Title Quote: When They Placed You In My Arms,
You Slipped Into My Heart. (Unknown)
When they placed you in my arms For the first time after your birth Is my most precious memory Of my life here on this Earth
After endless months of waiting Anxious that all would be well Relief mixed with anticipation As I floated under your spell
My love for you had grown stronger Each day through pregnancy In that moment it exploded Awakening the Core of me
I gazed tenderly into your eyes Then mine watered with a tear The pure bliss of the moment As I embraced you, my dear
The weight of your little body As I held you close and tight Feeling your physical presence Sensing your true Spirit Light
The warmth of your precious form Now tangible at long last Melted time’s candle to me You became my future and my past
The sheer miracle of life I possessed in my arms Blessed always to be Captivated by your charms
When they placed you in my arms You slipped into my heart Through Eternity we are bound Entwined Souls to never part
Trina Graves – 24th February 2017
About This Poem
As I say in this poem (and have mentioned before) this is my most treasured memory and is what I recall whenever I want to feel a strong sense of love and upliftment, it never fails to bring a smile to my face and warmth in my heart.
If ever you are feeling down Whatever it is that makes you frown Just open your eyes and look about You’ll find something, without a doubt To make you smile and appreciate That the simple things in life are great
A smile, a glance, a hug, a touch From someone that you love so much A flower, a leaf, a blade of grass Nature’s treasures we blindly pass
The serenity of a sleeping child Even if, in the daytime they tend to run wild A newborn baby so complete yet so small You can’t help but wonder the miracle of it all
Trina Graves – 15th November 2001
About This Poem
This was one of my earlier poems, the only thing I can remember about writing it is that it didn’t take very long!
What I can say now though is, back in 2001, I was most certainly blind to the treasures of nature! Yes, I liked trees and flowers and pretty scenes, but I had not developed any sense of the awesomeness of nature that would have me spellbound by a dandelion seed head or a daisy (two of my now favourite small things of nature). Back then it was babies and children that would inspire me.
Until I began my Spiritual Quotes To Live By website I never took nature photographs, all my photos were of my family. If we went for a walk to the woods, the photos would be of the children playing. But, in 2011 because I wanted to start making some photo-quotes I went with some of my grandchildren for a walk to a small woods nearby, intending to take some nature shots too. It was spring time and there was blossom on some of the trees, (I always liked blossom) and as I walked along looking for nature shots it was as if my eyes were opened for the very first time! I was mesmerized by the simplest of things, it was on this first walk that I took a photo of a dandelion seed head that I use as my logo on my site and Facebook page. I was so struck by the perfection of this ‘weed,’ for me it is a simple reminder of that first walk and my eyes being opened to the perfection of nature.
The greatest gift in life, you’ve received today The birth of your precious little one, safely here to stay Entrusted to your gentle, loving care God knows that you are a wonderfully, devoted pair
Your lives will never again be the same Now that you are parents, you have a new aim To love and protect her, to nurture and to care The joys of parenthood are beyond compare
The happiness, joy and love you now feel Will stay with you forever, this love is so real There is nothing in life that can compare to this The birth of your cherished baby, brings you pure bliss
Trina Graves – 20th August 2007
About This Poem
This poem was written eleven years ago today! The years have certainly flown by and the precious little bundle of joy is now almost as tall as both her parents.
My oldest daughter, Julie, always wanted to be a mother. From a young age she looked forward to the time when she’d get married and have children. With that attitude I always thought that she would be the first of my three children to make me a grandmother, but her brother surprised us all by becoming a father at seventeen. Julie of course became a wonderful aunt to her niece. Then five years later her younger sister, Emma, got married and had a daughter too, closely followed by a son. Julie doted on her nieces and nephew, but her relationships, so far, had not been right to settle down and have children. However, it wasn’t too long after this that she met a new man who seemed perfect to her. They moved in together and it wasn’t too long before she became pregnant. Becoming a mother was such a longed for experience I wanted to write something to remember it by.
