Remembrance Sunday is a poignant time for so many, and its significance seems even more important nowadays, not only to the older generation who remember the world wars, but to the younger ones who study them in their history classes at school, but also witness vividly through media coverage, the horror of modern weapons. Also, we witness the courage of those who have survived military conflicts, but been terribly injured, and have to re-build their lives. We see the bravery of those who support their recovery, their close family members, and those who repair broken bodies and minds.There have been so many inspiring stories this Remembrance time, which have touched my heart more than ever before. It is as though the separation from loved ones, which comes about with the pandemic, has highlighted the importance in our lives of those we love, and how significant it is to remember what they have given to our own lives.
Probably in most countries and cultures there are special ways to remember. In Latin American countries there is the festival of 'El Dia de los Muertos' (the day of the dead), and in the Christian church we have All Saints and All Souls Day. Halloween has similar roots, even though it has become commercialised these days with concentration on ghosts!
White Eagle's teaching gives a different perspective on remembrance, as he reassures us of the reality of eternal life, and that our loved ones living on are not ghostlike! On Sunday, we held our on-line Remembrance service. It is wonderful that technology now allows this opportunity to come together at the inner level, when physical attendance is not possible. (We had participants from Africa, Europe and all over the UK.) This also brings to mind the fact that our loved ones in spirit (heavenly beings and angels) join us too, and they do not need the internet to do this!
One of the readings from White Eagle's teaching we shared was really specific about our loved ones continued presence in our lives and I would like to quote a part of it again now, for readers of this blog who were not present at the service.
'We have heard you relating to your friends what a wonderful time you had with your brother or your husband and that has all passed, that has all gone. This is where you make a big mistake, because these things are not over. All the lovely memories you have are still alive and you are can re-live your experieinces of happiness and joy because your dear ones are still living in a world of feeling and emotion and desire. It is not a dark world - they are in a world of light - in many instances, a world of intense beauty and perfection of form.'
And very importantly, White Eagle goes on to say: 'You do not need to go to anyone else for your vision. You have your own vision.... you only need to love God and have an open mind..... you need to expand your consciousness. The more your consciousness expands in the God-life, the more your inner powers will unfold.'
Thank you White Eagle. So as we remember our loved ones in spirit, let's try to be open to their presence with us!