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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sacred Seed

If we and our partners, our families, want not to suffer, not to be caught in blaming and fighting, we can sign a peace treaty.  We say, “Darling, I know there is a seed of anger in you.  I know that every time I water that seed, you suffer and you make me suffer also.  So I make the vow to refrain from watering the seed of anger in you.  I promise.  Of course I also promise not to water the seed of anger in me.
                                                                                                     Thich Nhat Hanh, Reconciliation, p.85

Each of us carries inside us “seed”
Thoughts and feeling unformed
And yet with the potential of blossoming

Into something very real and powerful

There are the seeds of anger, despair, fear and hate
And also the seeds of compassion, hope, and understanding

The seeds stay there, until something touches them
Until one way or another they awakened

Ah, then the fun begins

For far too often we water those seeds
Allowing them to bloom and grow
And soon our souls are filled with weeds
(we all know about weeds)
Uncontrolled and pervasive

But we have other seeds
And we can water them as well
And the more energy we put into cultivating those seeds
The more we can liberate ourselves
For those things that would choke our souls

It is not as much that we fight them, as we embrace them
We surround our anger and hate with love and acceptance
And thus they are contained

And then there is that one seed that is the most critical of all
The seed of the Sacred
That capacity to connect with and be embraced by the divine
The ability to let our inner space become Sacred space
And become Sacred Children

This is the seed we must nurture most of all

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