Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge
and lean over to watch the river
slipping slowly away beneath you,
you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
…. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
why do we forget that we know wholeness follows light and mercy, floods the broken places with possibility and mends the day into night…..
For those who have found the still point of eternity,
around which all- including themselves- revolves,
everything is acceptable as it is; indeed, can be
experienced as glorious and wonderful. The first
duty of the individual, consequently, is simply to
play his given role- as do the sun and moon, the various animal and plant species, the waters,
the rocks, and the stars- without resistance, without
fault; and then, if possible, so to order his mind as
to identify its consciousness with the inhabiting principle
of the Whole.
We start out so innocent and fresh, knowing nothing of pain or breaking. We arrive with unblocked energy, all aglow. We begin as if washed in a golden bath, as if each soul is dropped in its body like water in a mouth, and then we embark, crystalline and barely ready. This is what the Twi of West Africa believe and the God who bathes the souls before birth is Nyame. But, whatever the name, we are born with a light that constantly looks for ways to shine forth, each of us the courier of an energy that wants only to join with its original ocean. In truth, I have always been stunned by the mercilessness of light, how it never misses a beat, showering its irrepressible beauty no matter how pained we are; never dimming for the dying, always flooding the broken. And I have come to accept that its insistence induces us to heal, forcing us to move from the darker center of our pain, forcing us to interact with things still living. The light within merging with the light without- this is renewing, if we can shed what continues to accrue in between. We begin to survive the paradox of feeling and through the experience of light, within and without, we are slowly empowered by that Divine Reality immanent in everything………Mark Nepo