poem: the soul perseveres the ego

poem: the soul perseveres the ego

when one’s soul
exits its cycle of nourishment
entering the cycle of famine
it must be endured

one’s self must simply
get out of the way
and receive the unmerited
grace of the Cosmos

succumbing to a poor attitude
is but a misperception of the Truth
from which we must reawaken
time and again

taking leave and taking care
to not further poison
this world of illusion through our
selfish thought, word, and deed

then returning from the wilderness;
its solitude, and silence,
having faced the shadows
the soul again Self nourishing all

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
July 23, 2021

art by Frida Kahlo
‘The Love Embrace of the Universe’

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:  a day at Bird Heaven Hill

poem: a day at Bird Heaven Hill

arising early at first light
waking slowly sipping coffee
then out to hear the dense bird song
and to see the overnight blooms
scanning the sky and vistas
back inside making Cathey’s
ginger green tea elixir
checking friend’s post and messages
writing it all down
before business of the day sets in
Cathey comes down to nap
on the couch near me
we are well here
on Bird Heaven Hill
where all is regarded with love

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 30, 2021

photos by Herb Stone
‘Just Outside my Door’

 

poem: the nature of the wild within

poem: the nature of the wild within

what is our true nature
closest to our most original self
in the inner wilderness
of shadow, soul, self/Self?

in our most untamed,
unmanaged, uncontrolled,
state of being, in our inner wildness,
who are we truly and authentically?

has being handled by the dominant systems
of power, control, and violence
rendered us but thoughtless, heartless, soulless
ghosts of production, consuming, and hostilities?

beloveds, the inner way traverses
a pathless land of wilderness, where here
in silence and solitude, bit by bit, we now find
the wild, untamed truth of our original nature

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 23, 2021

Art ‘Raven Dreams’
by Cathy McClelland

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poem: aging together here and now

poem: aging together here and now

here in the church
of God’s Creation worshipping
in the woods, dales, and lakes

doing the work of bringing light unto the self
practicing Self realization, resisting the Empire
and all that separates us from Creation

residing in authentic communities
of healing and belonging with others
who value sharing the work and doing the practice

walking in nature, creating,
writing down the bones
taking care of one another and those we may

here and now in our aging together
releasing worldly desires, falling upward,
in the cloud of unknowing

flowing with Cosmic energy
connecting root to crown
filling hearts with grace, love, hope, faith

beloveds, we are fine

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 16, 2021

photo: the author and his wife at Bird Heave
Hill in the Southern Hills of Nashville

Author’s note: Just a little love note from Cathey
and I to all our beloveds that we are fine here on
Bird Heaven Hill doing the quiet, slow practice and
work of Self, mutuality, belonging together, and oneing,
and we invite you all to join together in authentic
communities of intentionality, purpose, and meaning.

Let us love one another!

poem: friends gathering for spiritual practice

After weeks of struggle, this poem comes to me to share with you all dear Beloveds
I offer this original poem today for all, who like myself, have been out of sorts and out of balance lately with worldly desires and worldly challenges which can result in attachments that distract us from a more holistic and healthy way of being. As both beings of immanence and transcendence I believe we must seek the middle path of health, wholeness, grace, and love. What better way to do this than to gather in circles as Beloveds with the intention of balancing our lives and life together.

presently gathering our selves in sadhana
aligning our very being as one
balancing satchitananda
friends, let us sit still and quiet in the circle

focusing on the breathe (discerning)
concentrating on the breathe (witnessing)
contemplating the breathe (knowing)
meditating on the breathe (being)

opening to the object breathe
as the action breathing
through the seer breather
one with all the Cosmos

balancing the spiritual energy incarnated
now dormant in our root chakra
with the Cosmic pool of Creator God universal
available at our crown chakra

emptying, dependence arising
opening the heart chakra
energy flowing root, heart, crown
non-doing, non-achieving

we pray silently
our being at One with the spiritual energy
of the Radical Love of all lying in the bosom
of the Universal God of the Cosmos

just so
let it be
so be it
satchitananda

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 6, 2021

photo of author and wife Cathey
at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida in the dunes

Author’s note: Satchitananda is sanskrit
for ‘truth, consciousness, bliss ’ describing the
experience of the highest reality of existence.
Sadhana is sanskrit for the intentional practice
of attaining higher consciousness. Chakra is
sanskrit for ‘wheel’ and refers to the
focal points of energy systems throughout the
body. Balancing the chakras involves proper
alignment of the energy in the seven main
body chakras so that the energy at our
root chakra located at the tip of our spine
flows unimpeded to the crown chakra at
top of our head allowing us to experience
the truth and bliss of the highest reality of
universal God consciousness.