Lean back.

Lean back.
Lean back into the embrace
of Divine Love.
You are the visible crest of a wave travelling over a deep ocean of love, so what have you to fear?
Lean back into the presence
of all the holy ones gone before;
known or unknown,
of all times and places,
they support you,
surrounding you on your way as a forest surrounds the smallest sprouting seed.
There is not one of them
who does not daily
will the full flowering of life in you.
Lean back into their strength.
Lean back into their love.
Lean back into the deep river
of the ancestors
from whom you came.
However they lived then,
they offer, at the very least,
wisdom as to how to be now.
Lean back into their stories;
the dancing entwinement
of their lineages
has brought you forth,
has clothed you
in flesh and blood and bone.
In your body
a thousand generations
walk again upon the world,
In your eyes
a unique soul gazes
out upon the world.
Lean back into all those
who have made you, you;
parents, siblings, family, neighbours,
friends, lovers, colleagues,
the passing encounters of a moment,
the deep connections that last a lifetime,
they all travel with you.
Did they bring you joy, light, love?
Then give thanks,
for they have taught you how to be.
Did they bring you sadness, darkness, pain?
Then give thanks,
for they have taught you how not to be.
Lean back into the enormity
of the vast spaciousness you are,
a being in time meant for eternity
a being of body, mind, heart, soul
a being never alone
a being of Love’s holding in being
a being coming from Love’s creation
a being returning to Love’s embrace
a being who in every moment may
lean back into Divine Love.

Richard Hendrick

( Art: Brian Kershisnick)