““When you pray,” it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, “you yourself must be silent…You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.” To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer. Silence is not merely negative—a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech—but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening. The hesychast, the man who has attained hesychia, inward stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens. He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.”
—Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, “The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality”
“Just as a bouquet having flowers of different colors is more beautiful than a bouquet of flowers the same color, there is one Truth that shines through the rivers and mountains, flowers, the sun, moon and stars, you and I, are all expressions of this One Reality. It is by recognizing this truth in life that we can discover the inherent beauty in this diversity.”
“All numbers are multiples of one, all sciences converge to a common point, all wisdom comes out of one center, and the number of wisdom is one.”
“I tell them there are no backwaters. There is only one river, and we are all in it. Wave your arms, and the ripples will eventually reach me.”
— Scott Russell Sanders in “Writing from the Center”
This is a collaborate group collage done for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters a few years ago.
“Through the portals of silence
the healing sun of wisdom
and peace will shine upon you.”
A collaborate group collage done a couple of years ago for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters….
“Everything we are LOOKING for is right HERE in the PRESENT moment”–Thich Nhat Hanh
This collaborative group collage (6 of us) was created in the spirit of celebrating my friend Christine’s birthday, a few years ago, in gratitude for Life.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be”.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” are familiar words of Jesus’ Beatitudes. In an illumined state you see God. This does not mean you see “the man in the skies.” But you see from the consciousness of God. You see with “God-colored glasses.” Your seeing projects the light of Spirit. At the start of every day the wise student will take a few moments to become established in the light, hold this realization: “And God said, ‘Let there be Light.’”—Eric Butterworth, “The Creative Life”
The smoke tree leaves look like ornaments colored by the spiderweb glistening in the sun….