Things to Think
Think in ways you’ve never thought before
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.
Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.
When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.
It’s what makes us human, this capacity to co-create the truth that sustains us from the stuff of our dreams and our lives. Bruised and battered by the inevitable misfortunes of life, aware of our shortcomings and discouraged by our delusions, distracted by and dissatisfied with the quest to satisfy immediate and temporary needs, we seek redemption in the truth creative work offers us. This truth may disturb or provoke. Sometimes our creative work shouts out our sense of aloneness and isolation and brokenness so we can remember ourselves and our world as whole, rediscover ourselves as inseparable from each other. But always, even when it mirrors what is hard, even when it disturbs and challenges, the truth of creative work celebrates the unending beauty and connection of life, which never wholly disappears. Creative work saves us from the smaller self, the self that looks at the world with a tight-lipped, narrow-eyed determination, the self that turns away from the softness and life-sustaining idleness, from the silence and stillness where stories and music and images, where necessary wisdom and unearned blessings, find us…..Oriah Mountain Dreamer
what is divinity in us if it’s not expressed? the life in all things unleashed…..our receptivity alights within that which is unborn deep within…..superficialities are broken….yet play remains….giving us the inner strength to let go of cynicism, to be alive and to nourish love…
We so long for Spirit to fill our souls that when we encounter it we often dance with madness. ‘The divine countenance is capable of maddening and driving all souls out of their senses with longing for it,’ Eckhart observes. Wildness is everywhere in our relationship with the Spirit. Who is in charge here? Certainly not we. Yet there is method behind the madness, peace within the wildness, love within the yearning that is mutual between Spirit and us. The artist teaches us to ‘behold’- to hold being, to hold being in respect, even irreverence, to hold being as something sacred, as something alive and imbued with Spirit’s intentions and love. To hold being up- all of it, the joy and the sorrow, the beauty and the ugly- so that others might behold it first……Matthew Fox