to recognize the soul in flight

DSC00619Reaching the ‘mental and spiritual nature of ourselves’ is what spiritual practices are designed to do. This potent awareness penetrates far below the ego’s restless turmoil to the sacred core of our being. St. Augustine described how he turned attention inward ‘and beheld with the eye of my soul….the Light Unchangeable.’ At first this recognition of the sacred within ourselves and in the world breaks through only in tantalizing glimpses, stirred perhaps by the beauty of a sunset, the touch of a lover, or the serenity of prayer. At such moments the mundane world is transfigured. To recognize the sacred is not so much to see new things as it is to see things in a new way. The sacred is not separate or different from all things, but rather hidden within all things. This new way of seeing is an innate gift that needs to be cultivated…..Roger Walsh

the gift of sanctuary lies deep in our hearts and in every human encounter…..this choice to find the sacred is alive and palpable in the deep winter….in our explorations of how and why and when we will change and grow….in how we will move ever so slightly away from doing to being…..in the perception of a fine and beauteous life lived fully…..

Let us be still an instant, and forget

all things we ever learned, all thoughts we had,

and every preconception that we hold

of what things mean and what their purpose is.

Let us remember not our own ideas

of what the world is for.

We do not know…

Simply do this:

be still, and lay aside all thoughts

of what you are and what God is;

all concepts you have learned about the world;

all images you hold about yourself…

Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught,

nor one belief you ever learned before from anything.

Forget this world, forget this course,

and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.

….Christian text, anonymous

testing our wings…..

The spirituality of everyday life requires a livable, inspiring philosophy and daily attention. In all traditions, spiritual practice zeroes in on a particular method for transforming life according to one’s spiritual vision. A similar inscrutability surrounds prayer. It takes many forms, and any attempt to limit its range of expression kills it. Prayer is full of mysteries, and yet it too, requires craft and thoughtfulness. Religious traditions teach an important lesson: the more mysterious the insights and the deeper the prayer, the more we need technique, method, and a studied practice. It doesn’t do to improvise our spirituality or to keep it feathery and amorphous….Thomas Moore

6 thoughts on “to recognize the soul in flight

  1. I must say that I love that anonymous Christian text, as well as the thought you expressed that the gift of sanctuary lies deep in our hearts and in every human encounter. You always give us much to ponder. Thanks for sharing your gifts. Peace, Mark

    • I so love that writing too….so beautifully expressed how we can trust in our faith….laying our souls bare…..keep sharing your gentle gifts too Mark….

  2. Surely in the living of moments, we may wonder to the reason (why me, why here, why now)…..and yet, we only need to be still (and forget) (and remember) ~ and there it is, in reasons simply to be ~ simply to open. I say it likely too often, but I love your daily reminders. I was especially drawn to the text, ‘Let us be still an instant, and forget all things we ever learned, all thoughts we had, and every preconception that we hold of what things mean and what their purpose is.’ Always, we are gifted with evidence of divine footprints (the same size as our own). ~ Love to you, Bobbie

    • our everyday lives hold so many anwers for us…….I have always been struck by the idea of letting go of our most deeply held values…..letting go in the sense of knowing there is an even deeper way, maybe a mystery we don’t yet know….this humble connection to mystery seems to sustain faith and widen the humanness gap….as you say, ‘divine footprints (the same size as our own)’…..beautifully offered….thanks Bobbie….

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