FOLLOWING THE WAY

WITH ROCCO JARMAN

There might not be right or only ways, but there are surely better and worse ways; let us seek together, the better ways, for everything.

THE RIVER (FOLLOWING THE WAY)

The River
always seems to follow The Way;

when the land shifts, as it wills,
whether by the slow and steady heaving,
or whether by a sudden violence,
while the countless ages trundle by,
as the rains and seasons
wax and wane by the long count,
so the river will shift in its course.
it keeps on – a torrent or a trickle – flowing as it must,
following,
where it may;
paying no heed to where it ran yesterday,
giving no thought to how it will reach the sea tomorrow.
the patient work of eons,
it will forswear in a moment.

It will throw itself from the battlements of languid certainty,
crashing over terrible heights
in the epitome of a peasant’s faith,
to roil and churn with borrowed fury
like stirred and newborn Creation
fresh and livid from the womb of chaos.

it will go, even underground,
renounce the sun
and leave the house of the sky,
for the prodigal wandering,
of travelling by secret paths
through darkness and tumult,
to simply
and cunningly
follow the way,
even when it knows not the way.

just so.

if the way is not always seeking better ways,
it is not The Way.

I chose this poem of course, because it speaks so perfectly of The Way.

It is infused with a rich vein of mysticism and particularly Hermetics, the perennial wisdom, the prisca theologia, speaking, from beneath the silt of ordinary words, of the alluvial treasures of Natural or Divine Law, that which simply and unutterably, is.  

There are no right or only ways, but there are better and worse ways.  All my work, and the devotion of my life, is the seeking of better ways.

I invite you to join me, and seek The Way, the stirrings of which move at once deep within us, and somehow far beyond our current limits, a Way that picks up where the map ends and the tree-line turns to mist, the first steps of which are always the ground beneath our feet…

PHILOSOPHER

ROCCO JARMAN

There might not be right or only ways, but there are surely better and worse ways; let us seek together, the better ways, for everything.

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