Stay Inspired Dream Team
The Stay Inspired Team (L to R) Marilyn Strong, Charlie Hess (founder,) Jerry Wennstrom, Joanie Brady, Richmond Mayo Smith, Jayadeva (kneeling) Scott Greenburg, Juanita Yoder, Mark Finser and Wah.
(Written in its original form by Richmond-Mayo Smith and endorsed by our team)
We invite you to join us in nurturing spirit–centered lives.
Richmond Mayo-Smith writing our Stay Inspired Mission Statement
July 26th 2008
(Click on document to enlarge)Original Mission Statement Document
written by Richmond Mayo-Smith
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."
~ Mary Oliver ~
Dear Dream Team,
Now that I have asked you to participate in Stay Inspired’s Advisory Board meeting and you have agreed (which I am very grateful for), I want to share with you as best as I can, what my intention is. I hope our planned six hours together on May 6th will lead to a level of discernment and generating plans for manifestation. "Stay Inspired" has landed on my doorstep, caused certain activities to take place and suggested a meaning for its existence. I have shared with all of you some of the activities which have occurred as well as my interpretation of its meaning – as a living, breathing support network for those inspired to serve Spirit. I hope we have the chance to explore the deep understanding (the soul, if you will) of this network supplementing the understanding that I now have – which has been aided by exploring this endeavor with all of you in different ways. Our meeting on the 6th will, I believe, create greater discernment and clarity about what is occurring, what is necessary to sustain this endeavor. The discernment/manifestation discussion will hopefully answer some questions I carry concerning "Stay Inspired."
• Is it a worthwhile endeavor? How worthwhile?
• Is it sustainable?
• What will it take for the full design to be sustainable?
- How should it be approached to give it the best chance of sustainability?
- Is there a sequence of implementation of the various components which would make sense?
• How are those who meet the criteria (inspired to serve Spirit) to be identified?
- What are their characteristics?
• What way will communications among all of the community be facilitated?
• Does an investment fund, geared to provide a good financial return, while supporting identified endeavors, make sense?
- What would the characteristics of investors likely be?
- What would the role in the support network, be for these investors?
• How would the support for "manifestation" be delivered? How would ideas of manifestation methods be shared with the community?
• How should the ripple effect be facilitated, other than by its natural momentum? (i.e., "Purpose Prize"-Civic Ventures).
• What is meant by, "to Serve Spirit?"
While these are most of the major questions I have today, I’m sure other valuable ones will emerge in our discussion. And I certainly don’t expect all of these to be approached on the 6th, but identifying the right questions and issues always seems to me to be a very important step.
I want to introduce you to the other members of the "Dream Team" with my distinctly personal impressions of everyone expected to participate on the 6th. As such, there is much else to learn about the people we’ll be with and I will undoubtedly omit very significant credentials and history, but the best I can do is offer my personal experience – which is the primary reason I have asked each person to participate.
Actualizing Bernard Baruch’s challenge, "Man is made whole only by his own actions," Richmond has taken his convictions to the streets working to halt nuclear proliferation through the Center for Psychology and Social Change. He and his wife, Nancy, attempted to bring America to its senses in 2004 by personally hitting the New England campaign trail urging a vote against George Bush (by default, for John Kerry). Unfortunately, America was asleep at the time. Richmond has been a real warrior in his lifelong pursuit of understanding, experiencing and connecting with Great Spirit. This has taken him on a journey through numerous experiences quite foreign to his conservative New England brethren. A small selection of Richmond’s long line of learning includes holotropic breath work, the Nine Gates Mystery School, Native American Sundance, three years of teaching in India, a visit to John of God in Brazil and now experiencing Ellen Tadd’s teaching. Richmond is constantly putting himself "out there" and not only experientially learning, but (because of his inherent teacher nature) he invariably lovingly shares his learning with those blessed to be his friend.
Mark is one of the most beautifully intuitive people I know. Often we’ll be talking about a subject which I am seeing on my common material/logical plane and out of nowhere (and everywhere) Mark will bring in an intuitive connection and deep insight which literally stops me in my tracks. Switching channels and looking at the situation through the intuitive lens Mark has offered, quite literally sheds light and a deeper perspective on the subject I thought I knew. The new perspective is invariably much richer and poetically sparkles with beauty in its rightness. Mark has been graced with a wonderfully playful mind which constantly asks the question, "what if". From that creative vision position, Mark is regularly connecting actors in the play that has been his life. He will see the possibility of combining energies and capacities which disparate individuals possess, creating a new possibility neither had envisioned. When Mark makes such connection for me I have learned to pursue them. It is through deep empathy that this gift emerges.
