The Wraith

By: Woodrow Lucas

From the depths of our deepest fears, rises the wraith that haunts us.

Until we say to the wraith,” I understand you, for you are hear to teach me of my courage.  Thank you for your service”

At that moment the wraith disappears, and we are free to live in the bliss of grateful reckoning forever more.

I Am Unhappy

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

I am unhappy,

But I have been happy,

So I will be happy,

For once God grants one happiness,

She is more prone to grant it again,

For it is his desire that I be happy,


I am unhappy,

But I have been happy,

So I will be happy,

For God want’s me happy,

And happiness follows me,

We are here to learn, not necessarily always to be happy,

But God wants us happy,

So shall we be happy,

For God’s will is always done, eventually.



By: Woodrow Odom Lucas


As I survey popular culture these days, I see a tinge of the macabre that I find disturbing.  As if unhappiness and misery are the archetypes of present and future which are inspiring our current cadre of artists and writers.  And sometimes I wonder, if the folks who see us moving toward a grand apocalypse, or “last days” do not have some cogency to their arguments.  But then I consider those generations when one disease like Polio or the Flu wiped out potential millions, or I consider a time when those who had my DNA were locked in ships to suffocate on their own feces, or I think of a time not so long ago, when an entire religion of people was systematically exterminated by individuals claiming to believe in Jesus, and I remember that times are no worse now than they have ever been, they are just different, and different can be frightening.


Still, the problem of human ignorance and human destructiveness do confuse the more optimistic of spiritual people.  “How can Namaste be true when we treat each other so harshly?”  “Are all of us really trying the best that we can, because it sure doesn’t seem like it?”  “Why does it seem like Science and Religion two of the most powerful tools through which humanity can transcend are mired in confusion, extremism, perfectionism, and hubris?


Some might say that the answers to these questions are buried in the mystery which is inherent to our conditions, and in most cases I would agree with them.  But this particular problem, the problem of human malady and ignorance, I believe has an answer.  We as human beings are invariably infantile.  Human beings are infants compared to other creatures on the earth.  We are infants in the grand scheme of things as it concerns God and our ultimate destiny.  And we are infants in our own personal journeys toward what we are destined to become.  There is no one on this earth in my opinion no matter how powerful, no matter how evolved who is more than at most a young preemie in the grand scheme of things.


And so understanding ourselves as infants makes since of quite a bit.  It marries our infinite potential for love and our divine spark, Namaste, with our penchants toward cruelty and malevolence.  It also helps us understand how all of us from the worst of us to the best of us share the same destiny of reconciliation with God .  We are infants and ultimately all of us are doing the best that we can to make since of a reality that is so very new to us, when placed in perspective.  As much as I disagree with what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth, he becomes palatable to me when I remember him as an infant, just trying to figure it out like the rest of us.  We all really do have the divine spark, Jesus really has reconciled us all, we all really are trying the best that we can, and when we reach maturity as the Sons and Daughters of God that we are destined to become, the Creation will know light and love that transform the very fabric and nature of reality.


BY: Woodrow Odom Lucas

It’s seven o’clock,

The sun has gone down,

Fall has begun to unleash its breathtaking barrage of color and sound,

Crickets, leaves, yellow, tan, red, purple, green,

Children harkening to the music of the ice cream man!!

“Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Ice Cream”,

Couples walking in the twilight, holding hands with smiles on their faces,

Young boys playing flag football, older boys running for touchdowns,

Babies suckling to their mother’s breast,

Hardened criminals repenting of ills and getting out on parole,

It’s seven o’clock,

The sun has gone down,

Fall has begun to unleash its breathtaking barrage of color and sound,

Young well to do’s bumpin’ Young MC in their beetle convertibles,

Ethiopian immigrants harnessing the last weeks of warmth to take a dip in the public pool,

Hispanic couples dancing salsa until the midnight hour,

And somewhere deep in the rural south,

An African American farmer looks out over his crops with pride and expectancy and says,”Yessireee I do believe we’ve got us a Harvest this year.  I do believe we’ve got some Harvest, yes we do!!!”


