The first Sunday of Advent

Shine a light

By: Eyvind Skeie

(Translated from Norwegian to English by yours truly)

Shine a light, a light will shimmer

For our beloved Home.

The star on the horizon

Where all of us belong.

May hope be everlasting

Promising us love.

May Heaven meet our heartbeat

And find in us a home.

When the days ahead are misty

When the days ahead are misty,

No birds, no sun, no horizon,

Only pasturing clouds blocking

The shimmering view,

When the nights expand their hours

Like an endless starless sea

And your heart feels like a mellow sunset

Farewelling its summertime quest,

Remember your soul is the captain

Immune to the darkness ahead.

The world needs you!

The world needs you, more than you need the world! Claim your light, embrace the warmth, give yourself confidence to step forward! Stay centered and grounded in your core and shine calmly, but steadily so as not to be too soon burned down by the inner drama of your emotions. You truly can make a difference! You are a creator of spiritual and creative abundance! Be innovative and follow your own path when it comes to career and purpose. Be an advocate for your principles and don’t let fear come in your way. Know when you are right and have the courage to never back down when you are called upon to claim your personal power. There is immense beauty in bravery!

Dive! Explore! Soar!

Within you there is ability without limitations, an abundance of creativity and talent. And all it takes for you to manifest this is for you to pursue the things that make you happy! Believe in yourself! Have confidence in that fact that it is your passions, the things you love, that will lead you to your divine life purpose if you just let yourself soar, diving into the depth of who you are and sharing that essence with likeminded people. Loving yourself means giving yourself a chance to explore all that you are and having faith in the fact you have something extraordinarily valuable and unique to share with the world. For that is your true purpose in life. Dive! Explore! Soar!

Making other people happy

Making other people happy is an easy way to make yourself happy, but when we strain ourselves too much, when we use other people’s happiness to forget about our pain, when there is an imbalance between input and output, it can be harmful to our health and cause an addictive behavioral pattern where you become dependent on others for your happiness. Trying too hard to please others can cause stress-related illnesses as much as a high-pressure job can.

Taking care of your own needs is not selfish it is healthy! Yes, some of us have different needs than others, like much needed alone-time, long moments of silence, a lot of rest, etc. that can sometimes irritate people who can’t relate to it. But we need to take care of our special needs anyway and ignore those who try to make us feel bad for being the way we are. Imagine if you don’t take care of your needs and come down with a stress-related illness that ends you up in hospital. Most likely those same people will come to you saying: “Why didn’t you just speak up for yourself and tell us what you needed?”

Everyone wants to be the cause of someone else’s happiness, but no one wants to be the cause of someone else’s pain. When you don’t take care of your own needs and don’t speak up for yourself you unintentionally put someone in that position. And that, I imagine, if you are anything like me, is the last thing you want.

Trust yourself

When your heart is open to be guided by the soul, the part of you that belongs to eternity, you can be assured that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to do. Everything will fall into place as long as you notice and follow the small signs that occur on a daily basis. Train yourself to keep your focus intact so that you truly see them. You might find that new ideas and ways of dealing with life may suddenly pop into your head. Follow these ideas. If you do, your life will move in the right direction; towards harmony and balance. You already have everything you need inside of yourself. Trust yourself.

To feel loved

I feel loved by feeling that I am enough.

That I deserve everything just because I am.

To be comforted when I am sad,

Forgiven when I make a mistake,

To be heard when I speak up,

To be understood when I try to explain my emotions.

To be encouraged to pursue my own definition

Of happiness no matter what that is.

I feel loved by feeling that I am lifted when I fall,

To be allowed to have a voice when I am angry,

And to cry like a child when I need to,

Laugh like a child when I want to

And dance like a child when I feel like it.

That is how I feel loved.

That is how you make me feel loved.

To make me feel that I am enough and that I

Deserve everything just because

I am.