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In each of us is our dream, our desire. The striving, the process is the only thing worth the struggle. This is why we work at it. All else are diversions. They are but a tangent of the premise. Either the striving or the process finds the dream for us or we do not find it. The goal is unimportant. Goals can change. In the search, the striving, we will find our Self. And we may find nothing but compromise with the Earth, the Heavens and our Self. But because of the striving we then put all of us a step closer to brotherhood in the making. And the next generation will find a depth, a richness and a spirituality just where they are and will build on what was a dream. They will find no reason to tear down but every reason to enlarge the dream and depth of it.
It is not only the way of the world. It is the way of the Universes for life everlasting. To learn the rudiments, to learn the process puts the mystery back where it belongs. Within the godhead and in the being who is part of the godhead. The Divine spark resides in man. Not only are we human but divine. We are in God. It is no longer appropriate to qualify ourselves as only human. We are more. We must bring the god premises down to where we are or lift ourselves up to where we think they are. And our lives must reflect the highest and best in us.
Some are given greater glimpses, more in depth visions of greater scope. But they are still only glimpses. We all are given those moments when we know we are more than what we appear. What it means is that from where we are, we are to pursue in depth what it is we require to bring the greater vision to us and give greater meaning to who and what we are. We then are able to reflect it in who we are and what we do. It is no small thing we are asked to do.
It is not only our world we must concern ourselves about but all worlds. Those yet to see the light of day but also the mysteries of night.
Hear the bird sing.
the guttural sound
because the ethers
are not light enough
to carry her notes.
She swallows her song
and it is forever stilled.
In The Morning
Today is the day
I will preen my feathers,
open my wings and fly.
Today is the day
I will breathe the elixir
of rarefied air
and bring to me
All That Is
into a heart grown weary.
And then I will find
the power to change
the course of mighty rivers
and give impetus
to dreaming children
who are content to sleepwalk.
In all this,
I will find the
crystalline gestures exquisite.
And dawn will break the crystals
and the children
will pick them up
I learned something. I learned to ’bless the experience’.
For if the experience has been a negative one,
has left me with a hurt so deep, has filled me with anger,
then I must bless it. For in the blessing I remove
its power to hurt me again. I leave it impotent, unable.
I’ve taken the wind out of its sails and
there it sits, blessed for the teaching,
but unable to wield power over me again.
If the experience is a positive one, I bless it.
In like manner, it will remain powerful and upon recall,
able to confer its goodness time and again.
In my thinking happily on it,
I will automatically bless it again.
Life is a blessed experience, all of it.
Bless it generously and gratefully.
It teaches us magnificently and impartially.
These are the magic words. For in the unhappy experience
we are taught swiftly and surely and must bless the lesson.
In the happier one our pleasurable memory is our
reward. In blessing all of it, we make our truce with life
and secure our place in it forever.
If you do not intend to look back,
it’s best to remember to lift the plow.
Wishes are as potent a force
as fishes swimming in live water.
Under adverse conditions, we become
more of what we are.
To think is a holy obligation.
Nothing gets done in this world unless a somebody’s
back breaks, a somebody’s legs ache and at least a
somebody’s mind splinters and a heart rips apart.
The world no longer tolerates the thinkers. They have
become recluses in ribbons of concrete.
The thoughtful ones cannot find a place to be asked a question
requiring the time to raise their eyes unto the hills and back for
a reflective answer.
The visionary has the look of one used to focusing on
the horizon. I would place my life in the hands of a visionary.
He /she will be around for the long haul as a participant in the vision.
In its lucent light,
riding high in orbit,
the moon casts spears
arching toward the groves
trading their veracity
for a moment of magic.
The night dissolves
the shaded parts into blackness.
My eyes linger
on the luminescence,
on the silent sterling
of those branches
lifted to catch the light.
And remind me
of the noble vigil
of the humble dusty milleron a hot August night.
A one sided effort does bring results. Even when it appears to be a lost cause, it is not. That someone cares enough to do what needs to be done is never a lost cause. There cannot ever be a lost effort to do good in the universe. That would be an oxymoron, a contradiction. The ability to see this is paramount. Even when no words are spoken there needs to be someone who cares enough to help expedite matters. If there is not, it is a fruitless life. But should there be caring, there is hope and a chance for life again.
Even those of lesser stuffs, those stuffs are only lesser because of the parameters set by others. Take the parameters away and there are no limits for good. And that is what good is all about, what gods are all about. Within the person there are no limits for good. What is life sustaining and life giving wherever the need is, is good.
When we wander through the mental houses of those we care about or are responsible for and find much that we would like to help with and then decide not to, the ‘then not’ means we wash our hands of the matter. To wash one’s hands of the matter is to relegate all to the dung heap. If the one who can do something about anything finds the matter too sticky, the flies will be attracted and the matter will deteriorate and rot. The purpose of keeping on, keeping on means that the people are still worth the effort. As long as a some one cares, there is hope. Just one to care is needed. Just one.
And often we are that just one someone.
In my mind I am still in the midst of the Big War as my generation called it. I am collecting my belongings, gathering them closely under my long, big black coat and huddling close to vacant buildings. The snow is dirty with footprints and other soot beneath my feet and I long to have it disappear so I will not be so apparent in contrast. Across my head mortar fire pierces the cold night and I stumble. I think I am dead. My possessions are scattered and there is no life without them. They exemplified my personhood and now I am not even an idea.
Again, there is another skirmish, still from another time. A speaker stands among the multitudes and is giving forth an idea to clothe man’s mortality, he says. ‘I give to you Spirit, for without its recognition you continue to think you are nothing.’ My life is just fine I think and my catcalls and railing against him yields only to my spatting at him and running him through the village. I followed him and made his life miserable till we both died.
I stood watching my young son in a high collared uniform one day at smokey tracks as the long train waited for the boys to board. I stood by impotent with grief as he gazed into the face of his young love who held her upturned face with a hand firm on her straw bonnet. The pain etched in both faces stays with me still. Too old to battle that war, I battled others.
In triplicate sometimes. A young man waged stop-gap measures in a series of events with eyes that held pain written before this century began to fulfill itself and thought only this life brought insurmountable problems. Others in great numbers have incurred wounds that modern medicine with all its magic cannot even begin to heal. And others whose mail is addressed to places I cannot pronounce leaves no recourse but to worry about the uneasy state of affairs. But I know war and you know war, too.
But I do not worry unduly. There are places in my memory box which are unleashed and in dreams I am enmeshed in wars which only the history books have access to. My age precludes my participation in the earliest skirmishes, we are taught. But I have the details written in my genes. I have the human interest stories etched on my heart because I was there. And you were, too. We have fought the enemy and continue to fight him. He is our kin. He is our brother. He is us. I am he.
Negotiating earth oceans is not the same as navigating
Nature is such that never is a dream dreamed without
the dreamer being given the ability to make it manifest.
Dream your dreams for if you do not dream them
they will go begging.
The highest framework we can choose is one by
which the heart is healed.
Find the bread for the day and you will
be able to provide the butter.
In the beginning we were before we are.
Slowly we shake their cocoons
and the butter- flies.