Exploring how Silence and the Contemplative Way infuse into our ordinary everyday active lives, how Awareness manifests itself, and how we respond to the call to surrender to the divinity within.

Friday, 17 July 2015

What Lies Beyond

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing, there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

Beyond Acceptance and Rejection,
Beyond Closeness and Distance,
Beyond Welcome and Indifference,
Beyond Openness and Reticence,
Beyond being Included and Excluded,
Beyond others being With you and Against you,
Beyond Safety and Danger,
Beyond Confidence and Insecurity,
Beyond Friendliness and Shyness,
Beyond Engaging and Withdrawal,
Beyond Self-Assuredness and Self-Consciousness,
Beyond Praise and Criticism,
Beyond Forthrightness and Caution,
Beyond Determination and Reluctance,
Beyond being Believed and being Condemned,
Beyond Belonging and being an Outsider,
Beyond Conflict and Reconciliation,
Beyond Leading and Following
Beyond being Known and being Misunderstood,
Beyond Excellence and Errors,
Beyond Success and Failure,
Beyond Clarity and Lethargy,
Beyond Progression and Regression,
Beyond Remembering and Forgetting,
Beyond Wisdom and Ignorance,
Beyond Intuition and Intellectual certainty,
Beyond Faith and Cynicism
Beyond Heart and Mind,
Beyond It All ...


A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It "consents" so to speak, to His creative love.
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation