Spiritually Speaking

BY James Eashington

For some reason, the phrase ‘rejuvenated in the spirit’ is resonating with me right now. My reference point however is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, if you can believe that. I have been revisiting Christ’s last experience on earth and was struck by the fact that God’s Christ had to be excited, if not relieved to be going home. I mean think about it this way. He humbled himself by putting on human skin to fulfill the new covenant under which we all now live. Now some of y’all might think I’m being a little sacrilegious here, but I promise you I am not. After the beatings, stabbing, thorns and nails, after the praying to not have to go through the save the world ordeal and that father forgive them they don’t get it thing, I am sure Jesus was ready to get up out of here. Job well done! Mission accomplished! Let’s go be God again. What a rush! Can you imagine the celebration in heaven at the return of this Son?

Now if you remember before He left, He spent a little more time hanging out, letting folk see touch and feel His redemption of us. I can’t help but sense His expectancy of being a member of the Godhead again, as He continued to fulfill His calling. I know many of you can attest to a special feeling at knowing you’re going ‘home’ for Thanksgiving, Christmas, family reunions and other infrequent anniversaries and celebrations which bring sheer joy just at the thought of seeing loved ones soon. There are many families waiting at airports today for servicemen and women returning from war. There are children about to burst with unbridled enthusiasm because they know in a few minutes, mommy or daddy will be coming down that runway right there.

That anticipation is what I am describing as ‘rejuvenated in the spirit.’ I just believe if we could view the cross as a symbol of our eternal life after death, then maybe we could look upon death a little differently than we currently do. I mean really. If you call yourself a believer, then that’s what this is all about. The party for Christ had to be incredible. If the truth be told, that party is still going on and everybody is anticipating when you walk through the door. That’s that Jesus thing again. I find it illuminating that after death, Christ walked among us without the disfigured body on the cross, except for enough to make believers out of the doubting Thomases. That’s proof that when you get to the party, you too will be perfect in your form and perfect in your reception. This may not be a typical column but, based on the cross event, you too are transformed from ‘glory unto glory.’ If you can feel what I feel today, then you understand being rejuvenated. I am because He is. I will because He fulfilled the Word and I’ll see you when you get there.

I just know that’s a welcome to look forward to. May God bless and keep you always.
James
jaws@dallasweekly.com

Living in the Love Vibration

By Shirley Marshall, Ph.D.

Well into midlife, I’ve finally discovered that the law of attraction means living in the love vibration. Not only is this the law of attraction, it is the law of life. If we want good to manifest for us, we must commit ourselves to feeling good, being good, doing good. Good is God expressing through us.

When we live in the love vibration, our energy resonates at a high frequency and we express the God-qualities of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, respect, generosity, joy, peace—all that inspires, empowers and enhances life. The love vibration lifts us to a higher state of consciousness and frees us of the thoughts, feelings, and actions that minimize and victimize us. Gone are any neurotic fear, guilt, judgment, greed, envy, arrogance, and the ego’s stubborn need to be right. “Vexations of the spirit” lose their power over us. Free from the baggage of negativity and limited thinking, we begin to feel lighter and shine brighter. We become the magnet attracting our good.

“Living in the love vibration” may be a simple concept to understand, but it can be our most difficult challenge. Living in the love vibration means keeping our ego/personality in check as we relate to people and circumstances from “the high watch,” our soul-self. Our ego easily indulges in the dramas of life. We invest emotional and physical energy in advancing the ego through superiority, security, and status. Our soul-self is the wise, detached participant-observer. It experiences life but is not consumed by it. It recognizes life as the unfolding of a Divine Plan, the evolving of Spirit within form. The soul-self trusts that “all things work together for good.”

When we live in the love vibration, we know that all aspects of life are connected and that we each have the potential—indeed, the responsibility—to become whole. To clarify: Connection means that every presence on this planet (human, animal, plant, mineral) is a unique expression of God and that we are all interdependent. There is no separation ... we are all cells of the living God, and what affects one, affects us all. Wholeness, on the other hand, means being complete as an individual and in harmony and balance at all levels of our being—body, mind, and spirit. To be whole means to gather up and heal our fragmented pieces—the parts of ourselves that are disconnected from Spirit. Our brokenness is often due to feelings of unworthiness and pain from the past. Living in the love vibration keeps us focused in the present moment, connected and at one with ourselves and all there is. Some people are born with a high love vibration, and others are fortunate to grow up in it. Most of us, however, have considerable overcoming to do in order to fully experience it. This overcoming is the process of personal transformation or the process of becoming connected and whole.

Living in the love vibration is our birthright and directs the unfolding of our life’s passion. It sets the intention for every day, the agenda for every interaction, the prescription for every ill, and the expectation for every circumstance. In this state of being, we are heart-centered in thought, word, and deed. We project the high frequency of love and light, and it returns to us. This is the law of attraction. Because the love vibration requires our ego personality to surrender to the soul-self, we get out of our own way. Our path is cleared. We encounter people and situations that inspire us and guide us toward the fulfillment of our potential and passion. We are in the flow of life. Our role shifts from reactor to cocreator. We are empowered.

