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Food For Thought

Forget And Remember



Forget each kindness you do, as soon as it’s done,
The praise that falls upon you, the moment it’s won.
Any slander you hear. Never repeat it.
Every slight, spite and sneer, whenever you meet it.

But remember every kindness that’s done to you, whatever its measure.
Praise by others won and return the same to them with pleasure.
Every promise you make and keep it, to the letter.
Those who lend you and help them by being a grateful debtor.

Remember any happiness that ever came your way in living.
Forget worries and distress, and be hopeful and forgiving.
Remember everything that’s good and true,
And never forget that the Heavens are watching over you.
That way you are sure to find from youth to old age,
That many hearts love you.

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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I Wish You Enough



I wish you enough Sunshine to keep your attitude bright,
No matter how grey some days may be.

I wish you enough rain,
To help you appreciate the Sun
And so the good things of the Earth can grow.
They need both, the same as we do.

I wish you enough understanding
To recognise and accept this,
So that instead of grumbling about it
You give thanks to the Highest Forces of life
And praise them for glory of their wisdom.

I wish you the kind of happiness
That comes from knowing your true nature
And that the essence of your being is immortal and eternal.

I wish you enough pain,
To make the smallest joys of your earthly existence
Appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain,
To satisfy all your wanting,

But I also wish you enough loss,
So you appreciate everything you have got.

And I wish you enough awareness,
To get you through what’s generally called final good-byes,
Knowing that the spirit and soul of your loved ones is immortal
Like yours and cannot die.
Even when they depart from the earthly plane of life,
Saying good-bye is never final at all.

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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Solitude



With every day that passes
I re-discover my need for times of solitude.
I have found that without them it is impossible to recognise
Myself and everybody else in the light of who we truly are:
The beloved children of the Great Father/Mother of all life.
On the earthly plane most of us are struggling hard
To deal with the results of the seeds sown
By our own ignorance and weakness,
Selfishness and greed, anxieties and fears.

To overcome these aspects of our lower nature,
They have to be accepted by us into
The light and warmth of our Christ nature,
With love and forgiveness for ourselves and
All those who ever trespassed against us.
The work involved can only be carried out in true solitude,
Because on the inner level we are then
More firmly connected with others.
This makes it easier to love and forgive them
The way God loves and forgives us.

There is a difference between false and true solitude:
One is a flight from the people around us
That separates us from them.
But the other helps us to feel our oneness with them.
In false solitude we are alone with our own
Selfishness and sadness, pain and bruised sensitivities.
True solitude allows us to communicate with our Creator,
And everything that exists in our world and all others.
Through this our inner connection with all life
Finds the healing that is essential at this time
Of our own individual spiritual rebirth
And that of our whole race and world.
And the awareness of everyone’s Divinity
Brings us the realisation that in spirit
All of us truly have always been brothers and sisters.

True solitude provides us with the breaks
Everybody needs from time to time
To reflect on and contemplate things,
So they can be assimilated into our consciousness.
In this process we get to understand ourselves,
The purpose and meaning of our existence
And our pathway through life better.

From Prayers & Words Of Wisdom From Around Our World’

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Birthday Prayer



Reflecting on this lifetime’s journey, so far,
Mother-Father Creator, from where I stand now,
It is easy to see that Your Grace has always been with me,
And that the failings, dangers and mistakes of my life,
As well as the joys, pleasures and adventures were necessary
For teaching me many invaluable lessons.

Thank You for the loving support of all those around me
And also for the wisdom of my spirit guides and helpers.
The more I progress in life, the more I can feel
That they have always been there for me,
Guiding, inspiring and encouraging me to carry on,
No matter what lessons were presenting themselves.

At times it has been easy to feel Your presence,
But all too frequently it felt as if I had to walk by faith alone.
Forgive me for being slow and finding it hard to trust
Your guidance and protection,
And for the times I was unkind and unloving,
Towards others as well as myself,
And whenever else I failed to make good use of Your Grace.

From the bottom of my heart and soul
I thank you for my ever growing awareness of
Your loving presence in me and my life
And for my ever deepening understanding
That You are as much part of me, as I am of You.

