Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
Night is falling
You have come to Journey's End

Sleep now
Dream--of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across a distant shore


Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?

Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away

Safe in my arms
You're only sleeping

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?

Across the sea
A pale moon rises

The ships have come
To carry you home
  INTO THE WEST
(Journey's End)
From Lord of the Ring, Return of the King 
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All Seeing Eye into the West
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May we all return  Into The West
With the same success in our lives
as Frodo Baggins and Gandolff
The White!

And may we be as Happy and at Peace as they were
When our very own Ship comes
to Carry us HOME!

(Commentary Below)
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I have always been taught that fear is defined as any form of non-peace.  Anything that produces depression, anger, worry, etc. is a form of fear.  It begs the question, "What are we afraid of"?  The answer to that question will be different for each of us.

   My thought today is to ask myself why I sometimes have trouble trusting in God and the Divine Plan.  Why do I sometimes question it all?  Ultimately, I conclude that the question "Why?" expresses a form of non-trust.  Either I trust that there 'is' a divine plan and that all is in prefect order--and that there is goodness in the world--or I despair.   Ultimately, I choose to trust; although admittedly many of us, including myself, have a challenge with this from time to time.

   Those moments of clarity do hit us.   And out of the blue we remember, "What the heck am I worried about?  I do what I can and put the rest in the hands of the Divine.  Everything is working according to plan."  What a relief those moments of clarity bring!  (Remember, we either believe that there is a divine plan--or we despair.  Choice.)

   It makes me think of a line in Lord of the Rings.  The little hobbit ring carrier reaches many points of despair in his difficult journey, but there is Samwise Gamgee, the trustworthy companion of  ring bearer Frodo Baggins, who reminds him that there 'is' goodness in the world.   Whenever Frodo's burdens became too much, Samwise would lift his spirits.  In fact, when their goal was in sight and Frodo's strength was almost completely gone, Samwise says,   "Come on, Mr. Frodo!  I can’t carry the ring for you, but I can carry you!"  And he does!  Every time I watch that scene, I almost cry.  It reminds me of what I know.  Our Spirit Guides do the same for us at times!
Note from Joy:  I wrote the comments which appear below on January 15th, 2005 after watching the movie, The Lord of The Rings, and upon reflection of my life.  Parallels between our lives and the movie appear in the subject matter below.
I think that is how our Spirit Guides are, helping us carry our own ring of power, and sometimes carrying us, too, when we grow weary. 

   I remembered something today while I was talking to a friend.  I was speculating on the very question which I voiced a moment ago--about trust.  Why do we have such a difficult time trusting and having faith?
Why is it so hard sometimes to let go and to allow the energy of our heart's desire to work? 
  
Worry.  Such a mischievous energy.  The way it robs faith, and the resulting peace from us.
  
The ego, the lower part of us, thinks that 'it' is in charge and tries to control outcomes and it drives us into intellectual violence as we try to figure things out.  Meanwhile the higher part of us knows that there is not one thing to worry about! 
 
What?  Loss?  Death?  Lack?  Is that what worries us?  These are all illusions.  There is no such thing as death or lack or loss--how can there be?  For we live in a universe of abundant and life-changing energy where nothing ever dies; it just transforms. 
  
Here we go.  What comes to mind is another line from the movie, Lord of the Rings.  Galandriel, the Lady of the Wood, passes the test of the ring and knows she will diminish and go " into the west " and remain Galandriel (her higher self).  We all will diminish, yet also remain, and like the Lady of the Wood, we will someday also go into the west.  (From where we all began.)

Any state wherein we experience a lack of peace is one in wherein we are not connected to the higher self--the self that knows that all is in perfection, despite its outward appearance. 
  
The connection to that higher self is called LOVE--the pathway of love.  As it has been taught, I have come to learn experientally that LOVE and FEAR cannot occupy the same space.  Said another way, any state of mind that is turbulent and non-peaceful is in a state of fear, due to a lack of trust and faith.  Again, there is nothing to fear.

  It's all  purrrrr-fect, as my cat would say. 
 
