Jesus: Then & Now

The Universe continually expands
Throughout all time and space
Stars and planets evolve
And so too, the human race

Two thousand years ago
Jesus was physical on Earth
Heralding a great change
Starting with a miraculous birth

A planet of duality
Both the dark and the light
He came to show us all
A way to live right

His life was not easy
Before the Light of His Way
Became part of Earth’s history
His Presence always to stay

Guidance He taught
In the ways of the old
Parables were preached
As stories were told

A pure and gentle shepherd
Tending and guiding His flock
Peace and Unconditional Love
Steadfast as a rock

Forgiveness, compassion
Peace, Joy and Love
Living from the heart
Raises Spirits high above

He died on the cross
A symbol that was then took
To be used as a manoeuvre
In the writings of the Book

We all have freewill
To decide the truth of it all
Some will deny His existence
Others surrender all to His call

But do you question the dogma
Various religions have taught
Focusing on death and sin
How can the Light be brought?

Did He really ‘die for us’
And is He the ‘Only Way?’
Belief is a powerful thing
Enabling rules to obey

Imagine for a moment
If He was here today
Would things be different
Or end up the same way?

A man who speaks only
Of Love, Peace and Light
In the media’s hands
Would his future be bright?

‘I Am God’ and ‘Heal The World’
Two different men come to my mind
Both ridiculed for decades
The controlled media is rarely kind

What if He produced miracles
Would that prove His worth?
But, those who choose to see, know
They happen every day on Earth

It would take a massive spectacle
To convince those of doubt
Arriving in a Spaceship of Light
Could that bring change about?

But then there would be hype
Of an ‘alien’ attack
The Son of God perceived
Through a veil of thick black

So how can His presence
Physically show up today?
But, if He was here now
What would He say?

The core of His message
Has never changed, and never will
‘Love everyone, unconditionally’
And hearts with Light will fill

He has been coming to many
Throughout two thousand years
Not in groups to preach
But to each silently He nears

Feeling the All-Encompassing-Love
Or seeing His Presence of Light
Some are blessed with the physical
Others in visions so bright

A Course In Miracles is one
Of His ways to expand
His words of the greatest truths
To spread over our land

Whatever way He comes
It’s never negative at all
For me, in my perception
That’s where the Bible does fall

Look into your own heart
And you will find Him there
At peace, patiently waiting
His unconditional Love to share

Trina Graves – 11th March 2019


About This Poem

When I first wrote this poem I was very unsure about sharing it. 

However, on Thursday evening (just before Good Friday!) I read a message from Amanda Ellis posted in her new Facebook group for people who believe that Michael Jackson was/is a Lightworker, she spoke of how Jesus would be perceived if He came to Earth now, and how He would probably be treated in much the same way as Michael Jackson was. As this is a part of my poem, and I quote ‘Heal The World’ from Michael – I knew this was a sign for me to definitely share my poem too. And with it being Easter, obviously Divine Timing!

verse from poem Jesus: Then & Now - by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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You Cannot Be Separated From Source

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

You cannot be separated from Source
Because Source Energy is what you are
Don’t limit your perception to a God
Who is watching you from afar

You are a Powerful Energy Being
A part of Source, a spark of Light
So how can you ever be separate
You’ve just restricted your sight

Know that you are Source Energy
And be what you came here to be
The world is your creation, so manifest
Love and Beauty for all to see

Trina Graves – July 2012


About This Poem

This was one of the short poems written for my Abraham-Hicks page of quote poems on my other site.

For me, Abraham-Hicks are the greatest teachers of the Law of Attraction as they make it all so easy to understand, will discuss any subject and have fun along the way.

For more of my Abraham-Hicks quote poems take a look at the link page.

You Cannot Be Separated From Source - Inspirational poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Ascending The Fun-Fair Of Life

It was in December 2012
Everywhere was Ascension talk
A few days before the 21st
I wondered what path we’d walk

Questioning, ‘What is Ascension?’
I went to find answers in my mind
A visit with James on the beach
And clarity of guidance I knew I’d find

But the beach just didn’t seem right
Woods?.. Mountain top high in the air?
And then I was in a new place
A field full with a travelling fun-fair

James was nowhere in sight
So I thought I’d go for a walk
Around the sights and sounds
As I did, I heard his voice talk

“With all the different rides to go on
Life is like a great FUN-fair
Exciting, noisy, lots going on
And high drama, if you dare”

“Children love all the fun
Of a colourful, simple ride
Parents know to keep them away
From those where scary things hide”

“If you want to get a high view
Take a trip on the Big Wheel
But the cycle of life has its downs
What’s important is how you feel”

“Some people love the fast rides
And crave a dangerous element
Forces pressing, tossed about
Highest drama in physicality sent”

“It’s best to only ride what you enjoy
But that’s not what most will do
A multitude of reasons why
These are some to give you a clue”

“Peer pressure, fitting in with friends
Not wanting to feel left out
May cause you to take on things
That you fear, or just give you doubt”

“Enticed by the hard sell
Or blatantly just dared
Not wanting to accept defeat
Can win over, even if truly scared”

“And then there are also those
Who’ve given their control away
Unknowingly manipulated by others
Which ride?… what to do, every day”

“There are always a few
Who just want to take in the sights
Not venturing this time on the rides
All choices… no wrongs or rights”

As I reached the other side
I noticed James just up ahead
Looking younger, dressed in jeans
Baseball cap, backwards, on his head

Between us a white picket fence
I then saw, surrounded the fair
A barrier with no visible gate
Then one appeared, so I went out there

I asked James what will happen
When Ascension comes along
He said “This fair will end
And all the rides will be gone”

“People will have a choice
To continue on in another fair
Or let go of the perpetual rides
High drama and intoxicating glare”

“To simply BE in peace and joy
Living as One in unity
Love and Light flowing to all
Surrounded by beauty all can see”

Behind James was another field
Picturesque of Heaven above
Children happily ran and played
I could feel the joy and the love

James asked me, “Would you be
Willing to let all your family go
Especially your little grandchildren
And their parents… yes or no?”

I thought all the children would Ascend
When that time came to be
James said, “Even they have a choice
Always freewill for all of humanity”

We walked closer to the fence
And I understood its presence there
A barrier between the two worlds
I could see over, but not physically share

Joyful groups gathered to watch
Their precious loved ones go for a ride
Knowing they could give guidance
Sending their energy to the other side

If felt a sense of peace
And then drifted off to sleep
That fateful day came and went
But Ascension knowledge I now keep

Trina Graves – 13th March 2019
Vision: 15th December 2012


About This Poem

This is another one of my poems that describes one of the visions and messages I have been given over the years. There is a link page to the other poems I’ve written so far if you would like to know more about this.

This was one of my visions that helped me to accept that there was no way I was just thinking these all by myself. The majority of them had been on a beach, with only a few elsewhere, but they were always scenes of beauty in nature. The way this one took me to somewhere I wasn’t expecting to go, and with how much sense it all made, as I saw and listened to this all in my mind, it was amazing to me. 

I did get caught up in the long build-up to that much hyped date – 22nd December 2012 – and when the day came and went, with nothing noticeable happening, I must admit I was a little disappointed. At that time I listened a lot to Abraham-Hicks, so I should have taken more notice of what they were saying, in that it would just be another day, like any other! 

There had also been another prediction in 2008, to do with disclosure, that I had also followed and hoped would happen, but it did not. But, my conclusion for that one also made sense for this non-occurrence too.

I believe that these things happen – or I should say, are predicted but don’t happen – to get our attention and to open more minds, so that we can then focus on these things to bring them about ourselves. The quote: ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for’ (June Jordan) has a profound truth, as it is us that need to raise our vibration to bring about these changes. 

I also think that this date was a turning point in the tipping of the scales on our planet of duality, as we started to gain momentum in bringing the Light through.

part of poem: Ascending The Fun-Fair Of Life by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
picture from internet

 

My Darling Daughter

Although we always keep in touch
I don’t get to see you very much
Life circumstance means we live apart
But you are constantly in my heart

Your beauty is a flowering rose
Your loving nature always shows
You excel in everything you do
I’m so very proud of you

You’re my Angel sent from above
A wonderful daughter, full of love
I just want you to really know
You’re a Blessing and I love you so

Trina Graves – 22nd March 2015


About This Poem

Tomorrow (11th April 2019) will be my daughter’s 40th birthday. It seems crazy to me how fast the years have flown, especially now that my children are entering their forties and I have a granddaughter in her twenties, with others not far behind!

This short poem I wrote for her card a few years ago, it was written early as she was going away on holiday for a couple of weeks and would be away on her birthday.

Although by other people’s lives, our being apart and not seeing each other much is not comparable, in our family unit it is noticeable because my son has lived with me for the majority of his years and my younger daughter lived with me for several years into her marriage, and then we lived next door to each other for five years. Julie (who the poem is about) left home at just sixteen and apart from coming home for a short time a few years later, has not been living so ‘physically’ close as the others.

I have just completed her card for this year, and although I didn’t plan to write anything I awoke today thinking I must! ’40 Years Of Joy’ was the result and will be another one I will add at a later date.

My Darling Daughter - poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

The Greatest Blessing

The greatest blessing of my life
Was in becoming a Mother
Truly blessed three times in all
A Divine Blessing above any other

The greatest treasures bestowed on me
Worth more than diamonds and gold
Were the lives of my precious children
Still my treasures, even as we grow old

The greatest experience I went through
Was being pregnant with each one
I especially remember the delight I felt
Growing stronger with each rising sun

The greatest bliss I ever felt
Overpowering and so full of love
As I first cuddled each newborn
I was connected to Heaven above

The greatest love I never knew
Until I experienced it myself
Unconditional love for my children
The purest and highest wealth

The greatest smile I ever saw
Gazing at each baby in my arms
The recognizing of their first smile
Is one of life’s simple charms

The greatest sound I ever heard
Brought smiles of pure delight
My babies joyous, infectious giggles
Made each day rosy and bright

The greatest words said to me
Were spoken with love from their eyes
Hearing ‘Mum’ for the very first time
A joyous moment, as time flies

The greatest happiness I had
Through the years abundantly
Were doing things with my children
With their faces so full of glee

The greatest responsibility I faced
Was one I didn’t fully understand
Many years later I discovered
The power of a Mother’s guiding hand

The greatest nurturing I gave
To my children, when they were small
Another thing I was to learn later on was
They were nurturing me through it all

The greatest hugs I received
From my little ones, filled my heart
Happiness expressed through hugs
Together again, after being apart

The greatest Christmasses all were
The ones with my little children
Excitement, traditions, decorations, gifts
Family togetherness, all having fun

The greatest gifts given to me
Throughout the years, without a doubt
Were the simple little handmade ones
Or a daisy picked when we were out

The greatest holidays were spent
Watching my children play in the sun
It didn’t matter where we were
Or whatever was or was not done

The greatest lessons I have learned
Throughout my life, over the years
Were created through being a Mother
Though many did bring me to tears

The greatest teachers in my life
Were my children as they grew
Teaching me what life is all about
Much more than school could ever do

The greatest pride for me has been
Seeing the parents that they now are
Loving, caring, always doing their best
All my grandchildren will go far

The greatest time of my life
Is each and every day
Now blessed with another generation
The joys just ‘blow me away’

The greatest memories for me
Filled with love and of joy
Are with my girls Julie and Emma
And Kevin my only boy

The greatest thankfulness I give
To my Mother, for she taught me
The greatest blessing in our life
Is Mothering, for God’s love we see

Trina Graves – 30th March 2019


About This Poem

I thought I’d finished writing my Mother’s Day poems for this year with Mother’s Day and In The Arms Of An Angel, but the following day the title of this one just came to me, and I knew it was about being a mother, so had to be written that day as Mother’s Day in the UK was the following day.

