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The power of belief

What we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage. Over the years I have come to respect the power of people’s beliefs. The thing that has amazed me is that a belief is more than just an idea — it seems to shift the way in which we actually experience ourselves and our lives. According to the Talmudic teaching, “We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” A belief is like a pair of sunglasses. When we wear a belief and look at life through it, it is difficult to convince ourselves that what we see is not what is real. With our sunglasses on, life looks green to us. Knowing what is real requires that we remember that we are wearing glasses, and take them off. One of the great moments in life is the moment we recognize we have them on in the first place. Freedom is very close to us then. It is a moment of great power. Sometimes becase of our beliefs we may have never seen ourselves or life whole before. No matter. We can recognize life anyway. Our life force may not require us to strengthen it. We often just need to free it where it has gotten trapped in beliefs, attitudes, judgment, and shame.

— Naomi Rachel Remen, PhD, “Kitchen Table Wisdom”, p. 77

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The real

once

I held a memory

fresh, solid, strong

dew in June

before the deep greening

of my heart

I catch it again

just now

wriggling

in my wet fingers

throwing

a rainbow of light

into my soul—

elusive, the real—

I live

for the challenge

— tau May 2009

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Bursting

I am bursting forth

in light

in fire

in energy

bursting with Love –

my “burst-day” is coming!…

What if

shining forth

the truth of yourself

were

effortless?

— tau, April 2010

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Mid life

Of the three

children

you see there

in the picture

the one in the middle

is the doctor

who operated

on my knee.

She doesn’t even

look old enough

to be able to hold

a knife

safely.

How did time pass

so quickly?

It was me

not so long ago

who was another child

in the middle–

diploma in hand–

and I’m sure

someone had the same

questions

about me.

— tau, June 2009

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Heaven

Walking down the street

Contemplating

Guided by the desires of my feet

Pondering

Where do I go, what will inspire

Investigating

Nature’s beauty, oh how I admire

Seeing

Light bugs flash a pleasant show

Dancing

Wind at my body blows

Caressing

Earth is the giver to all

Loving

The biggest and even the small

Learning

Trees give us more than shade

Remembering

Fruit, nuts, and berries from the glade

Savoring

Sweet tastes and loving comfort from Her

Whistling

Harmonious songs, I finally concur

Realizing

Heaven is here behind the veil

Releasing

Old rhythms and ways of no avail

Beginning

My journey back to the oneness of it all

Sharing

This epiphany with you, it is my call.

— Candice Tomlin, July 10th, 2009

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Travellers

Remember, we are all travelers

who at birth began a journey through eternity.

— Settle Inn and Suites, WI

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Talk of change

The moon was white

in the stillness.  Daylight

changed without moving,

a hint of sundown

stained the sky.  We walked

the short grass,

the dry ground of the hill,

beholding

the tinted west.  We talked

of change in our lives.  The moon

tuned its whiteness a tone higher.

— Denise Levertov, “Evening Train”, On the Eve, p. 43

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