Be an example of Peace

Weep for the World - artist Josephine Wall

Weep for the World – artist Josephine Wall

There is so much injustice in the wars raging today and the innocent casualties resulting daily from the conflicts.

There is so little truth told to us watching from afar due to the manipulation of the media and hidden agendas.

We are agitated and angry at injustices, rattled beyond understanding about the innocent lives, the lies, the incessant pain inflicted from one culture on another. How can people justify the loss of life or trade any human life for a Belief or War or any form of Ethnic cleansing? No belief system in my understanding should condemn life…….. No desire to be RIGHT can be justified by death or suffering………

We want justice, we want to shine a light on those doing wrong and fix it.

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War hurts my heart…

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I sat outside the holiday home
Under the moonlight tonight.
The wind is whipping through the trees fairly dramatically pulling in changeable weather after the hot sunny day. It’s cool on my toasted shoulders.
When you sit still and feel
The wind in the trees and the waves crashing onto the beach
it is hard not to feel part of something truly wondrous.
To feel loved, blessed and so very grateful.
Yet today 4 children were shot in Gaza.
A Malaysian airliner went down killing 290 people – terrorism or military driven.
And I read of a dog hung by his collar from a bridge in the UK.
Every day murders, rape, theft, violence, deceit.I don’t understand this world.How can one not see the beauty in everything around us and not feel grateful?
The preciousness of life; so transient.
How animals and nature supports us in every moment.
How are people so blind?
Blind to hurtful words and actions?

Even those of us who think we are doing better wash suds down the sink and dispose of the undisposible in the trash can where it sits in landfills longer than a lifetime.
Toxic products, chemicals, words – our planet had had enough.

I feel sad – I can do so much more.
I feel so small.
My heart so overwhelmed.

Yet all it takes is small steps; small steps every day in every way that one can.

A heart fire fuelling the vision of a better world.
Belief in arms dropping their weapons and instead embracing loved ones.
Sectarian and religious violence questioning why did it all begin? Why does it continue?
Man against man, man against woman, man against child. How?
What are we fighting for?
To see that every death is a death of person, a soul, one of our own….
Belief that the day will come when a man sees the soul in the eyes of his enemy
and just sees a man…

Soul to soul there should never be war.

What if…..

Each of us truly lead by example to the best of our ability.
Being mindful of all judgement, all thoughts of better than,
all comparisons,  religious dogma, and belief systems.
To think before we make assumptions, criticisms and speak cruel words…

What if…..
WE become accountable in every action and inaction.
To the max of our skills
and teach our children and parents to see all as one
to see every person as here trying to live life to the best of their capacity
and that it is ok to be different and to have different beliefs

Such is the colour of life and the path

What if…..

We promise to give our all?
Surely this matters?
And that being pure love in thought and deed,
And forgiving and moving forward,
Can start a revolution of actions and solutions………..
peace

Josephine Wall artist

Love Andrea

 

Baby Steps my Friend….

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By Andrea Cullen

 

Baby Steps ….

 

Take gentle steps my Dear,
When the giant leaps
Surround your heart with fear.

 

The days it feels too much
And no one is there to hold your heart safe
Remember that you ARE love.
No Question; you are PURE love.

 

So thread softly, gently, sweetly, my Dear.

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Smile;
Share your smile.
Set out to find laughter in your day and
Feel intrigued at who the universe
Will connect you to today.
What animals will greet your path.
What trees will wind whisper gentle nudges of
encouragement and wisdom,
What corners will trap the warm sun’s rays.

 

Pay attention!

 

Do a good deed and watch them multiply.
Feel your heart; it’s huge right?!
What you give will return one-thousand-fold.

 

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Trust in this space;
The universe is plotting your love story.
Your Path of Greatness.
A trail that only you can mark out
With all that you are.

 

So trust my Dear
That you are held safe.
And one gentle footstep forward today
May be just the perfect distance for Your Journey.

