IN “REGRESSION & SOLITUDE”
WAY OF THE HOLY FOOL*
*See Quotes in Sunrise Section below
It is a way of living.
It is a way of transcending the banal inhibited self
finding the divine.
It is a struggling downward journey –
this stumbling, daring and devout pilgrimage
back to mature innocence and raw beauty;
to the sublime joy and the natural intelligence
and wisdom of the holy fool.
– how to not care and how to not know –
and how to actually enjoy that freedom
and understand what a blessed revitalizing state
all of that mess can be.
it is done for the inner world;
it is a self delighting other-worldly thing –
a getting lost in regression and solitude;
a sub-literate, semi-delirious way to be
with the spirited little fool in the depths
of one’s being for a while –
there to invent one’s art freely,
and there to find enchantment,
infinite surprise and the bright wondrous question
‘What is this?’
~ Michael Leunig
We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.
Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we may move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.
the movement of creation in our hearts.
And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.
Nothing can be loved at speed.
God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.
Attempting to control external events
will never keep us safe.
Control is an illusion.
Whatever we try to control, we separate from ourselves.
Whatever we try to fix, we ruin.
Life is sacred, and flows exactly as it should.
From The Tao Te Ching
– Chapter 29
There is no option.
Yet how desperately we work to escape,
deny, and hide that essential fact.
This effort is a tragic waste of time.
Not only is it futile,
it diverts energy
creativity, love and courage.
our existential vulnerability
can we possibly find
the adult courage and creativity
necessary for true transformation of our culture.
Only thus can we free ourselves
from manipulation that draws its power
from our fear.
into our own “courage to be,”
we will stop looking to others to hide our fears.
Perhaps, as we face the vulnerability of our lives
and find that we have courage and strength
beyond our expectations,
we will no longer tolerate
denial and pseudo-strength in leaders.
in simple surroundings is
an act of political agitation.
Perhaps facing whatever we face in life
without denial is a political coup.
the “courage to be”
is the most powerful act of revolution.
One must untie oneself from
The seeming independent entity called me.