Thursday, July 28, 2011

REVERENCE


"As individuals, we are in need of retrieving the necessary things we have lost. There is a reason we feel burdened, and frustrated, and conflicted, and in conflict with others (and ourselves) regularly. Have we even lost our ability to imagine what life might be like among a people who live with a reverence of the one who dreamed this all up and sent us here and that we could really live with a reverence for all things created out of that dream?

The way we spend our days makes a difference. The things we think on that then give birth to what we do makes a difference. To awaken to what we have become and to have the courage to be honest with ourselves and the others around us about it makes a difference. It's the beginning of beautiful changes being set in motion.

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir

"In order to become attentive to beauty we need to rediscover the art of reverence. Our world seems to have lost all sense of reverence. We seldom even use the word anymore. The notion of reverence is full of riches that we now need desperately. Put simply, it is appropriate that a human being should dwell on this earth with reverence.

Ultimately reverence is respect before mystery but it is more than an attitude of mind. Reverence is also physical. A dignified attention of body showing that sacred is already here.

Our time is hungry in spirit. In some unnoticed way we have managed to inflict surgery on ourselves. We have separated soul from experience and become utterly taken up with the outside world and allowed the interior life to shrink. Like a stream that disappears under ground there remains on the surface only the slightest trickle. When we devote no time to the inner life we lose the habit of soul. We become accustomed to keeping things at surface level. The deeper questions about who we are and what we are here for visit us less and less. If we allow time for soul we will come to sense its dark and luminous depth. And if we fail to acquaint ourselves with soul we will remain strangers in our own lives."
BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace

"The more mature person is not the one who has all the questions settled. The more mature person is the person who enters ever more deeply, ever more farther and farther and farther into the mystery and into the wonder.

If life is not lived at this level, it is lived at a superficial level. And whoever has the power to control your superficial level will rule over you."
The Human Experience

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