To see our own light

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others.  An interpreted world is not a home.  Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.

~ Hildegard of Bingen

Stories

Grasses at sunrise.

There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

~ Terry Pratchett

consciousness

light in the garden
light in the garden

Consciousness gives everything a transformation.  Your love is no longer addressed to anybody in particular.  It does not mean that you stop loving.  It simply means you become love, you are love, your very being is love.  Your breathing is love, your heartbeats are love.  Awake you are love, asleep you are love.

~ Osho, from Tarot in the Spirit of Zen

seeing

two
two

It is as though you have an eye
That sees all forms
But does not see itself.
This is how your mind is.
Its light penetrates everywhere
And engulfs everything,
So why does it not know itself?

~ Foyan

 

this day

gold and green
gold and green

Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly
Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears
Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you
Let its vastness be undisguised in all your days.

~ Jane Hirshfield

receptivity

wishing
wishing

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”

~ John O’Donohue