Spirituality and the Lantern Carrier
Lantern to Light the way
World of war and Strife
In this world of war and strife, spirituality and the Lantern Carrier are much needed. Are you a Lantern Carrier, or do you know one?
Lantern Carriers spread light and love, wherever their calling takes them. Whether it is by physical travel or on a spiritual journey, a Lantern Carrier helps others to open their eyes to what is happening in the world today -- and how we can stand up to save Mother Earth from those in control who are determined to destroy all the beauty in it for their own benefit and power.
Who is a Lantern Carrier? They are a special breed of people of any faith, religion, or belief system. Their special meeting place is in the heart of humanity, in the spirit of Mother Earth, and among their brothers and sisters world-wide. Sometimes a few may gather in one place and when they do, it is like being in a joyful, peaceful home where harmony and balance reign.
A Lantern Carrier is one who stands up for those who are too weak to help themselves. When one is given love, light, and hope, it enables them to stand stronger and have faith in themselves.
If we could stand up for ourselves, for our families, friends, and communities there is much we can do to make our world a better place to live in. We put people in office to do what is right for the people and something gets twisted around along the way. It is like the world is upside down -- is it not the people the leaders are supposed to be working for? Do the people even matter anymore? Are our voices no longer heard?
Many may think that it is impossible to live in a world of peace and love. Yet it can be started. It starts with one person who carries a lantern of light to someone in the wilderness of life. A cry in the wilderness is heard and a Lantern Carrier responds. Another light is lit, another person is helped to their feet, and then there are two to carry on that light.
From one Lantern Carrier, one tiny flicker of light, if fed properly, can become a bonfire of humanity's desire for peace and a Beautiful Flow of Spirit.
Spread the Light
Do you know someone whose main purpose in life is to help others?
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Someone once told me that I am naive to think that the peoples of different nations, cultures, traditions, can stand together as brothers and sisters to bring about peace.
Am I naive? I do not think so. I have a dream about world peace and I do not think I am unique in that thought. No achievement has ever been made without first having a dream - and I believe there are many times many people out there who have this same dream. We just have to light a lantern and let that light and dream shine forth and multiply!
We must not be afraid to speak out and express our thoughts and hopes for a better world. Silence on these hopes will only leave room for the negative and power hungry people to be heard and followed. Follow your heart, not a dictator.
If you can dream it, do it.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are not Puppets
We were not meant to be puppets on tight strings. We are individuals with our own thoughts and needs. A Lantern Carrier sees and accepts a person for who they are and acts accordingly. We should never expect someone to be other than they are.
We know what our families and communities need and we want our leaders to listen to us and put our money to work for the people, not for the leaders and for wars we did not ask for.
Why must our money and our defensive support be spent on useless endeavors? All countries have the same issues, the spiritual and personal needs of the people, yet the safety and needs of their own people seem to come last.
If the leaders we put in office cannot keep a lit lantern in their windows for the needs of their own people, then we need to stand on our own feet and light our own lanterns -- which is better than just hoping that our leaders will take care of our needs.
Before we even enter a voting booth we should make darn sure we studied and are aware of what, or who, is best for the people.
"A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown."— William Butler Yeats
Keep a Light in Your Window
Spirituality and Eternal Peace
It is our own spirituality, whatever path one chooses, that will save us. We all will eventually go to the same place, we may have different messengers, but there is only one destination: eternal peace.
It is not impossible to begin World Peace and to see it come to pass. It all starts with one person, one lantern. It may have started many many years ago by just one lone person who decided he/she had had enough. Well, that one little lantern was lit and it has reached more people and more lanterns. If it reaches you keep it lit and you can reach others to help that light, that bonfire to grow.
A Lantern Carrier is an asset to this world and strives to help others open to their own heart and follow their intended path. A Lantern Carrier is alone, yet not alone -- for, within is the spiritual guidance of a higher force. The light is within each of us. We are children of the Universe and the need and desire for peace and harmony is in the hearts of all the people, regardless of which country they live in, or what faith they believe in.
Mahatma Gandhi was a meek and small man - yet he had the courage to speak out for World Peace. He may have been small in stature, but he was powerful in faith and the ability to inspire. This profound inner power of his reached out to millions of people.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.— Mahatma Gandhi
Ghandi was a message himself for Love, Peace and Harmony. His way of life was inspiration for a new way of life for all of mankind.
There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no cause that I am prepared to kill for.— Mahatma Gandhi
How simple yet powerful his teachings were. There are many more heroes like him in this world who carry Light to help others along the way.
Riches not of This World
A Lantern Carrier is one to help the old, the tired, the hungry, the weak, and other lost souls of humanity. His or her life is not easy, nor is it filled with wealth and riches untold of material value. The riches are not of this world -- they are riches of the heart and soul, of the spirit that ever learns and grows. When a lonely, lost soul has been helped, the joy of one who has found Peace, the Light in their eyes when they have found their truths -- these are the treasures of wealth, when there is a spiritual awakening.
He or she hears a cry in the wilderness, a spiritual call for help and journeys to follow the sound of weeping. From a deep dark pit the the cry is heard, the anguish, the pain and the helper reaches down to lend a hand to one who is lost in a self-created hell. The helper does not seek glory, nor will he or she be glorified in life. A Lantern Carrier is as human as you and I, for we are the helpers if we open our hearts to it. We shed tears of joy, or tears of sorrow for others -- we feel their pain, their joys and we heal with the gift the Creator has given us.
He or she does not seek praise or expects thanks. If one gives thanks for spiritual help, the reply, "Don't thank me! It comes through me, not of me."
When others of strong belief that differs come for knowledge, they does not turned away. We hold on to the hand that reaches out and we hear their story, their pain and struggles. We acknowledge and admire their strengths to stand strong in their own beliefs. We judge not, for we each have our own needs, abilities and beliefs. The Lantern Carrier carries with him or her a light that never wavers or dims.
"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will forever think it is stupid."— Albert Einstein
A Light in the Window
My father was a Lantern Carrier. He was a healer of lost souls and prayed more than anyone I have ever known. He prayed for people he did not even know. He read the news all the time and prayed for people in other countries who were hurting or wronged.
He prayed for the forgotten souls that would have been lost for eternity if someone had not seen their spirits wandering among the halls and grounds of the psychiatric hospital we passed by every Sunday on our drives to the country or to Grandpa and Grandma's house.
He often told me when I was a child to keep my lantern lit, and to always keep a light on in my window. Until I became a Spiritual Coach to help others find their spiritual path in life, I did not really understand what Father meant. Now I know. Thank you, Dad.
Blessing to all who help others.
Keep a Light in the Window, my Dad Always Said
Note from Author
Several years ago I saw one of the most beautiful things a person can see and it is such a gift to me. Two friends who had gone through so many struggles in life, had many differences of opinions, have in the past bitterly fought (verbally), and turned away from each other, came together in peace.
They helped each other through a trying time, came together in peace and love and have lit so many other lanterns that there must be a bonfire out there somewhere. I cannot express the joy this brings to my heart, to see these two who are dear friends of mine, create such love and support for each other.
Blessings and may you always walk in Peace and Harmony, softly upon Mother Earth, seek your Highest Truths and know when it is time to go into the Silence and listen to the voice of your Soul.
Phyllis Doyle Burns - Lantern Carrier, Spiritual Mentor
© 2011 Phyllis Doyle Burns