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Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Motivation: Soaring

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...."

John G. Magee Jr.

Last week my eldest daughter sent me an angel wisdom from 365 Meditations and Insights from the Heavens, by Terry Lynn Taylor and Mary Beth Crain. She said it made her think of me.

This was so beautiful I had to share it with you.

"How many of us have felt the sensation of soaring? Of letting go, breaking free, transcending limits? John G. Magee, a young British fighter pilot who was killed in World War II, was privileged to soar in his work, which became not a job but a joyous and profoundly spiritual experience.

To allow ourselves to soar takes courage. Many of us have been brought up with the limiting belief that if we experience too much happiness, it might be taken away. If we fly too high, we might crash. So we cautiously remain earthbound, leaving it to the crazy daredevils to do the things we've dreamed of and the things we haven't. The angels, however, want us to soar, to "slip the surly bonds of earth" and move past the fears that keep us from reaching our highest potential. The traditional image of angels as winged beings carries a pointed symbolism; as manifestations of pure spirit, living in tune with their inner wisdom, they are at last free to exult in their true power and purpose.

Are you feeling blocked, frustrated, or unfulfilled in some areas of your life? If so, it may be time to think about soaring. Where have you been earthbound? Where would you like to soar? What's holding you back? What will happen if you allow yourself to soar? What will happen if you don't?

An Angelic Reflection: I am the pilot of my own plane; I have the power and the will to take myself anywhere I want to go. I welcome the unknown, for once I am there it becomes the known."

Thank you Lynn Taylor and Mary Beth Crain for the wonderful insight, and for my beautiful daughter for sending me a message that made me soar.

Angel Wisdom

365 Meditations and Insights from the Heavens

by Terry Lynn Taylor and Mary Beth Crain

Enjoy the Journey.

XOX Karlene


  1. I believe Magee was actually an American, flying in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He died in a training accident in England. And he was right about two things - that flying is (or at least, should be) liberation embodied, and that soaring (gliding) is its most pure form.

  2. Thank you for sharing that with us, it was beautiful! We should all let go and soar, love it!

  3. Wow! God is amazing and puts people and messages in our path for a reason. I must remember this. Last night I was trying to jump though a bunch of hoops for some new pilot scholarships and kept coming up to one roadblock after another. It was disheartening BUT I Will soar! :) Thank you!!!

  4. I can just imagine piloting a glider through that amazing silence and hugeness up in the sky. What a feeling that would be!

  5. Wow, those are beautiful words indeed! Something I need to tape above the keyboard.

    Hey, my three sons are boy scouts, and this Saturday they'll be working on their aviation merit badges. Pilots will take them in propeller planes for 20 minutes! They've never flown before (I know, sad, huh?) but this will be fun for them.

  6. Power packed and love the affirmation (an Angelic reflection) - will definitely helps us soar higher!...
    Thank you for sharing, Karlene.
    Tricia Kato

  7. "How many of us have felt the sensation of soaring? Of letting go, breaking free, transcending limits" Yes.. that's what flying is to me. Thank you for sharing this inspiration to keep on the journey of flight!

  8. Hey, pretty cool that she gets her mom!! Kathy

  9. D.B., I didn't know that about him. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Yes... he was right!

  10. Thank you Chipper and Heather. I love this one too.

  11. Thank you for the great comment Theresa. Yes... you will soar. I have no doubt!

  12. Linda, I can just imagine too. The ultimate. So many planes to fly and so little time.

  13. Julie, this is so exciting. Keep me posted on how they do and if they love it. Could be a changing moment in their lives.

  14. Thank you Tricia. We all need to learn how to soar.

  15. Nissa, your words are poetry. Thank you for a beautiful comment and sharing your love of the sky.


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