The New River Dancer is a collection of poems and images
inspired by the Light of Grace. Life unfolds through Grace.
Grace is the Light of life. The Light in Life—Light upon Light.
Grace has other names: Beloved, Sacred Presence,
The Unknown She. *
By whatever name you call Her, She will come.
She’s the Grandmother of all grandmothers. We call Her She,
though really Grace has no gender, name or tangible form. Yet
we feel Her as a feminine presence. Recognize Her by Her
attributes: Light, Wisdom, Goodness, Compassion and Joy.
She is the one Womb from which all life springs. And we are
divine human beings born of Grace. The universe is alive with
the immensity of Her Grace.
We experience Her as a flame in the sacred niche of our hearts;
a warm touch, the scent of peace, the incandescent Presence of
Love—Light in the hearts of flowers.
Our sorrows, despair, misdirection, confused identities are
experienced as—darkness without the illumination of Grace.
You could say our fear of darkness, fear of the Unknown, occurs
because of Her absence from our consciousness. But that is a
trick of the mind—an illusion. For She’s always present—
Look for Her—She’s illumination within the darkness.
She is present in all that is. She needs us to recognize Her presence in all things,
in all situations—to love through what is intolerable.
She’s calling you. She longs to dance with you. For centuries She’s
been holding out Her hand: Come dance with me
She’s the sweetness of honey. She is who you are.
* The Unknown She, a poem by Lynn Barron
A book, The Unknown She, Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness, by Hilary Hart, is available at:
The Golden Sufi Center, PO Box 428, Inverness, California 94937
Alicia Otis is a grandmother, poet and photographer. She lives south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Address: 7 Avenida Vista Grande, #329, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508