Sunday, November 7, 2010

November’s Light

As we come around to take our places at the table, a moment to remember and reflect upon our wealth,
Here’s to loving friends and family, here’s to being able together here to gather in good company and health.

And may we released of all those feelings that would harm us, may be have the strength to give them up and get them gone.

Heavy are the satchels filled with anger and false promise, may we have the will to set them down.”

This is the first verse from “May The Light Of Love” by David Roth

David is a remarkable writer and performer. This was the first of his songs that I heard and learned. I have sung it for Thanksgiving Day dinners for numerous friends and relatives as they have asked me to say grace.

What this song means to me in this month of Thanksgiving is just that – to hold in my heart a little closer than other days and months that sense of gratitude for life, seeing the abundance that surrounds me and has never ceased to show up in my life, looking at my relationships with other people and seeing where I’ve had feelings that have harmed me. Asking if I am willing to “get them up and get them gone”.

There is not enough room in my life to carry a grudge against any person, place or thing. I was asked the other day if I was using my support system because I have been over working and was starting to feel as if I was catching a cold. I stopped a moment to think about my support system and then said, yes I was leaning in to those who support my well-being and wish me well. I have a solid support system today and am very grateful and appreciative of it.

Over the last few years my earth walk has taken me from being care-giver for my mother who had Alzheimer’s then contracted tonsular cancer and died of the treatment of that cancer to wandering around the state I live in thinking I would test areas and find the place I wanted to live. What really happened was that I re-visited those placed I had already been to and found myself saying goodbye to them and to many of the people I thought I had lifelong relationships with.

As my journey of grief recovery and discovery turned in to a Spiritual journey, I have met and made new friends who have shared their table with me and made my life more full and abundant.

My nephew and niece were both born in November and I remember them in this month as well.

Scorpio is the Scorpion in the Astrological world and falls between October 21st and November 20th. In Numerology it is ruled by the planet Mars and is associated with the number 9 (endings). Scorpio is a water sign. The key words ascribed to a Scorpio are “I see”.

November in our calendar is the eleventh month. The number 11 is only used by numerologists when the assessment of the number 2 (duality and change) doesn’t seem to apply. 11 is a delicately balanced number balancing spiritual/material and positive/negative. Even further the number 11 is a precarious balance between enlightenment and martyrdom.

So David’s song which speaks of being grateful for our “wealth”, and alludes to lifting the cup of acknowledgement for friends and family goes on to ask us to take a moment to remember the lost and lonely among us. He asks us to do what we can to feed the hungry and homeless.

In his verses I hear his wish that we might live in peace, do away with fear and be grateful for that which guides us. He asks that we not be separate from one another.

I’ve been invited to share a day of thanksgiving with friends this month and am looking forward to putting on my apron and helping bake and cook for friends who have extended the gift of family to me.

I wish you happiness and abundance, joy and gratitude in this the wonderful fall month of November.

I’ll end with the refrain from David’s song:

And may the light of love be shining deep within your spirit,

May the torch of mercy clear the path and show the way,

May the horn of plenty sound so everyone may hear it,

May the light of love be with you every day.”