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Two & One Icon

Icons for Each Other

Apr 27, 2017


Living in LOVE beyond Beliefs

We Share One Life, We Are One Life

You and me

At every instant
from all sides
resounds the call of Love:
We are going to the sky, who wants
to come with us?


Possibly, you will never see these musings. This is to end, possibly this last musing, now. We see, we shall see. This word, then, keeps coming to mind - "icon." I have an icon, and this a famous one, from Russia and long before we met. An icon of the Holy Trinity, that image of relating, communion, togetherness-in-movement. In the West, that Latin Church, the moving-image became Father and Son in communion through the mediating Holy Spirit - and what is that Spirit? Love they said, and say. Love making even the inter-communion within the Source-of-All possible. Then, in the Greek East, that Orthodox fellowship, the word for the "dancing" used for that same One-in-Three. Joyful image, that inter-communion as a dancing of three equal, though not same - not same, as with the Latin. This Trinity intimates the mystery of all Communion, and that created through you and me.

So, I see, we an icon, I for you, you for me. As with icons, through which the Reality, the Movement, is seen and received, you icon-ing for and with me. We have received each other. Prayer, silent, is this Movement. We are Prayer. Two solitudes have met, one Altar then seen.

I have looked, through you, to before you, and I see with and without eyes. Did not Jesus say, "Before Abraham was, I am"? And you are, and always is. There has been, then, this icon-ing for each other, and we beyond our separateness, which must be in this human disguise: together one icon-of-Grace, of-Presence, of-Life. Love is and is holding us and us in communion together - Love before our separateness, again bringing us together. In each other, we have come Home, and keep returning, as Jesus said, also, "You are in the world, but you are not of it." If we were more than in it, we could not enjoy this reunion-ing, this return-ing; Home is Home, for two icons, and one, for we here do not belong, but are. We are together, and one is belongs to us and through us. Even in our apartness and the veil of these bodies, temples, through which the Light dawns untouched by time, we are free of death. We are temples, one for the other, we are one Adoration, praising through the eyes, from the Heart that draws us more deeply into the silent Mystery nothing but pure Love can adore and penetrate. This is Holy, I need say no more. Thank You.

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Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, for love if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

*Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet.


©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!

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