I was inclined to repost this today after reading Paisley’s blog entries entitled, Remember the Monkeys and and I wait . So often in life we wander with goals and ambitions – that really are expectations handed down to us by society, family, associates, etc. So I ask again . . .Who are we really . . .?Peace, Light and Love, CordieB.
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I read a poem entitled "Helen" today. I thought to myself, what a beautiful poem. Of all the gifts that Helen’s husband could bestow upon her, even if he had an infinite store, the one that he knew was most valuable was to" give her back herself." He goes on to say, he would also provide his true self, if only he could find where it lay hidden and proved kind.
And You, Helen, By Edward Thomas
And you, Helen, what should I give you?
So many things I would give you
Had I an infinite great store
Offered me and I stood before
To Choose. I would give you youth,
All kinds of loveliness and truth,
A clear eye as good as mine,
Lands, waters, flowers, wine,
As many children as your heart
Might wish for, a far better art
Than mine can be, all you have lost
upon travelling waters tossed,
Or given to me. If I could choose
Freely in that great treasure-house
anything from any shelf,
I would give you back yourself,
And power to discriminate
What you want and want it not too late,
Many fair days free from care
And a heart to enjoy both foul and fair,
And myself, too, if I could find
Where it lay hidden and it proved kind.
As romantic as this poem is, I ponder, can anyone ever really take someone’s self away; let alone give it back? Or was Helen’s true self lost by chance, by her daily living? Was Helen even aware of her true identity? Did Helen loose herself once she was born? Was Helen born into a society, much like today, whereas it was almost impossible for her to really ever be herself? Do we instintively know good from bad? Do we intinsively know right from wrong? The poet, Helen’s husband, questioned whether he could ever find his true good self because it was hidden. Do we instintively know that chocolate taste good? Do we instinctively wear our hair long, or short, or are all these conditions which have been handed to us by society, family, the world–our environment? How does one get one’s true self back? To accomplish this state, do we not have to relinquish all preconceptions, judgements, predjustices, ideas, ideals and all we were taught and exposed to from the day we were born, perhaps even before that time?
Today, I also read another poem and/or prayer (depending on who you are is how you will interpret it) by Rahul at: http://insearchofi.blogspot.com/2007/07/o-lord_07.html :
Oh Lord – By Rahul
Take away my fears
They scare my simplicity
Take away my obsessions
They scorch my soul
Take away my ambitions
They push me around
Take away my comfort
It makes me slothful
Take everything away
And give me back myself
Give me back my emptiness…
Now, wasn’t that just awsome! I truly had never thought about regaining my true self to that degree! Almost everything we are is a reflection of something else! Once we take away everything, what are we truly left with? Rahul’s blog reads at the top, "O Absolute energy! O Ultimate consciousness! Grant me the fearlessness to be myself.
What a wonderful, blessed prayer!
So inspired by these writers, I decided to write my own poem today.
Who Am I
Everyone needs something
No matter who we are or how we think
No one can live without something . . .
Be it love, bread, air or water to drink.
Everyone’s a slave to something
But the choice is very clear
We can choose to what and whom we lend Ourselves …
So often in life, our choices root from fear;
For everthing we choose to let go
Another choice is sure to follow;
Jesus said, Blessed is the poor in spirit,
He knew that it is a blessing to truly be worryless;
To know that our Creator provides all of it…
He knew to have an unburdened spirit is the key to life beyond
The fallacies and mailadies, that plague us for so long.
To not worry about not having enough or having too much;
To truly be one with God and one’s-self is –To Be– Free– in-touch;
For, unless we can let go all cares, ambitions, hatred, external comforts, or anything . . .
We are merely partly slaves to ourselves and partly slaves to something. . .
What is it that you will be a slave to? . . .
That is the gift of Free Will God has given you . . .
So you feel someone or something has stolen the gleams
of Life from your eyes and invaded your dreams?
Only God can truely erase your true nature . . .
Which was within you from the begining; no need to mature. . .
Your Creator has given you paramount choices; Free Will.
But that’s only a fraction of God’s wonderment, still.
A curse if used in evil, A blessing if used to inspire. . .
But if regaining your true self is truly your desire,
To regain, reveal, and be your real true self,
You must be willing to let go of every negative, unloving else.
Release imbedded pride, judgements, illusions, lies, anger, fears, hatred, prejudice and preconception
For God’s love is your Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End, your true self, your Heaven
~Good Friday to everyone. It is through the teachings and love of Jesus Christ that I am able to realize the God (Goodness) within myself and the goodness in everyone of God’s creations; and know that our Creator provides all; Created all; and we originated in Him.
Peace, Light and Love . . . ~CordieB.