This week's Sunday Sermon opens up with a prayer and ends with a poem. Between the two I explore the concept and symbolism of spirals and how they show up and impact our lives and our thoughts. When we increase our awareness of the spiral nature of life, it's much easier to have faith, build trust, and surrender in the day to day. We better understand that life, progress, and existence simply aren't linear. From there I explored the relationship between faith, trust, and surrender by revisiting, deconstructing and refining views I've previously held. Enjoy - and here's the poem:
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE GUEST The hand sat in the classroom Of the eye
And soon learned to love Beauty.
The sky sat in the classroom Of God
And now look what it gives us at night: All that is learned.
There was a time when man Was so burdened with survival That he rarely bathed in dancing sounds.
But dear ones, Now drop your pointed shields that wound.
What happens to the guest who visits the house Of a great musician?
Of course his tastes become refined.
There are some who can visit That Luminous Sphere that reveals This life never Was,
The truth of that experience Is reserved for so Very few;
God draws back like a kite Some of those who get lost in the Sun
And after their recovery From being sublimely independent, Having known the Unspeakable Union--
They might try again with all their courage To sing a simple tune like this:
"What happens to the guests who keep visiting The verse of a Perfect One?
Their voices and cells become refined And like the soft night candle (the moon)
They begin to give this world All the light they have Learned."
Your hand sits in the classroom Of God,
An apprentice as Hafiz was, Mastering the crave of Divine beauty
As this earth spins on The Potter's Wheel.