Only by much searching and mining
are gold and diamonds obtained,

and people can find every truth
connected with their being

if they will dig deep
into the mine of their soul.
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It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,

And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool

For love, for your dreams,
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me
what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know
if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,

If you have been opened by life's betrayals,

Or have become shriveled
and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
Without moving

To hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine
or your own,

If you can dance with wildness

and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes

Without cautioning us to be careful,
be realistic,
or to remember the limitations
of being human.

I want to know
if you can see beauty

Even when it is not pretty every day,

And if you can source your life
From God's presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours
and mine,

And still stand on the edge of a lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,

"Yes!"

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief
and despair,

Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done
for the children.

It doesn't interest me
who you are,
how you came to be here.

I want to know
if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me
where or what
or with whom
you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you
From the inside

When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone

With yourself,

And if you truly like
the company you keep

In the empty moments.

-The Invitation
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Confessions of a Spiritual Thrillseeker May 1995
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MorningStar Inspirations
from Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life
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The Invitation
Your truth:
Speak it quietly - but firmly;

Live it fully,
visibly,
noticeably;

It is the standard you've set,
against which you shall be measured;
  Be it . . .
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Acknowledgements:
From the eBook "One!The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman M.A. ©2007-17
[1]
~Klaas+
[2] - The Invitation ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Confessions of a Spiritual Thrillseeker; May 1995
[3] ~James Allen