If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind’s clothing
with more sooty knowledge.

No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.

For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

So don’t just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.


The Essence of a Father

Father’s day had me thinking.

It’s a wonderful idea to celebrate Fathers. It really is - I love it. But since my Father has passed I took a different view at it this year. Don’t get me wrong - I celebrated his life and our time together, but this year I also celebrated the essence of a Father.

Penetrative, creative and balancing.

It’s the masculine energy that balances the feminine. Like ying and yang or Shiva and Shakti, the balance happens when they’re together. Only a balance of masculine and feminine can create life - there’s no creating without the penetrative, creative, essence of a Father. Celebrating this essence is celebrating life.

With this in mind for Father’s day, it doesn’t matter if your Father is bad or good, present or passed. I mean really, even the most transcendant Fathers weren’t a dream come true. Buddha for instance, left his wife and baby to meditate. Shiva cut off his own son’s head. And Jesus’s Father left him to be crucified as he cried out “My God, why have you forsaken me?”

But the essence of these Fathers is truly something to celebrate - the essence that penetrates and creates something new. For Buddha, penetrating illusion, awakening and creating the 4 noble truths. For Shiva, creating his son as the god Ganesha by replacing his lost head with that of an elephant. And for God, creating a sacrifice (Jesus) to forgive the world’s sins.

So no matter who your Father is or what your situation, it’s nice to celebrate the essence of a Father.

Celebrate creativity.

Celebrate balance.

Celebrate creation of life.