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The Enchanted Forest: the magical lore of trees

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: The Enchanted Forest: the magical lore of trees

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · trees · forest

The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· trees · forest · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · gardening

Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· bird · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · divination

The Magical Lore of Animals

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: The Magical Lore of Animals

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· animals · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · Nature

From the rising of the sun

 Praise be to the source of all life.
Praise, all beings who come from the source, praise the source of all life.
Blessed be the source of all life from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun until its setting, praise the Name that cannot be named.
The source transcends nations and boundaries, and its glory is beyond the heavens.
Who is like unto the source of life, which dwells in the deep,
The source that becomes like the earth
to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
The spirit of life raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill;
And sets them with princes, even with the princes of their people.
The life wells up even in the barren, and makes them joyfully bring forth life.
Praise the source of all life.

(A NeoPlatonist / Taoist / Unitarian version of Psalm 113)

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Poetry

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· psalm · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · Taoism · Kabbalah · Neo-Platonism

The sacred

I invite you to close your eyes, and to choose something  a place, a concept, an object, a person  that you regard as sacred. What is the quality in it that evokes the sacred for you? What values or virtues does it represent? Are they values or virtues that find an echo within you? Is the sacredness an inherent quality of it? Or does it shine through it, as if its source is elsewhere? Just focus for a while on your sacred place, concept, thing or person. Allow its virtue to shine for you; hear its inner music; smell its perfume. [long pause] Now let the place, concept, thing or person fade from your mind and just focus on the virtue itself, and recognise its reflection in your own heart.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · sacred · holy

Innovation

I invite you to close your eyes, and think of a time that you tried something new. Maybe the first time you rode a bike, or your first kiss, or the first time you tried a type of food that you were convinced you didnt like. Maybe it was the first time you tried a new spiritual practice: meditation, or visualisation, or prayer, or elaborate ritual. Maybe it was when you did something scary, like capsizing a canoe or doing a parachute jump. Try to remember how it felt before you did it. Were you scared, resisting, apprehensive, hesitant? Was there someone there to help you get over your fear? What did they do? Were they supportive and kind, or did they push you into it being cruel to be kind? Try to remember how it felt while you were doing it. When did fear change to pleasure? If it did what kind of pleasure was it? Quiet satisfaction or wild exhilaration? Now try to remember how it felt afterwards. Did you want to do it again? Did it make you more willing to try new things? Did it change how you felt about yourself? [pause] Hold the memory of these feelings in your mind. When you are ready, open your eyes and return to the present and your companions here.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · change · experiment · experience

The body

I invite you to take one breath for the earth beneath our feet, one for the sky above us, and one for the sea that surrounds us. Be aware of your body, and release any tension in your feet ... legs ... belly ... chest ... arms ... neck ... and head. Now look within yourself  what images arise? ... [pause] ...The body contains darkness  the velvet darkness of the flesh, the nourishing darkness of the earth. The body contains water  water that answers to the call of the Moon, water that nourishes life. The body contains earth  the chalk-white bones that hold us up. The body contains air  the air that we breathe. The body contains fire  the spark of life, the warmth of the flesh, the pulse of the blood. And the body contains light  the spark of the Divine in every heart, the light of reason in every mind. The body holds our memories  memories of happiness and sadness, memories that make us who we are. The body gives rise to our dreams  dreams of freedom and peace, dreams of love and passion. The body holds our spirit, our consciousness, our inner life. The body fixes us in time and place, allowing us to experience the present moment in all its fullness. Let us be present now  present to our bodies, present to each other, present to this precious moment. [long pause] Let us be present now. [music]

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · body

The Divine

What is the Divine? Is it the still small voice that whispers to your conscience in the watches of the night? ... Is it love, that leaps like a spark from heart to heart? ... Is it inspiration, stirring the mind to insight and poetry? ... Is it power and glory and might? ... Or is it humility and integrity and wonder? ... Is it compassion, that pities the poor and friendless and alone? ... Is it the power of creativity, that continuously creates all existence? ... Is it the power that sustains the universe? & Is it the source of all that is? ... Is it the beauty and grandeur of nature? & Is it eternally one and the same, unchanging, ceaseless and beyond all thought? & Is it constantly changing and evolving, growing like a tree into the vastness of time? ... Is it the void, the nothingness and silence beyond existence, where we can let our minds rest? ... It may be all or none of these things, but we feel its touch when we let our minds rest in the ultimate ground of our being, the silence and awe and wonder. Let us go within to our own silent contemplation of the Divine ...

