What if by just reading a book you were able to lighten your heart and learn valuable life’s lessons at the same time? The theme of this book Far Above and Beyond High: Stories a Heart Can Tell is to shed lightness and glean insight on the burdens we carry on our path through life in these decisive times. As we endeavor to fit seemingly incomprehensible pieces of life’s jigsaw puzzle into a meaningful whole, the stories in this book help cultivate objectivity to see the “old” in a ”new” way.
In this book, you will discover…
~ How each step forward becomes the impetus for taking the next one. ~ That opening the “eyes of the heart” allows you to see everything in a different light. ~ That these stories can be a passageway - an opening if you will, to finding your own heart-wisdom.
"Stories a Heart can Tell" is about hope and potential. Through the eyes of various lovable characters you are taken from the pieces of despair to the peace of the whole - far above and beyond our expectations. Let Laara’s book take you on a mystical journey reminiscent of the stories that have inspired people throughout the ages, that you may discover the magic of your own unfolding path.
Dedication 9 The Cold 10 Part 1 - Introduction 11 Meeting Elisabeth 12 My near near-death experience 13 Introducing Penelope Pickelwaite 14 Traversing the Highways and Byways of Life 14 Creation's Birth 17 Inspiration 18 Time 19 Inventions 20 In the Beginning 22 If the Shoe Fits, Wear it - Laara meets Pickelwaite 26 The Blessing 28 The Seasons "Phases of Life" 30 Spring 31 Summer 32 Autumn 33 Winter 34 How on earth did I get here? 36 A Mystery 37 Rough Start 40 The Birth of Penelope Pickelwaite 40 Auntie's Antique 42 To ‘Bee’ or Not to Be 44 Vacation at Sea 47 Let There Be Light and Wind in Our Sails 49 Learning a foreign language 55 Butter Sputters 60 Dolphin Journey 61 Such is Fate 67 Sam 69 The Wise Sage 71 The Bookworm 73 Pickelwaite's Adventures in Cyberspace 76 A Mouse Called Mac 80 A Reason to be Happy 82 The Puffels 84 An adventure of two dwarfs 85 Faeries' Tales 91 Forgiveness 93 The Heart Tree 94 The Fairy Glen and The Heart Stone 95 Seeking 98 Far Above and Beyond High 105 A Flutterby 107 Caterpillars 108 Caterpillar’s story 109 Caterpillar's Birth 111 Owl 113 Owl's Wisdom 117 The Whistling Wind 120 In the cocoon 123 Caterpillar’s dreams 125 Caterpillar’s transformation 127 Penelope’s perspectives 130 Perceptive perspectives 134 Seven Pennies 135 Heaven's Nose 136 If wishes were dishes 139 The Great Journey Beyond 141 The Pearly Gates 142 Reflections on Life 143 The Amusement Park 144 It’s nearly time to take my leave 147 Birthday Party 148 A Train of Thought 149 When I become 103 152 Last segment of her life 153 Views to Amuse 155 Moose’s Story 157 The Treat 159 The Fly in the Pie 161 Celery Stalks: The Ballad of a Salad 163 Agrius and Ciglarius: A Story of Two Moths 164 Ali and Croc 166 Buffel-low, Buffels-up!: The Story of a Buffalo 168 Hippopotamus 171 A Whale’s Tale 172 The Bat 174 A Fishy Story 175 Resonance of Childhood 176 Ode to the Butterflies 176 Fancy Free 179 The Footstool 180 Raindrops 181 Loon: story of an absurd bird 182 Stories for the young 184 Butterflies 185 Another story 186 Seymore 187 I fathomed a phantom 187 Buttons without holes 188 The cold 188 Teddy Bears 190 There's a Zoo in my Shoes 191 The Great Bird 192 Ascension 194 Summer Holiday 196 Epilogue 197 Ode to a suitcase 199
"He who laughs... lasts" said the amazing American humorist, Erma Bombeck. One objective of this book is to share perspectives, broaden one’s horizons through meeting life head-on with equanimity and a sense of humor. It can enable an individual to open up to situations without being immediately diverted into the polarity of judgment of "l like..." or "l don't like." One is then able to stand in the moment, to withstand the experience of it as a calm, objective observer. We may be moved by an event but not thrown off-balance by it. Increased objectivity releases one from the expectations and attachment of how we think or assume something should be. It has proven to be a powerful tool for restoring and maintaining balance in the midst of ever-changing conditions. Nurturing self from the source of our individual and collective potential spans the range between our seeming limitations and our greatest assets. It enables inner and outer creativity to blossom into new undreamed possibilities. My adventure started with my childhood dream of giving expression through art to the beauty that is in and around us. To express the magical aspect of nature that always surrounds us on our planet was my wish. How to lend artistic expression to less tangible elements such as flowing water, blowing wind, or even a rainbow as it weaves through the landscape was my dream. Another was the longing to give expression to the less tangible, immaterial aspects of life such as the angelic or the fairy realms. My goal has always been to uplift people through awareness of the inherent beauty that is still part of our world. This has, and always will be, my life purpose, irrespective of any predominant worldview. ×