Independence Day, A celebration of Americas Spirit

Healing and growth through the Stars and Stripes

Shrouded in both history and to some degree the mystery of its creation (even though the story of the American flag has been recounted many times by historians), it’s symbolism is only partly understood.

Deep within the design of freedom, Old Glory possesses the energy to heal the conflicts that have found a permanent place inside of ourselves. With this spiritual power and it’s deep ancestral wisdom, we can break away from these chains of affliction and discontent, and heal our wounds like those who came before us.   

The noble course of America and the divine purpose of God under whom many an American still lives must never be separated. However, as much as she may stray from alignment with this direction, and however much she may become vulnerable to the forces whose intentions are not compatible with her divine mission, in the end, she will be what God intended. That being the full expression of the divine light upon the earth, recognizing this light as the path home, and the fulfillment of our own reason for being. 

From the days that lie ahead, when we see our flag of freedom blowing in the wind, hanging from a pole of righteousness, or draped over the coffin of one of our beloved soldiers, we must always recognize the power she gives to melt away our fears and fill our hearts with hope, healing, and patriotism. 

Bury The Past? – Never. But stop digging up the bad stuff!

 The New America– A Vision of Promise

Throughout history, conflicts abound (and are of such intensity that they) create so much suffering that humanity, in order to remain aligned with the roots of its conscience and morality, must seek to address the root causes of such conflicts, bringing an end the destruction that their continuance would create.

Such is the time we are now engulfed in; a time in which the latest separation of our ideals upon which our country was founded is fading quietly while rapidly being replaced by fear, hostility, and suspiciousness. Yet, in the meantime, it’s creating great dissension between certain groups of people. There is no remedy for this strife other than that there cannot be a world of peace where one brother fights against another, feels that they are of greater importance than another, or have less of a right to exist than another. What affects one nation affects the world, and the consciousness of humanity must soon grow to incorporate and embrace this truth so that the world as a whole can finally find a resting place of peace and harmony. 

We need not bury the past, it has its rightful place, but constantly digging it up in favor of fueling hatred and anger among its people creates an eternal chasm of unsettled and ongoing separation. 

Love for America has many colors and visible good, and these may be seen to join together when trust is present to work toward a common good.  For America’s virtue is not her might or economic superiority, it is her grandeur in pronouncing the spiritual truths by which all men may live, and her righteousness is creating a path toward the realization of these truths. 

The “new patriotism” that America needs is based on its diversity, not homogeneity of belief. It is based on honor and trust, not on fear of one another. It is also based on a changing view of America’s role in the world toward one in which she stands proudly among nations, wearing the banner of morality and integrity that has to do with faithfulness to her ideals, not to be better or greater than others

The freedoms of yesterday are as priceless today as they were then. It is time for all to awaken to the need to preserve and protect that independence upon which America has been built, so that in unity with one another, America can move forward past the darkness that has descended upon her, into new construction of identity.

This new consciousness will be both a healing and a rebirth for the fundamental principles upon which she has always stood.  They are necessary to the furtherance of the destiny of America and they are essential to the advancement of the positive rights of the people, not to be erroneously mistaken for “negative” rights that permit or require doing nothing. Freedom and self-determination must belong to all or they belong to none. We must find a way of speaking with each other, and of seeking the accord that may only be found beneath the outer disturbances of relationships within the true essence of unity that rests below.

A new consciousness must be established for our children to bring forth for righteous sake and the sake of our nation’s future dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and preservation of her sacred honor.

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service,
we’ll sleep sound because you’re there
someone needs to guard our freedoms,
and show the world we care

those of us with babes in arms
or frail from golden age
look to our bravest and our best
when there’s a war to wage

many can’t defend the cause
but we will keep watch and say
we hold you close in thought and prayer
we’re grateful every day

so thank you for your service
for standing in our place
for serving with such dignity,
devotion, pride and grace

© Carol Wood aka Platoon Nana

What is life’s purpose? – A perplexing question, with a simple answer.

Have you ever stopped to think about man’s significance in the universe or what it might take to claim your rightful role in life? You may ask.. Who am I? Where did I come from? How did I get here and what is my purpose?

Perplexing questions that we all need to find answers to.

The means to this end will only be met when we accept the profound explanations to these four salient questions of; origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. It’s essential that you seek the answers. If and when you arrive at the conclusions, you will find out that you knew the answer to life’s meaning all along.

Your life purpose is your contribution. True intention is about recognizing your own gifts and using them to contribute to the world, whether those gifts are playing beautiful music for others to enjoy.. helping friends solve problems, or simply bringing more joy into the lives of those around you. Then there will be no reason for doubt.

Each of us has a unique role in what we refer to as life.

It’s not an easy thing to find, but it’s not impossible. The trick is to do it. 

A Return to Extraordinary – “Taking back the simple life”

Spring is unfolding, and a new canvas is providing us with a colorful playground. People have smiles on their faces and their hearts are bursting with things to do. Children anxiously await their last day of school, to focus on a summer of bliss. The uniqueness of nature’s glory appears in neighborhoods.. along backcountry roads, and even to the furthermost outposts of America’s parks, fields, and forests.

Birds in flight bring colors that remind us of a need to spread peace, equality, and compassion across this land of unmatched beauty and all things that we hold dear. It’s a penchant for people to go for walks with renewed vigor in their step. Front porches are filled with people appearing as still-life paintings of those simple days gone by.

Here in the Northeast United States, a fervor of color and strong, sweet, heady scents fill the air. From Lilies of The Valley to Hyacinth and Lilac bushes, these fragrances burst in the air. Hills, valleys, and lake country offer a panorama of fortuitous wildflower fields. Garage doors are flung open revealing the tools of spring and summer’s delight, while left scattered in the yard at nighttime waiting to be embraced in the morning. People lie on the grass, eyes fixed on the cloud formations resembling a multitude of patterns, sometimes real, sometimes imaginary.. not taken by a smartphone but a smart mind. A full moon turns the night into a starry place of hopes and dreams. Our elders with faces filled with hard work, wisdom, and sophisticated beauty.  American soil filled with graves of patriots and loved ones longing for more visitors, each no longer with stories needed to be told.  Children not knowing yet that living in the moment is what matters most, now the ones who will carry the message of life’s most precious moments.

Spring is the heartbeat of love and hope while it renews our belief in ourselves and others.

Don’t miss your chance to “feel” it!