After doing my usual of prayer, asking for guidance and having an inner knowing that the poem was already completed and ‘out there,’ I made a list of the aspects I wanted to cover. As I was writing the poem a few more ideas came to mind, so I made a note of them to add too. The last verse was not on my list, but just flowed and I knew it was the perfect ending.

part of poem: The Greatest Blessing by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
With my children. bottom pic: grandchildren (ages now 21 to 3)

 

 

In The Arms Of An Angel

An Angel is a Spiritual Being
A Messenger of God, His Agent
Working Divinely with love
Around us, or when needed, sent

Some people get to see them
Magnificent, powerful, bright
With pure white wings of feather
A truly life-enhancing sight

But most just know of them
Or at least hope they are true
For we all need the Divine Love
To support and help us through

However, we have an Earth Angel
Who has always been around
For we are all Spiritual Beings
And Divine Love can be found

There is one who’s always loved us
With all their open heart
Giving their mind, body and Spirit
To our existence, right from our start

They nurtured us for many years
Building our home, a feathered nest
For us to feel at peace, warm and safe
Whenever we needed to have a rest

To them we were never ordinary
But exceptional, even miraculous
Our smallest of achievements
They’d shower us in loving fuss

Unconditional Love and forgiveness
Flowed from their heart and eyes
And when we were little children
They were God‘s Agent, all-wise

As babies we knew the truth
Being fresh from the Great Above
We’d only be placed in the arms
Of the strongest and highest love

In The Arms Of An Angel
We were held like no other
Truly Blessed from the Divine
With an Angel as our Mother

Trina Graves – 29th March 2019


About This Poem

As I mentioned in my last post: Mother’s Day’ the title and theme of this poem came to me with the line from the song ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan. I was writing down some notes for that poem when the song just came into my head and I instantly knew it was for another poem.

Several years ago I came up with the idea of putting angels wings on photos of my grandchildren. I have used them in several things I’ve made, including quotes for my website and Facebook page. So, it was an obvious idea to add Angel wings to some mother pictures too.

I used these pictures below, and others, for my mum’s card and I also sent the poem to my two daughters with pictures of them with each of their children too.

In The Arms Of An Angel - inspirational poem about mothers by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Four generations: my grandmothers, mother, myself and my two daughters.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the UK
Is on the fourth Sunday of Lent
A day when earlier Christians
To their ‘Mother’ church went

Visiting their ‘Mother’ church
Where they grew up, long ago
A place of ‘Home’ to worship
Their thankfulness to bestow

And now Mother’s Day
Has developed to become
A day to visit home
And appreciate, Mum

Honouring our Mothers
For all they have done
Throughout the years
For their daughter or son

If not able to visit
Maybe send a little gift
Along with a loving card
Will always give a lift

For many the day will be
Tinged with thoughts, so sad
But Mother’s Love is eternal
And more likely felt when glad

Our Mother will always be
A large part of our heart
Here, or on the other side
Love unites, to never be apart

Trina Graves – 29th March 2019


About This Poem

Tomorrow (31st March) will be Mother’s Day in the UK.  My last post, You Were There, was the poem I wrote for my Mother last year, and as this Mother’s Day was fast approaching, I was beginning to wonder what I could write this time, as I didn’t have any ideas. But then, as has happened many times before, I was writing an answer to a comment from Amira (on that previous post) and the idea for this poem was born!

I didn’t have time to write a poem at that moment, so I quickly made a note. While I was doing this, a line from the song ‘Angel’ by Sarah Mclachlan came into my head, but slightly changed: ‘In the arms of AN angel’ and I instantly knew this was the title and theme of another poem for Mother’s Day.  I will add this one next.

part of poem: Mother's Day by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My mother in my ‘mother’ church, Dorchester Abbey (2008)

You Were There

During my childhood: You Were There
Nurturing with your loving care
Through the ups and downs of it all
Picking me up when I would fall
Always there to kiss goodnight
And cuddle if I woke with a fright
Showing me love and trust were the way
To practice being, with each new day

As I grew up: You Were There
Easing me out into the glare
The big wide world dazzled bright
But I had your guidance to do what’s right
Becoming a mother at a young age
Your influence helped in each turning page
When I was left with a broken heart
With your resilience, I didn’t fall apart

Now I am blessed because: You Are There
Living into old age with peace and flair
We share stories of life and family
Lessons I’ve learned from you are clear to see
As individuals, our views are not all the same
But our core connection will always remain
You taught me to be open to receive
The presence of God, because of you, I believe

When the time comes I know: You’ll Be There
An unfailing faith we do both share
Your physical presence will move on
But in no way will you be gone
You’ll be living on in peace and love
Re-united with those up above
I will speak to you in my mind
Your reply and love, I’ll always find

My beloved Mother..
You Were There
Because you always care
A pure love beyond compare
From you I learned to share
When everything is laid to bare
We let go – to God – to be aware

Trina Graves – 10th March 2018 (Mother’s Day)


About This Poem

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend here in the UK, I thought I’d share the poem I wrote for my mum last year.

These pictures of me with my mum, were taken in the sixties and seventies, up to age sixteen.

part of poem: You Were There by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

God Is In Me

Affirming The Classics: God Be In My Head – Book Of Hours

God is in my head
     And in my understanding

God is in my eyes
     And in my looking

God is in my mouth
     And in my speaking

God is in my heart
     And in my thinking

God is United with me
     In Eternal Oneness

Trina Graves – 11th February 2019


About This Poem

I have always loved this simple poem/prayer that was written over 500 years ago! It is also known as The Sarum Prayer or Sarum Primer, and a hymn.

This was obviously a very easy one to update into an affirmation, just acknowledging the presence of God instead of asking, not using ‘mine’ as it would not be the way we would use that word nowadays, and confirming there is no ‘end’ or departing.. just eternal Oneness.

The original prayer:

God Be In My Head
And In My Understanding
God Be In Mine Eyes
And In My Looking
God Be In My Mouth
And In My Speaking
God Be At Mine End
And At My Departing
(Book Of Hours)

There is a link page to my other Affirming The Classics, if you would like to read more of these affirmation poems.

Affirming The Classics: God Is In My Head, by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

No Proof Required

No ‘PROOF’ required for us to read
Your love was strong at the very start
Just one simple photo is all we need
For evidence of love from the heart

You didn’t know on that spring day
Where your journey together would go
But over the years your love found it’s way
To survive many challenges and grow

Your family has changed so much over the years
In 1958, at the beginning, you were only two
Ten years later there was happiness with tears
As you brought home your last baby in blue

Babies constantly have you up with the lark
But bring countless blessings forever more
A daughter Trina, and sons David, Paul and Mark
Four children to complete your family core

The years passed by and your children grew
Guided by your love all through those days
Summer weekends at cricket they all knew
Country walks and picnics under sun rays

Cottages, houses, villages, town and estate
You’ve moved so many times it seems
But wherever it was, Mum was always great
At making a home and garden of her dreams

Cruising, touring and even camping too
Many holidays were had in the past
Las Vegas was Dad’s dream come true
Happy memories from them all, will last

One by one your children left the nest and flew
To live in their own unique ways
Army, student or marriage, but you knew
No matter where, the bond always stays

Life moves on and your family has grown
Now ten grandchildren add to the score
Back through the years, who would have known
Great-grandchildren would make seventeen more

Your love and devotion are a guide to us all
An inspiration of keeping vows and wedded bliss
Through the generations your guidance will fall
And it all started with your very first kiss

Trina Graves – 20th March 2015


About This Poem

Although I have written several new poems, I thought I’d add an older one today. Looking at the ones I had, this one stood out to me as it was written for my parents Wedding Anniversary four years ago, and tomorrow will be their 61st. 

The reason this poem is called ‘No Proof Required’ is because my parents had a professional photographer for their wedding photographs, but only ever received their ‘proof’ photos. These were properly printed photographs but with the word ‘proof’ embossed several times on each one, given as part of the original fee, but also to approve the printing of the official photographs. My parents always intended to get the proper photos done, but finding the money to pay for them, when other more important things were needed, never materialized before it was too late. So, as an Anniversary present that year, I scanned and edited all of their photos to remove the ‘proof,’ and printed them out.

The number of grandchildren remains the same, but great-grandchildren now numbers twenty-one, and only a couple of weeks ago there was also a new generation started with the birth of their first great-great-grandchild!

quote from poem: No Proof Required by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Before & after wedding photos (1957) with my parents & brothers (2018)

 

Watch Out For The Seekers

I met James on the beach
Just as I did before
Wondering what he’d say
I wanted to learn more

We stood at the end
By the edge of the sea
The beach began to fill
With many a family

One little boy playing
I noticed near by
With bucket and spade
Then, time began to fly

The years passed quickly
And families returned
Drawn to the beach
Relaxation they yearned

The boy had grown
Now, a young lad
Still playing in the sand
Always fun to be had

But then he looked up
As he noticed near by
A man was ‘preaching’
He went to listen why

Returning to his play
It became known to me
Everyone was caught up
In their own lives, by the sea

The years carried on
The boy, now a man
Relaxed on the beach
Enjoying getting a tan

Eyes closed, deep in thought
A memory surfaced one day
Of hearing the ‘preacher’
And what he came to say

He walked in the direction
Of where he had heard
Thinking of the wisdom
Now evident in every word

As this happened I was told
People are caught up in living
Many not noticing around them
The beauty of what is given

But some will hear
And take it all in
Dormantly waiting
For their path to begin

They become a Seeker
Of Truth, Love and Light
Now set on a course
For a future so bright

‘Watch Out For The Seekers’
James said, and he went
I wrote the vision down
Acknowledging wisdom sent

……………………………………

I became a Seeker
In the 90’s, years ago
Even these visions, at first
Their truth, I didn’t know

Things I first heard
Back in my distant past
Return with new meaning
Insightfulness hits at last

I write for the Seekers
Of the future and now
Guided by the inspiration
I receive, and I allow

This vision taught me
To never give in
Sharing my words of truth
Time will always win

Divine Timing unfolds
With joy I do my part
Sharing with all
With love from my heart

Trina Graves – 12th March 2019
Vision – 2003


About This Poem

A week ago I added ‘Footprints Of Light, and at the end I wrote that I it had just come to me that the visualizations I have been doing for many years are not just for me, and that I would be writing more poems about them. 

