The soul wants truth, not trivia. So if the space between us is to welcome the soul, it must be a space in which truth can be told. Our ability to create and protect such a space depends on how well we understand the assumptions about truth- and the way truth emerges among us- that form the foundations of a circle of trust. You and I may hold different conceptions of truth, but we must mind the difference. Whether we know it or not, like it or not, acknowledge it or not, our lives are interconnected in a complex web of causation. My understanding of truth impinges on your life, and yours impinges on mine, so the differences between us matter to both of us. A circle of trust honors both our differences and connections. We must find a way to live in the continuing conversation, with all its conflicts and complexities, while staying in close touch with our own inner teacher. ~Parker Palmer
this space we crave is unlike the space between us….that space nurtures, holds the space around us, and allows us the paradoxical freedom that comes through connection……
And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy, a remote important region in all who talk: though we could fool each other, we should consider- lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark. ~William Stafford
Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces,
Run madly, as if Time were there,
Terribly old, crying a warning,
“Hurry, you will be dead before-”
(What? Before you reach the morning?
Or the end of the poem is clear?
Or love safe in the walled city?)