My talk last week was indirectly inspired by the film Birdman.  In the film the main character, played by Michael Keaton, is directing and starting in a play based on the Raymond Carver short story, “What we talk about when we talk about love.”  He’s trying to redeem his life and career in which he rose to fame as the superhero Birdman.

What really inspired the talk and discussion was the prologue to the film, taken from Carver’s wonderful poem.  This also inspired a Spiritual Mind Treatment to the Center for Spiritual Living minister’s list serve, which I thought you might enjoy.


“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did. And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”           
Raymond Carver

 As we turn to the Infinite Source of all love, we open to the feeling of unconditional love. This love is so complete, there is nothing we could ever do or not do to change it in any way. Everything has been in perfect order, a journey to the unfolding of our divine self.

I unite fully with this wellspring of love, feeling it radiate from the depths of my inner being. I invite Divine love to flow to me and through me. I call myself beloved; I am the beloved of the Beloved.   I feel myself beloved on this earth, right here and now, with nothing that needs to change or improve, only something to know. As I fully embrace and affirm myself, so I more deeply and easily embrace and affirm all others. This love and acceptance flows from me and radiates to all beings, so they too feel themselves beloved.

How wonderful it is to feel beloved and to be an affirming presence of love in the world. I am grateful.   I release this word, now it is the truth.

And so it is.