Love Poems To Life and Other Lovers

aloby Edith Boyer-Telmer

Dear Friends,
When we talked about the inner fire of alchemy and the 10 Attributes of Shamanism, I mentioned creativity and the divers creative expressions that naturally emerge, when or internal energies are in flow and well balanced. If you follow my posts, than you know by now that I love to write ;-). So it is just natural for me, to also enjoy the Art of other writer. Today I feel called to share with you, Love Poems to Life and others, that have moved and inspired me over the years. The beautiful frequencies they radiate have in many moments of my life, touched my heart and fired up my soul with passion. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Love and Blessings
Edith

POEM TO MY LOVER
Oh lift me from the grass,
I die, I faint, I fail.

Let your love and kisses rain,
on my lips and eyelids pail.

My cheek is cold and white,
my heart beats loud and fast.

Oh press it close to yours again,
where it will break at last.aaLOVE POEM TO LIFE
It is I who must begin.
It is I who must begin.
Once I begin, once I try..
here and now, right where I am,

not excusing myself
by saying things would be easier elsewhere,
without grand speeches and ostentatious gestures,

but all the more persistently
…to live in harmony
with the “voice of Being,”
as I understand it within myself

…as soon as I begin that,
I suddenly discover to my surprise,

that I am neither the only one,
nor the first,
nor the most important one,
to have set out upon the road.

Whether all is really lost
or not depends entirely on whether or not
I am lost.”
Vaclav HavelaabLOVE POEM FROM GOD
I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS,
THE SWORD DROP FROM MEN’S HAND
EVEN AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ARC OF THEIR ANGER
BECAUSE WE HAVE FINALLY REALIZED THERE IS ONLY ONE FLESH TO WOUND,
OUR DIVINE ONENESS

I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS,
ALL CREATURES HOLDING HANDS
AS WE PASS THROUGH THIS MIRACULOUS EXISTENCE
SHARING ON THE WAY TO EVEN A GREATER BEING OF SOUL,
A BEING OF PURE DANCING LIGHT
FOREVER ENTWINED AND AT PLAY WITH EXISTENCE

I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO HEAR THIS,
EVERY SONG THE EARTH HAS SUNG, SINCE IT WAS CONCEIVED IN THE DIVINE WOMB
AND BEGAN SPINNING FROM ITS OWN WISH
EVERY SONG BY WING, BY FIN AND BY HOOF, EVERY SONG BY HILL, BY FIELD AND BY TREE,
BY MAN, BY WOMAN AND BY CHILD,
EVERY SONG OF AN OCEAN, A RIVER AND A STREAM, EVERY SONG OF TOOL AND LYRE AND FLUTE,
EVERY SONG OF GOLD OF EMERALD AND FIRE,
EVERY SONG THE HEART SHOULD CRY WITH MAGNIFICENT DIGNITY,
TO KNOW ITSELF AS GOD

I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS,
MEN SO TRUE TO LOVE
THEY WOULD RATHER DIE BEFORE SPEAKING AND UNKIND WORD
MEN SO TRUE TO THEIR LIVES OF GODS GOVERNANCE,
A PROMISE OF HOPE

I HAVE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SEE THIS,
THE SWORD DROP FROM MEN’S HAND
EVEN AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ARC OF THEIR RAGE
BECAUSE WE HAVE FINALLY REALIZED,
THERE IS ONLY ONE FLESH TO WOUND
(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)aaaTO THE LOST LOVER / WITHOUT YOU
My Pillow gazes upon me at night
Empty as a gravestone;
I never thought it would be so bitter

To be alone,
Not to lie down asleep in your hair.

I lie alone in a silent house,
The hanging lamp darkened,
And gently stretch out my hands
To gather in yours,
And softly press my warm mouth
Toward you, and kiss myself, exhausted and weak-
Then suddenly I’m awake
And all around me the cold night grows still.
The star in the window shines clearly-
Where is your blond hair,
Where your sweet mouth?

Now I drink pain in every delight
And poison in every wine;
I never knew it would be so bitter
To be alone,
Alone, without you.
Hermann Hesse

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6 Visionary Artists and Writers Into Psychedelics & Mysticism

Alex Grey

Art, mysticism and psychedelics are deeply interwoven forces—here’s six writers and artists that have combined all three.

Here’s six artists and writers who have tapped altered states of consciousness, whether through mysticism or chemical methods—which has directly contributed to the profundity and impact of their work.

W. B. Yeats

1. W. B. Yeats
William Butler Yeats was a noble laureate, Irish nationalist and public figure—and by all accounts one of the finest writers of his generation. He was also a Hermetic magician. Yeats’ pursuit of esoteric and mystical studies was as devout as his pursuit of literature. The two often intertwined, with Yeats often using symbols from Celtic mythology and Rosicrucianism in his writings. Yeats was also a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society dedicated to the study of ritual magic and mysticism. All of his magical work informed his poetry. Later in his life, he would experiment with spiritualism and communicating with the dead. Reportedly, his wife Georgie Hyde Lees would “channel the spirits” in order to bring Yeats “metaphors for poetry.” As Yeats said himself, “The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write.” (Check out Yeats’ best work here.)

