Door of Locks

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It’s story time. I LOVE reading and have several book series I read over and over and over again as they speak to my soul and continuously entertain me. The following story (condensed a little) is from “Belladonna” by Anne Bishop. This resonates on a very profound level with me. It’s about choosing where your heart needs to go; very powerful stuff!
DOOR OF LOCKS
Now the Door of Locks was hidden in a garden that lived in the heart of a magic hill, and the hill was the country home of the spirits who resided in this part of the land…. When one reached the garden, which was protected by high walls and a barred gate, a spirit would appear and ask “What do you seek?”

…the correct answer is “I seek the hope that lives within my heart.” Give that answer, and the garden’ gate will always open….When you’re ready, the spirit takes you to the Door of Locks.

There are one hundred identical locks on the door, and while you’re standing there, trying to fathom it all, the spirit reaches into your heart and takes out a key, and says, “Every lock leads to a different place that lives within you. Some are dark places, some are light places, some are full of struggle and sorrow while others will shower your days with joy. Choose a lock. The key will fit any of them. Choose where your heart needs to go. Choose.” (LOVE THIS!)

And that is what you must do – CHOOSE. Now, some people are hasty, ignoring the spirit’s warning about the nature of the locks and thinking that since the locks all look the same they’ll be the same. And some people don’t ask for the lock they truly want because it’s high up in a corner of the door or too low to the ground and they don’t want to be inconveniencing the spirit and they figure a lock that’s easy to reach will do just as well.

But it won’t do as well. IT WON’T DO AND IF YOU SETTLE FOR WHAT IS EASY INSTEAD OF WHAT YOU TRULY WANT, YOU MAY NEVER DISCOVER THE HOPE THAT LIVES IN YOUR HEART.

So you choose wisely, and you choose well, and you pick the lock that matters the most to you AT THAT MOMENT. Then the spirit takes the key that was plucked from your heart and slips it into that lock.

It changes you. It doesn’t matter if you end up in place you didn’t know existed or in the place you’ve lived your whole life. It changes you – and you will never again see the world in quite the same way.

Finding Home

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Morning Musings (inspired by “Belladonna” by Anne Bishop)
We think shattering our worlds is difficult but it isn’t. The difficult part is keeping the pieces in harmony enough to stay together.

When we don’t resonate with a place; when it isn’t a place that speaks to our hearts and feels like home; we can become a dissonance in that place. Be it a job, a community, a lifestyle, or a geographical location, we can begin to feel resentful and bitter about the place and the people there because it isn’t ours. Our heart desires to be in a place we haven’t yet found can create a fierce clash of energy.

The trick is to find the place or places that are OURS, those places that make our hearts sing with joy and harmony. Finding the places that feel like home creates an energy within and from us that is a joy to behold. When we do that – ahhh, the glorious symphonies with our lives we can create.

Avalon is MINE with all its light and its dark note. It’s not always easy to keep the pieces in harmony with one another, especially since the community is so large. But I sure do my best to continually tweak and play with the ever changing notes to keep the song vibrant and alive.

It is a glorious, glorious thing to feel home in a place. Never, ever doubt that you are worth finding your “homes.” They are out there!