Leaving on a journey of initiation.
I took a purifying bath
of lavender and epsom salts,
lit four candles,
called on four archangels
and prayed for guidance.
Let me die to who I was
so I can become
who I was born to be.
Let me surrender what I knew
to make space for what Spirit
wants me to know.
Let me look with the eyes of love.
Let my heart open wide
and my courage be expressed
for the highest good.
I go to sit in ceremony
with the Mother.
I ask her to take me into her arms,
shake from me the excess
and reveal the tender sweetness
of raw, vulnerable being.
Pray for me.
I’ll see you on the other side.
When I stop
for just a moment
a window appears
and I remember
how much freedom
I really have
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Deep breaths and trust,
Ah…just a few days of NaPoWriMo left, and then I’ll most likely go back to my free verse, whatever is on my mind daily poetry practice. But for today, I’m going for the challenge of attempting to tell a story backwards, as suggested by today’s prompt.
She thanked everyone, put her hands together at her heart,
bowing, signed off, and closed her laptop.
They listened and laughed and shared some more:
their surprises, their inspirations, their challenges,
what moved them.
She shared her surprise at feeling tenderness
toward a challenging individual
as she visualized holding him in the warmth in her own heart.
They laughed and shared within the circle
of spiritual friendship, supported
by faith and the sincere desire for communion.
Closing her eyes, she listened to his voice
guiding her back to her heart,
diving in, being caught by a web of gratitude.
She was greeted with warmth and kindness
by those who were thousands of miles away.
She called in a few minutes before the meditation began.
It’s possible to know yourself so well
that you don’t have to think
the same old unconscious thoughts
It’s possible to cultivate
such a deep sense of curiosity
for this self that is you
that you no longer have to look outside
to find the thrills you were seeking.
Do you know what is truly thrilling?
Facing the old demons
and watching them disappear
to reveal the beautiful self
that was there all along.
It’s as if you had lived your whole life
in a place thick with cloud cover
and then one day the clouds are gone
and you finally see the sun.
What is this blinding brightness?
It is YOU, seeing yourself for the first time.
Just make a little time each day
to seek the light within;
It is there,
as surely as the sun is there
behind the clouds in the sky.
Find your light and let it shine.
The world waits for this sunrise,
the dawn of your self-realization.
It’s so tempting to think
enlightenment is the goal,
the result of doing the work
walking the walk
becoming a better person,
is just the beginning.
On the path of awakening
we realize how very little
we actually know
and our eyes,
all become a little more open,
a little more clear.
In this space,
the light has enough room
to shine through
and reveal to us
exactly where we need
to be working,
in this moment
we cannot know
This spacious not-knowing
lifts away the heavy darkness,
makes us light.
This kind of enlightenment
is the beginning
of yet another journey.
When digging a well,
you want to choose a place carefully–
just the right spot–
and then dig like hell.
Don’t stop digging when you hit some rock…
If you stop every time it becomes difficult,
you’ll never strike the source
of life-giving water
for which you have been longing.
You’ll end up digging little holes everywhere
and getting nowhere.
Dig through the rock.
The rock is a sign you are getting somewhere.
So keep digging.
Someday the water will spring forth
and gush and fill the whole place
with clear pure thirst-quenching goodness.
So it is with your spiritual awakening.
Choose a path that rings true in your heart,
commit, show up,
keep at it.
You will dig down deep.
You will dig through the darkness.
The light will shine forth
and quench the thirst no water could touch.