Far From Knowing…


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Far from knowing who I am

I discover myself daily.


All over this body I find

old rocks and ancient wells.


Scars and burns mark

twists and turns


along the way

to where dark chasms and deep oceans



and to the secret treasure chests


I left for myself

all hidden away

so I would find them one day


and remember This…

Great Jewel of my Being.


 © Yollana Shore 2014

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A billion fires burning


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Tonight. A billion fires are burning

Men and women are circling, returning.


The seeds we have planted

All over the earth

Have risen up to make

flowers, fruits and new seeds.

This is the food we blessed ones eat.


We’re gathering together

We are many, in one

We think for ourselves

And knowing ourselves

We Love!


Wild and Free.

This Spirit Alive

You can’t break this bright light web

It’s too strong, and too wide.


Eyes that are sparkling and smiling connect

with hands that play music and beat – beat, beat – beat

to the mother rhythm, and the father rhythm

and our deep soul dancing feet.


We’re carving and painting

We’re sitting, meditating

We’re diving, inventing

We’re activating and love-making…


Oh Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

With the light on our face

Every breath we breathe

is another breath for Grace


There’s not an atom or neutron

in this entire universe

that we don’t know is sacred…


So we’re singing up all of it –

the stars and the earth.


You might not have noticed,

but we’ve already changed the world.


Our hearts are alight

with old-new ways re-turning.



More than a billion fires are burning.


 © Yollana Shore 2014

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The Sacred Symphony…


stringsLike an instrument string

I quiver

to the silent sound of your Heart


Longing for the touch

of your gentle hand

to pluck the song from me


That I have been waiting


to sing…


By luck or chance

or holy coincidence…



in this moment now,

I’m tuning to your resonance.


An undulating wave forms

along the songline

of my being


So I follow the note

You wrote

for me

into this

Mysterious melody.


Now infinite harmonies

are spilling out of me.


Oh, let me stay humble and


to this beauty,


So I may always play

in your sacred symphony.


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At the Silent Well

waterwellThe invitation is not casual.

It is at once terrifying and exquisite.

It is beautiful and kind, easy, light, joyous, carefree…

And in the same moment… Sobering.


The dance arises from it.

And the steps are beautiful.

But what gives rise to the movement

is beyond words, more beautiful still.


Stay there… at the silent well…

And let Love move you.


You are already free.

Your dance is just beginning.

Wait and see.

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This is the Magnificence We Burn For…



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This is the Magnificence…

read by Yollana, with harp by Peter Roberts




Tear my heart

From my throat

And I will stay in your hand

In silence.


I am Nothing

Without You,

Yet I dare not look

At your Beautiful face.


You see through Everything

That I hold dear,

Turning even my sweetest dreams

To ash.


…So now, how can I even be Nothing ?


There is only space

For One of us here.


This is the Magnificence

We burn for…


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Come to This Fine Gathering of Souls



Come to this fine gathering of souls.

Leave all the hurts that you can at the door

And those that you can’t…



Bring them in!

What better place to lay your burdens to rest…

Than here?



Silence is a holy fire

and truth consumes the illusions of mind.



Past and future disintegrate

like ash, leaving behind

a vista so wide…

which cannot be described.



The world is created anew

and fresh, with each breath.


This Reality,

one cannot grasp.

Yet we can live in wonder and awe

at what emerges from beyond the known

and how our Life takes form.


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When Great Love Moves You…



When Great Love moves you,

don’t give it form.


Instead, stay silent.

And see…


The reality of this existence

is far more holy and fulfilling

than any of our great ideas

could even begin to circumscribe…


Imagine taking a flower

to the feet of a master.

Such a simple, beautiful action.


But don’t imagine it. Discover it happening.


And if it doesn’t happen, find yourself instead

leaving the master to swim in the river.

Such a simple, truthful action.


But don’t imagine it. Discover it happening.


And if it doesn’t happen, find yourself instead

aiming poison darts at the master’s shadow

and killing it with a thousand blows.

Such a simple, powerful action.


But don’t imagine it.

Don’t imagine anything.

Discover instead what is happening right now.


This is far better than any idea of holiness.

This, dear one, is God.


Or shall we call it, Your Great Love…

Already given form.



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Meet me at the bridge


Meet me at The Bridge.


There was something I meant to tell you, but

The River has run off with my thoughts…


Aha! What great luck is this? 


Now I can stand Right Here

with you…


As the whole world is washed away,

and created anew…


To the the Tinkling Song

of This Stream.



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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-pupa-plain-tiger-butterfly-image21862736I have been like a moth

About to break out

Of this cocoon

For at least a thousand years.


I want to cry out

‘Beloved, break me open!

So I can fly for you’…


But I dare not question

This Love’s great wisdom

Which has me wrapped,

Only half released,


From this…


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Just to embrace…


My practice has become

…Just to embrace.


In the face of all the world’s stories

Of yes or no,

Of holy or not so,

I see you in everything.


And somehow, by this holding,

Even the darkest night

becomes luminescent.


This sacred alchemy:

My gift to you

And your gift to me.


just to embrace


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