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, January 17, 2017


You cannot perpetuate an illusion about another
Without perpetuating it about yourself.
              Gifts from a Course in Miracles, Vaughan & Walsh

overcome evil
overcome evil with good


how do we create good?
how do we create evil?

it becomes all about comparisons
and judgments
I am good
They are bad

I am righteous
they are evil

I am God’s beloved
they are god’s enemies

we create a world of contrasts and formulas
a world of black and white

it is a fragile world
hanging tenuously
and held in place
only by our ability
to hold on to our illusions

the illusion that we represent the God of love
as we fling spittle laden words of hate at another

the illusion that we are righteous
“Warriors of God”
when we give away guns to draw young men to church
and neglect the poor
and oppress those different than us

the illusion that whatever weaknesses or faults we have
are not important
compared to the flaws of “them”

the illusion that God is for us
and hates everyone we hate

it is false
this dichotomy
this belief that for us to be included in the circle of God’s love
they must be outside it
we can only be blessed if some are damned
for us to be right, they must be wrong

the truth
is that we are all in this together
all of us
doing the best we can
moment by moment

the truth emerges only when
we let go of our illusions
love is birthed
only when we can drop the fundamental delusion
that we are separate

and remember that we are one

in sin
one in fear
one in failure
one in success
one in joy

one in the sacred
“all God’s children” (thank you MLK)

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