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Old October 10th, 2018, 09:02
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Little Gifts



It’s the little gifts of friendship
That always mean so much.
The little notes and occasional calls
That keep good friends in touch.

The quiet understanding
And laughter shared by two.
Small deeds of thoughtfulness
That friends so often do.

The little gifts of friendship
Are the kind and caring ways,
The sharing of good things
That brings joy to ordinary days.

And what a world of happiness
These little gifts can bring,
Adding to our chest of treasury
Of fond remembering.

Catherine Drummond
Edited by Aquarius


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You, with your own vision – and I, with my insight.

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Old October 12th, 2018, 08:07
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What Is A Friend?



A friend is an attitude within you,
A talk you can always continue,
A feeling you have known for a while,
A thought that sparks an inner smile.

A friend is someone you hold dear,
Who may travel far, yet in spirit stays near,
Whose presence sets your soul free
With its love of truth and honesty.

A friend shares your joys and tears,
And helps you overcome your fears,
Accepts your strengths and weakness, too,
Who doesn’t allow anything to dull your friendship’s hue.

A friend walks life’s miles with you
And you share values that are sound and true.
Though your paths sometimes drifts apart,
A true friendship never leaves your heart.

Bruce B. Wilmer
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Old October 14th, 2018, 11:02
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Birthday Wishes For A Friend



May the blessings of soft and gentle rain
Fall upon your spirit and soul,
To help the flowers of kind and loving thoughts
Grow in your heart and flow from there into our world.

May God’s blessing and healing power
Be contained in every drop of rain that falls,
To cleanse and purify your spirit and soul,
And through you the whole human race.

When it stops raining,
May nothing be left behind but a shining pool
That reflects the goodness of the Heavens
And the radiance of the Christ Star’s Light.

Many happy returns of the day.
With all my love and best wishes.


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You, with your own vision – and I, with my insight.

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Old October 15th, 2018, 11:31
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Words Of Wisdom About Friendship




A true friend is one who walks in
When the rest of the world has walked out.


Walter Winchell

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A true friend knows the song of our heart and soul
And sings it to us each time our memory fails.


Anon.

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Nothing but Heaven is better than a friend
Who cares and truly is a friend.


Plautus c. 254 – c. 184 BC

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There’s no need to change our perception of the
Meaning of friendship when one grasps
That friends need to evolve and change,
The same as we do.


Anon.

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No matter how good a friend someone is,
They are likely to hurt us once in a while.
Unless we are willing to forgive,
Even the best friendship is bound to die.


Anon.

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True friendships continue to grow,
Especially when long distances come between friends.
Everything that is beautiful and true,
Good and right is of God.
That’s why it never goes away or dies.


Anon.

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Happiness keeps us sweet,
Trials keep us strong,
Sorrows keep us human,
Failures keep us humble,
Success keeps us glowing,
And friends keep us going.


Anon.

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Friendship isn’t a big thing.
Its many little ones.


Anon.

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‘One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words but are concealed in the silence between the words or in the depths of what is unspoken between two people.’


John O’Donohue in ‘Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom’

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‘When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, offering solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.’

From Henri J.M. Nouwen
‘The Road to Daybreak – A Spiritual Journey’

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True friendships last beyond our present earthly existence. We take them with us wherever we go and bring them with us, should another incarnation become necessary. They will then be part of our support system. That’s why there is every reason to nurture our human relationships and look after them, right here and now. Spiritually it is desirable that we should make every effort to transform even the most difficult and traumatic relationships into bonds of friendship and love. True love is an eternal link between two souls, who will always recognise each other, wherever and whenever they may meet again.

From ‘Are Marriages Made In Heaven?’

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Knowing that all of us are siblings in the vast human family, how could I have something against anyone? All of us are like children at school and performers on the vast stage of life. The daily drama of human life in physicality is acted out to help us learn from each other. Through this we grow in wisdom and understanding of God’s true nature, our own and the processes of life. As a result our consciousness expands and that is the main purpose of our existence.

