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Have you ever yearned for something, yet been afraid to take
a leap of faith?
Held back by fears of
disappointment, and the inability to release
past hurts
deeply embedded within
your heart?

Ever felt that ethereal presence emanating from someone,
arriving so unexpectedly into your life –
permeating your thoughts, captivating your senses,
washing away past insecurities, and uplifting your spirit
when they are near?
They are human through and through, and yet,
through your eyes, you see
a flawless beauty, a gentle soul, a passionate spirit.

Ever struggle against that impenetrable wall of steel –
that defensive barrier, which seeks to quiet and subdue
the reckless heart?
That which seeks wild abandon in lieu of
reason and cold logic –
wondering and hoping if perhaps, this time, the risk and gamble
will not result in
a fruitless endeavor ending in
trickery and illusion?

Ever yearn to let go – to allow yourself to be completely
naked and vulnerable; let yourself truly see
and be seen; and welcome and surrender yourself to
the full force and purity of emotions
flowing powerfully through you?

Still doubtful, you wonder whether you are capable
of letting yourself be free –
free to trust, free to feel, free to give and receive.
Will you do so in vain? Will you
strip away all protective shields –
the invisible robes, which serve to protect you from
hurt, disappointment, betrayal, and unrequited affection,
on blind faith alone?

Or do you require validation – an external and overt
sign of promise, of hope or affection?
Some words, a touch, an action to hold onto…
something?
A glimpse – a glimmer of light –
lingering in one’s heart, body, mind and soul
just so,
bolstering one’s courage – one’s choice to forge ahead –
undaunted by fear or doubt,
accepting and trusting that all is
as it should be.

Each one with
their respective inner torments, take a chance
on each other –
betting against past odds, and
hoping to recapture
the essence of that gift they once held
sacred in another.
They have a choice –
ruled not by logic nor judgment,
nor embittered minds and hearts.
They reach out –
their energies reach out,
drifting towards one another.
They merge –
healing past wounds, drawing out their true selves.
Guided by some divine hand,
truth and beauty is revealed.
In mutual need they are led
to completion.
They see
each other’s true hearts.
They feel
one another’s energies, love and compassion.

No longer holding others at bay,
the distance closes in as their defenses
crumble.
Willingly they are found.
They invite the other in – hesitantly,
cautiously at first – and then,
with complete, sheer abandon,
the barricades shatter!

In comes the light – the gracious gift to be honored –
as each being lets go,
placing one another
in the palm of each other’s hands, and catching the other
in a protective and loving embrace.
They are held, and they are
cherished.
They are free, once again – spirit and heart
flowing and soaring
in blissful and ecstatic
abandon…

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Shantal

Joined February 2008

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