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Come Near My Shadow

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“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

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Autumn Glow

light of grace
creating beauty
through the brokenness
through the pain
through the woundedness
opening to new possibility
new freedom
new space

“I feel strange power, bearing fruit and gaining strength to give myself to me. I sense the seed maturing and expectation, light-filled, weaving within me on my selfhood’s power.”

—Rudolf Steiner from “Calendar of the Soul”

I made a greeting card based on this image called “Light of Grace, opening to new possibilities.”




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Higher Destinies

sprouting in the light

 

“The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not obtained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
Standing on what too long we bore
With shoulders bent and downcast eyes,
We may discern – unseen before,
A path to higher destinies.”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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Centered

 

“God of peace,
you are at the center of my life,
a strong refuge of peace
in the whirlwind of my pain.
I look to you for strength
and a constant assurance of hope. ”

— Joyce Rupp in “Out of the Ordinary”, Ave Maria Press

 

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Pour Strength Into My Soul

Pour Strength Into My Soul

“Your words to me are life and health; Pour strength into my soul; Enable, guide and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal.  Your words to me are light and truth; from day to day they show their wisdom, passing earthly lore, as in their truth I grow.  Your words are perfected in one, Yourself, the living Word; within my heart your image print in clearest lines, O Lord.”

– hymn by George Currie Martin, 1865- 1937




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Healing Beauty

 

“St. Augustine said: “The soul is weighed in the balance by what delights her. Delight or enjoyment sets the soul in her ordered place. Where the delight is, there is the treasure.” Perhaps this is why there is such delight in beauty. In the midst of fragmentation and distress beauty draws the soul into an experience where an elegant order prevails. This brings a lovely tranquility and satisfies the desire of the soul. When the Beautiful continues on its way, the soul has been strengthened by a delight that will further assist her in transfiguring struggle.”

-John O’Donohue, “Beauty, the Invisible Embrace”




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