October 1998 (Vol. XI, No. 9)

My the BLESSING OF WISDOM be yours, dear friends! Within and out of the silence, may you grown in wisdom, may wisdom grace you with truth and clarity, and guide you on your way.

Holy Wisdom's Almighty power

Holy Wisdom's "Almighty power" ... is the liberating power of connectedness that is effective in compassionate love. With moral indignation, concern for broken creation, and a sympathy calling for justice, the power of God's compassionate love enters the pain of the world to transform it from within. The victory is not on the model of conquering heroism but of active, non-violent resistance as those who are afflicted are empowered to take up the cause of resistance, healing, and liberation for themselves and others.

~ from FINDING YOUR SELF by W. Norman Cooper
Finding Your Self,
By Norman W. Cooper, W. Norman Cooper

Bathing yourself with wisdom and love

Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of mother nature.

~ Morihei Ueshiba

Drinking deeply from our inner cup of wisdom

Only in the oasis of silence can we drink deeply from our inner cup of wisdom.

~ Sue Patton Theole

The old must live in the young

Elders and mentors have an irreplaceable function in the life of any community. Without them the young are lost -- their overflowing energies wasted in useless pursuits. The old must live in the young like a grounding force that tames the tendency toward bold but senseless actions and shows them the path of wisdom.

~ from OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT by Malidoma Some

Compassion action balanced by wisdom

Compassionate action -- balanced by wisdom -- is a very important component of spiritual life. It opens our heart and puts us in touch with the happiness that illuminates existence and gives us the strength and courage to continue on the path.

~ Georg Feuerstein

In Wisdom we ask for guidance

In Wisdom, we ask for guidance.
In Love, we ask for inclusion.
In Faith, we ask for space in our
hearts and minds to welcome renewal.

~ in "Contemporary Spirituality" - Fall 1996

Messages for your soul

Study the silence of the wise ones,
there you will find messages
for your soul.

~ Anonymous

Compost for the field of wisdom

Suffering is compost for the field of wisdom.

~ Anonymous

Accepting the journey we've been handed

When we are able to trust our calling and accept the journey we've been handed, we trust in a wisdom beyond our comprehension, remembering that no matter what happens, we are part of sacred creation.

~ Charlotte Sophia Kasl

The acquirement of spiritual wisdom does not necessarily prevent us from making worldly mistakes

The acquirement of spiritual wisdom does not necessarily prevent us from making worldly mistakes; but because it develops the qualities that will prevent them, and because it takes to heart the lessons of experience, humbly and receptively, it does reduce the frequency of those mistakes.

~ Paul Brunton

The wisdom of the heart

When we are endowed with the Wisdom of the heart, but do not have access to knowledge, we are ignorant. Then we only believe what we see, or what has been proven to our satisfaction. Since it does not occur to us that we may be endowed with supernal wisdom, we do not open ourselves to the mystery of the Spirit that invisibly permeates the created world. So long as we limit our explorations and activities to the visible world as though that were all that existed, we must remain blind to the transcendent beauty of the eternal world.

~ from A BOOK OF HOURS by June Singer

The alternative wisdom of Love

What is the way that leads to life? The narrow way, the way less traveled, the alternative wisdom of Love. It has two closely related dimensions. First, it is an invitation to see God as gracious and womblike rather than as the source and enforcer of the requirements, boundaries, and divisions of conventional wisdom to a life that is more and more centered in God. The alternative wisdom of Love sees the religious life as a deepening relationship with the Spirit of God, not as a life of requirements and reward.

~ from MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME by Marcus J. Borg

Ecstasy results from the wisdom of emptiness

Ecstasy results from the wisdom of emptiness, of seeing the impermanent, insubstantial nature of all phenomena, where there is no clinging, no attachment, and no fear. In this experience, we become one with the unfolding process of life. This oneness is quite subtle, because it is the oneness of becoming zero.

~ Joseph Goldstein

Where wisdom makes her home

Where Wisdom makes her home
peace and harmony abide
Suffering becomes redemptive
and quiet joy resides within the pain...

Peace and harmony abide
radiating out to a wounded world
And quiet joy resides within the pain --
within the dazzling darkness ...

Radiating out to a wounded world
silent messengers of healing --
Within the dazzling darkness
compassion and justice reign ...

Silent messengers of healing
suffering becomes redemptive
Compassion and justice reign
where Wisdom makes her home.

~ from WALKING WITH WISDOM by Nan Merrill
Walking with Wisdom
By Nan C. Merrill

The wisdom of wholeness

The Golden Rule is the Wisdom of wholeness calling into the illusion of separateness.

~ Doug Boyd