My journey through the rest of my present lifetime
Is lit by the memories of past mercies You have shown me,
Beloved Mother-Father Creator.
May the Christ Spirit with its wisdom and love
Come ever more fully alive in me,
So that I can serve You,
The way You always have been and forever will be
Serving me and my life, and all life.

May Your servants, the Angels and Masters
And all other spirit friends and helpers forever be with me,
To guide and protect me,
And keep me and my world from all harm.
All thanks and praise, all glory and honour be to You
For the gift of my life and all life.

Amen

George Appleton
Edited by Aquarius

From Prayers & Words Of Wisdom From Around Our World’

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Prayer For True Wisdom



Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself
That I am growing older and will some day be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit
Of thinking I must say something
On every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody,
Helpful, but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom,
It seems a pity not to use it all,
But Thou knowest, Lord,
That I want a few friends left at the end.

Keep my mind free from the endless recital of details.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains.
They are increasing and the love of rehearsing them
Is becoming ever sweeter, as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy
The tales of others’ pains,
But help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory,
Only for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness,
When my memory seems to clash with that of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson
That I could be mistaken, occasionally.
Keep me reasonably sweet.
I do not want to be a Saint,
Some of them are so hard to live with,
But a sour old person is
One of the crowning works of the devil.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places,
And talents in unexpected people.
And grant me, O Lord, the gift
Of having the grace to tell them so.
Amen

A Nun’s Prayer
From the Seventeenth Century

From ‘Prayers & Words Of Wisdom From Around Our World’

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Saint Theresa’s Prayer


May there be peace within you, today and always.
May you trust God that you are exactly who you are
And where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that exist in God
And may you use every one of your gifts
For the greatest joy and the highest good of all,
Never for selfish purposes.

May this help you to pass all your love
To anyone who is in need of it.
And may you forever rest safely in the knowledge
That you are a beloved child of God,
The Great Father/Mother of all life
And their only born Son/Daughter,
The Universal Christ.

Peace be with you.

Amen

Saint Theresa
Edited by Aquarius

From Prayers & Words Of Wisdom From Around Our World’

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The Value Of A Hug



A hug is beneficial because it feels good.
It disperses loneliness and the fear of each other.
It’s self-esteem building when you say to yourself:
‘Wow! I am lovable, someone wants to hug me!’
Besides a hug slows down ageing because at heart
People who enjoy hugging never grow old.

A hug eases tensions and insomnia.
It keeps arms and shoulder muscles in good condition.
It enhances the environment
And is therefore ecologically sound.
It’s democratic as well,
Because everybody is always eligible.
And on top of all that it’s portable.
You can take it with you wherever you go.

A hug is a sign of friendship
And adds another dimension to
Being together merely as physical beings.
It saves heat and that makes it energy efficient.
Difficult days are made more bearable
And happy ones better still
By making you feel good all day.
And that’s why I am sending you
An extra great big special hug,
Right now!
God bless you and keep you safe,
Always.

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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A Little Hug



Whenever you’re feeling sad
And things just won’t go right,
When your usual happy smile
Has vanished out of sight,
Look at this little hug from me.

Keep it for the times you feel lost and lonely,
To remind you there’s someone who loves you
And really cares about you and your wellbeing,
Especially spiritually,
And that’s me.

With love – Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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A Word At The Right Time


As a rule silence is golden and whenever we manage to keep our peace we usually do not regret it. Yet, there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes not saying anything is decidedly wrong. But occasionally we keep silent because we do not know what to say, especially when someone has suffered a severe personal loss. Well, what can we say? When every conceivable remark we could possibly make seems inadequate, we need to turn to the wise one within. A simple prayer like: ‘Please help me find the right words,’ is enough. Pay attention to its response and you will be amazed at what comes to you.

