THE PARTY

“God’s ground and the soul’s ground are one ground.” Meister Eckhart

In other words, God’s essence and the soul’s essence are the same to great mystics
And that’s why no one will ever know God who doesn’t first know herself –
Socrates was the first Westerner to understand this.

God spends her time coming to know her own evolving universal “self” –
Using humanity as a “compass” to stay on track.

Eckhart’s “ground” is where the holy hits “base” spiritually –
Beyond all concepts, languages, and belief systems.

This “ground” is where God and the true self
Are falling deeply in love –
Preparing to join in a beautiful marriage of God and humanity –
Known to Jesus, familiarly, as “God’s Kingdom” –

This is the party to which we’ve been invited from day one.

SOME QUESTIONS

What, if anything, exists
Beyond matter, time, energy, and space?

What’s possible to imagine
Outside humanity’s collective memory?

Where should we look
For what’s been lost in the found?

How discover fresh love
In what’s been so long-possessed?

When will we gain courage
To approach the deader aspects in our souls?

The answer is always the same –

In a Holy Celebration!
Upon discovering our “true self” –
That exquisite gift from God described by mystics as

The “pearl”.

STILL A POSSIBILITY

It takes some imagination to experience the Holy –
God can’t be “painted” solely in prose – it always takes a “good dose” of the poetic
To display God’s brilliant colors.

Love is humanity’s expressway to God –
Jesus himself merged into God through love
And then informed everyone what he’d accomplished
So they could do the same.

Jesus never envisioned establishing a major religion –
Rather, he saw himself as a spiritual teacher
Who taught everyone could achieve a relationship to God
Similar to the one he had discovered.

So, if you do happen to follow Jesus’ teachings –
You’ll be able to gain important insights into the Divine –

Yes, it’s true, ecstasy still remains a possibility
For those of us living in the Twenty First Century.

POETS ARE BAKERS (for National Poetry Month)

Poets are bakers
Kneading wonder words into the food we need.

Sometimes, though, poets can start believing they’re even more ancient than the gods
And attempt to create greater worlds than those gods were ever able to achieve.

Poets’ most critical work, however, is discerning fresh uncharted paths
That they can barely see –
And have rarely had the opportunity to walk on themselves.

Poets also are carpenters
Building worlds not yet in focus – much less existence –
With unsettled words
Plucked out of the sweet invincible air.

Poets use words like nature uses colors –
And diligently work to design magic glasses
Through which “reality” may be seen.

Poets – humanity’s last surviving “world-makers.”

THE RIGHT QUESTION

We create a “self”
To protect our true self –
Which we may never come to know.

We protect this “self”
So that the true self – hidden deep inside –
Might, one day, feel safe enough to appear.

The “self” works, marries,
Saves for retirement –
And, generally, watches its step.

But this is not the Way –
Because one has to be willing for the ego-self to “die” for that.

Similarly, God turns out not to be “religious” at all – not in the slightest bit –
Because God is primarily a destroyer –
Obliterating artificiality wherever and whenever it appears.

Seven and a half billion people have been milling around –
Waiting for a word that could become the new “First Word” for humanity.

Who will speak it?
Who will frame the question we all want asked?

The day humanity finally gains its potential to become One
It will be asked
Because it’s always been the same question.

A FEMALE HERO

Women are becoming steadily more free –
And this is a good thing –
Yet, there’s still no female world hero
To model ourselves upon.

No female avatar.
Or messiah.

Women will only become completely free
When we can see a woman act as God would act –
Talk as God would talk –
And look as God would look –
If God were a human being.

Jesus did this, so did Buddha and Mohammed –
But, now, it’s a woman’s turn.

For humanity, as a whole, to become fully human
Women have to start becoming so “like God”
That we can actually see them living this in real life.

Recently, there’s been an increasing desire for women to achieve this –
Just look at all the movies filling up with female action heroes
Reflecting this long-repressed human desire.

