11/29/2016          

Dear CREAgeous Friends,
 
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!
I’ve been thinking about this “season of Love”.  Is it all just a cliche or can we make it real for ourselves?  I actually believe it IS up to us….

             And we are put on earth a little space
   That we might learn to bear the beams of love.
                                                         William Blake

We all yearn for love.  This is a universal human experience.  I have been reading a beautiful book by American psychiatrist and theologian Gerald May called “The Awakened Heart”.  He states, “There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart.  We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies.  We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake.  It is the human desire for love.  Every person on this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love.  Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.”  He goes on to say that “William Blake was right about the purpose of humanity; we are here to learn to bear the beams of love.  There are three meanings of bearing love: to ensure it, to carry it, and to bring it forth.  In the first, we are meant to grow in our capacity to endure love’s beauty and pain.  In the second, we are meant to carry love and spread it around, as children carry laugher and measles.  And in the third we are meant to bring new love into the world, to be BIRTHERS OF LOVE.  This is the threefold nature of our longing”.

How can we each take responsibility to birth more love into our world this season?  Within this question it is also important to consider both our inner world and outer world and our capacity for giving and receiving “self” love and “other” love.

Do not forget yourself during this season of giving…..go for walks, take hot baths, buy that beautiful candle for yourself, spend time with loved ones, for when we feel full we have more to give and then we can go out there and beam love to others by smiling at a stranger, serving at the Soup Kitchen, being patient with the harried sales person or just slowing down and letting that car get in front of you!
ENJOY…….

LOVE,
Cynthia

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AND in light of NOT forgetting yourself…..

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There is still space in this Saturdays Workshop –  Dec.3rd

GATHERING YOUR ACORNS FOR WINTER – A SoulCollage® Workshop
http://cynthia-shaw.com/fallworkshops/

and PLAN FOR YOUR NEW YEAR 2017….NOW!

JUICY ALIVENESS! – A WOMEN’S CREATIVITY RETREAT
JANUARY 7TH,  9-5
http://cynthia-shaw.com/fallworkshops/

warmly,
Cynthia

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