An Inner Wakefulness
Aug31

An Inner Wakefulness

An Inner Wakefulness ~Rumi This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief. But there’s a difference with this dream. Everything cruel and unconscious done in the illusion of the present world, all that does not fade away at the death-waking. It stays, and it must be interpreted. And this groggy time we live, this is what it’s like: A man goes to sleep in the town where he has always lived and he dreams he’s living in another town. In the dream, he doesn’t remember the town he’s sleeping in his bed in. He believes the reality of the dream town. The world is that kind of sleep. The dust of many crumbled cities settles over us like a forgetful doze, but we are older than those cities. We began as a mineral. We emerged into plant life and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again. That’s how a young person turns toward a teacher. That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively. Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we...

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Dreaming Awake
Jul23

Dreaming Awake

So it is that I feel you within my heart I keep hearing you whisper to me with such love, “remember I am always with you.” This I know to be true. We have always been together, you and I, through other relationships, experiences, and choices along our journey of love and life. Yet even though I know that where I am right now is where I am meant to be, I miss you and I want to wrap myself around you completely and take you within me profoundly. I want to listen to random beats of the universe and create our own melodies to bask in to share with the world. I want to have deep conversations with you every day and fall asleep in your arms as we laugh about the observations of those we encountered along our path. Then we can play around with words to piece together a myriad of words describing our conclusions on human nature and interaction. At midnight, we’ll wake up, roll over to acknowledge our awakeness, and softly get up as we giggle our way into flip flops and light jackets. We’ll slowly make our way to the beach for a starlit stroll holding hands and thanking the heavens for this closeness and comfortable space we reside in together. When we reach the beach, we throw our shoes off and run along the sand, basking in the smooth coolness of the particles beneath our feet. We fall onto nature’s belly on our backs gazing up at the stars as we witness a shooting star rapidly making its way across the night blackness and realize that dreams absolutely do come true. We are dreaming awake, as we are here together. I move onto my side to place my head on your shoulder and look up into your deep brown eyes full of sweetness and innocence, knowing that I am fully at peace in your presence. You help me to see and feel the beauty that is me as I connect with the beauty that is you. You start to sing slowly to me as your lips graze my earlobe, sending shivers through my being, creating words right on the spot though it is the words I have dreamed you would sing to me years before now. Yes, we are dreaming awake, as we are here together. As I lay here beneath the sky we are sharing together wherever you are physically at this moment, I remember the words you whispered to me, “Remember I am always with you,” and I know this truth sustains me through each moment that I encounter now....

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