Children’s Book Release: “Yaroslava’s Flowers”

Illustration by Pankhuri Singh

Illustration by Pankhuri Singh


Flowers hold a great spiritual Power and Truth….This is the essential message of my new children’s book, Yaroslava’s Flowers, which is now available for all children and all those with a Child Heart.  It is a story that inspires everyone to experience the spiritual magic of Flowers, Nature, and Life, and how we each have the power to transform the world around us, and Within us!

Yaroslava’s Flowers is a story for all children and anyone with a youthful Heart.  Yaroslava is a little girl who loves flowers so much that she can hear them speak to her.  When the Flower Spirit appears to her and gives her a bag of magic seeds, she embarks on a Journey of the Spirit to discover the healing and transforming power of flowers.  As Yaroslava brings YFBackcovernew life to the places and people around her, she also discovers more about herself – through the power of flowers!”

Children’s stories especially have such power to sow seeds of wisdom and light, beauty and love, into their lives.  This is what I have endeavored to do with my children’s story and all my other writing.  I hope you will give this beautiful little book the opportunity to inspire your children and the children in your life….even those who may have forgotten that they still have an Inner Child deep within them!

The book is now available to order HERE, where you can also see previews, so please share it with others in your life.  I will need YOUR help to share this book with others around the world, so please consider helping in the following ways:

  • Buy a copy of the book for you, your children, your friends or family, your local library or school, or just a special Child in your life who deserves a special book which shares the Magic and Spirit of flowers, nature, and humanity.
  • Share about this book on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/yaroslavasflowers), Twitter (@yogapoetry), Pinterest, or any other social media you are active on. You can also share my Blog Website: www.truthyoga.wordpress.com
  • Share with me the contact information for any local independent bookstores, alternative spiritual or metaphysical stores, flower shops or other artsy shops in your area, or talk with them directly about carrying the book.
  • Add a link on your blog/website to my book page at https://truthyoga.wordpress.com/books/yaroslavas-flowers/
  • Tell me of any local or online literary magazines or communities, online or real world, that might do a review of my book, or talk to anyone you know who works in these fields.
  • Do your own review of the book on my blog/website at: https://truthyoga.wordpress.com/books/yaroslavas-flowers/

I wish to thank the lovely illustrator, Pankhuri Singh SKMBT_C45114110720380_0008(www.awaraaart.wordpress.com), who created all the beautiful illustrations and imagery for the story, as well as the Designer of the book, Krupa Jhaveri (www.sankalpajourneys.com), who pieced together all the images and text to create the wonderful book that exists now.

Thank you very much for your wonderful support and I wish all of you and the children around the world lots of Love and Light and the Magical Beauty of Flowers…… A Friend to the Child Soul in All, Noel

Poem: somewhere there is a place

somewhere there is a place
where the mind no longer understands
where all knowledge seems not the answer
where the mind acknowledges it does not know itself
where it sees clearly that it does not truly see
where a cry from some hidden place emerges to truly Know
and upon this cry its ceaseless movements fall upon a hush

somewhere there is a place
where desire’s emotions no longer fulfill
where feeling becomes something tasteless and worn
where its wild dueling energies seem a tired constant battle
where Life’s force for living feels suffocated and lost
where a deeper yearning cries from somewhere beneath
and upon this yearning its ceaseless movements calm

somewhere there is a place
where the body’s sensations seem to grow dull
where activities always seem at war with each other
where living becomes an eventual negotiation with death
where body’s cells feel as if imprisoned in a weary shell
where an unknown aspiration blazes from hidden depths
and upon this aspiration its ceaseless movements still

somewhere there is a place
where Knowledge is purest Light, endless Vision,
where Feeling is pure and serene, a struggle between Joy and Joy
where Effort is a harmony of endless embodied dreams
where Body is an organism of action fueled by Soul
where Humanity transforms and becomes the Freedom it seeks
where Heaven and Earth unite as the One Living God

somewhere there is a Place
somewhere there is Something Else
somewhere there is a vast Someone
somewhere …… where we dare to venture Beyond

