Dive Deep Inside

The deeper you dive
Into the darkness and mud
The more exquisite will be
The jewels you discover

You may have to sift
Through much sediment
And endless dirt
Seemingly without end

But, by and by,
You will stumble upon
Such wonders
And magnificent treasures
You will be in awe

We are searchers by nature
And when our searching
Is turned inwards
Something incredible happens
And the secrets of the universe
Are revealed.

Image by Tú Anh from Pixabay

Reclaim Inner Authority

the power of presence
the discernment of mind
the feeling in the gut
the knowing of the heart
natural intelligence arising

all so easily given away
to imagined authority ‘out there’

now it is time
when the world is in disarray
to retrieve ourselves
and reclaim what was given away
find the seat of our power
and live from it.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Love as a Living Reality

Can we live
As though love
In its most profound form
Or awakening
In its most embodied truth
Was the most important thing in our lives?
Not second, not kind of, sort of,
But as an act of utter dedication
And when we forget or become triggered,
To return with an even greater devotion
Not berating ourselves or regretting,
But simply recommitting and deepening
There is only one way
To make love a living reality
And that is to live it as a reality.

Image by Admiral_Lebioda from Pixabay

I May Be Leaving WordPress – What Do You Think?

I am not quite sure yet as I have been very fond of WordPress over the years, and I appreciate everyone who likes and has liked my poetry.

But I am considering leaving WordPress and consolidating my focus and outpouring on substack.

I already have a presence there, and it works very well for me. I like the style and simplicity very much, and I cannot go on spreading myself out too thin and doubling up where I post. I am less and less on facebook as I actually dislike it intensely and they control who sees what poems depending on how much I pay, and I refuse to play that game. There is, as yet, no money in this poetry at all. I do it because I do it and it works and people get something from it. That’s it.

If I could be rewarded for what I do that would be wonderful, but I have tried Patreon in the past as a musician and it didn’t work. There is an option to be supported on substack but I’m not really looking to that…as yet (maybe in the future who knows, but I will always do most of my stuff for free).

So, I want to know what you think about all this, both for me and for you and generally. Do you have any thoughts? Feel free to tell me, or tell everyone, what you reckon?

Thanks for reading, and DO feel free to sign up and join me on substack.

Hold It In Sky Nature

This falling and rising
This joy and this despair
All this openness
And then some closure
Around experience
Some contraction
Carried from the past
Or even an ancient primal mechanism

That unwanted trigger
That surges through the body
Clouding the mind
Obscuring our presence

All the waves of being human
The endless stream of thoughts
Sometimes owned
Sometimes disowned
Sometimes wanted
Often unwanted

All the utter discomfort
And the resistance to what happens
The argument with life
And the constant seeking of solutions

And then the laughter, the pleasure
The relaxation, the connectedness
An appreciation of what we have
And a sense of goodness that flows through us

All this, all this and so much more
Seen and known by awareness
Held in consciousness
As the sky holds the clouds, the rain, the lightning
The birds, the butterflies and the mosquito
Yet interferes with none of them

What would we exclude if we had our way?
The discomfort? The contraction?
The sky doesn’t exclude the mosquito
Although it irritates all it touches

We must be cautious about our constant seeking
We may be hoping for a life free of discomfort
But that is a futile search
Best to open and become our sky nature
And hold it all lightly, like a feather
In the palm of our hand.

– Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

Dive Deep and Fly High

If you cannot reach deep into your soul
You will not be able to soar into the heavens
And we were made for both

To try and live in the middle world
Imagining it is safe is illusory
For its safety is a kind of death
Death by limitation and ignorance

We were born to dive into the deepest
And fly into the highest
And do not believe those
Who try and persuade you otherwise.

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SPEAK YOUR NAME

With dignity and strength
With softness and power
With vulnerability and resolve
With conviction and purpose
With the wounds
And the pain
Without loss or gain
Without ego or shame
Without pride of having arrived
Or the feeling that you didn’t belong

But with knowing you have a place
Despite what others may have said
Or what you may have believed
Despite all the conditioning
And injustice

You are called to
SPEAK YOUR NAME
Into the world
YES I AM HERE
AND I TAKE MY PLACE
Without anyone else’s authority
Or permission or approval
That is my inalienable right
And I claim it

This is such a powerful ritual to perform.

  • Image by 272447 from Pixabay