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go and do that

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Joy in the Mourning

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Truth is the building block a lie can teardown.

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Time Is

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Little Gold Band

A lady stared down at her hand On a warm and sunny day At  the band her husband put on her hand On their wedding day The little band glissened Small diamonds twinkled back at her As she stared at her … [Read More...]

Replacing Death with the Beauty and Peace of Transformation

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More Than a Person: I AM…

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A Soulful Awakening

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Live Alive!

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Science and Spirituality – Quest for Congruence

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A Soulful Awakening Excerpt

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A Stroll with Uncle Free

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A Soulful Awakening

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A New Start

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New Season Cleaning

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My Last Wish

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You are my Angel

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1100 o’clock Panic

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What Can, but Will Not.

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Pearls of the Poverty

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Thank you

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God’s Child

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Irish Angel

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Child called me ~

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The Kite

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The giving Tree

Inward Journey

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Special Someone

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Rainbow Of Humanity

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Just A Dream

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Citizens and the winter rains

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Be home where your heart lives

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Be Here

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Not To Fast And Not To Slow!

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Reach Toward the Sun

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Jesus Christ God’s Gift Of Love Our Hope Of Salvation

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A Heart’s Wasteland

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A Season of Wisteria

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Tales of Jonathan

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Bedroom Dreams

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S.A.D As rain cries teardrops Down the window pane I look out beyond At the … [Read More...]


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Divine Presence On A Lonely Night

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Grateful Me

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Hiding in darkness

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… the light is shining on me …

I stand in the middle of the desert, And the light is shining on me ... I … [Read More...]

A Stroll With Uncle Free

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Finding peace in chaos

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Shine On

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Wolfsisters   Wolfsisters running through the woods being born in the … [Read More...]



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A Hug from Archangel Michael

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A Father’s Day Poem

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When You Think Of Me

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Amy Bryant: Reflections of a Nubian Daughter

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Karmic Peace

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Flower Power

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A Created Reality

Finish this sentence: I am a ( ). The fill in the blank has just … [Read More...]

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An Alien Observer

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Identified the exact nature of our wrongs and the associated behavior that … [Read More...]

No Results Needed

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A Mistress’ Daughter

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Tales of Jonathan

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If the mind uses directions that make it travel on a road that leads to a … [Read More...]

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Stepping Out

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Someone sees me

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The Eyes of I

Simply put, when the eyes of I are the base of ones view in life, there … [Read More...]

Silence of a Growing Flower

The silence of a graveyard is not the same as the silence of a flower … [Read More...]

Stillness of Existence

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An Awakened View

Awakening from the dream of an egoic I is as if an entirely new view of the … [Read More...]

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Tools are needed that cultivate what needs changing. They can change the … [Read More...]

No Diversion Needed

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You Are Not Your Thoughts

Thoughts are a part of being human, but the controlling aspect of them is … [Read More...]

Love Unites

Unity as a species seems to be linked to the base of an individuals … [Read More...]

Enter Zen From Here

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A Life Provided Life

Life is the provider of life, the basic functions to live aren't thought … [Read More...]


Strive for the finish line: keep in the presence of the saints.

God continues to show that He can bring strength even in our … [Read More...]

What flows in your veins???

Once upon a time, blood used to flow through my veins, It was tough being … [Read More...]

Attachment is Suffering

When there isn't attachment that needs life to be a certain way, it is only … [Read More...]

Distracted Energy

An agitation is what causes our mind to become distracted and what is it … [Read More...]

Self Created Chaos

Nothing that happens in life has an affect on me unless my own mind allows … [Read More...]

Easy, and Egos

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Deeply Rooted in Love

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Emma Cooper – Reborn

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The Tool of Fear

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To realize the Advaitic truth the seeker has to be free from all superstitions and orthodox contamination.

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Hitting the Snooze Button

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We Are One

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Death is Like a Bird

The Scarlet Macaw is considered to be amongst the most beautiful birds on … [Read More...]

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If one doesn't do things in their life that are beneficial to it, it should … [Read More...]

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