THE SACRED AND HOLY ICON: MOTHER MARY’S BLESSING

THE SACRED AND HOLY ICON: MOTHER MARY’S BLESSING
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“Didn’t realize how much anger and resentment I carried within my heart, until today. You see, I’m literally damaged goods. It’s only three months since my divorce. The wound is still fresh and deep. And they always say: DON’T START ANY TYPE OF DEEPENED SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP WHILE BLEEDING!
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Well, generally speaking, the reason for this is that you’ll begin to start bleeding on them as well (whomever poor soul it may be)! And this is so… so very true! But within my situation, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the invariable flashbacks of the so-called good ‘ol times of my past marriage would often plague my senses. This is where most of the bleeding was derived from.
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In many ways, these good memories are worse and more damaging than any other negative memory which would ever sneak itself upon my unwary subconsciousness. And the reason for this is that the reality that these good and meaningful memories would never ever again proliferate to become a manifestation of my reality today, or any other day for that matter! It was over! Of course, this was way too much to bear and was most certainly too unwavering to know and to accept as true. The difficulty relied upon this deepened and heightened level of unacceptance.
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Almost every part of the city was dotted with a memory of this other life. We (I and my ex-wife) didn’t make many trips to Downtown Cleveland, but we did make that one-day excursion when we did celebrate our 3-year anniversary there a few years back. For some reason, those specific memories stuck within my inner-most psyche’ the most! And that’s exactly where I live today -the city- Yup, Downtown Cleveland! Because of this was the very reason why the grief continued to grow-and-grow-and-grow with every single day. Many-times-on-over I often asked myself: WHAT WAS THE REMEDY? HOW WAS I TO EVER HEAL?
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But a miracle happened today. I was guided to visit a Holy Relic at a West-side Cleveland Christian Orthodox Church. Actually, let’s rewind a bit here. Yesterday, was when I had a conversation with a very dear ‘ol friend of mine from Arizona and she mentioned the Likes of exactly this very Relic. It was the Holy Icon of the Blessed Mother Mary.
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And this particular Piece of Holy Iconography came from the beautiful island of Hawaii. Sometimes I wondered about that today, actually many times – Why from Hawaii? Could there be a link to Lemuria. But this is another topic for another day worthy of discussion. Continuing on, originally, this Relic was found within the most inconspicuous of places and was named by theologians, historians and scholars as a Legitimate and Authentic piece of Christian Religious and Spiritual History – Indeed ‘Very Sacred!’ According to the Relic’s keeper, he (himself) was chosen, ordained and guided to present this HOLY ICON to the very churches and holy places of the America’s to spread the Holy Word of Peace, Love, Forgiveness and Healing to the World.
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Prior to the Relic’s visitation to Cleveland (Ohio), it made its journey to Arizona just a few days ago – YES, ARIZONA! And (yes) my very friend who very much was very key to this entire story, this unexpected miracle, wanted me to come to Arizona to see this Magnificent Piece of Holiness but unfortunately I could not. It was merely wrong timing, to say the least. And it wasn’t within my budget, of course.
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But little did we know that the Blessed Mother Mary came to see me anyway, regardless of how much I believed in the impossibilities and in the uncertainties of life! When my dear friend went to check to see when and where the next destination of the Holy Icon of the Blessed Mother Mary would be, to her delight she was ecstatic and thrilled to inform me that it was today and only today where and when this
Holy Relic would make its scheduled journey to the ‘216’ – Cleveland, Ohio! I was like: YOU GOTTA’ BE KIDDING ME!
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So (fast-forward), I gathered just enough courage to come to the only time when this Holy Relic would be presented to the one church which was blessed enough to receive this Wonderful Blessing. Long-story-short, when I finally was able to view and to touch and to kiss this Holy Tangible Manifestation of the Virgin Mary, I asked Mother Mary to heal my heart – to clear it of all the indemnation, attachments, guilt, anger and (most importantly) the resentment. And almost instantaneously, it was gone, the above aforementioned! My heart was heavy, but yet no more! And all that was left after this miraculous clearing of sorts was joy, gratitude and love. Yes, love! What was that, right? Love? To tell you the truth, out of all of which had transpired, the best memory which had come to manifest, was LOVE! Mother Mary, gave me once more the opportunity to LOVE again!
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FROM THERE, I WAS BLESSED WITH NEW EYES!
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I SAW THE WORLD IN A MODIFIED GLOW!
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I SAW MYSELF DIFFERENTLY!
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I VIEWED REALITY IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT!
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I BEGAN TO LOVE ME!”
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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH: The photo taken of the Sacred and Holy Icon of the Blessed Mother Mary was taken on 10/03/2018 at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church (Cleveland, Ohio)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joel Ayala Ayapana is a Registered Nurse, specializing in Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Recovery, and is a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force (Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield). Joel is also an alternative thinker, a controversial theorist, prolific writer, blogger, an ancient archeology and cryptocurrency enthusiast, and the author of his critically-acclaimed memoir, entitled The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the Heart. He inquisitively hosts his own online “alternative” podcast radio talk show called Quantum Mindfulness Radio and the Great Awakening where he interviews New Age authors, theorists, researchers, experts and other enlightened enthusiasts within their field. Additionally, Joel is the Executive Producer and Founder of REAL REVOLUTION RADIO X.0: Downtown Cleveland’s Premiere “Alternative” Podcast Radio Network

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