Each time I sit down at my computer to write I am presented with a blank document, a blank slate so to speak. Until the words begin to flow, the possibilities are endless as to what topic will be addressed. Will it be gleamed from experiences of the past or will it become the seeds of something brand new? Each time I take up a new paint canvas, another blank slate is presented to me, upon which a visual representation of spirit will eventually reveal itself.
As we awake to each new morning, we are also presented with a blank slate with which to create our day upon. Will our choices and reactions be seasoned by our experiences of the past, those from which we have not moved on from, those which house pain, regret, guilt or sorrow? Or will our choices and reactions be sprinkled with the spices of curiosity, adventure and the desire to break away from our past to try something new?
“Time heals all wounds…” Really? Yes, time dulls the sharpest edges of our wounds, but true healing cannot happen without effort, without intent. The surface may appear healed but underneath there may continue to be a festering that undermines our ability to completely heal and move forward.
A recent witnessing of the reopening of a festering wound that had been put aside has prompted this blog posting. I’ve sadly watched as it broke open once again, creating an even deeper fissure than ever before. On an even larger scale, I watch, with grief, as our world continues to suffer the repercussions of an ancient wound left raw and inflamed…
True healing takes time. It takes the full cooperation of the body, mind and soul; it takes the collaboration of many energies and most of all, it takes great strength, love and a dedicated sincerity. We are human, and with that comes the foibles of humanity and those of our fears most of all. It is impossible to move forward with ease when we are burdened by a plaster cast surrounding our injury. A plaster cast is meant to be a temporary shield within which healing of a broken bone can knit itself strong once again. A plaster cast, put round an emotional wound, however, can only serve to block and delay what needs be abraded and cleared.
Whether your wound is physical or emotional in nature, the root of its origins needs be exposed, cleansed and provided with a blank slate within which to start its healing afresh. If we don’t allow the wound to heal, it cannot. We need to ensure that we are truly ready and the rest will fall into place.
Intent is everything…
Daily Acceptance Prayer
~ with permission from: Manataka American Indian Council
I accept myself completely.
I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.
I accept myself completely as a human being.
I accept that I am here to learn and grow, and
I accept that I am learning and growing.
I accept the personality I’ve developed, and
I accept my power to heal and change.
I accept myself without condition or reservation.
I accept that the core of my being is goodness and
that my essence is love, and
I accept that I sometimes forget that.
I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.
From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
I open to the lessons it offers me today.
I accept that within my mind are both fear and love, and
I accept my power to choose which
I will experience as real.
I recognize that I experience only the results
of my own choices.
I accept the times that I choose fear
as part of my learning and healing process, and
I accept that I have the potential and power
in any moment to choose love instead.
I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
so I am always willing to forgive myself and
give myself another chance.
I accept that my life is the expression of my thought, and
I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
more and more each day with the Thought of Love.
I accept that I am an expression of this Love.
Love’s hands and voice and heart on earth.
I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.
My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.
May I always share the gifts that I receive
fully, freely, and with joy.