Picture this. You’re meeting up with a loved one who you haven’t seen in a long while. Your heart starts to swell and deep inside you feel a warm glowing sensation. Then you wrap your arms around this person, and feel the same happening to her/him. Does this ring a bell? Are you absorbed by feelings of love in this way?
How much do you give? And how much do you receive in return? Is it balanced? For many years, there was no balance in this for me. Nowadays, I have a different approach to giving and receiving. It’s more balanced. I’ve written a fable about how this works. Fables, that’s kids’ stuff, isn’t it? Hmm, I invite you to read this fable. And I wonder how it makes you feel.
Self-denial is probably the cruellest pain we can inflict upon ourselves. And although it is born of ignorance, there will come a day in our lives upon which we are granted the opportunity to emerge from the shadows of our soul and rise up in the light of our highest calling. I too have experienced the trials of self-denial, and I too have suffered and risen above it all. Therefore, witness my story of self-denial in this here sonnet.
Consider this for a moment. Our Earth is located in the solar system, which is located in the Milky Way, which is located in the Universe, which is located in the Cosmos. And then? What lies beyond the Cosmos? And where does that end? Hang on, where there’s an end there’s a beginning. Oh right, I can see it now: there are two little boys playing marbles in the backyard. One of their marbles is our Cosmos. The time needed for that one marble to bump into another marble is a few seconds. Speaking in terms of the boys’ planet, that is. Converted to Earth time: umpteen billion light years.
“Oh, dear Mary Magdalene, guide us, the disturbed, so we may envision life’s divine purpose once more.