* No winning team can succeed without a great shooting guard. Juanita Yoder is that to our Team.
I know Juanita has learned important lessons from her son – but she does it with many in her universe. She is constantly creating with her environment, not always through her art, but often purely with her sense of wonder in many personal ways. She is one of the most keenly artistic people I know who performs the dance of her life in a beautiful and inventive improvisation.
* Playing point guard on the Dream Team is Scott Greenberg.
In all of these positions, Scott has brought a keen mind agile with numbers, a strong sense of wonder and an abiding morality not often evidenced by others in those environments. While able to see the opportunity in a situation he regularly carries the question, "But is it right?" into the transaction.
In order to help you ruminate and do your own listening as we move towards Stay Inspired Sunday, I am attaching the preliminary image Jerry created of my Stay Inspired design. As I’ve discussed with all of you, the endeavor has appeared as a multifaceted support network for those inspired to serve Spirit. I see it as potentially a variety of valuable resources which inspired endeavors/individuals would be able to access as the need arose.
I have already become active in several of the components. I have facilitated Breakthroughs by engaging in about 30 guided mindmaps with a variety of individuals (including many of you). I have held a few relooks at mindmaps which fits into the Integration of Breakthrough segment and have learned some about what works and what doesn’t in that important arena. I have done some one-on-one work in an attempt to help individuals Manifest their inspired work in a sustainable fashion. In some cases there have been a series of sessions. In addition, I have financially supported a few inspired endeavors primarily by providing loans, some refinancing onerous credit card debt. The prospect I envision is also to make equity investments in endeavors, requiring a sustainable business plan necessary to assure success for the investors.
So, thus far I have engaged in all of the recognized components except that which will facilitate the Ripple Effect, a component which I believe is critically important. I’m going to be working on articulating what I conceive of "inspired to serve Spirit" on my trip to California this week. And I may have something to share before the 6th. Hopefully, this will give you some things to think about coming into Stay Inspired Sunday. If you have comments, questions and requests, please don’t be bashful. I look forward to getting a running start on the dialogue.
Another more personal story -- I first met Charlie when I was on the East Coast during a book tour . Coming from the moderate climate of Whidbey Island and going into an especially cold East Coast winter, I decided to wear a hat. Since I couldn’t find one that I liked, I decided to alter one that someone had given me. It was one of those black, wool “Kangol” caps with a small brim. I decided to cut the brim off and turn the hat around so it didn’t look quite so British and proper. Happy with my newly designed creation, I decided to wear it to New York. One day I was standing around with Charlie and a few other people and I felt Charlie looking at me. When I looked up at him I could see that he was looking at me in an interesting kind of way – as if seeing through me. When our eyes met he immediately smiled, lightened his gaze and said, “I can tell by your hat that you are going places.” I laughed a little nervously and took off my hat to see what he might be seeing. Wearing it backwards did give the impression that "the wind was in my sails." I then responded, “Is that how you predict trends in the world for your million dollar clients?” --and together we had a good laugh. I was completely won over by his wonderfully intuitive way of seeing the world, even gleaning information from a hat!
Dear Dream Team members -- our captain holds many of us in his big heart and he does so in a most selfless and uncomplicated way. Like inspiration itself, I can’t say I fully understand Charlie, or understand how one would manage an entity as illusive as inspiration; however, I respect Charlie’s mystery and completely trust his intuitive sense of the possibilities we might discover together in our Stay Inspired endeavor. I am excited to be a part of this creation and interested in seeing what we can see while held in the wide arms of Charlie’s vision.
This expertise has created various wonderful relationships and afforded me the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of senior business leaders, investors and government officials. I’ve not only been invited into their culture but have over the years had the opportunity to take them out of the traditional corporate mindset and engage many in aspects of creativity, intuition, art and other non-linear experiences. We held creativity seminars in staid NYC clubs for groups of clients back in the early 80’s and wrote an investing book integrating Taoism with western decision making – The Tao Jones Averages.