Frequently, we tend to remain silent in the hope of avoiding the awkwardness and discomfort of such situations. Suppose we hear that an acquaintance lost a child in a traffic accident or to a serious illness or someone is wading through the depths of depression. What can we say? It is one thing to pay a condolence call to someone who has lost a parent, but it would still be rather callous to say: ‘Please accept my sympathies, but it is the way of our world that parents die before their children and not the other way round.’ It might be better to gently explain how we perceive the situation, that the parent has been released from earthly life and is now alive and well in the world of spirit, our true home. The situation is very different when we encounter grieving parents who have lost a child. Because we do not know what to say, we may simply avoid the bereaved family or the depressed person, but this would be wrong because it adds the burden of loneliness to their suffering.

May we all be spared from such experiences. But should we hear of tragedies and suffering, let’s not stay away or keep silent. And when we feel another’s pain, may we have the courage to say so and not hesitate to say something like: ‘I am feeling with you.’ If the person is unfamiliar with the concept that in truth there is no death, try to bring this idea closer to them, but choose your words very carefully and don’t forget to ask your inner guidance in your mind for the right words. When the simplest ones are said with heartfelt sincerity, they have the power to lift and support distressed spirits.

Obviously mere words cannot restore anyone’s loss or take away their depression. Yet, there is a great deal of truth in the old saying: ‘A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved and a joy shared means doubling it.’

Who is blind?
The one who cannot see another world.
Who is dumb?
The one who cannot speak a kind and loving word at the right time.
Who is poor?
The one who is plagued by too many desires.
Who is rich?
The one whose heart is contented.

Anon.

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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The Power Of A Kind Word



Drop a pebble into the water. Just a splash and it’s gone,
While its ripples travel outwards on and on.
Spreading from the centre of the drop, they flow out to sea
And no-one can tell where their end will ever be.

It’s the same with words of kindness. In a flash they are gone,
But their ripples are sure to keep circling on and on,
Having the power to bring a renewal of hope and joy.
If you could see much comfort and healing comes with each splashing wave
You’d find it hard to believe the effects of the kindness you gave.

So drop a word of cheer and kindness whenever you can.
Though in a minute you forget,
The gladness and joy you once gave may be circling yet.
The waves of comfort create a music that can be heard
Over miles and miles of water,
By the power of one kind word.

James W. Foley
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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Beauty Tips



For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once per day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored,
Renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed,
So never throw out anyone.

If you ever need a helping hand, remember that
there is one at the end of each one of your arms.
And the older you grow, the more your discover
that you have two hands:
one for helping yourself and
the other one for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn
Read at her funeral years after she wrote the above.

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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The Optimist’s Creed



I see the good in all people and situations.
Even though it’s still invisible in many of us,
Because everybody is a spark of the Divine,
It is there nonetheless.
And because the law of life is love and evolution,
Everything that happens serves the wise higher purpose
Of moving us and our world forwards and upwards
On the evolutionary spiral of life.
That’s why seeing something good in everything
Is by no means foolishly optimistic.
Spiritually it is realistic and sound
Because it helps to bring the good forth.

Life is basically very simple.
What we send into our world returns to us.
That’s why from now on I send nothing but love.
And because our thoughts create our reality,
My optimism is bound to come true in the end.
And so I think only of that which is good, right and beautiful
And strive to do my best at all times,
As in that case only more of the same can return to me.

I talk health, happiness and prosperity
With everyone I meet and
My faith in the basic goodness of life
Is growing so strong that nothing
Can shake it and disturb my peace of mind.

I promise myself to present a cheerful face to our world
At all times and greet everyone with a smile,
Even when I don’t really feel like it.
And I dedicate so much time on improving
My own character that will be no time left
For sitting in judgement over others
And criticising them.

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life’

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Kindness



Kindness is a present anyone can give.
Sometimes as simple as a smile,
A word of understanding,
Time for chatting a while,
Writing a letter, a text or an e-mail.

Such gifts anyone can bring
Who thinks of us with a loving heart.
When they come wrapped in the warmth
From deep within the sender,
Their beauty sets each day apart.

Sandie Stevens
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom For Friendship Healing’

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Things That Cannot Be Recovered



Stones that have been thrown
Can sometimes be retrieved,
But not thoughts once they have left our mind,
Words when they have been spoken,
Opportunities that have been missed
And time that has been lost.​

We are responsible for every one of our thoughts and words. They leave an impression on the ethers and join either a positive or negative stream to create something. None of them can ever be taken back, especially not unkind and unloving words that are thoughtlessly spoken. They add themselves to the stream of thoughts of this nature and because all life moves in vast circles and everything eventually has to return to its sender, at some time or another find their way back to us with increased strength. Aware of this, wise ones guard their tongues most carefully and get their minds into gear before saying anything.

