Friday, October 21, 2016

The Progress of Man...

First he appeared in the realm inanimate;
Thence came into the world of plants and lived
The plant-life many a year, nor called to mind
What he had been; then took the onward way
To animal existence, and once more
Remembers naught of what life vegetive,
Save when he feels himself moved with desire
Towards it in the season of sweet flowers,
As babes that seek the breast and know not why.
Again the wise Creator whom thou knowest
Uplifted him from animality
To Man's estate; and so from realm to realm
Advancing, he became intelligent,
Cunning and keen of wit, as he is now.
No memory of his past abides with him,
And from his present soul he shall be changes.
Though he is fallen asleep, God will not leave him
In this forgetfulness. Awakened, he
Will laugh to think what troublous dreams he had.
And wonder how his happy state of being
He could forget, and not perceive that all
Those pains and sorrows were the effect of sleep
And guile and vain illusion. So this world
Seems lasting, though 'tis but the sleepers' dream;
Who, when the appointed Day shall dawn, escapes
From dark imaginings that haunted him, 
And turns with laughter on his phantom griefs
When he beholds his everlasting home.
                                    ~Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Love is Very Sacred...

Vincent Van Gogh

Love is very sacred 
and in art and in many religious ancient traditions,
the sun is used as a symbol of this radiating and heart opening love, 
once the inner world is awakened by this 'sacred and solar light' 
the soul is somehow safe, 
protected, even capable of opening 
and inducing this light in the heart of others. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Self-remembering...

Elisabeth Sonrel

In self-remembering, 
as we bring in a constant awareness of the higher, 
we can transform the most mundane moment 
into one of joy and deeper realizations.
It takes just a moment to transform everything, 
a pause in our talking, 
a looking more deeply into someone's eyes.  
The state we are seeking is there all along ... 
we just have to make space for it to manifest.

Friday, October 14, 2016

I Was Brought to Ponder on Transformation...

 I was brought to ponder on Transformation,
what a wonderful word and process! 
Trusting that the forms around us 
and the very things on this earth 
all have their place and we amidst them. 
Trusting,trusting,trusting in all that is taking place.
This image of the Buddha 
with his hand  placed pointing to the earth, 
we can feel the whole of the image 
alive in transforming, all has its place. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“The More We Let God Take Us Over...

“The more we let God take us over, 
the more truly ourselves we become - 
because He made us. 
He invented us. 
He invented all the different people 
that you and I were intended to be. . .
It is when I turn to Christ, 
when I give up myself to His personality, 
that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” 
~C.S. Lewis - 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Time is a Sort of River of Passing Events...

Time is a sort of river of passing events,
and strong is its current; 
no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by 
and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. 

~Marcus Aurelius

Friday, October 7, 2016

"The Cloud of Unknowing" ...

"The cloud of unknowing" 
In the last chapters the author writes 
of those times when we feel alone and abandoned. 
He explains that it is God's way 
of having our soul become supple & strong 
and his goings and comings stretch you, 
secretly testing your soul, 
gentling you to do his work.