Prayer for 2012

Jan Phillips is a wise woman who sends out a monthly Museletter …. inspiring and thought provoking. Here is her prayer for 2012:

Our Father, Holy Mother,
Creator of the Cosmos, Source of Life,
You are in my mind, in my garden,
in my cup of wine and loaf of bread.
Blessed be your names:
Mother, Allah, Goddess, Beloved, Father,
Radiant One, Yahweh, HaShem, Sophia
Your presence has come, your will is done
on earth as it is in the cosmos.
May we give each other strength, mercy,
tenderness, and joy
and forgive each other’s failures,
silence, pettiness, and forgetfulness
as we ask to be forgiven
by those we’ve hurt.
Lead us home
to ourselves, to You,
to clarity, to oneness
and deliver us from the darkness
of our ignorance and fear.
So we pray and so we receive. Amen


Oh imagine if we all prayed like this! No divisions, no pleading, just the vision of Presence, of strength, mercy, tenderness, joy and forgiveness, the relief of coming home to ourselves in the light of clarity and oneness. The realisation that as we pray, so we receive!

Sending my richest blessings and this prayer to all of you, so many of whom I have come to know and love through your writings and photos and comments in 2011. May you come home to rediscover yourself in joy and laughter in 2012!

“Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it — and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalaya peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together. Or, listening to beautiful music, you fall together. Whenever, in whatsoever situation, you become one, a peace, a happiness, a bliss, surrounds you, arises in you. You feel fulfilled. There is no need to wait for these moments — these moments can become your natural life. These extraordinary moments can become ordinary moments — that is the whole effort of Zen”: Osho  

13 thoughts on “Prayer for 2012

  1. The thing that strikes me first about these stunning close-ups (and Doug is good at this, too) is that you know that particular instant in time is forever gone. I’m privileged to see the rose you saw that day.

  2. i really love your insights barb, it is so right, that moment is the one for the sun and the rose and me …i will post the one with the little grasshoppers too, peacefully resting on the yellow rose … just for you …and i am waiting to post my red-bellied black snake shots …they are sensuous …but all the work for the memorial service is taking my time at present. Thanks for introducing me to Doug, i really love his work, what an eye he has!

  3. Not being a photographer like most of your friends, I don’t look at a photograph with any mind for technique or lighting. My pleasure is just total effect it has on me or the association in thought.

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