what we transcend

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To behold with awe is to see things filled with their own light, their own Bit of Being, and to be moved by a sense of the numinous. This light and this bit of being are gifts of creation. As gifts they fill us with awe. This awe is accompanied by delight. It is the original blessing. To feel the divine in all things is a real challenge, especially when an experience is painful and confusing- or when we are asked to accept with joy something we have never felt close to. Awe is more than a perception; it is a feeling. It is personal. It starts with our own breath. It makes mystics of us. To transform vision into behavior is an ideal we serve. The human being is made up of opposites, is at home in opposites. Opening, softening, focusing, letting go: these can be our practices. Awe is the basic connection between humans and the cosmos. It is the standard by which we measure our receptivity- to work, to grief, to love, to creativity.  ~M.C. Richards

what transforms us? where do we edge into lightness and where do we rest our heaviness?

Above the mountains

the geese turn into

the light again

painting their

black silhouettes

on an open sky.

Sometimes everything

has to be

enscribed across

the heavens

so you can find

the one line

already written

inside you.

Sometimes it takes

a great sky

to find that

first, bright

and indescribable

wedge of freedom

in your own heart.

~David Whyte

temples & doorways

Every transpersonal Way begins from a state of incompleteness and has as its goal the achievement of unity. In this endeavor, the Way of Devotion is based on the feeling which, more than any other, personifies desire for unity- love. In this sense, the Way of Devotion is the most human, because it starts out from the most basic emotion of all. If we accept this hypothesis, a profoundly important principle follows. We may call it the principle of the hidden longing: our yearnings and affections are not what they appear to be- they are mainly what they conceal. None of the ways toward the Self is more direct and more explicit in its direction- to love the Spirit, to desire it, to think it at all moments, to give oneself to it totally. This attitude perpetuates itself; love expressed to the source of all good produces warmth, conviction, enthusiasm, and certainty. It is a virtuous circle.  ~Piero Ferrucci

2 thoughts on “what we transcend

  1. Transcendence, transcendentalism, the objects of our desires are recognized and given space, some distance from our attachment to the connection they have to us, the hold, the grip, we must learn to loosen …

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