Ribbons

Updated: Jul 17


Sometimes I choose to worry what others think as I swim against the currents. I don’t blend in any more, though as I stand at the sidelines, I want to jump into the cacophony of life. I step off the wheel. I step out of life.


I am delighted to report life is moving on like a ribbon highway. Starting from the bottom, the media propagating fear filling the lanes with the what if’s, the better not’s and all the other essential warnings to keep one in fear. There are ribbons of various shades of sleep, those who have not yet broken open, shuffling with life, complaining of unfairness and bumped around in victimhood.


Then it starts getting interesting with the colors lightening up. The ribbons of those broken open in all their varieties, sleepy eyed gazing at change and willing to stay in the game, learning, exploring and discovering the incredible tales of woe that were just that – tales. Hearing their hearts for the first time and rising up for more.


Moving up more into the bright colors, this ribbon of activity is wide, busy and teeming with energy, filled with those who are fully awake, learning, exploring as they live in their changes, grieving their losses and growing with their lessons.


All the ribbons are necessary, all moving in the right direction. All welcoming as we awaken, adapt and grow into and who we already are, discovering the inner light engines are already programmed into our vessels waiting for our awakening arrival.


Alone Time is Essential by Carolyn Riker


When I grow tired

I grow quieter

but you might think

there’s something wrong


You might feel

I’ve disappeared

but I haven’t

I’m just taking a stroll

away from this world

because the steady buzz

depletes me


Let me assure you

by giving me this space

to travel beyond

we will grow closer


Alone time

rejuices my inner juices

it’s my lifeline to self-love

alone time is the heart

of my introverted kind


You see, I’ve tried to endure

the boisterous sea but

it leaves me

exceptionally grumpy


Therefore, I skip off

beyond the fences of captivity

over the hills

down to the sea

letting go

to swim with the whales


Just like that

and I know it’s time

for there will be

a nudge from the wind

a teeming streaming rainfall

a wink from a flower

a tiny wayward bug waddling


And I’ll go far away

usually inside of daydream

because all I need

besides love

is time alone

where I rest and play

where I can be me


Participants’ Reflections:

  • Thank you. I started the meditation time contemplating introvert and extrovert. I think I’m in the middle between the two. Being with people pulls me out of the blahs. I live alone and I love it and I’m a in a relationship and I love her. We both need time alone and a daily practice of quiet in some form. I realized today that I tend to orient myself to others, and taking that time for personal quiet opens the door for me to hear my own thoughts. I hear myself more. Thank you.

  • Thank you very much. During the meditation, I had to bring myself back to presence, and after doing that a few times, I had this beautiful image. You talked about ribbons, and I saw an image of an open field that had been plowed. There were rows ready for planting and I imagined myself laying ribbons of different colors down the rows. These rows of ribbons reminded me of us as the different colors, standing at the end of the rows which is our alone time. Then we come here to our meditation time, we are a part but we look ahead and listen and we see a convergence coming together of those ribbons like railroad tracks converging. It is so beautiful how we are apart and how we come together and converge in a depth of understanding and being together.

  • I saw a variation on the same theme. At Bryn Mawr, they have a big May Day celebration with a maypole. Everyone starts out far apart and then rhythmically come around, and eventually the ribbons are all wound around the pole. They start out separate and wind up together.

  • The image of the ribbons reminded me of the image of flowing water you brought up the other day, the current and being carried with it, and the salmon leaping, which is pretty joyful.

  • Thank you. I listened to Donna Eden’s Energy Healing Challenge yesterday. Thank you for the link. It is continuing today on Boosting Your Brain’s Energies.

  • Thank you. I was resonating with listening to one’s heart in alone time and reflecting on how I do listen and then shut it down. I want to tease out how I can listen more deeply and longer, to experiment with it. There is an immediate signal that I experience listening to my heart. It’s a softening, an experience of tears welling up or feeling touched, and how quickly I can move away from that.

  • You are becoming familiar with the landmarks as you enter into that space. We all turn away, that’s part of who we are. The key is that we come back and practice coming back. It’s the coming back that is the key. We don’t stay separated.

  • I realize that as I was coming back that I have a judgment about it. Why can’t I just stay there? I then saw that it doesn’t matter.

  • If we can just come back without the commentary. We are always going to separate, that’s part of being human. I think that’s the blessing of being in spirit is that we lose the humanness so that we don’t separate and we are in the incredible space of the heart all the time. That’s been my experience as a medium. The key is in allowing ourselves to gentle ourselves back.

  • Thanks for that beautiful image. I need it today. I am doing a legal thing today and it’s nerve-racking. I want things to result from it. I’m imagining a lot of support even though I’m alone. I’m imagining all the threads of my support.

  • I encourage you to grow roots, from your feet and your hands, just be deep in the earth and connect with it. You are not alone. It’s an arduous, long, painful process you are going through and you are staying steady.

  • We are with you, supporting you. You never know what someone else will say in this group and what it will connect you with. Yesterday, someone talked about an old car. I remember how old cars had flower vases built in on either side to carry fresh flowers. I thought of how beautiful that image was. It was a pleasant image to think about all day yesterday as a result. Thank you.

  • We are a buoying energy. We have the ability to reach out and get support if we aren’t feeling it. We can hear the affirming thoughts. We can help with guidance. We can help with support, with imaging. I love that the images live on through the day.

  • Thank you. Thank you so much. We all have the challenges we face that come and go in our lives. We all have joys and hang on to them as long as we can. We all have grief we feel when there are losses. It’s what I felt today with the ribbons. The choice we make is to stay within the process of learning, to believe the experiences do not define us. They give us information to grow, to glean, to sort, to let go of, to retain. It’s all part of living. It doesn’t define who our hearts are because our hearts are our personal engines we hold inside. I wish you all feel the buoyance and love that we share here, and take it with you through your day, and find things that support you because we have the ability to remind ourselves we are worth it. Have a gentle day.


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