who are the mystics?

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The more that falls away,

the more knit I am to things

before they speak; drawn into

the waters of silence. When I

listen carefully, I am drawn be-

low the words of those speaking,

into the current using them, as the

wind uses a reed to get animals to

stop chewing and widen their

eyes. I once followed sunset

into a purple marsh and

stepping on a fallen log,

the tangled brush tugged

the trees to sway. Hundreds

of cranes lifted and I was

undone. I am now devoted to

the lost step that brings

us into the open.

 ~Mark Nepo

to wake in the undertow

Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for an unknown God.

~Amiel’s Journal

water & stones, feathers & shells, clay & petals, gold & lightning…..here, yes, here….all the beauty we can hold

Listening to night rain on a river
Until dawn
Ten thousand pearls clattering on a plate
I’ve listened all my long life
Still, still,
Not sure what I know.
~Roderick MacIver

8 thoughts on “who are the mystics?

  1. I agree with each of these. Mark for that single step that opens up the world, and Roderick for still not being certain what I know … Except that the 3D is so limiting, and to believe that our senses tell us the truth is naive to say the least, and a lie to be truthful about it …

  2. Oh yes…. a call I so needed to hear…..”When I listen carefully, I am drawn below the words of those speaking them, into the current using them…..”

    To hear without judging, to be open enough to respond and not just react. Sooo hard. Thanks for the reminder.

    And all the beauty, large and small in nature is like an arrow pointing us beyond the surface of things.

  3. Hi. I loved the Rod MacIver poem in this post and the other MacIver poems you have shared in the past. Could you possibly share the source of this poem so I might find the book to read more of his work? Thank you. Dave

    • Rod MacIver is the creator of Heron Dance. He is an artist, activist, naturalist, poet. And so much more. I have been following his work for many years. http://www.herondance.org- I have collected most of his books, and have some of his art in my home. This particular poem came from his daily email, A Pause for Beauty. You can sign up for it on his site. “The Journey Itself is Home” is a beautiful collection. You can order notecards, books, etc on his site. So glad his work resonates with you….blessings to you….

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