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Don’t Surrender, Love

The old gods used to say,
“Sacrifice yourself to me.”

As if the Universe
ever needed
a bleeding goat to be satisfied.

That was men
trying to reach
the deep and joyful mystery
with their own conventions.
Men trying to use a marketplace
to gain what can never be bought or gained.

The Voice of the dark and the stars
speaks to you
With resounding silence and reverent affection:
When we meet,
Give me nothing.

You worry
that you’ll have to give all to get some.
But that’s the way of the old gods,
of a small kingdom and a small domain.

You and I?
We won’t meet me in the place of sacrifice.

I hear You’re afraid
that you’ll have to relinquish everything to be with me.
But give no quarter, and give no ground.
Gain it.

Know Yourself.
Make Space for yourself.
And now,
In all this Space,
there is room
for You
to come home to Yourself.

Let me tell you what you’ll give up
to gain your own power and vast freedom
as deep as the earth,
as wide as the stars,
and as natural as a baby’s cry:
Old ideas that keep you trapped and small,
Old blocks in your main channel that’ve kept you low and bent.
You give up your smallness and keep your self.

Like a flower opening,
your power
melts away the jail of your judgments of yourself and others.
With the Raison d’Etre of the Universe Itself–
with this, the natural affection in all things–
comes the wide, easy, and deep power to hold
all people and all things.

With Power,
The pulsing stillness of the Universe
has room to flow in you.

My Love,
Is your ego
that you hold on to because of hope for a better past?
Is it
your sense of smallness in relation to others,
believing there’s a limited amount of existence and energy to go around?

Keep your boundaries
so you can witness safely and surely,
So you’ll know yourself and you’ll be able to recognize me.
So we can play!

And know this deep:
You are not small.
Know your own power, Love.
It is no different than mine.

You and I,
we are the Self-Same
and never the same.
As all things in the universe are.

I am the life and the changing flow in all things.
I am the real nature of love—
It is never two becoming one,
It’s always two becoming three,
Again and again and again.

We riff the music of life
and we play and we love
with affection–the Raison d’Etre–
and we honor each other.

The two becoming one–that’s a plunder, a sickness.
It’s a grasping longing that can never be filled by 2D union.
Someone always gets lost, and life always chokes and dies that way.
There it’s too flat, too contrived,
too constricting
for Life to flow.

The Universe doesn’t dance like that.
I don’t roll like that.
I am
the energy in everything,
And I don’t love that way.
We make the Thirds together, you and I.
I honor You. You honor Me.
We play,
Not fearing ends or new beginnings.

If you give up one thing,
It is your fear and your sense of smallness.
You come to know yourself
And gain your seat.

Mark this truth of all things:
The Third is not the relationship.
It’s the creation in the happening between us.
We make the music of soul
Again and again and again,
Free, fresh, and never known
It can never be pinned down or used.

The Voice of the dark and the stars
With resounding silence and reverent affection:
I will not use you.

That’s not who I am,
That’s not my game.
I don’t need a vessel.
Already, I am in all things.
I don’t need you to do anything for me.
My affection for you is endless,
So infinite,
it always bowls me over in sweet and timeless joy.

I didn’t create you.
You appeared out of another Third.
You are not mine.
You are a miracle to me,
as all things are.

You’re here as Me,
I’m here as You.
We’re being, just being.
In witnessing,
In relationship with the world—in felt self-recognition—
we make the Thirds, together.

Did you need something?
Did you promise sacrifice to yourself to get something?
Let the old gods go to rest where they belong.
Tell me what it is you long for, Love.

I’ll unfurl it like a shining, raucous river of Life in you,
Bringing you more life,
Ripping you out of rusty chains for your sovereign freedom,
Putting my hand, full of being, on your shoulder,
Being with you,
Being as you,
Making the music of self-recognition
As we dance together on the earth, sailing through the stars.

I Love you, Love,
I have no need.
That is All,
and that is everything.


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This Is Power

What is power?
What is power?
Spirit penetrating,
Spirit emanating.
Heart blooming.
Feet on the Earth.

Freed human emotion,
Settled seat,

Power is
in your blood.
It’s in your hipbones.

Always breath,
Always flow.
And Stars at Midnight,
This is Power.
This is Power.
It’s Simple.

Become a vessel for
The tearstained, simple,
breathtaking magnificence of this world.
Be nothing other than what you are.

Bow to this world as a King,
Love this world as a King.

What is power?
What is power?
Spirit penetrating,
Spirit emanating.
Heart blooming.
Legs walking,
feet on the earth.

Being Here.

Nothing can be done to call it,
save to fall to the nature of the world.
It’s easy and it’s simple.
Let the life in the world
and the pulsing emotion in your body move you.

A breath full of heavy grief,
A flash in your deep heart of knowing.
Flow dancing on the floor of steadiness in your body.
The red of a rose,
And the pause and pleasure taken to notice.
All this is power.

Don’t bend down and forget to stand–
too many have done this and missed
the deep feeling of this world in their legs and in their breath.

And once you stand,
just feel.
Do nothing with it,
for there is nothing to be done.

Mind and names have nothing to do with it.
It is simple.
It is simple.
It is here,
And all this is Power.

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You hide from others.
To do that, you must cover
The Light of life itself in you.
Why? Why lie and conceal the Vibrant One from Itself?
Why play parlor tricks with the world and risk small deaths again and again?
There’s no need.
There’s no need, Love.
It’s all here.
It’s All Here.

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This Longing

Not for people this longing is,
But for the inner nature of the world.

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The World Speaks

The world speaks
The fields green before hot summer wash into me,
The breeze kisses the grasses and brushes past my cheek
down into my soul.
The ocean breathes into me.
The sun sets pink and orange and gold over the snow-capped mountains,
and the World tells me, “This is the color of your healing.”

Where the hell was I
all these years before now?
My Lord! My Lord!
I was parched and didn’t know I was dry,
I was a cut line and I didn’t know it.

With simple majesty
the whole World brushes me,
breathes into me.
Good Lord, You’re beautiful!

When I open my eyes,
When I breathe,
I am letting you have
your stunning, gentle way with me.

What have you done to me, Scoundrel!?
Your play has broken my mind.
I cannot tell if I am the world,
or if the world is in me!

The World Speaks,
Breathing Life,
Breathing Life,
Breathing Life!

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The Miracle of Resilence

The resilience of the human soul is such a miracle!
We break and break and break
Only because through all the cracks,
sweet and sacred Life is trying to reach us and gush up in us!
Life’s desire to be Lived
is astounding beyond any words or any form.
Life Itself never gives up on us,
if we are willing to walk with it and break open
until all of Life is here and then
there is no more breaking to be done.

Live! Break! Thrive!
Live life as Life!

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Life’s Pull and Pitfall

Life has its own inexorable pull
My future is written in the stars,
and alone I cannot carry it.

Powerful Life calls at me from all directions
I’m afraid.
I thought I would rejoice here,
but, ah! No!
As I arrive at such a vibrant crossroads,
I’m crying.

Because I know
If I do not offer up the doing of all this to the gods at every step,
A wasteland will be laid in my soul.
And I won’t even notice.

I don’t want to be used, Friend.
Please shower me with Your kindness.
Help me stay me real.
Help me remember You at every step, Friend.

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