LOTUS OF THE HEART
Living in LOVE beyond Beliefs
We Share One Life, We Are One Life
[O]n balance, I would prefer a thousand mistakes in extravagance of love to any paralysis in wariness of fear. Our world has known too much of fear, defensiveness, and mistrust; I think we could use a healthy dose of unmitigated, mistake-making loving.
*Gerald G. May. The Awakened Heart.
A monk went to talk with the Abbot. "Father," he said, "Brother Martin seems so holy but so unhappy. Why is this?" Replied the Abbot, "My son, for Brother Martin would rather stand in the right than to let himself fall into Love."
Mystic Love Poem
A Face in wine stillness
red like red world
there a raindrop ... splash! ... I
drowning gleefully in sweet intoxication
submerged in a liquid galaxy, and
awakened from a long sleep
I arose from the grave in Love again
"Brian, you really never left
for the ache behind every pursuit of intimacy
shaped the labyrinthine way that led you, oft unknowing,
back to my Heart"
"If you'd never lost Me
you would have never
Good deaths open to Life
other deaths increase the separation
surrender to the right demise
and say "Goodbye!" forever
to your old life
Become the seed
that when sown
grows to be the bud
that rises daily in Love
to kiss the Sun
Give the Beloved the rope
He knows best how to tie your heart
to His heart, forever, ... Surrender makes everything
possible in this playfulness
Remember, if you want to appear sane ...
you'll never make this mad love
with the Friend; leave behind
appearances, and normality, become a
child again, ... no before even that
before you forgot your Oneness with Love
*Brian K. Wilcox, July 10, 2007
You answer this question for yourself ~ no one can answer it for you~: Am I going to let this relationship grow and deepen according to its own mystery, or am I going to try to fit it into a structure I have been told is as it should be?
The challenge and daring of the spiritual one, as contrasted with others, is welcoming a space of pure being in which the structure that led one to that point of the question of surrender no longer applies to where one is being drawn silently by Grace.
If you want the safety of the should be, you will remain outside the wall of Paradise. If you choose to remember and receive the wonder of Oneness-in-Love, you surrender should to the mysterious leadings of unseen Grace.
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©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!
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