THE VAST CORE STILLPOINT
A BALM OF GILEAD
WTHOUT BEGINNING OR END
6:52 AM - 1/24/16
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
–Tao Te Ching
Some say, "Well, Abraham you teach selfishness."
And we say, yes we do, yes we do, yes we do,
because unless you are selfish enough to reach for that connection,
you don't have anything to give anyone, anyway.
And when you are selfish enough to make that connection--
you have an enormous gift
that you give everywhere you are.
Joy is the music,
Knowledge is the performer,
the Infinite All is the composer and audience.”
the divine reality must not be sought as something far away,
separate from us, in a heaven to which we may ascend only after death;
but rather as something close at hand, forever, and forever in the inmost of us: "more interior to us," as Thomas Aquinas says, "than we are to ourselves."
Thus the holiness of life is not a kind of attribute
but inherent in the divine nature of the ground,
the divine spirit of man.
which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult,
then what now appears to us as the most alien
will become our most intimate and trusted experience.
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us act, just once,
with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our love.