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Is the bowl empty
or is it filled with moonlight?
Oh, the midnight sun.
There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside
which is unbreakable
while learning to sing.
~ Rashani ~
In Beyond Brokenness
Réa shares the the dark night in one woman
birth story of her poem, The Unbroken with an
unwavering inner eye, ever turning towards the
silence she so relishes, trusts and values. In the
writing of this poems birth has come the tracing of
the poets pathless journey through the winter
shadows of grief. The Unbroken pierced through
lovingly through the unknown, into the wholeness
that had been within her all along. Rashanis
unembellished honesty and self-awareness offer us a
glimpse of the possibility to navigate through our
own inevitable endarkenments and disillusionments.
Beyond Brokenness shows us that such a possibility
exists. Rashani has gifted us once again with the
comforting truth that our essential nature, no matter
how broken we may feel, is whole and unbreakable.
the dark night in one womans life and carried her
This book is a chronicle and testimony for our
capacity to enter into the pain of being human,
without resistance, and emerge, again and again, into
a state of nondual awareness. The extremes of
heartbreak and profound spiritual awakening
couldnt be rendered more starkly, yet they are so
close. Though the path of being broken wide open
begins in our pain and anguish, like all true paths, it
leads to the state of embodied transcendence. That
the heart can turn so quickly? This is the real
miracle. Rashanis poem is a wonder. In the space of
just a few words, she takes our soul in her hands and
shows how we can move from the depths of despair
to a place of immutable wholeness.
- Peter Fenner,author of Radiant Mind
This is a book from
the deep that ?nds light not by
seeking light, but by letting go into darkness. It is a
book of miraclesnot the usual kind of miracles
like walking on waterbut the miracle of ?nding
beauty and love and transcendence in the very heart
of life with all its brokenness and loss. Its a poem,
really, or a song or a sutra. I love the way Rashani
weaves together the beautiful and the ugly so that we
can see how inseparable they are and how she
conveys so much so sparingly. This book is a
beautiful, powerful, gorgeous song of life and death.
JoanTollifson, author of Bare-Bones Meditation
Available online at www.xlibris.com
Raised throughout childhood to appreciate
the perennial teachings at the core
of all spiritual traditions, Rashani has recorded fifteen albums and created
more than 350 collages in celebration of the diversity of world wisdom. She
began writing poetry at the age of seven and was published four years later.
Raised with the motto freedom is discipline, her childhood was an immersion
in artistic explorations and an ongoing inquiry into the nature of beauty.
Since 1991, Rashani has lived simply and sustainably on the Big Island of
Hawaii where she offers individual and group retreats several times a year.
She also offers collage classes, retreats, satsangs, individual sessions and
participatory concerts throughout the world. Rashani Réa is a prolific artist
and musician, known worldwide for her music and greeting cards and is a
deeply respected Dharma teacher. Her books include Welcome to The Feast,
The Way Moonlight Touches, It's Time for a Miracle, and The Unfurling of an
Visit her personal site at www.rashani.com.
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