• Rev. Ani

The Primary Illusion

Poems From The Porch


The brilliance of white


Birds conversing in a foreign language


Sun shining through purple, revealing it as lavender


Leaves and petals waving with the dancing daisies


Gentle chime inviting awareness


The spaciousness to notice and breathe – – to welcome this moment with an open heart


Whom are you walking toward today?


Who is walking toward you?


See now the hungry eyes of the white and purple,

the birds and the daisies,

beckoning you to recognize yourself in their reflection.


The union you seek is right here, right now.


All are hues of the One Light.


Go toward the Light with your eager heart,

filled with grief and pain and ecstatic joy.


Behold, with each step, the Light approaching you, too.


Relax and receive,

recognize and embrace,

that separation has always been

an illusion.

 

Engaging With The Poem


Poetry can be a doorway to the soul and your own creativity. Throughout the ages, the written word has been used as a means to access personal truth and as a vehicle for prayer through the practice of sacred reading (lectio divina). I encourage you to try this beautiful practice and let its fruits be self-evident.


How to Practice Sacred Reading


· READ


· REFLECT


· RESPOND


· REST


Read the passage through slowly more than once, noticing how it feels in your body and the response of your heart.


Reflect: What word resonates with you? What phrase speaks to you? What overall personal meaning comes to you? Allow yourself to follow a tangent.


Respond by making space for the prayer of your heart to manifest. Write down the words and/or phrases that resonate with you and allow them to arrange themselves into your own poem or prayer.


Rest with your eyes closed, perhaps using the word that most resonates with you as your mantra for silent meditation.

 

Dear friend,


May your mind be peaceful and calm,


may your body be relaxed and comfortable,


and may your heart be filled with love.


Thank you for reading.


Blessings and gratitude,


Ani

 

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