A life reframed

5th August, 2015 Miscellaneous

Ancestralite is an amazing stone that helps us to reframe the past and heal the family tree.

Ancestralite

Photo: c. Jeni Campbell www.angeladditions.co.uk

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you’ll realise that I’m rather fond of Lewis Carroll. His work pops into my mind at odd times. He was a powerful part of my childhood. But did you know that he took existing material and reframed it to come up with something much more amusing? All the poems in Alice are parodies of then famous poems that children were forced to learn by heart, engraving them on their psyche. Rather like the ingrained ideas that run down the ancestral line. Reframing is a process that can be applied to life. I’ve spent quite a lot of my time reworking the past to create a more hopeful future. Ancestralite is speeding up that process.

Here are two versions of old age. I know which I prefer!

 

Father William as sketched by Lewis Carroll

Father William as sketched by Lewis Carroll

 

The Old Man’s Comforts and how he gained them – Robert Southey version

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
The few locks which are left you are grey;
You are hale, Father William, a hearty old man,
Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
I remember’d that youth would fly fast,
And abused not my health and my vigour at first
That I never might need them at last.

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
And pleasures with youth pass away,
And yet you lament not the days that are gone,
Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
I remember’d that youth could not last;
I thought of the future whatever I did,
That I never might grieve for the past.

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
And life must be hastening away;
You are cheerful, and love to converse upon death!
Now tell me the reason I pray.

I am cheerful, young man, Father William replied,
Let the cause thy attention engage;
In the days of my youth I remember’d my God!
And He hath not forgotten my age.

Father William – Lewis Carroll

Father William as drawn by Teniel

Father William as drawn by Teniel

“You are old, father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head —
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” father William replied to his son,
“I feared it would injure the brain;
But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door —
Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box —
Allow me to sell you a couple.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak —
Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth; one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose —
What made you so awfully clever?”

  “I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!”

The light of Age: photo c. Terrie Birch www.astrologywise.co.uk

The light of Age: photo c. Terrie Birch www.astrologywise.co.uk

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