Self Portrait –David Whyte (‘Fire in the Earth’)

It doesn’t interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong
or feel abandoned.
If you know despair
or can see it in others.
I want to know if you are prepared
to live in the world with its harsh need to change you
If you can look back with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand
I want to know if you know how
to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling towards the center of your longing
I want to know if you are willing to live
day by day, with the consequence of love
And the bitter unwanted passion of your sure defeat.
I have heard, in that fierce embrace,
Even the gods speak of God.

-David Whyte

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Tao Te Ching -Lao Tzu

“Those who know do not speak.
Those who speak do not know.”

“Knowing others is intelligence;
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
Mastering yourself is true power.”

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”

“When you are content to be simply yourself
And do not compare or compete,
Everyone will respect you.”

Put your feet on the earth
Let gravity pull you into it
Letting you stand gently,
yet firmly on the cold earth soil.

Listen to the truth of your inner being.
It is the wisest form of your human existence
When all else fails and feels like it is crumbling around you
Who or what can you trust?

Yourself.
You can trust yourself of all things.
Not to say “errors” won’t happen,
but even that you can trust
is all part of your journey in this lifetime

Things will always work out,
Whether you know about it or not.

-Abelle



Disease

Dis-ease
I hear people talk about disease
With dis-ease as if the word itself is a disease.

It commands presence for experience.

Dis-ease
An experience of lacking
Endured with shame and ridicule
Should I cling to it or hide behind it?

Sometimes both in this state of confusion.

Dis-ease
To feel this temporary sensation so lastingly
Can make transition feel timeless.

Dis-ease
I accept you as a union
Rather than feel you as a barrier

Dis-ease
To feel dis-ease is to free disease

Liberation
Acceptance is bliss

-Abelle

 

Come in Unity

Community
Come in unity
Gathered all
Lest we fall
We are all here,
To catch each other.
To remind each other of our divine grace
Always there, always flowing
Do we tap into our power
Or let it flow all around us
The Choice
Is there
Is Yours
Is consistently changing.
Life force flowing
Forever more
Can we flow together;
To co-create and assimilate
Or postulate to annihilate?
The dream
Is yours
And mine
You are the shrine
Floating through time
All is divine.

-Abelle