"Wheels Turning Inward" is a is a rich collection of over fifty poems, following a poet’s mythic and spiritual journey that crosses easily onto the paths of many contemplative traditions. The artwork at the top of this page, is one image found in the Gordon Moore Memorial stain glass window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, by the artist Kim Clark Renteria. The image of these three circles, is emblematic of both the Trinity and the title for this new collection of poetry now available from Friesen Press.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Grounded in Perfection (Tathata - Suchness)
such as it is
all of creation in which we dwell,
everything, is perfect in this single moment,
in exactly what this moment offers us now,
grounded in the infinite light and mercy of God.
our hearts where we rest
in an embrace that transforms
all thought and image,
into a sacrament of stillness
we may perfectly mirror created as we are
as an image of God.
we may perfectly mirror
God who is Love,
who is Holy,
who is Spirit,
who is Truth,
who is Known,
who is Worshipped.
who is Incarnate
as the Word
who "Redeems Us"
whose most gentle
rains upon all
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine" Isaiah 43
This poem was inspired by the teachings of Geshe Michael Roache and Lama Christie McNally; the writtings of Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki and Thomas Merton; the writtings and teachings of the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Dom Thomas Keating, Dom John Main, and Dom Laurence Freeman; the theologians Paul F. Knitter, Marcus Borg, Paul Tillich, and many others. The poem touches on practicing meditation as a sacramental act, which is something Buddhists have been doing for over 2500 years, and Christians since the time of Christ and the early days of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
Answering God’s call to hoilness (wholeness) through a sacramental practice of meditation is one way to experience the “Reign of God” in the present moment. Sacraments are an “outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace” whereby the Spirit of God becomes present to us; sacraments are a means of grace and a vehicle for the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives. Dom Thomas Keating has often said, “that intimacy with God requires not effort, but simple consent.” Here are some suggested books to learn more about these peactices and the intefaith dialog between Eastern and Western spiritual traditions:
Ron Starbuck is the author of Wheels Turning Inward a collection of over fifty poems. His poetry and prose is an expression of and a response to encountering God's call. We are all called to become God’s people and called to embrace the holiness (wholeness) of the Lord, regardless of what faith we may actually practice. When we come together in and through our relationships, in a spiritual community and connection with one another, we become and act together as a "People of God."
“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 (NRSV)