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Gedicht ‘Sit around the fire’ over ons weer ten diepste verbonden weten

Afgelopen vrijdag heb ik een betoverende dansvoorstelling gezien, ‘Particles of God’ van Isabelle Beernaert. Op het openingsscherm stond dit prachtige gedicht, dat voor mij zo mooi uitdrukt hoe we ons – vanuit soms diepe kwetsuren – weer terug verbonden kunnen gaan voelen. Verbonden met het geheel en verbonden in onszelf…

Jon Hopkins, ‘Sit around the fire’

Beyond all polarities
you are.
Let the judgements and opinions of the mind
be judgements and and opinions of the mind
And you exist behind that.

It’s really time for you to see through the absurdity of your own predicament
You aren’t whom you thought you were
You just aren’t that person
And in this very lifetime you can know it.
Right now,
The real work you have to do
ss in the privacy of your own heart.
All of the external forms are lovely,
but the real work
is your inner connection.

If you’re quiet when you meditatе
if you truly open your heart
Just quiet your mind
Opеn your heart
Quiet the mind, open the heart

How do you quiet the mind?
You meditate
How do you open the heart?
You start to love that which you can love
And just keep expanding it.

You love a tree
You love a river
You love a leaf
You love a flower
You love a cat
You love a human

But go deeper and deeper
Into that love
Till you love that
Which is the source of the light behind all of it
Behind all of it
You don’t worship the gate
You go into the inner temple

Everything in you
That you don’t need
You can let go of
You don’t need loneliness
For you couldn’t possibly be alone
You don’t need greed
Because you already have it all
You don’t need doubt
Because you already know

The confusion is saying “I don’t know”
But the minute you are quiet
you find out that, in truth, you do know.
For in you
you know
Plane after plane will open to you
We want to know who we really are.

As if in each of us
There once was a fire
And for some of us
It seems as if there are only ashes now
But when we dig in the ashes
We find one ember
And very gently we fan that ember
Blow on it
It gets brighter
And from that ember we rebuild the fire
The only important thing is that ember
That’s what you and I are here to celebrate

That though we’ve lived our life totally involved in the world
We know
We know that we’re of the spirit

The ember gets stronger
A flame starts to flicker a bit
And pretty soon you realize
That all we’re going to do for eternity
is sit around the fire.