Sunday, February 8, 2009

Music restores my soul

This weekend has been about music. Re-discovering why music is so deeply entrenched in my soul. I forget sometimes. However, whenever I go back to music, I remember why I am a spiritual being.

I don't listen to music for it's beauty, although sometimes it is beautiful. I don't listen to music for the words it says. I listen for all of the above. I listen because it touches my soul, because it says something profound that I cannot express on my own. I listen because it reaches inside me and makes me feel alive again.

This song is one of those songs. Tell me, do you agree?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"The Age of Aquarius"

"When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets

And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius ♒
Age of Aquarius ♒
Aquarius! ♒ Aquarius! ♒

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions

Mystic crystal revelation

And the mind's true liberation Aquarius! ♒
Aquarius! ♒

When the moon is in the Seventh House

And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius ♒

Age of Aquarius ♒
Aquarius! ♒ Aquarius! ♒

Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in
Let the sun shine, Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in, etc......"
----- from "Hair the American Tribal Love Rock Musical"
Lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni

Back in the 60’s when this song came out, it was an anthem for the youth of that time. It was about “flower children” and “hippies”, free love and exploring things beyond our understanding.

I wasn’t quite old enough to be a flower child, however, I was close enough to be one in my own world. That is when I started really searching for my own brand of spirituality. It started me exploring and thinking.

My home life was difficult. My father was an alcoholic and so I retreated to books, music and my inner mind. I was a very imaginative young teenager.

My mother was understanding of my search for what I defined as my spirituality, as long as I didn’t run away and become an actual “flower child”. I remember going with my parents and aunt and uncle to Soho in New York on a vacation. My mom bought me a button that said.. “Make love not war”. My mother and I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair at the theatre and that is when I became aware of “The Age of Aquarius”. It said so much to me. When I bought the album I would play it over and over and sing along with it.

Now, more than before, I see this song as an anthem, especially, with a new president in office. Someone who I think will really truly help this country to go back to the golden times when the USA was strong and most people were happy and not suffering, as we are now. There are more people than ever out of work and with families who are starving.
I see so much hope on people’s faces as they listen and watch Barack Obama talk about how he is going to help them.

Unfortunately, our last president did not give us hope. In fact, by the time of the nominations for president, most people looked as if they had given up. I know I felt that way.

I felt frustrated that the health system failed me when I most needed it. I felt frustrated that although I was working, I had less to show for it than ever before. I felt hopeless and believed that I would never feel hopeful again.

Now I do feel hopeful. I know that there is no quick fix, after all it’s taken us a long time to get to this stage of life in the USA. I feel hopeful. I don’t care if I make a lot of money. I just want to be able to live comfortably and to know that if my health condition gets worse, that I will be taken care of by my health insurance and that I won’t go hungry.

I can see “The Age of Aquarius” on the horizon and its really beautiful.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Here's a little bit of art that I have been working on while I was gone here.

I've been away from my blog for quite a while now. I just needed a little break. Well, imagine my surprise when I returned and found that I had won a blogger award. :-) What a nice surprise. It's my first.

So thank you George at "LostNight's Scribblings" for the nice award. I'll return the favor to seven others I find. :-) I hope you don't mind that I copied your little bit of text.

"So the rules to accepting my award are as follows: A) first list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep! B) Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap." - George/LostNight Scribblings"

10 Honest things about myself:

1. I don't give myself enough credit for having such strong internal strength. I tend to brush it off and discount it.

2. Age is just a number. It depends on how you feel inside. Today I feel 101. LOL Tomorrow I may feel 16.

3. I am alone because I have chosen to be alone. I don't have to have someone to just fill my days and nights.

4. "I may have Fibromyalgia, however, it does not have me." It took me a very long time to realize that.

5. I have a tendency to go so far within myself, that no one may see my real self. I need to let my friends and loved ones in more often.

6. I am a natural healer. "Why can't I heal myself?" I think that is because I feel more compassion and empathy for others who cannot heal themselves. It took a very long time to understand that one. :-) It keeps me humble.

7. I'm loyal and perhaps a little stubborn. Which is not a bad thing.... I think. :-)

8. I'm a cat lady and proud of it. They are my kids.

9. When I was younger I wanted to be just like my Aunt Geri. She was beautiful and a bit eccentric. Well, what do you know? So am I.

10. I can say anything I like....... Powerful words. I won't abuse them.