etching by Anna Ravenscroft
The freedom to ‘be’, to express, to expand, to begin to occupy more of my self, to discover, to enquire; these are the centrally transformative and powerful aspects of working one to one in the unique field of intimate therapeutic relationship.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life …
when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau
Can you hold the door of your tent wide to the firmament? – Lao Tzu
In this text, Lao Tzu is asking can you listen and open to the riches beyond the sheltered confines of your own protected tent? Can you receive the surrounding vastness of the unknown and open to the current of life, wild and untethered, no matter what?
What happens when your soul
Begins to awaken
And your heart
And the cells of your body
To the great journey of Love?
First there is wonderful laughter
And probably precious tears
And a hundred sweet promises
And those heroic vows
No one can ever keep
But still God is delighted and amused
You once tried to be a saint.
What happens when your soul begins to awaken in this world
To our deep need to love
And serve the Friend?
O the beloved
Will send you
One of his wonderful, wild companions-
-i heard god laughing-renderings from Hafiz
You might quiet the whole world for a second
if you pray.
And if you love, if you
our guns will
-St John of the Cross (1542-1591)