Here in the wilderness,
On your journeys of becoming,
Draw close to me.
Feel your strength,
Call forth your humility,
And set an intention to align yourself with the Highest Will.
Remember that your life is a gift
And everything you are
And everything you have been given
Is yours to share.
Make your life an offering,
And draw close to me.
Offer gratitude for the bounty and blessings.
Look for opportunities to be grateful.
Acknowledge moments of well-being.
Engage in forgiveness.
Acknowledge the hurt and pain you have caused
And let this awareness guide you
In seeking healing and repair.
Practice compassion and understanding.
Let it release you from anger, resentment and regret.
In every moment, the Mystery proclaims, I am here. Draw Close.”Rabbi Yael Levy, Callings in Directing the Heart
“Like a moth to a flame”…..we innocently and willingly go into the wilderness of the unknown and the next forty plus years, if we are so blessed, we spend searching for our way back home. Some of us are more “prepared” to meet the difficulties of the wild, to cast their “everything” light on the world, remembering… the voice that says, “I am here, draw close, align yourself with the Highest Will” and know your strength.
Every word of wisdom, from all traditions, carries within it the All, the cosmos. Practices and rituals birth from the words out of the solar plexus of people desiring the peace of Home. Wisdom creates endless portals opened by our offerings of humility, vulnerability, blessings, mistakes, forgiveness, penance, doubts, and deeds. Every word, until resonance is found, is like a tuning fork waking the soul, a well of living water replenishing a dried out spirit, a fountain of youth that resurrects what has died, manna in the desert where our deepest longing becomes known through our affliction, a fire that burns away “a hundred moth wings a night”, a sword and shield, a compass and map… All are portals calling us home.
So much to discover and reconcile along the way. So much to tame, for out of our impatience we have birthed hundreds of moth wings, out of our fatigue we drank the liquor and “kool-aide”, out of our isolation and hopelessness we took bites out of our souls, out of our loneliness, naivete and sympathies we have wed to liars and thieves dressed as messiah’s, priests, rabbis, and buddhas.
The greatest hidden secret is that when we see our impatience as impatience, our loneliness as loneliness, the liars and thieves as liars and thieves, how lost and powerless we are, we come out into a clearing and hear from the depths of our interior…. the Mystery proclaim, “I am here. Draw close.” Robert Frost’s refrain, “miles and miles to go before I sleep” comes alive and you are awestruck by it all unfolding in you, seeing the grandeur, the gift, of “everything” comprising this adventure of your life … for the first time.
Learn who the person is who longs for life, Who loves days of seeing goodPsalm 34:12 Songs of Ascension by Rabbi Levy