#4721 - Thursday, October 4,
2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Humanity has lost that instinctive tie to the
rhythms and patterns of Nature, and
with that loss has come a loss of the
reality of magic. Nature tries to show us
every day that all forms of life
can teach us. As we learn to listen to nature, we
break down our
outworn perceptions. We find that magical creation is the force
inherent in all things. And it is this, above all else, that Nature teaches to
those who will learn from her.
~ Ted Andrews
by Alan Larus
The Great Creator, in the variety of
blesses the low and the high.
In this one act have I resolved
I walk oceans and they do not hold me back.
I ride into
the dark heart of all being
and dwell in the vast halls of the ant.
need to look outside the door for wisdom.
Must we see all the mountains and
the seas to love them?
I have written what my heart has learned.
~Isonokami no Yakatsugu
by Alan Larus
Untouched, yet fully touched; hurt, yet
cosmically unhurt; unaffected, yet
deeply affected by every single precious
moment of this crazy, beautiful,
bittersweet dream of a life - that is the
beautiful paradox of spiritual
awakening, and to deny either side of the
paradox, to reject the relative for the
absolute or vice versa, is the
beginning of great confusion and suffering and
even madness, even if it
seems like freedom at the time. For in the end, the split
happened at all, and there is only this precious moment, intimate,
rich with humanity and deeply cherished, forever.
~ Jeff Foster
via Ben Gilberti on Facebook
photo by Alan Larus
Suffering is a treasure, for it conceals
The almond becomes fresh when you peel off the rind.
brother, staying in a cold dark place
And bearing patiently the grief,
weakness, and pain
Is the Source of Life and the cup of Abandon!
The heights are found only in the depths of
Spring is hidden in autumn, and autumn pregnant with
Flee neither; be the friend of Grief, accept desolation,
the life that springs from the death of yourself.
~ Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
via Susan Katyayani Lucey on
photo by Alan Larus
CAN'T GO WRONG
I let go of my story about time, and discovered
the eternal space of presence. It
was important to say, "There is no past or
Letting go of time, I let go of the body, and it
was important to say, "I am not
this body; I am pure consciousness."
But then I discovered the boundless space of
eternity tingling in every atom of
my flesh. I cried, "This is my Body! My
Body is also God!"
And then I was blessed again to remember my
story, my father's and mother's
story, and the stories of their fathers and
mothers. I was blessed again with the
dance of tomorrow, and a plan for
beauty. So I reinvented time.
Time bubbles out of the present moment,
embracing all my ancestors and the
unborn generations of the earth.
No need to negate the past and future in order
to be fully present. No need to
negate the body to be boundless Spirit. No
need to negate the many to be one.
Time is never wrong. Not a single electron is
out of place. Each moment of
evolution is correct. Every state of awareness,
even the awareness of a snail, is
completely enlightened. One cell of skin
on your fingertip is replete and
overflowing with God-consciousness.
And if you wish to say, "this is absurd!" - that
too is perfectly correct.
~ Fred LaMotte
Photo: Cellular Structure of an Orchid, by