What emerged today

After decades of reading, workshops, teachers, practices - a moment comes that announces itself as "ENOUGH." The ground has been tilled and (sometimes) overly planted. So - some weeding is necessary for the new insights/directions to emerge from your own inner ground.

AWAKENING and LISTENING to new capacities growing within - NOT thinking or feeling - but listening for the deeper more subtle meaning in sensations, dreams, encountering all the concrete realities of nature/our own nature, embracing whatever it is we find beneath our own habitual surfaces - and staying, staing present - making a hearth for our own fire.

These words from logion 42 of the Gospel of Thomas came into my mind in face of the U.S. election result. The really shocking piece, is that - as the U.S. as we thought we knew it passes away - for that is definitely what is happening - we are all passing away, all of us who believe and depend and benefit from that mighty nation.

So...what is coming into being? I begin to suspect that if we focus on that question, carry it around inside with an opening for light and insight, not respond to it too fast, what is trying to come into being will make itself known, be it a sobering reality, a greater light, and - most of all - a better, truer way than any of us have been living.

What did you do today?

I lived.

(me)

To serve the angels

establish your Eden

in the crux of the world.

Love lies dreaming

in the duties of the day.

(James Broughton, in "Little Sermons of the Big Joy")

Less than a year ago, I was asked to help a friend find her way around Facebook. I had no idea, but we worked on it because she needed to take a course on someone's Facebook page.

Gradually over the year I became more and more amazed at the postings that were not just of kids and animals (those are good too) but seeing how Facebook - at least the stream of friends in my communication circle - is really a subtext (and a positive one) of global awareness.

Some of us have almost stopped watching news of any kind this year - only the most obvious essentials - because it is ALL disaster, ALL violence and war-oriented, ALL critical of one person or another, especially during elections. All designed to escalate fear and anxiety if one is not careful and selective. Automatic news-watching is the worst. No reflection on what effect it is having, personally and globally.

But FaceBook for me creates a daily subtext of what is seldom if ever reported on any "news". People helping people; being good to the poor and homeless; creative celebrations; world events and positive ways of seeing people and things rather than entirely negative. And not to forget those things that are NOT reported on the news and yet need to be heard, negative or not.  FaceBook is not controlled by anyone who would benefit from that control, and is therefore closer to the voice and values of ordinary people than any newscast of whatever network.

Latest comments

30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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18.03 | 17:38

Edith is our mentor and prophet for the times she knows we are trying to let go, be freed from whatever impedes growth,goodness and giving!

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