WARNING! RAW

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There are certain places in our world that can’t take RAW.   Like people who can’t tolerate RAW veggies.  They can’t take the crunch or the blast of true flavor that so often gets boiled out and watered down by grocery store canned goods.  There are places that don’t and won’t accept the cut open, bleeding truth to be allowed in their hallowed sanctuary.  The spaces of seeming tranquility and pure love…peace, if you will.  But truly, these places house and harbor the very RAW.  In fact, the cut throat, bleeding to death RAWNESS in the sense of pain, grief, and suffering that so often precludes their desire to unite in the safety of the sanctuary.  Are these havens for only the devout, quiet, repetitious, gentle hands of the peace makers?  If so, who is there to lead?  Who is there to see revelation, be inspired, and transformed?  Is it helpful to deny our suffering and claim wholeness?  I say, no.  Sweetly…gently…lovingly…no.  For how can the heavy heart truly believe you can lift it by your words only?  By words of others only?  No.  For only grief can know grief.  Only pain can know pain…and so on, and on.  So, I say, at least for myself (as I can only speak thus)…give me RAW.  Give me TRUTH.  Else I hide in shadows of forever.

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