Holy Longing

22 05 2008

Our restless hearts possess a “holy longing” as the nineteenth-century author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe so beautifully describes it. This holy longing is to live passionate, rather than passive, lives. – excerpt from Something More.


In the calm water of the love-nights
Where you were conceived, where you have conceived,
A strange feeling comes over you
When you see the silent candle burning.

No longer caught up int he obsession of darkness,
A desire for higher love-making
Sweeps you upward.

Finally distance does not make you falter;
Flying soaring, arriving in magic
And insane for the light,
You are the moth,
And you are gone.

And so long as you do not accept this truth
And be willing to die, so that you might live,
You will always walk this dark earth
A troubled guest, alone.

What really stroke me on this poem was: be willing to die, so that you might live
It is a popular image used in many texts and books including the Bible, a clear and drastic way to present what must happen in order to find our way. Scary and painful but ultimately liberating once we embrace it.

And talking about passion, you might want to check Passion Before Paycheck, you’ll love it!



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