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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Living in Fear

Defense is frightening
It stems from fear,
Increasing fear as each defense is made
You think it offers safety.
Yet it speaks of fear made real and terror justified
                                Gifts From A Course In Miracles, Vaughan & Walsh

the barn cat is cornered
not by real danger
but by a puppy curious and happy

it wants to play!
What can  go wrong?

fear grows, bristling up the cat’s back
from fear comes anger
perhaps hate
(what is THIS THING doing in my barn?)

then sudden violence
swish, slash
ninja cat strikes

peace and joy

so too
in Palestine
Freguson, Missouri, USA

over and over again
fear evolves to hate
hate evolves to anger
anger evolves to violence

fortified people
hiding behind black masks
behind military gear and megaphones
and guns
rockets too

peace and joy interrupted

so too in our own lives
fear becomes hate becomes anger becomes
personal violence

we wear our own kinds of armor
and wield our own kinds of weapons
there is violence in hateful looks
in bitter words
in rejection and silence

peace and joy interrupted

perfect love
casts our fear!

Come O Sacred One
awaken us to your Presence
give us that peace
that can only come
from the inside

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