Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Prayers of the Horn

Recently I spent a week at my favourite monastery which I've been going to for the past 15 years.

During my time there I penned some new prayers for myself.  I've placed them on my blog. 

Even though these days I no longer really adhere to a particular label, certainly publicly anyway, I find it quietly amusing how I continue to find nourishment for my soul from the very tradition I hold in quiet contempt.

I also ponder if really what's going on is that I'm hrny and should sign up for Grndr again.

I've come to be suspicious of highly spiritual people. I reckon there's sometimes something deeper going on that's perhaps not so spiritual, either good or not so good.

Life is full of the mysterious and truly tangible. The clear and the not so clear. The BOTH AND rather than the either or.

Go well :)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Closing Prayer of Blessing

May justice, mercy and peace prevail among all sentient beings and the whole of creation.
May we breathe, think and live lovingly with compassion, both within and without.
May the true self forever outshine the ego.
May the eternal source of peace, love and hope remain forever with us.
May Mary and all the Saints pray for us.
May the Holy Angels guard and protect us.
May the Spirit guide and direct us.
And, may Jesus, the Christ be ever present with us and remain interceding for us.

In the name of Jesus, who heals the sick, raises the dead and welcomes all to his table.

So it is, I let it be.
Amen, Amen, Amen!

MY TARRAWARRA INVOCATION 2016



We pause and are grateful.
For the eternal source of hope and peace.

May justice, mercy and peace prevail among all sentient beings and the whole of creation.
May we breathe, think and live lovingly with compassion, both within and without.
May the true self forever outshine the ego.
And may the eternal source of peace, love and hope remain forever with us.

So it is, I let it be.
Amen, Amen, Amen!

MY TARRAWARRA PRAYER 2016


Lord you are my dwelling place and hope.
From everlasting ages past into everlasting eternity ahead, you are my God,
the God who is for ages unending.

Come now Lord, save and help your people.
May justice, mercy and peace prevail among all your sentient beings and wonderful creation.
May we live lovingly with compassion, both within and without.
May the true self forever outshine the ego.

Praise to you eternal God of love and life;
our mother and father of all creation, Christ eternal Son and Holy spirit,
great and powerful life giving source; the God who is forever ages unending.

Glory be to you oh Lord.
So it is, I let it be.
Amen, Amen, Amen!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It seems a little odd

It's strange how it is necessary to explicitly state what to me is simply an obvious social politeness.

Would the public offender actually take note of such a reasonable request in this sign? 

I guess it's no different to my own expectation that if you accidently miss and your piss hits something else other than the intended toilet bowl, like the floor, that one would grab some paper and clean up the mess.

Dirty dirty dirty!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Enlightenment: when the wave realizes that it's water

"Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes that it is water"


Thich Nhat Hanh in "Living Buddha, Living Christ 20th Anniversary Ed". 2007. P. 138

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christians are slow and the church has learning disabilities

"So what history tells us is that Christians are often slow learners and the church suffers from learning disabilities"

Anthony Venn-Brown in A life of Unlearning: a preacher's struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith. 2015. p. 387.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Beautiful Immorality

Richard Rohr wrote: "... it is really possible to have [a] very ugly morality and sometimes [a] rather beautiful immorality" (p.206 in "Yes, And").

So true!. But understanding it at its core has taken me 35-40 years of my life to realise it. When I was younger, I just could not have understood such a claim. It is only as I've begun to understand and experience the complexity (grayness and colourings of life), as opposed to a fictitious black and white world, that I've begun to comprehend this deeply.

Around the above quote, Rohr highlights how spiritual discernment is such a necessary gift to develop, as it enables a person to recognise seemingly bad things can actually sometimes bear good fruit. Rohr talks about "'Yes/And' thinking, rather than simplistic either/or thinking". I would add, that sometimes what may appear 'bad' or 'not ideal', is perhaps good for a period of time, or that the end result may be helpful in some way. e.g. A greater self awareness, wholeness, fulfillment or life essentials being met. My mind goes here to the complex area of prostitution or various forms of casual sex.

I feel Rohr also reminds us that imperfection is not actually a bad thing. He talks about the metaphor of pottery and biblical language of "earthen vessels" and also Leonard Cohen's song 'Anthem' which contains the words "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in".

I like how Rohr offers a different perspective on that horrible word I grew up hearing, "original sin" and all its conatations. Rohr states it's a : "... poor choice of words because the word sin implies fault and culpability, and that is precisely not the point! Original sin was trying to warn us that the flaw at the heart of all reality is nothing we did personally, but that there is simply a crack in everything, and so we  should not be surprised when it shows it'self in us or in everything else. This has the power to keep us patient, humble, and less judgmental". 

May I grow ever more patient, humble and less judgmental first of myself and then that which is other than myself.

I leave you now in peace, with a prayer I wrote back in 2012:


Light is everywhere and always and eventually. 
Even in the dark places, light seems to have a way of making itself present; through the cracks, by a candle, by the gentle breeze that moves the shade of the tree.

Great sustainer, we thank you for the light that appears to us daily, for the warmth of the sunshine that awakens us from our slumber and brightens our day. For the moonlight and stars that bring restful reflection and anticipation of the coming dawn.

So it is, I let it be. Amen and Amen

Friday, May 16, 2014

Being Who You Are

"Everything that makes you who you are, will not let you go astray"

When I heard these few words, I was struck with the profoundness. What I took away was that is that I can and must trust my self. If I'm truly me, all will be well.


I heard this on a TV show some weeks ago. Perhaps Songs of Praise. It was by a musician I think being interviewed.