Thursday, May 21, 2015

Starting With Me

One of my main goals in life is to “know thyself”. Or to put in another way:

When you try to understand everything, you will understand nothing. It is best to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.
~ Shunryu Suzuki ~

Understanding who I am is deeply personal. It is also universal.  Daily life becomes a journey, full of the dynamics of relationships. When I was young I had the vision of a peaceful life, full of love, a life of happiness. I was a trusting soul. I still am and at times it feels like this is a detriment. I see the good in everyone, to the point of potential harm to my own spirit, because there are those who don’t have control over themselves and cause hurt. This is life, and I am learning discernment and how to draw boundaries out of respect for myself and others.

Once I left the shelter of my small home town and embarked on the journey into the Big World, I soon learned that my world can change in an instant and often does. I am continually surprised at the things that occur unexpectedly.  Many times I have asked the question “Why me?” There is no why, no answer except for realizing that I am here to play a role and by knowing and healing myself I help to change the world.

I believe in the power of sisterhood. Sisterhood has given me the strength to keep walking the path; sisterhood is the well from which I draw comfort and wisdom.  I also believe that there is a divine balance of the feminine and masculine energies and when this is attained we as a whole will have peace.  It begins with me.

“Women are the power and the very foundation of our existence in the world. When women lose touch with their real selves, the harmony of the world cases to exist, and destruction sets in.  It is therefore crucial that women everywhere make every effort to rediscover their fundamental nature, for only then can we save this world.  What today’s world really needs is cooperation between men and women, based on a firm sense of unity in the family and society. Wars and conflicts, all the suffering and lack of peace in the present day world, will certainly lessen to a great extent if women and men begin to cooperate and support each other.  Unless harmony is restored between the masculine and the feminine, between men and women, peace will continue to be no more than a distant dream.”

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi from her speech at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2001

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Power of Story

"Then what was felt deeply and never articulated, shared, or put in a context fades from conscious awareness.
Without words or names for an experience, memory is hampered. It's bit like not knowing how to access information that is stored in a computer.
Only when we have words that fit what we know deeply is it possible to contemplate the meaning of an experience."
p.52..Crossing to Avalon Jean Shinoda Bolen

It is my experience that what I know deeply although so often it is beyond words, still needs to be expressed. To process the truth of an experience, to honor my inner self and the universal connection is the desire that sparks the inspiration to create by the written word.

The power of story  is undeniable and is a lifetime’s work; a joy, a responsibility, and a fulfillment of purpose. It’s not about the fame and riches. It’s about art, life, poetry, and love.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

From the Archives

Excerpt from a blog post I wrote back in the spring of 2011:

I love words and expanding my vocabulary. I read something last night which was interesting. The book is called The Inner Voice by C. W. Sanders. It is a small book, more like a poetry chapbook, published in India. I have no idea where I got it. I collect old and unusual books from various places. It's been published 8 different times between the years of 1948 and 1983. I have the 1948 version. The following is from the preface:

"religion may be considered under two headings...esoteric and exoteric. Esoteric religion deals with spirit, bringing it freedom from mind and matter, now and not in the hereafter, its object being the uplift of the soul and its communion with God in this very life on earth. Exoteric religion aims more at ameliorating the condition and better in the status of its followers. It insists on the observance of religions duties, singing hymns, saying fervent prayers to please God, in the expectation of a reward in the hereafter."

"The word religion comes from the root 're' meaning 'back', and 'ligare', meaning 'to bind'...The Way which binds our soul back with God.

It is not my place to say one view point is different than the other, or than one is better than the other. I can, however relate to the esoteric definition. Oh, and I looked of ameliorating. To ameliorate is to make better or more tolerable.

Lastly, here is a beautiful poem by Guru Nanak

What is the good of running to the forest
To find the Lord?
He resides within you
And pervades all your being,
Yet is apart.
God is within you
As the perfume is in the flower,
And the image in the mirror.
He is deep down
At the bottom of your hearts,
There He must be sought.