following subtle impulses



Gone is the time of separation,

sorrow, pain and pining;

the heart-illuminating firmament

turns to the heart’s desire.

We are happy and dead drunk

in the Friend’s quarters;

We sip wine dregs at night

and clear wine by day.

I say, “If You shall torment me yet again,

tell me now!”

He answers, “More blame and hardship

will come your way.”

If not for the Beloved’s grace,

flowing tears and

heart-scorching sighs would have borne

no results.

I was so utterly steeped

in ecstasy and spiritual states

that to me both mid-summer and autumn

seemed like springtime.

I praise the high honor

of the tavern of ruin,

where, out of reverence even the king kisses

the threshold of that mender of rags.

Nurbakhsh, be silent.

Why reveal the secrets of love?

Where there is love

no secret remains.

~Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

to lose a sense of the sensual world is our touchstone…..the one where moonrise meets sunrise and the in between is where the magic of breath and prayer give us solace……listen and come back again and again…..

The secular and the spiritual are two sides of a coin. There is no separation between them. If you want to be spiritual, you have to live fully in this world- and vice versa. If you want to be spiritual, you have to live completely in this world of the senses and your ego. You can’t be an earthy, sensual, fun-loving person if you don’t make peace with the deeper, spiritual questions of humankind. Not only do you have a spiritual practice; that spirit has a direct impact on all aspects of your life. It’s implicated, woven throughout, an important part of who you are. Confuse the sacred and the secular in your environment. Create a liminal, neither here or there, milieu. It is always in the liminal places that significant things happen, so work at creating liminality. Shock yourself and others by refusing to separate the holy and the profane. Then you will see how the traditional teachings and rituals lead you into the mystical and sacred dimensions of your life. They will have more meaning, not less, although their meaning will have changed because of your maturing spirituality.  ~Thomas Moore

where archetypes redeem us

“Reality” overwhelms one walking home beneath the stars and makes the silent world more real than the world of speech- and then there it is again in an omnibus in the uproar of Piccadilly. Sometimes, too, it seems to dwell in shapes too far away for us to discern what their nature is. But whatever it touches, it fixes and makes permanent. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates. So that when I ask you to earn money and have a room of your own, I am asking you to live in the presence of reality, an invigorating life, it would appear, whether one can impart it or not.   ~Virginia Woolf

2 thoughts on “following subtle impulses

  1. I really can relate to the Thomas Moore quote. The spiritual and the secular are two sides of the same coin. To me the church has missed the point of sacraments……yes they are outwards signs of inner grace……but not the ritual sacraments controlled by the church……the sacraments are, for instance, those moments when we put aside our own desire and share our “bread” (whatever that may be at that instant) with another. The church both calls us to those moments in our daily lives and celebrates them….but what we do in church is not the spiritual sacramental act of grace.

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