Humanity Reimagined

I have a dream
That says
We must reimagine ourselves
At this juncture of evolution
We, not just each of us,
But all of us together,
Must reimagine who we are
What we value
What we want most
How we want to be with each other
And how we want to be represented

So much has happened
In our recent history
Much of it laden
With mistruth and downright lies
Heinous acts, wars
Corruption we have never seen before
All of it as we are still infants
With the technology of superior beings

And now I believe we are existentially lost
And we don’t know who we are
Or what we stand for
We are chemicalized and polluted
Our immunity stolen
And our sovereignty overruled

Friend, we must reimagine ourselves
That’s what this spirituality does
It makes us re evaluate who we are
And what we stand for
What our purpose is
Who we really are
It’s not a luxury
It’s essential
And without it
I’m afraid we are like lambs to the slaughter.

– Photo by Jf Brou on Unsplash

Let the World Flood In

I let the world in
Bit by bit
Until it flooded
My entire house
As I drowned
I merged with it
And discovered
The world and I were one

What I was actually letting in
Was myself

And I saw that
It is tenacious thought
That divides and separates
Thought, funded by belief,
Sees a world out there
And a me in here

But thought is not the truth of things

Go deep into yourself friend
Let yourself fall beyond thought’s knowledge
There are more mysteries
To our existence
Than we can ever imagine
We take so much for granted
That is not so
And if truth or the divine
Wisdom or real love calls you
You will also discover what I have

At first it will bring you to your knees
Your tears will merge with your laughter
And humble your righteous ego
Beyond recognition
It completely transform your life
Your relationships and your purpose

But first you must let in the flood.

Image by Engin_Akyurt from Pixabay

Don’t Waste Your Precious Energy Now

Don’t just sit there watching the news
Surfing social media
Looking for signs of trouble
Increasing the stress on your nervous system

Don’t waste your precious energy

Use this time valuably
Develop your spiritual inner muscle
Through meditation
Or simple reflection
Through deep inquiry
Let the feelings you have
Go deeper inside
Explore new areas within
Sharpen your arrow of discernment
Develop your warrior-ship

Don’t waste your precious energy

Create, not just for sharing with others
But to express yourself
Your fear, anxiety, hopes, dreams
Write, paint, sing sad songs and cry
Or joyful songs of love and laughter
Find a way to focus, just for an hour
Get away from the distraction, the endless feed

Don’t waste your precious energy now

There is, in every experience, an opportunity
To look deeper at ourselves
To herald goodness, even in the appearance
Of what looks real bad

There is, in all, experience, a choice to be made
Where to focus our energy,
What to give our energy to
And we live in distracted times

Don’t waste your precious energy now
Use it to sustain and grow your inner garden
If you can’t go out, go in.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Come Back to Presence and Be A Master of Your Mind

Come back to what is true
Here and now
In this moment
Don’t follow your mind
So easily and so willingly
You are not a sheep

In these uncertain times
The individual and collective mind
Goes mad with its projections
And it’s imagination
And will buy into a million possibilities
None of which happen
And all which create fear
If you want to be a useful warrior
Be the still point of presence
And rest in the unknown
That is where your true power is
That is where your mastery is.

Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash

Surrender to the Deep

Where are you my friend
Are you struggling on the surface
Fighting with the waves
Trying to stay afloat
I don’t mean physically
I mean in your mind and heart
In your existential body?

I see everyone pulled to the surface
And on the surface is where
The righteousness happens
Fear does that, it leads to righteousness

Stop trying to understand it all
You will never be able to control it

There is wisdom and natural intelligence
To be discovered
When you let go
Even for a moment
And sink down
Into the deep
Picture the drowning man
Struggling for breath on the surface
Eventually he reaches a point where he lets go
And surrenders to the deep
What relief
What an incredible moment, to give up the fight
(This metaphor is very powerful and not intended to cause distress)

There is only so much that can be discovered
On the surface of life
To gain wisdom and the ability to see clearly
There is no choice but to fall
That falling itself is the journey
Of transformation
It’s not where you arrive that matters
It’s what you meet on the way
And how you face it
That forges you

Keep diving into the inner world
And let the outer world
Be as it is.

Image by Anja🤗#helpinghands#stayathome #solidarity#stays healthy🙏 from Pixabay

There is Goodness in This

There is goodness in this experience
If we can open to it and find it
There is a teaching, a blessing
Even in these anxious times

But we must dig deep
Down into the verticality
To the existential realm
Within ourselves

We must discover where our fear is
And what it is built on
Yes, we must find the foundations
Of our beliefs and our sense of self
And search in the mud
And in the darkness
And bring our honest inquiry
To what is true

To be trapped at home
Is imprisonment for some
And retreat for others
A suffocation for some
A reflection for others

I don’t know what the goodness is
We each have to find that for ourselves
Maybe it’s just the opportunity
To self reflect

I do know that the wise and the open
Will endeavor to find the blessing
In every experience
Even in the midst of hardship and fear.

Image by kangbch from Pixabay

On Our Knees We Grieve

I don’t want to offer you
False hope
Or magical thinking
I am not a ‘lets send prayers’
Kind of guy

I want to invite you
Into the deepest experience
To see clearly
How far we have fallen
Into an existential mire
And how only
A revolution of consciousness
And an evolution of relationship
With ourselves, each other
And all life on earth
Will fundamentally change things

This is not a band aid time
This is us laid bare
We get to see our good
And our bad
Our attention and our avoidance
We have set up fantastic systems
That are in danger
Of consuming our very souls
We neglect the earth beneath our feet
And our own emotional wounds
Little realizing they are connected

I don’t believe in false hope
I have discovered the only way
To transform is to embrace
And to embrace
We must be on our knees
Not in prayer but in humility

Today I sit,
Head hung down,
Tears falling
Heart heavy
Feeling the weight
Of the human experience
No medicine to cure it
No trying to avoid it
Just the pain of this grief
That comes with acceptance

I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you.