Painting A Rainbow For Life

Stepping into the Canvas with paint in hand. We can attempt to paint over what was or paint the new, but essentially what’s inside shall prevail. Allowing our true-colors to emerge, shall bring about brilliance within our Canvas of Life. Bringing forth our true colors…allows us to paint the Rainbow of Life within the Canvas. See all as One and the Rainbow shall emerge…every time…Ani Po.

Dying To Live

In each and everyone of us, there are two sides: a side afraid of death and a side willing to live. If we sit around dormant contemplating what could be versus taking action, bringing it to fruition, then it is said we are living a living death. However if we take action, living on active side of infinity, creating the life that we are meant to, then we are surely living life to the fullest.

Whether a Cancer survivor, AIDS victim, cardiovascular disease, diabetic, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis sufferer…and the list goes on…there are two types of warriors: one who submits to the disorder; one who stands up to fight. These are the ones who dare to live, these are the dog soldiers. Those willing to march into the face of death, declare…”I am not ready yet!”

For most of us…we go through life without ever thinking about repercussions of our actions, or what shall become later in life…never thinking about mastering our every action. Instead, choose to live this day as it’s our last. Some may not have a choice as it may be there last, but for some we do. Do we take life for granted? Do we put off what we think we should do? Where we capture this moment, seizing our dreams and manifesting them into our reality?

Happy are those who live in a state of Awe,

for they shall have an Awe-Some day!

~Spirit

This is the day our life will surely change. With each step forward, we arrive closer to our dreams. The first step often most difficult, but most fruitful. Look not on the outside for guidance…but within. As I write this, reflecting on the message repeating itself…Look within…So Shall it be.

Our days are meant to be filled with love and joy, not death and decay. Whenever our clock shall stop, may we look back…reflecting on where we’ve traveled. Did we accomplish everything we came here to do? Did we live a fruitful life? Did we live on purpose?

One day our clock will stop, seizing our every breath. On that day we shall declare… I am here. Dying to live, we live life to the fullest. Dying to live, we discover our true nature.

Stepping into the canvas living life to the fullest. This may be our last or just the beginning…whatever the case this is the day…The day your life will surely change. As we step out into the canvas today may it be with new eyes: eyes of compassion, eyes of love, eyes of a child…with so much life to live.

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Stepping into the Canvas seeking beauty. Those who find beauty in another, finds beauty within themselves. Those who see beauty within the mirror, likewise the same. If all we seek in the world is imperfections, pointing out theflaws…that is all we will ever see. See beauty in the outer Canvas…see it within the Canvas. Have a beauty-filled day!

Beauty Within

It is said that our biggest enemy lurks within our own mirrors, sabotaging our true self from being loved. We gaze upon the mirror, judging relentlessly. The beauty is…this same mirror holds our greatest ally captive, we need only see Her in her truest form.

We return to Ani Po, as she recently visits a Pilgrim, which we shall know him as Tidak Sini.

Note: Tidak Sini is Malay for “Not Here.” Ani Po is Hebrew for “I am Here.” While the Warrior shall be called Ani Po, it seems only fitting to call the pilgrim Tidak Sini (not here).

As Ani Po entered Tidak’s home, She heard a whisper…”Be Open…Go Beyond.” At the sound of the wind, She knew this visit was no mistake.

Ani Po: “Hello friend! What are you doing?”

TIdak: “Nothing, just covering up all of the mirrors in my house.”

Ani Po: “Why?”

Tidak: “Because I am tired of seeing my face in the mirrors. I have done so many bad things in my life and ashamed. I judged people, called them bad names, and deliberately harmed them.”

Ani Po: “I am sorry to hear this.” Reaching forward, placing hand on His shoulder, as to say it was ok.“But you are human and we all make mistakes.”

TIdak: “But I cannot forgive myself for what I have done.”

Ani Po: “Would it make you feel better If I forgave you? Have you thought about going to your abused and asking for forgiveness?”

Tidak: “No! I cannot.”

Ani Po: “You could ask ‘Great Spirit’ for forgiveness. Once we step into the Light of forgiveness, we are forgiven. Return to the old ways and we shall not. Removing paint-covered mirrors, only allows the true self to be seen. Why not remove the paint, ask for forgiveness and learn to Love the enemy within? See the enemy within as ally, and the enemy without shall become one too. What or how we see ourselves is how we see the other pilgrims around us.”

