Trust the energy that
Courses through you. Trust
Then take surrender even deeper. Be the energy.
Don’t push anything away. Follow each
Sensation back to its source
In vastness and pure presence.
memories of those times in our lives we say ‘yes!’ haunt us in the folds of confusion, reticence and fear…..our steadfast gleanings to move slowly and with tenderness serve us well in the million-miles-away-from-bliss times….the texture of our lives is woven with emotion, vulnerability and keen awareness…..
Deadly nightshade, stinging nettle, poison ivy, bittersweet. They are rampant, profuse and clever in camouflage. Tucked under other plants they wind through bushes and trees affirming, it seems, their right to be part of, if not to dominate the garden. As much as I pull them out, they are back every year, ready to participate, to climb up healthy plants and choke them, for that matter. Why should they not have their bit of sun, their piece of heaven? Even now at the top of the evergreens the bittersweet reaches into air with a languid tendril, searching for further purchase. Their persistence is staggering. Their insistence is awesome. Could we be as robust in pursuit of our connections, spiritual or otherwise, as they are of their growth? I give these vines due respect, and I also pull them. They will be back as will the deadly, the poisonous, the bitter, the stinging parts of myself. They are the tendencies that live in my inner garden as much as they live in the backyard. I must admit them. I must watch them. In time, everything adjusts and comes to new balance. When the host is exhausted, the parasite dies. The laws of nature are just and inexorable. They are fundamentally kind……Gunilla Norris
Here in this suffering, all previous beliefs are called into question. They are consumed in the fire sparked and fueled by our own illusion. The pain becomes the ashes we are now entombed in. It is only when we find ourselves at this most imprisoned of junctures that we emerge again, the phoenix of our very life which is ever so much more beautiful then the last one……Teal Scott