Reflection: Self Liberation  and Walking Each Other Home in Togetherness

Reflection: Self Liberation  and Walking Each Other Home in Togetherness

As the author Toko-pa Turner wrote in her seminal work Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home there has always been this “terror of otherness so malignant in this world” driving us to tribalism, racism (and other oppression of peoples), xenophobia, nationalism, and violence which keeps us divided, separated, and siloed. For many, it appears at this particular time in history, this toxic ‘malignant otherness’ is as extreme  as it has ever been in our lifetime.

Certainly within relationships there is a natural flow of being present and being absent. Grounded in the soul’s needs and development of Self, there is need for both periods of exile in the wilderness and feast of togetherness in community. Even outsiders operating at the margins of society long to belong authentically with others in community.  As humans, we share this need to live our most true Truth together and to have a Home community we can always return to where we may truly belong in authenticity.

And thus the arduous journey facing us all as individuals in the pathless wilderness exile begins here and now. Resisting the selfish, dominant cultural lies of othering being spread by those operating at the self level of human development, those so called authorities, i.e., politicians, clergy, teachers, CEOs, social media influencers, power brokers, etc., those of the social systems of domination, we go inward, conducting a scorching self inventory of the lies we tell ourselves and others, and die unto that self. Then resisting the lies of the external authorities and annihilating the lies of our inner self, having unlearned all we have  mistakenly been taught and believed, we are free to sift through the remains, for the Universal Truth beyond the self, allowing it to rise into the Light and to guide us for evermore.

Now Self liberated in Universal Truth, we join together each walking the other Home in Authentic Communities of True belonging eternally!

Herb Stone

image is the epilogue scene from  the movie ‘Cloud Atlas’

poem: lessons revealed on a midsummer’s walk

poem: lessons revealed
on a midsummer’s walk

the honey locust
wild apricot
and angelpod vine
surprise us today
as we walk the path
along Seven Mile Creekin these days

in theses days
just after midsummer,
hot and humid,
the cumulus clouds
signalling afternoon showers
are close at han

walking the damp Earth
revealing its lessons:
inseparability, impartiality,
and mutuality connect
all to the great nest of being
as divine universal love

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
July 11, 2021

photos by Herb Stone
‘Honey Locust, Wild Apricot,
and Angelpod Vine’

poem: life in a small world on a fragile planet (Smokey Redux)

poem: life in a small world
on a fragile planet
(Smokey Redux)

last evening
the sun nearing the horizon
here on Bird Heaven Hill
in the Southern Hills

haze from wildfires
in British Columbia
over 2,000 miles away
smudged the sky revealing

it is a small world
here on Earth Home
where all is connected
and ecosystems are fragile

our human impact is large
our neglect, denial, and apathy strong
our building in fragile ecosystems
our waste fueling climate change

structures fall into the sea
risking homes and lives
wildfires burn out of control
depleting ozone

now peering into the haze
clearly revealing our
human ego, hubris, and will
“Only you” saith Smokey the Bear

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
July 8, 2021

art images
U.S. Forest Service
unattributed

poem: the blessings of a daily walk

poem: the blessings of a daily walk

rambling
among the
wild carrot,
thistle,
crimson clover,
blackberries,
curly dock,
fields of wild flowers,
with the
dragon flies,
creek fish,
while tail,
in the
Southern Hills’ woods,
paddling the creeks,
then sitting a spell
in the deep shade
of mature trees,
with the cool breeze
on our face
fills our hearts
with unending gratitude
and grace

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
July 5, 2021

photos by the author
‘Our Recent Ramblings’

poem: giving way, letting go, surrender, redemption

poem: giving way, letting go,
surrender, redemption

have you surrendered
your success and privilege
of the ego’s personal greed
and swelling pride

and the imperialistic empire’s
power, control, and violence
for the life giving way
of empowerment, liberation, and peace

the noisy mind
in its cloying
sentiment and deceit
does not give way easily

all our self indulgence,
hubris, demanding,
pleading, and panic
finally must be relinquished

thus sitting silently
contemplating the void
of dependence arising
listening for the next right thing

the spirit seeks the balance
that the mind and body
cannot bear alone
in this world

now arising in our
organic, holistic, unified
heart of knowing
preparing us for right action

oh divine cosmic one
awaken in me
this practice that
ultimately redeems us

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 9, 2021

art by RSRLive Arts
‘Mind Body and Soul Kundalini’