the philosophical magic of our inner light

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For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

….Prayer of Saint Francis

that wild lilt moving us from self-deprecation to pure joy and the seemingly directionless harmony of creating from soul magic….this is the indestructible awakening, a swimming in the underworld of our stream-of-consciousness…..the artistry of happiness is not knowing if the fishes are happy, but being down deep, one with the fishes…..

The imagination is like a lantern. It illuminates the inner landscapes of our life and helps us discover their secret anthologies. When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see. Too often we squander the invitations extended to us because our looking has become repetitive and blind. The mystery and beauty is all around us but we never manage to see it. Similarly with the inner world: the imagination is the eye for the inner world. When the imagination awakens, the inner world illuminates. We begin to glimpse things that no-one speaks about, that the outer world seems to ignore. When the inner world brightens, we discover a new confidence and a surer grounding in the world. The imagination has retained the grace of innocence. This is no naive, untested innocence. It knows well the shadows and troughs of the world but it believes that there is more, that there are secret worlds hidden within the simplest, clearest things. The imagination is not convinced by the world of external fact. It is not persuaded by situations that pretend to be finished or closed. The innocence of the imagination is willing to see new possibilities in what appears to be fixed and framed. There is a ‘moreness’ to everything that can never be exhausted….John O’Donohue

the purity of intuitive knowing…..

The imagination may be compared to Adam’s dream-

he awoke and found it truth.

…..John Keats

4 thoughts on “the philosophical magic of our inner light

  1. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. – Dr Wayne Dyer. I never understood the importance of these words until I heard them, and put them into action in my life. We could then add the corellary according to John O’Donohue – When we change the way we imagine things, the things we imagine change. We we chase fear from our lives we will start to “imagine all the people, living life in peace”

    • a meaningful way to look at things on this Monday morning……I, too, found this particular teaching quite powerful to put into practice……having choices is always a strong psychological buoy, and an even better way to navigate spiritual practices that seem esoteric at best……a way to step out of the ego trap…..guess this is why spirituality and creativity are such a tight duo…..wishing you new possibilities today g.f.s…..

  2. I love the comment about the fishes. Last night, I spent hours trying to figure out how to chase a mouse from my house without the need to trap him. Once we broaden our view, it is no longer an ‘us and them’ universe, but an ‘us’ universe. We are the same. Ultimately, I got a huge spoon of peanut butter and laid it on a napkin in front of the fireplace. He danced around it forever; I can only assume looking for the trap before giving in. What a lovely treat watching him snacking as he watched me watching him. 🙂 Have a blessed day. ~ Bobbie

    • not sure who’s more innocent, you or the mouse…..very cool envisioning of ‘moreness’ as O’Donohue describes……a pure experiencing of grace…..thanks for allowing wonderment as it is so validating for all of us…..beautiful Bobbie….

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