Spirit tells me that if we believe in ourselves
then half of the struggle is over.
As in, well begun is half done?
But, how can I know if I believe in myself
or whether I’m only pretending?
We can never know.
But, we do know if we have begun
to do whatever?
But, if we seem to be working alone …
Alone is the only way we can work.
It can feel very lonely.
Then, your mind has wandered from the work
you set out to do.
Then, fight the good fight?
Yes, and trust that there are others,
many more others than you could possibly
be aware of, who are also fighting
your fight, on your side.
I wish I knew what it was all about.
Enlightenment, and clearing the path
that others might follow.
What if they prefer to clear their own path?
All paths are one path.
Spirit tells me that creative passion is a dance,
as much as a joint venture, between intellect
and emotion, each directing the other to music
they are co-creating as they respond to each other,
in a continuous blend of unrehearsed movement.
Wow! That sounds seductive.
It is, intentionally so.
Then, to bring it all back to reality …
It never left.
How does such a …
Way of life?
Wouldn’t it be exhausting?
In what way?
In relation to spiritual development.
It is the only way.
Even for a Bodhisattva?
Especially for her, or him.
Then, in serving others more
while serving ourselves no less …
More or less of what?
Personal and community care.
Intellect provides us with means
to learn to understand what needs
to be done and what we can do
to satisfy that need.
Knowing what and how to contribute
is totally unproductive without
desire to inspire us to act on
the awareness intellect provides.
Yang and Yin?
Spirit tells me that the existentialist claim,
if it be one, that existence must necessarily
come before essence is based on a misconception
Nothing exists without essence and essence
exists to express itself.
Essence can be described as a spiritual
underground movement, whose roots do not develop
in the open air but beneath the surface of
Their light comes from within and they live
to nourish and support, not a transcendent form
of themselves but a life that can thrive
in the open air and learn to adapt to
a different form of light to sustain it
The underground environment protects
and nourishes roots that know they will
never see the results of their life’s work.
But they also know they are part
of something much greater
than might seem to be.
Roots are as one with the plant
they feed with their life.
Roots could teach us, if we are
willing to learn, that we have
limited control over outside forms,
but we do have an inner source
of power and light, if we will
only open to it.
Then, perhaps we are as form
unaware of our own essence?
Yes, or a plant that denies
it has roots.