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’
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!
Update: I do now have more poems of these experiences, which I have brought together on a link page: Visions. There is also a link page for more: Affirming The Classics.