Waking the Sleeping Beauty

Each of us longs for love
It is our secret hidden desire
Not just ordinary love
But the kind of love
That opens doors
That have been closed for so long

We dare not even dream of it
In this cruel and mediocre world
Bereft of its wildness and beauty

We long to receive and give it
We long to walk in it and dance in it
It’s what we are made for
This innocence and openness
It’s the fulfillment of human destiny

I speak of that kind of love
Pure, true, honest, and open love
That lies deep in each of us
Waiting to be awoken

If ever there was a time
To awaken the beauty
That sleeps within
It is now.

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Masters of Love’s Surrender

We are masters, my lover and I,
Masters of falling, of beauty
Of tenderness and of love’s truth

We didn’t plan it this way
Grace anointed us
And we surrendered

She is a jewel in the mine
And I gladly serve that which shines

We are swimmers in the ocean
Moving this way and that
Sometimes like glorious fish
Or birds that play with each other
While life goes on around them

We are pioneers, adventurers,
Cosmic voyagers found their calling
To call others to openness and joy

We are tender hearted
Taking care of each other
As we meet the world
With its messiness and cruel ways

We are shiners, given to truth
Shining a light for others
Who long to find the way home

We are silence in the noise
Alone with each other
Yet with each other totally

This is the kind of love
It is worth waiting lifetimes for
The falling into each other
Without any resistance

Both of us fully awake
And fully love
An exquisite dance of form and form.

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.