Surrender To The Flow

Be at peace, and
Surrender to The Flow
All will be well
Wherever you go

Be the Love you are
Basking in The Flow
Love is all there is
At your Core you know

Speak your Higher Truth
Enhancing The Flow
Those ready to listen
Will Awaken and grow

Acknowledge all is Energy
Connected to The Flow
Raising your vibration
You’ll radiate a glow

Float above the darkness
In the Christed-Light Flow
Living from Spirit first
Your Light will clearly show

Unconditionally Love All
Forgiveness strengthens The Flow
No matter what befalls
You’ll remain calm and mellow

Trina Graves – 20th July 2019


About This Poem

I started off as usual, to write a poem, by reading through my list of titles and ideas. Usually just one will ‘speak’ to me but this time I wrote a list of six that felt right. I hadn’t written in a while so I gathered I would be doing a few that day. However, after praying and asking for guidance I re-read the list of six and none of them stood out! This has never happened before, so I smiled and thought ‘what now?’ Then, I knew I had to ‘go with the flow’ and as soon as I thought this I got the title: ‘Surrender To The Flow.’

Surrender To The Flow - Inspirational poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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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!

Update: You can read more of my poems from this series by going to the link page: Affirming The Classics. 

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

Update: You can read more of my poems from this series by going to the link page: Affirming The Classics. 

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

Update: You can read more of my poems from this series by going to the link page: Affirming The Classics.