Author Archives: Inner Ventures

About Inner Ventures

Evolutionary Counsellor facilitator and guide on a spiritual path. Craftsman in wood, creative writer, environmentalist & change agent. This blog is my way of promoting my skills, ideas, concerns for the planet, creative work, spiritual searches and philosophy of life in a public forum.

CONNECTION

When your life feels too smalland your path becomes lonely,those around you are strangersand facing tomorrowis a mountain to climb,Remember the small things;the face of a babya break in the cloudsa flower in full bloom.Can you find somethingin your imperfect … Continue reading

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Let This Darkness be a Belltower – Rainer Maria Rilke

What batters you becomes your strength Continue reading

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Loss Has Already Transfigured Your Life Into An Altar

You will lose everything – Jeff Foster You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent … Continue reading

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Deep Time

Have you visited a shorelinewhere a pebble caught your eye?Have you slowed down to absorbits colours – patterns – shape?How it fits your hand so cold and smooth,dead weight of stone that’s eons old. Maybe wet, it’s a shining jewelthen … Continue reading

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Ode to Persimmon – 12/2020

What fruits mature in the dormant depths of winter?What fruits when ripe, so deliciously plump, so wantonly juiced and sweet, offer so much edible pleasure? The persimmon. Wikipedia has this dry botanical description:Latin: ‘Diospyrus Kaki’. Diospyros is in the family … Continue reading

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Between Two Worlds

Standing in that cuspwhere twilight meets the dark,the thinnest veil of misthangs in dampened silenceunder autumn trees.All movement ceases now,no creatures of the nightare stirring from their rest.No sounds to break this spellthat sits between two worlds. Just a tired … Continue reading

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Spring Awakening – a revised poem by Ardhan Swatridge

Days of winter wet, overcoat days and duck down nights.We wake to analyse the shuttered light, peering through the gloom,and listen for the signs of windblown leaves or spattered rain;our blanket moods grown heavy with the wait. But today is … Continue reading

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Boarding School Haircuts

Whenever I have a haircut, the sensations take me back to one of the more, I could even say most, pleasant memories from boarding school (age 8-12). I can’t remember how often we were lined up for a haircut. Maybe … Continue reading

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We Need Myths

We are myth-making creatures and during the twentieth century we saw some very destructive modern myths, which ended in massacre and genocide [and ecocide]. These myths have failed because they do not meet the criterion of the Axial Age. They … Continue reading

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Another Chance – by Ardhan Swatridge

A new poem by Ardhan (Paul) Swatridge – October 2019 We learned so much: How not to trust, how not to feel and if we did, to hide our fear our loneliness, our inner truth, at any cost. The rules … Continue reading

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