Category: present life

All The Things That Man Has Made

Catch the Bird of Heaven, Lock Him in a cage of gold. Look again tomorrow And He will be gone Lock Him in religion, Gold and frankincense and myrrh Carry to His prison, But He will be gone All the things that man has made Cannot hold Him anymore. Still the Bird is flying as …

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Community

I THINK I AM figuring out that one of the root longings I feel ever-present deep inside is indeed for community… I’ve always been—or thought of myself as—solitary, not needing others in order to be me or do what I do. This most likely came from the way I grew up, homeschooled and alone, even …

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I Am Not Christian

I am not Christian. I am one who will stand with the outcast and the judged But I am not Christian. I am one who has to defend the defenseless But I am not Christian. I am one who offers my hand to any color height size orientation caste But I am not Christian. I …

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The Spirit Grieves

LAST NIGHT, I WENT into a Christian book and supply store to try to find a gift for a couple family members who are getting baptized tomorrow, and the Spirit within me began to grieve. Every item in there felt hollow, clichéd, fear-based, condescending, or arrogant, whether it was a trinket, a figurine, a wall …

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Five Fingers

The wakened lover speaks directly to the beloved, “You are the sky my spirit circles in, the love inside love, the resurrection-place. Let this window be your ear. I have lost consciousness many times with longing for your listening silence, and your life-quickening smile. You give attention to the smallest matters, my suspicious doubts, and …

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Face to Face with Death

On this Dia de los Muertos—Day of the Dead—it is the perfect time to pull out and begin re-reading the beautiful and inspiring Tibetan Book of the Dead, something I’ve been wanting to do again for a while now anyway. The following is the opening chapter of my favorite translation by Gyurme Dorje, edited by …

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The True Constant

  When I was younger, and first learning I could feel the presence of the Earth, I would get SO annoyed and upset with concrete blocking the way and covering up so much of the ground everywhere I went. I became anti-cement nearly to an extreme anti-civilization frame of mind, until I grew a bit …

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Insight Lights! Observation Camera! Action!

  I have got to help make changes. I’ve watched and observed and contemplated and felt and cried over the pain and suffering in this world—needless pain and suffering—for long enough. My focus is seriously beginning to shift now toward more action-oriented questions. I am asking the Universe to begin showing ways to help The …

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The Origin of Pieces

  I find that these days, I am very interested in origins—not only the stories about what someone did, what they’re known for, but I want to know about HOW they got to what they are known for… what led them to make the decisions that led to the result?   In part, I blame …

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