A PRAYER OF ASCENT
I. Enter on this path, all ye who would ascend to the peak of God’s Holy Mountain. Yay, walk with me, and let us speak Wisdom to each other on our way, even The Way.
II. This is the Way of God, delivered to me through my pen, even that I might share The Way with all who would listen and hear, and do.
III. Decide that thou wouldst seek the peak of the mountain.
IV. Seekest thou a path.
V. Seek knowledge of the commonalities between the various paths that lead up the mountain.
VI. Know what would lead thee down.
VII. Know the difference between following a path down the mountain and following a path that must go down in order to go up.
VIII. Take time to reflect on the view at each point of your ascent.
IX. If thou shouldst pass fellow travellers along thy way, greet them with the joy of a fool, and the discernment of a wise man, for then shall there be no strife between thee. And make no fuss whether thy fellow travellers ascend or descend the Mountain. Simply follow The Way.
X. If a seeker should wish to ascend with thee, welcome them with open arms—if they be true—, for it is good to be strengthened by the community of a kindred soul.
XI. If a fellow traveller should wish to turn back, or to follow a path that appears counter to The Way, discern well, and then walk in the way that thou hath discerned appropriate.
XII. Saying farewell to a once-loved travelling partner is a pain to the heart, but remember that there is joy also in solitude.
XIII. When thou seeth a peak but arrive to find another, thou art near indeed to God’s dwelling place.
XIV. When thy vision is clear, and when thou seeth far and wide o’er the Garden of Life, thou wilt know that it is God who led thee here to thy Home.
XV. Here, ye shall commune with Him, having nothing left unsaid between thee, and nothing undisclosed between God and thee.
XVI. Here, thou shalt commit thyself to follow God’s way—The Way—in all thy days, never looking back, and never seeking to know more than is required.
XVII. Here, thou wilt be Aligned.
XVIII. Here, thou wilt be Whole.
SIMON J. E. DREW
POET | PHILOSOPHER | MUSICIAN
“At this time, and in this age, there is perhaps no more important task than that of lighting flames.”