You know when you’re living in the love vibration because you can feel it. It feels like a natural high. It is a feeling of connection, of wholeness, of lightness and expansion. Meditation, miracles of nature, emotional ecstasy, and places of awesome beauty can give us similar feelings of bliss.

To continually live in the love vibration takes considerable commitment and vigilance. It is all too easy to regress into fear, judgment, or self-righteousness. No matter how spiritual we think we are, we are still having the human experience of trials and tribulations, progress and relapse. And it’s all right. We don’t have to deny or condemn our human vulnerabilities. The goal is to be positive and let the intelligence of our heart guide us. … Prayer, meditation, inspirational readings, and service to others are all excellent ways to attract connection, wholeness, and love.

Obituary - Eileen May Keizs-Jackson

June 17, 1919 – October 1, 2017

Eileen May Burgher was born in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica on June 17, 1919, the eldest of three children of Harold and Mary Jane Burgher. A very vibrant and sophisticated young lady in her youth, she excelled in her proficiency in literature, history and poetry. She grew up to be an artist in the hair styling trade of those days, and owned her own small business where she trained others in the craft of hair styling.

She met and married Reginald C. Keizs in 1938. The union produced four children: Hugh, Jean, Marcia (President, York College), and Dale. Among the gifts she was blessed with was a wonderful contralto voice which she applied in her service in the choir of the Hanover Street Baptist Church in Kingston. As a young child, she performed as a soloist with the choir even having performances in a radio broadcast. In the pursuit of developing her vocal talent, she went off to Great Britain for voice training. However, the demands of family needs ultimately frustrated that effort and the dream was surrendered.

On her arrival in the United States, coming to her daughter’s college graduation, she secured work first as a nanny and then with Chemical Bank in New York City, where she served for over twenty years. During those years, she was an active of Wakefield Grace congregation in the Bronx serving in various offices. She was also very active in the Penfield Street Civic Association and engaged in citizenship work in the neighborhood. Some years after her retirement, she relocated to Hartsdale with her daughters and became something of a legend in the Winter Park where she has resided for over twenty-three years. Many neighbors have come to know her and ask about her longevity and her family. Eileen engaged in active travel with family and friends to Europe, the Caribbean, Panama, Alaska, Canada and all parts of the United States especially Georgia and Florida where she has so many family and friends.

Over the past several years, she has become the central figure for all her family and friends. Regardless of the generational or occupational demands, she drew us in her warm gravitational embrace. If one wanted to know of the whereabouts of some long lost friend or relative, she was the link to that contact. Her long relationship with the Wakefield Grace Church Family, where she served in many capacities, has won her many warm friendships and forged familial ties. So she is fondly referred to by most as Mama or Mother Keizs.

Sadly mourning her passing are her four children; step-children Manley, Sonia and Jimmy; sister Phyllis Morgan and brother-in-law Vincent Morgan; daughters-in-law Sybil, Joan and Elaine; nieces, Roseneath Jackson, Eileen Boxill; grandchildren Judanna, Hal, Duane, Howard, Nanaesi and Sonji and their spouses; sixteen great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild, and a host of family and friends in Canada, Europe, Jamaica and across the United States.

Soul Vibrations Corner

YOUR ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST

ARIES -March 21- April 20

Your ideas & plans will become a blueprint for your future plans. Family & friends will express their genuine graditude for your honest efforts. Entertaining, attending social events will allow you to network your ideas. If you prepare properly, this could be a great adventure. You’ll have opportunities to meet interesting people that will help you to broaden your horizons. Be honest in expressing how you feel, especially in matters of the heart. Use this week end to catch up on phone calls, letters, or e-mail. LUCKY NUMBERS: 11,13,23,28,32,33

TAURUS - April 21- May 20

Recent changes in your lifestyle could prove to be a positive influence on others. You may be pleasantly surprised by comments made by higher ups. Aim high & you’ll beat all the odds! You’ll be able to find solutions to nagging problems. Problems are sometimes opportunities to show how competent you are and could lead to a more efficient system. You may even be invited to travel to rectify the situation. LUCKY NUMBERS: 18,19,25,26,44,45

GEMINI - May 22- June 21

You may receive invitations to social events. Take the time to express your views publicly & your plans will become crystal clear. Your universal appeal will help to make your dreams come true. If you go with the flow & you’ll gain recognition for your sensitivity & down to earth approach. Don’t be afraid to tell your story, you’ll find out who cares and who doesn’t. You need loyal allies now, the weak need not apply. You’ll be able to use these opportunities to further promote your interests in business. Revive your goal to succeed in life with happiness & contentment. LUCKY NUMBERS: 2,16,17,20,40,49