 
Yesterday And Tomorrow



Have you ever considered that
It is only ever now,
That yesterday and tomorrow
Are part of the illusions of earthly life,
Where the past is called history and
The future will always be a mystery?
Every moment we are here in the now is a gift.
That’s why we call it the present.

Eternity is not something we have to wait for,
It’s here and now.
Every second of our earthly existence is part of Eternity,
So let’s not waste and fritter it away.
If we’ve had enough of the test and trials of earthly life
And would like to move on to teachings of a higher nature,
We need to do our best to develop our Christ nature
By bringing forth the best within us and
Humbly seeking to serve the Highest.

Recommended Reading:
‘About Time’

From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life’

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The Value Of Wisdom



There was an old owl who lived in an oak.
The more it heard, the less it spoke and
The less it spoke, the more it heard.
Why can’t people behave a bit more
Like this wise old bird?

Ah yes, but wait a moment!
In my view, those who heed
What’s been said in my previous posting
Has the potential of turning into someone
As wise as a whole tree full of owls,
Much wiser than the old owl could ever hope to be.
Who is as wise as a whole tree full of owls.

Edward H. Richards
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life’

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The Golden Box


Some time ago, a mother punished her small daughter for using a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper, which she had bought for a special purpose. As the family was very poor, the mother was even more upset when she discovered that the child had used the paper for decorating a box she was going to lay under the Christmas tree.

When the little girl brought the box to her mother on Christmas morning and said: ‘This is for you, mummy,’ the mother was embarrassed by her earlier over-reaction. However, her anger flared up again when she discovered that the box was empty. Harshly she spoke to her daughter: ‘Don’t you know, young lady, when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package?’ With tears in her eyes the little girl replied: ‘Oh, but mummy, the box isn’t empty! It’s filled with kisses that I blew into it until it was full. You can’t see them, but they are there.’

Ashamed of her thoughtlessness, the mother hugged her little girl and asked her forgiveness. A short time later the child died in an accident and the mother kept the golden box by her bed. Whenever she was discouraged or had to face something difficult, she opened the box and took from it one of her little girl’s kisses and thought of the love that had brought it into being. That somehow provided her with renewed courage and strength.

In a very real sense, each one of us has been given a golden box that is filled with the love and affection of our family and friends as well as God and the Angels, and our other spirit guides and helpers. There is no more precious possession anyone could have than one of these boxes, even though they are invisible.

Created by Anon.
Edited by Aquarius

This is my golden box for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

From ‘Words Of Wisdom & Healing From The Tree Of Life’

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Walking In Beauty



O Great White Spirit,
Father/Mother of all life,
Thank you for allowing me to take part
In the beauty and wonder of Your Creation,
At this special time of Mother Earth’s transformation.
Your breath gives life to all worlds and beings,
And I hear Your voice in every wind that blows.
As an earthling, I am small and weak.
Grant me the gifts of Your courage and strength
Wisdom and love.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
Enjoy the Sun’s rising as well as its setting.
I treasure the things You are creating through me
As manifestations of the abundance of Your love.
May my ears ever be attentive to Your voice
And may I be wise enough to understand
And follow the things You have been
Teaching my people throughout the ages.

Help me to recognise the lessons
That are hidden in every flower and leaf,
Rock and mountain,
And all human beings.
Give me the wisdom not to wish
To be greater than any one of them,
And help me to overcome my biggest enemy,
My own lower nature.

Make me ready to come to You with
An open heart and a clear conscience
That I have served the wellbeing of our
Beloved planet to the best of my abilities,
So that when my present lifetime fades,
The same as every sunset does,
My spirit and soul reach You
Without remorse and shame.

