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I find inspiration in many places. Of course. We all do.
I find the world has many problems… Yet, the world in its natural state, I see, has many answers. The solutions to the riddle of all existence lie around us. Many have found them before… not through power, not through riches or outward revolution… but within. Through complete sacrifice and yielding. Through stripping away of the ‘I’ and becoming part of the greater We.
I was looking at the water in a harbour in Greece somewhere, watching the little ripples moving in and out. It is fascinating to me how water moves; so smooth. For a fleeting moment it appears totally solid: like delicate, hand-blown glass. But ephemeral, momentary… temporary canyons, steep ravines and smooth peaks for the discerning eye. I noticed there something I had noticed long ago during one of my stays in Venice ~ no matter how filthy, dark and grim a body of water is, when the light shines upon it… it is rendered beautiful. When light shines upon anything it can reflect off, it magically transforms into a thing of beauty, a thing of power even… if we polish ourselves… well, just imagine… when Moses stepped off of Mount Sinai, according to the Bible, his face was so bright he had to wear a veil so as not to scare away the Israelites. Of course the light wasn’t his own… he had been sanctified by the Presence, by the power beyond Creation…
Have you ever seen somebody’s face shine, illuminated by an unexplainable light?
These things are surely something of fantasy, storybooks, legends and folktales… or are they? Perhaps to the daring soul, these things are indeed real, and… with blind faith, are an experience all may witness.
Water has been a great inspiration in my life and journey, and a great teacher. Like stars… there is always more to be seen. The longer you look, the more you see. All things hold a secret quality to those who have learnt how to look with the inner eyes. And the desert… of course the desert... the great wilderness of all life ~ a landscape which has called me many times… the one scene on earth which best reflects the current state of all terrestrial things.
“Make peace with yourself, and both the heaven and earth will make peace with you…” ~ St. Isaac the Syrian
Whether physically, or in a deeper sense, I am always in the desert. Searching for waters to quench the parched human soul.
That empty, unfathomable place… I have spent many days walking there, breathing it in, in a constant meditation, prayer with all around… After some time you see it – the desert is you. The desert is you… All that you are, the thirst of your soul, that delicate balance between a landscape that is both ‘constant’ and yet ever-changing, with all its darkness and light. The human struggle of emptying, yielding to a greater will and force. The sacrifice of our little self to the ‘greater’ self… When respected and understood the desert is a sort of paradise; when abused, neglected or misunderstood… it is perilous, burning, unforgiving. The soul is desert. We are wandering through waterless lands.
While at first it seems empty, as eyes adjust to a new light you begin to see its life everywhere. Once you make peace with your soul, ‘the desert within’, you find oasis in all things, all things sing, all things become as they are meant to be… One.
And life unlocks its mystery before your eyes.
Within all that has been happening of late, I have been feeling the blessings, at times showering in euphoric waves ! Have you felt it? A quiet during a storm… a shelter. Chaos brewing all around, yet stillness within… like waiting, a preparation for a holy war… the falling of stars.
I have been taking time for me… with my blood, spreading out shallow roots into a green earth I find myself held temporarily within. We all need to nest a little, and the pastures of my soul have needed a little watering. I remain closely connected to my pathway, and those near to it, and will not wander far this year… (although even at writing the earth seems to be moving beneath me, yet my feet hold still…) My current ‘dwelling’ shelters us from this storm, which undoubtedly is not yet passed… this is why I am less outwardly present to some. But soul always searches for clean waters, and my prostrations create space for a higher connection…
I have been in my ‘desert’… the one within.
You know what I mean by now…
Some of you know I ‘lost’ a soul who was very close to me in this current season, taken by one of the beasts who have been set free recently… (you may assume you understand what I say, that all things are done with evil intent, but whether done with purpose or not, the result is the same)… But there are many ways to conquer and to crusade, and I choose always the way of peace, and growth, the one that lifts me away from the gnawing teeth of metal, of machine and burnt-out flesh; always, upwards, journeying to the One. What comes next for me in the outward sense is unclear to the mind, hidden to the philosopher and those trying to make legacy upon the sinking sands of progress… but there are many of you who know.
And what of travel? Well… I read… if all colours combine they become what is called by humans ‘pure’ white. Let us say that I don’t believe I have yet collected all my colours from the earth… there are a few beauties, I believe at least, I have yet to bare witness to. One way or another, the flame lives on… as does the mission. The only ‘fear’ I can feel right now… is a fear of a world without love.
