear. I know what it feels like. I’ve been challenged by it. And I know how hard, when in its midst, it can be to see and feel anything else. When it feels like your heart is being torn apart and everything you hold dear is being cast to the wind.

But it is precisely then that we must turn our attention to a universe of love, if that is what we truly want and believe in. We must be courageous in our knowing, daring in our awareness, and constant in our vision of a world, and yes a universe, that is in harmony and balance with itself and with all else. We must turn to the harmony within and let its light cast a glow of love within ourselves and then outward into the world – our world – until the mist and the buggy-boos of the hostile dissolve.  And they will – no matter how real they appear to be – if we hold to the love long enough to strength its chords and allow its music to ring forth.

John Lennon, Imagine

So if you vote for a friendly universe (and this by the way is a good time to make a choice if you haven’t already) – think harmony – think love – think balance – think peace – think it NOW – see it everywhere (yes, even through and beyond that hostile mist) and then feel it as though it were the most delicious wondrous experience of your life, until lo and behold you discover it has become your life, and your world.

AND REMEMBER, ultimately we are all stardust dancing in the winds of the Eternal – the Heart of Love.  Everything else is an illusion.

 

Stay strong and friendly Canada.  It’s who you are.maple leaf