October 1995 (Vol. VIII, No. 9)

BLESSINGS be with you, friends! As we become friends with the Silence, we will begin to hear as loudly as any outer voice our own spirit calling us to soul-making, to that deep inner space seeking to be in complete harmony with the universe.


No one really knows what the soul is, but tremble forth it does and, just as mysteriously, shudders away again...The soul is the name for the unifying principle, power, or energy that is at the center of our being. To be in touch with soul means going back to the sacred source, the site of life-releasing energy, the activating force of life; to venture forth and confront the world in all its marvelous and terrifying forces, to make sacred our hours here; to learn to pay such supreme attention to the world that eternity blazes into time with our holy longing. Soul-making, this.

~ from THE SOUL OF THE WORLD, edited by Phil Cousineau

The Vale of Soul Making

Call the world if you please, "The Vale of Soul Making." Then you will find out the use of the world.

~ John Keats

Fold your wings, my soul

Fold your wings, my soul,
those wings you had spread wide
to soar to the terrestrial peaks
where the light is most ardent:
it is for you simply to wait
the descent of the Fire --
supposing it to be willing
to take possession of you.

~ from HYMN TO THE UNIVERSE by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

When the energy of the soul is recognized

When the energy of the soul is recognized, acknowledged, and valued, it begins to infuse the life of the personality. When the personality comes fully to serve the energy of its soul, that is authentic empowerment. This is the goal of the evolutionary process in which we are involved and the reason for our being. Every experience that you have and will have upon the Earth encourages the alignment of your personality with your soul. Every circumstance and situation gives you the opportunity to choose this path, to allow your soul to shine through you, to bring into the physical world through you its unending and unfathomable reverence for and love of life.

~ Francois Fenelon

Soul immortal

The contemplation of Eternity, maketh the Soul immortal.

~ Thomas Traherne

Become a body in a soul

Rather than a soul in a body, become a body in a soul.

~ Gary Zukav

Whoever opens their soul to the influx of the divine

Whoever opens their soul to the "influx of the divine" receives the revivifying experience of a higher world order. A "spiracle of eternal life" or "window on eternity" opens up and frees the soul of too narrow a view of reality.


I call the dark and heavy aspects of my being SOUL

I call the high and light aspects of my being SPIRIT and the dark and heavy aspects SOUL. Soul is at home in the deep, shaded valleys. Heavy torpid flowers saturated with black grow there.

The rivers flow like warm syrup. They empty into huge oceans of soul. Spirit is a land of high, white peaks and glittering jewel-like lakes and flowers.

Life is sparse and sounds travel great distances. There is soul music, soul food, and soul love.  

People need to climb the mountain not simply because it is there, but because the soulful divinity needs to be mated with the spirit.

~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

There is a force at work in the universe that guides all things

There is a force at work in the universe that guides all things. To imitate this force is called "falling in line with the Way of Heaven." It is the way of this force to yield. It is the way of this force to endure. Holding fast to the "Way," all things are accomplished by this force. The force does not strive, yet all things obey it. Mystery of mysteries, this force is the Mother of all things; mystery of mysteries, those who know it know the Eternal.

~ Laotse, found in THE SPIRITUAL ATHLETE edited by Ray Berry

The Great Mystery

The Great Mystery is within ourselves!

Many are avidly seeking, but they alone find who remain in silence... Those who delight in a multitude of words, even though they say admirable things, are empty within. If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence like the sunlight will illuminate you in God and will deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite your soul to God.

~ Isaac of Nineveh

Our soul is here to perceive past the limitations of our five senses

Our soul is here to perceive past the limitations of our five senses, past the limitation of the world around us.

~ Chris Griscom

It's not my hands that make the pot, it's my spirit

Kay and I went to Walpi, maybe the oldest continuous inhabited village on the continent... Near a stole altar lives an ancient great-grandmother, over a hundred years old, some say. She asked us to come in. Her hands are arthritic but she is a working potter. She not only throws the pots, but paints them afterward. I asked her how she manages to do it, since her knuckles are knotted by arthritis and she is nearly blind with cataracts.

She said, "It's not my hands that make the pot, it's my spirit. My hands are broken by my potteries hold my soul, and that's whole."

~ from THE THEFT OF THE SPIRIT by Carl A. Hammerschlag

May the Silence in your life

May the Silence in your life bring forth bountiful fruits of love, peace and beauty...
~ Unknown