when the artist appears

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And if only we arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.  ~Rilke

we are receptacles of emotion, color and beginnings…..we hold it all as small blessings on the potter’s wheel…..the stone of the ancients……this is our heart task……

For the momentous truth is that the spirit, the Tao, the divine reality must not b sought as something far away, separate from us, in a heaven to which we may ascend only after death; but rather as something close at hand, forever, and forever in the inmost of us: “more interior to us,” as Thomas Aquinas says, “than we are to ourselves.” Thus the holiness of life is not a kind of attribute but inherent in the divine nature of the ground, the divine spirit of man.  ~John Lane

when there’s nothing left but space

Go inside a stone.

That would be my way.

Let somebody else become a dove

Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth.

I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:

No one knows how to answer it.

Yet within, it must be cold and quiet

Even though a child throws it in a river;

The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed

To the river bottom

Where the fishes come to knock on it

And listen.

~Charles Simic

 

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