Back then we also hosted dinners for clients organized around speakers such as Stephen Sondheim, Dan Goleman, Edgar Mitchell, Steve Allen and others, in order to introduce clients to the creative, intuitive, spiritual experiences and skills these people had and effectively employed in their lives. Individuals represented organizations such as the White House, JP Morgan, Fidelity, Bank of NY, Goldman Sachs, American Express, PepsiCo and many others.
Our efforts were conscious attempts to introduce these expansive characteristics to the traditional, but open decision makers we worked with through our research/decision making service. The real important learning for me in my years of working with corporate/investor/government decision makers, has been an up close view of how a very powerful force in our world, operates. My foot in this world, blessed with a fair amount of credibility and intimate access, has been critical in my efforts to stimulate change in this world of power. It is clear, when one is able to view from the outside, that these powerful organizations and the culture they generate, tend to work within a worldview of scarcity (“if we don’t get ours, others will take it”), intense competition (to prevent that) and ultimately fear (that “we” won’t have what we need). This world view tends to get reinforced in very powerfully subtle (and not so subtle) ways and affects the goodness of the individuals in that culture. As an outsider, invited in, this became quickly clear as the driving perspective in that world.
Over the years I have taken the opportunity, where I saw an opening, to build off of our position as a respected unusual source to these organizations, to drop in a little “change agent” - a poem, a quote, Joseph Campbell tapes, readings from books exploring man’s nature – and recently offering individual mindmap sessions with those appropriate. These small catalysts, offering their potential for small steps toward opening, have led me to envision a bigger step – Stay Inspired. I want to be clear that the vision and form of what has become Stay Inspired was not the product of my determination. I didn’t sit down and strategize what I should do next. I seem to have been a vehicle in that in a totally unplanned, unexpected way, I have over the last couple of years, been put in situations where support of various people I’ve come into contact with, was needed. My role was to be open to that unrequested support and to step forward and make an offering. And I feel it is important to emphasize that none of the people I have engaged with overtly asked for anything. They were all actively pursuing their good work and had met a challenge which was impeding their ability to fully make their offering to the world. I saw that and offered small bits of support. I will describe the forms of support which I offered but for the purpose of background, I want to explain that the reason Stay Inspired has come into being, is because after several months of finding myself stepping forward and offering support to various particular individuals, I noticed something interesting - and significant seemed to be taking place. Stepping back and observing what had occurred over time, I recognized that I had been called to offer support to inspired individuals who I recognized as “serving spirit” (I’ll explain what I mean by that in a minute). The various forms which that support was offered, was to help them stay inspired to make their offerings. Hence the name, Stay Inspired. Expected for the gathering on the first in NYC are three of these individuals, Gerarda Pizzarello, Juanita Yoder and Jayadeva. They are serving on an Advisory Board with others, I have dubbed the “Dream Team.” There is a description of them and other internal communications on a Stay Inspired blog you may want to visit if you haven’t already www.stayinspiredteam.blogspot.com. We don’t have a website yet – which is one of my top items on the “wish list.” I apologize for the long introduction but I felt it was important to give you all a sense of the context in which Stay Inspired exists. So, Stay Inspired is an endeavor designed to offer support to those inspired to serve Spirit. I have offered support in a variety of forms – financial; practical “business” guidance, which I call manifestation; “breakthrough,” or help in creating clarity and insight into one’s life and true path – in the form of guided mindmaps; integration help – support designed to help make the breakthroughs part of how one lives one’s life. My intention for Stay Inspired is to make these (and other) support aids available way beyond me – and in a form that is sustainable. And ultimately, the higher purpose is to support models of a way of being epitomized by those serving Spirit – so that effect can ripple out into the greater society. The core of Stay Inspired’s mission is to support and present as a model a way of being I have described as “serving spirit”. Those who are serving spirit take as their driving life force a devotion to offer to others. Those offerings are experienced in a wonderfully diverse way. It can be through simple meditation, yoga practice, song, visual art, wrapping oneself in sacred cloth, through exploring in circle or workshops, or pilgrimage, through humor and many more ways. This comes forward in a loving way – by that I mean, with love and wisdom. As such, the personal benefits are not a driving force although an individual living this way regularly receives sweet and valuable personal benefits. But the energy which generates the offering, the actions, comes from a heartfelt desire (inspiration) to offer to others. (Those familiar with Charity Focus can see the natural sybiosis). My experience has been that sharing the selfless inspired offering can often serve to inspire those who come in contact with that offering. That ripple effect can change onsciousness and the way we treat and interact with each other. This has the capability to alter the consciousness of the recipient of that “gift” and make them a more giving, egoless, selfless person, essentially a more spiritual way of being. This is, of course, the essence of all the great religions of history and essential spiritual teachings. I have seen, in my personal support of those living in this way, profound positive impact. And now it seems time to offer this support beyond my efforts, in a sustainable way. I have attached a chart (very linear, I’m afraid), detailing some thoughts on building Stay Inspired into that sustainable endeavor. Some of the work in progress is detailed in that chart and I look forward to discussing others in process, and your thoughts and inspirations surrounding this effort. I again am profoundly thankful for your offer to meet on the 1st of July to see where your inspiration takes us!
