The Containing Circle

Going to the beach to meet James
My visualization Guide
Where everything becomes clear
As constant as the tide

But instead I found my mum
There on the sandy beach
I thought her Higher Self
Must have come to teach

She led me to lots of people
Sat in a circle on the ground
And instantly in the middle
I was then to be found

Surrounded by loved ones
From my life who had taught
Me lessons, or influenced me
Whether given or sought

My parents, siblings, children
Grandchildren and friends
I didn’t acknowledge them all
It seemed the circle never ends

And then standing just behind them
Encircling, there were more
I knew these were all Spirit
I just felt it at my core

I questioned, were they Guides
For all the people sat around?
‘No’ came the answer
For me they were all bound

Then I followed an impulse
To get up and walk away
Turning to look at them all
Would they follow or stay?

Some had disappeared
From those that were sitting
The others smiled and watched
Their love for me still emitting

My Spirit Guides and Helpers
Had followed me on
Then as I walked further
My seeing them had gone

I knew they were with me
Wherever I might tread
And understanding of all this
Came into my head

I must step out of the encirclement
To not be contained by those I love
And follow my own path
Guided by those of the above

Trina Graves – 12th June 2019
Vision: July 2003


About This Poem

When I began these visualization exercises in 1999 I had no idea they would one day lead to me writing poems about them! Now, looking back, it has been a natural development and I am often amazed that after reading my notes of a visualization, a poem then so easily flows to tell the story.

The wisdom of this visualization seems so obvious to me now, but back in 2003 it was just another interesting experience to note and keep. I had been told to write everything down (because one day I would need it!) in a message given to me at a Spiritualist Church many years before. Today, that message and these poems that have developed from that initial guidance are (for me) proof of eternal life and a knowing of my own path. 

Although we are all One, we are also individual aspects of the Divine, and therefore have our own uniqueness that will not match even those we are closest to and love most dearly. My beliefs and path are certainly in a different direction than my parents and siblings, and my intense desire for a more spiritual life is not a match to my children and grandchildren’s priorities (yet!) However, many of them are aware of (or becoming aware of) and acknowledging the Spiritual aspect of life. I am certain that several of my grandchildren are empathic and I know that as this generation grows to maturity, with the Light that is expanding, they will all be able to perceive and understand much more than I do.

I share a few of my poems with my family, but I know they are not that interested in them. But, I hope that one day they will be ready to read and hopefully learn from them. It will also give them an insight and understanding of me and my beliefs.

I have a link page of my Vision Poems if you would like to read more.

quote from poem: The Containing Circle by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Insight

Before writing a poem I pray for guidance
But today, I still couldn’t get the theme
So I decided to visit my tranquil beach
Where my answers are revealed in a dream

This simple, insightful tool I discovered
Many years ago in a Betty Shine book
Meeting my Guide at my peaceful place
Counsel I’d always get, if the time I took

By just letting whatever images flow
Without blocking them by my thought
My questions are always answered
And wise guidance to me is brought

My first ever visit to The Beach
In summer of 99, I soon forgot
But years later I found my notes
Understanding then hit the spot

I had gone to seek the ultimate answer
Of what I was here in this life to do
I walked bare-foot on the sandy beach
And was met by someone I never knew

I didn’t have to ask his name
‘James’ just slipped into my mind
He was about my age, in a robe
Serene, gentle, loving and kind

We were looking out at the ocean
He said “It’s a vast world out there”
Then he turned me around to the beach
And hundreds of people were everywhere

They were rushing around in fast motion
As if watching fast-forward on TV
James told me to hold love in my heart
And reach out to touch someone carefully

As I touched someone they stopped
Relaxed, slowly moving on, smiling at me
I was told that by touching people’s lives
I could set them on their path to God naturally

James asked me to do it again
This time a child stopped as I reached out
“Children are easier to bring back to God
They haven’t strayed as far,” without a doubt

At the time of that very first meeting
I wasn’t ready to ‘hear’ or understand
The momentous, insightful wisdom
Available to all and so easily at hand

So, getting back to my visit today
James met me on the beach as before
Immediately, I knew what my theme would be
The Beach and what I came here for

Trina Graves – 2nd December 2016


About This Poem

This is one of the experiences of my life where I received something, but never understood or appreciated its meaning for many years – as another poem says: You Only Hear What You Are Ready To Hear.

