FC: ONE by Stephen Acker
1: Dedicated to my three grand-daughters. Each of you have the uncanny ability to melt this old man's heart. You have also helped me re-discover the wonder of this world as seen through a child's eyes.
5: ...Be Still And Know... In the quiet of self is a Still Small Voice. That Voice is like a cup of water to one who is thirsty. It's like a sunbeam bursting through the clouds. It's like a cactus bloom in the desert. I hear it in my meditation and prayer; fly fishing on my favorite streams, and while trying to capture the beauty of nature with my camera. It's there for all of us to hear, All we have to do is be still... SFA
6: In the beginning, there was you. A new day; A new life; A fresh and unique expression of All that is. You are the offspring of Mother Earth And Father Sky; shot forth like an arrow from the bow of your parents love. | You are here for but a while; A season; A lifetime. From the dawn of your beginning To the sunset of your day. You serve Love's purpose - To celebrate and perpetuate Its expression; To interact with others. You are both giver And receiver Of the Breath Of Life. In all of Life's diversity No one else Can fulfill your purpose.
7: Your purpose here, Is to recognize; To know; To share that completeness; To realize that in truth, We are all One. | No one else has your vision. No one else has your distinctive talent, For gifting others With Love's completeness.
10: You are one seed among many; You will sprout; grow and mature and in time's fullness will produce your fruit. | You were brought forth from Love's grand design. You are both separate from yet interdependent and connected with the whole.
11: Contained within you is the blueprint for all that was; is and will be. Go to the stillness within and you will find every answer you need for every step of your journey.
14: You are a traveler in time and space who seemingly left your eternal abode. The illusion of the traveler's journey is that you are separate and alone. The truth is, you've never left Love's embrace.
15: You choose a path that best suits Life's purpose, and hence your own. You can not judge your path by the paths of others. Your's, although you may share it at times with others, is unique to you. It's relative difficulty or ease is solely for your own growth. As surely as there is an uphill climb, there is a downward grade. If you feel oppressed by the gloom of the forest, rest assured it will give way to the bright meadow. Nothing lasts forever, save Love's ardent embrace. | You enter Life's flow and ride Its currents. You experience and bear witness to all you see, feel and hear.
16: Life's Stream has Its seasons and a gravity all Its own. You do not direct Its flow nor do you choose Its destination. Your part is to surrender; be joyful and enjoy the ride. | The Stream Of Life can take many twists and turns. At times you will encounter blockages in your way. At times It churns, rushes forward, and drops precipitously. At other times, It is slow and meandering, seemingly going nowhere. But always, It moves forward.
17: Unerringly, the Stream will take you Home.
20: You may choose for a while to cling like moss to a stone, To some belief system, thought or identity: You may at times get caught in the whirlpool; Spinning round and round: Eventually, though, a raging current will wrest you free And propel you onward.
21: You may tarry on the path for a time; Experiencing gifts of beauty; or pause on the mountaintop, surveying it's broad vistas. But always, the inside yearning takes hold. There are new experiences to behold around the next bend.
22: Free will means you can choose to surrender to Life's Stream.
23: Or stop at any point along the way.
24: Life has its seasons,
25: And its moods.
26: Life seeks diversity in all Its creations. Nothing is ever exactly the same. Celebrate Her diversity.
27: You may share yours with the journey of others, But always cherish the uniqueness of your own experiences.
30: Accept with joy the soil in which you're planted. The climate is exactly what you need for your growth. It is exactly what makes you YOU!
31: Your path will shape you and mold you. Through your trials and overcoming; through your sorrows and your joys; all that is dross will be burned away. Just as the caterpillar enters its cocoon and emerges as the butterfly, you too undergo a metamorphosis.
32: You reach a bridge on your journey. This is your crossing from what is false and temporal to what is true and everlasting. This is the transition from darkness into light. This is the abandonment of fear and the embrace of love. This is when you are in the world but no longer of the world. This is the crossing that takes you home to Self.
33: You no longer see your reflected self. You see the reality of who you are.
36: Now; In Love's Garden, You know a joy and peace that has no bounds.
37: As Light and Love, You embrace your Eternal Being; You see your brothers and sisters in a new light. Having been where they are, you have understanding and compassion for them. You realize that at times they do not know what they are doing. Having gone before, you now light their way, dispelling the darkness. You see their true Self: One with you...