I want to write in my blog today. Whatever I communicate, I want it to be real, natural and not forced. I want life force to flow through me as I tap the keys and have it reach you the reader.
I’ve been enjoying a book by Patricia Albere called Evolutionary Relationships. It feels natural to write about it. I’ve selected passages and recorded them on white index cards. The only trouble is that I’m at the London Public Library and the cards are in Belmont. I do have the book with me, however, since I intended to read it in the library.
So I did what any normal human being would: I skimmed the book up to page 137 and picked 14 paragraphs to comment on.
What else is happening in my mind?
1. I’m so determined to write, even if the writing turns out to be not so great.
2. My mind and body are still tired from yesterday’s elliptical work. “Too tired for writing, Bruce.” Should I believe that mind of mine?
3. Okay, I have 14 page references in front of me. Surely I’ll have trouble merging them smoothly into this post, so that you folks get what Patricia is talking about.
These are all reasonable thoughts, but who cares? Just write.
What are the depths of relationship possible between two human beings? And not restricted to a sexual connection with a life partner but available with any person seeking spiritual union. A relationship that fosters not only an opening between two people but also the evolution of humanity.
Well, Patricia has a few ideas:
“Then out of nowhere it came. I felt the most intense longing arise within me. It was like a tornado unexpectedly appearing in the midst of a clear day, tearing through the countryside and rearranging the landscape. My heart and then my whole body started to burn with intensity. It seemed to force its way into my awareness, cracking through the surface of my contented life, leaving me aching with an inexplicable, inconvenient, overwhelming desire for love. I wanted to love and be loved – passionately, deeply and completely – but in a way I had never considered.”
What in your life is calling you
When all the noise is silenced …
The meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside
And the Wild Iris blooms by itself
In the dark forest …
What still pulls on your soul?
In the silence between your heartbeats
Hides a summons
Do you hear it?
Name it, if you must
Or leave it nameless
But why pretend it is not there?
Oh my. This is so true for me. I don’t know about you.
“Young people grow up online with hundreds of virtual friends, but as a recent New York Times story put it, technology allows them to ‘end up hiding from one another, even as they are constantly connected to one another.'”
“In this type of relationship, we are inspired, touched, moved, excited and creatively ignited by each other.”
The agony and the ecstasy.
“Regrettably, some relationships do have a limited or specific ceiling while others have skylights that open to cosmic realms you may never have dreamed existed.”
“You also feel the other person from inside their experience. It may sound strange, but the separation disappears. Somehow you are inside each other and feel connected to something that is bigger than both of you, as though your connection with each other is a portal to all of existence.”
“If you have the courage to explore mutual awakening, you will be amazed at the degree of intimacy, vulnerability, beauty and connection that is possible with another person.”
Bring it on!
“The first time I engaged in the mutual awakening process, I sat across from someone I did not know, except for her first name. As we leaned into each other, I had the profound and profoundly simple experience of falling into love, of being pulled into the field of love that existed between us.”
“Imagine two dancers who are not really engaged. They shuffle halfheartedly around the floor, out of time with each other and the music. Now imagine those same dancers fully engaged with each other and the dance. Their every step bursts with vitality and is perfectly synchronized with the rhythm of the music.”
“Often we are shy about showing how much beauty, goodness or power we possess because we’ve gotten used to sharing the more superficial layers of ourselves.”
“Out of fear of upsetting others, provoking anger or disapproval, or disrupting the status quo, we tone ourselves down, hold back our fullness, dampen our beauty, mute our magnificence.”
“When we try to separate, announce to our partner we are leaving, or pretend we’re no longer related to those with whom we’ve created strong bonds, the only way to manage the pain is to shut down and disconnect from ourselves and our sensitivity to reality and love.”
Even if you fall, you will be held
If you let go, things will be okay
If you let yourself not know
You will be guided
If you do not manipulate
You will be taken care of
In a way that is appropriate for you
Thank you, Patricia and friends. May we have ears to hear.
4 thoughts on “Mutual Awakening”
Thank you for sharing this with us Bruce, I really enjoyed reading this post. It was awesome to hear your thoughts on the book and you broke it down superbly. Keep the great work coming!
Liam J Cross
Owner of Liam J Cross Writing & Editing
Thank you, Liam. Patricia’ s insights are heart opening.
Thank you for this post. I am going to read Patricia’s book. Her writing reminds me of another author – Oriah Mountain Dreamer from Toronto. Oriah’s poem “The Invitation” is a favourite of mine.
Thanks, Elaine. Patricia is a gift to the world.