I Sat with the Spirit

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So I sat with the Spirit
and gave her the news
that I was prepared
to surrender all
to whatever was the plan.
I would build hospitals and churches,
give retreats and missions,
write books and play music.
I would start movements, teach others,
and yes I was ready
to reform the world—
nothing was too grand
for an enthusiasm like mine.

There was a long silence then
until these words
came humming into my heart:
Are you available
to live fully this moment
you have been given?
When I paused to consider,
the moment was gone.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Here I Float

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Here I float
on a Sea of Compassion
that patiently accepts
my earnest prayers
that I receive
what I already have,
that I become
who I already am.
Here I float
on a Sea of Compassion.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Sea of Compassion

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I am sometimes overwhelmed
by the thought of the pain
our minds create for us,
how facilely our egos dupe us
into believing our illusions are real.
Yet, despite the fear
of hellish, deadly storms,
may we come to know with surety
that a Sea of Compassion, in truth,
engulfs us all.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Flight of the Spirit

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Compelled as we are
by the need for control
we surreptitiously strive
to hold the Spirit in our hands
when clearly it is the Spirit
that holds us
so we might fly with her
to uncharted heights.

© 2015 Dennis Ference