Poem: Thinking of God as Compared to Knowing God

Poem: Thinking of God as Compared to Knowing God

Sitting in church on Sunday
the great gathering of believers:
the woman with a pistol in her purse,
the espoused white supremacist family man,
the patriarchal church elder who fears gays

All believing Jesus is their personal savior,
who looks like them,
likes and dislikes the same people as they,
and judges all as to the meritocracy of heaven
which is not here and not now

What bad theology,
what past dogma or creed,
what misreading and poor preaching,
what age-old council of churchmen
has brought them all to this small, limited God

Yes these gathered souls
think of God rather than experience God
distracted by the ten million things that separate us
many of which have been elevated to idolatry
including personal power, control, and violence

How have we reduced God to being so small and limited
how has God’s awe inspiring presence and love
escaped our experience of each moment,
this God who is as close as our next breath
and limitless as the great Cosmos spinning about 

Creator of the Cosmos, breath of our lives,
our Beloved and beloved of God,
the Universal Christ of grace, love, and our only true hope
for authentic community in our true diversity
in the anti-empire, anti-dominant system of kin-dom

Unless and until one turns out towards and enters into
the Universal Christ mystery and opens to  its’ radical
consciousness that rewires each of us on the physical, cellular,
neurological, and spiritual levels,  Christianity will remain
a personal cerebral exercise rather than Eternal Life together as Beloveds 

   – Herb Stone, here & now working poetry, September, 2019

Images “Eye of the Universe” from Hubble Telescope
and “Guns in Church” unattributed

Poem: The Way of Great Suffering and Great Love

The Way of Great Suffering and Great Love

The knowledge that
knowing God, the Universal Divine, is our
life’s one true purpose on this earth
came early  

As if through a veil,
clarity came from
reflection deep within and a turning out towards,
and study and disciplined  practice 

And, yes, the many spiritual teachers
of timeless spiritual truths
and spiritual practices of
the Universal Divine cosmology

And one must wander from time to time
in the pathless land of exile
from our personal, socio-cultural hubris and comfort,
as a certain mindfulness and awareness settles in

That in the  tensions of our lives,
a great truth lies,
which our societies’ dual thinking misrepresents to us
as either/or choices to be argued and fought for 

When, in fact, the tensions
are not oppositional choices but complementary flow
in a harmonious state of oneness
as both/and healing wholeness

Our very nature as conscious beings
is BOTH human AND divine
thus existing in the paradoxical tension
of both Great Suffering and Great Love

Great Suffering and Great Love
is the Universal Divine way
of teaching us the great spiritual
lessons of our lifes’ one purpose

It is the Great Divine’s primary tool
for our human transformation from ego
to contemplative mind of knowing/unknowing
and to mind/body/spirit/self/other being together

Recalling the story of the Christ principle,
both human and divine, and
subject to it all, the Great Suffering and Great Love,
of the One eternal life resurrected here and now for all

And thus, as in heaven, so on earth,
that all Great Suffering be regarded with Great Love,
resisting all that separates and divides us from God
uniting together in solidarity in authentic communities

Beloveds, setting aside our oppositional ego thinking,
programmed by personal, socio-cultural biases and desires,
for the contemplative mind of the Universal Divine
that suffers with us in loving and healing togetherness as One

  • Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, September, 2019


Image from Center for Action and Contemplation, Art image The Magic Fish by Paul Klee

Poem: Practice and Know the Truth

Practice and Know The Truth*

Practice, little Truth Seeker, practice

Light the fire of the Vital Life Force
and burn away the impurities and imperfections of the Body and Mind

Shine the Light of Discriminating Consciousness
on the tricks of the ego

Renounce the attachment of pleasure seeking and desire
for more, more, more
of that which does not ultimately satisfy

Break through the darkness and the veil
that you may hear God calling through Grace
and directly know the Bliss of Being in God’s presence

Embrace Right Acting through Right Knowledge
and develop a sense of Inner Peace

Through thought, word, and deed 
practice and know the Truth

– Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, undated piece 

*Dedicated to the memory of a dear friend whose life was filled with God’s Grace, Jeff Blake, author of multiple books about grace including
“Traveling on Grace Street: A Memoir”

Photos of Jeff from his book and social media jeffblake (1)

Poem: Our Life Transformed

Poem: Our Life Transformed

The paradoxical tension of our lives
offer us each hope and healing,
the freedom from being puppets or robots,
relief from the whiplash of either/or thinking

