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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



Monday, November 11, 2019

Love, or Not, your choice


" For evil give good,
hold no revenge ....
in the heart…
Your body will be
free of sickness,
Your life be blessed. "
                     - Baba Sheikh Farid
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We are making ourselves sick
With all this anger
With all this greed
With all this fear and hate

With all this resentment
And regret

It seems we can only hold so much garbage

All of these evils we carry
Seem to leak into our souls
Making us ill

we see it in people all around us
how they are dragged down
minimized by their pasts
and their fear of the future

how they are eroded by the need to dominate
and control
and use
and abuse

we see it
for they carry their sickness in their eyes
their words
their actions

we see it as they carry it in their bodies
as they walk bent
stiffly
painfully

burdened by the weight of it all

and we feel it, in ourselves
we too are part of all of this

we get caught up in it all
the anger
the pain
the hopelessness
the fear

we pick it up
we assimilate it
and regurgitate it (vomit anyone?)

we become participants
willing and unwilling

we pass it
replicate it
perpetuate it

but we don’t have to
we have a choice

to participate in evil
to respond to hate and anger in kind
or

to overcome evil with good
to tap into that deep will of love
that is God

to connect as vine to the branch
to the one who in whom we live and breathe and have our being

we have a choice
Martin Luther King Jr. said it well

“Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. . . . Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

The only way we truly win is through love
The only way we can love is if we are loved
If we accept the love of the Sacred, freely given, but not so freely received

So be loved
Let that love clean you
Let it see you free
Let it take out the garbage

And then
Love

Or not

Your choice


Sunday, November 10, 2019

stay connected


"Presence is the naked language of union, of being lost and found in the face of the other, or in Jesus,
the very breath of the Other... All you can do is stay connected.  We don't know how to be perfect, but we can stay in union"    . Richard Rohr

"If you remain in me and I remain in in you, you can ask for whatever you want and you're going to get it."   (John 15:7).  Jesus


It is all so simple
in its magnificent complexity

It is all so easy
as the hardest thing 
we ever try do

ah yes
it is confusing God

we want to be good people
better people 
your people

and we try so hard
we learn the rules
we seek to fool others, ourselves, even you

we deny ourselves
we immerse ourselves in goodness
we try
and work

and fail
it doesn't seem to work
we struggle
we feel alone
so very alone
we do what we would not do
and do not do what we would do
worse
we are not who, we are not what we would be

you must look at us lord
and chuckle a little
knowing that we have it so wrong
but finding it amusing that we try so hard

perhaps it is only after we have exhausted ourselves
that you gently say

"stop it all
stop it all you Martha's
and Stephen's
and (insert your name here)

Stop it
and come and just sit with me for a while
and let us find each other
let us be
just be
together

and then, maybe then
you will find that 
for which you have looked
and worked
so hard


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Values are important


Your fidelity to love, that is all you need.
No day will then match your strength.

What was once a fear or problem will see
Your coming, and step aside… or run.
                                         Hafiz (Landinsky, A Year with Hafiz, p. 184)
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What do we value?
What fires up our jets?!
What gets us up in the morning
And keeps us moving through the day?

Who is important to us?
What is important to us?

We have so many choices
We can value power, and its use

A the thrill of winning
That surge when we know we are in control
We dominate
We can make it happen
For ourselves

We can value money
And all that it can buy

We can value titles
And positions

But what we value shapes
How we live

And there are risks
Huge risks

If we lust for domination and power
We risk being abusive, perhaps cruel

If we adore wealth
We risk losing sight of people

If we crave position or possessions
We risk relationships, or health, perhaps even peace

But worse, we get wrapped up in fear
And we see others a threats
Or worse enemies

We hug resources to ourselves
And while pretending to be strong
We become weak

For there is nothing weaker
Than a fearful, abusive, hoarder

It is only when everything is driven by love
That we find true strength

The strength of Jesus
The strength of forgiveness
And compassion
And generosity
And service
And sacrifice

The strength that allows us to let go of all
to gain all
to let go of ourselves to find ourselves

love casts out fear
it transforms all it touches

What do we value?
What drives us?
What gets us up in the morning,
And propels us through our day?
What gives us the strength to endure?

love
Love
(the One Who Is Love).

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Scent of Light


Like a great starving beast my body
Is quivering, fixed on the scent of light
                               Hafiz
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Some days
even on the brightest of days
when the sun rises brilliant
in an autumn sky

my soul is searching for the light
in the hungering darkness
of greed and hate
in the murky morass of graft and dishonesty

my soul seeks for that nurturing power
that can bring it to life
and help it grow

most days I find it
in the rising sun
in the gentle lean of Finn the dog against my leg
in an act of generosity and compassion observed
it is there

in all the usual places

but in places unusual too
it moments of disappointment
when a moment of peace intrudes, unexpected

in moments of failure, when I realise
I can let it go
and move on

here is the raw truth

there IS good in the world
and there IS Sacred

which is light

there is that power
which over comes evil with good

and the scent of light
permeates all
all


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

small acts of kindness


“there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.

people so tired
mutilated
either by love or no love.

people just are not good to each other
one on one.

the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.

we are afraid.

our educational system tells us
that we can all be
big-ass winners.

it hasn't told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.

or the terror of one person
aching in one place
alone

untouched
unspoken to

watering a plant.”
Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell
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how many people walk through each day
with pain
deep down, soul deep

how many people have sought love
and not found it
because they were never taught
how to love and be loved

how many have had great dreams
only to have them disintegrate in
the harsh light of reality

how many people
struggle with loneliness
and failure
bitterness
resentment
event hate

there are so many walking wounded, Lord
and their anguish fills the air

it spills out on Facebook
and on twitter
an in Trump rallies

it is fed and nurtured by
all those who wrapped up in power and greed
neglect, and minimize, and worse

Lord, we are drowning in a sea
of contempt, helplessness
and apathy

Help us Lord, to leave no person untouched by love
Help us to leave no person unheard
Unacknowledged

There are medicines for this alienation
And loneliness

Generosity
Forgiveness

A listening ear
A feeling heart

Compassion and empathy

Small acts of kindness

And Sacred fueled love
Above all love

Is it that hard, Lord to love?
After all
We love because you first loved us (I John 4)

Monday, November 4, 2019

God, hidden in us - too hidden


Even the shadow of God is brilliant, so brilliant,
So much so even God has trouble looking at Himself as that …

Unless God is more disguised, hidden in illusion,
hidden as God can be, in us.
                                         Hafiz
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There are some things we simply fail (often)
to take seriously about God (Sacred)

we have our views of God
that are so limited and frail

little old man
cranky parent

god as arbitrary
and perhaps even cruel
certainly judgmental

we forget it seems
that God is Mother as well as Father
and forget that all our images are painfully limited

we forget that God is
so transcendent, so big
we forget that God is
so intimate, so close

we forgot God is love
that God is truth
that God is creative power
that God is light

and we forget
alas
that God
who is everywhere, everywhere

is also in us

We are carriers of God
Little pieces of Sacred are woven into our being

And the more we are open to that presence
The more we connect with that presence
The more we go deep, and become intimate
With our immanent intimate God

The more we shine

Maybe the world would be a better place
If the “Christ in Us’
Were not quite
So
Hidden


Friday, November 1, 2019

God is love


It is a great injustice and a monumental act of cruelty
For any religion to make someone fear God
                               Hafiz
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God is love
God loves
God forgives
God welcomes
God empowers
God nurtures
God accepts
God restores
God heals

Yes
God wakes us up
God makes us see what we don’t want to see
God changes us
And will not let us stay the way we are

But God is love
And God loves us
And there is nothing
We can do
About
That