with Norma Nakai Burton M.Div.
Now is the time for you to own your greatest passions and let the husks of things that no longer fulfill you slough off. The Eclipse ignited this shapeshifting and now the Autumn Leaves falling all around are moving you toward the next greatest expression of your true self. What passion are the winds of Great Spirit whispering or shouting in your ear?
Futile solutions deceive the force of passion;
They’re bandits who extort money through lies.
Marshy and stagnant water’s no cure for thirst
However limpid and delicious it might look;
It’ll only trap you and stop your looking for fresh rivers
That could feed and make flourish a hundred gardens –
Just as each piece of false gold prevents you
From recognizing real gold and where to find it.
False gold will only cut your feet and bind your wings,
Saying, “I will remove your difficulties,” when, in fact,
It is only dregs, and defeat in the robes of victory.
Run, my friends, run far away from all false solutions!
Let Divine passion triumph and rebirth you in yourself!
– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (translation by Andrew Harvey)
WITH MUSIC by
DONNA BENJAMIN and RICHARD WILLIAMS