This week I have written many poems. Each time, before I start, I pray and ask for guidance for the title or theme, and the words. Three times the poems have been of these visions. This was the first poem I wrote this week and I knew, as soon as I asked, what it would be. The fact that it was of one of my visualizations, and out of them, the one chosen first to now write about, gives me confirmation of last weeks guidance.

For those who are interested, or want to find out more about my visions/visualizations I have a page with some details and links to the poems of my visions.

quote from poem 'Watch Out For The Seekers' by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

 

My Footprints In The Sand

Affirming The Classics: based on Footprints In The Sand (author unknown)

One night I had a dream.
I dreamed I was walking along a beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
     one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me
     I looked back at the footprints in the sand
I noticed that sometimes along the path of my life
     there was only one set of footprints.

Then I realized that it was when I moved closer to the Lord
     and our footsteps combined, that I was happier.
These were the times in my life I felt an abundance of love, gratitude and peace.

The Lord said to me:
“You are my beloved, precious child of the Light.
I Am with you now and forever,
but you always have freewill to follow your own path.

My footprints are there beside you, to guide you, if you choose.
No matter what, I will always love you unconditionally.

Trina Graves – 6th February 2019


About This Poem

My last post Footprints Of Light was my first poem of Affirming The Classic of Footprints In The Sand. In the ‘About’ section of the post I told of my experience in having a new vision of Footprints. As I was writing it, I also knew I would be doing this version, which is very much closer to the original.

As I said previously – The original Footprints poem depicts our helplessness in facing the struggles of life, we are picked up and carried by the Lord to see us through. But, we are now stronger and no longer need to be carried. Instead we are now able to accept our Divinity and walk alongside His footsteps, using our freewill to consciously walk in His way.

And of course, however we chose to live our lives, we are eternally loved unconditionally.

Affirming The Classics: My Footprints In The Sand - by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Footprints Of Light

 

Affirming The Classics: Footprints In The Sand

I walked with my friend Jesus beside the sea
Knowing that with me He would always be
I was on the damp, dense sand of the Earth
He on soft, light and golden, with me since birth

We turned to look at the footprints we’d made
But only one set could I see out there laid
Weaving in and out of the waves of the sea
At various depths were the footprints of me

I recalled and went to a time in my past
Heavy-hearted, my feet sinking fast
Into the sea of life I’d gone too deep
But near to me Jesus would always keep

Looking back at our footprints I now saw
Rays of Light I did not notice there before
Straight and True His prints were of the Light
A way to Be, His Loving Path shined so bright

Then I noticed the more delicate steps of mine
Were as I moved closer and I did combine
My own path with the Light of His Way
On soft, golden sands with Him I now stay

One more lesson His Footprints came to tell
Gratitude to Mother Earth and to keep her well
He left no imprint, only Blessings of Light
My Inner Being knows this vision to be right

Trina Graves – 6th February 2019


About This Poem

When I began this series of re-writing my favourite inspirational poems to change them into Affirmations, Footprints In The Sand was one of the first I looked at to work on. It has always been one of my favourite poems but as I read it, even though I could see that it had some negative aspects I couldn’t see how I could change it, so I let it go.

However, it seems that was not meant to be! And by sharing with you the following I am taking (for me) a monumental step forward! But, I know I need to do this, to ‘Speak My Truth and share the Light.

For many years I have visualized meeting a ‘guide’ of mine called James on a beach (and eventually other places) to ask questions and receive guidance. My very first meeting (in 1999) I eventually made into a poem: Insight where you can read the story of what happened. Back then I thought it was a strange imaginary experience, I wrote it down and put it away (for many years). One day I came across the poem and was astonished as I finally saw the significance and from then onwards I would visit when I felt the need.

Over the past year or so I have not done the visualization very often, and more recently I always found I was struggling with where to meet! Nothing seemed to easily flow so I would give up, knowing that if it’s not flowing, it’s not right.

In January, a few days before my birthday, I watched a channelling done by Amanda Ellis of Michael Jackson. Amanda had said that there would be inner-child healing done during the channelling and I certainly felt something shift. Before it started I felt drawn to pick up a rose quartz crystal and, without giving it any thought, I held it against my heart all the way through the two hour video. As the link with Michael came to an end he said that one of the easiest ways for anyone to link with him was by holding a rose quartz crystal as it opens the heart! I was totally amazed!!! To me, this proved I was meant to watch this and that it was of the truth.

Over the next couple of days I certainly felt as though something had happened, I couldn’t put it into words, but there was definitely something ‘healed.’ And I also noticed synchronistic things happening very quickly towards further healing.

I’m not sure if it was this video, or in another where Amanda was talking about Michael, but he had said to do something we liked doing as a child. I gave this some thought and a memory of sitting in an Abbey that was next door to my primary school came to me. I especially used to love it at Christmas time when we would go there and sing Christmas carols, and I would gaze at the magnificent stained glass windows. I then thought it would be a wonderful place to meet James, so I visited him there a couple of times before what happened next.

In the very early hours of my birthday, – there is an extremely important significance to it being my birthday, but I can’t go into that as it is not my story to tell – I awoke and could not get back to sleep. I decided to pay a visit to Dorchester Abbey and meet James. As I walked down the aisle I could see him seated at the front waiting for me. As I approached him he sprang up out of the pew and stood before me in the centre, arms outstretched, surrounded by Light and in that moment I knew he was not James, but Jesus. At that moment a multitude of thoughts all happened at once: I was shocked, but then not, as I remembered many times when I had wondered if James was not who he said, because he seemed like Jesus – in Energy and image – and then thoughts such as  ‘Am I just imagining this because I’ve wondered before?’ then the doubt really swept in.. and it wasn’t long before I let go of the visualizing, with thoughts of ‘my delusions of grandeur.’   

I must have put all this to the back of my mind because it didn’t re-surface until I was emailing Amira (BodyAndSoulNourishmentBlog), and over the course of many days the memory and all my doubts were brought to the surface, and then something synchronistic would happen to explain why I was doubting. This happened all so miraculously and would take a long time to explain, but my on-going journey of discovery was manifested largely triggered through emails with Amira. I was shown that ‘James’ had not revealed who he truly was because I was not ready to accept this, and I would not have returned to continue our meetings as I felt I was not worthy. By coming to me as ‘James’ I could accept him as a friend first. 

The way in which all this has unfolded has been very convincing proof of it’s truth, but in all honesty I am still not quite there yet on 100% Being this truth. My biggest doubt has been ‘Why do I not feel a much stronger Energy when I am ‘talking’ with Him?’  The answer I got is that I have raised my energy enough to not feel a greater difference and because we have been meeting as ‘friends’ for so many years. (more to this later, but I am leaving this writing chronologically as the experiences happened and also not editing this earlier writing.)

Getting back to this poem. 
As I worked my way through the doubts I hesitantly visited the Abbey to meet with Jesus. It was only a short ‘visit’ as we looked at, and talked about the stained glass windows. But the next time I went to visit we were instead back on the beach and I asked if He had any ‘story messages’ to tell me (as before when I met ‘James’). This poem is what happened next, and I of course realized it was a new telling of Footprints In The Sand. The poem I thought would not be done! Interestingly, when I wrote the poem, a week or so later, I was stuck for the last line, apart from knowing the last word (to rhyme with Light) was ‘right.’ It then came to me that it was not to be part of the story, but an affirmation for me to accept it.

After writing this poem of my vision I also wrote another sticking much more to the original Footprints, but also combining it with this one to turn it into more of an affirmation.  ‘My Footprints In The Sand’ 

Affirming The Classics: Footprints Of Light by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

I have had this post drafted and ready to add for a few weeks. Since that time I have had another realization to do with my doubts of this experience. Back in December I wrote a poem called ‘Jesus: The Christ‘ if you read the poem and what I wrote about it you can see that (1) It is all about the names of Jesus. (2) It was written without the intention of being all about His names. (3) I started with a list of His names intending to just use a few, but used them all. (4) The poem flowed easily to use not only all of the names, but also why He came, which includes being a guide for you and me. (5) Before I started writing the poem I asked for help from Jesus (this was the first time I had done this when writing) and I immediately felt an emotional response which I blocked!!!  

I had forgotten about this poem, and now I can easily see the significance that only a few weeks before this experience I had written all about His many names, so why not James? And one of my biggest doubts was because I did not feel the emotional response I thought I should. And now I read my own words telling me I blocked it! Wow!!!

9th March 2019
All of the above was written before today, and although some of it is mentioned in my last post I have left this as I originally wrote it, which was mostly almost a month ago. When I did write it, I knew I was not ready to share this story (except with Amira) so as other poems were written, I thankfully posted them before this one! But, as I always know – Everything Happens For A Reason – and in those few weeks I have not only had more clarification in the truth of it, but I also have come to know that NOW is the time to speak our truth and stand steadfast in our Light for all to see. I Am ready!

Mostly from my own experiences, but also from the videos I have been led to watch lately, I believe that Jesus is available to us all, with no limits of our religion or worthiness etc.. We need to let go of the past history and conditioning of perceiving him as a Deity on High and accept him as a brother or friend to us all. Humanity and the world has changed so much since Jesus walked the Earth over two thousand years ago. Everything is always expanding and growing, so the Jesus of then is not the Jesus of now! His teachings would of course remain at their core the same, but they would be expanded upon and taught differently to those of the past.

The original Footprints poem depicts our helplessness in facing the struggles of life, we are picked up and carried by the Lord to see us through. But, we are now stronger and no longer need to be carried. Instead we are now able to accept our Divinity and walk alongside His footsteps, using our freewill to consciously walk in His way… making our own Footprints Of Light.

Just before I sat to write this last part today, it came to me that my experiences of these visualizations over the years are not just for me! So I believe I am going to be writing some more poems on the ones from my past, and whatever comes in the future!

