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For A Friend

Remember, when the Universe pulls you in to the black void
it’s pulling you closer to Itself
In these moments,
it is betting that you can survive the dissolution again.
It did it to you the first time
and you answered its call.
You survived. You grew!

You know the fruits of the darkness.
In a flash, old stories are cleaved away
They go up in cold smoke.
Suddenly, after the shattering crash,
the wandering path
turns as straight as God’s ruler,
and you become the lodestone to your own gold.

Remember that you’ve been here before.
Know that this chaos is love pulling you towards itself.

Remember how,
last time,
after you felt into it and listened and breathed,
after you let yourself fall into it and the storm calmed,
the world shone with soft affection
and dazzling vibrancy?
How the green leaves had golden halos
and how the sky was so robin’s egg blue?
Remember how new you felt?
How dazzled you were at the whole world, inside and out?

It will happen again.
After this has passed,
the World will dazzle you again,
this time with so much more stunning color,
this time even steadier,
more eternally here, right now.

You know the tune of the Universe,
you know enough about how it moves.
The Universe is with you.
The Beloved is in you.
And That That Is can never abandon Itself.

It once crashed you in,
and it crashed you in so hard,
now it has to crash you again to bust you out,
back
into a vibrant, effulgent world of which you have had glimpses
but have never yet found a home in.

It’s here.
It’s all here.
Support and friends are everywhere,
here in this person, this face you’ve seen a thousand times,
this is the Beloved making a form to witness Itself as Itself.
Can you feel this truth in your rawness? In the stunning silence of this moment?

Your tears and shock and indignation now
will lead you to radical, effortless freedom.

I know what you’re looking for.
The Beloved knows what you want.
The Beloved knows because
there is only subject in the world, no object.
There is no separation between the Beloved and the Loved.
You can’t have a relationship with the Beloved,
for you are the Beloved.

Ask and you shall receive?
No.
Remember, time is just a creation of mind.
Ask,
and it has already been given.
This goes far beyond trust,
for trust happens in time,
in the mind.
Intuit it.
Feel it so deep in your gut
you can see the cozy deep black of space and the shining light of galaxies there.
That is all
you’ll
ever
have to do.

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Pain’s Treasure

Oh Traveler!
You think that pain is your domain alone
And there you are so alone

What you do not know
Is that pain,
bonebreaking, crushing pain,
is a part of being human.

No one can tell where someone has been
on this road just by looking at them or
listening to the sound of their voice.

Ask, Listen, Learn!
Outward appearances conceal whole worlds
in front of your eyes.

You look at all the glit and glitter
And think it denies reality–
But what you do not know, oh Traveler, is that
in the suffering
lies the most beautiful gem of all!

There the World itself
reveals its true and simple nature:
yourself meets Yourself,
The mind realizes its own game,
And suddenly you realize
you were never alone,
never, never, never,
not once!

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Where To Find God

Where do you find God?

What if
You’ve never seen God?

Where do you look?

Call for him in your darkest, most painful moments.
He never fails to come
To the call of your stinging, deep emotion.

Make an image of Him
In your mind
To touch that who is Everything.
Cry on His shoulder.
Laugh with Him.
He is the Friend.

To the One who is Everything,
Faith is meaningless.

Where do you find God?
First, I found him in the most harrowing places.

Then,
I found Him in Poetry,
I found Him in Silence,
I found Him in a Child’s Eyes,
I found Him in Gratitude.

I found Him Dancing,
I found Him in a Drummer’s Spirit,
I found Him working the Cogs of Pain,
And I found him weaving the way to Simple, Constant Joy.

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Reaching God on Painful Days

We witness God
By His gentle Mercy.

It is easy to see God on happy days.
But what of angry, fearful, bad days?
What of days when you are in pain?
How to reach God then?

Offer Him your pain.
Bow before His beautiful, radiant form,
And speak your heart,
“Master of All, I am hurting.
You are incarnate everywhere and thus know the Sting of Life.
You are the only One who can relieve me.
I bow before you, and I surrender to you even this,
These hardships you have given me.”

When you bow,
You bow for yourself.
You bow for your own understanding.
You bow to give up what you’ve been holding on to.
God doesn’t need you to bow.
He is the Master of All.

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