Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The greatest gift by a Greenbelt Festival Angel.

"If you could imagine
the most incredible story ever,
it would be less incredible than the story of being here.
And the ironic thing is
that story is not a story,
it is true.
It takes us so long to see where we are.
It takes us even longer to see who we are.

This is why the greatest gift you could ever dream is a gift that you
can only receive from one person.
And that person is you yourself.

Therefore, the most subversive invitation 
you could ever accept is the
invitation to awaken to 
who you are and where you have landed.

Plato said in The Symposium
that one of the greatest privileges of a human life 
is to become midwife
to the birth of the soul in another.

When your soul awakens,
you begin to truly inherit your life.
You leave the kingdom of fake surfaces,
repetitive talk and weary roles
and slip deeper into the true adventure 
of who you are 
who you are called to become.

The greatest friend of the soul 
is the unknown.
Yet we are afraid of the unknown
because it lies outside our vision and our control.
We avoid it or quell it by 
filtering it through our protective barriers
of domestication and control.

The normal way never leads home."

by John O'Donohue
Speaker, writer,wordsmith - a friend
who died January 3rd 2008