Namaste

 

Inner Discernment

Now is the time for discernment
Much more than ever before
We have to own our power
And be who we are at our core

The balance of power is shifting
After immeasurable eons of time
We no longer will be controlled
By those who flourish with crime

They don’t intend to make it easy
Intensively set in their vengeful ways
Chaos, disruption, immense webs of lies
Will ensue as they are ending their days

We’re in a pivotal tunnel with two exits
One radiates it’s eternal Light
The other is shady and dim
Now you get to chose which feels right

For some the Light is too much
They’re not ready to let it all in
God gives us freewill to decide
Guidance is always found within

But if it were not for the dark ones
We could not perceive our own Light
So love and forgive them always
And bless them as they move out of sight

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Many have come to our planet
With a message of love and peace
To be thwarted, ridiculed and enmeshed
Even in their death it does not cease

The dark ones dish out more dirt
Stampeding us into the mire
Unless we take a stance
Using inner-discernment to inquire

Did the messenger bring you Love
And inspire goodness in you?
All humans will make mistakes
But overall did Love and Light shine through?

Michael Jackson inspired this poem
His music and danced thrilled my years
But a life in the limelight fueled by media
Caused confusion, doubt and fears

As his uniqueness and empire grew
So did the accusations and scorn
Even though others did defend him
The dark ones played with their pawn

It never really sat right with me
The things that were said in the press
But I never gave it much thought
I knew God would sort out the mess

His passing seemed way to early
But I know we all chose the day
I had recently began to see the truth
In the words he came to clearly say

So I came to my own conclusions
Society’s rules saw him as wrong
A man of peace, innocence and love
Inspiring humanity with dance and song

Then recently coincidences flowed
And I watched a channelling of him
Loving Light flowed and understanding
A pure Soul who went ‘out on a limb’

He talked of bringing inner-child healing
Through at this time of a great transition
I knew this as truth and was given proof
Of my pure healing as I did listen

Since that time a few weeks ago
My heart has opened-up wide
Bringing me expanded awareness
And synchronicities flowing as a tide

I’m aware that positivity is needed
As my focus I always aimed
But now I feel my Light needs to shine
On Michael, his energy still being maimed

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We are being given choices
To accept what is portrayed
Or look within to inner truths
And break free or remain a slave

Our energy is their fuel
Keeping it negative to charge
Closed minds and hearts are easy
To manipulate society at large

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I never watch or listen to the news
But now one story finds its way
To come to my attention
Repeatedly day after day

Synchronicities I now know
I have to act on when they start
I am guided to share my truth
Always speaking from my heart

I do not know her name
Or the truth of her story at all
But what got my attention
Was the immense attacking of her call

I see this as another chance
To discern and lead the way
A world of love and forgiveness
Is the one I choose each day

There was no question in my mind
Of her admittance to the UK
Leaving as a child at fifteen
Manipulation was clearly at play

I know her mind is corrupted
But where is she likely to heal..
Staying where she’s lived with horrors
Or leaving and learning loves feel?

Living in fear of what she might do
Was the reason behind the deluge
She’d made her bed, let her lie in it
Was their judgmental refuge

Empathy, compassion, forgiveness
Understanding and unconditional love
Would have healed her and those who judge
Walking the path of Jesus: The Christ above

I am also now aware of other stories showing up
Of individuals who were once of the Light
Changing to darker or being found corrupt
Use inner-discernment as your true sight

Love, Light, Forgiveness
Peace, Gratitude and Joy
Jesus, Buddha, Michael, Diana
Their discerning guidance I employ

Trina Graves – 21st February 2019


About This Poem

I mentioned in the last poem ‘The Vision Box’  that it led to a synchronicity that made me write this one. In that poem one verse was:

It’s now more important than ever
To have discernment overall
Taking control of the remote
We have the power to cause the fall
Of the Elite who’s manipulation
Coerced the silver screen
Greater in number are now awake
Heralding Love and Light to be seen

On the day I wrote this, later that evening Amanda Ellis posted Michael Jackson – Answering Allegations. In it she spoke of the importance of using our discernment and hesitantly mentioned those who are on the darker side of life that manipulate, using money as an incentive, to damage those of the light.  I had known for a while that I would write a poem called Discernment, but the morning after watching this video I just knew I had to write it straight away!

My aim with the poem was to write about using our inner guidance to discern whether the things we are bombarded with every day are ‘truth’ to us, or not. After watching Amanda’s video I knew I wanted to bring Michael Jackson into the poem, as what is happening at the moment, concerning him, is so very relevant. I never intended to write about my experience of healing through Amanda’s channelling of Michael, but that was how the poem flowed. 

I had never heard of Amanda Ellis before Christmas last year, but was drawn to one of her videos that came into my Youtube feed because it was of her channelling George Michael. I have always loved George’s voice (to me, the tone of his voice is angelic). I felt there was truth in her video and intended to watch some more, but got side-tracked and didn’t return. However, a few days later something in my Facebook newsfeed got my attention. and I was amazed when I read it and discovered, that although not using the same name (Angelic Celestial Colours), it was Amanda. Watching this video on the blue light over New York, I soon realized that this was a synchronistic sign, so I then subscribed and started to watch everything that Amanda posted.

Mainly working with Archangel Metatron, Amanda has been led to begin channelling a group of Souls who she has named ‘The Heart Squad.’ So far this has been: Princess Diana, George Michael, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. There are also a few other well-known names she will be working with in the future. All of these channellings have been so full of love and light, along with talking of their human frailties, that for me they all sing so true. 

As I mentioned in the poem, it was the Michael Jackson channelling where I not only had proof of Amanda’s work, but I also received a healing. The channelling was very interesting and full of surprising details that lead to a greater understanding of Michael’s childlike attitude. It was also emotional and it was not until the very end of the channelling of Michael’s energy that I was hit by a realization and felt a release that I cannot put in words. As the first few seconds of the video started, without thought, I had picked up a crystal from a few that were nearby, it was not until the parting message from Michael that I realized I had held the crystal against my heart for the entire two hour video. The message was that the easiest way to connect with Michael was through a Rose Quartz as it opens the heart… and of course, the crystal I was holding was a Rose Quartz!

But, it wasn’t just this amazing synchronicity that blew me away! Just over twenty-four hours later a series of events happened, that not only lead me to a physical healing technique that had immediate results (Buteyko Method), but also I had a Spiritual experience that has been a difficult thing for me to accept, however the constant synchronicities happening since then are telling me it is true. 

Recently I have been adding my poems on a Friday or Saturday, and this week I wasn’t sure whether to add ‘Footprints Of Light’ (which has been ready for some time, and with it I have told of my experience) or this one. But after watching a video posted on Friday Dark & Light – Rallying Call To Action from Amanda Ellis, I was in no doubt that it had to be this one, as Amanda speaks of the negativity that has built up on this planet for eons of time, and of how now it is all coming to our attention because so many of us are no longer blinkered, we can now see what is going on.

It may seem as though there is too much darkness at this moment in time, as layer after layer is uncovered, but the light is always stronger and much more powerful than the dark. So, as each layer of darkness is uncovered all we need to do is to show and stand steadfast in our light to eliminate it.    

I totally intended to get this posted on Saturday, but for various reasons I never quite got it finished, but today the reason for my holdups seems clear…

Today Amanda posted a video 6th/7th March Join Me Here and asked people to share it!  If I would have posted this poem yesterday I would not have this link!!! Amanda says:

“Next week I will be uploading two very important videos tied to coincide with the release of Leaving Neverland here in UK … at 9 pm GMT on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March.”

“As light workers we will redress the balance, work with both Archangel Metatron and Michael Jackson’s energy and bring in healing, light and a portal for love.” 💕

“To get maximum benefit from the forthcoming work next week watch the previous three videos I have done on this subject so you understand why we are doing this.”

“This has the potential to be a huge opportunity to shift the barometer back from fear and into light.”

I will definitely be there!
You can see, just from reading this, that I have been noticing a definite alignment with Amanda’s work, and this is just some of what has been happening! Yet another thing came up in this video today, Amanda mentioned to listen my all-time favourite song: Return To Innocence by Enigma.

If you are a ‘Lightworker’ please do consider watching these two videos, if you cannot do so at the stated time it doesn’t matter as time is not linear, your Light can still shine as we unite to “bring in healing, light and a portal for love.”  There are some things Amanda suggests to do before then, so please watch the link above to find out more.

Getting back to this poem and the other story…
I live in the UK and as I have mentioned before I do not watch or listen to the news, I also filter my social media to only allow positivity (as much as I can). However, a little while before I wrote this poem, one news story kept coming to my attention…

Setting off in my car a chat show was talking about it: a nineteen year old girl wanted to come back to the UK to have her baby. She had gone to Syria recruited by Isis when only fifteen. She was not denouncing her past, but as a British Citizen wanted to come back for the safety of her child, as she had already had two children who had died in Syria.

Then later that day in my Facebook newsfeed someone had commented on a post about this, they were saying that they would be fearful of what could happen if she was allowed back to the UK.  I noticed there were hundreds of other comments, so I briefly scrolled and noticed they were so full of hate. I was shocked at the total lack of compassion for a young girl who was so obviously manipulated to do something so drastic at only fifteen.

And then the following day I was just helping my dad with his tablet, he opened it on Google and there at the top of the page was a picture of this young girl. I knew then that this was story was coming to my attention for a reason and I did wonder if I should write about it, but I decided no, because it is too full of negativity.

I had no intention of writing about this story when I began the poem, it was just how it flowed. Also, when I wrote the poem all I knew is what I have mentioned here and that she was refused permission to return. I intentionally did not research it. After finishing the poem I sent it to my wonderfully helpful friend Amira (BodyAndSoulNourishment) for advise on whether it needed more detail to make sense. Amira had not heard of the story and told me it was helpful to know more, which is why I am giving more details than just what is in the poem, and from Amira I also got the girls name: Shamima Begum.

