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

 

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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

Radiate An Energy Of Serenity & Peace

Title Quote: Wayne Dyer
Radiate An Energy Of Serenity And Peace, So That You Have An Uplifting Effect On Those You Come Into Contact With.

We all radiate our energy
Although our eyes do not see
Its presence, everywhere we go
Is yours dull, or do you glow?

When you walk into a room
You can sense the joy or gloom
From whoever is there inside
Energy shows, it cannot hide

Someone might be feeling sad
Or stirred to anger, getting mad
If you’re not conscious of your flow
Negative vibes in you can grow

But, you don’t have to let it be
Your thoughts and feelings set you free
Focus on Love and Joy always
Your energy, true and pure, will raise

You will then radiate and give
Upliftment to all those you’re with
Serenity and peace glow from you
In all you say, and all you do

Infuse yourself in Love and Light
Be a beacon burning bright
Radiate, Illuminate, Sparkle, Shine
At one with all, Spirit Divine

Trina Graves – 12th November 2017


About This Poem

Many years ago, before I began my Spiritual Path, I would wonder how it was possible to sense when someone was in a bad mood. They didn’t need to speak or even look at you, just walking into the room they were in, you could feel it! But what was more alarming was the way their bad mood would soon affect everyone else around them!

I was given plenty of experience in this phenomena, which at the time I certainly did not appreciate, but now I can see it was a learning experience. We mostly have to experience things to truly understand them and by living through some bad situations we know exactly what we don’t want, and so can strive for what we do. And the only way to do this is to be grateful for the experience, forgive yourself and whoever it concerned, bless it and let it go. And then, put all your attention on what you do want, never giving thought to what you don’t. Then, as more and more of what you do want shows up.. Appreciate it! Give thanks for it! and you will receive more of the same.

Another thing that baffled me was that sometimes people would say they felt calm when they were with me, I probably hadn’t said much at all, as I have always tended to listen more than talk, so I couldn’t see why they would say that. Of course, now I know we radiate out the energy of how we are feeling, and also we can intentionally send out energy to others too.

There is someone I know who had told me he heard and sensed thoughts, I rarely see him, but once (several years ago) when I was visiting someone he was there. I thought I’d try something and while they were talking and he had his back to me I built up a strong sense of love and blasted it at him! He immediately turned around to look at me and smiled, then continued talking. I had no doubt that he felt what I sent.

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Flowers Are Words That Even A Baby Can Understand

Title Quote: Arthur C. Coxe

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!

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Born 3 weeks apart, grandsons Tyler & Benjamin (2014)