Why in the World?By Charlie Hess
Why in the world when there is an endless list of worthy efforts necessary to deal with a myriad of human challenges, should one spend any energy "supporting those inspired to serve Spirit"? There are very real, immediate needs to end human suffering, provide adequate health care, educate masses of populations, ameliorate environmental degradation, etc., etc., etc. Immediate corrective action is called for in many, many areas. Why serve Spirit? And why support those inspired to serve Spirit?
The simple but powerful effect of those serving Spirit involves a way of being in the world which can change consciousness and emanate out to effect interactions and inspire others. Causing a shift in consciousness to one of offering from one of grasping, to acceptance from critiquing, to including from protecting and excluding – can cause a very real shift effecting the very real problems of the world such as violence, ignorance, hunger, etc., etc.
The way of being, inherent in serving Spirit, goes to a systemic shift rather than a targeted tactical effort utilized in any of the worthy problem solving efforts marshaled to tackle the myriad of challenges humanity faces. As such, the inspiration and energy released in serving Spirit has the capacity to create a leveraged impact on the world. It has the capacity to shift the way that humans interact with their surroundings, human and otherwise. When that shift in consciousness progresses, the discrete issues of the time are affected by a systemic shift – which may ultimately be the only sustainable way of effectively dealing with the discrete issues. So, while the targeted efforts are very, very laudable, a leveraged impact on basic human interactions can be effected by impacting a fundamental way of being – evidenced by those serving Spirit. That’s why.
By Charlie Hess
To me, “inspired to serve Spirit” describes those whose driving life force starts with a devotion to share with their fellow human beings the blessings of being connected to Spirit’s offering. These offerings are experienced, of course, in a wonderfully diverse bouquet. It can be through simple meditation, yoga practice, song, visual art, wrapping oneself in sacred cloth, through exploring in circle or workshops, or pilgrimage, through humor and many more ways.
The individual and group endeavor essentially should manifest from a strong desire to offer. This comes forward in a loving way – by that I mean, with love and wisdom. As such, the personal benefits are not a driving force. There are often sweet and valuable benefits personally received by those offering their gifts, but the energy which generates the offering, the actions, comes from a heartfelt desire (inspiration) to offer to others the joy of connecting with Spirit.
This is critical in my mind for the primary benefit I see for Stay Inspired, is the ripple effect from these endeavors. Both the selfless, egoless origin and the offering of a richer connection to Spirit are two critical ripple impacts, which can emanate from an inspired offering. They have the potential to change human consciousness.
My vision is one of sharing both the selfless inspired offering in the form of an endeavor which can inspire those who come in contact with that offering, as well as the uplifting of a connection with Spirit. Both of these hoped for impacts have the potential to alter the consciousness of the recipient to become a more giving, egoless, selfless person, essentially a more spiritual way of being. This, I believe, is an opportunity to leverage a shift in consciousness, which the world needs today. Stay Inspired is emerging to help provide support for this shift.
By Charlie Hess
Throughout the emergence of Stay Inspired, I’ve been very mindful of the interplay between the personal will and the presence of Grace. In fact, I’m inspired to write another piece about where the center lies, entitled, “Where is Copernicus now that we really need him?” But that’s another story.
· They have "kept their feet to the fire." They’ve not taken the easy out.
