Who Am I? What Do I Believe?

by | Mar 18, 2021 | Philosophy

A Spirit of God, essentially *(1)
delivered onto earth
to ferret out cause and effect
engaged 10 years after birth *(2)

My search has taken me to places
where people seem to go
to help me learn what isn’t it
and teach me what’s not so

The Upanishads believed that Soul
was part of everything
time and experience dulled our minds
division it would bring

Bifurcation of the Spirit
a fork upon the road
God and man became the norm *(3)
and weighted down our load

Homer seemed to lead the way (*4)
his tragedies revered
a hero helped to save the day
not the one who lived in fear

Self-reliance out the window *(5)
separation dominated
disconnected was the common man*(6)
the bottom line, ill-fated

Was there intentionality
in this failing state of grace
or the accidental blinding
of most the conscious race.

As consciousness takes an objective stand*(7)
subjectivity can come under question*(8)
what we see, believe and mirror*(9)
can simply undermine direction*(10)

For the outer world reveals
an aspect of ourselves
what we reject becomes ballast
as the things we stock our shelves*(11)

As consciousness thus heightens
and we grow to understand
that to which we can’t be with
begins to thus expand *(12)

The power lives in each of us
our problems we can each solve
psychological debris obscures the lens*(13)
confusion gets involved

For what we see at issue
as judgment haunts our thoughts
it’s the very sight of judgment *(14)
where healing can be brought

Prejudice, for example
can wear so many faces
from size, shape or color
to the portfolio one embraces

How we view the other guy
speaks volumes about ourselves
much more than it does of him
and of where our power dwells

It causes us to stagnate
and him, as well, it seems
acceptance is the alcoholic creed*(15)
both in the process freed

So, what do I believe?
the Upanishads had it right
everything is comprised of Soul
the darkness and the light.



*(1) As we all are

*(2) I’m not completely sure when I started to notice contradictions but it
was after I was in my double digits.

*(3) “God and man”. . . . in other words, man was no longer part of Soul
nor God part of it and man, there became a psychological gap.

*(4) Homer wrote the Greek Tragedies in around the 800 BCs. The Greeks had
many gods, deities that they worshipped. In Homer’s plays there always had
to be a conquering hero come in over the top to fix things. The fact that
Homer was blind could have been the first metaphorical clue that his vision
of reality was incorrect. Homer’s writings helped to concretize the idea
that God, man and circumstance are separate.

*(5) Self-reliance as well as responsibility for the situations he
(man/woman) got themselves into.

*(6) Humanity didn’t understand the metaphysical connections that bind him
to his circumstance, nor his part in it.

*(7) We try to look at things objectively attempting to take a rational

*(8) We have to question our own motives because we are subjects in our own

*(9) What we see and believe is colored by our experience and we reflect

*(10) Because we generally operate out of our experience, we may go in a
direction other than the one we might choose, if we more clearly understood
our relationship to things.

*(11) Our resistance to the things we encounter in reality actually
reinforces their staying power.

*(12) Our judgments are the glue that makes this happen because as the
Upanishads realized Soul is connected to everything and everything is
connected to Soul.

*(13) The errant decisions that we make is the debris that obscures our

*(14) We have to become aware of our judgments in order to let go of them.

*(15) “Accept the things we cannot change” is part of the creed. But it’s
different than that, we need to stop making other people’s business our
own, to detach our opinion.

Linda Brady

Linda Brady

Grandma Linda is a squigily peg in a square hole. Her poetry is aimed at moving the world to love, unity and perfect margaritas. And after years of perfecting the art, she has the skill to paint a better world and make it so.

When she is not serving customers, gazing at rocks, or visiting her grandchildren Linda is writing poetry. And even during all the above activities she has been known to write still.

– Zackary (self proclaimed “Favorite Grandson”)