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Wednesday, January 02, 2002

1st January 200...?...2 23-30 CET
Tempus fugits..sometimes
There are times in life when the simple, straightforward
expressions of togetherness, belonging, are incredibly
joyful celebrations of what life is actually about.

Christmas and New Year are such times for us in the west.

There is time for unpacking gifts, time for sharing with family
and friends..time......time to sit in quiet contemplation of
celebrations past, of persons lovingly remembered that no
longer share the physical present with us.

In an apparent forest isolation that is my present life
circumstance...a scenario that I think must have astounded
my friends and family...I am so richly blessed with the
opportunities to 'take time' taste the luxury of every
memory of being so many over such a long period.

So now I always follow a little 'tradition' on New Year's Eve.
I come in through the front door of the house bringing with
me the *New Year* and welcoming it to our home...inviting
peace and increasing self-knowledge to accompany it as
welcome guests. Then I go out through the back door of the
house, letting out the 'old year', but not before I have thanked
it for all the blessings it brought and for all the lovingness it gave.

There is never a year that does not come with blessings. Never
a year that has come without it's close companion..lovingness.
Never a year that I am not deeply thankful that I travelled into
this experiencing existence called life and came into a place where
I was so greatly blessed with the lovingness expressing through
a wonderful..and

The Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, brother, sisters in law,
my Mother, my parents-in-law, my wife...all who through
their experiencing allowed me to express who I am....and despite that,
or just maybe because of that, were still able to love me.

I do not think that any of them taught me 'love'......but I am so very
sure that they all helped me to understand the importance of
sharing 'love'.

For a life that nearly did not exist at life has been so
profoundly, immeasurably, incredibly---even enigmatically..
illuminated by the sunbeams of lovingness.

I do so hope yours has too.

It's a new day, a New Year.............another opportunity to
find the blessings, count them, bathe in them, be absorbed
by them...shine with them :):)

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Monday, December 31, 2001

31st December 2001 23-00 CET
Light the candle :)

"And I said to the man who stood
at the gate of the year
'Give me a light that I may tread
safely into the unknown'
And he replied
'Go out into the darkness
and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way' "
(M.Louisa Hoskins)

"This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine"
Is a pretty old gospel spiritual. But a good one.
It contains within it a sparkling gem of truth.

We, as individual aspects of 'The Oneness',
individual expressions of infinite, unconditional
Love....we also are resplendant beams not simply
reflecting but being an integral part of the whole.

When we let our light shine, the true inner light
with which we come into this expression of
experiencing that we call life, when we do this...
we are truly
"In the Oneness"

We are not lost in anonymity, nor absorbed
by a mass....
we are sparkling raindrops in a brilliant rainbow
we are laughter, happiness,
joy expressed as lovingness.

In wishing you a Happy New Year - a year filled
with wonderful experiences of the uncountable
blessings that surround wishing you this..
I hope you will permit your light to shine..
within and without.

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