Ever since I moved into my neighbourhood I have driven past these trees whenever I leave the house. Are they not beautiful?

Without fail, as I drive past these trees, I have this specific song play in my head. At first, I would just smile and enjoy it. Yet, as the months passed, the replay in my head became so frequent and then constant. I wake up and it is playing; I close my eyes at night and it is playing. I even found myself randomly humming the tune at odd hours during the day.  So I have finally acknowledged that I am being nudged to write about it. So here goes.

The song is “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” by a wonderful band called The Hollies. For those too young to know, The Hollies were around from the ’60s up until 20 or so years ago. This particular song was like many songs that came out in the ’60s, way ahead of its time and an evergreen. The message is powerful. Here is the link to the Hollies official website where you can listen to the song performed by The Hollies. www.hollies.co.uk. I have included the lyrics below.

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

He’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…

The lyricist obviously had a story that led to the writing of this song, but for me, this song, the lyrics, and the haunting melody carry a strong message …a message that hits me deep within my soul. In the present shift into a new perspective and understanding of consciousness, this song and the trees say it all.

When I look at these two trees, I see a benevolent relationship. At some point, they became attached at the common branch, yet have remained two completely separate trees, each with their own root system. They support one another, yet lose nothing of themselves and this support of the other is costing them nothing. When I couple this with the words of the song…wow!

There is so much pain and upheaval in the world today that it can become overwhelming even if we never read a newspaper or watch the news channel on TV. Yes, we can extend a helping hand and assist someone whether it is in the acts of kindness or just a kind word and so we should, but there is a more benevolent option, on a far deeper level, without any burden or cost to ourselves. This option can be exercised every minute of every day without even leaving our homes.

That emotion that wells up in your chest area when you think of a loved one whether it be your spouse, partner, children, parents or pet, is what I am talking about. Hold onto that love and let it build inside your chest. Now imagine if you felt this way about you. That is how we are meant to be….an expression of love. When you find your truth within and walk your path in this love, you will lift those you don’t even come in contact with. This is how consciousness works….what you do for yourself in love, you do for everyone. You might never be aware of how many brothers you carry and it doesn’t matter ‘cos he ain’t heavy. Love begets love!

Love for one another does begin with you but you can intentionally share this love. It is love when we hold the space for another person or many people all at once. Sending love into a situation that might be tense or threatening might just be the difference needed to tip the scales in the right direction. Sending love to a person who is struggling might just be the lift they need to muster the courage to see their way clear. Before I sleep every night I like to send a blanket of love that covers the entire Mother Earth and to anyone needing a loving hug. I know there are many, many brothers and sisters who could do with some love. It fills me with gladness to share and it doesn’t weigh me down, at all.

By developing a love for self, will we not only be fostering a love for one another but stepping boldly out and taking responsibility for our brothers and sisters, without costing or burdening ourselves. Try it. You just might find that light within that we all seek.

From my heart to yours.