They are now married and have two other children, Amy (8) and Lowen (3).
The basis of everything is vibration In this wonderful world of ours All the people, all physical objects All of nature including its flowers
Everything in life we experience In each and every single day We identify through our senses There truly is no other way
The five basic senses of hearing Sight, taste, touch and smell Are the ones we are taught to use And they do serve us quite well
It’s the vibrational frequencies Our organs transmit to our brain The world around us we distinguish But what does it really contain?
Science in the past has always Used physicality as a proof If you can’t see something’s there How can it be real or the truth?
Today the atom can be viewed To see what there is inside They’ve found just empty space Now the truth just cannot hide
But the most astonishing discovery Science has made in more recent years Is that the observer changes the outcome Everything alters as perception interferes
Science and Spirituality are merging Whichever way you look, you will find It is all about the Energy and Vibration Of how we perceive and are aligned
We all have another sense, the sixth Though many chose to ignore or forget The importance of sensing energy It’s been the most misunderstood yet
We all have this sense to use From the moment of our birth We use the energy around us For all our years on this Earth
Some people can use this sense So much easier than the rest They always trust their intuition Not having to put it to the test
Whatever we may do in this life Begins with a simple thought Created by what’s around us From the vibrations we import
Thoughts usually turn to words As we convey our desires and express Through the way we have learned But, have we really progressed?
A baby understands so much more Than we could ever truly know They are aligned with vibrations That to them so easily flow
If you’ve ever held a baby When you’re in a bad mood You know they’ll pick up on that And either cry or be subdued
All babies come into our world With so much love and wisdom to share They’re pure spirits, aligned with Source And can teach us how to be Aware
Trina Graves – 3rd December 2016
About This Poem
In 2011 I began to blog by writing about the photo-quotes I added to my website and Facebook page, both called Spiritual Quotes To Live By. I actually started it here on WordPress, but after awhile moved it over to my site. For simplicity reasons, I thought it best to start with the first photo I added and work my way through, so that I knew exactly what I’d used. However, when taking a peek ahead to what was coming I would occasionally think ‘What on Earth am I going to write about that one?’ Always wanting to ‘go with the flow’ if I was stuck on what to write.. I didn’t. So there would sometimes be long gaps.
At the end of 2016, because I had began to write many more poems I decided to write a poem for each quote instead. That was before I had looked at what the next quote would be! When I saw this one it was definitely a ‘What can I write?’ moment! But after praying and asking for guidance the words just flowed quite easily and I was really pleased that the poem ended up covering so much with what at first seemed a difficult title!
I promise to always love you. No matter what you will do or say, my love for you will always be unconditional.
I promise to nurture you. Providing you with love, comfort and security to the best of my abilities.
I promise to always protect you. Your safety and well-being will always be on my mind.
I promise to do my best. I am only human and I will make mistakes, but I will always do the best that I can for you.
I promise to always be there for you. Even later, as the years go by and we grow apart, know that you can always turn to me.
I promise to teach you right from wrong. By my actions you will learn.
I promise to guide you. Throughout your life I will act as your guide, either you will want to do the things that I do or say, or you will not want to do them, because I do!
I promise to be your anchor. When life gets you down, I will be there to hold you and support you.
I promise to let you become independent. As the years pass, I will ease you out into the world.
I promise to not use you as a pawn. If my relationship with your other parent changes, I will always do what’s best for you and not bring my feelings into your relationship with them.
I promise to seek help when I need it. We all need support sometimes, to cope with life’s problems.
I promise to let you find your own path to God. I will show you my way, but you will be guided to your own path.
I promise to teach you tolerance. We are all individuals and cannot always agree, but I will teach by my example to be tolerant.
I promise to teach you empathy for people & animals. By always considering other’s feelings, you will not cause any unnecessary harm.
I promise to teach you the things of real value. Love, Peace, Joy. There are so many simple things in life to enjoy.
