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Be converted

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be converted
to the otherness
of the other

they do not talk like you
or silence like you

they do not move like you
or do still like you

they do not think like you
or do thoughtless like you

you cannot assign your meaning
to another’s actions

they are other
and their meaning is other

 

Talitha Fraser

005The Purpose behind questions is to intiate the quest ~ Phil Cousineau

Think of a question to ask your inner monk, your inner artist, and the two of them together.

  *   *   *

I am going to start living like a monk…

My body will be attuned to the rhythms
of the seasons and the sacred
Grace will be found in simplicity
and in profound complexity too
the flowers will be my incense and
the canopy of dappled shade the
high arches of my chapel
I will kneel there – in good earth
daisies to dust

 

I am going to start living like an artist…

I will listen to my body more –
not only my doing-hands but
my dancing-feet, my oustretching-arms,
my glad-heart…
I will live in and move to the
resurrection given to me new
every morning I will learn to move
like water, like butterflies and
be still like stones and breeze-stirred flowers
asking for nothing except to be accepted
for what we are.
I will learn new ways to find You,
new ways to follow You,
I will learn anew.

I am going to start living like a mystic…

In the beginning was the Word and
the Word was made flesh, my body
broken for You will speak more
loudly than my lips could ever argue
my silence in solidarity will speak more
than my suppressed, silent sexuality.
The prayers are my knowing You and
You knowing me and give shape to
the extent of my ignorance…
this will burn on a cairn made in
my watershed with these two hands
an offering, a confession, a covenant.

058 - CopyThere is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves.  To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves.

~ Thomas Merton

Eco-cosm

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This discipleship, or growing up, or whatever you want to call it is the process of discovering and defining our own ecocosm.  Each book of spirituality invites me to visit other peoples’ ecocosms and this is useful in as much as it assists with the awareness and structuring of my own.  This is where churches suit or not, where communities thrive or not… space needs to be allowed/created for the expression and fuelling of our individual ecocosms. In knowing others better I know myself and this is the strongest recommendation I can make for living in community.  In clarifying all the ways that I can understand 1-am-not-you, I can be affirmed in all the ways-I-can-be-my-best-self. We are each of us individually knitted in the womb, the hairs on our head counted, each of us made by God, each of us co-creators with God. Walk the path set before you to walk.  God is with you exactly where you are right now.  God has put people around you who need you, God has put people around you who can help you, inspire you, teach you… Ask always “What is the next step?” What is your leading edge? Our God moves and invites us to walk along the Way.  Pray “Here I am send me” and take a copy of Dr Seuss’s ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ because it’s the closest thing to a handbook there is.  I’m a Type 2 in the Enneagram, I am INFJ in Myers-Briggs, my top 5 in Strengths Finder are: Belief, Restoration, Responsibility, Individualisation and Strategy, I am single in a world where marriage is the dominant culture, I am a woman in a male-dominated culture, I am mad in several specific but (hopefully) endearing ways and a product of my family of origin and the sum of all my life experiences to date.  I am my own ecocosm.  I need to own my own ecocosm.  No one else will tend it for me. I need to consciously tend my ecocosm – who can I meet up with? what can I read? where can I travel? how can I see anew, with new eyes, those familiar things that are so easy to take for granted or become complacent about the vital life breath of why-I-am? This might be right within the four walls of exactly, specifically, particularly where I am right now.  There is a story of an American Indian elder speaking with his grandson:

“…there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.”

The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

i tell you arise

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There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression in unique.

And if you block it, it will never exists through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is: nor how valuable it is: nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.
Keep the channel open…

No artist is pleased…
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

~ Martha Graham

Worthwhile

This is a picture of a sand dollar which we picked up in the car park of a garden nursery (not sure how it got there!).  Similar to snowflakes and fingerprints each one is said to be unique…

Mum sent through this whakatauki today (Maori proverb) that she uses in her kindergarten.  These were her words for me as her child, an encouragement of my specialness and value as a one-of-a-kind individual.  Just want to share the positive affirmation –

You are important. What you have to say, what you think and what you feel are important and worthwhile.

kia maumahara ki toou mana aahua ake

cherish your absolute uniqueness