thereissomeplace

The Healing Power of Flowers

Nature has always been the traveling partner of spiritual seekers along their

Name:  Spiritual Power of Healing

Name: Spiritual Power of Healing

journey towards enlightenment.  Throughout religious history, even the great Spiritual Masters found their Way with the help of Nature.  The Buddha is known to have attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi Tree, while Jesus also went into the desert for forty days and forty nights where he found his own spiritual victory.  Today’s spiritual seekers are no less drawn towards Nature as a place to find inner peace and silence, as a retreat and refuge away from the constant activity and chaos of modern life.  One finds that the energy and Spirit of nature draws one deeper within oneself, or beyond oneself, and inspires one to be more receptive to the contemplation of Existence and the meaning of Life.  It allows us an opportunity to connect more intimately with our inner Self and with the Divine, with God.  There is an undeniable Divine Presence in Nature, which holds the power to awaken us not only to the beauty around us in the world and life, but also in ourselves.  This truth becomes even more evident and palpable when we gaze into the spiritual power and significance of flowers.

As someone who has worked closely with flowers in spiritually inspired gardens that vibrate with a mystical Force, I have experienced first-hand the power that flowers have to influence and change one’s inner nature.  Flowers are, in their very essence, concentrated Consciousness, as everything in life is.  All of life lives and breathes by this Divine Consciousness which animates everything.  It breathes just as much in nature and in the rock as in us humans, only in different ways.  And it breathes in flowers as well.  When we are able to understand the innate and inborn Connection between what we call God, the Divine, Spirit, and the very material, physical life of Nature that we have manifested from, then we can begin to see the unity between ourselves and Nature also.  We can begin to find a connection to the Divine in all of life, and especially in Nature and flowers.

Name:  Divine Smile

Name: Divine Smile

There lies within flowers a deep power for healing and transformation.  Their power is not merely a symbolic representation of a quality of life, not merely a tool to express what we feel inside us, but rather is an actual force of material Consciousness which is held within the vibration of their physical existence.  They vibrate an Essence which is pure and true to their existence, their own unique self-truth, which is inherently connected to a vaster Spiritual and Divine Truth, their Source and Being – which is our Source and Being as well.  The healing power of flowers lies not only in their scent or their oils or external beauty, all of which have been used for ages in aromatic and other healing therapies, but also in their very material vibration and spiritual consciousness. When we meditate and concentrate upon their nature, flowers can evoke within us the qualities of consciousness which they hold within them, and which lie deep within us as well, hidden from our own awareness by all the veils of false perceptions, ignorance, doubts, confusions, and all the other inner obstacles we confront within ourselves as we seek to know better who we truly are, where we come from, and where we are going.  When we allow ourselves the opportunity to truly BE with a flower, to meditate and concentrate with it, we can open ourselves to experiencing the truth which that flower is bringing into the Earth consciousness, including ourselves.  Our intention to open to the truth of the flower is like a bridge being built between ourselves, our consciousness, and the essence of the flower, the consciousness of the flower.  Our own Energy reaches out to the Energy of the flower, and receives what it has to offer us through the innate Unity that exists between us and Nature, and the Divine that dwells within All.

During the last century, a wise and enlightened being by the name of Mirra Alfassa,

Name:  Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

Name: Beauty of Attachment to the Divine

a French woman of Egyptian andTurkish descent, known lovingly as the Mother in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in India, identified the spiritual names of over 900 flowers during her life before she left her body in 1973.  She also envisioned and began the building of an international township called Auroville, which currently includes a central park area with many gardens whose sole purpose is to inspire and awaken the healing, transformation, and evolution of human Consciousness towards a more Divine Life.  As a gardener who worked in these gardens of Auroville, I have experienced directly the divine Grace that works through the diverse life of flowers.  I was previously in my life never interested in flowers, but as I worked more closely with the Earth and the beautiful flora and fauna around me, I realized what a blessing it is to know and experience the significance of these flowers, and to understand their power to aid our personal healing and spiritual transformation.  I recently visited one of my favorite trees, the Champaca, which has an extremely aromatic flower.  The spiritual significance of this particular type of Champaca flower is Divine Smile.  And, indeed, when one takes in the strong aroma of this delicate flower one can sense and feel the energy change within oneself and evoke a definite smile into one’s being, even into the body’s cells.  One may not think that a smile might be healing, but they truly are, and the power of a Divine Smile, a profoundly powerful smile which radiates throughout all of existence, behind everything and everyone in every moment, is a powerful truth which can be experienced in our own conscious depths.  It is transformational to realize this within oneself, and a flower holds a great opportunity for us to grow in the experience of this. 

