I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out
till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
~ John Muir
The further along I travel on this life journey, the more evident it is that the Universe is ALWAYS available for an intimate conversation. I will never forget a teacher once sharing with me, “If you are not feeling close to God, guess who moved?”
I am particularly aware of this swelling presence and invitation to experience the sacred when I am in nature, but more and more I find myself remembering to open to a conversation with the invisible throughout the day— to be aware of the subtle orchestration of life that is always revealing itself through the simplest aspects of my surroundings.
Here’s one of my favorite poems that captures the ordinary nature of experiencing intimacy with the Universe:
EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU
by David Whyte
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentors of things
to come; the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
Another avenue of experiencing access to this mysterious dance is through the crafting of these weekly journals. I find that when I have the willingness to sit down in response to my call to write, an intimate thread between me and the invisible becomes more and more accessible inwardly. This partnering often begins with my response to something very ordinary, then begins leading me somewhere I have never been, is subtely intoxicating in its presence, and becomes a flow of immersed pleasure — like I am entering the water to learn more of it, to flow together. Like writing these words right now, discovering what I am expressing as I express.
I just completed a very powerful 7-day workshop, which again touched me into the profound experience that follows when we are accepting life just as it is unfolding, beyond likes and dislikes. It is always healing and awakening for me to learn new ways to steep in the presence of the moment…….
“I have found that the deepest, most meaningful aspects to my life
are often the ones that first appear to be so ordinary and inconsequential.
The source of the blessings in my life is deep within, past whatever abilities
or attainments I have or don’t have, past any circumstances or fortune,
past whatever can be seen as a cause or an effect. That source is still invisible
and unknown and yet the most real aspect of my life. Praise be to God.”
~ John Morton
Like the beautiful wave of grain in the photograph above, we are each vibrant and being fed mysteriously by the earth — and by the invisible presence of the divine. May this week bless you with new awareness about how the Universe is having an intimate conversation with you — and may you discover new ways of saying “YES” to the ever-nourishing dance of life.
All my best, Gavin