“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly”. Buckminster Fuller, 20th C American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist
One day, while garage-sailing in my Santa Monica neighborhood, I came upon a large cardboard poster of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and purchased it for $5.00. Lakshmi represents a divine maternal force that bestows blessings of beauty, fertility, good fortune, and contentment.
Because I truly aspire to be such a bringer of blessings –– in my own particular way ––
I placed the poster near my prayer and meditation altar. And I would look into Lakshmi’s eyes for reflections and directions just as I would look into the eyes of characters on Tarot decks when doing readings for clients at the first Psychic Hotline (circa 1995).
On one particular occasion when I was feeling especially lonely, discouraged and distraught, I turned to Lakshmi and asked for her guidance, then dutifully wrote it down. The other day, I found what had flowed so effortlessly through my fingertips onto the page –– on 9/27/09. And because the words feel so relevant and timeless to me now, I thought I would share them with you –– in case you, too, might find encouragement in these channeled words. Here they are:
Hold on to your dreams through the dark passages
and let them serve as your Guiding Light.
Refrain from judging yourself or your life
as positive or negative, advance or retreat.
In the heat of battle
there is no telling loss from advantage.
Trust the course of you’re your High Intentions
and know that the winds must one day carry you Home ––
to the absolute fulfillment of your dreams for Sacred Service.
–– there is no telling when ––
but your craft will carry you there.
Navigate by prayer
and trust the strength that you are gaining
to hold True North when the winds are blowing fiercely
and seemingly against you.
They are your friends, conditioning you
for the strength you’ll need in victory
by chastening the ego and the Will
as apparent adversaries.
Your Will is honed
sometimes by arctic winds
in which you stiffen your resolve
to stand firm –– yet stay flexible ––
and allow your gifts to give themselves
through the way you have become
in service to carrying them forward.
Don’t frighten off the pain
or affirm it out of your awareness.
You are on the leading edge
where the winds can blow most fiercely.
Embrace and imbibe
this strengthening draught.
Allow it to infuse your Spirit;
for the winds beat hardest
when we are nearest
to our Home.
Welcome what feels
like the dying of your heart
and let it not discourage you.
A rebirth always comes to take its place.
And for those with the highest intentions
even the fiercest demon most become a friend.
Be Beloved –– to your self.
Behold the boldness of your high pursuits
amidst the great abyss from which you have emerged.
Know that such bold Souls win ––
no matter what the outcome.
Chart your course with your pen
like the poet/nightingale you are.
For no matter what the weather
–– inside or out ––
Holiness attends you.
Carry the torch for yourself
And others will arrive to help you
get where you are going.
The Greatness and Beauty
inside that seeks expression
and won’t be silenced
is a cry of the Heart
that seeks union in service ––
Always to Love.