In truth, there are no enemies in this world, only teachers and friends who are showing us how we no longer want to be. We all have everything within and because we are magnetic beings, we attract that which we ourselves are into our lives, so that we should learn from it. In the case of negative characteristics, this enables us to work on overcoming them.

From ‘Go Forward And Sin No More’

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The finest place to be is in someone’s thoughts.
The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers
And the best place to be is in God’s loving hands.
You are in all three.

Anon.

Take care and God bless, dear Friends.
With love and light,
Aquarius

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And the Astro Files
http://www.raysofwisdom.com/

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Old October 18th, 2018, 11:32
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Mother Earth



Our planet is a manifestation
Of the Great Mother of all life,
Who experiences Herself
As physical beings through us.
She looks at Herself with our eyes
And perceives earthly life through our senses.
Like us she awakens
To the miracle of each new day.

Each one of us has been granted
The gift of another earthly lifetime,
So that we may evolve into one of our planet’s
Guardians and caretakers,
Doing our best to put a halt
To the robbing and plundering
Of its precious resources.
Through us and our efforts
Mother Earth is now transforming herself
Into a place of healing and peace.

Thanks and praise be to Thee,
Great White Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
And Thy only born Son/Daughter,
The spirit of the Universal Christ.
With all our hearts and souls
We welcome Thee, O living loving spirit
Of wisdom and love,
Truth and honesty,
Loyalty and integrity,
Onto the Earth.


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You, with your own vision – and I, with my insight.

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And the Astro Files
http://www.raysofwisdom.com/

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Old October 21st, 2018, 11:16
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Be True To Yourself



Whenever the mind of our small earthly self – or someone in our environment – tries to convince us that we are a small, useless and worthless human specimen, it is good and right to take the part of our Highest or God Self and reply: ‘That’s what you think, but you are wrong. It’s not that you are lying to me. Your belief is a false one and you are merely saying such things because you do not yet understand your own true nature and the purpose and meaning of our earthly existence.’

The truth of the matter is that every one of us in their own way is a special and unique being, who is precious and loved beyond compare. In the entire history of the whole of Creation there has never been and never will be another being quite like me. My eyes, hands, hair, handwriting, smile, voice and mind are unique to me. No-one walks, talks, thinks, acts or even meditates exactly the way I do. Nobody can paint my brush strokes or has exactly the same taste as I have for food, music, dance and other artistic endeavours. Nobody can perceive things quite the way I do and no-one can feel my feelings. And there has never been someone who laughs exactly the way I do, and what makes me laugh or cry can have quite a different effect on someone else. Extract from ‘You Are Special’ – see link at the end.

• ‘In a world that is trying to make you like everyone else, being yourself is the greatest challenge of all.’

• ‘If you don’t like my words, don’t listen. If you don’t like my appearance, don’t look. If you don’t like my actions, turn your head. It’s as simple as that.’

• ‘If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me that way.’ Goethe

• ‘This is who I am. Nobody said you had to like it.’

• ‘Conduct your life the way you want to live it. Don’t allow others to live it for you.’

• ‘I never wanted to be different. I just wanted to be me.’

• ‘The only freedom in our world lies in being ourselves.’

• ‘Enjoy who you are and refuse to dislike yourself for what you are not.’

• ‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else.’ Judy Garland

• ‘It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.’ Herman Melville

• ‘I was once afraid of people saying: ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to say: ‘This is who I am.’ Oprah Winfrey

• ‘If you care about what other people think, you make yourself their prisoner.’ Lao Tzu

• ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realised how seldom they do.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

• ‘Most people’s thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry and their passions a quotation.’ Oscar Wilde

• ‘There are few in our world who know how to see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.’ Albert Einstein

• Know that you are a beloved child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, that we all have a right to be here, because everybody has their particular lessons to learn, and that – whether we are aware of it or not – the great Universal plan rests safely in God’s hands and is unfolding as it should. From ‘Desiderata’ – see link below.

