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, April 8, 2014

Lent 30 - Falling in to grace

"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are."
— Anne Lamott

ah sleep
so hard to find
when pain is a constant companion
sleep comes
but it is shallow and unassuming
and one never sinks
into that region where one finds true
rest and
dreams come

last night I dreamt
the first dream I can remember for oh so long
and there I was
a good guy
working with and standing up for people
whom some would hate
and others ridicule

an in my dream
in a moment
I made a mistake
perhaps for laughs
perhaps for deeper reasons
I did something that hurt the people I loved

and there was no return
the old sense of comradely trust
trust was gone

it was just a dream
but it reminded me that
in all of us
deep in our souls
there are those places unexamined and unknown
those places hidden, purposefully shoved
that all too often
suddenly find their way to surface

and there we are

there we are
we have said something
done something
and those around us look at us differently

sometimes puzzled
sometimes angry
sometimes, perhaps in disgust

there we are naked
our deepest soul revealed

and what matters at that moment
at any moment
is how we respond

we cannot control those around us
they will think what they think and do what they do

we can only control ourselves
and in that moment
the one thing we can do
naked before the sacred

is let go of what has happened
let go of this self that has been so suddenly revealed
let go of our old pretenses
let go of our failure

and fall
fall back into our true self
the self created to be
fall into grace

and rise again

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