I received this note from my dear friend Michael Brine yesterday. I was sad when I read it because he seems to me as much a part of Notes Along the Path as I am. But if anyone understands the need for soul searching it is I, though sometimes I wish every moment of every day didn’t have to be spent in soul searching! But, this is a law of spiritual seeking—once you’re on the path, you’re on it and there is no turning back (unless you intend to fully leave the path, I suppose). So, bless you dear Michael for all you have given here and to the world. May your quiet time expand your heart even more than it is now filled with Love.
This will be my last post — at least for awhile. Time for some soul searching of my own I feel, given some of the saddening events we see unfolding and indeed escalating across our beloved Earth. Thank you for your friendship, and please feel free to e-mail me your own thoughts or insights over the days and weeks ahead if you feel to. They will always be appreciated.
Remember — one important message we need to keep in mind: The way of the future must be to work together on this earth as communities, sharing and getting rid of those ‘Lines on a Map’ which tend to divide us from each other. This is the message given by that amazing man, Kahlil Gibran, almost 100 years ago.
Onward into Forever as one of my teachers used to say.
“Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow
not in each other’s shadow.”
~Lebanese Poet and Philosopher
Kahlil Gibran – 1883-1931