October 2016 By Harvinder Kaur Harvinder Kaur extols the gifts of darkness, grief and pain May you get back what you have given, so you truly understand, that you are the giver – and the taker, no matter whose hands are involved. May your ‘I’ dash against Reality, so you see, it is a part of ‘we’. May you see the vaster picture – the true picture And realise, what you see has to do with blinkers you wear – or don’t. Let them rise – the stinging scorpions, the hissing serpents, the crawling lizards, so you know the night is more than moonlight on waves. May you look beyond magenta nights and turquoise noons, to see other hues. May the dazzle of light that blinds you to true vision become dim. May you travel far into the deep blue hollows of the dark night of your soul. Stay there till your eyes are cleared of the dazzle of half-vision. May you learn to see whole. Then rise again into a new dawn. May you experience times when you neither seek nor strive, dazzle nor shine, but retreat and reflect. May the gift of hibernation where the cocooned self withdraws to grow its wings, come to you. Not all falls are curses. If you learn the lesson of darkness, you begin to see the fireflies, because you haven’t closed your eyes too long And you haven’t let tears blind you from seeing the truth. The gifts of darkness are not seen by ordinary eyes, they are whispered to your heart. They are not tangible as gold and silver, but are as real. More so. May you grow into your own power – The power to hold without having, to experience with wanting – or resisting. May you be free of the tyranny of desire, and become a master of your slippery mind. May you know that in the landscape of the soul, the valleys are as precious and necessary as the mountains. That mountains can only exist because there are valleys. May you absorb the silence of the valley, so you sing the song of the mountain in its glory. Do sighs overwhelm you? May you know the secrets of breath while it still flows through you. May you learn how the patterns of life are knitted into its rhythm. May you see the criss-cross of Life as it beats in your heart and expands into your life, how the whispers of your breath become the orchestra of your life. Do your limbs become heavy and your heart a wound, from betrayal and loss? Gifts come like this too! For how else could you know? The lesson of life is in its living. If words alone could teach, scriptures would not have drowned in blood. Life speaks through life, so you understand. May you learn to listen to your cells as they speak – pain and ecstasy are some of the colours the soul inks upon cells. Read them carefully. Do your hands tremble from the pain they cannot hold? May you open to the mysterious paths within you! May your rocks dissolve and Life’s majestic flow find its way through the channels that lie within you. If a surge breaks a stubborn mould that blocks the Light, so be it. May the pain free you from the smallness, you have made your own. May you take back your power Power you frittered away over smallness. All is small before the truth of your soul. May the truth dawn upon you and give you unto yourself. About the author : Harvinder is an educator with a sense of humour! She has fun working for innovative and holistic education. Her poetry blog:www.teapoetree.blogspot.com
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