It isn’t here

It isn’t about the tree that Buddha sat under.

You won’t find enlightenment no matter how long you sit there.

Go find your own tree.

Or a rock.

Or an island

in the middle of a freeway.

The birthplace of Jesus shouldn’t be a pilgrimage site.

It isn’t the place. The place doesn’t matter.

That it happened is what mattered.

Don’t charge admission to truth.

Don’t sell tickets to joy.

Where any enlightened person walked or lived or taught should be forgotten.

You can’t learn from ghosts in places.

Follow who they followed, back to the root.

Who is at the beginning?

Who is at the source?

You don’t have to go to the holy land.

Black Elk tells us that the holy land is everywhere.

Right here, right where you are,

put a plaque. Memorialize it for future generations.

Have it say “I am here”

And then burn it down.

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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