  Yet, how easy it is to forget and how quickly we do.  We get stuck sometimes.  Yet moving the energy helps us to move forward.   Sometimes when that energy is moving us, it is destabilizing.  But there is nothing to fear.
  
   This week I was moving a bookcase, books and all.  It was a rather small bookcase and it should have been able to be moved fairly easily. 
Yet, I tugged and pulled on it to no avail.  I stood there scratching my head.  No way was I going to unload the shelves. (Too much work!)
Besides,  it didn't have but a few feet to go anyway.  Heck! I had moved it in its current state many other times in the past without this kind of difficulty.  What was going on? 
  
   Finally, after rocking it and tugging it, I got it loose,  managing to move it.  Then I realized the problem. 
 
   The weight of the thing over time had caused its legs to dig down deep into the carpet.  There was a groove a half an inch thick that it had been sitting in.  No wonder it would simply side like it did the other times!
  
I instantly thought how similar that was to our own lives.  Heaviness multiplied by time equals stuck energy! 
 
Once I got it out of the groove, it slid across the floor with ease! 
 
   It got me to thinking.  We cannot move our lives forward with ease if we are heavily overburdened with worry or despair.  We,  too,  can get stuck. When that happens, just like with the bookcase,  we need a little bit of rocking, pushing and pulling to get us out of those grooves that we get ourselves into.  Those old grooves are fine until it's time for the energy to change, and darn if we can't be as stubborn as that old bookcase was about progress and change.

  Generally I think life's up's and down's are part of the integration of the new life that our consciousness is ever leading us into while its trying to get us unstuck from the old.   We, too, get rocked back and forth a bit to get a new momentum from time to time--just like that old bookcase. 

   Our ability to trust and have faith does seem to get tested during these rocky times.   There are moments when we connect to divine energy, contrasted with moments of going back and collecting up that lower part of our selves.

   You know that stubborn part of ourselves that has been accustomed to controlling everything?  That part thought it was in charge and in control for such a  long time and has a hard time breaking loose and trusting.  Yet it will eventually move along with the higher part of us.  It will integrate and eventually we will move as one, just like my bookcase and the books on the shelf all moved as one as I slid it across the carpet. 

   Our job is not to believe that we have lost our footing or  that we have digressed when we get pulled out of that groove.  We have to keep moving and be part of that journey.  And much like the journey of Frodo Baggins, we must not loose hope. 

   Just like Frodo, we, too, do have help on our journey.  Lightworkers assist us, as well as our special Spirit Guides.  Remember that the Hobbit Frodo had  friends.  There was Samwise Gamgee, Pippin and Meriadoc Brandybuck and the other's involved in the fellowship. 

   And just like the ring beaer Frodo Baggins, we don't have to make this journey alone either!  You, too, are part of a Fellowship.  The Fellowship of the Light!  I am one who is making the journey with you and knows firsthand the struggle that it can be sometimes, but I also know of the place we reach at the end--the west.  And you do too, if you let yourself remember.

   Gandalf, the wizard, reminded Frodo of his mission in this movie that I have been discussing. 
 
Frodo confides in his mentor and says, "I wish the ring had never come to me!"
 
  (It brings such suffering for him and is such a huge responsibility.  Life can be that way at times for all of us, can't it?)
  
   Gandalf wisely replies, "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.  All we can decide is what we chose to do with the time that is given to us." 

   Perhaps you have had a wonderful week and are doing perfectly well, in which case we hope this is so.  Yet, it seems that in the past week many were having an especially difficult time.  If this is the case with you, perhaps this writing has helped a little bit. 

---just some thoughts late on a Friday night at the end of a what has been a difficult week for many. 

I send you all my love and the love of those in Spirit World to guide and assist you on your journey.

God Bless ALL of You Ring Bearers!
In Service,
Your Sister in Light,
Joy
Into the West Word Lyrics
And all will turn to silver glass
A light on the water
All souls pass

Hope fades
Into the world of night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time

Don't say
We have come now to the end
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again

And you'll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?

Across the sea
A pale moon rises
The ships have come
To carry you home

And all will turn to silver glass
A light on the water
Grey ships pass
Into the West
Words & Music by Fran Wash & Howard Shore
Sung by Annie Lennox
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