the gentle art of finding shells & finding souls

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Give me nothing fixed, set, static.

Don’t give me the infinite or the eternal:

nothing of infinity,

nothing of eternity.

Give me the still, white seething, the incandescence

and coldness of the incarnate moment:….

…the immediate present, the Now.

….D.H. Lawrence

the mysteries of night and dawn and light and sweetness all echo in the cultivation of descent and then the intimate play of ascent once the threshold of inner beauty is felt….to then share this luminosity is where soul expresses its fluid presence….in the deepest sense, we are coming home….like the easy surprise of finding the perfect shell, we embody our soul when the light is just right…..

Silence comes from the unseen, the beyond, and to experience it is to come into contact with the beginnings of things, to be made new. As Thomas Merton says, ‘The solitary far from enclosing himself in himself, becomes every man. He dwells in solitude, the poverty, the indigence of every man.’ What, then, is the value of silence beyond its obvious calming effect- its gift of tranquility? I would say it can be described as something that brings us into living contact with the mysterious depths of ourselves, the creative spirit, the mysteries of love. I would say that silence is the foundation of love, for love requires clarity, reflection and a focused awareness. In silence I have a sense of becoming aware of the ground of my being and the ground of my life. In silence I sense my own reality. There is a realization that you are what you are….John Lane

finding the core of serenity…

The shape of each soul is different. There is a secret destiny for each person. We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. The false burdens fall away. We come into rhythm with ourselves. If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. The divine has such passionate creativity and instinct for the fully inhabited life. Our clay shape gradually learns to walk beautifully on this magnificent earth…..John O’Donohue

13 thoughts on “the gentle art of finding shells & finding souls

    • it feels like it may be an opening….a beauteous call, living from within outward…..may you find the perfect shell, and they are all perfect…..blessings & remember to hold yourself gently….

  1. Ahhh …. The voice of the silence, when we quiet our own voice (and mind) up comes the music of the spheres, the eternal sound, the voices of ‘heaven’ all around us. Should we allow ourselves to merge into them we find that flash of intuition, the Pole Star pointing toward our destiny again – Amazing Grace, t’was lost but now I am found ..

    • yes, our very own soul mantra to whisk away our silent untruths……the Pole Star, yes…..sifting through heaven once again….becoming and beginning….may it be a fine ‘shell day’ g.f.s…..

    • you certainly radiate your life’s journey….may your students feel the blessings of a life well lived….soul dwelling…..namaste….jai….shanti…..

  2. O, the sweet ecstacy of finding our center again ~ awaking wonderous to a moment of becoming new. A moment we have a spent a lifetime getting to. 🙂 Lovely sweet arrival. ~ B

  3. I am loving this thought provoking blog. The way you weave these quotes together to illuminate the theme in a words of wisdom tapestry is wonderful.

    • thank you for being here……we learn so much from each other…..a cyclical rhythm of grace shared…..blessings to you for a renewed new year…..

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