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · Divine · God · Goddess · Spirit of Life · Ground of All Being

Mother Spirit

God our Mother: the source and origin of all life
Who is in both the starry heavens and the fruitful Earth
We sing to you of your beauty,
And we cry to you when we are in pain,
We whisper your many names into the night.
Your presence is everywhere
Your song is the music of creation, perpetually renewing itself,
Reflected in the patterns of Nature and the movements of the stars.
You feed us from the bounty of Nature’s store
And nurture us when we are in pain,
When we have hurt others,
And give us the strength to heal and forgive.
May we not harm the delicate web of existence,
But help to heal and strengthen it.
For yours is the beauty, present in everything,
The ever-changing beauty of Nature,
Throughout all existence
Amen.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · Earth · Goddess · Mother Nature · Nature · earth-centred spirituality · Unitarian · Mother Spirit · Mati Sveta

Sometimes we do not hear the call

Sometimes we do not hear the call,
the still small voice that speaks to us
in the watches of the night.
Sometimes we do not recognise the messenger,
nor hear the message,
though reality patiently sends it over and over,
showing the way, opening the door.
O source of all wisdom,
help us to discern the subtle whispers
among the tumult of conflicting messages.
Help us to find the harmonious way
among the many branching possibilities.
Help us to recognise the messengers from the Divine
in their many forms.
Help us to hear the voice of love
calling us to community, to justice and to peace.
Amen.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · Divine · messenger · angel

Prayer for liberation

O deep and ineffable Silence
That speaks from the depths
O space carved out by suffering
That is inexplicably filled with joy
You are the inspiration of our going forth
To connect with others
Move our hearts to compassion
That we may genuinely lift up the poor
Move our hands to action
That we may lift the burdens of the oppressed
Fill our heads with inspiration
That we may behold the vision of a just society
And work to bring it into being
Amen.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · liberation theology · liberation · compassion · Unitarian

Prayer of inclusive love

 Source of all life and love,
We give thanks for the beautiful diversity of love,
The glorious rainbow of sexuality,
and the myriad ways to give and receive love.
We give thanks for the love of lesbians, gays, heterosexuals, bisexuals, transgender, chosen celibates, whose souls are aflame with eros and agape.
We give thanks for the love of friends, families, companion animals, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts and second cousins once removed.
We give thanks for the random acts of kindness shown by strangers to each other.
We give thanks for our beloved community.
May all these loves be strengthened and renewed
by wisdom, patience, tolerance, forbearance, forgiveness and courtesy.
May all these loves recognise and rejoice in each other
as part of the great tapestry of love.
May all beings be filled with loving-kindness,
and may justice roll down like waters
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amen.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · LGBT · lesbian · gay · bisexual · transgender · rainbow · Unitarian · gratitude · wisdom · patience · tolerance · forbearance · forgiveness · courtesy

This day

This day
I desire to make connections
   to sustain a sense of the sacred
   to be graceful and gracious
   to listen to the silences between the words
   to be mindful of the beauty in each moment
   to give thanks for the beauties
      of tree and flower,
      birdsong and laughter,
      friendship and fellowship.

Great Mystery at the heart of all that is,
may I be constantly aware of the wonder and joy
of being awake, alive and aware
and treasure each moment
whatever it brings

and when I fail,
as often happens,
let me not be too hard on myself,
but gently reconnect with the heart of the mystery
sinking gratefully into the soft darkness,
the singing silence.
For each moment we can begin again.
It is never too late.
The time is always now.


23-6-11
7.55am

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Prayers

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow · awareness · mystery · sacred · connection

Sometimes we do not hear the call

Sometimes we do not hear the call

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow

Mother Spirit

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Unitarian

· prayer · poetry · poem · Yvonne Aburrow