By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

Storms exhilarate us,

Storms terrify us,

Storms can change a life in so many ways,

Storms can destroy years of work,

Storms can bring much needed rain,

Storms enthrall us as we revel in the sounds and sights of motion,

Storms set us aflame with deliverance,

Storms recalibrate our sensibilities,

There is a storm coming,

A storm of charity and peace,

A storm of justice and mercy,

A storm of truth and enlightenment,

A storm of awakening and recompense,

A storm of forgiveness and amends made,

A storm of technological innovation,

A storm of science and faith coming together as the partners they were intended to be,

A storm of awareness of all the dimensions that surround us,

A storm of explosive creativity and ingenuity,

A storm that evolves the face of humankind,

And reveals its Savior like never before.


The Plan

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

Demon 1 – Oh my God!! He’s done it!!! He’s risen!! Oh crap!! We are so screwed!!!  That crazy man actually did it!! He rose from the dead after dying a violent death!! What do we do now?  We are definitely in it!! I mean bro!! We got a problem!!!

Demon 2 – I don’t know?! I guess we’re just screwed?! I mean I’m at a loss?!

Demon 1 – I know!! Let’s kill all of his followers!! Then there will be no one left who knows!

Demon 2 – No! That will just make them martyrs and the faith will spread like wild fire!!

Demon 1 – No bro!! I’ve got!! I’ve got it!! Let’s sow seeds of ignorance and fear among his followers.  Let’s convince them that he’s unforgiving and will condemn all unworthy servants to the torment that awaits us!!!

Demon 2 – Yes!! Yes!! That’s brilliant!! We’ll convince all of his followers that homosexuals are of the devil!! We’ll convince them all that Yoga is demonic! Yes! Yes!! And the more powerful and devoted they are, the more ignorant and judgmental we’ll deceive them into becoming!!

Demon 1 – Oh Man!! We’re geniuses!! This is so perfect! He dies on the cross to save humanity, but we will create a war of all against all.  There will be no tolerance.  There will be no togetherness!! There will be no harmony! Just confusion, fear, and manipulation!!

Demon 2 – Oh, bro!! We’ve really arrived at something, let’s get these ideas to master.

Demon 1 – Yes, let’s do!!!

The Still Small Voice!

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

I laid down in the bed terrified,

I felt like something was trying to take over my mind,

I could hear 2 and 3 sets of thoughts in my head,

My stomach was spasming uncontrollably,

I could not satiate my overwhelming desire to die and be free of the torment,

And I heard a still small voice in my consciousness say, “Woody, I’m here, and where I am you are safe”

And for the next 3 hours that still small voice talked me out of a madness that I wish on no one.

This experience has happened over 100 times in the past 3 years.

Over 100 times I have felt tormenting madness, and over 100 times a still small voice has talked me out of it.

Guiding me to the left and to the right.

Is the still small voice God?  Is it an  angel?  Is it a higher form of myself?  Is it a figment of my imagination?  Is it a nefarious force trying to deceive me? Is it a creation of a troubled mind?

I think at different points over the last three years, it has been all of the above.

But it has guided me to a point where I am on the brink of my goal to be 100% functional and symptom free on meds.

And when I am free, I will free others.

You can count on it.

My Daughter is a Poet

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

My daughter is a poet,

I saw it with my own eyes,

She has the gift like few I’ve ever seen,

As she spit fire from her cell phone,

In the effortless euphony of one with the gift of rhythm,

And I pray for her,

Because life is hard for poets,

We feel things deeper,

But I know she’ll make it to the rising sun,

And her story will be magic,

Cause her dad is a poet,

And he’s got her back!