Based on the Native American Sioux Tradition
Adapted for our time by Aquarius​

 
Healing Prayer For Disaster Victims



Great Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
And Your only born Son/Daughter,
The Spirit of the Universal Christ,
May the Light of power, courage and strength
Flow freely into those affected by natural disasters
Like earthquakes, flooding and landslides,
And also of the human-made catastrophes
Of war and other acts of terrorism,
Wherever they may be taking place.

Grant us and our world also the gift of
Your infinite wisdom and love,
So that together with You and the Angels
We may lift the spirits and souls of those
Who under the influence of the powers of
Darkness and destruction have to return
To our true home, the spirit world,
Guided and protected by
The Angels of Rescue and Death.
May they not only find rest, peace and healing
In that world, but also a better understanding of the
Purpose and meaning of humankind’s earthly existence.

Meanwhile we give
Thanks and praise to You and the Angels
For ensuring that none of us will
Ever be lost in the vastness of space and time,
Left behind and forgotten,
And that all human beings,
Wherever they may find themselves,
Will forever be resting securely
In Your loving arms.

May our hearts and souls be filled with forgiveness
For those who are still taking part in the
Earliest parts of their earthly education.
And may the radiance of Your Light
Shine into their hearts and souls,
So that they too open and
The Divine spark within them
Stirs from its slumber.
And may the hearts of the older and
More experienced souls in our midst
Be filled with forgiveness for their younger siblings
In the great family of humankind.
Grant these people the gift of understanding that
The lessons the young ones are presently taking part in
Are similar to those they once that took them
Through the initial stages of their earthly education.

As payment for our karmic debts,
Help us older souls to patiently endure
What the youngsters are inflicting upon us,
In their ignorance of their true nature
And the existence of Your Universal laws,
Thus creating ever more
Difficult Karma for themselves.
Undoubtedly, for them too
The time will come,
In one or several of their future lifetimes,
When they have to make good
The debts they are incurring now.
It will then be their turn to suffer,
The same as we are doing now,
At the hands of the youngsters
Who are treading the evolutionary pathway
Behind them.

May this knowledge help
The Christ nature characteristics
Of compassion, forgiveness and love
Unfold and blossom in ever more human hearts.
And may Your Divine courage and strength
Flow into survivors of any kind and all who are
Lovingly attending to the sick and wounded
In mind and body, spirit and soul.
These things we are asking from You,
In the name of love,
Your name and ours,
For the blessing and healing
Of our world and all worlds.

Amen

From ‘Healers And Healing’

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Peace On Earth



O Great White Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
Being omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient,
You are in all that is and know the way of all things.
You are the spirit of everything that is good, right and beautiful.
You are the will and power of the Great Father
That rules the whole of Creation.
You also are the love and light,
Wisdom and truth of the Great Mother.

We are Your children of the Earth.
Please help us to find ways
Of becoming ever more like You and at one with You,
So that the warmth and love of Your light
Can flow through us into everything that is in our world
And bring us the healing and peace we so badly need.

Help us to deal with the many spiritual and mental,
Emotional and physical challenges of our time,
By living one day at a time and conducting
Our lives in keeping with Your Universal laws.
May each one of us fulfil their highest potential,
Being aware of our own duties and responsibilities,
Whilst freely and unselfishly giving of ourselves
From a kind and loving heart.

We give thanks and praise
For the gifts You have bestowed upon us,
So that hand in hand with You and the Angels
We can work our way through whatever
Karmic issues are still waiting to be resolved,
To bring healing for every aspect of our being.
In due course may we be able to show others
How to deal with theirs.

When the right moment has come for them,
Open their inner eyes and ears,
So they too can listen to and follow Your guidance,
As it rises from within the very core of their own being.
May ever more of us come into the radiance
Of Your sacred wisdom and truth,
And may this continue until even the last one us
Has found their own way back home
Into the consciousness of their true nature.

May the light of the Christ Star always illumine our way,
Its love guide our every thought, word and action,
Its Divine wisdom bring us inner peace,
Its strength fortify us in times of need,
And Its compassion and love
Guide and protect us,
Bring us comfort and healing,
And keep us safe, n
Now and forever.

Amen

Brian Reid
Edited by Aquarius

From Prayers & Words Of Wisdom From Around Our World’

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