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I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His – the Christ’s, our
Beloved’s.
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,
a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.
I have come into this world to hear this:
every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine’s womb and began spinning from
His wish,
every song by wing and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock,
every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire,
every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity
to know itself as
God:
for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching –
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.
I have come into this world to experience this:
men so true to love
they would rather die before speaking
an unkind
word,
men so true their lives are His covenant –
the promise of
hope.
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands
even at the height of
their arc of
rage
because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh
we can wound.


~ Hafiz ~

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What a Wonderful World

There are a lot of youtube vidoes out there dedicated to this one song,
immortalized by Louis Armstrong.  This one was uploaded just a couple
of weeks ago and already has nearly 3 million hits.  This is dedicated to
all of you animal and nature lovers and those who stand for peace and
harmony and fellowship of all.  You may need a little tissue to catch the
happy tears for this short, precious video:

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When you are present in this moment,
you break the continuity of your story, of past and future.

Then true intelligence arises, and also LOVE.

The only way that LOVE can come into your life is not through form,
but through the inner spaciousness that is presence.

LOVE has no form. The world can only change from within.

Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Amidst the World

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You, Reader

north-star-benjamin-garvey

Any night you can awake and line up with the north star.
Any night disguised as a person walking
you can disappear. At the edge of town
darkness comes forward and opens its arms. That star
near the horizon burns its invitation,
“Come on.” So many lakes and lost places
wait that you need no plan–there are miles of moonlight
treasuring up waves, and reaches of earth mysterious
as Aladdin’s cave. The land rolls out its own
magnificence, and you inherit whatever your eyes
can prove by their glance that they’re worthy of.
You listen for music and it comes alive, even
in ordinary sound. The tone of your voice comes back
from the world enriched by all that it passes over.
And this language of ours holds it all.

Now, go back and begin again.

~William Stafford
My Name is William Tell

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Ordinary World

I’m having a ’90’s moment today.  :)  I heard Ordinary World by Duran Duran on the radio after many, many years of not hearing it.  I wondered about the lyrics and what it really meant by ordinary world and learning to survive.  I googled it and found some information on Wikipedia.  Couched in terms of war, I now understand how meaningful an ordinary world can be.  So today I appreciate the quiet and extraordinary grace of an ordinary world and I look forward to a time when all of us can live in peace.  Love, Bethie

From Wikipedia:
“Ordinary World” is the first single from Duran Duran’s self-titled 1993 album, better known as the Wedding Album. The song peaked No. 3 in the American charts and No. 6 in the British charts. Simon LeBon, the vocalist, later sang this song with Luciano Pavarotti, to help children affected by war in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

By the early 90s, Duran Duran’s popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.

It wasn’t until Capitol leaked “Ordinary World” to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December. In the UK, the original January release date stood. The song can be credited as introducing Duran Duran to a new generation of fans.

The strings in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes, using a Kurzweil K2000, a digital synthesizer that was highly advanced for its time.

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994 and later featured in the soundtrack to the film Layer Cake in 2005.

Came in from a rainy Thursday
on the avenue
thought I heard you talking softly

I turned on the lights, the TV
and the radio
still I can’t escape the ghost of you

What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some’d say
Where is the life that I recognize?
gone away

But I won’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Passion or coincidence
once prompted you to say
“Pride will tear us both apart”
Well now pride’s gone out the window
cross the rooftops
run away
left me in the vacuum of my heart

What is happening to me?
Crazy, some’d say
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away

but I won’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Papers in the roadside
tell of suffering and greed
here today, forgot tomorrow
ooh, here besides the news
of holy war and holy need
ours is just a little sorrowed talk

And I don’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

every one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world
every one
is my world

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Sonnets to Orpheus, Part Two, XXIX

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell.  As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

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That’s what it says on a pinback button I have hanging on my car visor, along with two others ‘Uniquely Me’ and ‘Zippety Do Dah’…I lost one of my favorites that said: ‘The ozone layer or cheese in a spray can? Don’t make me choose’…ever reminding me not to take life too seriously.  :)

Now back to peace has begun with me.  It’s an inside job as Abraham so often tells us, as illustrated in this quote from San Antonio, TX September 2006:

“When an entire society is going with the flow what a wonderful world it
will be.

When you are the only one in society going with the flow what a
wonderful world it will be for you.”

I cannot bring peace to a world where I do not experience it within myself and in fact, the more I experience it in myself the more it becomes evident in the world around me.

Inner peace can be a multi faceted journey.   Today I am focusing on the peace that comes with experiencing love where there is fear.  Abraham says you cannot worry and feel fear at the same time that you love.  A Course in Miracles says fear is the absence of love.  I also term Divine Love as Divine Acceptance.  I know that I will not be completely free of every fear I’ve ever felt.  And that’s not really the point, nor is it my work to be completely free of anything.  My work is to put one spiritual foot in front of the other and move forward in the best way I know how.  It’s never about how far I move forward (expand), just that I do.  That feels like self-love and acceptance, it feels like fertile ground to plant the seeds of personal peace.  And so it is.

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