Great Big Love: Sweeping Across the Sky

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“I like my life just fine.” I definitely agree. This is a line from Bruce Cockburn’s Great Big Love Sweeping Across the Sky.

I spent the day, about five hours, helping my friends get their garage organized for a ‘moving sale’. While Pieper (my Golden Retriever) couldn’t quite grasp the whole idea and was none to happy as I was not devoting every other minute to throwing a ball for her to fetch. She finally gave up and laid in the car.

After musky hours in the garage we headed to the wilderness for a luxurious hike. Drizzling rain drapes the forest and sounds of trickling creeks and chirping birds are music in my ears; wings flapping heavy, could have been a hawk. The reservoir is like a mirror. Pieper dives in and waves ripple across the glass. I met Dorothy, Bette, Dragor and Brody, new friends on the trail. Tails waged and words were spoken softly. Ions lay heavy and I lap them up.

Homeward bound I tread, too tired to stand long enough to cook: Papa Murphies pizza, chocolate almond coffee ice cream, preheat the oven, wash dishes and hang upside down (I have an inversion table for my compressed Intervertebral discs). Woah! I’m ready for a hot soak and some Bruce Cockburn and Nothing But A Burning Light.

Before my soak, I decide to do a little house cleaning, empty the two litter boxes and vacuum the area. While emptying a paper sack a zeroxed copy of a page falls to the floor: ‘firday, august 1, 2008’ a prayer of the heart– How wonderful! I decide to read it before I hop in for a soak.

Now, I’m knee deep thinking about the ‘common ground’ that Bruce Cockburn, Kahlil Gibran, myself and The Science of the Mind share. The following are quotes from the fallen page and my thoughts about there meaning. When I read the title a friend came to mind and her blog about ‘divine purpose‘.

“God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips” – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

What did he mean? I believe, unless the words are ‘pure and true’, they do not come from our highest power and can have little meaning.

“Prayer does something to the mind of the one praying.” – The Science of Mind.

Not just to the mind…but deep into that place our mind keeps trying to define; the heart and soul. I have not read Kahlil Gibran in many years; but I do love his poetry. I listen to Bruce Cockburn fairly often and his lyrics are poems to my heart and soul. I know less about The Science of Mind; however, I believe prayer, contemplation, meditation, hiking in the forest or anything you can do to slow your body and mind to a calm and peaceful place, will make it possible to touch our divine nature.

Now, I give you: ‘a prayer of the heart’ by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

“There is a prayer of the heart that lives within you. Untarnished by the vicissitudes of life, it awaits your recognition; it calls you into yourself–it calls you out of yourself. It calls you to express itself as you. In the vast silence of our soul this prayer emerges to speak its beingness into form that it may show forth the glory of God. It is this one that may name itself ten thousand: uplifting, transforming, healing and wholeness–it may name itself goodness.

The prayer is speaking to you. It yearns to speak through youl Listen and hear it. Surrender and speak it. Watch yourself be it. Enter into the inner chamber of your being. Close the door on the world of effects. Touch the stillness within you and listen. Let go of all thought. Let go of being small. Let go of all hesitation and fear. Let go of all expectation. Let the prayer still you. Let it awaken you. let it move through you like a rushing river of joy. Let it burst open like a flower that can no longer contain the potency of its fragrance. God is forevermore and always shall be.

affirmation – I commune with the presence of God within me. I let the prayer of my heart give voice to the truth of God within me and heal my life.

How beautiful is that? I don’t follow any particular faith, however, these are words and thoughts I recognize in my heart. I am meant to be of a ‘divine’ and ‘all knowing’ nature; this is the feeling inside me that my mind tries to define. My ‘image’ holds all the power and grace intended; this is not a new revelation; but a revelation none the less. My revelation is ‘pure and true’: God is listening!

Happy Trails!

About Gailstrail

Our intent on separating ourselves from nature has limited our vocabulary. Our lack of understanding of nature and our place within makes us deaf to the heartbeat of our world. The history of our ' self-based society explained by a YouTube video 'The Happiness Machine'; studies the influence Fraud and his Nephew Edward Bernays had in shaping our ' self-based society...which still prevails! In contrast, and left out of much of our history, ancient sages felt knowing thyself so important they chiseled 'Know Thyself' in stone over the mythical god Apollo's tomb. They believed: “Self-knowledge is all-encompassing. What is learned on one scale of experience can be applied to all scales? It is the highest form of knowledge, surpassing all other knowledge. Self-knowledge is also timeless, which means that what is gained in one era, benefits all subsequent generations.” Knowing oneself has intricate beginnings. Time-consuming beginnings. Beginnings are a part of every living being; soil, water, air, and all we see. The connections are innate. Undeniable. Going beyond the name of a thing is the language of science. It is a language humans must learn to speak. Life in all forms is precious and necessary. We sustain each other in ways we do not fully understand. Humans are more than a workforce. We, each of us, are the stewards of our world and must educate ourselves accordingly. Education reform must be a priority. The mandatory curriculum must reflect stewardship of our communities, cities, states, countries, and the planet; at all levels in our educational institutions, never-ending and free. Appropriate time should be allowed for such intricate education. It must not be hurried. Making the language of science a mandatory part of our un-civilization will unlock the mystery which lies within each of us. Learning the language of science will answer that question that is always gnawing in our being, alluding to us and seems unanswerable. When we learn the language of science, we learn who we and the life around us are, how we connect, and our purpose. The world does not stand still. Neither must we. Change happens no matter what we do or do not do. We, humans, are fortunate. We have the ability and brilliance to direct some of these changes. What we do and do not do matters enormously! Manifesting Generator

8 thoughts on “Great Big Love: Sweeping Across the Sky

  1. Goodness is innate in everyone…unleashing goodness with every breath we take is another matter. I pray each of us can find a trail that leads us to the tranquility we need to nourish and rejuvenate our heart and soul.

  2. Enjoyed your day, Gail. Put your site on my favorites so it will be easier to access in the future.

  3. Glad you stopped by cousin! Got any editorial suggestions…got any interest in writing on my site. Just tell your stories! Would love to have you be a guest writer, or more.

    If you ‘Subscribe’ you’ll get a notice anytime I have a new post.

    Big hug.

  4. Gail, thank you for all your inspiration and love of nature and animals.

    It’s a real pleasure to know that people like you are on the planet.

    Keep up the great words of sweetness.

    I’m working on my new web site.

    your friend, Sharon

  5. Sharon, thanks for spending some time with me. So strange, I had a dream about you last night and then found your comment this morning…life is so miraculous! Distance and time has little meaning between friends. So glad to reconnect with you.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the fall!

  6. Wow,Mom your awesome,I love what you write about.I have thought the same
    ideas you have alot.Everyone has the power to feel true piece.

    luv ya,

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