dreamers’ dream labyrinth


Dreamers' dream labyrinth:
Pesto like school box, halloumi like red canyons and a 'first day' 
something old jumper soothe cold 
'fall in love with someone who just wants to get lost & hurt' nightmares 
when I can't take it anymore without (bip)
aren't crazier than the winds blowing
up and down our ankles in hurricane times. 

To make sense of our senses
weighs the steps taken to
stretch out a caring hand on 
a left/right cheek in pain,
again and again, loved in 
thoughts that missed then, 
if only when (for someone's sake).

If it were 'my' movie, 'my' puzzle, 
burning arrows of pain, old age and death 
would miss you, bliss.
Quite like water for fire, the misses, 
nonetheless present
as gifts. 
A tiger sleeps while the zapper beeps.
Wake up.


dreamers's dream labyrinth 2



Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all others behind. Their suffering continues, unrelieved by our personal escape.

On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is our heart – our wounded, softened heart. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die. This love is bodhichitta. It is gentle and warm; it is clear and sharp; it is open and spacious. The awakened heart of bodhichitta is the basic goodness of all beings.”

– Pema Chodron (Comfortable With Uncertainty)



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Chameleonian Times, works by Helene Vanderhulst

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