MY LINE IN THE SAND

And then one day I realized
I had to stand for something
It was my duty to find what mattered
And stand for it
I saw the erosion of our freedoms
The undermining of our truths
The collapse of our rights
And decided I had to say no
That’s not what I want for future generations

And so I made love my line in the sand
Not a weak personal interdependent love
But a ferocious love that does what it takes
To take care of what it values most,
The vulnerable and the innocent,
To take care of who we are
Like a precious child

Sometimes it feels as though our humanity is slipping through our fingers
Under a great, subtle, overt, conscious erosion
While we dally around
Preoccupied with our survival and our habits
Our phones and our apps

We may be the frog
That is slowly being boiled
Unless we stand for something

That’s my line, right there
I call it love.

– Thank you for reading. I don’t often ‘rant’ and it won’t happen again for a while but I feel compelled to state where I am at. I feel passionately that each of us is being called to our own bar now to ask us searching and deep questions about what we are prepared to do for what we truly value. I am responding to this call in the only way I know how. LOVE.

– Kavi

Without Love, Who Are We?

In these strange and unsettling times
We are being given a window
To look upon what world we want
For ourselves, our children and others
And maybe that means we need to ask ourselves
Some difficult questions
Without love as the root of our individual and collective world
Who are we
Without all that is born from love
Kindness, compassion, humility and courage
Who are we
Without this invisible bond of love
That glues us all together
In a thing called humanity
Who are we

We all know fear and what it does
We have tasted its power within us
And seen its effect outside us
It is an addictive drug that won’t let go
And the dealers know it

Without love as the ground of life
Who are we

So we must choose, again and again
To embrace love’s truth
And live it as though we mean it

Love is not a neutral thing
Or just some invisible essence
Or a badge we wear sometimes
It is a powerful and visible emanation
That is revealed always
It is not something to be embarrassed about
No…
If you have managed to become rooted in love
It is something to be declared
‘I am for love!’

For without love, who are we.

Search the World

Go ahead, search the world
You will find wonders and riches
Breathtaking vistas and majestic sights
You can climb all the mountains
Surf the highest waves
You can fly, dive and explore
Until you have seen everything
You can become a space traveler
And get to Mars
And that would be a wondrous thing
And bring you closer to the divine

But if there is an itch inside you
A longing for true freedom
You will never find it
In any of those things

For only the journey into inner space
To the center of the inner world
To the black hole of existence itself
That lies at the heart of each human being
Only that journey will bring you
The wisdom and peace you seek.

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Love is Trying to Find You

Love is always trying to find you
But you resist and resist
Saying you are not ready
But you ARE ready
You have never been more ready

Love is beckoning you to its door
And into its kingdom
But you say ‘I need to resolve this
And I can’t let go of this,’
And you hesitate at the threshold
Imagining there is more you should do or know

Love, your true home,
Doesn’t care about what you think
Or what you imagine
It comes at you, beseeching, begging, demanding

Give yourself once and for all to this inner calling
What do you have to lose?
Only the remnants of clothes you once wore
With pride and pomp
Only the threads of your worldly robes
That no longer fit or even suit you

Love is trying to find you
Surrender once and for all
It will be such a relief.

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The Beauty Always Here

The more tender and open we become
The more profound is the beauty
That reveals itself to us
The beauty is always here
It is us who are not available, for we are not here

Sometimes we may stumble upon this beauty
By grace, accident or great shock
Some have seen it in the space between life and death
Yet always these moments are fleeting
And leave us with longing and desire
To become established in that beauty, that love

And there the journey home really begins
The unravelling of what was once thought true
The meeting of ones darkness and what was denied
The falling, the grasping, the letting go
As the unknown looms large with great portent

And we may even become distracted for some time
By the imagination, as it dreams of what that beauty looks like
The mind is tenacious and hijacks everything
Including the truth, and it will tell us we know what to look for
And this detour may prevail for years

But by and by everything that is not the true path
Becomes a dead end

And we are left naked and vulnerable
And in that nakedness is our innocence
And in that innocence is the beauty
We so desperately sought
We must return to the garden naked and empty.

