Changes in the New Year

Hello,

Happy New Year! Like all years, 2015 saw lots of growth and change. I received my Master’s in English and Creative Writing, I moved, I became and atheist and a vegan, and lots more. 

2016, baby!

2016, baby!

As I plan to focus even more on my writing this year, I have decided to consolidate my blogs into one. I will still be writing about the same things, but all on one site.

If you would, please visit http://ravenburnes.wordpress.com for all my latest musings. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know who you are as well.

Here’s to love and growth and passion in 2016!

Peace and love,

Raven Burnes

Reflections on Divine Guidance

During my study time this morning the following two quotes really spoke to me. I’m reading Ernest Holmes’ The Science of Mind:

“If we think we can guide our brother aright, while our own feet still walk in darkness, we are mistaken. We must first clarify our own vision, then we shall become as lights, lighting the way for others. But can we teach a lesson we have not learned? Can we give that which we do not possess? To suppose so is hypocrisy, a thing to be shunned” (p. 435)

“The Voice of Truth speaks to me and through me. / The Voice of Truth guides me and keeps me on the Path of the Perfect Day. / I will listen to the Inner Voice and It will tell me what to do in the hour of need. / I shall be told everything that I ought to know when the time of /need arrives, and I shall not be misled. / The Voice of Truth cannot lie, but always speaks to me from On High. / Nothing enters but This Voice, for it is the Voice of God.” (p. 541).

The first quote speaks to me on a gut level. Many times, when I become frustrated with someone, it is because I want them to change in some way. Or, I will genuinely want to help someone who seems to be struggling with Error. In either case, the Goddess invites me to first look at my own struggles, weaknesses, and shadow selves. Sometimes what bothers me about another is that which I myself struggle with. Or it is an invitation for me to deliver to the world that which I am hoping to receive from another. For example, if my major complaint is that I don’t feel appreciated, my first task is to look at where I am lacking in appreciation for others. What or who am I taking for granted? What blessings am I experiencing that I haven’t been focusing on? Starting with myself allows me to see Truth more clearly and be a true support for those around me.

The second quote reminds me that I should never worry about receiving proper guidance. Often I want to control life and plan my every step. In my head I create various scenarios and envision how I will respond to each one. Prolonging these types of thoughts is wasted energy.  I will be divinely guided in the moment. My connection with Goddess energy is enough to support my every decision. Spirit never leaves anyone hanging. All we have to do is check in with Source and the answers are there!

As far as my art goes, it has taken a backseat to my writing lately as I finish up my Master’s degree (four more months to go!). I have been focusing more on photography in the meantime. The same principles apply to a good painting as a good photograph! The following photos were taken at a local park in Los Angeles.