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, April 8, 2016

Hold Fast to Dreams, let go of expectations

“I like to think of psychology as soul-searching: you search your soul and you also search for your soul; and, of course, on the quest your soul is searching with you”
                                                                                      John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes, p. 231

I am all for soul searching
I want to be aware, even if it is painfully aware
of my soul

of that part of me which truly,
because it is the place where Sacred lives,
defines me

I want to find that place
(which can sometimes be difficult to find)
and delve deeply

who am I really?
what does it mean to be me, truly me?

this searching can be overrated and overdone
we can end up scraping away at our souls
we can become judgmental and rigid observers of our souls

rather than people who live from the soul
self awake
participants in our “one beautiful, unrepeatable life” (p. 235)

but still, any such endeavor is worth the risk

on my many treks into my soul,
here is one thing I have learned,
if nothing else

if I am going to come home to myself
and live from the soul

I have to let go of my expectations, always
but my dreams, never

I always need to keep hold of my dream of belonging
but must let go of my expectation about what that might look like

It is good to dream of success, or relevance, but I must let go of my expectations
about what success of relevance must look like

the soul comes up with its own definitions
as in Sacred Presence
we waken
to our own eternity

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