If it be your will That I speak no more And my voice be still As it was before I will speak no more I shall abide until I am spoken for If it be your will If it be your will That a voice be true From this broken hill I will sing to you From this broken hill All your praises they shall ring If it be your will To let me sing From this broken hill All your praises they shall ring If it be your will To let me sing
If it be your will If there is a choice Let the rivers fill Let the hills rejoice Let your mercy spill On all these burning hearts in hell If it be your will To make us well
And draw us near And bind us tight All your children here In their rags of light In our rags of light All dressed to kill And end this night If it be your will
The 1991 Suburu that i had driven for over 18 gave out on me a couple of months ago. It had two bumper stickers which had both been on for a long time. The newer one advertised that i am the grandparent of an (name) elementary school student; that student is now in the university. The other was a yellow sticker worn to ilegibility which had once shown a snow leopard, a Tibetan flag, and the slogan "Free Tibet."
I bought the sticker to make a political statement, to say that i thought that Tibet should be made free from domination by China, that Tibetans should have their own autonomous state returned to them. For a long time that's all i thought about when i thought about the sticker. Then one day about five years ago it occurred to me that that two word phrase might have many different meanings. one of them being a statement that, contrary to appearances, "Tibet is free." I could not wrap my mind around that idea until tonight when i read the following passage in Rohr's The Naked Now.
(Writing about "Awareness" and Non-dualistic thinking and how these subdue the ego ) "I can then begin to enjoy all things in themselves, and not in terms of their usefulness or importance or threat to me. This "I", this "little ole me" stops being the significant reference point for anything. (Nothing else deserves to be called freedom except this foundational freedom from the self which is why even imprisoned people and physically limited people can be utterly free.)
I have been told that at the time China occupied Tibet in the 1950s, ten percent of the population had achieved Buddhist enlightenment. Tibet may not only be free, it may be the most free place in the world!