It doesn't interest me, what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for.If you dare to dream of what your heart longs for?
I dont care how old you are, or what you outer shell wishes to express. I want to know the light that turns your love on.
It doesnt interest me, what planets are squaring your moon, for the moon is a dead planet, and most of you, are reaching to become fully alive!
I want to know if you've touched the center of your deepest sorrow, or if you have been opened by life's betrayals, rather than remain shriveled and closed by fear, or further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, yours or mine, without being urged to run and hide, or fade, or fix it. But if you can just express it, without fear, or rejection but with complete acceptance of self.
I want to know if you can accept and dance with joy, without worry, or self restriction, because of what others might think, or say?
I want to know if you can disappoint others, to be true to yourself, and love others more than self at times..for the sake of your own humility.
I want to know , if you can bear accusations of betrayal, accept openly the hatred and misrepresentation of who you are, because of anothers lack of self understanding.
I want to know if you can be honest, and faithful, and therefore trustworthy enough, for me to open my mind and heart in your care.
I want to know if you can find beauty, when its not a perfect day. If you can accept anothers insensitivity, by being more aware of your own.
I'm not interested in where you live, in your neighbors life or that of people I dont know. Im interested in if you can get up after a night of grief, bruised to the bone, weary and sick of being sick and weary, to get up and do what needs to be done for the children of the future. Can you do it without excuse, or need for praise?
I want to know if you can stand in the center of the fire with me, and not leave me there to die alone?
It matters not , with whom you studied, what degree you have or sheepskins on your wall. For they they speak only of the world accepts as knowledge, and for me, knowledge without character, has no meaning at all.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside, when all else fails, or proves to be untrue.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly love the company you keep, in those empty moments where silence is your only reflection.
*Much of this is credited to what has been called The Statement of Non Interest, or more normally as The Invitation..Its write is said to be Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have held this prayer in front of me for decades.. I have changed some of it, and some I have kept as is. I believe it is indeed an invitation to self awareness. To the expression of ones Soul, and to who it invites us to be. With Gods Blessing and Grace as our guide, to what is the greatest journey we can experience..that of knowing who we are!