Poetry

TRUST

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Trust Trust God Trust the Absolute Trust Life Trust consciousness Trust yourself Whether it’s Him or Her or It or I It doesn’t matter how we conceive of the Transcendent Supreme Just trust that the ‘Power Greater Than Ourselves’ is at work In all things And although those things and those workings May be beyond our understanding Trust is the… Read More »TRUST

SOME THOUGHTS ON POLITICS THIS XMAS

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While faith has a political dimension Partisan politics is deeply divisive The faithful of whatever stripe Should cleanse their hearts of such division Individually we must include the ‘other’ Warts and all If our hearts are filled with self-righteousness And moral certainty Of the kind that condemns the other That abandons the other As fallen And unworthy Of love Forgiveness… Read More »SOME THOUGHTS ON POLITICS THIS XMAS

THE WAY

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I’ll show you the Way  But will you follow? The Way is no way The Way is silence and surrender The Way is no effort The Way is ‘stop!’ The Way is just this The Way is no more seeking Can you see the Way? Can you accept the Way? Or will you reject it? Wherever you plant your foot… Read More »THE WAY

THE IMPULSE TO SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

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The impulse to spiritual practice is the impulse to awaken so even if practice is wrong or poor or difficult or ineffectual it’s never misguided, and in the worst cases it can be redirected or transformed to better express the core impulse. All the prayers and mantras and chants are well and good but the urge to practice goes beyond… Read More »THE IMPULSE TO SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

HUMILITY

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True humility comes when you run out of strategies and realise that you’re powerless Surrender comes as a result of this It’s something that happens not something ‘you’ do This is the difference between prescription and description in spiritual teachings The seeker hears prescription Because it can only understand what it hears in terms of itself It’s personal It’s something… Read More »HUMILITY

GETTING IT

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The dichotomy dissolves Of subject and object Spiritual knowledge goes Spiritual persona goes Just this Whatever is happening Is it Doubt Is it Mental discussions About how this can’t be it Is it You can’t turn anywhere Touch anything Hear anything Feel, taste Without it being it There’s nothing that isn’t it And there’s nothing that can happen That can… Read More »GETTING IT

I, NATURE

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we are natural forms organic creatures more like trees and thickets than the straight, chiselled lines we’ve come to measure ourselves against it’s easy to forget and to distance + seclude ourselves, inside our toy boxes and tool sheds and coffins stone + wood from the earth but sawn + measured built to contain our spirit aah the perfect interaction… Read More »I, NATURE

JUST A POEM

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I don’t really notice much Outside Because everything that happens Happens in me Of me The flowers bloom In me The wind blows In me The hills roll and rise In me Like my bones And my blood And my breath All in me As if my body Were the universe itself And my breath The wind And the stars… Read More »JUST A POEM

FEAR

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The process (of awakening) requires us to face the most profound fear of our own annihilation or destitution To face that fear and continue is the challenge of awakening In the end there’s nothing we can do We either come to the edge and let go or we don’t Rather, it will happen or it won’t There is an inevitability… Read More »FEAR

FEEL

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Just feel the feelings Don’t deny them, don’t indulge them, just allow them to be Feel the fear, feel the anger, feel the grief, let it all come Let yourself feel the vulnerability all the way through Open yourself to it all, all the storms and weather of emotions and feelings rising in your being Whatever begs to be felt,… Read More »FEEL

NOTHING

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There’s nothing to do Nothing to think Nothing to drop Nothing to see Nothing to follow There’s no plan No strategy There’s nothing to believe Nothing to hold on to And nothing to let go of There’s nothing to hope for No future to come No past to understand There’s no right And no wrong No bad And no good… Read More »NOTHING