We choose “Oui”

My heart pounding

my survival fear activated

 

remembering

the environmental powerlessness

where any choice may not be the right one

relationships repeatedly misconstrued

by societies imperial conditioning

 

having experienced

abuse by numerous systems

 

the unchanged resurfaces

 

a re-traumatizing trigger

reminds me again of

my own humanness

 

horror

shock

disbelief

vulnerability

 

momentarily overriding my thought processes

 

confused by

interpretations

reactions

 

my cognitive brain kicks in

 

recognizing

how

in these unfiltered  layers

 

there creates

a perceived need for self defence

both real and imagined

 

the ensuing

results

 

deem differences

as the dominating focus

 

can We

step back

pause

 

an essential prerequisite

to sort through and revise

our accepted patterns

of conscious and unconscious

behaviours and judgements

 

are We willing to

uncover

shed old beliefs

casting off righteousness

 

to recognize each person’s

inherent value

innocence

 

an ongoing challenge to

becoming more present

to find the centre of each storm

 

the reality

that We are all made of

flesh and blood

 

sharing equal rights

to know

love

to be in life’s fullness in breath

 

trusting the song within

led by our gentle heartbeat

 

simultaneously

returning to

and arising out of

life’s beginning

 

undefended

 

choose “Oui”

 

© R.A. Roberts

This poem is in response to Trevor Noah’s response to: http://www.ctv.ca/The-Daily-Show-with-Trevor-Noah/Video/S2E123-Wednesday-June-21-2017-vid1148316

Shape Shifting

being shaped embryologically

by our parents and ancestry

 

instilled through cellular memory

 

wavelengths

shortened or lengthened

 

our body’s and mind’s agility

impacted

 

influencing

the way we think and interact

 

reaffirmed through conditioning

establishing a ‘norm’

 

reverberating in

the collective unconscious

 

until we know its relationship within

we are unknowingly in reaction

 

from that which has been acceptable in our individual communities

each societies deemed ‘proper way’ to behave

 

how can we truly know the ground we stand upon

how can we understand and respond from our heart

 

a place that promotes universal harmony

respectful of the essential qualities of being

that we all are birthed of and into

 

unless willing to commit to

an uncompromising and unending internal review of

all that has been established as the status quo

 

protecting what may appear to serve us but

not serving our planetary living beating heart

 

making a choice to enter

into the fear

 

the possibility

we may not know the answer

 

trusting to venture

into the dark night of the soul

 

as the veil lifts

 

we discover

 

a light at the end of the tunnel

returning to our

interlinking connections

 

gathering in our

understanding  wisdom  grace

 

in this

we serve all

 

By Ruth Roberts

The Butterfly

The Butterfly

I am cocooning
spending much of my time pondering questions
arising from inside

listening to my body-mind responses
recognizing their connections

being in presence

 attuning with understanding
to each  emotion  wound  loss
noticing when that is easy
and difficult  to do

 dancing with living death
noting when there is nothing left to do or stay

 I turn towards essence
waiting until I can arrive
resting in its comfort.

After a time
I  can open
my new wings
to life

Dedicated  to my sister Lynn Roberts
June 14, 1963 – August 24, 2016

by Ruth Roberts August 31, 2016

Liberate your Horse — Liberate Yourself Befreie Dein Pferd – befreie Dich selbst

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This book represents Maksida Vogt’s journey, love and commitment to the well-being of horses. Motivated  and guided by an inner voice, she integrates ongoing personal exploration with scientifically sound information. This provocative thesis encourages people to question their beliefs, their relationship with self and horse. This new paradigm is both difficult and potentially transformative. Meeting the horse anew promotes harmony with oneself, loving without expectation, and knowing peace.
Currently available only in German, hopefully soon in English.
Includes a photo, by Ruth Roberts, taken at Centrum Reja, Poland

In to Hope