The end of the poem also relates to things Amanda has talked about and things I too have noticed. With all the negativity, bias and even bare-faced lies in the media, it is so difficult to know who is telling the truth. And as more and more stories surface, over coming times, it is so important for us all to use our own inner-guidance to discern where we want to put our energy/attention… as always it really boils down to: Follow Your Heart!

part of 'Inner Discernment' poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

 

The Vision Box

It was once a small box
But now often fills a wall
As colossal in dimension
As the expansion of it all
Hundreds of channels
Cable, streamed, satellite
Or pop on a DVD
But is it all alright?…

The television was pure magic
When in homes it first appeared
Quickly engaging many nations
It’s presence became revered
No matter what was shown
It was constantly turned on
Unknowing we became besotted
Around it daily we would throng

A monumental shift had begun
Entrancing all to its view
Engrossing more as years passed
With added hours and channels too
Eventually people spoke out
Of damage to minds so young
Not yet appreciating the fact
Age hadn’t protected since it begun

As with cinema, over the decades
The levels of decency fell
Taking more and more to shock
Sex and violence enhanced to sell
As if it wasn’t addictive enough
Soaps were added in plentiful supply
Not really ‘true to life’ at all
High-drama keeps the ratings high

A way to become rich and famous
Catches the impressionable teen
Mainstream media in all its forms
Hearts set, so many, so keen
Living the ‘Celebrity Lifestyle’
Is their one and only goal
Eventually most will learn
It doesn’t fulfil the Soul

But even before those teens
Grab the children and toddlers too
Hypnotize their developing minds
To control their future view
Before six, children cannot differentiate
Truth from fiction, they digest everything
Their sub-conscious is being developed
And shapes what their future will bring

All minds are impressionable
No matter young or old
Be aware that what you view
Will sink in and then mould
Your thoughts, beliefs, desires
Take shape with constant repeat
It’s more than just entertainment
When your glued to your seat

It’s now more important than ever
To have discernment overall
Taking control of the remote
We have the power to cause the fall
Of the Elite who’s manipulation
Coerced the silver screen
Greater in number are now awake
Heralding Love and Light to be seen

There is another vision box
That so many tend to forget
But it’s true power is unlimited
Giving rise to what you get
No need for batteries or electric
Unlimited freeview with no install
Available all day and night
Always present to us all

Imagination is your vision
Created in your mind
With intent and focus
Many joys you will find
With Love and Light intent
Plug into the Universe
Switch on your vision box
Your growth will be diverse

Trina Graves – 20th February 2019


About This Poem

I wrote the first six verses for this poem as part of ‘Pull The Plug‘ on 5th December 2018. In that poem I was going through various things to stop doing, or at least limit and consider the impact these have on our lives. I intended television to be one of the topics, but in writing it this section was much longer than the rest, and in many ways was a part of them anyway: news, adverts, smart technology, gossip, gaming, music. So the obvious thing was to make another poem just about television. I did intend to finish off the poem and add it soon after the other one but I never got around to it until the other day.

It is interesting that had I finished it back then I probably would not have got the ending verses about our imagination. The first part of the poem was laying on my desk up until Christmas time and at some point the title came to me ‘The Vision Box,’ but I never felt like finishing it. Clearing the decks for Christmas I popped it away and mostly forgot about it, but the idea of our imaginations being a ‘vision box’ too, came at some point. 

In January I began a journey of quick-firing synchronicites (more about these to follow in and with future poems) that lead me to focus on my Affirming The Classics series of poems, but the other day I fancied a change so I decided to finish this one off, unaware that this would spark another synchronicity later that very day that lead to me writing a poem called Inner-Discernment. (to be added soon) 

Trina Graves quote from inspirational poem The Vision Box - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
image from Pixabay

Oh my goodness!!! These synchronicities are outstanding! I just completed this post and (as always) I went on to do something else so that I could come back and re-read with fresh eyes before posting. I noticed there was a new channelling from Blossom Goodchild and although it was a video of her channelling White Cloud (I don’t watch Blossom’s videos as I prefer to read her messages instead) I thought I would at least start watching it because the title caught my attention: Absolute Proof The Change Has Begun.

It started with Blossom talking, and then as White Cloud took over I was so drawn to her eyes as they seemed to change – I even paused the video and went back to check! – when White Cloud began to talk it was all about looking through Blossom’s eyes!!! so that really caught my attention and I knew I needed to keep on watching! And then part of the message was about watching TV and making the choice of what we watch!!! So linked in to this poem!

During the channelling Blossom revealed something she has been reluctant to share and the whole video message had totally meaning and guidance for me at this time.

As my wonderful online friend and confidant Amira knows, I wasn’t sure which poem to add today, this one or another (Footprints Of Light) that is prepared, in which I tell of something that happened recently, but I am finding difficult to share. I thought maybe I was taking the easier option by going for this TV one today, but now I know it is perfect… Divine Timing. And the synchronicity of this latest link gives me all the more confidence in revealing all… soon!

 

 

Desiderata Fulfilled

Affirming The Classics: based on Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Wherever I Am, I remain calm and tranquil.
I Am always at peace in the silence of my heart.
I accept all people just as they are.
My Unconditional Love and Light flows in Oneness.

I speak my truth clearly with an open heart.
I listen attentively to all the people I meet…
     We exchange our stories and always learn something from the experience.
My energy of Love and Light attracts only those on the same vibrational path.
I appreciate those I perceive as having more of whatever focus I Am placing…
     Their Light shines before me, as I also shine my Light for others.

I enjoy my achievements and my plans.
I know everything always works out for my highest good.
I follow my passions, so I Am guided to live in abundance, truth and joy…
     Working alongside others who walk the same path.
I thank and Bless all those who inspire, in all the diversities of life.

I Am a Divine Being of Love and Light
I see this in Everyone and Everything, as Love is All-That-Is

I gracefully change through the moments, days and years.
I let go, and let God nurture me in strength of Spirit.
I Am of the Light, therefore darkness is an illusion.
We are all One, so loneliness is an illusion.
I Am kind, gentle and loving with myself, and all others.

I Am a child of the Divine Universe.
I Am as needed and precious as the trees on Earth and the Cosmos of stars.
The Universe continually unfolds and expands for the Highest Good of The-All.

I Am at peace with my own connection and perception of God.
I Am contented knowing others will always have their own perceptions.
I Am truly at peace in the Inner-Knowing and stillness of my Divine Soul.

My powerful thoughts and beliefs create my world.
I Am living in a beautiful world of Love, Light, Wonder and Miracles.
I Am perpetually happy, because no matter what: ALL IS WELL.

Trina Graves – 2nd February 2019


About This Poem

Incase you haven’t read my recent posts, I am re-writing some of my favourite classic inspirational poems to make them into Affirmations. 

I first heard the words of Desiderata in 1972 when I was eleven. The song by Les Crane was in the UK charts, so for several weeks it was being played often on the radio. I really loved some of the words and they stuck with me through my life, so when I began to collect inspirational quotes and poems in the early 90’s, this was one of the first I searched for. Although I always liked the poem, it never completely felt right to me. It was when I learned of the Law of Attraction that I discovered why: so much of it is negatively focused. Here is the original poem by Max Ehrmann with the two parts I always remembered in bold…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others – even the dull and ignorant – they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with your God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your Soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann

I’m fascinated now thinking back (as I write this), I can see that the words I remembered have shaped my life…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste” Throughout my adult years, I have been told by many different people that I have a calming presence “and remember what peace there may be in silence.”  I have always enjoyed the silence of being alone.

“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.” In more recent years I have come to discover that not feeling ‘worthy’ has been a negative trait that has run through my whole life. I believe I clung to these words as they helped me to feel better about myself. But also, even before I heard these words, I had began to be drawn towards certain trees. In later years my love of trees grew and also my awe of the overwhelming magnitude of a sky full of stars, with all it’s potential!

“And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.” It was to be many years before I truly understood these words. The Law Of Attraction and that no matter what happens in our lives – All Is Well – are now two very important parts of my passion in writing to inspire others.

Did I attract those traits from the words impregnated in my mind? Or, was I attracted to them (to be installed) because they were a part of who I was destined to become? It seems to me to be like the ‘chicken and egg’ question!

Affirming The Classics: Desiderata Fulfilled - by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

This is the one hundredth inspirational poem I have added to this blog. If you enjoyed it, please take a look at some more!

I Am A Channel Of Your Peace

Affirming The Classics – pure version: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace by St Francis of Assisi

I Am a channel of Your Peace
I bring Your Love
I bring Your Pardon
I bring true Faith in You

I Am a channel of Your Peace
I bring Hope
I bring only Light
I always bring Joy

O Master, with You I seek..
To Console
To Understand
To Love with all my Soul

I Am a channel of Your Peace
I forgive and I am forgiven
I give to all and I receive
We are One in Eternal Life

Trina Graves – 18th January 2018


About This Poem

As mentioned in my last post: ‘I Am A Channel Of Your Love, Light & Peace,’   this was my first re-write ‘Affirming The Classics’ of the well-known prayer of St Francis of Assisi. The idea of this series is to bring the wonderful inspirational poems, written many years ago, up-to-date and turn them into ‘Affirmations’ for those of us who acknowledge we create our own reality, and therefore want to focus on positivity, and to proclaim our own power of Divinity.

You can see I stuck much more to the original words of St Francis (below) mostly just taking out the negativity. I recently sent the poem to my truly, helpful friend Amira from BodyAndSoulNourishmentBlog and loved her comment back to me:

“It is so pure and spiritual, and almost child-like, light and sweet… it’s a gem!”

Which describes it so much more eloquently than my odd description I used on the other post! I personally prefer the other re-write, but I know we are all drawn to different things along our path, so some people will prefer this simpler, pure version. 

I think what stood out to me about Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace by St Francis is that, as beautiful and aspiring as it is, it is basically a plea asking God (or whoever you are praying to) to give us these qualities. Whereas I hope my versions convey that we already possess these things, we just have to BE them.

For these ‘Affirming The Classics’ (there will be more) I also include the original poems to acknowledge and share their full wisdom. 

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy

O Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my Soul

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life
St Francis of Assisi

I Am A Channel Of Your Peace - Affirming The Classics poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

I Am A Channel Of Your Love, Light & Peace

Based on: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace, by St Francis of Assisi

I Am a Channel of Your Peace
I Am a Channel of Your Unconditional Love
I Am a Channel of Your Forgiveness to All
I Bring Constant and True Faith in You

I Am a Channel of Your Light
I Bring Confidence in Your Ever-Present Goodness
My Light Shines United with Your Pure Radiance
My Presence Uplifts with Our Combined Perpetual Joy

I Acknowledge Oneness and Your Universal Laws
As I Comfort Others, I Am Comforted
When I Accept and Understand All people, it is Reflected back to Me
Unconditional Love is My Source, My Essence: The All-That-Is

I Am a Channel of Your Love, Light and Peace
In Oneness, I Forgive and I Am Forgiven
Whatever I Give in Life, I Always Receive
There is no end: Only Oneness In Eternal Love

Trina Graves – 28th January 2019


About This Poem

I have always loved the original poem by St Francis:

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You.

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy

O Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my Soul

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life

It is amazing to think that these beautiful words were written so long ago (St Francis 1181 – 1226) but are still so relevant in the world we live in today.

This poem is the only one I have in clear view at my desk, to remind me of how I want to live my life. But, in recent times, when I read it, I notice that although it speaks so clearly of the qualities I desire, and of how the powerful Law of Attraction works, it doesn’t ‘affirm’ these things. The negative aspects are mentioned and it is written as a plea of something to achieve, rather than an ‘Affirmation of Being.’ 

