Poem: Our Life Transformed

Poem: Our Life Transformed

The paradoxical tension of our lives
offer us each hope and healing,
the freedom from being puppets or robots,
relief from the whiplash of either/or thinking

We are programmed  from our birth;
false religion tells us we are fallen beings,
poor education teaches only one correct answer,
partisan politics, that we must all be one ideology

Yet our lives are many varied hues,
a much broader stroke,
a more impressionistic experience,
a rich, pastiche canvas of styles

Only our embrace of life’s tensions
offers true healing and  transformation of our very being
on a journey in a pathless land
to a true self of authenticity and belonging

One must be the salt and the yeast
and the fire and the blood
of this fermenting, purifying, soulful
life changing process that changes  everything

No one else can do it for you,
and no thing or no one must be allowed
to separate you from your spiritual truth;
such must be let go

Only such tenacity and meta morphing tension
can lead us on the no path
of yes/and, unitive consciousness to self truth,
authentic being, and belonging in community 

Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, August 2019


Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosopher Sage
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship. 
Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

Richard Rohr quote from his book “The Universal Christ”:

“…..if we have never loved deeply or suffered deeply, we are unable to understand spiritual things at any depth….Even God has to use love and suffering to teach you all the lessons that really matter. They are his primary tools for human transformation.” 

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