Let’s meet without masks
without imaginary hierarchies of status
or artificial shows of respect
knowing that we don’t need to try to impress one another
with charm or humour or intelligence
knowing that we don’t need to chatter foolishly
to fill uneasy silences.
Let’s meet without fear
of exposing our vulnerabilities
without being embarrassed by our need for connection
and pretending to be aloof or autonomous
since we’re not isolated, self-sufficient entities
but fragments that are drawn towards wholeness.
Let’s meet without insecurity
knowing we don’t need to prove that we’re worthy of acceptance
because we’re already acceptable
knowing we don’t need to prove that we’re worthy of affection
but simply let affection flow between us.
Let’s meet without the past
without letting our urge to connect and merge
be obstructed by old resentments
without letting our natural flow of empathy
become blocked by hard, fixed prejudice
without letting our natural benevolence
be overridden by concepts and constructs
that create divisions, where none exist.
Let’s meet without intention
knowing we don’t have to try to relate
because we’re already related
knowing that we don’t need to try
but simply allow ourselves to be.
Let’s meet purely with presence
and be wholly here to one another
knowing that, in essence, we are the same
knowing that, in being, we are one.