when Mystery is born

Tilden Edwards at Parker

In this world

shadow powers abound.


The power of habit

deadens us

from feeling the full frontal Now of existence.


The power of being right

annihilates intimate connection

turning potential companions

into the vanquished.


But another kingdom is near

where the power of vulnerability

risks true being

drawing us into contact

like metal to magnet

like bees to pollen


And then everywhere we go

fragments of the sweet stuff



You and I were born for this!


In that last moment

before you release the tether

holding you

to the only life you have ever known


Mystery catches its breath

Wonder watches

wanting you to take the leap

Awe says, “it’s time child.”


Don’t wait any longer

or you’ll miss the very moment

when Mystery is born

in you.

If you look closely at the pic above you will see Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards, a master of vulnerable sharing on the life of living near Mystery, and the founding director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. If you should want to read a master teacher on the calling to vulnerable sharing, check out the writing of Brene’ Brown, or catch one of her TED talks on YouTube. If you should want to practice this connective art of vulnerability, gather with contemplatives who are practicing the presence of God and see if you can find the safety to “release the tether.” Mystery will be born in you.


About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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