“He (the American Indian) believes profoundly in silence—the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of shining pool—his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. If you ask him: “What is silence?” he will answer: “It is the Great Mystery!” “The holy silence is His voice.”
—Ohiyesa, “A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom”, Whitall N. Perry
“Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth
of the blossom:
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here. ”
“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….
“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way. “
— Angeles Arrien quoted in The Millionth Circle by Jean Shinoda Bolen
The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.”
This is a collaborative group collage I did with my friends for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters one year.
Continue reading SILENT NIGHT
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
“Don’t go away, come near.
Don’t be faithless, be faithful.
Find the antidote in the venom.
Come to the root of the root of yourself.”
—Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, from “Love is a Stranger”, translated by Kabir Helminsky
Continue reading Come Near My Shadow