spiritual graffiti

I stand alone
renegade outcast outsider
howling roaming full moon writer
troubadour wordsmith delighter
burning passion getting wilder

I stand alone
libertine magic provider
breaking rules slippery slider
warrior freedom enlightener
21st century fighter

~Cherokee Soul

Graffiti in the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, where it is believed Jesus was buried and was resurrected. When the European crusaders took the city in 1099,  illiterate but pious soldiers left their marks on this most holy of churches with crosses. Today these crudely carved crosses are protected, not as graffiti but as evidence of the long history of the church and the crusader time period in particular. It is amazing what being 900 years old will do.

When I would go to bed with a woman when I was
young, I didn’t realize that there were many of us in
the bed at the same time. There was her and I, her
parents, my parents, our past lovers, and anyone else
we had unfinished business with. That’s the thing
about being unconscious—we can’t help but bring our
unresolved baggage into every relational encounter.
Talk about an unwelcome orgy! It’s a busy bed when
we are unconscious. A little hard to move around
freely with so many projections on the mattress. One
of the reasons we do the work to heal our past is so
that we can actually create more space for intimacy.
With our patterns fallen away, we stand a much better
chance of holding love safe. With our projections
worked through, we can actually see the beloved with
clear eyes. Finally, it’s just the two of us…
—  Jeff Brown (an except from ‘Spiritual Graffiti’)
Being a sensitive person can be a confusing,
complicated thing in this still harsh world. It feels
intuitively right to open, to feel, to enhearten our
daily life, but the world is still vibrating at a more
armored and edgy place. It is not yet attuned to the
ways of the open heart. So what to do? We don’t
want to deaden our capacity to feel, but if we feel too
much, we get run over by an often heartless world. I
have found my best answer in three places… Selective
Attachment: carefully discerning between positive
and negative individuals and environments, and only
attaching to those people and places that can hold
our tender heart safe; Strong Energetic Boundaries:
being physically and emotionally charged, so that
we can more effectively repel unwelcome energies;
Conscious Armoring: learning how to put on armor
when necessary to manage the world and difficult
situations, and, consciously removing it when it is no
longer needed. If we cultivate these practices, we stand
a much better chance of preserving our sensitivity.
Once we lose it, we lose our connection to the moment
altogether. Here’s to a sensitive way of being! What a
courageous path
—  ~a quote from ‘Spiritual Graffiti’

The path of the spiritual warrior is not soft and sweet. It is not artificially blissful and pretend forgiving. It is not fearful of divisiveness. It is not afraid of its own shadow. It is not afraid of losing popularity when it speaks its truth. It will not beat around the bush where directness is essential. It has no regard for vested interests that cause suffering. It is benevolent and it is firey and it is cuttingly honest in its efforts to liberate itself and humanity from the egoic ties that bind. Shunning strong opinions in the name of spirituality is anti-spiritual. Spirituality that is only floaty soft is a recipe for disaster, allowing all manner of manipulation to run amok. Real spirituality is a quest for truth, in all its forms. Sometimes we find the truth on the meditation cushion, and sometimes we find it in the heart of conflict. May all spiritual warriors rise into fullness. This planet is lost without them. (~an excerpt from ‘Spiritual Graffiti’)