Friday, 23 October 2020

The Perfect Symbol of the Star

 In THE BOOK OF STARLIGHT, White Eagle reminds readers:

`The Star is the most powerful symbol which can be used for the good of humanity. It is a symbol of the perfect power and love in every human soul. Keep hope in your heart as you hold the vision of the Star, and always allow the power of love, balanced with wisdom (which shines from that Star), to guide your thoughts, your speech, your actions.`

A shining six-pointed Star has been an important symbol for me throughout my life, and never more so than at this time of the pandemic. I love this saying where White Eagle reminds us to `Keep hope in your heart as you hold the vision of the Star`! I think hope is a quality we all need very much just now. It seemed the pandemic was easing and there were better times ahead, but now we have daily news of more cases and more restrictions. When will it all end, we may wonder? And especially here in the northern hemisphere, where our long summer days are over, and we are at the start of months of short hours of light, and long nights of darkness! Oh dear, it is not so easy to keep a sunny smile on our faces...but here is something I find helpful!

Every time a depressing thought pops in to my mind, I think 'Star`! I replace the worried thought with the vision of our beautiful shining Star. I breathe in the healing light of the Star and as I breathe out, I see the worried thought melting away, like frost on the ground when the sun comes out. I breathe in hope and the certainty of God`s great wisdom, and that we really are all learning many important things in this time, difficult though it is. 

One thing many people have been sharing is about a greater realisation of what matters most in our lives. Not material things, but the love of our families and friends, and the light which really is in every human heart - even those we may find it difficult to like! If we can fill our thoughts and hearts with even more Star Light, this light will shine across the world to illumine every dark place. As we come now to the traditional time of bonfire night, and the Festival of Diwali in the Hindu tradition, let us `Let our Lights Shine` ever brighter with hope in our our hearts!

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

What is Peace?

Following on from my last blog post: `Lord Make me an Instrument of Your Peace`, this next one is prompted by my discovery of a little piece of paper in my file with this very thought provoking story:

`There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for the mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the angry rush of water, sat the mother bird on her nest...perfect peace.

The king chose the second picture. Why? `Because`, explained the king, `peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all these things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.`

I love this, and it seems particularly relevant at this time when we are all being tested in many ways with the continuing uncertainty caused by the corona virus and its repurrcussions in our personal lives. So, like the little bird sitting on her nest amidst the storm, let`s try to keep steady and calm no matter what, and, as White Eagle says in THE QUIET MIND: `Keep your line of contact clear. Be tranquil and serene. A Master is never perturbed.`

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Lord make me an Instrument of your peace

There is a close link between St Francis and White Eagle. (I can feel White Eagle smiling as I write this, and there is a twinkle in his eye. He knows many of his followers down the years have felt that link too!)

4th October is St Francis Day and around this time of year, I always feel him close, and often re-read his prayer. It is very practical. Everyone drawn to White Eagle`s  beautiful teaching probably would like to be `an instrument for peace`, but it is not as easy as it might appear.

However, careful re-reading of the prayer gives us many helpful clues. As I read it today, the phrase which particularly stands out for me is:

`Where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope`. I feel these two qualities of faith and hope are particularly relevant at this time of the second wave of the pandemic. Every day (if we are following the media stories) there are more figures about the number of people and countries affected, and in a way it seems really hard to hold on to our faith that humanity is learning valuable lessons and all will work out for the best, etc. So it is perhaps now even more of a challenge to keep strong and calm and truly `an instrument of peace`.

I find it helpful to think of those sainted ones, like St Francis (and the Master Jesus and the story of him stilling the storm) and ask for their help to keep strong in faith, as they did, no matter what! And of course, we have our wonderful symbol of the shining Star. As I have often written, whenever a thought of doubt or despair creeps in, think Star, and see its glorious light shining across the world, uplifting the hearts of all.

I have just opened White Eagle`s book of Star Light at this page:

`Quietly breathe very gently...and as you breathe, feel that you are absorbing into every cell of your being the rays of the glorious Star shining just above you...Just breathe peacefully, and feel this wonderful light of trhe Star filling your heart with every breath you take.`

Monday, 21 September 2020

I had a happy outing during the easing of lockdown last month and in the little cafe where we were eating lunch, I noticed this saying on the wall - it made a big impression on me!

With all that is going on in the world, it is all too easy, I find, to realise that my thoughts are straying into the past, `if only so and so had happened`, or concerns about the future, `what if?....

