What a Wonderful World



This morning, I opened curtains onto a gorgeous, sun filled day. My head filled with “What a Wonderful World” as sung by Joey Ramone. I felt filled with joy.

Then I flashed on the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, being taken from their fellowship, desperate, hungry, fighting their guards with broom handles. My heart cracked.

To the altar I went to sit with both of these. Sun streaming in behind me, I gathered as much of the world into my consciousness as possible. Breathing, I opened my heart to sit with joy and deep sorrow, with beauty and with fear, with art and injustice. With all the processes of life that my mind can barely comprehend.

We are wounded. We are healing. We are in love. We feel afraid.

I don’t know how to fix what sometimes feels badly broken. I’ll stay with it. I shall also continue to embrace the Divine Twins in every moment, at every turn. As I wrote in my article on Margaret Thatcher: We are Divine Twins, locked in struggle, seeking our way toward love's embrace. 

I’m with you in the struggle. I’m with you, here, in love. 

How are you today?


EDIT: I wrote this on Sunday and it feels all the more relevant today, Tuesday April 16, 2013. The bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday left three dead and close to 200 wounded, and bombings in Iraq left 50 dead and close to 300 wounded. People also rushed in to help. People offered prayers or gave blood. The Divine Twins walk among us, as we lash out in grief and anger, as we mourn, and as we seek ways to comfort one another. 

I'm off to the soup kitchen now, trying to do my small part to tip the balance toward love and justice. I'm thinking well of you, whoever you are, reading my words today.

8 Responses to “What a Wonderful World”

  1. Leanne Pemburn

    Holding all these and more in uneasy truce, with love for each and for all.

  2. Luis A. Valadez

    For us, the Divine Twins are embodied in Eros and Thanatos, two principles that were seen by Freud as being opposed one to the other. But, based on my personal experiences, I view the Twins not so much locked in struggles so much as lovers pining when they are away from one another.

    Real-life example: when my husband is not around me, I notice my dependency and behavior changes. I notice that there is a net that we, in the years we have been together, provide for one another. I feel sometimes that this is how Eros and Thanatos must feel when they have been divided by us – lonely, unhinged, erratic, and nearly feral. In other words, they are wounded and in need of healing. They were born united in sexual embrace, and so to tear them apart within ourselves is to separate ourselves from the heart of First Mother. They desperately cry out from within us to be healed, to be reunited, to dance and make love in ecstatic union.

    Death separated from Desire leads to unbalanced Power. Desire separated from Death leads to callous indulgence without thought of consequence. May we find the dance within ourselves so we can be free to love, to laugh, and to live with one another in peace as our hearts turn to the Beloved.

  3. Syrbal/Labrys

    Today? I am taking refuge from the hard dirty work in the still chilled muddy garden under a leaden sky. The Labyrinth is awaiting its spring tune up, I am wrapping myself in family voices and the smell of a cake baking for late tea. I will struggle again, tomorrow!

  4. Leni

    I’m sitting with the spaces between where I am and where I want to be, and all the ways in which I feed into the division and hostility that I deplore in others. Sitting with my deep need for compassion and the ways in which i withhold it from others.

  5. Thorn

    Leni, Labrys, Luiz, and Leanne – I like that only people with alliterative names have commented on this post so far – I so appreciate your thoughts. Sitting with spaces in between, taking refuge, honoring polarity with our presence…these all feel like cool, clear water to me. Thank you.

    Luiz, in my tradition, the Twins struggle and then move toward the embrace of love, forming something new. We can polarize and separate, or choose to remain engaged.

    I’m so glad all of you are remaining present. Love…

  6. Shawnte'

    Thorn I had your vision too, about a Guantanamo Bay prisoner. My visions related to the bombing actually occurred a few days in advance on April 7th, 2013.


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