We are programmed  from our birth;
false religion tells us we are fallen beings,
poor education teaches only one correct answer,
partisan politics, that we must all be one ideology

Yet our lives are many varied hues,
a much broader stroke,
a more impressionistic experience,
a rich, pastiche canvas of styles

Only our embrace of life’s tensions
offers true healing and  transformation of our very being
on a journey in a pathless land
to a true self of authenticity and belonging

One must be the salt and the yeast
and the fire and the blood
of this fermenting, purifying, soulful
life changing process that changes  everything

No one else can do it for you,
and no thing or no one must be allowed
to separate you from your spiritual truth;
such must be let go

Only such tenacity and meta morphing tension
can lead us on the no path
of yes/and, unitive consciousness to self truth,
authentic being, and belonging in community 

Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, August 2019


Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosopher Sage
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship. 
Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

Richard Rohr quote from his book “The Universal Christ”:

“…..if we have never loved deeply or suffered deeply, we are unable to understand spiritual things at any depth….Even God has to use love and suffering to teach you all the lessons that really matter. They are his primary tools for human transformation.” 

Poem: The Dawning of Love

Poem: The Dawning of Love

High up in the Southern Hills
stepping out my door
into the arboretum
at first dawn light
the misty pink hued sky
and cicadas sing
their song
as a bird 
chirps it plaintive cry
the green, green grass glistens
a tight membrane covering
the loamy earth
the cool air invites and comforts
like a light linen flowing
ah, when Heaven and Earth 
are Home all things may be
regarded with Love
– Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, August 2109




Poem: Today the Very Earth Cries

Poem: Today the Very Earth Cries

The trees bow their crowns
the very stones weep under our feet
the clouds cast dark shadows
the wind drones a mournful song
the creatures cower and moan
the people grieve and lament

Fires of the humans
rage upon this earth
destroying ecosystems
heating the atmosphere
depleting ozone
displacing/destroying life and cultures

Human’s ever expanding populations
and their demands and personal greed
threatens sustainability
of our earth home with
logging, corporate ranching and farming,
mining, infrastructure expansion

Long ago Turtle Island’s primordial peoples  
prophesied when the Earth has been befouled
and the waters turned bitter with disrespect
humans will have two choices:
honor the Spirit Universe and survive or the
personal comfort of possessions and perish

 Loving Creation hears us and is at One
Creator God suffers and weeps with us
The Earth invites our participation,
and not our domination,
alongside trees, waters, soils, creatures, air
All turning now towards Home together now

  • Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, August 2019


The Lungs of the Earth, image unattributed

Poem: A Day in the Life: Creating, Caring, Falling, Rising

A Day in the Life:
Creating, Caring, Falling, Rising

Awakening to the muse
arising to the morn
capturing lightning in a bottle,
perhaps; I muse and write
before the day’s tasks and momentum take hold

Mid-morning breakfast with my beloved
I read for its’ joy and  learning to write;
puttering around the kitchen
cleaning up, tidying up
there is a certain flow takes over

 Care, chores, and errands to be done,
caring through the day for my beloved,
prepping three meals and tidying up,
cleaning and maintaining our home,
shopping to be done; our routine has begun

Hopefully a mid-day walk
relieving aches, clearing the mind,
oneing with the Universe;
along the trails, in nature,
we saunter about capturing images

The day gathers a particular momentum,
already  half gone;
early afternoon for resting
and some quiet time, as I putter about,
my beloved rest her eyes

Soon enough I prepare a small dinner
and in early evening we eat
and watch the ever worsening news
and perhaps something entertaining
on the telly as we wind down another night

Upstairs for an early bedtime,
we climb the stairs with stiff  groans;
I always read a novel before sleep,
new worlds and other lives and deep truths,
awestruck and immersed in the writing

Our latter-days, like a dream,
a certain symmetry arising;
here and now and past and future all one,
inner truth, authenticity, community, caring,
creating, writing, loving all that matters

The clarity, cleansing, condensing of aging,
and its’ falling downward,
my beloved and I filled with faith and hope
of the life, death, resurrection, arising
in, with, and through the unifying
Cosmic, Universal Christ principle of all together,
another day in the Eternal Life of the living, caring,
loving God as we walk one another Home at last

  • Herb Stone, here&now working poetry, August, 2019