Rocks, knocking on wood and writing on paperless pages

The Franciscan Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso, located in the village of Orselina, Ticino, Switzerland    (C) Lynnclaire Dennis     03 August 2015

The Franciscan Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso, located in the village of Orselina, Ticino, Switzerland    (C) Lynnclaire Dennis     03 August 2015

Today I am grateful for those of you who so generously write to me, sharing how words etched on paperless pages are meaningful. Please know that the method behind what your find meaningful, the Logic of Love defined by the Mereon Matrix, is what leads to measurable results. This Love and loving friends have nurtured and sustained me for 28-years, and is more than enough to keep me going until its time to go Home. Even so, just about every day I find myself asking if keeping my promise to write really makes a positive difference, especially when it's only my self-imposed minimum of 111 words. Living and growing in the Flow requires me to consciously realise that words are not being carved in stone, rather, that the Source of Love is my reason for living, and loving is my dynamic cornerstone. Furthermore, my promise includes remembering that nothing and everything I write about isn't about me but absolutely includes me. Thank you again for the encouragement that keeps tenacity alive and well.

For weeks my love of geometry, and respect for all things ‘sacred’ has been tugging at my heart and brain. The magnet was Madonna del Sasso, the Franciscan pilgrimage church constructed in 1487 above Locarno. While I could ‘wow’ you with amazing images of the inside, grand spaces, ceilings, and nooks and crannies that are rich with colours and forms, my choice is simply to offer instead this combined image of its stone floors and wooden doors and thoughts that arose in response to these elements.

Descending the stairs, hearing prayers, and watching people kneel drove home how sad it is that so many spend way so much time nag, nag, nagging on Heavens door, begging for a sign that Someone's watching and is willing to give them a personal token of approval. Whether you profess a faith or not, taking time out to visit sacred spaces, especially one’s such as this, a cathedral built atop a spectacular outcropping of stone, are well worth the physical, emotional and mental challenges. Madonna del Sasso offers views that send your spirit soaring into the heavens. Gazing out over Lago Maggiore to alpine peaks and into wild deep valleys, I was reminded once more of Nature’s complex beauty and simple harmony, a paradox resolved that we often don’t pause long enough to fully appreciate. However, the solitude awaiting discovery inside places intentionally carved for this purpose, treasures found not in the building but in yourself, is what the experience is all about.

Serenity is rarely found in the frantic rushing pace so many of us keep. Fewer still experience it on a daily basis, unaware that it rides beside every breath. Too often, life is a relentless competition and we wake up on death's door to find we've gone nowhere in a soulless quest for more, bigger and better that is about to disappear. Losing sight of the fact that we are merely stardust, and confusing material stuff as anything lasting and true is the fastest way I know to sicken the body, damage the heart, and stress the brain. All it accomplishes is the waste of a precious gift, a lifetime.

Thinking about sustainability my heart no longer defaults to 'green'; instead it instantaneously flows and grows with that which is evergreen. Considering what has the power to endure change and change, perhaps you are willing to ask yourself the questions I ask myself on a daily basis about how to connect this moment with the eternal next...

What will remain of my life when I have departed this life?

When my ears no longer perceive the vibrations of this life, will others even notice that I am gone?

When my feet no longer walk on the stones and my bones are reduced to ashes, will my dust be used as mortar to keep the Presence of Love on Earth?

When my eyes have closed to this life what parts of my vision will remain for others to see?

What am I doing with my life that will put bookmarks in space, milestones in time that can help guide those who follow?

When you love who you are, you are free to be and choose to love what and who you love. Better still is that such loving insures that you and what you do truly matter in light of eternity.

Lynnclaire Dennis

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