Who is that one?

by Nick Andrea

A One
once
came to me
in
Grant Synchronicity,
teaching that the
Way to Peace
is not through
performing feats
but in
surrendering to a
reality
beyond
duality.
Who is that One?
May I see?

“Blessed are those who do not,
but still believe,”
was the message,
verily.

A Guru in
hiding
but I’m still
desiring
to know the
One
behind all the
fun.

What’s in a Name?
Must I
utter it so
to know the truth?

Yet
I’m not buying blind attachment,
forsooth.

Is there something
wrong with me
that from
cages of form I flee
though
promised a
Heavenly reward I
be?

And yet I
want, I
must, I
die
to know the
One who
came to me in
Grand Synchronicity
teaching that the
Way to Peace
is not through
performing feats
but in
surrendering to a
reality
beyond
duality.

Who is that One?
May I know you,
please?

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What is this voodoo?

by Nick Andrea

Something grabs me
tonight

riding
a voice on the
radio,

painted on the sky at dusk,

twinkling in the eye of
an old friend
one happened to meet
at the market.

Something knocks on the
door of
this world,
tonight

where
soul meets body,
as if I were split asunder
in some ancient
past
time

and

it’s time to meet
Me
Again.

What is this voodoo
speaking its name
on my heart
tonight?

What is this magic
spirit
self,
moving in
all things,
haunting my moments,
alone
tonight?

Oh, beloved
lady of the night
you are a cruel mistress
stalking
me
for
union
which my
defenses
utterly fail to
repel.

Come to me, One
oh come to me.

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Easter

by Nick Andrea

A one came
knowing
His true face
looked
like many

Traveled from
town to town
speaking the
truth
“I AM,” That said. Some

inspired some
angered most
not
understanding, it is

your
faith
that
makes
you
whole.

A One entered
the heart
of chaos bearing
one’s own
Heart of
true
love. The

polarity
intensified
“I come to bring war
not peace,” was said
war
on
the lack, thereof. One

gave it all
for
this world, the
“Embodiment of forgiveness,”
as it were.
What
does it mean
to give it all? Bound

to
the clutches
of a
self,
concern, doubt, fear for a
one
to the
exclusion
of others. How

did we forget the
river
that moves through all? So

hard with a
limited
vessel of
a nervous
system to
see
as
the Christ
saw,
sees

Forgive us
One, forgive
this wiring
that
holds
only
so
much charge

forgive us
forgive us
maybe we, too
can forgive. May be some
how some
day some
way beyond the
ideas of a
conditioned
intellectual
apparatus, may be
we’ll
forget
a
one
to
the
exclusion of
others. May be

this
limitation,
too,
will be
crucified,
die, and
conquer

itself
to rise,
a phoenix-dove , to
see
another with the
eyes
of pure love.

It is
but
the twinkle of
hope for
one
a twinkle of
hope
and
a
humble
prayer,
One.
Amen.

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UU Monthly Congregation Themes – May: Laughter

by Nick Andrea

Our monthly theme for May is: “Laughter – When is laughter a spiritual discipline?” Psalm 126:2 says, “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” In Unitarian Universalism (UU) many people reject the notion of a God doing great things for them, let alone, doing anything for them. As humanists we tend to cite our own efforts as the locus of our success or failure.

So, what does it mean to feel for the Lord to have done a great thing for me, in a UU context? Today, I went for a walk. I was struck by the leaves and flower buds beginning to emerge on the trees. They were so delicate and vibrant, drinking up the sun. I couldn’t help but to feel that the very emergence of these buds – the intelligence of Nature at work – was a miracle. And, to notice and name that miracle was a spiritual experience for me. I do think the Lord hath done a great thing for me by bringing me past those trees, hallelujah! And I laughed.

We may reject the guy-in-the-sky notion of God, reminiscent of that which is painted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Does that mean there is not an greater intelligence at work within us, posing as us, conspiring to bless us all the time?

The youth will be wrapping up their church year this month with one Popcorn Theology lesson and some polyrhythmic drumming. The Popcorn Theology lesson is, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” in which we will examine the paradox of striving for happiness – does happiness come from getting everything we want or being content with what we have? The drumming will be a session where I get to share something that brings me joy.

I hope you see the miracle all around you today, friend, and laugh for it. :)

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Non-Duality

by Nick Andrea

Give up these two minds.

These quarreling bastards
will never find the Way
For they,
neither,
know It.

Come,
instead, to
me
the land of
non-duality.
Inside you
I live
When you stop
feeding those
wolves

And even
when
you do,
love,
I am
the ground
upon which
those two
bozos
fight

So come
lover,
come
sweet dear
peace, love, and guidance
are my
gifts
to
you

Come to
me and
together we
will rule
the world
of form

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A Dear Old Friend

by Nick Andrea

You
old
bastard

Look at you
hanging
like
a coin
sticking out
the scrapbook
paper
of
the
blue
sky

The Kingdom of
Daylight
is not
your
abode,
rebellious
one

But what
can I
say
to my
dear old friend
the Moon

What
can I
say
when you
reveal
your
bombarded,
cosmic
face

reminding me
that
I really
live
in
space

but
‘God damn, Moon, you’re beautiful!’

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How Easy to Forget

by Nick Andrea

How easy it is
to forget
the Springtime in
the harshness
of Winter,

How easy it is
to forget
The beauty
that has touched
you
in times of
despair.

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Please Don’t Hide

by Nick Andrea

That
Thing
That
Thing
the space between
you and me
and the deep blue sea.

Have you
seen
It
felt
It
heard
It? Right

here right
now
looking
seeing
the awareness
permeating,
being
you,
me.

using your
thoughts
your
feelings
your
desirings
for Its benevolent
transpirings

When It stops
by I
say
“Hey love,
how I’ve
missed you so.
A few
seconds
is
too
long
to
wait,
Lo!” I

can’t
sleep can’t
eat can’t
breathe without
you
by
my
side.
Please! Please!
Beloved I
beg of you -
Please
from
me
don’t
hide!

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Yes, God?

by Nick Andrea

So long
Searching, searching
Chanting this
repeating that

All along
He’s been
here

right
in front of you

What you needed
was
not a practice
But
authentic experience

Yes, God?
always
Yes, God?

Even in the listening
listen:

Yes, God?

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The Voice of Dog

by Nick Andrea

The Voice of Dog
Echoes through the cosmos
On a starry night

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