White Eagle, along with many spiritual teachers, reminds us often that time is just a concept of our material world and we need to try to live in the eternal now. But this is not easy, is it, especially when the news is so full of stories about the pandemic and the way it is affecting so many people. 

When I read the saying that `Today is a gift`, it truly lifted my heart and reminded me that the way we look on things which are happening right here and now is very significant. If those things are really challenging, it is certainly not easy, but I am sure that with the help of White Eagle`s wise words it is possible to look upon everything as a gift! We can learn so much through these things and have great opportunity to grow. `Your life is charged with opportunities to grow in wisdom, love and power!` says White Eagle in `The Best of White Eagle`.

This book contains many wonderful passages of his teaching! He goes on to say: `If you live tranquilly and patiently always with the consciousness of God`s love upholding you, you will find that all your life will be heaven...All things work together for good for the one who loves God. Your Father and Mother in heaven know your the inner silence, the stillness of the pure spirit. In this shall your strength lie.`

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Heavenly Help

During these difficult days of lockdown and the dawning realisation that it will probably be much longer than we may have thought before we are free from concerns about the Corona Virus, it is very reasuring to receive unexpected signs that we really are being cared for by heavenly helpers, as well as physical carers, friends and family!

There are many ways in which those who love us in heaven can offer us signs that they are close and that 'all is indeed well'. I am sure, like me, you are delighted when a little white feather appears seemingly from nowhere - no birds in sight, and even through closed windows. Then there is the magic of the sudden appearance of a robin in our gardens, or the blackbrid singing his cheerful song, and the owl sitting in the tree across the field, looking intently from his wise old eyes.

I have noticed that birds are often used as heavenly message-bearers, but we need to be alert to receive their message, and not allow the everyday mind to create a fog of doubt and thus thicken the veil between the two worlds. White Eagle often reminds us that we all have the opportunity to draw aside this veil, especially now in the Aquarian age when the impetus towards the brotherhood of all life on earth and in heaven is growing stronger year by year. It is not by chance, of course, that he has chosen the name of a bird for his work with us, a name which means 'spiritual teacher'!

So, next time you think you have been given a sign of hope, a feather appearing unexpectedly, a bird singing in your garden, or the kindly word of a stranger - trust your intuitive response, and allow your heart to sing too!

Just after writing this I was guided to read White Eagle`s own words on the Gentle Brother page of this current August issue of our magazine Stella Polaris.

He says: 'You do not know how far you are guided and guarded in all you do. You are never alone. You may have noticed that in an emergency help comes somehow. You do not know how it comes, but it comes. There are faithful, silent watchers in spirit.'

Friday, 31 July 2020

While Living on Earth you are Building a Temple

In this quotation from WHITE EAGLE ON THE GREAT SPIRIT - a really beautiful book by Grace Cooke, which was formerly entitled SUNMEN OF THE AMERICAS - White Eagle is not talking about the creation of a building, but about our own bodies!

I helped Grace Cooke (my grandmother) in the compilation of this book which contains much of White Eagle`s teaching about the American Indian peoples. After watching on television a programme about our best Olympic achievements (at this time when the Olympic games would have taken place), I looked up the chapter `A Healthy Way of Life`, as I remembered her quotation about Pheidipides, the first Olympic runner of ancient Greece who completed the hundred and forty miles between Athens and Sparta in thirty six hours. She also quoted the story of a young American Indian runner who completed a hundred and twenty five miles in twenty five hours, and said this was not an unsual feat as the young were taught that `the body is the sacred temple of the spirit so they did their best to retain it in the peak condition of youth.` She went on to answer the question about whether the Indians in those days actually had a different type of body. She didn`t think so, but said, `White Eagle tells us that the Indian`s pure way of life enabled him to become not only physically, but also emotionally and nervously much tougher than we are today.`

Recently there has been much publicity about the advertising of junk food and obesity, especially in children. During, and since, lockdown we are all being encouraged more than ever before to choose as healthy a diet as we can and take regular exercise. This may not be very easy if we are housebound or have physical difficulties in moving around. If this is a problem for you, take comfort in the knowledge of the power of the light to cleanse and re-vivify not only the physical body, but the mental, emotional and nervous systems too! White Eagle encourages us all to do the best we can to eat healthily and wisely, take what exercise we can, but most of all, to consciously breathe in the magical healing light of the Star. I visualise it circulating to every cell of my body through the blood stream. But I believe that just as important as this is to give love to the temple of our bodies, and especially those parts that may be showing signs of age, and sagging a little! If love is radiating throughout our physical temple, it will be shining in its own unique way, and touch and uplift the hearts of all around us!