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Leaving the Dream World

The dream world is pernicious and insistent
Inside it you believe it to be utterly real
Everybody does, that’s how pernicious it is
And you have to be asleep to live in it

Upon stepping out of the dream
Either permanently or temporarily
You realize it is utterly illusory
And only offers a facade, an appearance
And that Reality is somehow hiding inside the appearance

This may well bring you to your knees
Shock you to the core
Totally undermine you
And completely mystify you
What you once believed, all your life,
Has turned out to be a false construct

But that’s it, once the spark has caught,
Once glimpsed, felt or experienced in some way
Reality calls you
The fire has started, the seed planted
The sails have been hoisted
And there is nothing you can do
But set sail

And then the journey really begins
That’s the true voyage
The one your heart wants
The one that speaks to your soul

And of course you will meet storms and tempests
Even monsters and dark shadows
But it will forge you and grow you
In ways you could never imagine

And pretty soon the dream will be far behind
And appear small and innocuous
And those still inside it, believing it to be real,
Will touch your heart
And your love will reach out to them
And maybe you will touch someone with your truth
And your tenderness.

WHY WE NEED TO GRIEVE

This poem is a call to grief
A call for us to throw off our defenses
To tear off the stony masks
That cover our pain
And to grieve innocently and fully
Wherever we are
Whatever our circumstances

We must grieve
To renew
It is part of the cycle of joy
Which is part of the essence of life
Grief is an acknowledgment
Of our humanity, our vulnerability
And our temporariness

Grief is the balm the ego needs
To soften its aggrandizement

And now we are here, at home,
Confused, angry, anxious, alone
Losing loved ones and strangers alike
We have always been losing loved ones and strangers alike
Death and suffering surround us

But now our fragility and our vulnerability
Are in true focus
The truth of our condition is here to be seen
And to be felt
We are fragile
And the web of life is fragile

We can’t pretend any longer
To pretend is to deny
And to deny
Is what causes us to bury our darkness
Deeper and deeper
Until it becomes a monster

My friend, don’t be afraid of grief
It is the doorway to beauty
And all that is real
Be afraid of falseness and denial
It will make you cold and brittle

We are in extraordinary times
When we are being reminded of the truth
That we cannot turn away from our humanity
Or carry on in our old ways
What an opportunity.

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Lovers Arise

Lovers, there is nothing left for us
But to arise
Everything has changed
Old realities have been torn down
Truth as we knew it is dead
And there is a gaping hole
A gaping hole in the heart of man
All holes eventually are filled
Nature abhors the vacuum

Lovers arise
You have nothing to lose
But your fears and your imagination
Nothing to let go of
But this low grade resonance
That binds you and tethers you
To an old paradigm

We are capable of extraordinary things
We can upgrade, we can fly
We can be powerful
We can let love flow into us and through us
We can make this spiritual seeking
A frequency change
Not sometime in the future
But now

Something is happening on planet earth
It has been on its way for a long time
Are we in the midst of it
Or at the beginning of it
Will things get more intense
Will everything external collapse
No one knows

But each drop of water
Each snow flake
Each cell in the body
Contributes to the whole
And is uniquely valuable

We get to choose our resonance
And if we don’t choose it
Others choose it for us
Lovers arise
There is a wave sweeping through everything

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The Mind is The Problem, Not the Solution

The mind is capricious
It is complex and untrustworthy
The mind is a story teller
That feeds on old wounds
And a vivid imagination
It is the carrot dangler
And the harbinger of doom
When left to its own devices
It will rule you, fool you
And overrule you

We are enslaved to mind
As to a narcissist king
Pretending to be
An innocent servant

Without insight, depth and humility
Without reflection and a deeper wisdom
Without empathy, compassion and heart
We are destined to be at war for many a year
Mind and against mind
Self against self
People against people
When we are at war with ourselves
We have no chance of being at peace with others

So I have to declare my call
Make peace with yourself, my friend
Stop fighting with your mind
It doesn’t hold the solution
You must go deeper into the unknown
Like some mythological hero’s tale
You will have to venture into the dark
And conquer demons and dark shadows
There is no other way than within

Only by liberating yourself from mind’s tyranny
Will mind come back into service as exquisite technician

Without this deeper inquiry
Man is but a beast driven mad by his own pain
Unable to be present
He projects his pain outwards onto the world
Telling himself stories he then believes
Without really knowing the truth about anything

Our moment is here,
We live in extraordinary times
When the unravelling of falsehood is possible
But only when we develop our warrior nature.

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I Am One

I am one
Who lives
On the ocean floor
Feeling everything
As it sways this way and that
Feeling the depth of things
Looking up at the waves
As they rise and fall
This life is part agony
And part ecstasy
A singular purpose
Of feeling fully
The weight of
The human experience

I am one
Who soars the heavens
As a free bird
Far above the fray
Touching the stars
In love with the sun
Gathering prometheus fire
And swooping down
To share its power
With those walk the land

I am nothing, just this
A silence that walks the world
Here for a time in form
Human, divine, animal, alien
I am in everything
And everything is in me
Humble and prayerful
Yielded all arrogance
And surrendered
To the sheer mystery
We call life.

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