Poem: Haiku “Bad Books”

“Bad Books”

Our future firewood

revolutionary reads

save the stories please

Sides

Making up my mind is less about my mind

Or creating anything that’s not already

There

/

The requirement to identify

And make known

Yourself

Which is not

Unknown

By the Universe

Or the grasses

Or the ever stretching sky

/

But to people

Who have a need to know

Something they can

Relate to

Quantify

Deconstruct

/

Into parts

Acceptable

And indelicate

Confusing

And altogether

None of their business

Ganesha Cards #15: Revelation

From Angela Hartfield’s Whispers of Lord Ganesha Cards

Get ready for key changes in your external and internal worlds.

This card is a deep royal purple. This color purple is associated with royalty, dignity and luxury. It can also represent balance between the physical and spiritual self. Ganesha can be seen looking down upon the sparkling universe, reveling in its multitude of lights. Ganesha wears a gold crown and beautiful purple robe caught in the movement of the atmosphere.

The revelation card represents coming to the end of a cycle making it time for you to create something new. It is time to break down some of the structures that you have created in your world. This has the potential to feel painful and challenging as you go through the process.

A new perspective will emerge from this deep reflection. You may come to a better understanding about the role of your ego in shaping your decisions and the continued investment in the idea that we are separate from others. This wisdom will help you grow stronger and more composed. Without a doubt there will be some challenges and obstacles that will arise to distract you from this new path of spiritual growth and enlightenment. Remain as honest as you can to foster these positive changes even when anxiety arises.

According to Angela, “when you begin to reach for your goal you will come to realize that your true security and strengths lie within yourself and your relationship with the universe, and not in some false belief system or artificially created world. Be willing to reveal your truth to those around you.”

Esho Funi is a phrase that refers to the oneness of life and environment. In SGI Buddhist discussion groups this concept is tapped into quite often and it’s no surprise. Everyone, no matter their belief system, struggles with evaluating the internal and external influences on our lives. We often make decisions to work on our internal development, believing that what occurs in the external is separate from our true selves. While external happenings are viewed at experiences we have a choice to participate in, they are really external reflections of the internal workings of us all. So, that which is outside of us is also inside of us. As all the elements in the Universe are held in each human body and living thing, there is no space between us save for every other molecule. Therefore, a positive revelation for one can cause a ripple effect in the lives of others, interconnected and begging for expansion.