Wisdom Trove

We all have keys to the Hidden Monastery, a place whose foundation is Love with vistas found round the Earth. Enter in and we discover we are invited to playful and visionary encounters. The great and  golden forms of intelligences in the arts open up into Holy Mystery. As storytellers in Kazakhstan say,

“It was the seventh day.  God had finished making the world when they realized they had forgotten to give human beings their brains.  So they filled a jug with brains, called an angel and said,’Go and give human beings their brains!’ The angel flew down to Earth and found so many people that there were not enough brains to go around.  So the angel gave each person a drop of brains.

Then God looked down on creation and saw war, jealousy, hunger, and tears. ‘Human beings have only got a bit of brain each,’ they said. ‘I need someone with a whole brain to sort them out.’ So God made one more person and filled that person’s brains right up to the top with stories, songs, poems, and sparkling words.  They sent the storyteller down to Earth, to tell, and sing wisdom into foolish human hearts.”  (Utne, Mar/Apr ’04)

Imagination gives you a whole brain and body to unlock your relationship with Divine Presence. That Realness is never imposed. It arises spontaneous and free. This is why any practice that promotes healthy spontaneity is so beneficial.

Purpose Reflection

 

To enter the Hidden Monastery you need to open your heart.
How do you do this?

It helps to look for an inspiring friend.
Friendship turns on the lights.
Wherever Two or More Gather
the hidden arc and open field of love arise.
The friend could be an animal, loved one, ancestor,

a tree, a guide, an impassioned throng of disciples
You may encounter the Ineffable Hand.
This is why they say Love Your Neighbor.
It’s the way to the Gift.

Another way is to notice any sacred space
Bow to it when you leave and each time you arrive.

Once initiated by Love, life’s turmoil gets clear.
Do you sense a restless desire to search Love’s many rooms.
To sit on your own stump and meditate.
Why not devote yourself to silence, song, practice,
teaching, study, acts of joy and service?
To let curiosity lead keep play alive.

Don’t be distressed if Great Love causes aches of
loneliness, confusion or debasement.
Nothing compares once you eat from a holy garden.
If you feel crazy, unconsolable, even depressed.
Love sill arises spontaneously so
Keep your heart room ready and open.

One day the Way will gentle you.
You may even decide to move into the Monastery,
at one with its everydayness where
wandering down a hall,
in the garden, or under the night sky you are bound to
suddenly find yourself lost in Glory.

stained glass on floor

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