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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

enemies within

“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.”

Who are our enemies?
It is the Muslims?
The immigrants at the border?
Is it people of color,
Or those whose sexual orientation is different from mine?

Who do I need to fear?
From what do I need to protect myself?
Against whom, against what do I need war?

Perhaps the greatest enemies lie within,
and are those inner trolls of the soul
that blind us,
numb us
mislead us

Perhaps the greatest dangers are those things
that ooze up, out of our inner swamp
the greed and lust,
the lying, the abuse of power

unless we understand who our true enemies are
we will kill what is good and kind within us
we will erode out souls

and then we will join the crass throng
that calls good evil, and evil good

and crucify the true self
on the cross of blind desire and fear

and kill justice, and equity
hope and joy

and kill love
at the same time

there is another path
there is a better path
where, in meditation, in silence, in prayer
we come to that place
where we see ourselves clearly
and walk the path of truth, generosity, and love

Thomas Merton once said “I die by brightness and the Holy Spirit.”

Let us be drawn by the light into that place
Where we see what is real, and what is not
Where we see that is good, and what is not

And move from life to death
And in that dying to life
Have been overwhelmed and undone by the Sacred
And given rebirth

As a child of God

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