· They have experienced a sacred wounding. The experience has included "agony," "pain," "awe," and also served to cause the elimination of useless suffering.
· They live with a sense of the sacred. This has served to help them open, listen deeply and also have a sense of awe.
· They firmly stay present in the face of the unknown.
· They have a work in place (this can include suffering beautifully – which opens their heart)
· They have an awareness of oneness with Spirit.
We also recognized that ultimately there will be access to support to anyone potentially through things like videos depicting others living in this fashion, links to other resources an individual can access, an online community of support, etc. The more intensive support of mindmaps, manifestation help, investments and support for endeavors, etc., which I have been providing will require a screening process to discern who those more intensive support facilities will be made available to. This is where the characteristics listed above will be applied. Recognizing the two forms of support was an important distinction for the Team.
We also concluded, that someone in the Profile group would suggest an individual for the more intensive support being offered and by using the characteristics cited above would look for a majority of the members to agree on a candidate. It was firmly assumed that looking for consensus would not be effective.
The group struggled with a variety of issues to come up with this brief frame work and I am very pleased about what was accomplished. There is more to design but we tackled the impossible (discern the intuitive) – and I feel, succeeded! Charlie Hess
Art & The Creative Life: Jerry Wennstrom - Pacifica Graduate Institute
God's Sense of Humor
By Jerry Wennstrom
"Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me." --Robert Frost
Little reminders of God’s presence, however comical, serve as unexpected guideposts along the way in life. We know that we are “in the best seat in the house” when the gods bring forth just enough paradox to let us know they are paying attention.
On a recent trip to the Santa Barbara/Ojai, California area, a memory came unexpectedly to mind. One night several years ago, having dinner with David Whyte and his wife Leslie at their Whidbey Island home, David had just returned from a trip and mentioned meeting Mikhail Gorbachev at an event he had spoken at. Gorbachev has been a hero of mine for a long time. I admired the courageous way he was able to let go of the Soviet Union’s dying, old paradigm and allowed for something new to come through – something that better served his people.
I had heard that Gorbachev actually lived in the Santa Barbara area. Thinking about him and my evening with David and Leslie, I wished I, too, could somehow meet Gorbachev. It was just a fleeting thought and being “on” for the next few days, speaking at different engagements, my thoughts turned elsewhere.
However, our last event before flying back home to Whidbey Island was with a wonderful organization called the Inside Edge Foundation, in Irvine, CA. After our event I was sitting at the reception table signing books when I noticed my wife, Marilyn, talking to a person who looked like Gorbachev. Soon, when the event died down, Marilyn and the man approached and he introduced himself as “Gorby II.” He went on to explain that he was actually Mikhail Gorbachev’s professional “double” and had traveled internationally making appearances for him. He even spoke Russian! Apparently a birthmark similar to the one Gorbachev has on his head would be painted onto Gorby II’s head and most people wouldn’t know the difference! Gorby II began listing particular world events where Mikhail Gorbachev had appeared in the media, following each one with “That was me!” Remembering my secret wish to meet Michael Gorbachev, I found the moment so paradoxically comical that I wasn’t able to keep a straight face for the remainder of the conversation.
When I was approached by my, now, publisher and asked to write a book, I had to begin the process from scratch. I didn’t know how to type or use a computer, so I had to teach myself both of these skills. As I learned to type, my favorite feature in the Microsoft program I used to write was “SpellCheck.” I had an ongoing joke with my publisher during the writing of my book that I was co-writing the book with Microsoft SpellCheck. When I had completed the book and my publisher asked me to write the acknowledgements, I took the joke further by including a hearty thanks to Microsoft SpellCheck for its’ help (of course we did not include this in the actual book.)
Soon after my book was published, Marilyn and I held a workshop in our studio on Whidbey Island called “The Union of Opposites: Exploring the Inner Sacred Marriage.” One of the people who attended the workshop was George Heidorn, a retired Microsoft employee. After getting to know George, he revealed to me that he had been head of the team that created Microsoft Grammar and SpellCheck. To my surprise, I was actually able to thank Mr. SpellCheck in Person! George found the story so amusing that he contacted the former Microsoft development team and told them my story and how much I appreciated their help in writing my book.