Of Belief, Fear, Suspicion, and Transcendence

By: Woodrow Lucas

As part of my recovery from illness, I see an energy worker named Carol Bratcher.  She is a truly gifted healer, but she is not a Christian.  Some months back she gave me a book to read called Anna Grandmother of Jesus, which described Jesus as being in the tradition of the Essenes and having a bit different approach and philosophy than traditional Christian witnesses have relayed.  Something else that the book talked about is the process of how Anna an angelic being “walked into” a woman named Hannah during a near death experience and lived out an extremely long life in Hannah’s body.  As a person, who has felt like my body sometimes did not belong to me, and who has a belief in the existence of the demonic, I was horrified by this notion of Anna “walking in” to Hannah and felt tempted to end all of my work with Carol Bratcher.  But as time passed, and I got some emotional distance from the book, I began to understand this “Walking In” process as perhaps an act of mercy or benevolence in many cases.  And as I just let myself calm down, my fear of the book and this “Walking in” notion faded away.  I still would not likely soon espouse the belief matrix articulated in Anna, Grandmother of Jesus.  But now I do not see it as some “conspiracy of evil” intended to derail my progress, and rather view it is as a beautiful book, which possesses ideas with which I do not resonate.

But I wonder?  What would have happened, if I cut off all contact with Carol as a result of this book?  What would have happened, had I let fear define what I did and did not embrace in my healing journey?  I wonder, what might have happened had the European settlers viewed the indigenous population as beautiful co-owners of the earth, rather than savages to be exploited?  I wonder, how many of the atrocities of Christendom have been committed as a function of fear and suspicion?  But I also wonder?  Are Christians the only religious category on the earth that operates in fear?  And seems to sometimes live out of fear?


Ironically, I was at Carol Bratcher’s again today, speaking with a woman about how she overcame Breast Cancer through alternative healing techniques and the incredible care she received at a Hospital in Taiwan.  I began to tell her my ideas about the neuroplasticity of the brain and how I believed that the human body was designed by God to heal itself of ANYTHING!  And she seemed very interested in my thoughts.  But then I said, “It is like Luke 1:37 says, with God nothing shall be impossible.”  As soon as I quoted that scripture, her whole demeanor changed.  She was still very friendly, but it was as if she wanted to quickly remove herself from the conversation.  It was as if my use of Christian scripture had triggered her to this new belief that I was no longer a like-minded soul.  Can two souls be likeminded without sharing a believe in Jesus as penultimate?  Can two souls who believe in Jesus as penultimate be like minded even though they disagree on the notion of eternal hell?


Religion and belief, are and always have been a complicated terrain.  All the religions of the world really do not say the same thing, neither do they introduce us to the same worldview at all times.  But are fear and suspicion sufficient vehicles through which to navigate the terrain of religious diversity?  It seems to me that at the very least we need some basic assumptions which keep us from going down the road of fear, judgment, violence, and definition by contrast.  I believe that Namaste is one of those beliefs.  The idea that there is a divine spark of beauty and goodness in every single one of us, helps us to understand more and judge less.  Similarly, the idea that God loves all of us equally and so will find a way for all of us to reach a state of peace and rest is indispensable in my opinion.  If you can see your brother making it to heaven with you, whether he is an atheistic, a Muslim, a Jew, or an agnostic  it helps you to see the best in that brother and it helps you have a sense of kinship with that brother.


Now I am not suggesting that we all have to have the same view of the afterlife, or the same beliefs concerning the hereafter, but I am suggesting that while I feel a strong like mindedness to many people who believe in eternal hell, notions like eternal hell are ideas that I just do not think that humanity can afford any longer.  I am not saying that we need some “one world religion” to bring us all together, because I believe that our diversity is so sublime and beautiful that it is like a symphonic aroma for our creator.  But I am saying, that every religion needs to begin to dispense with some of their notions that breed fear and suspicion.  For it is not a time for fear and suspicion.  We live in a brave new world, with challenges which require understanding and compassion across every line of division that has existed in the past.  We need beliefs and understandings that help us to reach across barriers of race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and culture.  My hope is that these beliefs do not become gross oversimplifications of truth that undermine the beauty of our diversity and complexity.  But without doubt, we are in need of paradigms and truths for this age, which as scripture states, “Bring in things new and things old,” and propel us into the harmony of God’s beautiful and perfect will for our species!!