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Childhood Dreams

This is where my childhood adventures started.  This is where I used to play, in the dene, next to my childhood home.  I feel lucky to have grown up here. Maybe this is where my love affair with nature started too.  I still live close to the dene, I still visit it, and the fields that surround it.  And I feel that I belong, in the peace and the solitude.

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Lyke Wake Dirge

On this night, on this night,
Every night and all,
Hearth and house and candle-light,
And Christ receive your soul.

When from here away you pass
Every night and all,
To Thorny Moor you come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave hose and shoes,
Every night and all,
Sit then down and put them on;
And Christ receive your soul.

But if hose and shoes you gave none
Every night and all,
The thorns shall prick you to the bare bone;
And Christ receive your soul.

From Thorny Moor then you may pass,
Every night and all,
To Bridge of Dread you come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave silver and gold,
Every night and all,
At Bridge of Dread you’ll find foothold,
And Christ receive your soul.

But if silver and gold you gave none
Every night and all:
You’ll tumble down into Hell’s flames
And Christ receive your soul.

From Bridge of Dread then you may pass,
Every night and all,
To Purgatory fire you’ll come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave meat or drink,
Every night and all,
The fire will never make you shrink;
And Christ receive your soul.

But if meat or drink you gave none,
Every night and all,
The fire will burn you to the bare bone;
And Christ receive your soul.

On this night, on this night,
Every night and all,
Hearth and house and candle-light,
And Christ receive your soul.

Receive My Soul

Water is my Life

I am again drawn to water.  And, the sound, oh the soothing sound that it sings to us, drawing us close so that we may stand and stare.  Does it ever stand still?  Do we ever stand still?

Can it enlighten us?  What can it teach us?  Simplicity.  Be in the moment.  Do not think of the future, do not think of the past.  Live today.  When we realise this then we are close to enlightenment.  This is something that I must learn to do.  I am always thinking ahead, thinking of next week.  When I am in the garden, or out in nature, I often think of the tomorrow when everything goes back to sleep.  I must try and think of the moment.  Live the moment.  Enjoy what is in front of me, around me, free my mind of the tomorrows.  Be alive.

water is my life

Water

I feel at peace when I am close to water. I love to hear its soothing sound.  It is our life source, the blood that runs through this land that we stand upon.  Without it we cannot survive.   Sometimes I feel I should follow it, see where it leads, see what I find at its end.  But it never ends, it is continuous, it is infinite.  There is no beginning, there is no end.  Maybe that is life, no beginning, no end.  Maybe life is infinite.  Maybe we continue on in a different universe, a different life, on and on we go, seeking enlightenment at every turn.

water runs through our lives

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Printing……

Little 6 x 4 prints just to see what my Road to Enlightenment series looks like printed off.   Cheap little prints from asda but it’s always good to see what photos look like when they’re printed.  Think they will look good on fine art paper mounted and framed too.   The series is coming along nicely, getting a real feel for it.   Especially as I am exploring the realms of Enlightenment and spiritual awareness.   Trying to make sense of life and follow a path to maybe some kind of Enlightenment awakens the senses.   Whether I will get there is another matter.  Sometimes it feels like one step forward two steps back.   We tend to pick up a lot of baggage over the years which is hard to give up and its quite easy to fall into the old ways.   

Along the Waters Edge

What lies along the waters edge?  What will we find if we follow its meandering path through the fields?

There is something magical about water in the landscape.  Its sound, the way the sun glistens on its surface.  Its calmness.  It is life flowing through the land, without it we are nothing.  I could sit by the waters edge for all eternity and listen to its soothing sound.

along the waters edge

 

Following the Light

The road to enlightenment can sometimes be full of darkness but we must still follow it as along the way we may find a glimmer of light………

Follow the Light