• Jaya Julienne Ashmore

When we let love love, what unlocks?

Call and response with David Whyte's poem Self Portrait--thank you to Annette Valentinji for sharing it with me this week. What interests you? Do you feel where is worth standing? Where your heart would stand, in all its tenderness, with all its might?

What interests you? What story or dream are we playing in--playing all the characters? Where is it worthwhile to stand? What is the consequence of love? When we let love love, what happens? What unlocks? What do we lose? What world are we in? What is left?

Self Portrait It doesn’t interest me if there is one God or many gods. I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned. If you know despair or can see it in others. I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you. If you can look back with firm eyes saying this is where I stand. I want to know if you know how to melt into that fierce heat of living falling toward the center of your longing. I want to know if you are willing to live, day by day, with the consequence of love and the bitter unwanted passion of your sure defeat. I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even the gods speak of God. — David Whyte from Fire in the Earth, 1992

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