Poety and The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I love poetry. I tend not to like poetry that is so complicated you need a Ph.D in astrophysics (or rocket science) to understand it. This poem has always drawn me because it is so very beautiful. Years ago, I posted it on a blog I was writing then. That was easily 12 years ago. The poem still calls to me which is, to my mind, why this is a great poem. I hope that Oriah Mountain Dreamer does not mind that I post it here. May I suggest that you consider purchasing the book of poetry of which this poem is a part of, also named The Invitation.


The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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 shrivelled 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
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

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 a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or 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.

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer from her book THE INVITATION (c) 1999. Published by HarperONE, San Fransisco. All rights reserved.  http://www.oriah.org


Oracle Cards

I’ve dabbled in oracle card readings on and off my entire adult life. Recently my friend Trisha Leigh Shufelt created an oracle deck based upon her amazing art and her journey through breast cancer. Her website Art In Soul says the following about what she calls Mantra Cards.

The Art in Soul Mantra Cards were a labor of love. The deck contains two separate sets. One is designed as oracle cards, where you shuffle, pull a card at random, and allow your intuitive side to uncover messages. The second deck is a daily draw. It contains 31 cards. At the beginning of the month, shuffle the deck and lay it face down. Each day, pull one card, read the message and the mantra. Meditate upon the meaning and recite the mantra over and over until you feel it become a part of you. …If you are interested in my Art In Soul Mantra Cards, I have a signed set available though my etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/…/mantra-cards-oracle-cards-by-art-in-…

I got my deck yesterday and it is GORGEOUS.

Me, being me, decided however to do my readings differently. I separated the cards into the two decks and did two three-card readings.

Here’s my reading from yesterday.

From the Oracle Deck:

1) Manifestation: Emotions in motion are the keys to manifestation 2) The Key: Everything I need lies within 3) Spirit Dancers: I am Authentic. I am standing in my truth.

From the Daily Draw Deck:

1) I am hitting my mark, I am focused on my goals, My eyes are on the target, I am achieving my goals.

2) I am a shapeshifter, I am living from a place of passion.

3) I hold the key. Everything I need is within.

I found it interesting that both drawings had a Key card. This resonates with a good deal of the meditative and energy healing work I’ve been doing lately.

In general, cards are merely a tool to help you meditate and focus on what you already know in your heart and soul. They don’t really “tell” you anything that you don’t already know if you’d just take the time to listen.

I’ve been taking the time to listen lately and so I enjoy the ability to use these cards as a meditative focus technique.

Plus, like I said, the cards have Trisha’s art and they are GORGEOUS.