It’s important, though, for the first one to actually arrive –
It might be “the purest-hearted girl in the world” from the Southern Hemisphere –
Who’ll teach us everything we need to know –
Who’ll embody God so we can see
What’s been lacking that can save us

Now.

THE PALE BLUE DOT

3.7 billion miles distant and still moving – on its way out of the solar system –

It’s 1990, and Carl Sagan has requested one last photograph from the Voyager 1 space probe –
So the camera turns and takes one final image of earth –
A “pale blue dot” from that distance – smaller than a pixel –

“Click.”

Think about “time” – how little is taken up by a single human life –
By humanity as a whole –
Or even by “life on earth.”

Given this, shouldn’t we be thinking about God’s perspective on things more
Than our individual egos?

After all, human beings were created by God
While egos are self-constructed –
Shadows, really, of our true selves.

Oops, that pale blue dot just got lost in the sunlight –
But there’s no “word” for the kind of world that’s no longer able to see itself.

Nothing’s ever lost, however,
No matter how large or small –
Size doesn’t matter to God
Only “reality” does.

That pale blue dot is loved by God beyond all human fathoming
Carrying the potential of an intelligent-loving, self-conscious form of life –
And, it’s a fact that a small number of these have already appeared –
But God has promised that more are on the way – and, one day, will include everyone.

Later on, when God gets in a much better mood,
God intends to place this beautiful blue planet on her ring finger –
Like a “blue-water” jewel –
Radiating light and life and literally infinite quantities of love –

Nothing will ever be discovered as valuable as this in any other universe!

Yes, it’s true our blue/green earth constitutes a jewel
God’s gaze has been centered upon –
Proof that God has decided to “marry” this tiny world that
One day, could be filled to overflowing with intelligent/loving human lives –
Innumerable “Friends of God”.

If you want to see our “pale blue dot”:

WHAT ARE MEN SO AFRAID OF?

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” 12 Mathew 32

The religious traditions that exclude women from a central role vis-à-vis God flagrantly sin against the Holy Spirit. By imposing strictures against women’s relationship with God, especially in preaching and teaching, men, in direct opposition to Jesus’ admonition, are forcefully diminishing the Holy Spirit by restricting it to one half of the human race – since the Holy Spirit is, of course, freely available to all human beings, not just to a single sex, and, certainly – not just to males.

So, what is it that men have been so afraid of? Is it that women’s natural love of nature implies they might also have the potential to be more intimate with God as well? And is that why men, so very long ago, felt an urgent need to manufacture a male “exemplar” God to prima facie exclude all images of women from the godhead? Or might it have been an even deeper fear – that God might actually possess strong feminine aspects?

There’s also been a lack of “inwardness” in our postmodern lives. It’s far easier to project human intelligence “outward” into science and technology, finance and politics, than “inward” where thinking inevitably has to confront emotions and feelings. Ironically, the outward “male” path is easier to follow than the inward “female” one because it’s so difficult for one’s rational thinking to sort out one’s emotions and feelings – especially when we become so “attached” to the latter. However, that’s where most of the “juice” in human life resides – along with an ability to get “real things done.”

Here’s the problem: in men’s traditional approach to religion, “spirit” has not been taken very seriously, while materialism has been avidly worshipped. As a result, the spiritual visions of Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed have, over time, become transformed by the religious institutions established in their name into a kind of ersatz spirituality – shading into frequently violence-tinged “spiritual materialism.” This has created the kind of spiritual imbalance that, one day, might flip humanity into a final tragic cycle of self-destruction.

The “hard” male-dominant social structures that have created this spiritual imbalance – i.e., the world’s vast, almost child-like, yet extraordinarily expensive military organizations, the constantly morphing multinational corporations, and the West’s “sacred” capitalist economic structures – by common consensus have now gone too far and are currently threatening humanity’s very existence.

In light of all of this, isn’t it time – even past time – to think about spiritually starting all over again – and modestly and respectfully requesting women’s help?