July-August 1999 (Vol. XII, No. 7)

BLESSINGS, dear friends, in all your summer travels and plans. May you find time in the Silence to follow the journey into your inner heart and allow the universe to move in and help you grow in love and wisdom.

To try to make it grow faster or slower would be absurd

The experience of transcendence occurs within the nature of things -- our nature. A small mustard-seed grows into a tree big enough for birds to come and roost in its branches. To try to make it grow faster or slower would be absurd and counterproductive. It is the same when we experience the growth of Divine Love in our hearts as we let the husk of the ego drop away and like seed we die to self that we may fulfill the destiny that is our true meaning, that the potential of life within us may come to fruition.

~ from LETTERS FROM THE HEART by John Main

Our souls cannot live without the sense of destination

The soul of each one of us has its destination, and that is the Divine Heart. What is true of each of us is true of all the world. Walt Whitman in his strong, urgent way cries: "One thought ever at the fore, that in the Divine Ship, the world breasting time and space, all peoples of the globe together sail, sail the same voyage, are bound to the same destination." Some such thought as this is surely necessary for the bare subsistence of a soul, for our souls cannot live without the sense of destination.

~ Br. Andrew

The journey to find yourself

Sometimes in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself.

~ Katerine Sharp

The journey itself is home

The journey itself is home.

I can feel at the very centre of my being the spark which connects one to the ultimate mystery, the mystery which no one will ever unfold on this side of the grave. All one can do in this life is to embark on that journey to the centre, where the immanent God dwells, and fight to continue that journey no matter how many obstacles are thrust in one's path. I know that in order to serve the mysterious transcendent God to the best of my ability I must continually work to align myself with the immanent God, the God within; I must continually strive to release the blueprint of my personality and become the individual God created me to be.

~ from MYSTICAL PATHS by Susan Howatch
Mystical Paths (Starbridge)
By Susan Howatch

The mystical journey drives us into ourselves

Spirituality is an inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls. The mystical journey drives us into ourselves to a sacred flame at our center.

~ Marianne Williamson

It is because of our wounds that we turn

It is because of our wounds, our pain and our sadness, that we turn from the outer world and trace the thread of our own darkness back to its source. It leads us through the barriers of pain to the place of our own healing. But in the very process of making this journey the light of consciousness which we carry with us transforms our darkness. The individual who arrives at the source is very different from the person who set out upon the quest. During the course of this journey we have to accept and integrate what we find within us -- our pain and our anger and all the many forms our darkness has taken. ... We will have to accept ourselves as we really are. This then will be the chalice into which the Divine Wine can be poured.

~ from THE CALL AND THE ECHO by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles

We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles, but the grace to transform them.

~ Simone Weil
The Simone Weil Reader
By Simone Weil

This is a difficult but amazing journey

This is a difficult but amazing journey, this life we are leading through these years of change. Let us hold firmly a vision of peace (inner and outer) for all the world, health and happiness for all creatures and the Earth itself, and a more vital spiritual consciousness for everyone. Our thoughts have power. May we help think into existence the universal flowering of spirituality!

~ Alison Davis

I have come to know simple truths that before were so disguised by my complexity

I have come to know simple truths that before were so disguised by my complexity. I have come to know the inner vision that sees with so much clarity. I've come to know me, the gentleness of my spirit, as it may express through love and tenderness. I've come to know power in a way that is personal and creative. My personal power of choice. I've come to know love; love of self and others is the same. I've come to know the oneness of all who walk the planet in an attempt to journey home.

~ Greta Metcalf

Journeying more deeply into our deepest center

Journeying more deeply into our deepest center and into the world around us pushes us into seeing more deeply into all of life. Not only are we forced to deal with the illusions of our false selves, but also of society. ... The one who begins to live deeply as a contemplative begins to see things as they really are. We are called to deal with the illusions of ourselves, so we can enter into a loving dialogue with the world. We are called to EMBRACE the world as we journey deeper and deeper into ourselves and God. We turn with a singleness of vision, to see God in each new situation, in every person, and every experience -- seeing all those things in a truer perspective.

~ from DISCOVERING THE DEPTHS by William Clemmons
Discovering the Depths
By William Clemmons

As each piece of the journey is discovered

As each piece of the journey is discovered, honored and treated as holy, then we are able to remember ourselves and recollect the shattered spirit and lives into a new spiritual body. When we reunite ourselves with nature and its manifestations, when we come to reconcile the resonances of the divine world around us with the divine world within us, then healing begins.

~ Normandi Ellis

The longest journey

The longest journey is
the journey inward.

~ Dag Hammerskjold
Markings
By Dag Hammarskjold

We are made for joy and woe

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine;
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.
It is right it should be so;
We are made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go.

~ William Blake
The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
By William Blake, David V. Erdman, Harold Bloom, William Golding

With each step we arrive

With each step we arrive.

Ultimately, the journey of the human path is an individual effort; no one can do it for us. However, we are not entirely alone on this journey. Love and grace serve as guides to lead the way -- when we choose to listen.

~ from STAND LIKE A MOUNTAIN, FLOW LIKE WATER by Brian Luke Seaward

The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face

The spiritual journey is one of continually falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God, and taking another step.

~ Aurobindo
The Life Divine
By Sri Aurobindo

Spirits on a human path

We are not humans on a spiritual path. Rather we are spirits on a human path.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

Journey into Silence

Journey into Silence;
blessings await you there.

~ Nan Merrill