This poem is a favorite, we were taught it as children to learn that indeed all things are possible.

 

 

What if you slept

 

and what if

 

in your sleep

 

you dreamed

 

And what if

 

in your dream

 

you went to heaven

 

and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower

 

And what if

 

when you awoke

 

you had that flower in you hand

 

Ah, what then?

 

                                 

                                            -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

          in an interview recently

i was asked

“who do you feel has been your greatest spiritual teacher?”

good question

 

         my family?  

oh these beings of light

born to serve, born to heal

taught me so much

how to be here on earth

how to use my gifts

 

the great spiritual masters?

those enlightened ones i have been so very blessed to 

have studied with

they taught me discipline in my daily practice

taught me the more i know

the more i know that i know nothing

this is wisdom

 

no..

my greatest spiritual teacher has been

the one who hurt me the most

the one who pierced my heart

 

i thought i had an open heart

not until it was pierced through

very nearly shattered

did i realize how open a heart can become

 

what did i learn from this person?

this being who hurt me so?

 

forgiveness

the world has gone mad, they say

a narcissist is running for president,

many in power prey on fear, foster hate;

atrocities against woman, common place;

people fleeing their homeland by the thousands

a time of madness…

 

and then….

 

Blowing of the Shofar horn,

 

Islamic call to Prayer,

 

Pagans invocation,

 

Gospel choir raising the roof in song,

 

Hindu children dancing,

 

Female Catholic Priest,

peace performance

 

Native American storytelling

“The Two Wolves Within”,

 

Buddhist meditation honoring

The Great Compassionate One,

 

Words of Love and Forgiveness,

 

all under one roof, for one afternoon

 

“many wells, one river”

it is so

This poem is a favorite, we were taught it as children to learn that indeed all things are possible.

 

 

What if you slept

 

and what if

 

in your sleep

 

you dreamed

 

And what if

 

in your dream

 

you went to heaven

 

and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower

 

And what if

 

when you awoke

 

you had that flower in your hand

 

Ah, what then?

 

....Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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