 

Maybe tomorrow or next week is the Day for dramatic leaps….

 

Who knows?

 

Even super heroes take days off.

 

xx

Andrea

 

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My recommended Book and Movie list………

New must see films added

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Recommended books that may help you along the journey of self-discovery……..

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I have always been an avid reader; spending a whole day curled up on the sofa in between the franticnessof an active childhood was nothing strange to me. My mum was and is the very same; only she quite literally devours books at the speed of lightening, and she is my go to person for a perfect spelling and grammar check.

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My fabulous Mum Heather

Books are where you lose yourself as a child and live a double life. I travelled far and wide; Mary O’Hara transported me to the great plains of Wyoming in My Friend Flickaand other novels, I was transported into The Enchanted Woods by Enid Blyton and then became a member of The Famous 5; I travelled with Toad in The Wind in the Willows, fell in love with The Fox cub…

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No Greater Force than Love…

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What is this force that is driving our planets people towards change?
What is this feeling within that tastes like the first bite of freedom before the revolution?
When EVERYTHING will change in our world as we know it.

 

This inner force feels as fragile as a butterflies wings and as mighty as a dragons fire.
A gift that is precious in the heart of love and devastating in the grips of egomaniacal and power-hungry hands.
You can sense both sides within…..

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A reminder always of how human we are.

 

And then I remember the starving children
Women with no rights
Animals used as cosmetics testing disposables or killed alive to adorn a women in fur…

 

Abuse, rape and the suppression of human freedom
Children losing their childhood in a sweatshop
to clothe our incessant appetite for fashion….

 

I see the destruction of earth’s most precious resources
The rape of our rainforests, mountains, oceans, and lands.
We have forgotten how to live symbiotically with the land
and are blind to that destroyed for gain.

 

Towers belch toxins
Rivers flow poisoned
Lands are too toxic to support life
Wildlife washes up on our shores and life suffocates in our rivers.

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Cruelty, persecution, racism, and the painful divisions of religion fuel wars
GREED numbs conscience
Mankind turns a blind eye to truth.
And yet

 

There is a force within
And I KNOW this butterfly in my heart
holds a LIONS roar.

 

My voice is understood by every tongue as it speaks heart
My love is infinite and reaches everything truly alive
My desire for change so palpable it resuscitates sleeping hearts.

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Where there is love
Hope grows

Where hope grows
Faith is unshakeable

This feeling within
IS THE CHANGE

Love,

Andrea

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MAHATMA GANDHI ON LOVE
“Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions.
When in despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.
Fear and love are contradictory terms. Love is reckless in giving away, oblivious as to what it gets in return. Love wrestles with the world as with the self and ultimately gains mastery over all other feelings.
My daily experience, as of those who are working with me, is that every problem lends itself to solution if we are determined to make the law of truth and non-violence the law of life. For truth and non-violence are, to me, faces of the same coin.
The law of love will work, just as the law of gravitation will work, whether we accept it or not.
Just as a scientist will work wonders out of various applications of the law of nature, even so a man who applies the law of love with scientific precision can work greater wonders….
Hate the sin and not the sinner is a precept which though easy enough to understand is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.
Nonviolence and cowardice are contradictory terms. Nonviolence is the greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Nonviolence springs from love, cowardice from hate. Nonviolence always suffers, cowardice would always inflict suffering. Perfect nonviolence is the highest bravery. Nonviolent conduct is never demoralizing, cowardice always is.
Destruction is not the law of humans. Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
Every murder or other injury, no matter for what cause, committed or inflicted on another is a crime against humanity.
Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.It is the law of love that rules mankind.
Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy of it is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work just as the law of gravitation works, whether we accept it or not.
The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists. Only our explorations have not gone far enough and so it is not possible for everyone to see all its workings.
“Through the Heart we may come to know the Love of God; through the Heart we may become the Love of God. “
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