Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Motivating Forces

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
                                                                                                            ― John Lennon
Some mornings one wakes up
and the day lies ahead 
ripe with expectation
one moves into the day like a child
who can hardly wait
for its unfolding

other days begin more ominously 
dread has come
and expectation has feld
and what remains is fear

a fear
that like a grim reaper
cuts down passion and joy and hope
and leave us standing in the wasteland

of what will be
afraid of life without love
afraid that we can no longer create
no longer make life something, anything

Perhaps it was the red sun


  1. Isn't the old biblical concept of awe about combining fear and love rather than separating them?

    Although there are many situations where we can't receive love, I can't think of any where we can't give it. And that fills me with awe.


  2. Well, yes, that was what the previous blog was about. In God transcendence, awe, and intimacy, love, come together.

    But perhaps, if we are deprived of love enough, we do lose some capacity to give. I am thinking of the nurture deprived babies we saw in Romanian orphanages.

    Of course we always have the "love" of the sacred, so if we can tap into that....