the world needs you now (classic)

I can scarce remember when I wrote this. It seems as though
it has been circulating
here and there forever,
and there is always a new wave of people ready to hear and embrace it.

This past year, the piece was translated into Russian
(and perhaps other languages as well?).

I envision a crowd-sourced video version in which many different voices
and languages
(including ASL, eurhythmy, and other nonverbal expressions)
are stitched together, woven into a global tapestry of personal awakening
and action.
I’m putting it out there right now: If you feel called
to collaborate with me
to bring this vision to fruition,
I would love to connect with you.

Patterns In Life, by Carlos Arturo Smith

The world needs you now.

More than you know.
More than you can imagine.

The world needs your gifts.
Your heart.
Your compassion.
Your understanding.

Your ability to listen
To speak
To feel
And to act.

The gifts that only you can give,
In the way that you and you alone can give them.

The time for holding back is over.

The time for believing that you are not good enough,
Not ready enough
Not wise enough
Has passed.

The time for fearing that you are too good,
Too powerful
Too magnificent
Too intelligent,
No longer exists.

You have run out of excuses.

You have exhausted every reason why you cannot be
Exactly who you were placed here to be.

Your usual distractions no longer distract.
Your strategies for staying small
For resisting the call to awaken
Are dead.

The world needs you now,
More than you know.

In the Great Circle of Life,
A space has been held for you
Since before Time began.

As you wandered, as you explored,
Your shoes waited, marking your place.

No one else approached,
For these shoes could only be filled by you.
You agreed to step into them when you were ready
To take your rightful place on the Circle.

And now, you are ready.

You are bored with your own self-absorption.
You choke and gag on your endless self-reflection and
Your belly is filled with an urgency
To leave jobs behind and embrace your real Work.

Now, at the exact moment that the world needs you,
You have uncovered and recovered and discovered enough
So that your authentic self can see the light of day.

So that you can step into the shoes that have been
Waiting for you since before time began.

Every moment that you delay,
Widens the hole in the web of existence.

For you are an essential ingredient,
Without which Creation is incomplete.
Global harmony rests in the palm of your hand.
Planetary peace will simply not be attained without
Your heart
Your mind
Your spirit.

The world needs you
And the world needs you now.

More than you know.

More than you can ever imagine.


6 comments

  1. Ben Sichkaryk

    Thank you Rachel, I am here and I am doing what I came to do. The Serpent GODDESS is with me. Bless you dear woman with much love. xoxo

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  2. Fabulous, Rachel! What a timely poem for the dawn of 2012 and the hope that it encapsulates. I find that a lot of my spiritual writing I did a few years ago has more relevance further down the line – making the magic within it a little more alive and divine.

    Thanks for posting.

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  3. tekia

    I believe it was John Donne that once wrote “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent”. Your piece brought that very thought to my remembrance in its own wonderful way. A great write Rachel and perfect for the New Year!

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  4. Better late than never, eh? Apologies for the delay in responding.

    Jeff Templin,
    Thanks for speaking of my work in the same breath as Krishnamurti. I did enjoy watching the video!

    Ben,
    It is such a delight to be sharing this planet with you at this time. I so appreciate your continued (and affectionate!) support.

    Carlos,
    You honor me by allowing me to complement my prose with one of your wonderful pieces of art! It seemed like such a good fit.

    Angela,
    Now that you mention it, I suppose that occurs with my work as well. I realize I have just (again) spoken of my poetry feeling irrelevant. I think it feels that way to me as I cycle up and around through different phases of life. Thanks for your insight.

    Tekia,
    This comment stream is quite erudite, given the references to Krishnamurti and now, John Donne. Intelligent inspiration, indeed! I always love hearing your perspective. Many thanks.

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