Jun 062014
Artwork by Lucio Lopez Cansuet

Artwork by Lucio Lopez Cansuet

So many of us feel an agonizing longing to contribute something meaningful to the deficits of our time. But years can disappear in the doing of duties, in the never-reaching of rising expectations, in the always-falling-short of proving of one’s enoughness.

The truth is that if we really want to make an eloquent offering of our lives, we have to step out of that ‘call and response’ relationship with the external world and locate our source of guidance within.

To hear the rhythm of your indigenous song, to fall in step with the poetry of your unfolding, first there must be a clearing away: a ‘temenos’ of simplicity in which to dwell.

Strike a holy grove of silence where you can listen as you long to be heard, see as you long to be seen, recognize where you long to be relevant, needed and necessary in the Family of Things.

Sink down into that fissure – not into the nostalgia of Before your Trust was Broken – but right down into the estrangement, and let the grief of your disappointment soften the soil of you so you can be the seed come finally broken open.

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  7 Responses to “Strike a Holy Grove”

  1. This is such a beautiful piece Toko-pa. “…we have to step out of that ‘call and response’ relationship with the external world and locate our source of guidance within.” This “call and response” relationship with the external world has been engrained in my bones it seems. So deeply I long for the comfort and the eloquence of my own dance freely moving and grooving through every breath I take.

  2. I love this writing, the message was very meaningful to me today as I read it in the flow of a synchronicity after reading a dream of my, own where I discovered an ancient sacred grove of trees with inlaid lapis mosaic tile in the ground. In the dream, I knew this as a safe sacred place I would visit as a child, to journey into the dreaming. I hear the call to revisit this sacred grove and revision my world.

  3. Thank you Toko-pa. Your words go to the deepest places that have no words of their own, to give a name, and therefore a voice, to those profound feelings. Beautiful. <3

  4. Yes, Standing in the sublime. This is where poetry is born, where the Soul shines through. We grow strong at the broken places. It is our transparency that makes us real. Thank you for this beautiful post!

  5. Beautiful and reassuring, that our strengths lie within the kernel of our own self/seed. Thank you, as always.

  6. ABSOLUTELY perfect rendering of this longing and need!
    Thank you!

  7. Love it…been working and allowing myself to find that spot, that seed…some days I hold it in because I feel as if it could grow quite large. I have become comfortable in my anonymity yet I long for more. It is a real push pull….

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