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Saturday, 31 March 2012

A Fairy Tale Life...part three...Even the Great Eagle struggles in the Wind






The Queen was distraught
her son was in darkness
and there seemed nothing she could do
but let him go
allow him to fight his fight
allow him to turn to himself
to find his way out
through his own Power of Love
she needed to find a way
to do this 
completely
fully
*


being a Woman of The Spirit
The Queen knew
that in order to access The Great Love
one had do go deep within oneself
to unlock the place
in which It lives
she knew this was her test
of Faith
she knew she had to get out of the Prince's way
that he could take his journey inward
so the very next day
 she did what all those of Faith do
she went to her Church
her Sacred Place of Worship




her Sacred Place was not a place made by mans hands
no 
hers was a place made by The Spirit itself 
hers was a place of Life
a place she went to daily
for her time in Spirit was a daily practice
an hour to hour practice
moment to moment





with Puppy Prince at her side
 to her Sacred Place she went
she looked to the wind
she looked to sky
she looked to the mountain tops
and saw power and strength
she drew comfort from the birds 
the heron


the hawk


the creatures that don't question Spirit
but trust
she ran as she poured out her heart
all her worries
all her fears
she poured out her Mother Grief
and gave it to Love
and Divinity came
as it does to someone with Faith
no matter how beaten
how small
and Love began to transform 
her Mother Grief




The Queen looked up and saw one of her
 faithful companions
Eagle
the Winds of Change were strong that morning
and The Queen watched as Eagle 
clung to his branch to stay in place
so strange was his posture 
that she had not recognized him at first
she then watched 
as he flew to that which he was stalking
his flight was slow and cumbersome
but his will was strong
and his mate needed food
she watched as he pushed through the wind
landed upon his morning nourishment
and then struggle against the Wind
as he made his way back to his nest
back to his mate


and it was then Spirit spoke
"Even the Great Eagle struggles in the Wind"
yes
thought the Queen
even the Great Eagle struggles...
the best thing she could do for her Prince
was acknowledge her own truths
be true to her own emotions
take those emotions
and hand them over to Love
to transform
over and over
and over again
until Fear turned to Hope
Worry turned to Trust
and Faith could soar...
on the wings of the Great Eagle




she had to let go
let go so all her allies
all her angels
all the powers of Love
could do what They were meant to do
let go
let go
let go
and trust 
they whispered to her
as they held her mother heart gently
and the safety of Loves timeless Wisdom


back to the castle she went
with renewed Hope
renewed Trust
renewed Faith
the Powers of Heaven had poured into her
all that she needed
and in Great Love she walked out the rest 
of this journey
she took the Love that was given her
and in turn
poured it out to the Prince
she reminded him of his own Hope
she assured him of his own Trust
she guided him to his own Faith


her and the King let him know
that if he must go then that is what he must do
it was not what they wanted
as he did not belong to The Shadow
as he believed
but this was something he had to discover
for himself...
The Prince struggled and fought
as The Shadows grip loosened
*
when the older Prince told the young Prince
of his plan to leave
the younger Princes heart was broken
but with tears streaming down his face
he told the older Prince
that if that is what made him happy
then he would be happy too
the words were so pure and
The Queen watched as the young Princes
unconditional Love floated on those words
she watch the soft warm glow of Love
leave the young Princes heart 
and wrap itself around the older Princes being
The Shadow was no match for such Love
and its consumption of the Prince
was growing weak


The Prince could feel The Love
he could feel The Truth
his family had stepped back
allowing him to see them
and in turn 
allowing him to see himself
he knew who he was
he did not understand everything about himself
but he knew the man he wanted to be
he had known this from the moment The Queen
had brought him into this world
his life was his
this family was his
and he did not want to leave...




