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The Divergence of Inner and Outer

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A Lucas Cranach the younger painting from the mid-1500's.

A Lucas Cranach the younger painting from the mid-1500’s.

After yesterday’s post which focused on the divergence between the authentic self and the provisional self, I found myself left in  a state of mind that said I wasn’t yet finished with that idea. This morning after waking up and following my usual pattern of morning meditation and morning coffee, this poem was born.

The Divergence of Inner and Outer

Looking deeper, behind the skin, the muscles
And bones that form a body, a temple
For soul, that essence of the authentic self,
A small flame of light that is not alone.

Turning away from these inner depths
Putting clothing back on to become once again
A provisional self, a being like some chameleon
Changing to match an outer world’s demands.

One moment garbed for some profession
Some labour that follows narrow tracks to success.
Another moment clothed to fit within a community
Which needs visual familiarity and affirmation of beliefs.

An outer self that is self-created to be as one with others
An inner self that is created to be as one with its creator
An outer self that is cloaked to disguise for acceptance
An inner self that is transparent and accepting.

Dare we be together, transparent?
Dare we set aside the disguises
We cultivate to protect from fear
That we are not equal as beings?

Standing naked before a naked you,
Standing naked before naked others,
Standing naked before God
Who created us naked in his image,
Fear becomes illusory leaving only
The truth that we are all equal.

2014 01 25 – Playa del Carmen, Casa Verde

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Written by Robert G. Longpré

January 26, 2014 at 6:28 am

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