Several years ago I built a 40-foot high tower on our property here on Whidbey Island. When the tower was completed I somehow wanted to have it ritually blessed. Marilyn had been involved with a Tibetan Buddhist group for some time, so I thought a Buddhist blessing would be most appropriate. As I fantasized about who I would most like to bless the tower, the first person that came to mind was His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The possibility of getting him to bless the tower didn’t seem realistic, so I thought perhaps I might find a Buddhist monk to do the job. Having no idea how to go about finding a Buddhist monk, I let go of the idea, feeling that perhaps I was expecting too much.
A few days later, I went for a walk on the trail behind our house. Our trail links up with a network of trails on the hundred-plus acres of a retreat center called the Whidbey Institute. As I made my way along the trail on my walk, I approached an open field near “Granny’s,” one of the Institute’s housing facilities. I heard the sound of men excitedly speaking a foreign language, playing some kind of ball game in the field. Just as I came up the hill near the field, a soccer ball came flying into the stinging nettles near to where I stood. In quick pursuit was a bare-armed, robed Tibetan monk who was about to enter the substantial crop of nettles where the ball had landed. I said quickly, “ Wait, those are stinging nettles! I have long sleeves, let me get the ball for you,” and I went in after the ball. After retrieving the ball, I made my way up to the field where, to my surprise, I saw nine Tibetan monks happily waiting for their soccer ball! When they saw me, the one monk who spoke the most English, Tenzing, stepped out of the group to greet me and cordially thank me for getting the ball.
He told me their group was in the U.S. on a peace tour and that they were staying at Granny’s for a few days, creating a sand mandala at our local Loganberry Farm’s large, public space. As part of the tour of the U.S. they created peace mandalas, did ritual performances and spoke about the plight of the Tibetan people under restrictive Chinese rule. I later found out that they were the same Gyoto monks who were in the film, Seven Years in Tibet, and that the actor Richard Gere had sponsored their peace tour.
I spoke with Tenzing for a while and explained to him that my wife practiced Tibetan Buddhism and that we had, on several occasions, held Buddhist transmission ceremonies at our place, led by Tsultrim Alione. I asked if he and the other monks could possibly come the short distance through the woods and bless our tower. He didn’t quite understand what a “tower” was, so I explained that it looks a little like a Tibetan stupa. By this time the other eight monks became curious and came over to listen in on the conversation. I later found out that Tenzing was the only monk in the group who had not yet achieved the elevated spiritual status of “lama.”
When the group heard me say that the tower looked like a “stupa” they wanted to know which kind of stupa it was. I said I didn’t know, so the head lama stepped forward and led me to his room where we looked at pictures of stupas in a book he had. After looking at many silhouettes of a variety of stupas, I said, “Well, it doesn’t really look like any of those.” I then proceeded to draw a picture of my tower with its flame-like wooden cutouts running up the ridges of the long roofline. The head monk looked at the picture and immediately said, “Ohhh! Flaming Stupa!” and they all chimed in, “Flaming Stupa.” They began chatting in Tibetan and agreed to come over the next day about dinnertime to bless the tower. I was overjoyed and told them that I would prepare a nice meal for them, and they seemed quite happy with the arrangement.
The monks arrived on schedule and with incense, rice, and water they blessed the tower in a 45-minute ritual. They rang a bell loudly, threw rice and water and did their deep overtone chanting. The tower seemed to glow in the dark for days after they left!
Once again the humorous gods came through. They didn’t exactly bring His Holiness the Dalai Lama to bless our humble tower but they did bring this wonderful group of Gyuto monks! The Gyuto monks constitute the Dalai Lama’s personal choir!
It does not matter what form our dialogue with the mystery takes. What matters, is that we are actively engaged in the dialogue and that we are tracking and grateful for the defining, guiding moments when the universe speaks to us (or makes us laugh!) All that comes to us, “good” and “bad,” offers a gift when we learn to interpret the language of the universe. There is no other freedom and no more active way to participate in the unfolding of our own destiny than to find meaning and guidance in an established dialogue with living mystery we are surrounded by.
Something born in me
Something very old
like the gray stone or the gray cloud
Something that puts light in my eyes
Something that sees light in yours
Something older than myself
But born anew inside me
Something very old
Like the brown earth
Or the blue heavens
Like rain upon the earth
In the season when coloured leaves
rain upon the earth
And now this -
As my heart trembles
I am laughing out loud
Poem by Mud *