There is a spell or a poem

A spell to Commit Pronoia, Jennifer Welwood

Willing to experience aloneness,

I discover connection everywhere;

Turning to face my fear,

I meet the warrior who lives within;

Opening to my loss,

I am given unimaginable gifts;

Surrendering into the emptiness,

I find fullness without end.


Each condition I flee from pursues me.

Each condition I welcome transforms me

And becomes itself transformed

Into its radiant jewel-like essence.

I bow to the one who had made it so,

Who has crafted this Master Game;

To play it is pure delight,

To honor it is true devotion.


This spell or poem spoke to me this morning while doing my practice of reading mediations. A reading mediation is one in which the language of the scripture, if you wish to use that “religious” word. A reading mediation can be a selections of passages from your favorite books or quotes that you may have accumulated in a journal or dairy. Words and language that your feel as you read them, I like to say them out loud, it gives me a sense of life, gives the words and lanuage energy, lets them loose on or into the Universe. As ritual passages they become more magical, reciting the words consciously allows for them to form, give meaning, allows you to feel and sense what they mean, how structure and or tone informs your spirit, breathe, take a moment between the sentences, hold the last one until it lets go.

Letting go informs your conscious you are ready to receive the next line, the next assistance, the next illumination, the next loving caress or uplifting phrase that will carry you on to the next.

Listen to your voice, the sound of it, are you quiet, is it tough or tender, are you commanding the words forth with projection, or are you meekly rendering them across the air into your space? Are those words intimate, are they strong and powerful, like a lover encouraging you on? Sudders my come, you may feel sweaty or faint, or nothing. If nothing, stop, breathe, re-set your intention, your purpose.

Read the previous sentence, or passage, feel it now, understand your pace, how does it feel now?

There are days that it becomes routine and you rush through the practice just to get on with your day, it is okay for now yet remember to embrace the practice next time. That energy and consciousness is what you take with you into your day. A word or a phrase may come to you when driving to work, or doing your chores, a conversation with a friend or even a stranger can sometimes remind you of who you are, and who you are seeking to become. In a flash or later in a thoughtful moment your warrior has come upon its weekness or its strenght, here is where the creative tools are brought forth to craft your being.

It is not perfection we seek even when it feels like that is so. It is the authentic self we seek and begin to know. In our aloneness we are not alone, in our fear we are fearless, in our pursuits we discover we can be transformed.

Delight in the journey, find laughter in the imperfection, and joy in the challenges. Embrace the gifts each moment offers.

There is that poem or passage, or even a spell that leads you…



13 thoughts on “There is a spell or a poem”

  1. Hi, Jeff – if I haven’t read something spiritual that moves me daily, then I feel as if I have not grown in some way. I don’t like noise so I rarely listen to anything. The last time I remember enjoying the sound of voices was when I heard Latin in church a thousand years ago. I am not particularly fond of the sound of my own voice even on recordings. I am a deep fan of silence, letting words speak to me without someone else’s inflection to influence my interpretation.

    1. Barbara,
      I had taken a break from all of this for awhile, I allowed myself to believe reading others blogs and inspirational quotes on Facebook was enough, maybe it was for a while. Yet that process lack the manifesting aspect of read “scripture” and poetry.
      I do much in silence as well yet the morning practice seems to call for me to use my voice.
      Great to hear from you! (((Hugs)))

      1. I like the practice of scripta divina – responding in your own voice through writing to a quote, a passage, something you overheard; perhaps delivering that message by speaking or talking is a good way to hear as well

  2. Jeff…how true and beautiful… right..often our days are based on routine activities….yet still…we ourselfs are responsible to be in charge of our energy..which can change a total effect of our moods and feellings….

    1. Danuta,
      Thank you! Yes we are able to make those choices of how we show up in the world, therefore allowing the world to show up for us in a more meaningful and powerful way!

  3. “Each condition I flee from pursues me. Each condition I welcome transforms me.” Oh yes, how true I have found this to be…

    Recently I’ve returned to my morning walks on my treadmill, while listening to my Pandora station on my cell phone. The combination of the lyrics (words!), music and endorphins from the exercise are so healing and sustaining for me. For me, listening to music has always been a spiritual experience.

    1. Yes Barbara, if we flee it follows, if we stand still in alights like a butterfly.
      You attraction to poems and music makes sense because your blog is based from the source. Music for me unless instrumental doesn’t allow for me to experience spiritual vibrations. Lyrics are generally too emotional for me. Of course I understand their power!

  4. Jeff — I chose to be offline for the weekend (a new and ongoing practice for me) and when I saw the email notice I thought, “Oh no, I’m late.”

    After reading your beautiful post it turns out I’m exactly on time. Thank you.

    1. Laurie,
      I knew you were going offline yet a blog waits for no one… ha ha. Plus had something to look forward too, because I knew you would comment when you could.
      Thank you, It is always good to hear from you!

  5. Only finally making it here today. My favorite thing about words and language is how they mean something unique to each person who encounters them. I too do “reading meditations” every day. As a writer, I don’t worry about how the reader interprets my words. It is my belief that no matter what I write, it will reach the one who needs those words, in precisely the way that they need them – regardless of whatever I intended in writing them. That reader interpretation part is not my work nor meant for me to stress over. Fondly !!

  6. What a beautiful and inspiring post, Jeff. Your poem does read like an incantation. I loved the lines “Each condition I flee from pursues me.
    Each condition I welcome transforms me.’ So true. Like you, many of my poems are meditations that I’ve captured so I can return to them again and again, letting it take me back to that moment of peace or revelation. I don’t read them aloud. I let my inner voice speak them and I listen to that. I don’t want anything to break the stillness, yet I still “hear” the words. Thank you so much for sharing this. There’s a troublesome “condition’ in my life that has been pursing me lately. i need to turn toward it and see how it can transform me.

  7. Hi Jeff, it’s good to be reading your blog again and listening to what’s happening in your world. (Or WAS happening in your world when you wrote this.) Are you still feeling inspired as this holy-day season comes upon us? I like to listen to spiritual you tube videos in the morning. It seems that the way we start our day does indeed make a difference. And we can lose our focus and get lost in the everyday way too easily at times…and we start again… xoxoxo Kathy

    1. Great to “hear” from you Kathy! holy-day season is not good for me emotional, there are times that spiritually the season has it’s moments. The last few weeks have been tough, yet I shall prevail… I just need to pick my tools, using my gifts of awareness and acceptance. (((Hugs))) Jeff

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