for this week’s celebration of sharing a picture worth a thousand words of the astonishing light of your being, i am going to piggyback on earth day since we know every day is earth day and bring into this moment a beautiful memory of when His Holiness was in Portalandia for an Earth Summit…
when i see the Dalai Lama with that characteristic grin on his face and feel the bubbling joy of his being, i re-member a my relations carry the divine spark within the ground of our being…
when tired or lonely or in darkness, may we remember the Dalai Lama’s thoughts, words, and smiling joy on awakening….
May I Be a Guard
May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and the sky
Until all beings are free from sorrow
And all are awakened.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
in closing, as i close each day…
From today onward
Until the attainment of enlightenment
May I be willing
To live with my chaos and confusion
And that of all other sentient beings.
May I be willing
To share our mutual confusion
And work incessantly and humbly
To help and elevate everyone without exception.
Tibetan Prayer from Light the Flame
dancing in the center of the still point, the heart medicine wheel
always whirling and twirling in the rhythm of the divine cosmic reel…
earth day 2017… forty-seven years of our consciously walking the green path… in this moment, this beautiful moment, i’m re-membering the first one in 1970 and feeling the passion and excitement of that day right here, right now… i turn to another Berry today on this day of praising the earth, another eco poet, environmental activist and sacred sage of farsightedness to walk with us home along the green path into beloved community…
may we live the dream of the earth…
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth As Sacred Community
“It takes a universe to bring humans into being, a universe to educate humans, a universe to fulfill the human mode of being. More immediately, it takes a solar system and a planet Earth to shape, educate, and fulfill the human.
We can explain nothing if we cannot explain the whole. Our explanation of any part of the universe is integral to our understanding of the universe itself.
…we must think about and respond to the urgency of a renewal of the integral community of life systems throughout the Earth. Renewal is a community project.
What is needed is a new pattern of rapport with the planet. Here we come to the critical transformation needed in the emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, and religious orders of life. Only a change that profound in human consciousness can remedy the deep cultural pathology manifest in such destructive behavior. Such change is not possible, however, so long as we fail to appreciate the planet that provides us with a world abundant in the volume and variety of food for our nourishment, a world exquisite in supplying beauty of form, sweetness of taste, delicate fragrances for our enjoyment, and exciting challenges for us to overcome with skill and action. The poets and artists can help restore this sense of rapport with the natural world. It is this renewed sense of reciprocity with nature, in all of its complexity and remarkable beauty, that can help provide the psychic and spiritual energies necessary for the work ahead.
We come into being in and through the Earth. Simply put, we are Earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfillment. At its core, even our spirituality is Earth derived. The human and the Earth are totally implicated, each in the other. If there is no spirituality in the Earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.
We need a spirituality that emerges our of a reality deeper than ourselves, a spirituality that is as deep as the Earth process itself, a spirituality born out of the solar system and even out of the heavens beyond the solar system. For it is in the stars that the primordial elements take shape in both their physical and psychic aspects. Out of these elements the solar system and Earth took shape, and out of Earth, ourselves.
In our contemplation of how tragic moments of disintegration over the course of the centuries were followed by immensely creative moments of renewal, we receive our great hope for the future. To initiate and guide this next creative moment of the story of the Earth is the Great Work of the religions of the world as we move on into the future.”
