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Circles of Trust

with thanks to beth who first posted this on her website…

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CALLING  THE  CIRCLE

It has always been scary
To step into the circle of firelight,
To show up in the company of strangers,
To ask for entrance or to offer it.
Our hearts race –Will we have the courage to see each other?
Will we have the courage to see the world?
The risks we take in the twenty-first century
Are based on risks human beings took Thousands of years ago.
We are not different from our ancestors, They are still here, coded inside us.
They are, I believe, Cheering us on.

–Christina Baldwin

One always learns one’s mystery at the price of once’s innocence. –Richard Rohr  “Everything Belongs”

Pulling out the chair Beneath your mind And watching you fall upon God — There is nothing else for Hafiz to do That is any fun in this world!
-Shams-ud-din Mohammed Hafiz    Muslin mystic ( 1320-89)

 Is there anything that i can do to make myself enlightened?
As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.
Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?
To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.
–Zen master to his disciple

Murders are easy to understand.  But this:  that one can contain death,  the whole of death,  even before life has begun,  can hold it to one’s heart gently,  and not refuse to go on living,  this is inexpressible.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

[above excerpts from Richard Rohr’s “Everything Belongs–The Gift of Contemplative Prayer”]

On Teaching:

Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.

-Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

Our inner world has a reality and a power that can keep us from being victims of circumstance and compel us to take responsibility for our own lives.

-Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

Education is the attempt to “lead out” from within the self a core of wisdom that has the power to resist falsehood and live in the light of truth, not by external norms but by reasoned and reflective self-determination.

-Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

Authority is granted to people who are perceived as authoring their own words, their own actions, their own lives, rather than playing a scripted role at great remove from their own hearts.When teachers depend on the coercive powers of law or technique, they have no authority at all.

-Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

* Thanks to Parker Palmer and the people who work with such dedication to bring us into Circles of Trust.** Parker Palmer:

 

It seems to me that each  of us belongs to the world in a very particular way, and that we learn  slowly to live out that way of belonging as a faith that can be stronger  than any religious dogma. I do not think this is a selfish road; I  believe that this is the only authentic way we can give of our self and  our gifts to others. This is how we learn to be generous. And it is also  how we learn the magnificence and difficulty of living a courageous  life.

—David Whyte

Everything that happens to you is your teacher…the secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.

—Polly Berends

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THE GAMES BEGIN

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MAÑANITAS SONG…

HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THE MORNING
AS WE COME AND WAKEN YOU
WITH GOD’S EARLY MORNING BLESSING
WITH PLEASURE WE SING TO YOU.

ON THE DAY THAT YOU WERE BORN
THE FLOWERS CAME INTO BLOOM
AND AT THE BAPTISMAL FONT
ALL THE SAINTS BROKE FORTH THEIR SONG

REFRAIN

THE DAWN IS NOW APPEARING
THE RAYS OF THE SUN BREAK THROUGH
ARISE, EARLY THIS BRIGHT MORNING
AS WE SING HELLO TO YOU.

HOW I WISH I WERE ST PETER
HOW I WISH I WERE ST JOHN
AS WE BRING THIS SALUTATION
IN THE VERY EARLY DAWN

WITH A BOUQUET OF CARNATIONS
WE HAVE COME TO SING OUR SONG
TO MAKE YOUR DAY FULL OF COLOR
SO THAT YOU MAY CARRY ON.

FROM ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS
HOW I WISH I COULD GET YOU TWO
ONE TO TELL YOU ‘GOOD MORNING’
AND THE OTHER TO BID YOU ‘ADIEU!’

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I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. And then it is gone. But to sacrifice what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying.--

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Beannacht

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

John O'Donohue, Echoes of Memory