There are so many flowers which can help one to connect with a greater sense of oneself and healing.  They are powerful tools to explore and experiment with, to discover more about one’s own inner nature and even unlock secret qualities of life that one might not have experienced about oneself before.  For those who wish for more direct healing power, perhaps the Petrea shrub, also known as Spiritual Power of Healing, might be of interest.  Or, if one has some sweet basil in one’ garden, then one could take the moment to connect with this flower’s Joy of Union With the Divine.  As we seek healing, however, we must remember that the healing power of flowers is not only limited to healing our bodies of illness or disease, but also healing on all the planes of our being – mental, emotional/vital, physical, cellular, spiritual and beyond.  It is our openness and willingness to experiment and explore the nature of flowers which will ultimately give us our own living experience of their power of healing, and even more importantly, of our own healing powers.

For more information on the Spiritual Significance of Flowers, please see the website http://www.blossomlikeaflower.com.

Name:  Victorious Love

Name: Victorious Love

The New Relationship in Love

From the beginning of existence the search for Love in life has been like a divinelove2constant Urge and Yearning behind all of life’s movements….like the body’s need to Breathe, when it is not there and not felt truly, deeply, dynamically, there is this reaction within us, even within Matter itself, to gasp and cry out for it, to reach for it, even fight for it, as if it were the only True Thing….without it we suffocate.  It is this Love that binds us together, the interconnected Bliss of the Oneness that is not just within each of us but also everywhere and in everything, which allows us to relate and experience relations of all diverse kinds in Life.  It is this inherent and essential Love that pushes and pulls us as humans together and apart, like a Dance that is seeking a Divine Harmony, but has yet to totally Realize it in its absolute Perfection.

One of the powerful ways that this seeking for Love has manifested itself through us is in our desire for a special, intimate partnership with another Soul that opens us up to more of who we truly are, which helps us grow beyond our boundaries and limitations and inspires us to experience life in new ways.  Yet, while these romantic relationships have been a beautiful way for Love to bring us together and help us see beyond our blindness and build the awareness of our profound interconnectedness, we must also recognize that there is a need to grow further and evolve in our way of experiencing and relating with each other.

The world is slowly beginning to realize that Love is something far beyond any relationship with another person that we may connect with or experience life with, that we are more Divine than we have understood and that this Love we seek is ultimately within us all the time, for it is Who We Are, that it is not something we receive from outside ourselves but rather something which lives always deep within us, and which we must awaken more and more as we grow and become more Conscious of our Divine Source which animates everything and all of us.  With this Awakening to our inner Divine Truth, our own Self-Love which, again, does not belong to one individual or another, but which is a Self that lives in all of us, as Us, the need to shift our perception of our relationships between each other, especially those we call ‘romantic’, is also necessary. 

The old relationships of the world have been dominated by old ideals and old powers, by old perceptions of separation and the need to dominate or be dominated.  Our romantic relationships of the past have been weighed down and tainted by the power games we have created between men and women, by the need to control, by superficial and artificial desires and interests, by so many false ways of looking at each other and seeking to manipulate each other to satisfy personal desires that are bound up in this sense that we are separate from each other and from everything else – what is known as the great Ego that experiences everything according to fear because it perceives itself to be separate from everything – and thus the need to create disharmonious ways of attaining whatever it/we want.  Yet this dark illusion of the Ego and Division is slowly crumbling….the veil of ignorance is being pierced and thrown aside more and more as the Light Within us breaks through the crust of our blind shells.  It is revealing to us that what we have believed to be Love in this world is still merely a shadow of a Divine Love which is more powerful than we have yet imagined.  It is showing us that this Love goes beyond the need to find “the perfect match”, “the one”, with the idea that we must find someone with particular characteristics or “mutual interests”, where love seems to be more about satisfying personal desires and images, about needing certain things to feel happy or loved, about give-and-take relations, about finding something in the outer world that one has not found within oneself, and so many other false ways of being.

There is a growing Aspiration in humanity for a New Relationship, a True Relationship that is based in a Love that must first be found Within Oneself.  As long as one does not know the Divine Origin of Love at the Heart of Oneself, then our relationships with others cannot yet be the Harmony and Beauty that is possible. The search for Love is ultimately, of course, the search for our true Self, the search for the Divine within us.  It is true that when we seek Love outwardly in life it is Love, and the Divine, which is seeking Itself, seeking to unite itself with more and more of its own Vastness of Form and Diversity, within its ever Vaster Unity.  This is a part of our Journey, and there is a beauty in this.  Yet as long as we are not fully Conscious of ourselves as being this Love, we continue to live life, and our relationships, from this false sense of separation, which creates only the disharmony, difficulty and suffering (personal and collective) which is plaguing our world.

