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Endings and beginnings, they are equal points on a continuum. In fact, they can be the very same point. The word “commencement” illustrates this perfectly. Commencement often denotes the ceremony that formally marks the end of a period of education. It is a place of ending, of completion. But what was intended has been accomplished and now life must change. Therefore, it is also a place of beginning, of commencing.

So, if they can be the same point, the same moment in time, what differentiates an ending from a beginning? Flow. To achieve an ending, you must make a beginning.

Like the moon that swells to fullness, it must empty before it can fill again. It cannot revert backward, cannot shift from full to still filling without first emptying and making room for more. Neither can the moon rest indefinitely in its fullness. The heartbeat of the Sacred pulses and the sacred dance of life flows on. As children of the Sacred we too must flow with that heartbeat. To dance from completion to completion, we too must empty, must release to the flow and start anew. To achieve an ending, you must make a beginning.

Just as I sense
the contents gelling
Just as the brew
reaches full steep
Just as the flavors
blend to harmony
Just then ripples the spoon
as the Lady stirs
the cauldron anew

by Jennifer L. Jacoby

 

Peace and long life… Jennifer

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Peace… it is a word whispered in hope, even an icon for a way of life. Some describe peace as stillness, as the absence of movement or change, as stasis. But through the lens of the Great Unfolding, peace is the outcome of right relationship.

The fire of life must burn. Its light activates the darkness, awakens potential into becoming. The fire also offers warmth to invigorate and vitalize.  Its flame sparks the dance that is the Great Unfolding. Like a cook fire for a pot of stew, should the flame burn too hotly, the stew will cook too fast, become scorched as the liquid is consumed and the contents toughen. Should the flame burn too little, the stew will never cook, the ingredients remaining raw and cold. When the flame burns just hotly enough to offer the right amount of heat to cook the contents of the stew – this is the place of right relationship.

The Norse tradition would call this Jera, the act of doing things in the correct order and at the appropriate time that yields beneficial bounty in harmony with self, nature and Sacred. Jera means doing only what is needed, no more, no less. It means consuming only the needed amount, no more, no less. Jera is a way of Ahimsa, of doing no harm, of acting in harmony with the Great Unfolding. Some call it being in the flow. Others call it peace… Peace is the outcome of right relationship.

Verse 37, “The Second Book of the Tao”
by Stephen Mitchell

Though the Master does nothing,
her not-doing is the opposite of inaction.
Because she acts without effort,
each task does itself, in its own time.
Her body may move or not move,
but her mind is always at ease.

 

Peace and long life… Jennifer

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