INVOCATION OF THE GREAT MOTHER from Fall 2020 retreat
Bit of humor
Transformed knowledge, which is an unknowing,
is the way of transparent knowing,
it is the way
When you learn this
you can learn everything
and return to everything
and praise everything.
All creatures flow and return to their source.
Transformed knowledge and love draw up and lead
and bring the soul back into the first source of
the Creator of all in heaven and on earth.
What is created flows out but remains within. So,
when we return to our first origin,
which is our primal purity,
we discover our freedom
and are free.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.-----RUMI
The Love that you Are is not a place that you go, or find, or are rewarded. It is here now, always, AS every individual expression of existence. It is revealed as our very nature, our essence. The experience of remembering what you Are is like the clouds parting to reveal the sun. The sun has always been right here, indiscriminately shining, but clouded over by a temporary phenomena.
So it IS with our Source.
There is nothing outside of this Love. This Love is all things, all ways and means. It is all. The “me” that you think you are and the Truth of who you Are. Nothing is outside or somehow not included as this Love. This Love is infinite, indiscriminate, unknowable, unfathomable, whole and complete. It has no divisions, no inside and outside, the One, as all expression, is here, now, all ways. The Power that is inherent to this revelation, this realization, is nuclear. Unimaginable.
It is the Power of the Love of Creation, the Love that we Are.
The Love that I am attempting to speak of is uncaused. Love in this context, is the living realization, revelation and experience of the one as the One. It is the Love that is loving all other forms of love into existence. It is the Love that informs and makes possible all expressions of love. The Love I am speaking of can in no way be given or taken. It simply, obviously IS. It in no way distributes preference, specialness or deservedness and yet is infinitely unique and creative as it directly expresses. Infinite potential. Infinite capacity. Infinitely, perfectly, creatively designed AS every individual expression.
Give your mind to your heart.
And live from this Truth:
We are all essentially the same.
Take it on faith,
gently allow it to ripen, unfold
and be evermore deeply revealed.
although we are unique expressions,
we are all the same
----Jennifer Tyler, 2014
How long does it take to make the woods?
As long as it takes to make the world.
The woods is present as the world is, the presence
of all its past, and of all its time to come.
It is always finished, it is always being made, the act
of its making forever greater than the act of its destruction.
It is a part of eternity, for its end and beginning
belong to the end and beginning of all things,
the beginning lost in the end, the end in the beginning.
What is the way to the woods, how do you go there?
By climbing up through the six days’ field,
kept in all the body’s years, the body’s
sorrow, weariness, and joy. By passing through
the narrow gate on the far side of that field
where the pasture grass of the body’s life gives way
to the high, original standing of the trees.
By coming into the shadow, the shadow
of the grace of the strait way’s ending,
the shadow of the mercy of light.
Why must the gate be narrow?
Because you cannot pass beyond it burdened.
To come in among these trees you must leave behind
the six days’ world, all of it, all of its plans and hopes.
You must come without weapon or tool, alone,
expecting nothing, remembering nothing,
into the ease of sight, the communion of eye and leaf.
+ Wendell Berry
Why is Mother Kali so radiantly Black?
Why is Mother Kali so radiantly black?
Because she is so powerful,
that even mentioning her name destroys delusion.
Because she is so beautiful,
Lord Shiva, Conquerer of death,
lies blissfully vanquished,
beneath the red soled feet.
There are subtle hues of blackness,
But her bright complexion
is the mystery that is utterly black,
overwhelmingly black, wonderfully black.
When she awakens in the lotus shrine
within the heart’s secret cave,
her blackness becomes the mystic illumination
that causes the twelve petal blossom there
to glow more intensely than golden embers.
Her lovely form is the incomparable
Kali- black blacker than the King of Death.
Whoever gazes upon this radiant blackness falls eternally in love
and feels no attraction to any other,
discovering everywhere only her.
This poet sighs deeply,
“Where is this brilliant lady, this black light beyond luminosity?
Though I have never seen her, simply hearing her name,
the mind becomes absorbed completely in her astonishing reality.
Om Kali! Om Kali! Om Kali!
Version by: Lex Hixon From Mother of the Universe “Visions of the Goddess and Tantric Hymns of Enlightenment”