I had been thinking of doing some Affirmation re-writes on some of my favourite poems for quite awhile now. The other day in my notebook I found a simpler version of this one, written in January 2018, that I’d forgotten about (I will add this soon). But when I read it through I thought it was too wishy-washy and I wanted to bring more depth of meaning and to convey our own personal connection with whoever we are praying to. (God, Spirit, Jesus etc..)

Looking at these two re-writes I can see the growth I have made in a year.  In the first I tried to stick clearly to the original with simply affirming the statements. My insecure thoughts were: Who am I to think I should re-write such a renowned inspirational poem? Which is probably why I never did anything with it, or have a go at re-writing any more.

But now, I feel more powerfully in alignment with Source to be able to proclaim these words, knowing I create my world with my thoughts and beliefs. I no longer just wish to achieve these goals of love, forgiveness, faith, hope, light, joy, understanding, and of course, peace, but instead I chose to consistently affirm my eternal connection and BE these attributes.

By the way, the poem may seem a little repetitive with lots of  – ‘I Am’s – but this is for a reason: I AM announces the presence of God within

For the poem image I decided to use the same background I used for the original poem that is on my wall (which is available to instantly download at my Etsy shop), because purple has always been my favourite colour and dandelions hold a significant meaning to me.

I Am A Channel Of Your Love, Light & Peace - Affirming The Classics poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

There Are Only Two Sponsoring Thoughts: Fear & Love

Title Quote: Neale Donald Walsch

No matter what you may face in this life
The good and glad, the struggle and strife
Whatever your facing there’s one thing to ask
Is it fear or love, that’s bringing this task?

It’s easy to see that hate, jealousy, and greed
Are all based on fear – you need to succeed
But even shyness and worry are based on a fear
Feeling not good enough, you shed many a tear

Whatever the fear – love is the cure
So unlock your heart and open the door
Love is always around, have faith and believe
Just reach out with love and you will receive

Love is incessant and all encompassing
It’s always around you waiting to bring
Joy to your life, contentment and bliss
So open your heart to receive its pure ‘kiss’

You can receive love and give it too
The world is opening up for you

Trina Graves – 1st February 2002


About This Poem

The number of my old poems that I have left to share on this blog is obviously reducing over time and I haven’t gotten around to writing many new (shareable) ones lately, so it seems to be getting more difficult to choose which one to post next. However, after the last post of a new poem ‘Pull The Plug’ which tells of many fearful and negative influences in our everyday lives, this poem stood out as a perfect fit. 

Think Love ~ Believe In Love ~ Choose Love ~ Be Love

Trina Graves quote from poem - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Pull The Plug

News on the radio every hour
Delivered in papers every day
But is it really words of truth
In what they all will say?

On TV too, there’s no escape
From the focus being taught
Consistently throughout life
Infectious ‘fear’ is caught

Instilling in all minds
Of everyone young and old
You have to Pull The Plug
To get free from the mould

Light and Peace are the powers
That are dominant everywhere
All people want to be happy
And all have love to share

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Adverts have a goal
To sell, no matter how
Tactics taught by science
Ensure they grab you NOW!

Not only on television
But wherever you go..
Brainwashing incites consumerism
Making it harder to say NO!

Pull The Plug on media adverts
To eliminate their sales pitch
Question all other advertising
To not fall into their ditch

Of course, some are good items
But you can sense this at the start
If you follow your intuition
Always guided by your heart

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By far the greatest impact
In recent times is Smart Technology
It enables an immense advance
In our linking and learning capacity

But as with most things in life
There is a darker side as well
Addictive and impressionable
The full damage?.. Only time will tell

Pull The Plug on using 24/7
Chat more with those around
If not alone ignore the beeps
Or better still, turn off the sound

Disconnect from negativity
In all its myriad of ways
Look up at the actual world
And live the reality of your days

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Gossip comes in many forms
Spoken or read in a magazine
Social media contains so much
The actual truth is hard to glean

Infectious it causes drama
As it’s so rarely positive
You have to ask the question
“Is this how I want to live?”

Pull The Plug on the ‘Glossies’
They’re full of gossip and adverts
Don’t speak the words you hear
To not expand any hurts

Weed your social media
Unfollow, unfriend the negative
You’ll radiate and attract
The Light and Love you give

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Gaming is another addiction
Taking hold in modern times
Mostly focused on violence
Fighting, killing and other crimes

Although it is all ‘pretend’
It still impresses on the mind
With hours of this ‘enjoyment’
Aggressive thoughts overwhelm the kind

Play more games in the physical
With the young especially
Being present in the interactions
Develops much more than what you see

Pull The Plug on all violence
If you wish to be of the Light
Shining brightly with your Love
Acts of violence are NEVER right

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Music is deeply impressionable
It’s vibration will easily flow
Memories and emotions surface
From all music, fast and slow

Adding words increases the depth
Often heard, imprints on the mind
Many decades pass without hearing
Music starts, and the words you find

Does it make you feel good?
Pull The Plug if it doesn’t lift
Your heart and Soul to the rhythm
Music and song are a pure gift

If they always bring you higher
They develop and expand your core
Remember the vibration and words
Become a part of you forever more

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Never give away Your Power
Speak out clearly with your voice
No matter who says what
You always have a choice

Don’t feel intimidated or lost
Even by doctors who ‘know best’
You hold all the real power
No matter the result of any test

Live by your intuition
Pull The Plug and escape the herd
You’ll begin to see the truth
So much they do is really absurd!

Your beliefs shape your thoughts
And they both create your reality
The placebo effect is absolute proof
Your mind controls your physicality

Trina Graves – 5th December 2018


About This Poem

This was another poem that started with an idea that came to me when answering a comment on Amira’s (BodyAndSoulNourishmentBlog.) Unfortunately I forgot to write down the post it was on, but my comment was:

   I too, stopped viewing (or listening to) all mainstream news many years ago, and not long after pulled the plug on TV viewing. I also diligently guard my social media to ensure I only receive positive posts. As Amira says, we now have so many inspirational things to listen to and watch. And as each of us make these choices of Light, Love & Peace, we radiate our more powerful force and we are changing our world.

Years ago I thought nothing of doing most of the things mentioned in this poem, but my awareness of the negativity grew once I had children and began to realize how much they are being fed each day with the things I took for granted as being okay to do. And then, once I began to consciously walk my Spiritual Path I slowly began to see the damage they do and have now ceased or tightly control my allowing of these to be in my life.

I could write so much about all of these things, infact, as I prepared the draft for this post I did write abundantly on each point, but now – today, before I publish – I know it is not what I should do, so I’ve deleted that and I’ll just tell of one experience:

For several years before I learned of the fact, I believed that certain types of music had the ability to heal. I also acknowledged that music could change how we feel. This was made very evident when one of  my granddaughters was about seven (she’s now sixteen). Being home-schooled meant that she was at home more than most other children and during the day there was often music of all types being played in the background. Over a period of time it came to my daughters attention that whenever sad music or songs were played her daughter would start crying. Once she realized what was causing the tears she ensured that only uplifting music was played. Testing the theory out every-once-in-awhile it took several months for the effect of music to not have such a dramatic effect on her daughter, but it was a wonderful lesson the whole family learned.

Another thing I would like to add is… this poem was written at the beginning of December last year, and now.. only a few weeks later.. for me (and I believe others too) it is so ‘old news’ because the Powerful Light Energies of this new year have escalated to such an extent that the following quote from the poem is so much more of the focus now.

 

Trina Graves quote from inspirational poem: Pull The Plug - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

Light Tomorrow With Today (1)

Title Quote: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Light Tomorrow With Today
As aligned with Source you stay
Law of Attraction will obey

Light Tomorrow With Today
Negative thoughts are kept at bay
Sending problems faraway

Light Tomorrow With Today
All good things you convey
Happiness comes your way

Light Tomorrow With Today
All worries are castaway
Your joy will be on display

Light Tomorrow With Today
All niggling doubts runaway
Your dreams do not decay

Light Tomorrow With Today
Life is fun, as a child at play
Your bright future set in clay

Light Tomorrow With Today
From your Life Path you will not stray
And you’re well-along it by midday

Light Tomorrow With Today
Love and Blessings you giveaway
Your presence is a healing ray

Light Tomorrow With Today
Words of love and wisdom you say
As your pure Soul you portray

Light Tomorrow With Today
With your Higher-Self you pray
And your Spirit shouts ‘Hooray’

Light Tomorrow With Today
The perfect way to live everyday
For blessed memories of yesterday
Light Tomorrow With Today

Trina Graves – 27th November 2016


About This Poem

When I originally added this quote to my website (back in 2010) I now realize that I didn’t fully understand it. But, through the teachings of Abraham-Hicks I came to see the ‘Light!’

Although the quote is mentioning tomorrow, it’s actually about today. With focusing on all the good and ‘Light’ of today, the Law Of Attraction we will bring a ‘tomorrow’ of goodness and Light. There is no need to worry (or any other negative feeling) about tomorrow if today we are living each moment in positivity, and when a negative thought or situation arises just ‘Reach for a thought that feels better.‘ (Abraham-Hicks quote)

This was the first poem I wrote using this quote, but as sometimes happens, when I finished I knew there was another one to write using the same quote. This first poem was more of a fun one, but I wanted to write one that explained the quote. The second Light Tomorrow With Today was my favourite of the two.

Trina Graves quote from poem using E. B. Browning quote as title and theme - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 

Love Changes Everything

“I’m never going to get married
My animals are all I need”
The young girl would often say
To whoever would take heed

Then one day she met someone
And took a chance of fate
Would he be the one for her
The consequence may be too great

He thought she was too young for him
But she did not agree
The wait seemed endless for him to choose
Somehow she’d make him see

Before too long they were together
A couple, an item, a pair
Their love for each other began to grow
As more time they began to share

The future for her began to change
Now there were new ideas to explore
How happy she’d be with him by her side
To love and be loved forever more

At first there were the wedding plans
Which had to change when fate stepped in
A baby on the way to complete the change
So much joy these events will bring

Due to a difference in religion
Their marriage will not be trouble-free
But love will carry them over many hurdles
Respect and truth, give and take, cést la vie

Trina Graves – 24th April 2002


About This Poem

This poem is about my youngest daughter and the beginning of her relationship that began with many doubts because of a difference in religion (she was non-religious, but brought up in a family background of Christianity, and he was a Jehovah’s Witness) and an age gap of eleven years – which although at some stages makes no difference, did at that point because she was only eighteen.

They married in May 2002 and now have one daughter (16) and three sons (14, 6, 4), along with two dalmatian dogs (who have had two litters of puppies in recent years!) As with all marriages there have been many ups and downs, but their love gets them through.

My daughter is now more Spiritually inclined and her husband is no longer a Jehovah’s Witness, but still believes in many of their teachings. Their children have not been brought up to follow any ‘religion’ but have learned from their father about his faith and from their mother of her thoughts and ideas. And of course, I talk to them about my own Spiritual belief and, with the older ones, encourage them to search for their own truth.

