Life's Two Fiery Questions!

May it be so
That we  know the waters of life
And the tree of life
are One

That these waters flow in our veins
Even as this tree is rooted in our souls
And that the women men and children of the earth
Are one people
One family
Brothers and sisters

All creation
A mirror
For looking within
A window
For looking without
A portal
For entering
For celebrating
The two dancing partners
Of duality
Of Oneness too
Where all is fodder
For learning
A world transforming
That knows no-waste
In such a world
There are only two questions:

“What shall I feed myself, today:
Fear or Love?”

And the second question is this:

“What shall I make of myself in joy
As a sacrifice of flesh and spirit,
With which to feed the world?”

Lay these two questions gently,
Like two sacred aspen logs
Upon the heart fire of your soul.
For with our answers
We chose the nature of the Fire
That will live in the hearth of our heart
That will consume our lives,
That we will serve.

The choices are but two
Though the blend of these we each create
Is the art of our living
The quenching of our thirst for living
The depth of our rooting into innate belonging and worthiness

Follow the Path of Joy…
And you’ll stoke the Fires of Renewal and Re-Creation

Follow the Way of Fear — of Insatiable Hunger,
The Way of Externalized Authority,
And the Fires of Armageddon
Will haunt you all the way
into your grave.


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  3. Emily

    12/19/2007 at 2:21 am

    Hi Larry,
    I’m glad I know you. Thanks for the 2 fiery questions. I’d like to connect via email. Dinner on Sunday was enchanting and fulfilling. I’m hoping we’ll do more of that. -e-

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  10. Marian A. Shirin

    04/02/2011 at 9:48 pm

    Good to meet you at Marc and Helen’s
    You have inspirited me…!

  11. Larry Glover

    04/08/2011 at 5:31 pm

    Well Thank you, Shirin. Thanks a complement indeed… and you should know it’s a mutual inspiration!

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