I am truly grateful for a message I received at a Spiritualist Church in May 1994, I had only gone a few times before and different mediums had given me a couple of messages from unknown sources, but this one was different. Not only was I given his name, but the medium described how, for the last few years of his life, this person had to stand leaning over against a chair/table just to be able to breathe a little easier. She also described his personality exactly right, so I had no doubt that it was my uncle, who had emphysema and died in January 1992.

The main point of the message was that I should write everything down, because one day I would need it! I had on-and-off kept a diary, so I tried my best to continue. But, I would always write down on bits and pieces of paper anything that I thought relevant or unusual that occurred. Without this advice I would not have re-discovered earlier experiences  to learn and grow from.. and also write poems about!

When I originally carried out this visualization exercise in 1999, I just thought it was interesting and (following the advice) wrote it down and put it away. I’m not sure when it was I recovered the notes – I probably have it written down somewhere! – but I do remember feeling totally amazed, not only in the words and understanding their significance, but also in wondering why I never realized it before! I typed out the story on a photograph of a beach and placed it where I could see it often, to remind me of why I am here.

I have taken other trips to the beach (and other locations) in visualizations and had some more interesting encounters, but I don’t do it very often as I don’t feel the need and think it would make it less remarkable.

(update: I have began to write more poems of these visualizations, so I have made a link page called Visions to bring them together.)

Insight - Spiritual Poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

The Message

Thousands of years have gone by
With many Master-Beings from on High
Sent down to teach the people of Earth
The Message they knew at their birth
Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha are the same
Although to different peoples they came
Their Message through centuries echo
But at our core we already know
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

Watching over your life and mine
Are Celestial Beings from the Divine
With hearts of gold and wings of pure white
Unconditional Love is their Heavenly delight
We each have our own Guardian Angel too
Always at our side to guide us through
Whispering gently into our inner ear
The Message, we already know, so clear
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

There have always been people around
Who through their own life path have found
The Message, wanting to show and convey
To others, so they can find their own way
They bring forth the wisdom and sing God’s praise
Gurus, Teachers, Authors, there are many ways
To teach what we already believe in our heart
The Message they lived their life to impart
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

All around us and everywhere
Is another dimension, always there
Where we come from and we will go
At the end of this life, an eternal flow
Spirit is our true and pure essence
Opening up we can feel their presence
Showing us The Message anyway they can
We came already knowing the plan
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

Star Seeds and Indigos are names given
To some children who are now living
Among us, bringing their insightfulness
Showing The Way, our lives are blessed
But also children with a ‘special need’
Are here to teach, our hearts to heed
For they bring The Message loud and strong
There never is anything with us ‘wrong’
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

We all have a connection to our Source
Remembering this we can stay on course
But we tend to get pulled by Earth’s density
Spiralling down, tangled in the nitty-gritty
Recognizing this is a lesson to learn
And then to our Inner Guidance we can turn
The more we connect, the stronger we’ll be
And The Message we’ll remember and see
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

Embodying The Message our lives will arrange
The course of history to make a great change
No wars or conflicts, expressing we are One
What we do to another, to our-self is done
We do not have to agree on everything
Respecting diversity, the truth will bring
Enlightenment to our heart and mind
To everyone we’ll be loving and kind
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

Human Beings come in all colours and size
Living The Message we open our eyes
To seeing the beauty in One and All
Negative filters of the mind’s eye will fall
Being The Message the veil is raised
No more shadows will be cast on our days
Setting love as our moment-to-moment priority
We’d be living in joyous, peace and beauty
We are ONE ~ Beings of Love and Light
We are ONE ~ Love is the Way to Unite

I Am One ~ United with you
God is Love flowing through

Trina Graves – 17th December 2016


About This Poem

As you can see from the date of this poem, it was just before Christmas. I had written a couple of Christmas poems a few days earlier but wanted to write another, so as usual, I prayed and asked for guidance and immediately I knew the title was The Message. I then asked for ‘the message’ and after writing it down I knew it was going to be included with each verse. I then wrote the rest. With the last little bit on the end I was unsure whether to include this, but after questioning myself, I knew it was part of the poem.

The Message - Spiritual Poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By