Turn Off The World

My friend,
Turn away from your television
Put down the news
Ignore your social media
Just for today

Do not worry,
The trials and tribulations of the world
All this tumult and turbulence
All the fear and lies
Will still be there tomorrow

But you will have rested
In the space beyond information

We are being overwhelmed
By the deluge of world
Like addicts we imagine
We cannot live without our fix
Each of us glued to fight or flight
Nervous system meltdown
Exhaustion and depression
Anger and anxiety

So turn it off, put it down,
Rest your heart and mind
Remember your own true self
Still there, still beautiful, still pure

We must not let the world steal our presence
Or the constant fear mongering overwhelm our hearts
There are tests here for us all
And we must rise to meet them.

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FIRE IN YOUR HEART

There is a fire in your heart
I see it, smoldering and forlorn
But still it is there, waiting for the day
When it can ignite into beauty
And become its true self

Let this be the day
When all that has been denied
And pushed into the shadows
Falls into that fire
And comes home to love

Your longing is for that fire
But your fear is what stops it igniting
Holding on to what is past
All those old grievances
That have outlived their usefulness
And now just hang around
And pour scorn on the embers

There must come a time when you say
Enough, no more
No more allegiance to the endless stories
No more shoulds or shouldn’ts
No more enslavement to the voices

But a constant turning towards the fire
Giving those flames your attention
Until all there is, is the light.

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A Deeper Intelligence

There is a deeper intelligence that informs us
When we peel back the layers of falseness
When we surrender our judgment and righteousness
When we fall into our openness
And the heart is no longer defended
There it is, a natural intelligence
Clean and clear and authentic
That becomes our wisdom
And our guiding light
And even mind bows down to it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.