Welcome to a poetic and philosophic blog about the struggles of life and relationship.

“The ambiguity of life exists in every creative process. In every creative process of life, a destructive trend is implied; in every integrating process of life, a disintegrating trend; in every process toward the sublime, a profanizing trend.”(Paul Tillich, Ph.D., from The Meaning of Health, 1981)

Life cannot exist without the essential possibility and existential reality of death. Life is impossible without the daily, chaotic struggle against death... against the unremitting threat of entropy and nothingness. As Tillich again informs us, “Life must risk itself daily in order to win itself, but in the risking it may lose itself. A life which does not risk death--even in the highest forms of the life of the spirit--is a life poorly lived." This willingness to risk ourselves for greater life is the key that opens the door to the wellspring of creativity deep inside of us... that wellspring of transformative vitality that propels us through the struggle of death into the richness and renewal of new life.

"Creativity is 'the elixir of life' that heals and transforms life. Through the creative process we enter that 'sacred place,' that zone of evolution where the world lights up to itself as we light up to the world. It is here, in that 'holiest of holy' places that we are reunited with the waters of the wellspring of creativity, The Source of the 'River of Life' from which all creative energy and vitality issue forth to be manifested as new life. Through every creative act, life fulfills itself. Through every creative act, we transcend the mortality of our separate ego-self of I and enter into the realm of immortality to become one with our contextual self as Thou, as a self-realized collaborator in creation. Through creativity, we are delivered from the chaos of illness into the dynamic order of new life."
(P. Donovan & Herb Joiner Bey from The Face of Consciousness, 2006)

Please join me on this courageous venture of life and "enter into the realm of immortality," the realm of dialogue and relationship by poetically sharing with this community, your struggles to live... to "nullify the unremitting recurrences of death" through the continuous recurrence of birth. Through dialogue and relationship, the Face of consciousness is seen, recognized and witnessed. It is your Face, my Face, the Face of all life, the Face of our God. Thank you, Patrick.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pillow Talk

Is it always that we realize after-the-fact that which we have been all along?

Suddenly, we look in the mirror and like whom it is we see in our reflection.

Has the person in the reflection dramatically changed?
Has the reflection changed?
Has the mirror altered its perspective?

Likely not.

More accurately, it is that our perception has morphed into a more concrete sense of reality, aligned by years gone by, experiences learned from and hopes not yet realized but dreams continually alive.

I wonder…

When a flower blooms does it realize its beauty and the sweetness of its nectar?
When a bee stings, does it know the effect of its stinger?
When a baby cries, does it know the power of that sound over its mother?

We are so asleep.

Asleep to the world.
Asleep to ourselves.
Asleep to the beauty around us…the beauty within us.

Why be “normal”?
Why sleep walk when we are free to walk with our eyes open…
If we so choose.

The world is a place worth living in, worth breathing the air of…
If we so choose...
To see it as a place in which doing so is a worthwhile effort,
A place worthy of our breath.

Too many are wasting away.
Too many are turning blue.
Too many have resigned to virtual living.

The choice is yours.

Do you choose to sleep during the entirety of this incarnation or awaken?
Do you choose life…or do you choose death?

Copyright 2010: Taylor Donovan