Enlightenment

The way of Enlightenment is Three.
Toleration, Acceptance, Celebration.
By whichever of the infinite paths we travel,
These are the stations upon the way of Truth.

First, we must refrain from violence,
in deed, in word, in thought.
Even as we bear the centuries of hate,
Today, this hour, we do not strike.

This day, we do not incite,
This hour, we do not kill.
Perhaps today, we learn from each other,
We finally learn how to live together.

In living together, even in conflict,
mere forbearance becomes something new.
Not just tolerance of our differences,
our disagreements, our faults and strengths.

In spite of ourselves, can we at last accept
each other in all our complexity and doubt.
Forged by the flames of our
mutual distrust and discord.

Practicing acceptance, the final transformation.
From discord and difference; delight.
From disagreement and conflict; celebration.
From many at odds, many now acting in accord.

Celebrating every difference,
with endless delight in our infinite diversity.
Attaining the potential of all sentience,
Living into our souls’ divine light.

These are the stations upon the way of Truth.
By whatever of the infinite paths we travel,
Toleration, Acceptance, Celebration.
The way of Enlightenment is Three.