: to fly or sail often at a great height by floating on air currents
: to rise or increase dramatically
: to ascend to a higher or more exalted level
: to rise to majestic stature
Soar (v.): late 14th century, from Old Frence essorer “fly up,” from Vulgar Latin exaurare “rise into the air,” from Latin ex– “out” + aura “breeze air” (related to aura). Of mountains, buildings, etc., by 1812; of prices, emotions, etc. from 1929.
Related Word: Aura (n.): 1870 in spiritualism, “subtle emanation around living beings;” earlier “characteristic impression” made by a personality (1859), earlier still “gentle breeze” (late 14c.), from Latin aura “breeze, wind, air,” from Greek aura “breath, breeze” (related to air).
“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”
Marian Anderson (1897-1993, diplomat and the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955; she was one of the most celebrated and finest contralto singers of the twentieth century.)
“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher, social critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar, who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality.)
“If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.”
Richard Lovelace (1617-1657, a Cavalier English poet of the 17th century, who lived life as a soldier in support of King Charles I’s civil war; best known for writing “To Althea, from Prison,” and “To Lucasta, Going to the Warres.”)
“If we never had the courage to take a leap of faith, we'd be cheating God out of a chance to mount us up with wings like eagles and watch us soar.”
Jen Stephens (author of the book, The Heart’s Journey Home and The Heart’s Lullaby)
“Don't allow the fear of falling stop you from pursuing your dream. Prepare. Practice. Pray. Jump! It's through the fall that you'll realize you can to fly.”
Yvonne Pierre (author, filmmaker, and advocate)
“Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.”
Arthur Helps (1813-1875, English writer, dean of the Privy Council (small body of advisers to the sovereign of the UK), and Cambridge Apostle (a secret society at the University of Cambridge))
“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.”
Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963, American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual advisor)
“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.”
William Wordsworth (1770-1850, one of England’s most influential Romantic poets; he along with poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge launched the Romantic movement in England’s poetry.)
“The seven deadly sins… food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from man’s neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright, critic, socialist, and writer)
Have you rode a bicycle lately? It is one of the most exhilarating experiences to have, especially when bicycling downhill. One feels like a child again, free, playful, and light; able to soar and transcend physical limitations, worries and fears; and able to feel ecstasy in communing with the wind and the healing elements of Nature.
Such experiences are reminders of our own limitlessness and the privilege to be alive and free.
In the contrast, fear is debilitating, the suggestion of locks us down and imprisons us. We understand how it terrorizes, because we have experienced in its many forms and on many different levels.
That’s not part of our purpose. We are not here to suffer and to be brutalized. We were created to be lovers, creators, and divine spiritual warriors, brave, courageous, and bold.
These world challenges provide us, especially those generations that follow behind, with the practice of being fearless. And our current circumstances requires us to be more conscious and discerning, no matter where we live, work, or play.
That means listening to the wise directions of our instincts and intuition. If we hear, see, or feel something out of alignment, we must trust what our bodies, minds, and spirits are telling us, even though we do not have all the pieces of information.
And if we get overwhelmed, we must ask for help, not just from our love ones or friends, but from the Divine. Help will be there immediately, and we will remain in awe of what forms of assistance appear.
Years ago after a day at work I was relaxing with my teenage daughter and watching TV. We were playful as usual. But, all of sudden I felt very uneasy as if something was coming, but I didn’t know what. So, I prayed, not only for our well-being and home, but for every home and family that was situated on that side of my neighborhood.
When I felt at peace I went to bed and so did my daughter.
About 2:00 am a boom shook us both awake. It was as if a rocket went off. Behind my house, beyond the fence, and on a road behind us two huge trucks raced each other causing one to crash head on into a telephone pole, wrapping itself completely around it. That pole prevented that truck from crashing into one of our homes.
Believe in the power of prayer, or the mind’s and heart’s ability to transcend and soar into The Imaginal Realm, an Universal Infinite Creative Field of Wisdom, where divine possibilities are possible. And implicitly trust in our divine capabilities to protect ourselves and create a better world.
Be well, my friends, Godspeed always!
Faithfully Yours, Tonya