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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Staying Silent

I have often heard
that the best way to be a healer is to listen

that it is not our words
but our presence

That it is in the silence
that we are able to reach out
and heart to heart
soul to soul

touch brokeness
and begin the process
of metamorphosis

bringing back into being
essential humanity

But here is the question
How do we learn to be present with our selves

To day I went for a walk
in the hot dryness of this August afternoon

Walking down the road I watched
silently as my feet touched the earth
 and the dust exploded

It was hard to be silent
even with myself
I had so many questions
floating around in my head
thoughts exploding like the dust

Why not?
What should I do?
How can I solve that?

So many questions
And I did not want to be silent
I wanted to answer
To fix
To solve
To resolve


 But sometimes there are no answers
And at times there are no solutions

Only the questions
To be honored
and loved
and lived


"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”   Rainer Maria Rilke


  1. Besides, you can't hear the answers unless you are silent and listening.

  2. Quite true
    I like what Rilke says.. sometimes you can't live the answers
    yet... :)

  3. Answers unfortunately do not come as quickly as the questions but they do come not on our time line but in the designated time of God and that is normally just when we need it the most. Learning to live with unresolved questions but TRUSTING through faith or be it experience because it has been answered before that is what I call walking with the LORD. Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. this is where ONE Day at a time came from but I like "The evil is sufficient unto the day". There is enough here and now and that is all we really have except for hope for tomorrow and the regrets of yesterday and knowing God is there in all.