awake in the self-forgetting

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Become the sky

Take an axe to the prison wall

Escape

Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.

….Rumi

a soul with a view

Inspiration arrives with an independent life of its own, overflowing with energy and newness. So light and unexpected, it seems to come from nothing and then disappear into nothing. Apparently generated by a superior intelligence, it is indescribable and can only be represented by metaphors, such as lightning, the breath of life, a divine voice. Creative inspiration shows us the thousand faces of beauty…..Piero Ferrucci

this intimacy with encountering and becoming allows a raw proximity to awareness, unlike our perceptions of a beatific renaissance….present and deeply unfiltered, knowing beauty by its captivity…..may this beauty find you hidden under your own wings…..

In his second book, ‘The Book of Hours,’ Rilke, age 30, offered a small poem without title:

I live my life in growing orbits

which move out over the things of the world.

Perhaps I can never achieve the last,

but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,

and I have been circling for a thousand years,

and still I don’t know if I’m a falcon, a storm,

or an unfinished song.

His astonishing metaphor of  ‘circling God- not knowing if he is a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song’ is extremely insightful about our movement from will to surrender in our time on earth. It’s hard to imagine how a 30 yr old might earn such deep knowing. Rilke uses images to describe levels of effort we invoke as human beings. He describes a physics of will here, and each image exemplifies a different aspect of will and surrender and the conditions that yield it. The images invite us to examine our own levels of spiritual presence. In your relationships, in your approach to life, in the way you circle God, what degree of will are you exerting? Are you a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished son? Are you gliding, disturbing, or about to be born? Are you exerting yourself to find an alignment with everything greater than you? Or are you a swirling disturbance creating havoc wherever you half-heartedly resist? Or have you found moments of total surrender in which you magically become the song that brings you and others alive? And just what is our healthiest relationship to will and surrender? How do we find it?…Mark Nepo

4 thoughts on “awake in the self-forgetting

  1. Pingback: Become the sky – Lead.Learn.Live.

  2. Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely these words are truer today than ever the day they were written …

    • grounding poem to soar with the falcon and digress into infinity…..like these shades of white, we hear many tones in the depths of our lives….this late Sunday eve, quiet in the heart allows the turbulence of day to unwind….will and surrender g.f.s…

  3. Pingback: I’m a falcon. A storm. Or an unfinished song? – Lead.Learn.Live.

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