Monday, August 03, 2009

Lookie Who's Here!

Well, Hi there! ... my Darling Friend. [smile] It has been a little while since I have been able to be here with You. As my Precious Lime has been kind enough to let you know, my computer has gone to whatever place in Torment that is reserved for mechanisms that vex and test the character of those who rely on them.

So, Dear One, I speak with You from a physical Place that is some 30 minutes from my home. I am caring for Henry (one BIG baby of a pit-bull dog), and Billy (one devious, lightening quick, and totally cuddleable cat) at the home that they share with my Dear Friends, Dav and Heather (who are away for a couple of weeks ... in Iceland [Dav's homeland].) They graciously invited me to use their fancy-schmancy computer and to enjoy the tranquility of their lovely home whilst they are away. So here (as pictured) I am ... having my morning coffee and allowing the serenity of the view to do its work. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!



If I may, I will be sharing, with You, my journal notes made whilst revisiting the Place of some of my most precious Beginnings ... the words of Joseph Campbell, as recorded by Bill Moyers, in The Power of Myth.

Sunday, 02 Aug 09

You and I ... we all respond to the symphony of Creation ...the undulations of nudging Influences.

Some choose to respond by situating themselves in a comfortable place that affords little jostling or engagement. Perhaps just letting the occasional "tapping" of their "emotional toe" suffices as a means of acknowledging Life's underlying "soundtrack."

Others of us welcome the music of The Intimate, and permit it to be demonstrated through our very Being ... some in ritualized formalities of ordered and structured "ball-room steps" ... elegant and inspiring ... while some lean to the interpretive forms of expression that give free-spirited declaration of their inspirations. And there are (of course) all manner and degree of varieties between and around those extremes.

What is universally unavoidable is ... response. Maybe hardened entrenchment in a marching cadence that unwaveringly dictates each daily decision, direction, and debate. Or, perhaps, some primal and unstructured willingness to follow the lead of The Muse's faint whisperings ... accompanied by the insistent throbbing of a muted "drum." But, in whatever way, and to whatever extreme of perceived "music", each and all of us do make those choices ... we all respond in some way. Life does not permit deafness to its summoning symphony.





Monday, 03 Aug 09

I am, forever, indebted to Joseph Campbell for his redirecting of my Spirit's focus ... from its earlier search for life's meaning ... to its present search for the complete experience of living life.

I never was satisfied with sticking labels of social, religious, or political propriety on containerized pieces of my life. It has always been my desire to know and savour the content and quality of each Moment's experience ... with complete disregard for the labels that those around me would want to affix.

Content ... not Image ... has always been my thirst. When engaging in the presentation of an image, or parading a role, it was always for the purpose of gaining access to that treasured Place of comfort and welcome, that would allow an intimate and meaningful exchange. I discount the playing of a role, and/or presentation of an image, as "dues to be paid" for admission to that sacred place of intimate Being.




14 comments:

lime said...

i am glad that you are enjoying some peaceful surroundings and your friends are kind enough to permit use of their computer so you can make econtact with folks.

thanks also for the reflections. it is good to enjoy them with you again, even if for a brief time.

John-Michael said...

Hiya Cutie Pie! I haven't felt this good in a very long while. 'Tis a lovely thing to be rested (on all aspects) and in tune with my Being. I am happy to celebrate this Moment with You ... my loved and cherished Friend.

in sweet love ...

Silvia said...

Oh dad. if only i think that i could be there with you...so sorry that you lil girl hasn't found the will to come across the ocean this year, even if the money, the time and the situation could permit it!I'm too lazy and awful!
Sorry to myself...I could enjoy the time with you instead of wasting all my days off here alone, getting depressed!I'm a complete idiot!
:-(

John-Michael said...

Oh. My Precious Baby Girl!!! How we will enjoy and celebrate the time when we WILL be together! I happily and longingly look forward to that Day!! [smile] I do love you SO MUCH!!! Please be gentle and forgiving with your Self. You are too very sweet and loving to not be so for yourself. I mean it! Be tender with My Wonderful Silvia! This is your loving Daddy's command!! [grin]


I ADORE YOU ...

Alaine said...

Good to hear from you John-Michael and glad that you're enjoying some change of scenery.

John-Michael said...

Ah, Alaine, my Dear Friend ... Thank You, Sweetheart! Losing access to You, and all of my darling Compatriots and Companions, has beeen akin to building a wall around the veranda. All of that Beauty ... inaccessible!! Bummer!!

But, for the Moment, we can enjoy each other's Presence. And I rejoice in that! [smile]


Lovingly ...

Calli said...

Hello John-Michael, Ooo, a lovely place and yes, a change of scenery is always a good thing. I hope you are enjoying and relaxing.

Pet sitting too, very nice!

...and I am a huge fan of Joseph Campbell...such wisdom that man possessed.

have fun~
~Calli

John-Michael said...

I have the greatest difficulty getting past a paragraph (let alone a page) of Campbell's thoughts. I am compelled to allow my Soul to respond in extended consideration, and discussion, of, seemingly, every sentence that he speaks. So, I am afraid, Dearest Calli, that You (and the few Brave and Daring who invest a part of themselves with my inclinations and musings) will be beset with some (greatly condensed versions) of those thoughts.

I am delightfully grateful for Your indulgences and participation with Me in this. Your Presence makes it so much more pleasing! [smile]

I love You ... (and shan't ever tire of telling You so!)

nitebyrd said...

John-Michael, it's so wonderful to "hear" from you and to know that you are enjoying some peaceful (and a little luxurious) time. I'm glad to know you are well. A *kiss* and (hug) for you!

John-Michael said...

Yours, Dearest NiteByrd, is a Presence that makes my present Moment deliciously complete. Thoughts of You are a frequent Companion. And I do so enjoy this warm and comfy bond, that we have encouraged to grow, between us. I like You here!

Loving You ...

Suldog said...

Nice digs, J-M. Enjoy!

As always, a pleasure to read your words, especially when directly concerned with the spiritual (all of yours are at least indirectly so.) I always pick up something worth thinking about when I visit here. Thank you, very much.

John-Michael said...

There are some elements of church Fellowship that I miss. One of the most significant of these is those moments when, at the close of a worship service, all in the congregation would join hands and sing, together, the lovely chorus "There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place ... and I know that it's the Presence of ... "

I revisit that special place, each time that my Heart considers You, Jim, my SulDog Friend. You touch me. And I do love You for it.

NAMASTE ...

Laura said...

Very nice to have you back and sharing your thoughts...and what a beautiful place to give your spirit the freedom to roam. Enjoy.
Love and Light to you.
Laura

John-Michael said...

I thank You Laura, My Dear. I must confess to feeling that my window on the World was closed with the demise of the computer. (I did make a valiant effort to accept it with some philosophical distance ... but I fear that I failed, in that effort, miserably. Alas!) [smile]

Your kind and encouraging Voice caresses my Spirit and makes for a pleasant salve to remedy life's little abrasions. For that Gift, I thank You, as well.

Lovingly ...

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