Covenant

September 16, 2014

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There is a moment
when a true covenant
is formed
between two friends
who meet in God.

There is a presence
to the unique gift
of a person
that becomes
sacrament
when each
is fully awake
to the beauty
of the other.

God raises the love
and consecrates
the spirit
flowing
between them
with his own
holy spirit.

In that union,
we become friends
across forever.
I am grateful
you are mine.

Naomi

Come with me

September 16, 2014

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Come with me
into the wildness
of God
where we can
share the terror
and the beauty
of a sea
hurled by wind,
the light
from a blinding storm,
and the revelation
of a star.

Come with me
into the deepest
secrets of a woman,
and let the mystery
surround you
and set you free.

Come with me
into the strength
of a man,
and let his surrender
make way for your own.

Come with me
into a labyrinth
of darkness
that can open
the eyes
of your soul.

Come with me
where you have
never gone before,
and I will show
you life.

Let the power
of spirit
flow through
your own
and give birth
to spirit
in the world.

Come with me
and journey
into God.

Let the sweetness
of pure peace
surround you
forever.

Naomi

Creating my Days and Nights

September 15, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh Beloved who creates the morning

in this moment when dawn appears

touching the horizon

with fingers of light

brightening the sky

 

First a luminous glow

from the star of the rising sun
divine sparks from an infinite light
the same that gentles the night
simmering flames igniting my heart

Divinely patient you scatter
a skittering light through the leaves
hanging sun stars in my trees
dancing rays play in my room
caressing my laughing eyes

You create a misty haze
brushing the sky ablaze with color
whispering clouds across the blue
I sigh and gasp to know its you
my loving God makes all things new

There is nothing you could not do
as you spread beauty beneath my feet
hang a lingering moon next to the sun
awaken rivering currents of delight
flowing to sweeten my soul

Wildflowers in my hair

your fragrance fills the air
spring comes out of season
melting reason into love
until I feel you everywhere

Your nearness calms my fears
arouses my tears
you surround and summon me
as i surrender everything
you set my spirit free

N.

 

Painting by Rassouli

The Beloved

September 14, 2014

http://womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-beloved-by-naomi-stone.html

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THE BELOVED by Naomi Stone

I sometimes feel that I was born to love God, to write and sing of the indwelling Spirit that empowers my life…

I don’t write for recognition, but to share the sacred invitation to every soul to open the heart

to such an intimate relationship that bridges all the opposites connecting the human and divine within ourselves and in all Life.

I call God “the Beloved” in the tradition of the mystics who celebrate the Great Silence and the sweet Mystery beyond our certainty.

I have found great spiritual freedom in loving and discovering the Presence of divine light

in the diversity of the flowing manifestation of creation energy in Nature, in wilderness, in the sharing of our hearts with each other,

and in the sheltering love that sets us free to be!

The songs celebrate the lightness of being, the joy of relationship, and the belovedness I experience as I surrender to the Beloved.

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“Song of the Beloved”

by Rassouli

http://www.avatarfinearts.com

The Beloved

The Beloved emerges and

arises from within

divinely created moments

to surprise and startle me awake

from my human slumbering

talks to me in rumbling thunderstorms

in whirling winds

washing away the heat

from parched surfaces

of wilting flowers and thirsty lips

rinsing the dust from the leaves

washing the windows of the world

with dancing raindrops of light

appearing in penetrating minds

and insights

in discoveries of truth

arms of expanding love and open hands

that clasp my own

the waters of life clear away

whatever is confining brilliance

dissolving limitation

revealing flashing potential

beyond my knowing

The Beloved soothes my pain

drowns the empty noise

opens my hearing

and sings to me in a thousand songs

of birds and humming insects

blinking in a glowing firefly

catching the gleaming light from flying fish

leaping from the sea

to glimpse the sky

The Beloved plays with words

rearranges meaning

creates new language

enlightens and brightens

with a laugh that shakes the world

The Beloved sometimes hides in a child

who wants to be held

sometimes in a flower that delights my eyes

sometimes an owl outside my window

watching in the night

a soaring hawk

a clumping elephant

a sleek panther

a clumsy pelican with a beak

full of fish

a wild mustang

a clucking chicken showing her chicks

how to scratch for food

an unfolding story told around a fire

flowing in a whispering stream

roaring in a rushing river

circling in a spinning planet

crawling in an ant

slowly building a mound of dirt

to make a home

or peeking wonderfully

out of the soft petals

of the pinkness of a peony

The Beloved

flows in all that

is entertaining and stunning

beautiful and joyful

awkward and new

strange and familiar

compelling and thrilling

I am bewildered

perplexed

overwhelmed

excited

blood stirring

heart racing

in love with such

endearing diversity and range

ever changing

every encircling me with tenderness

humbling me with scarcity

exalting me with abundance

giving birth to a star

scattering seeds

across the universe

to give birth to more

I am enchanted by such infinite love

by revelation

by the gift of creation

by strong arms

flashing eyes

filled with tears

with love that ever amazes

and forever touches my heart

in disarming and charming ways

The storm that awakens me

quiets into gentle raindrops touching

and cradling me

to rest as every drop

becomes a waking dream

that pools and expands

until the dam breaks

flooding the valleys of my being

with endless beauty

The Beloved makes each moment new

sweeping me into feelings

I have never felt before

leaving me reeling

and feeling like a bride

of a forever life

laced with an enhancing

eternal dance

creating a new story

of all that love can be..

