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Where does one find the Divine?

If we cannot see the multitudinous splendor of light in every form when it is right before our eyes, then we have to be awakened, jolted out of complacency, cast down from the ivory tower, and buried under the black earth of all our materialistic fantasies. It’s quite a shock and painful. Fearing loss, fear will bind us to forms that have already collapsed and are dissolving. But light is there even in the darkness. At the point where one dies, at the point where one stops trying to assert the ego, at the point one gives up in despair, at the point where one says, “I yield. I give in,” then one finds the Divine within.

~ Normandi Ellis

We are nothing, but the light is all

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the dark which illuminates

It is the universal statement of a star,
the message Orion
has carried
in winter through the ages:
It is the dark
which illuminates.

~ Lyn Dalebout
Out of the Flames Poems
By Lyn Dalebout

The glory of the earth and the bright sun

The glory of the earth and the bright sun are sometimes a reproach to our dull and listless spirits. In the times when we labor under doubt and dullness of spirit, may we live in trust that we shall pass through the shadows and know once again the inner fire and light within. As our faith in life has sustained us and been fulfilled in us in the past, so that faith will carry us again from dark to light.

~ from CYCLES OF RENEWAL by Robert E. Senghas

It is a very useful practice just to take one's time

It seems all too easy for modern life to become one continuous rush tainted with frustration and a feeling that there is never enough time to do anything with care and sensitivity. So it is a very useful practice just to take one's time. The truth is that if we can take pleasure in what we do and be mindful, we will find we have more time. Our relationship with time itself can change. Time becomes full of life rather than second by second stealing our life away.

~ from REFLECTIONS ON EVERYDAY LIFE by Paramananda

Return a culture to a sense of sacred time

Return a culture to a sense of sacred time
and you will find that you can live
in a world that renews itself.

~ David La Chapelle
LaChapelle: Heaven to Hell
By David LaChapelle

Early morning dew

Early morning dew
sparkling for a span of time
silently absorbed.

~ Ann M. LaVallee

Have you also learned that secret from the river

Have you also learned that secret from the river — that there is no such thing as time? ...the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the water-fall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, and...the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future.

~ from SIDDHARTHA by Herman Hesse
Siddhartha: A Novel
By Hermann Hesse

Don't worry

Don't worry.
How many roads did Saint Augustine follow
before he became Saint Augustine?

~ "Don't Worry" by Mary Oliver
Felicity: Poems
By Mary Oliver
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