Personal Manifesto
Thomas Merton Brightman
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I am done
with great things, large institutions,
big successes and important people.

I am for
those sometimes glimpsed
eternal moral forces
that migrate soul to soul.

I am for
those spiritual fibers
that reach like rootlets,
albeit in the dark.

I am for
the light of inner awareness
that seeks as water until absorbed.

I am for
spiritual practice that,
given sufficient surrender,
dissolves the densest monuments of mind
into the infinite wisdom of the heart.

I am for
remembering my being
as but one dot in Eternal diversity
that contains All,
connected forever in spiritual equality.

Thomas Merton Brightman, Meeleensupeenkwail, "He Who Bears the Gift of Tears"
(Written January 1, 1998; Inspired by William James)