Love Changes Everything - poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Nothing Stays The Same

Title Quote: Neale Donald Walsch

In this constant journey that is our life
Nothing stays the same
Whoever we are, whatever we do
Nothing stays the same

From birth to childhood, teen to adult
Nothing stays the same
Old age and death the cycle goes
Nothing stays the same

With each new experience we face each day
Nothing stays the same
People we meet, decisions we make
Nothing stays the same

Our thoughts and feelings are powerful energy tools
Nothing stays the same
In each moment of NOW we create ourselves anew
Nothing stays the same

With each new thought, good or bad
Nothing stays the same
We become much more than we were before
Nothing stays the same

Through the cycle of lives we come and go
Nothing stays the same
Manifesting all through our attitude and focus
Nothing stays the same

What’s the purpose of it all you may well ask
If… Nothing stays the same
Remembering we are all One, Eternally growing
So… Nothing stays the same

Trina Graves – 21st October 2012


About This Poem

Many years ago, after several years of marriage, my husband said to me that I had changed over the years.  I was in my early twenties and had not begun my quest for spiritual and self-knowledge, so to me, I was the same person I had always been. I denied his observation, but thought that he was the one who had changed! Of course, once I began to learn, I understood the truth that we are all constantly changing throughout our lives, but this memory of first awareness of change, (or should I say ‘lack’ of awareness) has stuck with me.

Writing poems based on the concepts from ‘Conversations With God’ by Neale Donald Walsch were my first ‘quote poems’ and at that time I had no intention to write any more, they were just a way for me to focus on the concepts for my own greater understanding.

Nothing Stays The Same - Inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

What You Think About Activates A Vibration Within You

Title Quote: Abraham-Hicks

We experience our world through our senses
Sight, taste, sound, smell and touch
All these are vibrational messages
Our brains are able to translate so much

Our emotions and feelings make us human
And these are vibrational too
All emotions are an energy
That can guide us in what to do

Our thoughts give birth to our world
We become what we think most about
Are love, beauty and joy on your mind
Or lack, judgement and doubt?

All our vibrational thoughts
Radiate out into the atmosphere
Clumping together like-minded ones
They come back to us in ways so clear

Or course, we are only human
Negativity so easily comes our way
But we need to begin to feel love
In everything we think, do and say

Love doesn’t come easily to mind
When faced with troubles and strife
So just reach for a thought that feels better
It’s the key to living a positive life

So if you are feeling bad sometimes
Just put yourself at ease
By thinking of something that feels good
And your vibration you will please

Trina Graves – July 2012


About This Poem

I enjoy writing poems about the Law Of Attraction as taught by Abraham-Hicks as it is their teachings that have changed my whole perception on everything in life.. and death.

Trina Graves quote from poem: What You Think About Activates A Vibration Within You - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Jesus: The Christ

At Christmas we celebrate the birth
Of the Son Of God who came to Earth
Our Saviour, Lord, Holy One, Messiah
The King Of Kings to lift us higher

As many names, as ways to show
He came to teach us how to grow
A Prince Of Peace, The Lord Of All
Would we listen and heed His call?

The Lamb Of God, Chosen One, a Rock
A Good Shepherd tending His flock
The Way, The Truth And The Life
Light Of The World to heal all strife

I Am, the Alpha and Omega
A pure essence, He was eager
To show the truth ‘Emmanuel’
Means ‘God is with us,’ He came to tell

The Nazarene, the King Of Jews
He led the way, but we can choose
Our thoughts and belief in His way
His Unconditional Love is here to stay

Now two thousand years have gone by
Since the Son Of Man from on High
Walked His Earthly path in physicality
Yeshua, a blessed guide for you and me

Trina Graves – 10th December 2018


About This Poem

I definitely wanted to write some new poems for this Christmas and after writing a couple on handmade gifts I knew I needed to write one that focused on the actual reason we celebrate Christmas. I also didn’t want to write one that was too long so that I could use it for my Christmas card.

Making myself a cup of coffee before settling down to write, I gave the poem some thought and knew I wanted to start it with ‘At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Jesus who came to Earth’ so I quickly jotted that down before I forgot! 

Sat drinking my coffee I was thinking how I have recently felt more comfortable with the name Jeshua instead of Jesus, so I Googled names for Jesus and decided to write a list of the ones I found that appealed to me. There were twenty one, with so many to choose from I thought I might be able to include a few of these in the poem. Interestingly, Jeshua didn’t come up but Yeshua did.

Once I was ready to start I prayed and asked for guidance (as I usually do) but this time I also asked for guidance from Jeshua and began to feel very emotional. Not wanting to get caught up in the tears (of joy) that I could feel surfacing, I gave thanks and started to write. The list of names was beside me and I knew straight away to use ‘Son Of God’ in the opening sentence (rather than Jesus). Although I had previous ideas about some of the things I wanted to cover in the poem, I now knew that this poem was going to include many of these names. I looked at the long list and thought there was no way I could do an inspirational rhyming poem with all these names that wasn’t too long! Of course, my doubts were soon cleared as the words flowed, and it wasn’t too long before I realized every one was used, including the meaning of Emmanuel which I had also noted. Writing the last verse it dawned on me that I hadn’t added to the original list: Jesus and Christ, but then knew this was obviously the title. 

The next day I posted a Christmas poem I’d written in 2016. I hadn’t read this poem since last Christmas so I was surprised when I read the first sentence: ‘Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of the Son of God brought down to our Earth.’ My first thoughts were, no wonder that sentence came into my head and now I’ll have to change the new poem. But, after thinking more about it, I thought does it really matter? 

Jesus: The Christ - Christmas poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
front of my Christmas card 2018 (nativity from Pixabay)

Christmas Blessings of Love, Peace & Joy to you and all your loved ones.

 

 

 

A Handmade Gift

I give you this gift
Intending it to lift
You, as it did me
In the making, you see..

All the hours that went
Into this present I sent
My thoughts were of you
And the time really flew

Love was in my heart
Right from the very start
As for you, I truly care
My love, I want to share

The true power of thought
Is not so often taught
What we do, and do not see
Everything is an Energy

Imbued in this small thing
Is the joy that you bring
To me, when I think of you
And my love is in there too

With this gift, I impart
A pure energy from my heart
Love & Light, powerful rays
May God bless you, always

Trina Graves – 10th December 2018


About This Poem

I had already written ‘A Handmade Christmas’ a few days earlier, but what I thought I could use as a short poem to give at Christmas turned into something way-too-long, but I was happy with it, so I knew I needed to write another!

With the intention of writing something that conveyed the thoughts that go into making something for someone you love, and the power of thought, this poem was also short enough for me to make into tags for my handmade Christmas gifts.

A Handmade Gift - Inspirational Christmas poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
picture from Pixabay

 

A Handmade Christmas

As each generations continues on
The hype of Christmas seems to grow
But some simple things never change..
Children never-endingly hope for snow

My aged parents reminisce the stories
Of their innocent childhood days
Delighted with one or two gifts, and
An orange in their stocking always

It’s a natural feeling wanting to provide
Your children with all you possibly can
My siblings and I had a several more gifts
A wonderful Christmas, as always, the plan

With my little Angels the trend continued
My husband and I strived to give them more
It began with a large sack full of presents
As years passed they overflowed to the floor

I would always make some of the gifts
Knitting and sewing I thoroughly enjoyed
Dolls clothes; a favourite, made many times
Winter evenings I was merrily employed

But back then I never gave it a thought
To the seeds I unknowingly planted
Into their open, fertile young minds
A need for more was being started

And now with my grandchildren I can see
Especially when money is short, it’s tough
To provide all they feel they should give
The spiral.. will it ever be enough?

Over the years I continued making some gifts
As with each new blessing my family grew
An often challenge to make-ends-meet
Creating handmade presents saw me through

But in recent times I’ve pondered more on
The effects, what I’d change if I could live
Those Christmases all over again
So, this is the advise I would give…

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Ditch the relentless consumerism
Impregnated into the mind
Insistent, but only about the sell
A relief and freedom you will find

Simplify your Christmas
Focus on the love and joy
Being together and having fun
Instill this in every girl and boy

Only give them a few presents
You’ll be planting the purest seeds
Of gratitude, love and acceptance
That simplicity fulfills all their needs

Make as many gifts as you can
Developing your own creativity
Time spent is a worthwhile investment
In yourself, you’ll soon clearly see

Everything in life is made of energy
Even objects can contain our thought
Making gifts with love enhances them
Much more than anything ever bought

When creating for that special person
Always work with love in your heart
Enjoy the process of your making
Your higher vibration you will impart

Children truly learn from example
Easily accepting the way you show
Teach them the joy of simple giving
Their hearts will bloom and grow

All ages of children can take part
In creating something for those they love
A hand drawn around, or simple picture
Giving easily rises them above

I know now I would cherish such gifts, from
Children & grandchildren through the years
A treasured collection all made with love
Would bring joyous memories and a few tears

It’s never too late to start
This poem is not a lament
If these words ring true to you
Take action on your intent!

Trina Graves – 6th December 2018


About This Poem

As the poem tells, I have been thinking of what I would change about the Christmases of my past, not that I regret anything because I know that I did the best I could with what I knew at that time, but more as to how I would advise future generations.

The commercial side of Christmas has infiltrated so deeply into our lives and influences all ages, putting so much pressure on everyone who celebrates Christmas to buy more and do more, in an ever-increasing amount.

In my poem I was focusing on the gift side of Christmas, but I have just read a wonderful post from EarthSkyAir: Solstice that mentions an over-the-top light display nearby, and it reminded me of how, not only do the outside house decorations get bigger every year (in a seeming competition to do the most) but also I’m stunned to see Christmas trees and decorations up inside homes as soon as we begin December! 

As EarthSkyAir so wisely says:
“The awesomeness of our universe shows us so plainly that love itself remains the truly treasured gift in our lives.

It’s beyond amazing, the gifts we’ve been given. Who needs to go shopping? Let’s just pause and be astonished by what we have.”

Profound words of simple truth, I’ll leave it at that!

