Waking and Seeing


I challenge you to read David Whyte and avoid being impelled to think deeply about what he has to say. Whether through his prose or poetry, he is a man who insists that if we ignore our spirit, we do so at our own peril.

I can’t remember when I read The Heart Aroused, but I certainly recall being convinced that we are greatly diminished if we lack a spiritually nourishing workplace. Many assume that they can or even should be neutral in their workplace, and save the “meaningful stuff” for their private lives. Let David convince you how much is at stake when such an attitude has been adopted.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.(remember Women Who Run With the Wolves ?) says:

With this insightful book, David Whyte offers people in corporate life an opportunity to reach into the forgotten and ignored creative life (their own and the corporation’s) and, literally, water their souls with it. The result is a very well-written book that can truly heal.

Seeing Through Walls (or Preconceived Barriers)

The True Love

There’s a faith in loving fiercely the one who is rightfully yours
especially if you have waited years and especially if part of you never
believed you could deserve this loved and beckoning hand held
out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are worthy of in this world.
Years ago in the Hebrides I remember an old man
who would walk every morning on the gray stones
to the shore of baying seals, who would press his
hat to his chest in the blustering salt wind and say his
prayer to the turbulent Jesus hidden in the waters.

And I think of the story of the storm and the people
waking and seeing the distant, yet familiar figure,
far across the water calling to them.
And how we are all preparing for that abrupt waking
and that calling and that moment when we have to say yes!
Except it will not come so grandly, so biblically,
but more subtly, and intimately in the face
of the one you know you have to love.
So that when we finally step out of the boat
toward them we find, everything holds us,
and everything confirms our courage.

And if you wanted to drown, you could,
But you don’t, because finally, after all
this struggle and all these years,
you don’t want to anymore.
You’ve simply had enough of drowning
and you want to live, and you want to love.
And you’ll walk across any territory,
and any darkness, however fluid,
and however dangerous to take the one
hand and the one life, you know belongs in yours.

…….~ David Whyte


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Waking and Seeing

  1. Sherri B. says:

    I had never heard of David Whyte, and suddenly I’m coming across his name in many blogs. It’s a sure sign I must investigate this amazing poet…thanks for reminding me of him again! :)

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