"I do not want to go,"
the Prince said
his raw heart exposed
and with those words
Shadow subsided
and was no longer in control


The Prince sunk down to the floor
exhaustion over took him
the battle had been short
but fierce
and had taken him into the depths of himself


he whispered to The Queen
"I know this has all happened for a reason...
I just know it"
The Queens heart soared
so proud of her Prince was she
such Wise Words he had spoken
a huge step had been made
and deep shift within
for the Prince
for them all
*


The Shadow does not leave completely
as it lives in all of us
what it longs for is for us to manage it
not for it to manage us
for it is filled with fear and unrest
it knows this
the Queen knew this too
and she had spoken to Shadow
while in her Sacred Place
 she had asked it to not take the Prince
 for if that were to happen
it would not serve anyone
including The Shadow
with the Prince taken
The Shadow would have no where to go
The Shadow needed to Prince to survive
to be safe
to be loved
yes
even The Shadow is in need of Love
*
the Prince was safe
he had learned of his own strength
his own will
his own truth
he had learned about Love
the power it has
and that power is his
and ours 
for the taking




this chapter of the Fairy Tale
now comes to an end
my readers
I am sorry for any worry this bestowed upon you
though it took days to tell it
this all transpired within a 36 hour period
this is life
the beautiful rocky moments of life
but as you see
good reader
Love never waivers
and 
even The Great Eagle struggles in the Wind




The End


Love and Light















Friday, 30 March 2012

A Fairy Tale Life...part two...When Darkness Falls



after a beautiful time away
the King and Queen returned to their Kingdom
of Main Land.
on the way they picked up the younger Prince
who had been visiting his grandparents
in the near by Kingdom
of Cowichan.
the young Prince was in good spirits
after spending some alone time
with his fathers family.
After a short visit
the 4 of them set their sights for home.
*
but when they arrived back in their kingdom
darkness had covered the land
and 
they knew
"The Shadow"
had returned



before the King and Queen were married
10 years ago,
the King had thrown a party 
to introduce his new bride
and son
to the kingdom
it was there that the, then, young prince
played his music for the first time
and revealed to the world
his great gift






everyone who came
was enchanted by the prince's music
and fell in love with him immediately
it was a great day
especially for the new prince
as he had been so well received
and the adoration of the crowd
had given him great confidence.
*
unfortunately
as in every Fairy Tale
there was one who did not appreciate the new prince
as everyone else did
among the guests the day
was the kings first love
theirs had been 
a love that had at one time
been filled with the intensity 
of a long hot summer
but it had fizzled out 
 with the change of season
and for the King
this young love had been 
 easy to let go of
as she had not been his Soul Mate
but for the young girl
it had not been so easy
and as she grew into a woman 
her misery grew with her
and seeing the happiness
this boy gave not only the King
but also the people of the land
her misery turned to rage
and while the boy had been performing for the people
she stood up 
and in a loud voice she cursed the boy
saying that throughout his life
he would be followed 
by a Great Shadow
in which he would become lost
and eventually 
it would swallow him up
and take his life




after yelling out her curse
the woman fled the court
and was never to be seen again
*
thankfully
the Kingdom had many a Wise Woman
and that very day
they came together
to counter the curse
as best they could


yes
the prince would be followed by
The Shadow
but
The King and Queen's Love
 would be able to intervene
and protect him
but only until his 18th birthday day
at which time it would become his responsibility
to save himself from The Shadow
the Wise Women knew that in order for the Prince
to truly over come The Shadows
great power of despair
he would  have to face it himself
but they wanted to give him enough time
to grow and mature and learn
about The Great Love
that held all power of healing
With this Great Love around him 
and within him
he would be able to yield the power of the Shadow
and use it for good
with in himself
and for others.
*
So for years the King and Queen
combated the effects of The Shadow
and poured their love and knowledge into the prince
praying that when the day came
that he would fight this battle on his own
he would be equipped enough
to not loose himself 
to The Shadow's
power of despair




the journey was not always easy
and two times
The King and Queen almost lost him
but the Prince had been born with
and old wise soul
and his knowledge of Love and Balance
ran deep within
and when a new Prince
was born into the family
The Heavens blessed the two
with a great connection
of deep Love
the young prince
was like an antidote
for the older prince
and together they grew in the wisdom
of The Great Love
and learned to depend on one another
for their Heart Love
and
as time went by
the King and Queen forgot
about the full terms of the counter curse
they had forgotten about the change
when the older prince turned 18
they had even forgotten to tell him
but upon their return
and seeing the darkness
they remembered
and sadness, grief and worry
entered their hearts
*
immediately they went to seek
the prince out
and they found him
in the depth of The Shadow




they could feel him giving up
and their hearts broke
as they knew they could not release him
as they had done in the past
that only he could
do this now


their despair made him angry
and he rejected their love and concern
and disappeared into the darkness
they called his name into the night
and eventually
due to his own exhaustion
he followed their voices
but the relief of that was short
as he told them
he could no longer be there
that on the morrow he would leave
and he would never see them again...