Though we experience and perceive life as being separate, divided, this is merely a part of a passing phase along a Vaster Journey that we all are traveling within, and being carried by.  Our collective truth is not ultimately Division, but an inherent Interconnectedness and Total Oneness of All.  Love is this Connection and the Connector which is fulfilling itself through all our experiences in life, even the most difficult and painful.  Yet as we become more Awakened to the Love that resides within us, the difficulty and pain can and will become transformed.

The vision of this New Relationship empowered by a Divine Love is something that can take us beyond the need for romantic relationships, but does not exclude the possibility and beauty of them, whether they are between men and women or the same sex, or any other diverse arrangements and partnerships.  It is a Relationship where one loves  not because of what one receives, but because one simply Loves to Love.  It is a Love that sees and discovers itself in everyone, and everything, and chooses to Love without needing anything, for It Is everything already…..there is no need for desire, no need to cling or to hold or expect…for Love is constantly Free by the nature of it dwelling everywhere.  It is a Relationship where each Soul offers oneself unconditionally, totally, in all one’s unique Lightness and darkness, strength and weakness.  It is where a magnetic Fire of Connection breathes between the Souls without needing anything, yet willing to share everything, to surrender ourselves to the Divine Presence in each other mutually in a pursuit of the Inner Union.  It is a Relationship that is essentially motivated by the Aspiration to serve the Divine Consciousness, to grow and to Become more of the Beauty of this Life Divine together.  It is a Relationship of transcending each other’s limitations to arrive on that pathway which emerges into an Unending Evolution and Growth of Consciousness, the Eternally flowing and Becoming of Truth that is as diverse as our Infinite Imagination and Creativity allows.  It is a Relationship of each Soul building the Harmony of their own being in the context of another Soul’s growing Harmony, where each accepts both the Light and the dark, and recognizes that the challenges of the other are a part of oneself, of All.  It is a Relationship of true Intimacy, where sharing each other becomes an offering to the Divine in the other, where engaging each other becomes a process of Awakening to each other’s Truth and Beauty, of Light and Absolute Love.  It is a Relationship where each and every Moment is sacred and offers the opportunity to grow and experience the Beauty of each other, including all the difficulties and challenges that are confronted along the Way.  It is a Relationship where each must feel comfortable in expressing and sharing their truths of each moment, even if those truths be only temporary steps towards the Greater Truth to come, and where each can accept the other for where they are at without judgment, and offer the support that is right for each moment, for the unique Soul that is before them.  It is a Relationship that must keep itself Open always to Change and Transformation, and to Surrendering all attachments and expectations even as one Aspires and Dreams together for a greater Abundance of Experience.  It is a Relationship that can find something Beautiful even if the Relationship lasts merely a Moment, a Year, a Lifetime, or More…..for it is a Relationship that knows it is a representative of the Eternal Infinite Relationship of All, that we are ultimately all One and must merge our Being with this All that dwells within All, even as we keep true to our own unique Identities as individuals, couples, groups, or collective bodies of Light Beings.

The New Relationship may only be slowly emerging at the present time, and may take a lot of work and difficulty for it to shed its Light upon this chaotic world that is in dire need for a change in how we live and relate with one another.  Yet it is destined to Be as we dare to go ever deeper within ourselves as individuals to Connect with our own Divine Source, and as we dare collectively to build a world that recognizes this Divine Relationship in and between all of us.  Let us dare to share ourselves more freely and dare to overwhelm the fears of the world with our growing Absolute Love.  May All Love awaken within All of You and Us….and may we each find the Soul Partnership that is destined for each of us. 

Love and Light,
Noel

Poem: Water

water

the limitless smooth

shape-shifting into places

of unseen imaginations

infinite forms

fluidly allowing a caress unknown

seeping into soils

kissing all of Life with its

flowing, endless intimacy

freezing into restriction

yet melting into softness

yielding

yet convincing the most hardened

of its power

heat dispersing its elements

mystical vapors

lingering as yet another form

penetrating ever more hidden depths

mingling into Life forms

as nature becomes human by its grace

are we not each but a cup-full of this

limitless wholy water?

mingling mingling

ever-transforming

a power

awaiting its next spill

into infinite eternity

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