At the beginning of September this year, I received a very nice surprise. Totally out of the blue, and completely unexpected.

Every month, Raili from SoulGifts in Australia, chooses one of her followers to be the recipient of one of her Soul Gifts, and in September she chose me. I didn’t receive the gift until the beginning of October, and decided to wait until November to post about it so that this post didn’t get lost within all the Halloweeny madness that went on last month. And the gift that Raili sent to me was not only a gift to my soul, but one for my sight, sound and smell senses as well! Fabulous!

The first thing I noticed was the relaxing scent that greeted me as soon as I opened the parcel. Raili had wrapped her gift in several sheets of different coloured tissue paper, enhancing each layer with a blend of essential oils to match the individual energy vibration that each layer represented. Upon each layer, Raili had written the names of each blend:

Transformation / Abundance

Sacred Mountain

Joy

Awaken / Balance

Inspiration

Grounding

Clarity

Raili also included a letter and a poem, ‘Birth’, as well as the framed picture. I didn’t remember reading the poem on her blog, but in finding it to link to for this post, I received another surprise. The post had appeared on my birthday. You have to love synchronicity and coincidences. I do… and I experience rather a lot of them!

Could it just be a coincidence that this past weekend’s One Word Sunday theme was ‘Orange’ and the top layer of tissue paper is orange? The Universe moves in mysterious ways indeed!

Now, the picture that Raili created was another surprise. As I was looking at each section in turn, I suddenly realised that I wasn’t looking at one picture, but four of them. Raili had created four ATCs and framed them. I’ve recently started creating ATCs (Artists Trading Cards) myself, so this made the gift even more special, even more personal, if you like.

Each image that Raili created seemed to ‘speak’ to me, as I thought of two words to represent each image

CREATION

ENCHANTMENT

EXPANSION

MAGIC

ILLUMINATION

STARCHILD

COMPLETION /  The WHOLE

 

Raili told me that this gift had been a labour of birthing which included many weeks of staged and guided steps. So, I’d like to finish this post with one more step, inspired by Raili’s Soul Gift:

Birth of a Starchild

Across all miles
Across all time
Await for the joy to awaken
Through grounding
Through clarity
Appears inspiration
From Sacred Mountain to nursery of stars
There begins transformation
And then balance
And then abundance
Of the magic of creation

Enchantment follows a path of expansion
Where everything slots together
New ideas meet forgotten memories
Burdens become light as a feather
Illumination of all things good
Glows brighter than the Sun
And in that moment, that spark of light,
The creative process has begun

A Starchild
An Idea
A Gift from the Soul
Marks completion of one cycle
But not on the whole
Ideas flow forever more
So grab them with open arms
And through gratitude
And sharing light
Experience never ending charms

Once again, Raili, thank you.


Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

38 Comments

  1. Tom, what a wonderful surprise you have gifted me ! I love the synchronicities, especially that my original poem was published on your birthday 🙂 You have delighted me with your poem. Thankyou.

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    1. My pleasure, Raili.
      I’m pleased that you liked this post, and the poem.

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  2. […] via From Across the Miles — Beyond the Sphere […]

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  3. Wow, a wonderful gift from a generous artist! And the gift certainly does fit you, Tom! 🙂

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    1. Doesn’t it just, CM? Very well thought out on Raili’s behalf.

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  4. What a wonderful thoughtful gift that meant so much to you. So lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I think so too!

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  5. That is a wonderful tale….Synchronicity is a huge favorite of mine…Nuggets that guide our journey onward. BTW, Happy Birthday TL….I hope it was a good one…..VK ❤

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    1. Thanks, VK.
      I think I may have misdirected you, however! My birthday is in March – it was Raili’s poem that originally appeared on her blog on my birthday last year! Still, synchronicity at its best!

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  6. A beautiful gift indeed from a beautiful soul 💕

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    1. I think so too, Elaine.

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  7. How special.! Is that what we call scratch board? It is a fun and always surprising art form.

    Your gift back to her is very nice. You certainly have a way with words.

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    1. Thanks, Beverly. I’m not sure what the name of this form of art is, but I do like its effects!
      And yes, I do enjoy playing with words.

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  8. Tom, what an amazing spiritual gift from Raili, that is wonderful, and to arrive on your Birthday too.. Well, I think the Universe did some orchestrating don’t you?
    But from what I am learning from Raili as I read her posts, she is very in tune with that ‘Higherside’ of life, and this gift was so carefully thought through from conception to delivery.. 🙂

    Raili this was beautiful..

    And I am sure it will take pride of place Tom..

    Love and Blessings to you both… 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Sue, yes, it was a special gift.
      I think I’ve led you up the same garden path that I did VK, Sue. My birthday is in March… it was Raili’s poem that originally appeared over on her blog on my birthday last year, but even so the coincidence is still amazing.
      And Blessings back to you, Sue.

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      1. Yes still VERY Amazing.. so wonderful it all clicked together.. xxx

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    2. I ditto every word of Sue’s comment. What a lovely ‘birthday’ surprise.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!

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      1. Thanks, Madelyn – it was a fabulous surprise!

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  9. Raili is such a multi-talented woman, is she not! What a beautiful gift for you, and to make such a wonderful connection with it all has to be so special to Raili. 🙂

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    1. I agree completely, Calensariel.

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  10. We never know where our life gifts will come from…thanks for sharing your joy today.

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    1. It was fun to share, Sharon… thanks!

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  11. How lovely of Raili to send you something which has touched you so greatly. She’s obviously very much in tune with you. She’s picked up on what makes Tom, Tom.

    To be sent a piece of someone’s artwork is so generous for many artists cannot bear to part with things they’ve created. Raili obviously spent a long time creating not just one but four pieces of artwork, and they all link together by unspoken words. So, so kind of her. Bless her beautiful heart.

    A truly wonderful package to receive. Much kudos to Raili for knowing instinctively the right things to gift you with.

    Thanks for sharing Tom, and love your gift back to her. I think it will touch her deeply.
    ~ Cobs.

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    1. Thanks, Cobs… it’s been a creative couple of months, all thinks considered!

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  12. A lovely piece Raili and a real treasure!!! 🙂

    God Bless hun! 🙂

    God Bless Tom!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

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  13. How kind of you to share Raili’s beautiful work. A real treasure.

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    1. It was that, Eugenia. It just had to be shared.

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  14. ~waves a hello~
    What a lovely and awesome post to come back to! Those are beautiful pieces of art, the poem of the birth of a starchild was lovely too!!
    I have definitely missed reading your blog posts, Tom. So I’m glad to be back …once again. Hope you are well 🙂

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    1. Waves back! Hi Shree! 😀
      And welcome back – pleased you liked Raili’s gift! Hope you are well also! 😀

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      1. I’m well thanks 🙂 and yes it was amazing 🙂

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  15. A beautiful gift. And so much meaning.

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    1. Hi Barbara… welcome!
      And yes, I agree! 🙂

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