Blessed with Sunshine
For the second morning in a row, my little nook of the Pacific Northwest woke to sunshine. The temperature was still just above freezing, but there was the sun coming over the Cascades and right into my eyes; barely a cloud was visible.
The morning walk was just incredible and the flowers just seemed to be cherishing the moment as much as I was. One fragrant rhododendron was buzzing with bees and it was important to take a wide trip around.
The morning lesson, poem and inspiration were all about how important understanding one’s shadow side brings about wholeness and a deep enlightenment. Matthew 4:16 “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,” the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes – my teaching Bible just falls open to that extraordinary passage.
Spirits were being lifted all around as our Chanting leader chose the Beatitudes for the hour session at noon. We sang in Aramaic – over and over until our hearts were open…. The guitar and the drum keeping the rhythm.
I thought I would share these words with you which are from the following sources:
Original transliteration and translation from the Peshitta (Syriac-Aramaic version) by Neil Douglas-Klotz
Transliteration and translations are from Prayers of the Cosmos: Mediations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus also by Neil Douglas-Klotz
From the Book of Matthew from The Oxford Annotated Bible RSV An ecumenical study Bible
- Tubwayhun l’meskenaee b’rukh d’dilhounhie malkutha d’ashmaya
Tuned into the Source are those who live by breathing Unity, their “I can!” is included in God’s
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Tubwayhun lawile d’hinnon netbayun.
Blessed are those in emotional turmoil, they shall be united inside by love.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Tubwayhun l’makikhe d’hinnon nertun arha.
Healthy are those who have softened what’s rigid within, they shall receive physical vigor and strength from the universe.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Tubwayhun layleyn d’kaphneen wa tsheyn l’khenuta d’hinnon nisbhun.
Integrated, resisting delusion are those who long clearly for a foundation of peace between the warring parts of themselves, they shall find all around them the materials to build it.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Tubwayhun lamrahmane dalayhun nehwun rahme.
Blessed are those who, from their inner wombs, birth mercy they shall feel its warm arms embrace them.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Tubwayhun layleyn dadkeyn b’lebhon d’hinnon nehzun l’alaha.
Healthy are those who passion is electrified by deep, abiding purpose – they shall see God everywhere.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Tubwayhun lahwvday shlama dawnaw (hie) d’alaha nitqarun.
Blessed are those who plant peace each season, they shall be named the children of God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Tubwayhun layleyn detrdep metol khenuta dilhon(hie) malkutha dashmaya
Blessing to those who are dislocated for the cause of justice, their new home is the province of the universe.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Tubwayhun immath damhasdeen l’khon waradpin l’khon wamrin elaykon kul milla bisha metolath b’dagalutha.
Health when your strength is sucked out, when you are disunited and falsely classified as a waste of time, for my sake.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
- Haydeyn khadaw wa rwazw dagarkhun sgee bashmaya hakana gyr r’dapw l’nabiya d’men q’damaykun.
Drink a drop – or drench yourself- your will find no matter where you turn, the Name inscribed in light: it’s all the One Creation…it’s the sign of prophets and prophetesses to feel the disunity around them intensely.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth:
You are the light of the world.
And so it continues and so I continued – a lovely salad, an hour nap, an hour read – 90 minutes of Yin-Yoga, a good phone call from a daughter, and check in with partner, and then connecting with friends for 90 minutes of Sufi Dancing in a Zikr (Dances of Universal Peace) based on the meditation from a Sufi teacher in the 800th century….that health returns to the body when rhythm and harmony are restored.
Have you ever created your own personal retreat? Is sunshine healing for you? Are you renewed by doing things that have been done for 1000s of years? When are you at peace? What would you include in your healing practice or personal retreat?
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