Sunday, September 03, 2006

Timeless reverence


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion
is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."

Albert Einstein



Each pearl in the necklace holds a story.
Strung together:
Individual and collective;
Unconscious and unbridled;
Conscious and disciplined.

The necklace has been passed down for several generations.
It has been worn on the d├ęcolletage of old and young;
The wise and the innocent;
The romantic and the inspired.

It has shown its opalescence in various countries,
on different continents.
It has been worn with the care of a talisman;
Aspiring to pass on the magical, exquisite, and treasured.

Past and present merge.
The future calls stridently.
Plunge…cherish…value…
Query…suspect…examine.

Imaginations are drawn in,
to aspirations and desires
hidden from our consciousness.
We are pulled to its allure and rich history.
We hope to claim something,
we do not yet understand.

We open to the mysterious and unknown…
dipping below what is safe and known.
Opening, exploring, tumbling...
Deeper. Deeper. Deeper.
We sigh...with a great release,
for a moment,
and experience a defining instance of intense clarity.

This moment is owned in isolation;
for all those who have worn this enigmatic choker.
Then it passes on to the next generation;
Conjuring and anticipating,
Holding and delivering,
More enchantment and transformative insight.

There are great paradoxes:
Fragility and strength;
Durability and delicacy.
It is a satire and elucidation of life.
Subtle and tantalizing revelations await.
Once, and only when we are ready to receive.

-grassrootsmsw

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