Elixir of Love

Strawberry Heart

My fears are not that I may cease to be

Rooted, steadfast, embodied in a world of physicality

And without fears too, for the deserted drying

Of heartfelt words, or inspiration

Forever drawn to all my time spent, in dedication

For no greater pleasure do I feel, may’st I apply

Whilst chained, imprisoned, in this dimension

My only freedom, flight of soul, needs must express

Such a deep felt love, for all humanity

A curious quest, I cannot explain

Impression’d on high from an invisible plane

So sublime, that poetic craft

Is not required for meter, or to rhyme

Unless such craft imply, inject, ripened hearts

With the jewel of ‘inner meaning’

Inner truth infused with love

All pervading and genuine

Connecting precious principals beyond mere words

Which seek to make whole thus human kind

In complete align

So that intelligent insights into our complex universe

May penetrate not only the heart, but also the skin and the mind

Whereupon tinsel-gilded illusions

May fall away into nothingness

Instead replaced by a delicacy and a gentleness

A refinement of the senses

Through an indiscriminate understanding

That the elixir of love

Is wisdom plus integrity

And connects us all

To every single living being, or entity.

‘Elixir of Love’ (above) was written in response to the sonnet: ‘When I have Fears’ by John Keats. Keats sent his sonnet in a letter to his friend John Hamilton Reynolds in January 1818.

‘When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to Nothingness do sink.’

Another Keats quote: ‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination‘ that he wrote in a letter to his friend Bailey (Full letter here) had the same effect upon me and inspired Holiness of the Heart.

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Holiness of the Heart – English

Yes! There IS a holiness to the heart’s affections

When one is moved in purity and truth to love another

Or rather, there ‘ought‘ to be a holiness

A recognition of the divine

An acknowledgment of ‘the spirit of creation’

A healthy respect for the holy union

Of two souls captured

With a mutual affection and bound

Without self consciousness to express

Such a delight of relatedness!

It is still so wonderfully innocent

In an age where innocence, is rapidly being obliterated by ‘progress’

In a world where nothing is sacred, anymore

And vulnerability is seen as an opportunity for exploitation!

The heart’s affection’s then, must surely be ‘the most‘ sacred

In a world where nothing else is

And are to be honoured, respected and heard

For in listening to the inner-whisperings of one’s heart

One may learn something more valuable and precious than gold!

For to evolve through Love

Is the greatest spiritual teaching on Earth

To which one may aspire

From personal, through transpersonal

To unconditional and universal

Emanating like The Sun

Fostering life, where previously there was none

An illumination of The Soul

A massive deposit in the Karmic bank-account of Destiny

A lifetime investment that can never depreciate, even into the afterlife

The true role of Love is to uplift and inspire

Infectious like a smile

Like a virus of giggles

Like a sweeping epidemic of laughter and joy

A conscious choice everyday

There really is only One way forwards

Everything else

Is resistance…

Holiness of the Heart was inspired upon hearing an adapted version of John Keats famous quote: ‘I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination‘ which Keats wrote in a letter to his friend Bailey (Full letter here) regarding his love affair with neighbour Fanny Braun. It was adapted for the film ‘Bright Star’ (2009) directed by Jane Campion.

Quote by John Keats

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