I promise to teach you to cherish our planet. By example, you will learn to care for our environment.
Trina Graves – August 2002
About This Poem
Although I had my doubts about the negativity in the Christian religion I was brought up in, when my first child was born I had only just turned 18 and didn’t like to go against the norm, so she was Christened at the age of six months. However, by the time my son came along eight months later I decided to opt out of this family tradition, so he and my next daughter were not Christened.
Moving on to the new millennium, my youngest daughter got married in early 2002 to a man who had been brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness. While dating she did attend some of their services to see if it was something she would wish to join, but soon realized it was definitely not for her! As she was not in the religion they married in a Registry Office. While pregnant with her first child it was obvious this baby was not going to be Christened and we talked about a Naming Ceremony.
Also at that time, my other daughter had been living with a Muslim for a few years, but was not taking on his religion. Different faiths were combining in my family, so I began to think of writing words for a Naming Ceremony. I liked the idea of parents making vows to the precious little Soul new to the world.
I wrote these vows in August 2002, Lucy (my second grandchild) was born at the end of that year, she never had a Naming Ceremony so the vows were not used. But, as always, I kept them for future use.
I always felt it was interesting how different religions were being brought more into my awareness. As a young teenager I was a fan of the Osmonds and because of this took an interest in their religion (Mormons) which also led me to choose Religious Education as an exam subject at school. Now I can see it was all setting me on a path to lead me to where I am now!
We are all born shining bright Oozing our pure Divinity Light Babies are a source of loving joy Each and every new girl and boy
As the years pass the Light within dims But remains steadfast, illumined within Waiting for intuition to take a hold Not just doing as we’ve been told
Once we set on our true life-path There’s more to life, we love and laugh Knowing Source will guide our way Our Light grows stronger day-by-day
Our inner Light regains its glow Radiating out always on show Drawing those who think alike Sparks fly as matches strike
All this Light we constantly emit Doesn’t fade, or droop or sit It ignites flying high into the sky Surrounding Earth in the blink of an eye
Always available to those in need The Light is a constant source to feed People whose Light seems to be fading Taking in Light initiates mending
Our capacity to love and share Showing to all we truly care Makes us sparkle and beam United together as a team
Every Light is needed here To eliminate hate and fear We can do this, we are One Together as blinding as the sun
All our Lights together combine To make all of humanity shine Exponentially we excel and grow Together we make the Earth glow
As each Light joins to be a part Of what we came here to start The chains of negativity we break More Souls we will Awake
Your Light is a precious part Of your Soul, felt in your heart So let it out, uncovered, unfurled You Are The Light Of The World!
Trina Graves – 24th July 2018
About This Poem
I wrote this poem straight after Teach Only Love, as with that poem, I didn’t have anything in mind to write for this part. But, it all fell into place after I visited Amira’s blog! (you can read more details onTeach Only Love).
Yesterday as I was writing about Lightworkers, in my comment to Amira, I had forgotten that the previous day I’d written ‘You Are The Light Of The World’ – yes, I know it was in my mind somewhere! but I wasn’t thinking about it. – Later in the day I made a picture with the whole poem, but then realized that by taking just three verses it made a short poem on the Lightworker theme, so following the synchronicities I chose to use this one instead. I don’t think I would of noticed this inner-poem without the connection with Amira.
