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Stand Up!

Fear, aka anxiety, stress, worry, is part of the human experience. For many, 2020 served up extra triggers. Whether we realize it or not, the universe is always pulling us to transcend fear and grow into peace, our true nature. Individual and collective challenges are catalysts for expansion.


I’d like to share this poem by Nikos Kazantzakis that beautifully illustrates the fear that is inherent to being human and invokes the light within that moves us beyond. Hope you, too, enjoy and find it inspirational.

Blowing through heaven and earth, and in our hearts and the heart of every living thing, is a gigantic breath - a great Cry - which we call God. Plant life wished to continue its motionless sleep next to stagnant waters, but the Cry leaped up within it and violently shook its roots: "Away, let go of the earth, walk!" Had the tree been able to think and judge, it would have cried, "I don't want to. What are you urging me to do! Your are demanding the impossible!" But the Cry, without pity, kept shaking its roots and shouting, "Away, let go of the earth, walk!"


It shouted in this way for thousands of eons' and lo! as a result of desire and struggle, life escaped the motionless tree and was liberated.


Animals appeared - worms - making themselves at home in water and mud. "We're just fine here," they said. "We have peace and security; we're not budging!"


But the terrible Cry hammered itself pitilessly into their loins. "Leave the mud, stand up, give birth to your betters!"


"We don't want to! We Can't!"


"You can't, but I can. Stand up!"


And lo! after thousands of eons, man emerged, trembling on his still unsolid legs.


The human being is a centaur; his equine hoofs are planted in the ground, but his body from breast to head is worked on and tormented by the merciless Cry. He has been fighting, again for thousands of eons, to draw himself, like a sword, out of his animalistic scabbard. He is also fighting - this is his new struggle - to draw himself out of his human scabbard. Man calls in despair, "Where can I go! I have reached the pinnacle, beyond is the abyss." And the Cry answers, "I am beyond. Stand up!"