The View from the Shed- excerpt 2











Tony DeLorger © 2016

The shed is as hot as hell and it’s only mid-morning. No beer will suffice on a day like this; the sky is crystal clear and summer’s vengeful rays are wilting every leaf and flower. My grape vines seem sad, those vibrant green leaves turned downward as if to shed a tear, and my cat won’t go outside, so he sits by my side and whines constantly for me to pay more attention to him. I feel sorry for the little man as his coat is thick and lustrous and even with the A/C on, he must feel it more than I.

I’m sitting quietly, in the comfort of cool air and I sift through my past deliberations and feel it important to talk about what I call the ‘divine spark’. This concept I discovered a long time ago and feel it appropriate to articulate this as it seems to put life in a different perspective and help to quell much of the tribulations we may have about who we are.

So, if one accepts that existence began from an omnipotent hand, a being far greater than we, then that essence must reside within each and every creature and form of life that resulted from it. I choose to call this the ‘divine spark’ and it is an unknown entity yet also a vast potential that is expressed by the very nature of life. We therefore carry an endless potential and even though much of humanity choose to externalise God, I believe that God exists within and I refer to this as the ‘God seed’. Instead of projecting outwardly trying to fit an omniscient being into a form to be worshipped, we should perhaps acknowledge this presence within us. I’m not saying we are god, but what I am saying is that essence resides within us and our connection to it, a profound gift to spiritual ascension.

As human beings we often struggle with who we are, spending our lives trying to define ourselves, find people that will help achieve this and make us feel worthy, of purpose and at ease with our innate imperfections. In order to enjoy life, accept the opportunities and the lessons of hardship, we must have mental stability, and that is gained from a sense of self-worth, an understanding of one’s own potential and faults so that we may grow as life experiences and circumstances afford us in teaching.

Acknowledging the ‘God seed’ within, shows us that the creator left a calling card, an opportunity to realise our dreams and potentials within this earthy reality. It proves that we are more than organisms and having been given reason and the intellectual capacity to use it, and we may grow in understanding and aspire to higher thought and harmonious life through innate moralities and knowledge that is bound by our greatest attainment, love.

Having free choice is the forger of our life’s blueprint, each and every choice we make, the creator of the circumstances that follow and from which we learn those necessary lessons. Much the same as a baby learns not to touch a flame, we learn not to act rashly or be hateful in the same way. Balance, being a natural law, turns our choices into circumstances of recompense or reward, dependant upon our deed. This is not some theory but the reality of cause and affect and the scientific truth of balance in all things.

When you read the phrase, ‘to find oneself’ this is indeed a necessity, not some mystical eastern philosophy but a process that is necessary in order to find happiness and understanding in one’s life. Some meditate, which is a most beneficial practice, others seek clarity in outward expression. But one thing is sure, we must recognise the potential we have within us, rather than chase some belief structure that promotes external dedication without the recognition of who we are and from where we’ve come.

Human beings are all equal, not birth, circumstance or difference truly divides us, we are all born with the same potentials and therefore when seeking to understand this existence, it is necessary to first understand the self, the potential we embrace at birth. Difference in life should be revered as it adds colour and variety in understanding potential. The act of racial vilification is so base and lowly, serving a dark primordial force that really has no place in our evolution today. Judgements of race, colour and creed simply show ignorance and considering all of us are given the same potential in life, how we choose to live is up to us and has little to do with the circumstances of our birth. We all have trials to overcome, some appear more than others, but its how we deal with adversity that defines us, not the adversity itself.

What we are dealing with today in both racial and religious conflict, opposes all common sense. Surely the zealots have lost the plot, the purpose of religion is to praise our creator and abide by the morality and love that is given to us in the form of holy texts to make our lives more rewarding and harmonious. The fact that the opposite is true simply shows how lost people have become. Harmony is the product of love, and until the peoples of this world adopt this reality, there will never be peace or harmony on earth.

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+,
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

2 thoughts on “The View from the Shed- excerpt 2

  • May 21, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    I love how being in the shed brings out thoughts of life and the importance of what is within each of us – “we must recognise the potential we have within us” is so true. Your last sentence, Tony, is how I feel and truly believe. Great work here.


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