All things, even broken things, can be restored… but not to what they were before… all things in Creation move eternally to something greater. As they were First intended to be. Yes, we are set to lose many things, many ways, ideas and histories… but what we are set to inherit is a far Greater Thing, the One thing. There is a little chaos leading up to birth. And to be reborn means to die to the old. I have seen death now… and I have heard the voice of those who will not let go of death. It is not for human ears.
We must always be strong, we must always be faithful, we must always forgive, and love. For the One who we follow is not all the things of this world; He is One thing… He is love.
And in love, we are one
… in He.
Photos are from India and parts of Africa.
Prayers please for my Loucas, who left us some weeks ago now.
He is in the ether, between realms, waiting to be laid finally to rest in Greek soil of his homeland.
Our prayers nourish those souls who are unable, albeit temporary, to pass over fully into the greater journey and the final place…
May our prayers be a song of life to those in waiting for the final Word.
May peace be with you always.
Love to read this. Your words are From heart maybe that’s why they are beautiful and attractive.
Thank you… so much… Peace be with you, dear one… Jx
That’s my pleasure. Have a peaceful day😇♥️🌸🧚♀️
Thank you beautiful Gloria !
God bless you.
Love to read another thoughts of yours James! Humbling words & full of love. Your photos are inspiring. The music as well great background while reading.
Truly, you are right! Our life is like a desert & needs refreshment – water. In my Christian tradition, we are purified by water through baptism. And yeah, by Christ & believing in Him – our soul will be full. Inside journey is a great struggle indeed. ❤️
Another idea came to mind when talking of water is this: “Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. Be water my friend!…… Running water never goes stale.” – Bruce Lee
My deep condolences for your lost. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼
GOD bless you!
Thank you, my joy ! For you beautiful words and reflections…
I am thrilled this piece reached you. The inner journey to and with Christ is of course far beyond words, and yet, in my own way, I try to express it, and share it with others. I do only what I can, and try to use what is given to me to bring light and maybe hope.
I love the quote by Mr. Lee, and I especially appreciate your well wishes and prayers for Loucas.
Life, as we have seen and felt within, undoubtedly goes on, into the infinite. Prayers are our song, for the living and the dead, and our hope and faith that our journey with infinity sails in the right direction, towards our Home and Maker.
Deepest love to you my friend. Thank you for commenting and touching my soul with your presence.
You’re welcome. 😊
Your thoughts & experiences expressed here are really appreciated. Thanks for sharing it.
Indeed, this life we have will end & hopefully, will be in peace after.
GOD bless 💕
It is my pleasure !!
Really and truly. Thank YOU.
Peace be upon you my dear soul !
Thank you too dear friend! 💕
Moved to adding his little bit to the streams under feet, Loucas tread lightly as he made his way to the River Styx to await the orders for his Beyond the Realm Trip; by all accounting and the grapevines Loucas was gonna be just fine. The talk was His Elders were alit by the terrible news of the demise of Our Honored Guests. Ya see Loucas was a big deal in this burg; his fam held sway.
Ya can’t git nuthin’ done ✅ In this part of town; that was the prevailing refrain All day long folks wit nada to do, complain complaining about this or that. With a deep 😔, Loucas began to understand; here and there Everywhere, best way to go about things; follow the Golden Rule and ya will finally FINALLY understand the fact that when it comes to people we all love 💕 giving and getting RESPECT ✊!
Hey I am blowned away by your poetry but more importantly that a talented person like yourself follow me? This poem is so good omg I cannot stop 🛑 my tears 😭 from irrigating the desert 🐫 that Loucas rip brought forth unto your heart of hearts 💞! Epic yarn 🧶 for sure. Gracias!
Thank you my dear soul, for your poem and your prayer…
I am humbled by your words, especially as I have never seen myself that way.
Just another man, with a lot to be thankful for…
Thank you for making the connection real.
Thank you !
Hi James, I just wanted to share a poem I wrote that was inspired by your blog… Hope you enjoy it.
Hello my friend. How wonderful !! I will check it out now… Jx
My dear soul… I tried to comment on your page but for some reason the comment did not appear. I wanted to say I absolutely love your poem and feel so honoured that these words of ‘mine’ have inspired you ! Thank you for sharing your pure and loving heart, and your faith. It means so much to me. May the Divine Father of Lights, His Word and Spirit bless and guide you always ! Jx
Thank you so much James for your kind words! Your approval and encouragement means so much to me. I will look into the comment problem, but I suspect you might need to be signed into a google account first. God bless you as we continue to share what He lays on our hearts and in our paths… 🙏💕
Thank you… Peace be upon you. Jx
Helo James it’s nice to meet you thanks for following my I love my heart disease blog !!!
I cant wait to read yours 😍
Thank you too my friend ! You are welcome. :))