A baby contains an inherent, infinite Light That shines so brightly from it’s Soul Vividly luminous with Source Energy We’re captivated, adoring beyond control
Time advances, the baby becomes a child The Divine illumination begins to dim Their link to Source has been shadowed By the negativity they have taken in
As the child goes out into the big-wide world School and society’s control gets a strong-hold ‘Bright Sparks’ may seem to be encouraged But they too, must fit into the defined mould
Adolescence then adulthood urges onwards By now most Inner Lights have been blocked Conforming to everyone, but not their own desires Keeps the door to their Soul firmly locked
But remember, there is nothing wrong about this We planned our whole journey right from the start By learning to follow our own Inner Guidance in life We would retrieve the Light through our heart
One of life’s immense joys is parenthood Overwhelming gifts this path can bring Unconditional love its purest treasure Lifting the Spirit, the Soul will truly sing
Whatever path we choose to take No one else will be on the same It’s so important to remember this When focusing on your child’s aim
The Light inside them is also a compass It can guide them their whole life through Teaching them to choose right from wrong Inner Guidance is always clear in what to do
Their Light Compass will always be there If ever they have any troubles or doubt What to do about it, which path to take Their Inspiring Light will always shine out
Learning to use and trust their intuition Connecting to their own Source Energy Light Is the greatest blessing you can ever give them And by example is the only way to teach it right
Trina Graves – 5th December 2016
About This Poem
Sometimes I come across a quote that I just know I need to make into a poem. I write it down in my notepad that I keep just for my poems. – I prefer to hand-write in pencil first of all, I have tried typing straight away but it just doesn’t feel right! – I also keep a list on the front inside cover of any titles or ideas that come to me, this happens most often upon first waking. Anyway, this quote from Wayne Dyer was one that I knew would be a poem.
With this title the poem was obviously going to be about letting children use their own intuition, to be connected to their own inner light rather than follow the guidance of others, even though it is thought to be in their best interest.
After praying and asking for guidance my thoughts drifted to how babies are so mesmerizing as if we are under their spell and I realized it is because they exude Source, they are pure beings of light. But then why does that change? Why do we enter this world as the true beings we are but then become so much less? I hope this poem sheds some light on this and show that the only way to teach them to follow their own compass it to follow our own.
With each new day as I awoke Like a spark I’d remember you were here A smile would warm my face and heart Those moments I treasure, so clear
I counted the weeks as they passed by Your presence I felt growing strong My joy and excitement thinking of you Those moments I treasure my life long
You wriggled and kicked more powerfully each month My body stretching as it nurtured your growth Blossoming too was my complete devotion to you Those moments I treasure, unconditional love my oath
Then the moment arrived for us to meet face-to-face Time stood still with a tangible sense of awe The miracle of pregnancy and birth is a blessing in life Those moments I treasure forever more
Now the years have passed and you are grown But my memory of pure Bliss can still bring a tear When you were first place in my arms That moment I treasure most dear
You are: my Joy, my Precious, my Beloved, my Life I’ve loved you unconditionally right from the start Though life separates us, our love continues and unites Our moments I treasure – Eternally you are part of my heart
Trina Graves – 10th March 2015
About This Poem
For all the special occasions I often write poems for my parents and put them in home-made cards using photographs of the family, they love this and with each one I do it seems they are more over-joyed. So, just before Mother’s Day in 2015, I sat to write a poem for my mum. However, after praying for guidance this poem was the result!
I was taken back, many years, to the excited feeling as I awoke and suddenly remembered I was pregnant, I loved being pregnant so this was a delight each morning. So, I just had to put that into words and then the rest of the poem followed on.
I gave my two daughters a print of the poem on a photo of me holding them as babies for Mother’s Day, as they are mother’s too.
