The Art of Being

All this conditioning
This mental slavery
With its righteous beliefs
And rigid opinions
Obscures the natural light within
From pouring forth into the world

In this rather sorry state
Everything about us is functional
And almost robotic
There is no art of being
No inner beauty or radiance

A great sadness must arise
An inner intuition, a hunch,
That there is something more
It doesn’t matter what you call it

But it sets off a cascade
A movement from within
And an unravelling of the knots
That bind us to ourselves
A cleansing of the psyche
A great detoxification

Oh! this is the beauty of it all
The gradual unfolding of the wings
The waking up of the sleeping one
Don’t be in such a hurry
To get to the destination
There is no destination
Only mystery and falling
Into the unknown

This is the art of being.

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The Fire of Love

I walked away from my life
And into the fire of love
Following only the flame
No concern for self or future
Caught by an impulse
Led by a fragrance
Into the complete unknown

I gave myself to that fire
Oh! did it burn and burn
When you say yes to love
Everything that is not love
Turns up to the party for burning

Now there is nothing left of me
But this poetry
A phoenix arose from the ashes
This one
The same shape and style
As the old one
But transformed and different

I cannot explain the mystery
Of transformation
Or what love can do
When you give yourself to it

My life has been this journey
From innocence to fall
Endless years in the wilderness
And then the walking through fire
To come home to love
I am at a loss how to explain
Words fall short
And fail
We will have to leave it there.

Awaken Beautiful Ones

You first saw it when you were a baby
It was love, the truth of things
But, like everyone else,
That truth faded
Hidden by the mask of falseness
Before long the world of appearances
Swallowed you up
And took over
And you forgot the truth
You lived a life of forgetting

And then you began remembering something
And there was an itch you couldn’t scratch
You knew there was more
But you didn’t know where or how
And the search began

It took you over, the searching and seeking
Terrifying, exciting, challenging, heartbreaking
Facing things, facing hurt and pain
Stripping away the layers of falseness

Until you got a glimpse, for a moment
And there it was, LOVE!
It never vanished, it was hidden
The truth doesn’t die, it becomes obscured
At first the knowing came and went,
And left you frustrated and confused
But slowly slowly it stayed longer and longer
And soon love became your abiding state

And then wisdom arrived
And grace arrived
And then the mythic tale of our lives
Did show itself to you
And a great peace came upon you

Inside the world is love
It cannot die, it can only be obscured

Awaken Beautiful Ones,
We have some remembering to do.

I Stay With Love

While others stray off into righteousness
I stay with love
When they fall back into rigid beliefs
I stay with love
When fear strikes, again and again,
I stay with love
When mind screams ‘NO!’
I stay with love
Even when I hear myself
Railing against the world
And the cruelty and suffering around me
I stay with love

I discovered love
To be the only ground
Worth walking on
The only reliable guide
The only real truth I need
So I gave my allegiance to it
No matter what happens
I stay with love
Even if the world destroys itself
I will stay with love
It’s no longer an option

If you must have a mantra
Let it be this:
I stay with love.

The Path of Embracement

Although I cannot always promise hope
Or dangle any carrots of enlightenment
In front of your nose
And maybe sometimes we go to the bottom
And court the darkness together

Still there is always a loving tenderness
Always there is this compassion
For the human experience

I see your beauty
Your buddha nature
I see the love that you cannot see
A bitter sweet majesty
In all this suffering

The awakened heart sees all this
And through the tears there is joy
In the wreckage there is still dancing

There is no attempt here
To cover up pain or sorrow
No
Everything is laid bare to be seen
And in that seeing everything is embraced
And in that embracing is the peace we seek
Nothing is found through denial
Denial is the path of the ego
Embracement is the path of love

This is the path of love.

Meet the World Empty and Naked

Meet the world empty and naked
Give up your stories, they are prisons,
Meet the world as the silence you truly are

When you do this
Divine intelligence will offer you its gifts
And its grace
It will pour into the silence in you
And fill it with wisdom and beauty
Truth and compassion

You will become empty and full
The holder of life’s paradox
The embodiment of the universe

All you have to do is become naked
And offer that to the world.

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