The Shadow was taking his reason
and had clouded his Truth
*
that night
as the prince slept
all of his parents prayed
and lamented
for his safety and will
that he would find his Truth
a place of happiness
that he would remember
The Great Love
and grab a hold of it
to find his way out of his despair




all they could do was 
pray
hope
and look to the break of a new day
that possibly
would have new resolve
offer new opportunities
new answers....


to be continued...

Thursday, 29 March 2012

A Fairy Tale Life...part one...Love and Light

When I thought about starting this post
it was going to begin with the words....
"Life is not a Fairy Tale"
*
but the more I pondered on that
the more I realize 
in fact
that life is like a Fairy Tale
*
every Fairy tale comes with 
Joy and Drama
Conflict and Victory
Darkness and Struggle
Love and Light
mmmm 
sounds like
*Life*

this fairy tale begins here


the Sacred Place
at The Edge of the World...

the king and queen of the Main-land 
were taking a pilgrimage to the
Sacred Place called Tofino.
they were going there to celebrate their 
10 year marriage union


the Sacred Place was not only dear to them
because they had Honeymooned there
but also because
Tofino
this place on the edge of the world
had proven to be a rejuvenating
and
spiritually refreshing place
that they both enjoyed tremendously

the queen
-pictured here-


was over joyed 
to be spending this time with her king,
in their special place
as she has been on a challenging journey
and was in much need of reconnection
and spiritual replenishment
*
their pilgrimage took them 
over land and sea




they traveled through snow cap mountains
rivers and lakes
to get
to their beloved
Tofino



and finally
over the crest they came
to the edge of the world
and there she was
Mama Ocean
waiting to greet and welcome them
the sky was blue
the sun shone bright
and the eagles soared above
announcing the arrival of the King and Queen
and all rejoiced
but none were more glad
than the
the Royal Puppy Prince!
*
the King and Queen breathed in the ocean air
it was fresh to taste 
and filled their lungs with pleasure
and as they walked through the drift wood
and onto the beach
they embraced
for this very day
marked the day
10 years before
when they had made their official union




theirs what not a typical story
for it held it's own magic
nothing about them made sense
and yet
to those who really knew them
everything about them made sense
*
even the Queens having a child
before meeting the King
did not quench his love for her
or her son
so much did he love them
that over time he and his stepsons dad
became friends
as did the Queen
and her sons step mom
family 
in the real sense
*


yes
theirs was a love for the ages
a love that was birthed in the soul
and so they both felt compelled
to renew those vows 
that they made
10 years ago
here in this
Sacred of places
at the Edge of the Earth
*


So they climbed upon a small cliff side
over looking this place they loved
and there they spoke of all that was good
all that was challenging
and all that remained to be seen
in their union
they re-pledged themselves
to each other
and re-commited
to their union
and Peace, Love and Contentment
were upon them







They sat together 
there
in that place
for a while
souls connecting
hearts dancing
remembering
and celebrating
each other 
and what they had together
both 
with much gratitude




the Queens heart was filled with  Joy
because she knew True Love
and it showed
*
down to the ocean side they went
where the queen made offerings of gratitude
to Mamma Ocean




shells gathered on her journey afar
and a precious gem
from her wedding day
along with the flowers she carried on this day
they threw their Love and Gratitude
into the Ocean
so it could be carried 
and rocked with the tides
till the end of time




together with the Puppy Prince
they played at the Oceans Edge
content to be in each others presence




truly
no beautiful a day
had there
ever been...
*
that night
as they watched the sun set on the horizon
both felt another 10 years had passed in that one day
bringing them closer than ever








the days to follow were filled with more of the same
walking on the beach
under the bright blue sky
enjoying the eagles
the waves
the sand
and most of all
each other










even some time was spent at the carving shed







a great place of old world inspiration 
for them both
*


indeed
by the morning it came time for them to depart
they were both full
and though their time had been short
it had been full
and
Love and Light
shone all around them
as they left
this Sacred Place
The Edge of The World
and made
their way back home
*
never could they have know
the darkness that awaited them there


to be continued...