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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

On fear and Love!

Ah love
We love it
And God agrees

Love of self,
love of neighbors,
(in that order)
Are the greatest things we can do

Oh, let’s not forget love of God

But love is a tricky thing
We can't love others until we truly love ourselves

Not just pieces of ourselves
The parts that are light
And joyful
And generous

But our whole selves, good and bad
Strong and weak
Spiritual and earthbound

When we aren’t “in love”
We miss love
We don’t see love's expressions
Love can hit us between the eyes
And we won’t notice

Those around us can ooze
attraction, focus, absorption,
 desire, adoration, security,
trust, empathy, caring,
and we won’t see

God can offer communion and joy
And we won’t accept

Because of one great enemy

Fear always trips us up on the spiritual path,
and it surfaces most often around the practice of love.

We are afraid to love
We worry that nobody will love us back.
We put performance measures on the love we give
We doubt the strength, the endurance of the love we receive, fearing we are not enough

We fear that we will never be deeply love
We fear that we will never be able to truly love
We fear that we will hurt
We fear that we will be hurt

So we run
Or we hide

This is where love of God, received and given, comes in.

Hafiz in his weird wisdom suggests the following ….

"Sit down with a name of God on your tongue,
Or let your spirit arms reach within and embrace
something sacred there; you might begin to shine.
All that lives in the shadows, all names and forms,
will then run from - or bow to - the king of the jungle, your soul your soul...."

Jesus said it a slightly different way…
“the secret is this, Christ in us”

go inside
and find the sacred within
and find the "created to be you......

go inside and find the love you need

this truly is the antidote for fear
and the secret of love of self
and others

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