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
in celebration of earth day today, i venture out to see the Portland premiere of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry which is beautifully filmed in the land of Berry’s birth where he makes his life as a farmer, writer, poet, and environmental activist… such a lovely honoring of earth…
every day is earth day… as we approach the forty-seventh year of global celebration in this space of great turning and cosmic rite of passage, i find myself listening on this day of poetic peace pilgrimage to prophets, poet activists…
Turning to One Another
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
~ Margaret Wheatley ~
flowing in beauty in the center of the wheel
re-membering, real-eye-sing only love is real
all my relations are teachers to me
inspiring compassion as the way to be
thank you, thank you, thank you words rise up to sing
being one with celestial bells that resoundingly now ring
proclaiming a universal message to all my relations
to love one another as the highest of vibrations…
so many miles traveled in the course of this day, so many moments of being present and true, so much trust in and surrender to divine flow… an ordinary/extraordinary day of simply showing up wholeheartedly to align with beloved who shows the way through logjams and oil spills and detours of a dark and unknown terrain… a day of celebrating traversing the narrow passageway to the freedom of the other shore, a day of communion with spirits, visible and invisible, a day of love and light giving rise to our one heart soaring in liberated flight…
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
on this easter monday, i feel like a frog on a lily pad in a beautiful reflecting pond basking in the glow of the central sun as raindrops gently fall in a rhythm of timelessness, the space of re-membering all moments of resurrection from the dawning of the cosmos and celebrating them all in this moment, this moment of divine indulgence when the greatest service to offer the whole is simply being love now and now and now…
i’m imagining/seeing/feeling all our relations celebrating this moment as the only moment and the moment where we are all lasers beaming love… what a wonderful world, truly, a world filled with wonder and awe, a world we can deeply appreciate as we emulate frog’s pregnant pause and simply breathe in light and breathe out love…
yes, may we all experience the profound peace of the inner flowing wave and the rapturous joy of a field of dancing sunflowers in this moment, in every moment…
how perfect it is that sharing a picture worth a thousand words of the astonishing light of your being falls on this day of celebration of resurrection and ascension, of the uniting of matter and spirit, of being reborn, of being in the world but not of the world…
take a good look at this picture of yourself and see your true nature, who you really are… breathe it in deeply to all your wild cells… paste it on your bathroom mirror, your computer screen, your smart phone and most importantly, in your heart, in our one heart…
now, may we all celebrate by dancing to the music…
today i rest in the tomb feeling like sleeping beauty or a coming of age being who goes out alone in the wilderness to crawl into a hole in our earth mother and call for our name, our true name after going through crucifixion, dismemberment and facing our deepest fear of dying by “dying” before we die, dying to a fearful existence and opening the heart to all that comes and in such radical surrender, arising into a new way of being, a new life… life everlasting real-eye-sing there is no death, we and all our relations are immortal, called with every breath to invisibly arise and transform…
Earth, isn’t this what you want: an invisible arising in us?…What is your urgent command, if not transformation?
— Rilke, Ninth Duino Elegy
on this good friday, this day of crucifixion, i contemplate Rilke’s question as a centering thought and turn to one of my transformational teachers’ words of wisdom…
Nobody who finds himself on the road to wholeness can escape that characteristic suspension which is the meaning of crucifixion.
For he will infallibly run into things that thwart and “cross” him:
first, the thing he has no wish to be (the shadow);
second, the thing he is not (the “other,” the individual reality of the “You”);
and third, his psychic non-ego (the collective unconscious).
The Psychology of the Transference Collected Works 16 Paragraph 470 ~Carl Jung ~
Yet, although the attributes of Christ (consubstantiality with the Father, co-eternity, filiation, parthenogenesis, crucifixion, Lamb sacrificed between opposites, One divided into Many, etc.) undoubtedly mark him out as an embodiment of the self, looked at from the psychological angle he corresponds to only one half of the archetype.
The other half appears in the Antichrist. The latter is just as much a manifestation of the self, except that he consists of its dark aspect.
Both are Christian symbols, and they have the same meaning as the image of the Saviour crucified between two thieves.
This great symbol tells us that the progressive development and differentiation of consciousness leads to an ever more menacing awareness of the conflict and involves nothing less than a crucifixion of the ego, its agonizing suspension between irreconcilable opposites.
~ Carl Jung ~
suspending across the tensions of the opposites, letting go of everything is indeed not a path for the faint of heart… as Jesus tells us…
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24)
when one does answer the call to take up the cross, the symbol of wholeness, and walk the path of individuation crucifying the illusory egoic identity, one opens the portal to the SELF, sacred space of nothing/everything, cosmic consciousness, a sense of immortality, a uniting of the opposites bringing us to the doorway to heaven…