CANCER - June 22 -July 23

Your positive approach in dealing with others’ problems will help them to heal emotionally, spiritually. You may also have the gift of being able to push others in the direction you want them to go. You understand how to use the energy of the team, and this enables you to stretch a dollar with great success. Listen, lend support, but don’t allow others to take advantage of your generous nature. You must learn where to draw the line when it comes to sincerity. Be careful not to get in the middle of delicate situation at work. Give it some time, wait until next week to finalize reports. After You’ll appreciate the change of pace. LUCKY NUMBERS: 20,22,27,29,32,40

LEO - July 24- Aog 22

Focus your energy, exhibit your generous nature & understand other’s feelings. Your rewards will far outweigh the effort. You’ll be able to achieve success, if you trust your gut feelings & remain loyal to your friends & family. Partnerships, relationships & children will help you to take a breather from reality. Be sure to spend some quality time with those who really matter to you.

Your alliances need strengthening, spread your positive influence. If you join forces with others, you’ll be able to produce great results. Try to reflect on positive influences rather than the negative ones. Your keen understanding of the direction you’re headed in will enhance your confidence & assist you in achieving your goals. LUCKY NUMBERS: 3,4,10,20,40,42

VIRGO -Aug 23- Sept 22

A little risk-taking could be good for you. Open the doors & be yourself. Take pride in how you handle your time with organization & confidence. Secrets will be revealed & your views and ideas should be brought out into the open. You have the ability to listen, as well as help others to see things clearer. We all need feedback sometimes.

Once you let your feelings out, you should be able to enjoy a good time of love and play. Take your position, with confidence & others will show their support. Think positive & pieces will fall into place. LUCKY NUMBERS: 9,15,22,23,33,34

LIBRA - Sept 23 - Oct 22

Your best protection is preparation. If possible, rehearse. This allows you to consider all the possibilities, rather than have to deal with them on the spot. You could be a little touchy, someone may do or say something that you would rather not have to deal with. Resolve to discuss it later when you are both have time to process everything. Your interactions with the people around you should be free and easy. You should get plenty of cooperation, especially in romantic encounters. LUCKY NUMBERS: 5,8,39,43,44,45

SCORPIO -Oct 23 - Nov 22

You need to change with the times. An old schedule or budget may no longer be relevant. The world awaits your next move so don’t waste this rare opportunity. Luck is on your side as long as you are reasonable in what you ask for. Confidence and hard work are an excellent combination to get the job done right. Someone may mistake an incomplete picture for the final product. Don’t compound things by being defensive. It’s hard for them to accept a change when they’re happy with the way that things have been. People who are usually hard to sway will be convinced by your knowledge of the finer details. LUCKY NUMBERS: 4,8,18,28,32,44

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23- Dec 22

You may feel tired of being in the supporting role and be ready to quit. Hesitate on the quitting and focus on your message. Be open about your feelings. Take a bigger slice of the responsibility than usual. By boosting your confidence, you’ll raise the value of your work. A new you is beginning to emerge. With your resources, lucrative people will find you to be indispensable. Your network will expand even further if you put more effort into it. The real fun will begin once you are able to make things happen. LUCKY NUMBERS: 27,32,33,39,44,48

CAPRICORN - Dec 23 - Jan 20

First you need to find out how things work, then you will know how to repeat the conditions when necessary. Avoid any new developments that aren’t directly related to what you must do. You know where you belong because everyone there knows you too well. Family issues should be re-examined. You should expect a time of precise connections. Open your heart to someone who has been waiting to receive you. Your senses will be alive to the pleasures of the season’s celebrations. LUCKY NUMBERS: 18,19,21,26,41,42

AQUARIUS - Jan 21 - Feb 19

This week’s scenario is highlighted by strong friendships that came about by just you being yourself. It’s hard sometimes for you to be open about yourself, but this week you’ll find yourself feeling confident enough to confide in others. Travel could bring you cultural knowledge that can’t be learned in any other way. Your quick mind, wit & memory will help you in any creative endeavours you try. Be careful not to put too much trust in relatives who are incapable of comprehending your personal situation. Use your humour to put them in their place. LUCKY NUMBERS: 17,18,19,20,40,43

PISCES - Feb 20 - March 20

This week’s scenario is highlighted by a feeling of being overworked and undervalued. A team player may default on a promise of help. It is a pain, but don’t overreact. You and your partner can connect and tell each other your troubles. Even though you may feel unusually high-strung, don’t allow your tension to cause you to make a wrong move or a false start. Stick with what you know, both in things and in people. Someone you’ve known a long time may contact you from a long distance. If possible, you should plan a reunion along with mates and partners. Let your mate help you with some psychic housekeeping, you’ll rest easier. LUCKY NUMBERS: 6,17,19,21,31,41