While we are sleeping We let go of physicality To experience our true form Of Spirit, unlimited and free We can go anywhere at all With no limits of time or space Explore our magnificent Universe Or our past-lives we can re-trace
While we are sleeping The concept of time disappears Losing all of its boundaries Only to the physical it adheres After closing our eyes to sleep It seems only minutes have gone by When many hours later we awaken And adapt to times apparent lie
While we are sleeping The door is open wide To step through and appreciate The world on the other side Our Spirit leaves our body Resting peacefully in our bed We’re attached by a silver cord It only breaks when we are dead
While we are sleeping Our true self guides the way We regain our pure perspective And digest the current day Although plentiful things transpire Remembering only happens to a few But just because we have forgotten Doesn’t mean it isn’t true
While they are sleeping Those nearing their life’s end Are making preparations To more easily comprehend The letting go of this world And moving on to better things They are more likely to remember The messages ‘sleeping’ brings
While we are sleeping We can visit those we love Here, or those departed Transitioned to the Above Sometimes we can recall A ‘dream’ of those who’ve died Our love unites us forever Meeting eases tears we’ve cried
While we are sleeping Some give assistance in many ways Helping others make their transition At the ending of their days Or being with someone who’s down Needing an uplifting smile that’s all We are all linked together Supporting each other forevermore
While they are sleeping Babies bask in Spirituality New to physical restrictions Their Souls requisite to be free Growing so fast requires sleep As their minds and bodies change Over years time works its wonders And sleeping patterns rearrange
While we are sleeping Our body’s cells all adjust Unhindered by limiting thoughts It’s why sleeping is a must Our bodies can miraculously heal And sleep plays a crucial part In recovery from disease or wounds To mind, body and emotional heart
While we are sleeping We connect to our Higher-Self And can take the opportunity To assess our abundant wealth In the multiple aspects of life Our goal is to constantly do our best Our Higher-Self knows the plan Enlightening us when we’re at rest
While we are sleeping Our Guides are always there To support and give assistance Because they truly care They chose to be with us For our life here on this Earth Always giving loving guidance Before and since our birth
While we are sleeping Heavenly Angels gather around Pure, Divine Beings of Light To us mortals they are bound Giving constant unconditional love Helping us reach our goals So, While We Are Sleeping Angels Have Conversations With Our Souls
Trina Graves – 15th February 2016
About This Poem
This is one of the poems where, after praying and asking for guidance, I first wrote down a list of the ideas for each verse: being in Spirit, concept of time, visiting those passed on etc..
Some of the basis of this poem comes from my experiences…
I have been told by family members of how when some of there loved ones were nearing death they had vivid dreams of: climbing, crossing over, leaving family – but always knowing what they were moving onto was good or better.
Many years ago, at a Spiritualist church the medium spoke of how many people spend their sleeping hours working on the other side. She talked to one woman about the love and comfort she was giving to babies that she cuddled each night. I loved this idea and the thought of it stuck with me.
I have dreamt of what I believe are passed lives.
The verse about babies being new to physical restrictions and therefore needing more sleep to be free, was not something I ‘thought’ about, but once written made so much sense to me, so it is my favourite verse from this poem.
Dear Mummy and Daddy, No matter what happens between us, during my childhood I will love you unconditionally.
You are my guide, my support, my lifetime anchor… for whatever becomes of me depends on our time together.
From you I will learn what love is. I will learn to be confident or shy, giving or selfish, loving or cruel. I will learn what is right and wrong, who I should respect and whether I should love and respect myself.
As I come into this world, into your tender care, I am a pure, clean sponge. I will soak up every look, every touch, every thought, every word, every feeling and they will mould me into the person that I will become.
So in the days, weeks, months and years ahead – please remember that – every thought, feeling, word, touch, and look… I will absorb.
If you treat me with love, caring, respect, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding – even when I do things wrong – then I will grow up into a kind, considerate, confident, loving, responsible, happy child and adult.
But if you treat me with intolerance, uncaring, harshness, words of anger and neglect… I will be… sad.
Trina Graves – 22nd December 1997
About This Poem
This was my first poem, apart from the words I wrote in 1993 (see: About This Blog). I wrote it the day my first grandchild was born on 22nd December 1997. I sat to write some words for the congratulations card to my son and his girlfriend, but instead these words just flowed out. I never gave it to them, but just filed it away!
Back then I had not heard of the Law Of Attraction, so I was amazed many years later when I pulled it out and found I had been writing about it so long before. Also, in the past few years I have been reading the work of people like scientist Bruce Lipton who now teach that children do indeed absorb everything, with no filters, for the first six years.