Don’t Go Back to Sleep

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the door sill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

The Seed of True Self

As I learn more about the seed of true self that was planted when I was born, I also learn more about the ecosystem in which I was planted—the network of communal relations in which I am called to live responsively, accountably and joyfully with beings of every sort. Only when I know both seed and system, self and community, can I embody the great commandment to love both my neighbor and myself.

Attachment and Love

The flip side of attachment is love. How many times have we confused the two? Is there any way to transmute our attachments and addictions into love? The force behind our addictions is the thirst for wholeness, for union with the divine. At its origins, our spiritual yearning is a natural and healthy impulse. When we misdirect that craving into attachments and addictions, we obscure its positive potential. In opening to the Spirit, we dispel the power of our addiction. We tap the source of love and divine creativity.

Very, Very Simple

There is nothing to be renounced or resisted. Everything can be embraced, but the catch is to cling to nothing. You let it go. You go through life like a knife goes through a done cake, picking up nothing, clinging to nothing, sticking to nothing. And grounded in that fundamental chastity of your being, you can then throw yourself out, pour yourself out, being able to give it all back, even giving back life itself. Very, very simple. It only costs everything.

Lived Experience

Dogmas have helped to hold Christians together in faith communities, but it is not the dogmas that animate and inspire. Living faith belongs to the heart rather than to the head. People grow in faith through encounters with others whose fidelity to Christ is a lived experiential witness rather than fidelity to a set of truths. Christian faith is a lived experience rather than intellectual assent to a creedal formula.