Now is the time of dark invitation
Beyond a frontier that you did not expect;
Abruptly, your old life seems distant.
You barely noticed how each day opened
A path through fields never questioned,
Yet expected deep down to hold treasure.
Now your time on earth becomes full of threat;
Before your eyes your future shrinks.
You lived absorbed in the day to day,
So continuous with everything around you,
That you could forget you were separate;
Now this dark companion has come between you,
Distances have opened in your eyes,
You feel that against your will
A stranger has married your heart.
Nothing before has made you
Feel so isolated and lost.
When the reverberations of shock subside in you,
May grace come to restore you to balance.
May it shape a new space in your heart
To embrace this illness as a teacher
Who has come to open your life to new worlds.
May you find in yourself
A courageous hospitality
Towards what is difficult,
Painful and unknown.
May you use this illness
As a lantern to illuminate
The new qualities that will emerge in you.
May the fragile harvesting of this slow light
Help you to release whatever has become false in you.
May you trust this light to clear a path
Through all the fog of old unease and anxiety
Until you feel arising within you a tranquility
Profound enough to call the storm to stillness.
May you find the wisdom to listen to your illness:
Ask it why it came? Why it chose your friendship?
Where it wants to take you? What it wants you to know?
What quality of space it wants to create in you?
What you need to learn to become more fully yourself
That your presence may shine in the world.
May you keep faith with your body,
Learning to see it as a holy sanctuary
Which can bring this night-wound gradually
Towards the healing and freedom of dawn.
May you be granted the courage and vision
To work through passivity and self-pity,
To see the beauty you can harvest
From the riches of this dark invitation.
May you learn to receive it graciously,
And promise to learn swiftly
That it may leave you newborn,
Willing to dedicate your time to birth
Hi everyone. This is a quick post to tell you of some of the things going on hear at Back to the Source at the moment.
You may have noticed that I have not written very many new articles in the last month or so. That is because I've started work on creating 2 new books! I'm really enjoying the creative process and look forward to where this goes.
Book 1: A book on 'coping with change' - the themes of 'loss of identity' and 'working with the concept of death' will be prominent in this book. It's going to explore exactly what causes us to have difficulty with change, and how we can embrace the small and large changes and losses in our lives. It's going to show a way beyond the limiting identities that we have - a way that makes us whole, all of the time.
Book 2: I've recently been given the opportunity to write a children' book! I'm very excited about this project. It's really proving to be a valuable exploration and I'm learning a lot about myself through it. It will be a set of short, magical stories, based on real life but set in the context of 'myth'. It will be aimed at children of around 7-10 years old. It's going to be about finding 'real' magic in everyday life, connecting with spirit and the earth. I'm also doing my own illustrations for it, so I'm very much looking forward to dusting off all the old paint brushes!
So stay tuned! I'm going to be creating a separate blog for the children's book, which I'll link here soon. Also, keep checking in as I'll post some more articles soon and maybe some 'sneak peaks' at what's to come in the books!
Continuing the theme of wisdom from children's books, here's a quote from 'Tuck Everlasting' a children's novel about what being immortal means. I find this quote great because it states such an obvious and simple truth, and our conditioning causes us to forget this time and time again.
My name is Richard. I love to write, and here you can find my general musings, observations and articles. Enjoy!
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