The Divine Presence

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In the month of Elul the Earth, our world is born. In the following month of Tishrei, we are born, specifically on Rosh Hashanah. It is said in these two months God/Goddess,the Divine(Ha Melech-the King in traditional Jewish liturgy) is very close. The Divine walks in the garden, the same that we walk in.

‘Hineni’ is Hebrew for ‘here I am’. When Abraham and Moses are called by God they answer, ‘Hineni’, “Here I am”.

When Moses is told to go back to Egypt to free his people, he asks this god, what name can he give to this force that has brought him back to his people. The name is “Eh He Yeh”, I am that I am.

But for these two months, God tells us “Hineni” and we tell God “Eh He Yeh”

The Divine Presence

What is the splendor of the royal divine

The hand that offers the beginning of time,

Who’s wind of beauty’s breath,

Fills form with its spirit.

Our hands reach toward,

a grasp tremulous,

Urged by the pulse of earth

And heart of our soul.

This time, when earth has again come into its rebirth,

When the last harvest offers its cool time bounty,

And we begin our own new season,

The holy is in this place and calls to us,

We walk in the garden verdant with the scent of earth’s turning

And hear, “Hineni”.

“I am here”

In a swirl of spirit

Vines wend themselves, with leaves green as hope,

Into a path that leads to life’s vibration.

“Remember,” is whispered to our souls,

“I walk with you at your birth and hold you up.

I tell you I am here when you forget,

I only ask that you tell me who you are when you remember”

Like the light that makes flowers translucent in petal,

We become iridescent in tone

And answer “Eh he yeh”

“I am who I am”,

For this is all we can be.

And so we return and

step forward in our prayers that are woven

with our joy and tears,

with our questions and yearning wrapped around us.

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Shavuot

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SHAVUOT 2016

Wrapped in the whispers of stars and ages

Inspiration from above like a glittered swath is around my shoulders.

It is a shawl of time and ancestors,

Breath beats eternal.

Of vision and wisdom,

I am surrounded by the old stories and the voices of the desert.

The tambourine still vibrates from the crossing

And its skin shows echoes of

Water of libation to freedom and tears of joy and fear.

The wind plays harmony on the wheat fields as they sway in their gleaning dance.

She moves her own heart lead way toward her chosen path.

His feet part the mountainous dirt below,

His arms hold the emblazoned stone above.

Breath and dust meld into one,

Forced forward by the divine lightness that supports the heaviness of the human heart.

Did this happen?

Did this happen this way?

Does it matter?

What do you want to bring down from your mountain?

 

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Happy New Year

We often just feel we are at our beginnings and our endings; but we are really always in our present. Blessings that this year gift us with the courage and peace to stand there strong and bow there in humbleness.

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Solstice Thought

Happy Solstice

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”
Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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Solstice Thought

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”
― Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Happy Solstice

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The Force of Light

While the light may be coming back, we are entering the deep of the winter. I offer a way to cope. It is very old and powerful. It is called laughter, frivolity, cheer and whimsy. May the light bless us all with it and may we bless each other with it.Solstice The Force

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Tuning in to the Season

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