Zoomuse with Lydia Riantee Rand
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About the event
Enjoy poetry in its finest, and listen to your brothers and sisters reading their poems. Upcoming Fridays join poetry readings from Subud members all over the world. .
Every week another poet will read his poems live on Zoom and each will share their work for around 20 minutes.
Friday, 28 August, the Poet will be Lydia Riantee Rand
"I was born in Paris, France and my first book of poetry was published there. After traveling around the world with Redmond and Mardiah Gleeson for a year, my husband Charles and I settled in Aspen, Colorado where I began writing in English. After seven years, Charles, our two daughters and I moved to the Mendocino Coast where we lived in a cabin on an old mill site in the redwood forest. Our son was born there and I helped start a Waldorf school for children scattered in that isolated area. Eventually Charles built a house in the forest closer to Mendocino. I helped with the finishing work and did the landscaping while writing articles and short stories for local and regional publications as well as French magazines. I also participated in numerous poetry series and radio shows. My poetry and short stories appeared in poetry reviews, magazines and anthologies all over the country. Two books of poetry were published by local presses, later a book about Subud, a collection of adventure stories, and a memoir about postwar France.
ABOUT MANY FACES OF SUBUD
This book is the result of the collaborative effort of three women who have been in Subud for decades. It compiles testimonies of members from all over the world, on different topics. The central feature of Subud is the latihan, or spiritual exercise, held for half an hour, two or three times a week. Through the latihan people renew their contact with the Great Life Force, becoming aware of latent powers residing in all of humankind. Subud has little doctrinal teaching except for the belief in divine power and higher centers of consciousness. The implication is that people practicing the latihan align themselves with those higher centers."
The First Rain
The land strained
cracked from the dryness that had gone on too long;
devastating fires raged all around
I was parched and taking the garden to the river
we all worried, we all wondered,
how long, how long?
How long until the rain comes,
how long will our country be ruled
Then suddenly one day
such a gentle rain,
like a lover’s kiss at first,
a tender breeze moved through the branches,
the forest opened to water
like a woman surrendering to her mate
and allowing the sensual dance to take over;
a glorious undulation
embraced the soul of the woodland
and united all the trees,
branches singing their bliss;
a radiant joy choreographed the swaying,
the past was included
together with my pain and my grief
but I no longer had to remain in it,
no longer had to carry the ancestral burden,
and I saw Raindance,
my long departed horse
galloping happily through the foliage. . .
I knew that like him I deserved to be free,
I did not have to fix anything,
I was born to express love only,
everything was just as it should be.
When I am parched
and the river runs dry
the Host carries water. . .
- Lydia Riantee Rand
Do you want to take part?
Please register and you will then receive the invitation link for the live Zoom Call.
Find your local time here:
Los Angeles - Friday, August 28th - 11 am
Sydney / Australia - Saturday, August 29th - 4 am
London - Friday, August 28th - 7 pm