until then, maintain your faith (audio poetry 4:36)

This is the 5th time I have posted this message since 2008, though
the audio is new as of today.

Fluctuating Planes, 1952by British/Canadian abstract surrealist Jock Macdonald

When times are unsettled,
There is no place to go but deeper, and deeper still
You must excavate and as you do,
calcified residue of old ways will be thrown
up in your face
You will taste it on your lips and gag
as you swallow more than you want to
And then, after what feels like an eternity
You will feel a new radiance rise up in place of the old

Until then, maintain your faith.

The change may not come gently,
even though you feel you have earned the right
to slide, toboggan-like, into a new existence
The goalposts will seem to move further away
with every step you take,
You will bump into nagging fears
whose chattering will attempt to throw you off course
You will wonder what you have done
to deserve visitations
by such dark and unholy forces

And despite all that and more,
If you care deeply enough about the limitless
light and love at the core of your existence
If your journey is to claim your original birthright
in full-throated resurrection
If you know you are here
in perfect reflection of pure Creation
You will trudge on with your heart open bare
to the elements, fierce as they may be

And while you do, maintain your faith.

Take your place with all you know to be good and right,
with kindness and compassion
And maintain your faith.
Surround yourself with the uplifting and inspiring,
with Nature’s glory and the fluttering of wings
Wrap yourself in comforts simple and profound,
the sweet innocence of a child,
the soothing tones of a beloved’s voice
the soul-stirrings of art, music, and
the constancy of the new day,
Disconnect wholeheartedly from any attempt
to drag you into the muck and mire of chaos,
from forces intent on spinning you to and fro
And until that time
when they spin themselves out of existence,
leaving behind the scent of ripened roses,

Maintain your faith.

When it feels that two lines are forming
and the trains are preparing to leave the station,
choose carefully your fellow passengers on the journey
and do not leave your belongings unattended,
Reconsider what you believe to be truth
and what illusion
Remember who you truly are and what matters most,
Reconnect with your personal version of Source
Link arms with the legions of others
who are seeking you out even as you feel
alone and misunderstood,
Like you, they wait impatiently
to welcome in a nascent breeze of fresh becoming,
Feel it wafting around their upturned faces
with the promise of an imminent and lasting peace

Until then, maintain your faith.

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