Out of the Ashes

Out of the ashes

A thousand lifetimes

Pain and misery

Remaining in smoldering bed

First breath

Self

Second

Family and friends

Thirdly

For all humanity

Rising from said past

Flying into future

With great focus

Cleansing breath

Just being

Balance restored

~Ani Po

Our Stories Connect Us to One Another

Deep within the Canvas of Life lay dormant a thousand story-lines. Stories of who we are, who we were and ultimately speaks as to where we are heading. These stories bridge gaps between one and another.
Unshared…connection is lost.
In sharing we connect on a deeper level, allowing a bond of sorts to take place. Often a healing voice is heard within stories as another connects with a given situation.
On a deeper level there is a greater connection of ‘all there is’…where words are no longer spoken. No need for revisiting story-lines as the story is all around. For now we focus on sharing the stories.
A friend of mine was having a difficult day with recent health. Battling to find a healthy disposition once again. With eyes of despair he looked to me for light of hope. Remaining in my own space, without telling him what to do or feel, I shared a story. His own story of getting dirty and having to wipe dirt from his sandals on nearly a daily basis, reminded me of difficult time of my own.
My brother called me one day in desperation. “I need your help. I have a clogged drain system at one of my properties and I need your generator in case I have to cut the power to the building.”
“Ok, I will meet you there.”
Arriving at the scene, my brother filled me in to what was happening and what is needed. We went to work.
We began at the drain stack. This is the central line of the drain system, spanning from floor to roof. With trying to snake out the clog from the main drain, we realized the clogged pipe was further into the foundation. The snake was unable to ‘rotor-rooter’ the problem, so we were going to have to do the ‘worse case scenario.’
We began cutting into the foundation of the house, with hopes of gaining access of clogged area.
With a gas-powered cement cutter my brother began cutting into the foundation. Cutting and removing broken pieces of the foundation we gained access to the pipe. With very specific measurements, my brother was able to find where the potential clog may be…we needed to cut into the pipe. Septic was already filling the basement and the clog needed to be cleared…he began cutting into the pipe.
Seconds into the process, muddy water began splattering me from head to toe. Now with mud covering my whole body my brother stopped to apologize, “Sorry dude.” No worries…let’s just get to the source of the problem. We continue to work at the situation. Pipe was cleared and we were given access to the clogged area. The clog was removed and we were able to put the pieces back together.
After telling the story to my friend “sometimes life can throw dirt at us, covering us from head to toe. If we remain focused on our situation the dirt can be cleared.”
This story was exactly what he needed as he relived a similar situation with his own brother. Covered head to toe with dirt…he knew the dirt was easily washed away.

In telling this story to friend, I not only connected with him…but I reconnected with my brother and in a way connected with his brother.

I give thanks for my brother, the situation (as dirty as it was), my friend and the deeper connection we shared…it was exactly what was needed.
We often feel we need to fix things, wanting to help others correct their own situations. But it is a greater gift to allow their own self-realization to step forward…healing on a deeper and longer lasting level.
Stepping into the Canvas recounting a story of old. Looking back, remaining present, our future shifts…as does the community around us. Our Stories Connect Us to One Another…our stories bridge gaps of past and future.~Ani Po

Gaze Deeply into the Caverns of the Soul

Gaze deeply

The Caverns of our soul.

Laying dormant

Buried

Hidden

Our deepest fears.

Sit with

Allowing light to shine.

Afraid

Alone

No longer.

Be with them

Embrace them

Serving their purpose.

Thank them

Acknowledge

Bring to surface of great canvas.

Release them

Let them go

Allowing them to find their place within Canvas.

Gaze deeply into the Caverns of the soul…for our greatest allies are waiting.~Ani Po

Hollow Bone

Oh to be so hollow
Vulnerable to be filled
Choosing the void
Filling or not filling
Allowing what will be
To be
Oh to be so hollow
No longer alone
Filled to the rim
And emptied all the same.
I am that, I am
Oh to be so hollow…just being…another day.
~Ani Po

Bridging the Gap Between Realities

Share a story with a friend.

Whether dreamworld

Or past event.

Forth right

Or past left.

Looking to unknown,

Making it known.

Stories unfold,

Healing begins.

From past to present,

Dreamworld to real-time.

Seeing with fresh eyes,

As if first time at all.

Willing,

Open.

Dreamtime,

Bridging past and future.

See into the unknown,

Bridging the gap between realities.

Ani Po

 

Releasing Dragon into the Canvas

Spending our whole lives slaying Dragon,

Fears or inner demons.

Shadows of doubt,

Fiery strength unleashed.

Battle within,

Taken to the skies.

Night and day,

Season to season.

Give up,

Battle on.

Til the day we bow before Dragon.

Hearing messages of wisdom,

From times before.

Knowing and unknowing become the same,

Night and Day follow behind.

Past, Present and Future,

Fused as one.

Acknowledging, accepting,

As it is,

Soaring higher than before.

Feeding, taking flight,

Releasing Dragon into the Canvas.

~Ani Po

 

 

 

Divine Providence

Thoughts and things,

Come and go.

Emotions, physical,

Released into the Great Canvas.

Pain,

Suffering,

Joy,

Bliss.

All come and go,

In Divine Providence.

We sit,

Breathe,

Receive,

Release.

Contemplate,

Adding a special touch.

Giving,

Receiving,

Canvas of life unfolds.

Sharing intricacies of all there is,

Rejoicing as the mystery unfolds.

With no direction,

Sure footed in deed.

We move forward in the great unknown,

Allowing it to be known.

Separate,

Or contributing factor to Divine Providence.

~Ani Po