March 14, 2015 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz
Translation from the Aramaic, Matthew 7:7 by Neil Douglas-Klotz:
like a straight line engraved toward
the object you want;
pray with desire–
as though you interrogated your own soul about
its deepest, most hidden longings;
and you will
not only what your desire asked,
but where the elemental breath led you–
love’s doorstep, the place where you
and become part of the universe’s
power of generation and sympathy.
from the interior of your desire
to its outer embodiment–
let the inner gnawing and boiling lead you to
no matter how material or gross
your goal seems at first;
then you will
of the drive of the flesh
to accomplish its purpose
and see its destiny.
Like a spring unbound, you will
gain the force
of profound stillness after an effort–
the earth’s power to grow new each season.
as if you were driving a tent stake or
striking one clear note, never heard before.
Create enough space within
to receive the force you release;
purified of hidden hopes and fears,
and it shall be
a natural response to space created,
part of the contraction-expansion
of the universe;
and penetrated smoothly–
as the cosmos opens and closes
around your words of satisfied desire.
April 12, 2014 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz
Expanded translation of Matthew 11:28-29 from the Aramaic by Neil Douglas-Klotz:
Come to me,
All of you, all of yourself,
In your frenzied weariness,
Your movement without end,
Your action without purpose,
Not caring in your fatigue
Whether you live or die.
Come enmeshed by what you carry,
The cargo taken on by your soul,
The burdens you thought you desired,
Which have constantly swollen
And now exhaust you.
Come like lovers to your first tryst:
I will give you peace and
Renewal after constant stress:
Your pendulum can pause
Between here and there,
Between being and not-being.