Recommended Reading:
You Are Special’
‘Desiderata’


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You, with your own vision – and I, with my insight.

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Old October 22nd, 2018, 08:40
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The Joy Of Being Yourself



To truly be myself and you yourself,
It is essential that I do my thing
And you do yours.
We are not in this world
To imitate each other or live up
To someone else’s expectations.

You are you and I am I.
If, whenever we meet,
We can love and accept each other,
Just the way we are,
We truly are friends and that is beautiful.


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Old October 24th, 2018, 07:25
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Creating The Relationships Of Our Dreams



Relationships are like birds.
If we hold them too tightly, they die.
If we hold them loosely, they fly.
But if we nurture and care for them,
So that love can grow between people,
They do not end with anyone’s death,
But are with us, quite literally, forever.

From ‘Astrology As A Lifehelp In Relationship Healing’

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Old October 27th, 2018, 07:55
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The Sound Of God




Great White Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
You are in me and I am in You, we are one.
There never has been any separation between us.
The idea of separateness was created by a false belief
That You are a force or being somewhere ‘out there’,
When in truth everything in the whole of Creation is
A manifestation of You and Your infinite power,
Wisdom and love.

I hear and see You,
I smell and taste You in everything that is.
Your voice speaks to me
When the wind whispers in the trees
And I listen to the sound of falling of rain,
The song of birds and the raucous calling of seagulls.
I hear your voice calling in the foghorn in the bay,
The crashing of ocean waves hitting the shore
And the surf’s roaring,
But also in the rumble of distant traffic.
They are part of the great symphony of life
You are tirelessly re-composing for us and our world.

In the wailing cry of each newborn child
I hear Your cry of joy for all human souls
Who have been released from their unconscious existence
In the womb of time into Earth life,
Where for a time they will no longer be aware
Of their true nature and origin.
Each newly born you grant the gift of another lifetime,
So it can move that bit closer
To the radiance of Your consciousness
That eventually brings a renewed understanding
Of the purpose and meaning of our existence
To each one of us.

In the last sighs of my companions,
Who are released from earthly life,
I listen to the joy of their returning to their true home
And the awareness of their Divinity and eternal reality.
At the same time I hear Your relief about another of us,
Who has fulfilled the purpose of their present lifetime and who,
Hand in hand with the Angel of Death
Safely walks into the world of spirit and light,
Its true home.

I hear You in the voices of my brothers and sisters,
In their talking, laughing and singing,
As much as in their sobbing and weeping.
I listen to You in the murmurings of
My own small still voice of conscience,
Who dwells in my heart and speaks to me
Your words of wisdom, truth and love,
And who, whenever I feel frightened, lost and lonely,
Reassures me and tells me what to do.

I hear Your voice
In the barking of dogs and mewing of cats,
The blow of a workman’s hammer,
And the whining of aircraft engines in the sky above me.
In them I recognise You looking with pride onto us,
Your beloved children of the Earth,
How we, with the help of Your ideas
Are creating the technological wonders of our world.
Thanks and praise be to You
For the assistance You are constantly giving us,
To slowly but surely make our world
Into a more beautiful and peaceful place.

Teach us how to use the gifts and talents
You are so generously bestowing upon us,
Unselfishly and only for the highest good
And the greatest joy of all life that shares
Mother Earth, the precious jewel, with us.
May Your Divine wisdom and truth
Help us to overcome the destructive urges of
Humankind’s lower nature and shed our fears,
So that ever more of us rest securely
In the knowledge that the reigns for us and our world
Have always rested safely in Your loving hands
And will forever continue to do so.

Amen



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Old October 29th, 2018, 15:49
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The Peace Of The Elements



Deep peace of the gentle Lake to you.
Deep peace of the flowing Air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet Earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining Stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son/Daughter of Peace to you.

A Celtic Blessing

Pachelbel’s Canon in D major

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