#5173 – Grace Within, David Whyte poem

Edited by Gloria Lee

 

“Grace is within you. Grace is your self. Grace is not something to be acquired from others. If it is external, it is useless. All that is necessary is to know its existence is in you. You are never out of its operation.”

~Ramana Maharshi

 

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Whatever arises dependent upon conditions, lacks substance and independent existence. This is what is meant by the emptiness of things, and why everything is like a reflection or a dream.

~Susan Kahn

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THE WINTER OF LISTENING

No one but me by the fire,
my hands burning
red in the palms while
the night wind carries
everything away outside.

All this petty worry
while the great cloak
of the sky grows dark
and intense
round every living thing.

What is precious
inside us does not
care to be known
by the mind
in ways that diminish
its presence.

What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire.

What disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.

What we hate
in ourselves
is what we cannot know
in ourselves but
what is true to the pattern
does not need
to be explained.

Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.

Even with summer
so far off
I feel it grown in me
now and ready
to arrive 
in the world…

And
here
in the tumult
of the night
I hear the walnut
above the child’s swing
swaying
its dark limbs
in the wind
and the rain now
come to
beat against my window
and somewhere
in this cold night
of wind and stars
the first whispered
opening of
those hidden
and invisible springs
that uncoil
in the still summer air
each yet
to be imagined
rose.

© David Whyte: Excerpted from THE WINTER OF LISTENING
In: THE HOUSE OF BELONGING. © Many Rivers Press

PHOTO © David Whyte 2014:

 
Winter Tree: Oxford; England.Image 

 

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