Celebrate the Autumn Season:Become Becoming 10/1/17

UnityAshSermon Archives

with Rev. Norma Nakai Burton M.Div.

How do you Glory in the Only Once of the Now – whatever the moment brings us?  How can you dwell in the Still Point within as the turbulent waters of change swirl round?

Equilibrium said John O’Donohue. 

 Accepting Impermanence said Zen Master Dogen.  

David Whyte says it has to do with the Opening of the Eyes:


That day I saw beneath dark clouds
The passing light over the water
And I heard the voice of the world speak out
I knew then as I have before
Life is no passing memory of what has been
Nor the remaining pages of a great book
Waiting to be read


It is the opening of eyes long closed
It is the vision of far off things
Seen for the silence they hold
It is the heart after years of secret conversing
Speaking out loud in the clear air


It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees
Before the lit bush
It is the man throwing away his shoes
As if to enter heaven and finding himself astonished
Opened at last
Fallen in love
With Solid Ground


~  David Whyte ~

and last but not least:

Lao Tzu in the Tao De Ching encourages us humans:

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.



Music: Heather Hutton and Richard Williams