A Handmade Christmas - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
the reverse side of my Christmas card 2018

My Christmas

My Christmas: As A Child
When I was a little girl Christmas was so very exciting
Counting days and wondering what Santa would bring
I loved dolls, books and writing equipment best of all
It seems my path was set from when I was so small

A picture of Father Christmas always went up on the wall
Two weeks before Christmas Day, Santa watched over us all
The picture had been given to my dad when he was a baby
Santa wrote in his pocket books who was good or naughty

On Christmas morning nanny (Evelyn) would be with us
Watching the opening of presents and just to make a fuss
Of her grandchildren who she only had a short time to be with
Passing when I was six, in my heart she will always live

Once I had a huge present from my uncle who lived next door
Boxes within boxes revealed a present that was so small
I don’t remember how old I was, but I loved the cross and chain
The excitement and the beautiful gift, happy memories remain

The nativity story always fascinated me, I read it many times
At school I was so proud to be the Angel, and given many lines
My mother made my robe with wings for me to hold up so high
Another year, to a class I was the mother making a mince pie

One of my favourite things to do was singing in the choir
Christmas carols, full of joy, I know now, lifted me higher
What made it more special was being in Dorchester Abbey
A Sacred place with beautiful stained glass windows to see

One year at my fathers work place party, I sat on Santa’s knee
Unknowing that under the beard was my own dad, I couldn’t see
It was years later after a few tellings that I finally knew the truth
I accepted, let go of the fairytale, losing my innocence of youth

In my teenage years we had pop music with the radio on,
Top Of The Pops on TV too, dad would burst out into song
Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody,’ we’d all be joining in
Mum would be up, and around the room she’d be dancing

My Christmas: As A Mother
When I was a young mother, Christmas was so wonderfully magical
Although at first my husbands Christmas Eve tradition seemed radical
No decorations were put up before the children went to bed
The Christmas Fairies came with Santa to do the job instead

The look of amazement on the children’s faces on Christmas morn
Made up for the complete lack of sleep from not going to bed till dawn
Surprise and delight glowed on little faces when they entered the room
Lights and colour everywhere just like a garden in summer’s full bloom

I had my own tradition to bring into my growing family
My father had given me Santa’s picture to oversee
My children, two weeks before Christmas they began to look
The third generation hoping their names were not in the black book

As all other mothers, I wanted my children to have more than me
From my one sack, to their sack and presents under the tree
New outfits to wear, toys to play, books, puzzles and more
There is a warming pleasure in giving to the ones we adore

In early years of their childhood there was no brussel sprout
So I could spend more time with them, the traditional dinner we left out
When they were older we decided to begin, and they did appreciate
The special meal shared together, though sprouts they never ate!

Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ first came out
Teaching us how fortunate we were, without a doubt
‘The Power Of Love’ from Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Taught a truth, pure and simple, we all understood

Every year there were parties with my husbands family
Grandparents, siblings, cousins getting together to see
Sharing fun with games and magic tricks into the night
Chatting away for hours and setting the world to right

It took a sad occasion to persuade my husband to spend
Christmas with my parents, so some support I could lend
My gentle nanny (Jennie) passed just before Christmas 93
Being with my mum for that Christmas was so important to me

In 1995 a totally different Christmas time we planned
To spend our yuletide together in a hot and far-away land
Two children were getting older, almost ready to move on
Jamaica, our last holiday together and then they were gone

All the delights of Christmas through my children I lived the days
The excitement and high spirits, they sparkled in gorgeous ways
When they were younger I told them the story of the baby from above
They are my Angels who came and taught me true unconditional love

My Christmas: As A Grandmother
Now I am a grandmother, Christmas is plainly simple
It’s all about the love we share, but there’s also a pull
Now we are not all together, which way do I go?
Spending time with everyone, my love I want to show

My parents may not have many more Christmases to share
And it really is a time to let those you love know you care
But little ones at Christmas bring so much pleasure and joys
Their effervescent spirits light up, I can’t resist those girls and boys

Through the generations the same Christmas songs I hear
Although it seems they get played earlier each year
Marching around the room to Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop The Cavalry’
Children and then grandchildren, it is so enchanting to see

Christmas with my children was the pinnacle of perfection
It’s not until they were older that I could see the direction
Time plays tricks, the years seem at first to go so slow
In the blink of an eye, they’re gone, where did the time go?

Now watching little ones, I see Christmas through their eyes
Wishes, dreams, the magic and awe of it all, joy multiplies
Passing on traditions, memories planted as love is shown
Generations evolve, moving on and making their own

Christmas was never about the presents under a tree
But accumulation of love and memories, a sanctuary
As generations come and go, Christmas will always be
A time to share the love and joys of being with family

Trina Graves – 11th December 2016


About This Poem

In 2016, after writing: Christmas Through The Family and The Heavenly Birth I felt I’d like to write more for Christmas. Many of my poems are written for my family members so I wanted to create a poem for them (and me) to remind us of our Christmases. 

Before I started, I wrote a few notes of different memories and the traditions I wanted to include. The poem actually took four days to complete (I started on the 11th) as I kept remembering more to add!

One of the reasons I like to write my poems is because I am sharing my thoughts, beliefs and memories. Most of my family are not interested in poems, so they don’t tend to read them now, but I know that one day (maybe when I am no longer here) they more likely will. When that time comes I hope they will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them, and that they will evoke happy memories, or tell them of family stories that they have long forgotten or maybe never knew.

Trina Graves quote from poem: Christmas Through The Family - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
some of my grandchildren (Christmas 2008)

The Heavenly Birth

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth
Of the Son of God brought down to our Earth
A Pure, Unique Master-Being from Heaven above
Sent to guide through all Eternity with Divine Love

His birth is a wondrous story, enchantingly told
Mother Mary young and pure, a heart of gold
Visited by an Angel with Heavenly praise
“The Son of God, you and Joseph shall raise”

Joseph’s character was obviously strong and good
Although not the true father, he declared he would
Unite with Mary and become the dad
To love and support the growing lad

The story unfolds with drama and suspense
To Bethlehem they travelled, the journey immense
For heavily pregnant Mary, arriving on a donkey
Needing a place to give birth, to be a sanctuary

With everywhere full, the only place to stay
Was in a stable, with a manger to lay
The newborn baby, the Heavenly King
Now present on Earth, Enlightenment to bring

A brilliant sign heralded the birth
Notable enough for many to seek it’s worth
Kings or wisemen, and even shepherds too
The Heavenly star shone to guide them through

Each came with praise and a gift to give
Knowing the Son of God was here to live
A physical life, even from a baby so small
Showing a connection to God, available to all

***

Everyone has their own personal belief
And I do not wish to cause anyone grief
But we all decide how much of this tale is true
Our perceptions give us our own unique view

I asked for guidance before beginning to write
Asking to share some loving Christmas ‘Light’
What came to me at that moment, for what it’s worth
Is the Divine importance of every single human birth

Jesus grew up knowing he was God’s Son
No limits were placed, He was the One
Sent to Earth to share true Love Divine
And through eternity, boundless by time

With no restrictions to cause Him doubt
He grew to share God’s Love throughout
His life while here upon this Earth
All starting with that momentous birth

If the King of Kings can be born in a stable
What of other births? We should be able
To see the wisdom and Light showing us the way
To celebrate the truth of births each and every day

For all mothers are pure with hearts of gold
And fathers if present, strong and bold
Each one is doing the best they can do
Which is all that God asks of you

No matter where the birth will take place
The Divine is there, but you won’t see a trace
Lowly or regal, it matters not who you are
Beings of Love and Light come from afar

They come to witness the transition of a Soul
On it’s journey to Earth to learn to be whole
In physical form, the journey it takes
To become Aware as the Spirit Awakes

For every single baby contains God in their heart
Illuminating so brightly right from the start
If we placed no limits or doubts in their minds
Their genuine Divine Presence in life we would find

Trina Graves – 8th December 2016


About This Poem

In December 2016, after writing my first ever Christmas poem Christmas Through The Family’ to be used for my Christmas cards, I had no intention of writing another that year.

A few days later I decided to do my next quote poem (back then I only added my poems to my website: Spiritual Quotes To Live By). I had a list of quotes in my notebook on my desk, so I switched off the computer (no distractions) and got ready to write… but then I could not find the notebook! I searched the desk (there was not a lot on it) but still couldn’t find it, even though I knew I had seen it. ‘Weird’ I thought!

However, knowing from experience that once I prayed and asked for guidance I would receive whatever I needed, I let go of the mystery and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. On returning to my desk… there was the notebook so clearly in view!!! I laughed and knew that I was not meant to write a quote poem. So, I asked for guidance, now thinking, perhaps something else for Christmas?

I knew then that it would be a poem about the importance of births and would start with the birth of Jesus. But, I was quite surprised that the whole nativity story just flowed out.

The Heavenly Birth - Christmas poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
picture from Pixabay

Christmas Through The Family

To a child Christmas is the most magical time of the year
Full of wonder and excitement waiting for Santa and reindeer
Counting down each day, with even a tree indoors to decorate
Captivating memories through childhood years accumulate
Each intense and thrilling Christmas morning finally arrives
Bringing presents galore, heaps of fun and maybe a surprise
Days of new toys, sweets and other delicious things to eat
For Christmas to last forever, they’d wish in a heartbeat

For parents Christmas creates a mixture of things
The stress of it all contrasts the abundance of joy it brings
Worrying about what to buy and how to pay for it all
Disappears when seeing the delight on their child befall
With so much to get done, the clock ticks away so fast
But how they wish the enchantment of that day would last
Because for their own sweet child, anything they’d do
To make all their wishes and dreams come true

Young siblings at Christmas share the joys
Of the escalating excitement thinking of toys
They might receive if Santa thinks they’ve been good
Talking into the night, how they wish he would
Childhood Christmas days spent with sister or brother
Amasses laughter and sharing to re-discover
In later years when in family-get-togethers they meet
And to another generation their stories repeat

For teens and young adults Christmas is for fun
Celebrating with friends, just has to be done
It’s a balancing act fitting in family and friends
As their time and attention splits then blends
The greatest pull can come with blossoming love
From their first relationship, as if from Heaven above
First love at Christmas brings them a new dimension
As the joy of giving to love expands their comprehension

A Grandparent’s Christmas is full of timeless memories
Evergreen moments shared with their beloved families
Going way back to the times when their children were small
It’s only the enduring love and happiness they recall
Time’s moved on and now they have grandchildren to treasure
Each precious jewel brings more love and the purest pleasure
The family continues to expand as the years go by
Bliss of Grandparenthood lifts their Soul sky high

All through these stages of Christmas days
Life moves on through time, expanding always
Change is inevitable, time can not stand still
So appreciating these moments is vital to fill
Your heart and Soul with joyous memories
Of the stages of life spent around Christmas trees
Because that is what family at Christmas is for
To celebrate, the joy and love you share, above all

Trina Graves – 8th December 2016


About This Poem

I often like to make my close family’s Christmas cards, usually using recent or old family photographs. In 2016 I had gone back to writing more poems, so I thought I’d have a go at writing one for Christmas to use for the card. This poem was the result.

I didn’t plan to write anymore Christmas poems but a strange thing happened a few days later that led to more… (The Heavenly Birth)

 

Trina Graves quote from poem: Christmas Through The Family - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My children – Christmas 1984