October 2016 (Vol. XXIX, No. 9)

Dear Friends ~ As I write, the wind stirs leaves barely tinged with autumn color as a steady rain soaks into the earth so recently parched by summer’s sun. On the cusp of seasonal change, the land seems poised between fecundity and hibernation. So we too live our lives poised between action and contemplation, in that silent space of longing, expectation, and hope. Wisdom is both a mystic’s way of being in that sacred space and a gift of the spirit that we seek to cultivate. According to psychologists, wisdom "involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life...and it confers a sense of balance." -- from "All About Wisdom" at Psychology Today.com

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We are knee-deep in a river, searching for water

"We are knee-deep in a river, searching for water," writes Kabir Helminski, a contemporary Wisdom teacher in the Sufi lineage, using a vivid image to capture the irony of our contemporary plight. The sacred road maps of wholeness still exist in the cosmos...But to read the clues it is first necessary to bring the heart and mind and body into balance, to awaken. Then the One can be known—not in a flash of mystical vision but in the clarity of unitive seeing.

~ Cynthia Bourgeault in THE WISDOM WAY OF KNOWING

Wisdom abides in deep recesses of the heart

Wisdom abides in deep recesses of the heart;
who is at home to receive Her?

~ from LUMEN CHRISTI...HOLY WISDOM by Nan Merrill

Wisdom without love

Wisdom without love is like having lungs
but no air to breathe. Do not seek wisdom in order
to acquire knowledge but in order to
live and love more fully.

~ from MY SECRET IS SILENCE: Poetry and Sayings of Adyashanti

The discovery of our destiny is our unique contribution to wisdom

I believe we are all called by many names, and that the names we are called are directly related to our destiny... The discovery of our destiny is our unique contribution to wisdom. When we achieve a sense of wisdom, we will reflect it and shine as both image and likeness.

~ from CALLED BY MANY NAMES by Margaret A. Renner

Wisdom is deep within us

What does it mean to be made in the image of God?... In part, it is to say that wisdom is deep within us, deeper than the ignorance of what we may have done or become... When we lose touch with the wisdom that is within us, we live out of ignorance... Grace is given not to implant in us a foreign wisdom but to make us alive to the wisdom that was born in us.

~ from CHRIST OF THE CELTS by J. Philip Newell

Mystical wisdom

Mystical wisdom derives from an ardent desire to abandon normal intellectual functions so that divine insight may enlighten this ardor and add to it another fire, much stronger, which lifts the burning soul towards an even deeper wisdom.

~ Hugh of Balma in LISTENING TO SILENCE, compiled by Robin B. Lockhart

Allowing Wisdom to have her way

A holy and disciplined mind turns
from ignorance and falsehood,
ignoring their myriad distractions,
while the soul stands firm, allowing
Wisdom to have her way.

~ from WALKING WITH WISDOM by Nan Merrill

Our inner cup of wisdom

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

What wisdom teaches us

Wisdom teaches us that arriving at the Truth is experiencing the graciousness and loving kindness of God.

~ John Main

Along the way to wisdom

Along the way to knowledge,
Many things are accumulated...
Along the way to wisdom,
Many things are discarded.

~ Lao-Tze

Wisdom is the Oneness of Mind

Wisdom is the Oneness of Mind that guides and permeates all things.

~ Heraclitus

Who is wisdom and where is it to be found?

Who is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

~ from STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle