i trust the validity of my experiences.
they give me insight into reality.
this basic truth is accessible to all.
when i slow down and observe life, i become aware.
with this awareness, existing power structures no longer matter, be they social, political, or religious.
this includes those that i have constructed inside my own mind.
they tell me to be fearful for my soul, my freedom, my reputation.
i realize that these are only words to reinforce an outdated sense of self.
beyond that, there is an expansiveness that envelopes all.
it is still, quiet, and yet more powerful than any weapon made by human hands.