William Blake

2. William Blake
William Blake is one of those artists who, like so many others, is far less known than those he has influenced. He’s probably one of the least read poets of the English Romantic movement, and his paintings do not have a detailed history of commentary and appreciation—but his art, ideas and visions have influenced countless artists, from Allen Ginsberg to Alan Moore to Nick Drake. And when I say visions, I don’t just mean in the sense that he had forward looking ideas. I mean literal, ecstatic, transcendent visions of a higher spiritual reality. Blake was a committed Christian his entire life, and saw visions of God, angels and spirits from the age of four. His Christianity, however, was not the dogmatic, orthodox faith of the time. It was visionary, mystical and free. He wrote in his poem, “The Garden of Love” of”‘men in black gowns/walking their rounds/and binding with briars/my joys and desires.” He saw ecstasy, joy and rapture as natural elements of the human connection with God, and thought the stifling, institutional church was preventing this natural contact with the divine. Prophetic vision was a regular feature of both his powerful poetry and his symbolically resonant painting. Blake was deeply interested in the Gnostics, the early Christian mystical sect, and much of his work is influenced by Gnostic ideas that have continued to influence generations of esotericists, writers, artists and thinkers. (Check out Blake’s incredible illuminated poetry here.)

Aldous Huxley

3. Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley is one of the most well known intellectuals and writers of the past century. His dystopian novel Brave New World, so often mentioned in the same breath as that other dystopian heavyweight—Orwell’s 1984continues to influence social critics with its sharp, clever and increasingly relevant portrayal of a society where the masses are manipulated by mass-produced entertainment and chemicals. Less well known, however, are his other books, including The Doors of Perception and Island, which both explore the influence that psychedelics and transcendent states can have on consciousness and on society more broadly. The Doors of Perception is a must-read for anyone interested in consciousness alteration. Huxley’s little book adeptly chronicles his first experience with mescaline, the psychedelic drug produced by the San Pedro cactus, as well as offering a concise and insightful history of some Eastern and Western mystical attitudes, religious practices and traditions. Island is sort of the utopian counterpart to Brave New World’s dystopia. It concerns a strange island where all the people live harmonious lives connected by the oneness of consciousness created by a natural psychedelic referred to as Moksha Medicine. Huxley clearly saw altered states as methods of intellectual, artistic and social discovery, and was so dedicated to this goal of transcendence that he’s reported to have had his wife dose him with LSD as he died.  (Check out Huxley’s Doors of Perception here.)

Herman Hesse

4. Herman Hesse
Few writers can be said to have brought Eastern ideas and traditions to the Western World more effectively than Herman Hesse. Hesse was an early 20th century German writer whose novel Siddhartha, which tells the story of a man named after the Buddha who goes on a quest for enlightenment. The book proved popular in Germany at the time, but it found its real wings while inspiring much of the 1960s counterculture, including figures such as Ken Kesey, and introducing a generation of Americans to Eastern mysticism and the idea of a journey to transcendence—with Hesse’s Steppenwolf providing similar inspiration. But Eastern religious tradition was not the only kind of mystical, transcendental knowledge that influenced Hesse. The works of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung were also important to Hesse. Jung’s depth psychology includes many profoundly mystical elements, and Jung himself was fascinated by the mystic and the occult activities of man, seeing them as surfacings of the power of the unconscious mind. Jung’s influence can be seen in much of Hesse’s early work, especially his novel Demian, which includes Jungian themes such as psychological archetypes and the unconscious mind. (Check out Herman Hesse’s books here.)

Allen Ginsberg

5. Allen Ginsberg
Reading Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl was a transformative for me, as it is for so many other young people on their journey toward greater spiritual awareness and understanding of consciousness. Ginsberg, arch-poet of the legendary American Beat movement, is probably once of the most influential psychedelic and transcendent artists of all time. His influences were wide and varied, and he was fascinated by religious tradition and spiritual and esoteric movements that had reached for enlightenment. While much of his work was touched with the “peyote solidities of halls” that represented the transcendent experience of psychedelics, all of his psychedelic experiences were filtered through a deep and abiding love of other visionary artists, especially Blake and Yeats, and the esoteric religious traditions he found himself drawn to. The Jewish Ginsberg was fascinated by the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, and would regularly insert references to it in his writing. He studied this tradition extensively, and often synthesized it with Eastern mystical beliefs, including elements of Buddhism and Hinduism. Indeed, it can argued that it was Allen’s fascination with esotericism, the occult and religion that gave the 1960s counterculture its spiritual dimension. Ginsberg, through his engagement with visionary artists and mystical traditions, managed to define the spirituality of a whole youth culture, with many of the New Age ideas that emerged from the time bearing Ginsberg’s distinctive mystical and syncretic stamp.
(Check out Allen Ginsberg’s collected works here.)

Alex Grey

6. Alex Grey
To transport things to more modern times, one of the most well-known artists currently exploring mysticism and altered states of consciousness is Alex Grey. Grey is a self-described “visionary painter” who is both renowned for his paintings, which are inspired by psychedelic visions, and also a leading figure in organizations such as the Centre for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Grey tirelessly advocates for a greater degree of understanding and less prejudice surrounding the free exploration of personal consciousness through psychedelics and entheogens. Grey attempts to express the profundity and beauty of these transcendent states through his art, which is colorful, bold and visionary, utilizing sacred symbols and gorgeous fractals to recreate and promote the experience of altered states. (Check out Alex Grey’s incredible artwork here.)

For more information on how you can tap into altered states of consciousness to achieve incredible artistic inspiration, please check out Ultraculture’s online course “Magick and Art: Sacred Techniques for a Sacred Quest!”

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