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Being Carried To Where I Need To Be.


by Ojibway (Anonymous)
English version by Robert Bly and Frances Densmore

Sometimes I go about pitying myself,
and all the time
I am being carried on great winds across the sky.

-- from Art & Wonder: An Illustrated Anthology of Visionary Poetry, Edited by Kate Farrell

"Usually all it takes is a shift in perspective....

But we need to make sure we don't 'do' as a way to avoid feeling in the first place.

Also we must make sure we don't 'do' as a way to reinforce our limited ideas about our circumstances and our suffering.

The first thing to do, is to not do anything, and, instead, to allow our perspective to shift. See what we see. This is the most potent act possible. Seemingly doing nothing, all of reality changes. The willingness to step aside from our own internal dramas allows us to recognize -- and utilize -- the great currents already flowing soundlessly through our lives. Then, in harmony with that underlying momentum, when we choose to act, our actions have a potency and purpose that can seem almost magical...." -- Ivan M. Granger.
Poetry Chaikhana | Sacred Poetry from Around the World

Taoists, American Indians, Christians, and the universe seem united this week in a conspiracy to teach me the value of stillness and emptiness.  I am being carried to where i need to be, no point in trying to fight it or help it along.  Its like walking around inside a moving train, it doesn't matter if i do or don't, i'll still wind up at the station.

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Jul. 13th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
This, that you just posted:
I am being carried to where i need to be, no point in trying to fight it or help it along. Its like walking around inside a moving train, it doesn't matter if i do or don't, i'll still wind up at the station.

Thank you. Last night a friend I've known and worked with for 13 years became very angry with me and hung up the phone on me because she wanted me to admit that Hell exists and that if people don't accept Jesus they will go there; she knows my youngest daughter is an agnostic verging on atheist and she began pushing me to admit that if my daughter doesn't get 'saved' she will burn forever. I told her that is why I left Christianity, I cannot hold with any supreme being who claims to be all LOVING that would commit souls, no matter how dark and twisted, to burn for eternity; if nothing else, simply 'euthanizing' such souls to a painless oblivion would be kinder, even given 'free will' and those souls' choices to do evil. She said that's not how it works, God can still love us but have to let us condemn ourselves to the fire. And apparently He leaves us there for eternity, which is something I, as a parent myself would NEVER do to my child, no matter what that child did of his or her own free will. My daughter is more 'moral' and socially conscious and giving than a lot of Christians I know, but she's to burn forever because she just cannot make herself believe something neither her heart nor intellect can accept? I've had too many Christians asking me if my son repented before he died so we can all be sure he is in Heaven now rather than burning; and with each reiteration of that I grow angrier and angrier. This morning I woke up so depressed because I don't want to fight with this friend, and her hanging up on me might as well have been a literal slap in my face; she said I was trying to 'shove' my buddhist ideas onto her and weaken her own faith, and I told her I was not trying to do that, that I was trying merely to share my own views so that maybe she might understand better where I'm coming from and why I can have issues with some of the major doctrines of the Christian faith and yet still be a spiritual person. She took it that I was trying to destroy HER faith or make her wrong, and that was not my intention. I told her I felt like I was more under attack for MY views than the other way around, so she hung up on me. We've had religious discussions many times and she's never been upset with me over anything I've shared, and I've always told her that's lovely if her faith comforts and strengthens her but that particular faith stopped being that for me a long time ago and I am still a searcher after my own truth. For whatever reason, last night she became very angry with me for still not returning to Christian dogma. So perhaps I've lost her friendship, and I know she and many of my family members think my crisis of faith is due to Daniel's death and that I am 'mental' right now and am like a dangerous bomb waiting to explode. Maybe that's true to some extent, but my 'crisis' began long before my son died, and as he was the only one who seemed to 'get' it and to understand me and support me in exploring where my conscience and my consciousness might lead, I just feel so very alone right now without him here to talk to. I want to ask him IS there Hell, where did you go, do we even have eternal souls, is reincarnation a thing, is all this worry and fretting and praying to be 'saved' just useless fear because it will all turn out okay in the end?...I've cried and cried this morning, just feeling so terrible and so low in my spirit, and reading that one sentence you posted just made me feel better. So thank you; I hope we Do get where we need to go and that EVERY soul, as the wisest bodhisattva might say, will find that good place in the end and be at peace. EVERY soul.
Jul. 14th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
Of course i agree with you.

My late sister, often threatened her siblings with "helll. She would that my brothers would join their father and deceased brother in hell if they did not accept Jesus and all that that implied for her. She meant well, and i always tried to take that intop consideration; but it did make any meaningful relationship almost impossible for me (and i am not into meaningless relationships.
I am sorry that you go through stuff like this, along with your groef. But i remember that other peoples' opinions of me
are none of my business, and i don't allow them to make me feel bad, ove and a ((HUG)))
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Jul. 14th, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: that means "full flee" is gaelic
Ah, Gaelic. I commend you!
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Jul. 20th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: that means "full flee" is gaelic
My positive reaction to the fact that you are learning Gaelic does not mean that i read or understand it. I do admire Celtic cultures but i only know of them through the Scotch, Welsh, and Irish poets, and Pelagius, and John O'Donahue,' Anam Cara.

I am monolingual due to my total absence of "ear" But i believe, in principle, that everyone should know at least two languages. since each language opens one to a different view of the world.
Jul. 14th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Your words speak profoundly to "my condition" today. Perhaps providentially so. Grateful.
Jul. 14th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
Small repayment for your continuing contributions to my spiritual growth
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