*Brian Wilcox. 'celebrating Life'. Flickr
A continuance of dialogues with a sage who did not see himself as a sage, but others did; from Brian K. Wilcox. "Meetings with an Anonymous Sage," with preceding verse.
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Presence, essentially, does not welcome
Presence is welcoming
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you are already, always
you are they
they are you
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We spoke of sharing later on invitational presence. What's that?
We can look at two words, for that. "Invitational," meaning the nature is to invite; yes, this invitation is ongoing, for "Presence" cannot be other than invitational. Presence does not have to do anything to invite, for it is, again, by nature invitational.
So, how do I become invitational?
You already are, for you are.
That sounds, again, like one of your weird-sounding sayings.
That you are, your isness, that not touched by time, bornless and deathless, is Presence, for you share in Presence. You do not have to do anything to be invitational, welcoming. The most pure expression of welcome is spontaneous, totally one with Presence, with Isness. When you are surrendered to Presence, you are welcoming without trying to be welcoming. Trying to be welcoming can block the naturalness of the invitation. Jesus or Buddha could walk along a road and be invitational without saying anything or doing anything to welcome ~ the same with you.
But I usually don't want to be with others. I enjoy solitude.
Being invitational is not equated to how much time you are with others in physical proximity; even alone, Presence is invitational. If you were in a cave alone for months, Presence would be welcoming. This is subtle in nature, do not try to understand it with the mind. Presence reveals Itself, simply grow with Presence, and you will see this. And, actually, solitude enhances the power of this invitational aspect of Being. Yet, you need time with others, as an expression of that solitude, even if you feel called to live as a solitary. We humans need other humans, and the path does not negate that need to share with others in physical proximity. The solitary is simply following the inner directive to shape his or her life from solitude, but this is not an escape from others. One can feel very close to others in solitude, while very alone in the midst of many.
*Brian Wilcox. 'radiance'. Flickr
(C)Brian K. Wilcox, 2019
The theme of "Lotus of the Heart" is 'Living in Love beyond Beliefs.' This work is presented by Brian K. Wilcox, of Maine, USA. You can order Brian's book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, through major online booksellers.