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” It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”

“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”

“Just like a sunbeam can’t separate itself from the sun, and a wave can’t separate itself from the ocean,
we can’t separate ourselves from one another.
We are all part of a vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind.”

“In every community, there is work to be done.
In every nation, there are wounds to heal.
In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

Marianne Williamson


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Think of Yourself

Think of yourself as a thought of the Infinite One made flesh by your sheer desire to see and be seen
think of yourself as nature looking upon nature in awe at its grandeur, in tears for its wounds nature loving itself, healing itself, speaking out for itself
think of yourself as a vessel of stardust and clay, a child of the cosmos evolving and transforming every minute of the day matter into energy, particle into wave, mortal into Immortal–one to the other and back again
think of yourself as a soul who took on a body to be of use, to radiate love and receive it in return—
think of yourself as a shaman whose hands heal whatever they touch as a storyteller whose words fall like rain on a drought stricken land whose stories are medicine—miracles—that heal the sick and raise the dead.
think of yourself as a circle holding yin and yang, as unity cradling the dualities in your arms
think of yourself as a conscious thought leaning toward radiance an early dawn rising into daylight
think of yourself as necessary—purposeful, here for a reason remember that you came here to light the world,
deep inside you the fire of creation burns day and night, atoms from the Big Bang spin and swirl in your blood and bones, your lungs and your legs
the One you cry out to is in your breath, in every cell and every thought.
like salt in the tear, joy in the laughter, the Holy One is in you, being scattered like seeds across the land as you speak and write and reach out to touch
you are the hands and feet, the eyes and ears of the Great Beloved
you are the one we are waiting for we hunger for the stories you have yet to tell.
it is a requirement of this hour that each of us speaks, each of us say what happened and what we learned to reveal ourselves is to heal ourselves—and to heal ourselves is to heal each other and the world entire.
From our revelations of intimacy and truthfulness, vulnerability and generosity, the future takes shape and enters into us—OUR words made flesh, OUR thoughts made real.
yes, think of yourself as a creator…the peace you desire, the justice you cry for —these will come as we speak them into being.
Together we are creating the life we experience—it is happening not TO us, but THROUGH us
as the cosmos is being created by the Mind of the Infinite One, this world is being created by the minds of the finite ones, by us
Let us be mindful and full of care for the words we speak, the thoughts we think, the stories we tell…for these are the tools with which we build tomorrow.

Jan Phillips

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“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
― Patrick Overton


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The Ancient Dream

ordinarysparrow, October 2015

ordinarysparrow, October 2015


“She has come to sense the inner world goes deep, indeed deeper than the wounds and breakages that others inflict. The contemplative has broken through to that sanctuary in the soul where love dwells. Crucial to this contemplative journey is the trust and imagination to realize that regardless of how you have been damaged, there is within you a sanctuary of deep love, trust and belonging. This is the ancient dream, the masterpiece of divine creativity: the creation of the human heart. Before time – back in the winter of nothingness and then all through the infinite springtime of evolution – the dream was the birth of an intimate well of kindness, care and love in the world, dwelling in the tabernacle of the human heart.”

John O’Donohue
Excerpt from BEAUTY

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all is included…..

ordinarysparrow, October 2015

Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.” Pema Chodron

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Organic Beauty

ordinarysparrow October 201

In our perfection-obsessed, air-brushed society, it can be tempting to measure our self-worth against its set of impossible standards. However, organic beauty is in the flaws that make us vulnerable, human and fallible. We are here to learn, evolve and grow. We do not need to become perfect to be worthy of love, there is no such thing. We can not love others when we are withholding love and acceptance from ourselves. We can not criticize ourselves and then reach with open arms to give and receive love from others. It has to start from within, radiating outward. We need to learn how to be unconditionally loving, accepting and forgiving of ourselves, first, if we wish to forge healthy and loving relationships with others.

Author: Jaeda DeWalt

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All is Within


“Heaven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us. This is the great realization of the Upanishads of India in the ninth Century B.C. All the gods, all the heavens, all the world, are within us. They are magnified dreams, and dreams are manifestations in image form of the energies of the body in conflict with each other. That is what myth is. Myth is a manifestation in symbolic images, in metaphorical images, of the energies of the organs of the body in conflict with each other. This organ wants this, that organ wants that. The brain is one of the organs.”
Author: Joseph Campbell

“The Upanishads point out that the goal of man is neither misery nor happiness, but we have to be master of that out of which these are manufactured. We must be masters of the situation at its very root, as it were.”
Author: Swami Vivekananda

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Be a person here. Stand by the river, invoke
the owls. Invoke winter, then spring.
Let any season that wants to come here make its own
call. After that sound goes away, wait.

A slow bubble rises through the earth
and begins to include sky, stars, all space,
even the outracing, expanding thought.
Come back and hear the little sound again.

Suddenly this dream you are having matches
everyone’s dream, and the result is the world.
If a different call came there wouldn’t be any
world, or you, or the river, or the owls calling.

How you stand here is important. How you
listen for the next things to happen. How you breathe.
William Stafford,

“Being a Person” by William Stafford.

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Just This, Thomas Merton

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Just This

This beautiful day, with the quiet sun shining on the bronze paint of the Garden Virgin and on the marigolds and the weeds and the hills. Crickets everywhere. Nothing moving in the garden but the wind, a butterfly, and my pen.

Fair day of recollection in the new novitiate chapel, and i was happy in it and accepted its imperfections, and accepted everything. That is all that is needed. When you accept what you have, you see all you have received is more than enough that you are overwhelmed. I desire other things because I fear to be content with what I have–I fear it is inglorious. In the last few days I have seen what matters is to be humble enough to admit I am content with just this. Leave the rest to God.

Thomas Merton

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God is nearer to us than our own soul. For He is the ground in whom our soul stands; for He is the Mean that keeps the substance and sense-nature together, so that they shall never part. For our soul sits in God in very rest; and our soul stands in God in sure strength; and our soul is kindly rooted in God in endless love. And therefore, if we want to have knowing of our Soul, and communion and loving with it, we need to seek into our God, in whom it is enclosed.

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

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