digging deep in earth to find sky

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Happily may I walk. Happily, with abundant dark clouds, may I walk. Happily, with abundant showers, may I walk. Happily, with abundant plants, may I walk. Happily, on a trail of pollen, may I walk. With beauty before me, may I walk. With beauty behind me, may I walk. With beauty above me, may I walk. With beauty below me, may I walk. With beauty all around me, may I walk. Wandering on a trail of beauty, lively I walk……Navajo Chant

to be reconciled to our capacities, our negligence, our character, our insights requires a gratitude unlike any other superficial goodness……this deep gift shapes our hearts, flaws, madnesses, and despair into a beautiful offering…..something we’ve made of blood and bone and earth and can share….this is the gratitude of real beauty….

As Care was crossing a shallow river, she picked up some wet clay and began to give it shape, meditating upon what she had created. She took the clay from the body of Earth and asked Jupiter to give it spirit. Care wanted to give this new being her name. But Jupiter and Earth each claimed their right to the name. Saturn, father of Jupiter, settled the dispute by saying the name would be homo since it was made from clay, humus, or earth. At death, Earth would receive the body, and Jupiter the spirit. However, the new being would belong to Care during its lifetime, for it was she who had first shaped it……Roman myth

receive possession in shadows

In innocence abides love. Those traveling along the Way of Beauty have an erotic attitude toward life. Like all true lovers, they do not ask for explanations or impose conditions, but simply embrace life in its mystery. Do not ask them for a formula or theory- that is not their specialty. Look, instead, at the way they face the world. Rather than trying to decipher it, they open themselves to it and perceive beauty in its subtlest and most poignant aspects. In the Way of Beauty, we embrace life’s ambiguities without having to interpret and explain them. We enjoy the mystery and transform its terror into awe. Obscurity and ignorance are positive factors here, because they help us to get rid of cumbersome opinions and relish the enigma. The result is the ability to accept life’s contradictions without feeling we have to resolve them. Keats calls it ‘negative capability, ‘Several things dovetailed in my mind and at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature and which Shakespeare possessed. I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason- with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all considerations…..Piero Ferrucci

4 thoughts on “digging deep in earth to find sky

  1. We’ve been told that beauty is only skin deep. That’s not true. Real beauty runs far deeper such that it could never be separated from soul.

    Who we are isn’t as much about what we find, but what we do when we find it. Compassion, understanding and forgiveness are more than ours to give. They are ours for a reason. Our practicing of all that makes the world better starts here – with the dust beneath our bones, a beauty none can quite give name to. ~ May you see the beauty that is you and stand amazed. ~ Love, Bobbie

    • ….and seeing beauty as a spiritual practice helps us to hold it deep and then to give it back. I’m in love with the fire that alights on the trail left by beauteous knowing….may each poem bless you Bobbie

  2. Somewhere along the way Saturn took charge, and the souls of men belonged again to him, we wear rings on our fingers, and earrings on our ears as a token to Saturn .. grace and beauty abdicated to the priests … shall we go on believing or shall we find our way back to Zeus, to Jupiter, as did the Voyager in 2001: A Space Odyssey, what beauty awaits us beyond that birth … may there be beauty in that dawn for you …

    • I await anxiously for new realms and new/old knowings…..back to Care…..our galaxy holds only a few secrets…..the real secrets are in our hearts….may the sun and the planets and the moons find your pen g.f.s….

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