Wisdom of the Geese & Working Together – poem by David Whyte


I was just doing some writing this morning for this current book, The Great Mother Bible. Putting some some reflections on how it can be a beautiful thing to work together in committees, groups where the ego is set aside and control issues are not dominating. And I was reminded of the wisdom of the geese. This is a place of woundedness in me as I’ve been in some dysfunctional group situations and contributed a bit to the dysfunction too… I’m not a saint, by any means. I’d like to think I’ve healed from some of my old patterns though. Mostly healed at least.

I’m being guided to organize a Great Mother Wisdom Gathering in the fall and I’ve been resisting forming a committee just because of my woundedness around group process. And eventually I know I’m supposed to land on some rural property to create a center called The Great Mother Center for Love and Healing. Yowser, big projects. Not small. Big. But I’m trusting all will fall into place. All of it will.

This was some of what bubbled up from the Great Mother voice:

Mother: No, my love, none of you are meant to try to do it all yourselves. You went to look at that property for sale on Sunday. And after you drove away and felt so overwhelmed by the prospects of that land and how you were ever going to find the resources to purchase it, or anything like it … remember the geese? Remember seeing the geese flying off over the corn fields when you stopped at the convenience store? Remember how you knew in a heartbeat that was a message to you to learn to work with others, come together in community with others, in such a way as the geese do it. Sharing… no ego. Relieving the one at the lead. No squabbles. No claiming the pedestal. None of that. Geese are very wise. Their ways are wise ways. It is good to follow their example.

Then I rediscovered this poem I had stored away on my computer desktop. Been meaning to post this on the blog for a long time. David Whyte is such a beautiful soul. And gifted poet. So gifted.


We shape our self
to fit this world
and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,
to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air
passed at speed
round a shaped wing
holds our weight.

So may we, in this life
to those elements
we have yet to see
or imagine,
and look for the true
shape of our own self

by forming it well
to the great
intangibles about us.

~ David Whyte ~
(House of Belonging)


Blessings, and Big Love to all.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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