May it always be so…..

(I find descriptions of myself challenging to write, since there is a blessed disappearance into this sacred energy of the flame of love.

 I found my freedom as a mystic, who surrenders to the Beloved, who is far greater than my words can express.

I love the mystery and the cloud of unknowing in the classic sense;

I also love the sharing with so many women who are finding their own voice,

living their lives, and the truth of the Word manifesting, and creating our moments.

I am Naomi, living in the open spaces they call the heartland.

I have raised two sons, and am thrilled to continue to experience their becoming.

Here I share with you their sweetness as young boys, pictured with me as a young mother.)

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Naomi Stone: “I am a contemplative, a mystic, a pilgrim, a seeker, a woman deeply in love with the God hidden in all of us,in all of His Creation,

who comes shining out when we least expect it and takes my breath away and breathes me with His sublime Presence in everything.

 I have two sons and loved raising them.

I was a teacher for years, taught at the university level, did some community work,

helped start a hospice in our area,

and worked with patients and families for years.

I am consoled by Nature and the natural world and have embraced the life of a spiritual hermit.”

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You may visit Naomi on her website here where she has shared over 700 of her poems over the last four years.

You may contact her via Facebook here. 

Love’s Wingless Flight

June 4, 2014

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Love’s Wingless Flight

Clinging to the remnants
of the world’s demands
to belong
keeping a white knuckle grip
on an identity
that was slipping away
trying to hold
the tension
of a profile
of who i used to be

my fingers slipped free
as i went spiraling
into spacelessness
ascending in
a wondrous wingless flight of joy
into the lightness of being
that rises to the top
when everything else
falls away
dissolving and melting
rising like the mist
on the river
when the coolness of night
is warmed
by the rays of the sun

in the pure winds of dawn
radiant light
gliding on the sweet breeze
of breath
slipping from the lips
of a beloved
now a nameless being
swept from sight
in the sheltering
bliss of an eternal kiss

scattering music
of smiles and laughter
leaving silken trails
spun from the whispers of lovers
i crossed the threshold
into a hidden garden

feasting on the fruits
of love
sipping vintage wine
dripping from
the succulent grapes
ripe on the vine

drinking deeply
from the open palms
of pure love

N.

the light of dawn sings its own song

May 27, 2014

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the light of dawn sings its own song

a spark of divine energy ignites
the flame of love
in the human heart
and we feel
the pulsing rhythm
of the universe and of all life

the movement of life itself
is flowing
in the transparent glow
of divine light
beyond everything

life springs
from a hidden pattern
of divine energy
and begins to sing
its own song

living words are written
with the tip
of a divine flame
dancing in a moment
of sweet love
in a surrendered soul

innocence flowers
in the hour of creative power
as breathless beauty
is anointed
with our tears
and disappears

N.

The nearness of the Beloved

May 25, 2014

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In the midst of the beauty of creation and all the images we post and share with each other….feeling gratitude for the moments that lift and inspire us….that make us smile or shed tears of compassion…….to connect with “dear hearts and gentle people” ………….to feel the friendship that grows from the Friend….the word many of the mystics use for God………..another is “the Beloved”.

For me….the Beloved is a wonderful description of the God that transcends all religions….all narrow descriptions cannot diminish God in truth….but they fall short of the vast energy of the Source of All that exists…and is being created moment by moment.

For me….it is the nearness of the Beloved….the intimacy and communion of Love that is always flowing and always creating…….ways to love us……to touch us with a pure love that anoints us in the light of love……allowing us to feel the glorious truth of Presence.

Rising above all our limited belief systems….the Beloved embraces everyone and everything and rejoices in us as a creation of Love itself…an expression of the Flow and Breath of the Source of All Life…..suddenly brushing so near to us….soft breath of air moving our hair…..the sweet grace and feel of warm breath and the dew of morning felt on our lips…music that plays and dances throughout the universe……tender smiles from the moon…..arms that hold us close to a Heart we cannot see….feather kisses upon our eyes……..clouds that form and surround us in translucent misty light……..nearness…….dearness beyond description…..the earth yielding her breast flowing with milk and honey……the water of life turning to the wine of love that gives us invisible wings of flight…….and the grace of love…….the joy…..the incredible joy of knowing we are each loved for we are.
N.

the gift of love

May 6, 2014

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The gift of love…
the images and words
are letting love and light
stream through the spiritual heart
to manifest upon a canvas…..
or screen…or page
or in the embracing arms
of one surrendered
to the mystery
the most powerful force
in the universe
conscious
creative love…

beholding the beloved…
in all life….

The miracle is infused
within us…
pouring out and spilling over
with every breath
if we surrender..

this is so beyond
name and gender
and form and place…
beyond culture and belief
and rules and laws

yet it can transform
anyone

N.

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Renewal

April 19, 2014

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Compassion and Love invites our renewal

mysterious transparency….unfurling energy

April 16, 2014

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image of mystical energy…..
unfolding….unfurling
spiraling……..expanding
blue transparency………..