Tidak: “So, are you saying I should learn Love within to have Love without?”

Ani Po: “Exactly what I am saying. Our inner beauty is exactly that and it takes a bit of chiseling to uncover the many layers of paint we have applied to our mirrors. When I walked in today, I heard a whisper that said Go Beyond.’ I think that message was for you, going beyond what you see…

To look into a mirror,

can be scary.

One will see the true self,

aged and worn.

Look past what we see,

find the beauty others see.

Why do we see their beauty,

but fail to see our own?

See what I see…for I see a divine being who is loved.

Look into thy mirror,

see the magnificence.

Look into thy mirror,

see the beautiful creation.

The person staring back,

either be friend or fo…the choice is ours.

The person staring back,

creates heaven on earth.

Or, the opposing,

if that is what they choose.

See what I see…for I see a divine being who is loved.

Ani Po knows all too well…we can cover the mirrors for a temporary fix, but eventually  looking deep within our souls, unlocking our true-self.

Stepping into the Canvas of our own reflection, seeing the Canvas of Life as we see fit. We can choose to see grief and sadness or happiness and exhilaration as our guide. While Pilgrim sees only the surface, Warrior sees deep within the soul. Seeing deep within, she Loves deep without.

Today…how will you see yourself? How will you see your Canvas?

Step of the Day

Stepping into the Canvas with Spirit as your guide. May vibrant, resilient optimism fill your being, giving you comfort and nourishment for your soul. With each step fix your gaze on Love, leaving the rest to the Painter of The Canvas.

The Warrior and the Chopsticks

Often times we have varying ideas of reality. With differences in religious beliefs, political views, and plain day-to-day events, we all have different realities. Within this lifetime we have som any varying views, who’s to say it stops at the end of this world. Here is a story and reflection of  Warrior who witnesses first hand that our varying perceptions do not stop at death’s door.

There is a legend about a warrior in the East who died and went to heaven. “Before I enter,” he said to the gatekeeper, “I would like you to take me on a tour of hell.”

The gatekeeper found a guide to take the warrior to hell. When they got there, the warrior was astonished to see a great table piled high with every tasty food he could imagine – anything one could possibly want to eat or drink. The warrior then looked at the people. They were all starving.

“How could this be?” he asked the guide. “Are they not allowed to eat?”

“Oh yes, they can eat,” said the guide “but they must use the chopsticks they are given. They are five feet long and they must hold them at the end. Just look at them. They miss their mouths every time!”

“Enough,” said the warrior, “This is hell, indeed! Please take me back to heaven.” In heaven, to his surprise, he saw a similar room, with a similar table loaded with all the same food. But, the people were in radiant health, happy and well-nourished. The warrior turned to the guide and said, “I see – no chopsticks here.”

The guide replied that yes, the people were still issued chopsticks and yes, they were still five feet long and that they still must be held at the end – but, the difference was that in heaven the people learned to feed each other.

Just as the Warrior found in the afterlife, we are witnesses too. Often we see the negative side of thins when there is always a silver-lining to every darkened cloud. We can choose to see ourselves as helpless or we can choose to be self-sufficient, allowing a higher source to work within our lives.

Stepping into the Canvas with the view of a Warrior. Instead of seeming helpless and not being able to eat, we work collaboratively as one…never going hungry again. Lending a hand to another, I invariably help myself to eat.

 

Reflections

We live in world of hate and evil;

Or Love and Peace if that is what we choose.

Choose the latter is what we ought;

For peace and love will truly set us free.

 

See the beauty in all of creation;

Not the imperfections of one sitting across from us.

Encourage, praise, and show gratitude;

That is all that is expected of us.

 

Praise our neighbor and watch them shine;

Encourage our children and watch them grow.

Be grateful not only for where we have gone or what we have done;

Be grateful for everyone and everything that is around.

 

The hardest person to praise and show our gratitude

Is to the person who stares back.

This person can be found on the waters;

Or in the presence of shiny spoon.

 

This person being ourselves;

Is the person who is hardest to encourage and praise.

Love that person to the fullest;

Be grateful for the accomplishments.

 

For without our reflection we may not look within.

Live a life of gratitude, instill peace throughout, and encourage the growth within.

 

May your day be filled with Loving Peace!