near the horizons,
full speed ahead.
Hitting the tracks,
Tried and tested
in the becoming,
what will be.
Can she make it?
Turning of clouds
the Mind unleashed,
wait in the wings.
Caught in time,
Washed of illusions,
for the rainbow hearted,
Glass half full
to sun catching dreams.
Glorious heavens smile,
Fields of Spirit
gathering the way,
As moments of memory
colour the rain.
We are One.
The entire Universe lives within us.
I was very fortunate to be part of a special event called Generation Hope which saw 6000 youth coming together in three different cities, celebrating the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and giving hope to so many. It took me right to the beginning and where I started 8 years ago in meeting this practice and how it has changed my life for the better. Part of me had forgotten as life continues to challenge me and it was great to re-ignite that life-force inside to bring the light back into my life. Sometimes in life we know the answers and what we need to do but it takes others to remind us of our own light. It is through support and interconnectedness to everyone and everything around us we can see the real truth and beauty of life.
I was very inspired to hear so many individual experiences of how Buddhism has helped changed their lives in positive ways. To have a positive philosophy provides a foundation in which we can view experiences in our lives so differently and to see challenges as opportunities for growth and healing. Nothing is outside of ourselves and our environment and the people around us are a direct reflection of us. This can be a concept that is hard to digest at first but when you look beneath the surface, there is so much strength and power that comes from it. I know it taught me to take accountability and responsibility for my own life. Nobody else could live it for me or do the work for me. It all started with me.
“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation – a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realise this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.” (Daisaku Ikeda)
With so much going on in the world right now it can seem like we can’t do anything about it but the truth is everyone can make a difference. It starts with our own inner transformation in a journey of forgiveness, love, patience, compassion and courage to live fully and express who we really are. It is about speaking up and paying attention to the things that really matter. It is about never giving up and opening our hearts in creating a vision for a better world. Every individual has the capacity for greatness in their own unique way and any change made has a ripple effect throughout the entire cosmos.
“No matter what our personal circumstances may be, if we ourselves become the source of light, then there will be no darkness in the world.” (Daisaku Ikeda)
With the decision to choose hope and to sing the song in our hearts, we can overcome anything. We can dance with life and move to the rhythm of joyous expression. We can change the world.
When you truly meet yourself, love touches the core of your entire being…
There is something inside of each of us that already knows. It knows the way to our heart. It knows what needs to be done, where to go, who to connect with. It knows the answers to the questions we are seeking. It lives inside our cells. It breathes life into us. It brings us alive into creation where we can truly thrive as human beings.
On this path, we each have a unique blueprint that is special and travels the distance in revealing the truth. There is healing and transformation that is available to us if we stay still enough to listen. In the whisper of that silence is that voice of higher consciousness leading the way. If we are brave enough to tune into its frequency there is so much magic and wonder to explore.
Life is a rippling flow of energy that strengthens our resolve to step into the bigness of who we are. There is Power. There is Presence. There is Love. When we see experiences as opportunities to peel back the layers, we can stand inside the fire and ignite the essence of our spirit. We can dance in ecstasy. We can taste the passion. We can jump to the sky and take flight, finding the courage to step into the unknown and know that we are loved just as we are. There is nothing to change. Only total surrender to Oneness.
It’s about recognising anything that is in alignment with our soul and living from a place of authenticity. When we allow love to guide us we will always find our way back to ourselves. We will always come Home.
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” (Rumi)