And everything comes to One

. . And everything comes to One
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.

~ Theodore Roethke

Integrity also means wholeness, Oneness

The word integrity has two meanings. The first is "honesty. "We have to be honest in facing our limitations, in facing the sheer complexity of the world, honest in facing criticism even of things which are deeply precious to us. Integrity also means wholeness, Oneness, the desire for a single vision, the refusal to split our minds into separate compartments where incompatible ideas are not allowed to come into contact. An undivided mind looks in the end for an undivided truth, a Oneness at the heart of things. The whole quest for integrity presupposes that in the end we are all encountering a single reality and a single truth.


May 2005 (Vol. XVIII, No. 5)

"Is there enough Silence for the Word to be heard?"

May you be blessed with deep peace, dear friends. May you come to know the Oneness of All in the Silenc,e the Still-point of pure Being! As we unite in the Ocean of Oneness, our cup of Love is fille and overflows to others.

A kingship with all living things

I felt a firm conviction of the unity, the Oneness, of all life, a kinship with all living things, even to the invisible busy atom, a sense that we were made of the same stuff and moved to the same patterns, from the atoms to the universes, the macrocosm repeating the microcosm, that love and truth and goodness in a single life were interpenetrated by the infinite love and truth and goodness we call God.

~ from QUIET PILGRIMAGE by Elizabeth Gray Vining

Let us be one in love to the poorest of the poor

Let uis prove to the whole world that we are one,
let us be one in love to the poorest of the poor.

~ Mother Teresa

To perceive the warp and woof of the Oneness of All

What seems to be happening at the moment is never the full story of what is really going on. For the honey bee, it is the honey that is important. But the bee is at the same time nature's vehicle for carrying out cross-pollination of the flowers. Interconnectedness is a fundamental principle of nature. Nothing is isolated. Each event connects with others. Things are constantly unfolding on different levels. It's for us to perceive the warp and woof of the Oneness of All as best we can and learn to follow our own threads through the tapestry of life with authenticity and resolve.

~ from WHEREVER YOU GO THERE YOU ARE by Jon Kabat-Zinn

We are One with all life

We are One with all life that is in nature.
We can no longer live for ourselves alone.

~ Albert Schweitzer

The litmus test of true seeing

If the world is a temple, then our enemies are sacred, too. The ability to respect the outsider is probably the litmus test of true seeing. It doesn't even stop with human beings and enemies of the least of the brothers and sisters. It moves to frogs and pansies and weeds. EVERYTHING becomes enchanting with true sight.

One God, one world, one truth, one suffering, and one love.  All we can do is to participate.

~ from EVERYTHING BELONGS by Richard Rohr

Voluntary silence connects

It is commonly considered rude to keep silent in the company of others, but voluntary silence connects rather than distances us from others whose individual differences temporarily fade away creating a shared feeling of harmony and oneness.

~ Linda Weltner thanks to Liz Stewart

The immense simplicity of things

I think You, my God, for having in a thousand diffeent ways led my eyes to discover the immense simplicity of things. Little by little, through the irresistible development of those yearnings You implanted in me as a child, through the influence of gifted friends who entered my life at certain moments to bring light and strength to my mind, and through the awakenings of spirit I owe to successive initiations, gentle and terrible, which you caused me to undergo; through all these, I have been brought to the point where I can no longer see anything, nor any longer breathe, outside that milieu in which all is made One.

~ from HYMN OF THE UNIVERSE by Teilhard de Chardin
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