“The evil of our time is the loss of consciousness of evil.” – Krishnamurti I have to admit, Halloween is one of my favorite “holidays”. And by the way that people adorn their homes with Halloween paraphernalia I don’t think I’m alone. It is one time in the year that we get to openly recognize the dark side of human nature. Not that all things Halloween are ghoulish, there are plenty of ducks and princesses running around. But it is a time when we get to be something “other” than what we are from day to day. We get to be something evil, fantastical, ridiculous or odd without social convention.
Mystical poetry has been an ongoing source of strength and inspiration for me in my life. It speaks on a level beyond the intellect, straight to the part of us that knows the immensity of our being. Below is one of my very favorite excerpts from Hafiz, a 14th Century mystic from southern Iran, and my interpretation of it. Awake, my friend, awake, Be kind to your sleeping heart, Take it out into vast fields of light, And let it breathe. -Hafiz Awake, my friend, awake. Awaken to the nature beyond the stories and narratives that keep you bound in patterns so much smaller than your expansive Self. Awaken –.
We often think that freedom comes at the “well-done” completion of some task. Or in the absence or presence of someone or something. We think it comes from biding our time in our repetitive day to day routines until that precious weekend or vacation or TV show. Rowan and I definitely have a particular rhythm to our day, most days look just about the same and there is some security in that. But there is also a sense of drudgery. Feed the bellies, clean the kitchen, tidy yesterday’s mess, get washed, dressed, play, feed ….. over and over again. At one point recently I began feeling like I was robot, programmed to.
Say you’re given a magic key. It’s like one of those beautiful old, over-sized keys made of iron that were used for cathedrals and 300 year old Tuscan villas. This key is magic in that it can open a door to ecstasy. It can open a door to wholeness in mind, heart, body and spirit. Imagine you’ve got this magnificent key but instead of using it to open these doors to freedom you start using it to open bottles with it, or pick your teeth, or to barbeque shish kabobs on. Pretty soon this magic key starts to become another mundane fixture in your house. It gathers dusts and is stuck on a.