Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also; cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labor to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine……Plotinus
passionate engagement, the luminous ground and our very real heartache contract and expand within our experiences……fueled by our conscious intention, it all integrates into a beautiful, messy life….may we manifest a fluent and dynamic awareness…..
Deep in the wintry parts of our minds, we are hardy stock and know there is no such thing as work-free transformation. We know that we will have to burn to the ground in one way or another, and then sit right in the ashes of who we once thought we were and go on from there…..Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Recognizing grace in our lives is a blessing that comes from the curiosity, hope, flexibility, meaning, and gratitude that we regain at the Silver Gate, its shimmering essence carrying the luminous, ghostly, and mesmerizing quality of all that we have not yet experienced. These gifts of renewal can flourish because they keep us connected to the spirit of ‘duende,’ aligned and fed by the four fires (the fire of vision, the fire of the heart, the creative fire, the soul’s fire), creating a sustainable and integrated vitality that arises from the depths of character and wisdom….Angeles Arrien