Entering the Stream: Poems about Union by N. Thomas Johnson-Medland

By N. Thomas Johnson-Medland

The suggestion and word of “entering the flow” has lengthy been a picture for merger and union. quite often it really is intended to sum up the assumption of union with the Divine precept or God. much less usually, but nonetheless universal, it truly is used to photograph the union of principles, our bodies, and movements.

The feel that something folds into or flows into one other and will get misplaced remains to be a massive underpinning towards the assumption that there's a few “ah ha” second in lifestyles the place we can go with the flow out of straightforward, usual lifestyles and input the sphere of ALL figuring out. We think that there will be and is a second of merger (a born-again instant), an awakening to whatever open air of what it capability to be singularly dual.

It isn't unintentionally that the 2 sacramental rites inside of Christianity that experience the inner most roots within the amassed neighborhood over time—reaching down into the loam of our existence—are Baptism and Eucharist. The first—the initiation rite—is approximately dissolving into God and His mercy and forgiveness. We input into Him and the fullness of His state. we're crushed by means of the waters and emerge a brand new creature. The second—the continuation rite—is approximately God dissolving into us. He enters us bringing the fullness of His nation. We ingest God (depending upon your theology) in both photo or truth and we emerge a brand new creature.

The poems that stick with are approximately this “axis of consumption,” this “axis of dissolving” in our lives. we're swallowed up by means of God. We swallow up God.

“We stay our lives, daily, considering tens of hundreds of thousands of options. And as Deepok Chopra, the renown Hindu thinker, so brilliantly acknowledged, we're not in basic terms a suite of options, we're the philosopher of these options. it is the house in among these suggestions the place you and that i, as contributors, stay . . .
It is my honest desire for you that, as a searcher for either the which means in and that means of lifestyles, you are going to proceed to learn what you currently carry on your arms. it's a superb e-book written via a great individual. Tom's present of writing either insightful prose in addition to eloquent poetry will rework you and take you to a spot only a few in lifestyles will ever arrive: head to head with your self and your God.”
—Glenn Walsh
Adjunct Professor of Humanities
Temple University

Tom Johnson-Medland is the foodstuff prone supervisor for Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat middle in Cresco, Pennsylvania. he's the writer of Turning inside (1998). Tom maintains to submit articles on end-of-life concerns, religious path and formation, and nutrients carrier administration. He lives on the camp along with his spouse Glinda and sons Zachary and Josiah.

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