love cannot be possessed

love cannot be possessed
but my do we try

like a free bird caught
we cage love
and give it rules
and tidy it up
and make it safe

and kill it

but love cannot be possessed
it is as free as that little bird
or the wind

and if you try and control it
or cage it
something will surely die, slowly
or with great haste

better still to honor and serve love
to be love’s facilitator and conduit
and to allow the ebbing and flowing
of human activity to be as it is

the truth is we cannot possess anything

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love and death are lovers

love and death
are lovers
who sometimes fight
but long to surrender
into each others arms
in eternal embrace

we think they are enemies
but when they wrap themselves
around each other
in open hearted brokenness
they create a beauty
that is transcendent

love is hidden inside everything
as is death

to have loved beyond measure

beyond all the material distraction
this world brings
beyond achievement and acolade
beyond regret of lost moments
beyond pain and shattered dreams
more than enlightenment itself
stands one thing
high above all else
and that is
to have been able to
love beyond measure
beyond safety and beyond stories
beyond self and need

this satisfies the soul
more than anything that
self can get for itself

this is the only miracle
that needs to happen

and if you can’t find another being
to love beyond measure
then love the world
or love yourself

because it is not the object
of your love that matters
is is the inner resonance

that inner resonance
is the healing this world needs

when you love so deeply
you transmit a vibration
that has the ability to
initiate massive change

only love can change this world
your love.

a never to be repeated phenomenon

there are moments
often in the middle of an ordinary day
when the overwhelmingness of life,
of existence itself,
comes upon me
and i feel my breath gently
and my skin softly
and the awareness
of being here
as life itself
as a never to be repeated phenomenon
stops me…
and i simply sit
in silent wonder

each manifestation of life
is so uniquely beautiful
every flower
snowflake
butterfly
human

this simple truth
could be enough to
create heaven on earth
if only we could remember…

i remembered.

live from emptiness

peel back the layers of your life
and dare to stare
into the darkness
shine a light upon the shadows
and cast those demons out

if you are willing
unravel everything you have raveled up

you have become complicated and dense
with so many stories
so many conflicting threads
everyone is just so complicated

but the true human being
is one who is very simple and natural
honest and open

the true human being
has undone everything
and made no attempt
to do it all up again

the whole point is to live
from emptiness
that is the most beautiful grace
of all.

say nothing

speak no more
words of cruelty or fear
they do not serve
anything useful
hold back your righteous judgement
and burn up all that outworn
prejudice

we are living in something new
and you are being left behind

the new vision that so many see
brings all things together
it unifies where once was separation
it offers compassion where once was hatred
it says yes where once was no
and it has its roots
in the heart and the belly
of love

only love can build a world of freedom
only love can bring everyone together

yet all we are sold is fear, because fear sells

end the world now i say

it is in your hands, and mine
it is you who ends the world of fear
by choosing love
again and again and again

say nothing
unless it has love
as its fragrance.

the butterfly path

i have lived
like an emergent butterfly
at first i stumbled and crawled
through my life
unaware and driven only
by desire

and then a great metamorphosis began

there were times I thought
the pain of transformation
would kill me
yet still i pressed on
and finally, through grace and nature,
i emerged into
my butterfly nature

this life is a path of becoming
but to truly emerge
as your resplendent self
you must be prepared
to shed the past
and face the void…

and then jump.

Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash

falling into the mystery

when i gazed into your soul
and rested in that open vista
it was like looking over
a vast continent
mysterious and unknown
there is a track, something familiar
and known,
but everything leads
to this mystery

i am an explorer there
sometimes i stumble on a darkness
and even a wild animal
hidden in the shadows
but then, around an
unexpected corner,
i chance upon
the hidden valley
a sight that takes the breath away
with its majesty and splendor

you, my dearest heart, are all of these

all we can really do is explore
ourselves and each other

drop all this judgement and knowing
the truth is you don’t really know anything

it is all an utterly transcendent mystery.

healing the endless wound

be wary of believing all that you think
most of the thoughts in your head
come from other people
you just recorded them many years ago
when you were very impressionable
and they all seemed so wise

but if you really look now
you may see that those very people
were lost and wounded
and they themselves
had thoughts that were not their own

the human cycle of ancestry,
left unconscious and unaware
goes on and on
it’s like a wound
that runs through each generation

and the only way to stop
this endless wounding
is to be the one who says
‘the buck stops here with me.’

it is a great responsibility
and a hard burden
but your liberation, your awakening
is not only for yourself
but somehow this energy of true liberation into love
sends ripples of healing
backwards into time and resolves
all past wounds that may still be trapped somewhere

we are either destined to endlessly repeat the pattern
of our ancestry
or we are destined to awaken from it.

i awakened from it
and my liberation into love’s unconditionality
has become my greatest gift to the world
and to my family, whether they know it or not.

be beautiful for no reason

you don’t have to do anything
or be anyone
you don’t have to become more
of what you are already
or achieve fame or notoriety

no

all you have to do is fall backwards
into what you naturally are
and rest
as your beautiful self

just be beautiful for no reason
except that you are here
as a manifestation
of the divine

you are a celebration
and every atom and particle
longs to dance and sing
in that celebration

don’t stand in the way.