“Let our souls turn into a mirror longing to reflect the essence of beauty”- Rumi
“Having a selfless attitude will uplift us. By helping others we are, in fact, helping ourselves. On the other hand, every time we do a selfish action, we are harming ourselves. Learn to bless everyone. Don’t ever curse anyone, because a human being is not just a bundle of flesh and blood. There is consciousness at work within everyone. That consciousness is not a separate, isolated entity; it is part of the whole, a Supreme Unity. Whatever we do is reflected in the Whole, in the one Universal Mind – and it returns to you with the same intensity. Whenever you do a good or bad action, it is reflected in the Universal Consciousness. Therefore, learn to be selfless and learn how to send blessings to everyone. Pray for everyone, because we need the support and blessings of all of Creation for our upliftment. When we pray for others the entire universe prays for us; and when we bless others the whole universe blesses us, because man is one with the cosmic energy.”—Amma, Awaken Children, Vol. VIII
It seems Light calls upon light
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.
From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never
again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial
fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let
compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving
toward the summit of fulfillment.”
—John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”—Frederick Buechner
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Matthew 11:28-30….In the book “The Creative Life” by Eric Butterworth, Eric says:
Continue reading See in God’s Light
winter longing for the Light
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Continue reading Poor in Spirit
We are blessed by this rain in California giving some relief to the drought.
“For God, the living God, I thirst, like dew upon the fleece come down, like rain upon the desert sand, like light into a darkened room. As parched earth breaks for need of rain so my heart breaks but not in vain. When wilt thou on my vision burst? For thee my living God I thirst.”
– hymn, Sicut Cervus, Sister Frances Clare
held above by the heavens of infinity
rooted below by Mother Earth
this tree seems to be longing to unite both heaven and earth
like a bridge or conduit
in the state of be-long-ing
some parts of it wanting to touch the sky
and another part
wanting to return to its roots from which it came
and sky roots
remembering from where it came
Continue reading Ancient Oak
I’ve never seen a spider web
with a heart space in the middle
of what a soul might desire
emptiness yet fullness
empty of preconceptions
empty of what (a separate existence)
clear of clutter
room for Divine
space to breathe
Continue reading Heart Space
This is a digital collage of a pelican, some autumn leaves and colored glass.
“Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say! Please, universal soul, practice some song, or something through me!”
– Rumi, “Birdsong”, translated by Coleman Barks
Continue reading Autumn Song, Birdsong, A Call to Unity
“Be thirsty heart,
seek forever without a rest.
Let this soundless longing
hidden deep inside you
be the source
of every word you say.
The time has come to turn your heart
into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendor
you need to burn in the fire of love.”
–Rumi, quatrains 1010, 1116, Kolin and Mofi translation