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Poem of the Week-“God Exists Quietly” December 7, 2009

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Hello everyone!  I appologize the decline in frequency in posts, but we both have had a lot going on recently.  I was listening to my iPod the other day and was inspired to share the poem below.  It is by the singer/songwriter Jewel, who also writes poetry and paints in her spare time.  Think what you want of her music, but the following poem is a well-written meditation on connecting with a Higher Power through nature.

 

God Exists Quietly

God exists quietly.

When I sit still and contemplate
the breeze that moves upon me
I can hear Him.

For hours I would lay
flat upon the meadows
stare at the
endless field of blue sky
and revel in
the divine placement of all things.

I would walk alone
in the woods and let my mind wander
freely, stumble across theories
on the origins of myself
and all things.

In nature I knew all things had
their place. None supreme,
none insignificant and so
great peace would come to me
as I fit neatly in the folds
between dawn and twilight.
Living in sync with the rhythm
of the earth, eating what
we grew, warming
ourselves by the coal fire,
creating
myself in the vast silence that existed
between the wild mountains of Alaska
and our front porch.

I grew to love the
Nature of god.
I knew Him best not in churches, but

alone with the sun shining on me through the treesIt birthed a space in me
that would continue to
crave the sacred
and demand sanctity
as my life took flight
and lit out to travel
the world.It has grounded me
and held me steady
in the strong winds
that have carried me
so far from
where I have been.

Prayer is the greatest
swiftest
ship my heart could sail upon.

For more of Jewel’s poetry, check out her book, Night Without Armor:  Poems, written by Jewel Kilcher in 1999.

Where do you connect most with a Higher Power (God, the Universe, etc)?  Do you feel the most spiritually aware in communal worship in a church setting, or by alone in nature?

 

Poem of The Week: “At Risk” November 16, 2009

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AT RISK

Life is always lived at risk.
We may grow complacent
And not realize it.
We may not snell the fresh sweat
Of anxiety or excitement,
But what are we breathing for?
Touch the nerve of passion
And live for greatness.
Fear of failure stops many,
But Death stops everyone.
So love without restraint,
Create the New,
Follow the courage of your highest dream.
Fate favors your daring.
Risk surrounding to Love,
And gain your Soul.

From the book “Art Psalms” by Alex Grey. Pg 87

What is your reaction to this week’s poem?

 

Poem of the Week: “Forgive Me, Creator” November 3, 2009

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Forgive Me, Creator

Source of all art,

Forgive my shirking

Your gifts.

I have received your visions and songs,

Been inspired by your

Angelic emissaries and

Carried aloft by your grace

And yet have not fulfilled the mission

You’ve given me.

I’ve operated below my potential.

I’ve been distracted by unworthy matters,

Wasted precious time.

I promise to work harder

And devote my life

To sharing creations that cause minds

To catch fire with

Your gifts.

 

Grey, Alex.  Art Pslams.  Berkeley:  North Atlantic Books, 2008.  p 79.

 

Any reactions?

 

Poem of the Week-“Spiritual Surrender” September 22, 2009

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci

 

Spiritual Surrender

  

spiritual surrender to the unknown

return to a path ignored and overgrown

clear away fear and stagnation

bow down at the feet of all Creation

accept the lessons, new and old

heed the warnings of trouble foretold

open myself wholly to Love and Light

expand my vision beyond physical sight

abandon the need for practical reason

live by the rhythms of the Mother’s seasons

swept away in nature’s harmony

it has taken many lifetimes to begin this journey

 

 

–Property of the Mermaid Tree.  2009.  The above cannot be reproduced in whole or part without author’s consent.

 

 What was your reaction to Spiritual Surrender?  Are there any poems or prayers that you associate with the Autumnal Exquinox?  Share them in a comment.

 

 

Poem of the Week– “The Illusion” September 15, 2009

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The Illusion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

fallen

crawling

needed

gnawing

reached for truth

and came back empty-handed

each creature to discover

on their own

what occurs in their inbetweens

it takes a nanosecond

to slip

to learn the lesson

is balance found or created?

made to conform to our will

what we are willing to do

this illusion comes out of the shadows

the dark

that challenges the light

the grey

that stands against defined right

the temptation

too strong to fight

we are called to see the consequence

when Space and Time come back into focus

not lose our true center

spiritual locus

 

–Property of the Mermaid Tree. 2009.  The above may not be reproduced without obtaining permission from the author. 

 

Share your favorite spiritual poetry or words of wisdom in a comment.

 

Poem of the Week–“Art Psalms” September 9, 2009

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Words are such powerful ways of sending out energy to the Universe.  Each word we say transmits a certain energy, combined with the intention of the speaker.  This is why affirmations work so well.  When we send out expectations to the Universe, those words bring what we desire into our lives.  If you are working toward a life change or want to bring in more of something in your life, try starting your day by saying, “I have _____” or “I am _____” every morning and see what happens.  The most important thing is to be clear in your desire and intention. 

 Another great way to use words is to write them on things you with to imbue with that energy.  For example, writing love or happiness or inner peace on the outside of a water bottle will imbue the water (or whatever liquid) inside the bottle with the energy from those words.  In turn, when you drink that liquid, you will be taking in that energy.  Always use positive energy words and before using words to imbue the water, energetically clear it of any negative energy it may have incorporated during its journey to you.  For more information of water’s reactions to negative a positive energy, check out one of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s books.  He has done a lot of interesting research on the subject.

 Personally, words have always had a deep effect on me.  My favorite songs are my favorites because of the lyrics and how I connect with them.  I’ve also written poetry since I was very young and used words to help me expel stagnant or negative energy so that I may continue to grow, spiritually and emotionally.

 So, after that long introduction, I would like to present to you the Mermaid Tree’s first installation of our ongoing project of “Poem of the Week.”  Our first one comes from the book Art Psalms by Alex Grey.  On page nine in the 2008 edition. 

 

Art Psalms

Angels dictate mystic rants,

Accompanied by picture prayers.

Precious alloy of art and wisdom,

Forged in a soul furnace,

Beaten on the anvil of discontent

Until shaped suitable for the altar

In the Church of Vision

Where creativity is religion.

 

We seek through art

To recover our center,

To remember our soul’s task,

To stop sleepwalking in confusion,

To stop managing our depression,

To harness the passion of inextinguishable love,

To find the One Godself,

Hidden throughout creation.

Art is the scab healing the wound

Of the separate-self illusion.

 

Creators alligned with Divine Will

Make the soul perceptible.

Artist priests with minimal dogma

Transfix, transform, and evolve

The chaotic melding of cultures,

Through the dross of ego

To superconsciousness fusion

With the Nature-field.

Suddenly, Holy Spirits are everywhere.

Saviors invent solar panels,

Restore species, and habitats mushroom,

Alchemically transmuting earthly desacration.

All creatures, brothers and sisters,

Planet as Holy Temple.

 

"Holy Spirit" By Alex Grey.  Acrylic on wood.  1998.  Page 8 in Art Psalms.

"Holy Spirit" By Alex Grey. Acrylic on wood. 1998. Page 8 in Art Psalms.

How do you use words in your spiritual life?  Share them along with your reactions to the above poem in a comment below!