It is a path within ourselves where the feet first falter in shadow and darkness but which is later made gay by heavenly light

It is a path within ourselves where the feet first falter in shadow and darkness but which is later made gay by heavenly light George William Russell, or AE as he preferred to be called, Meditation in Candle of Vision ...

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Call the world if you Please ‘The Vale of Soul-making’

Call the world if you Please ‘The Vale of Soul-making’ by John Keats (1891), Letter to his brother Call the world if you Please ‘The Vale of Soul-making.’ Then you will find out the use of the world… I say ...

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What Was Told, That

What Was Told, That by Jalal al-Din Rumi 1207-1273 What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest. What was told the cypress that made it strong and straight, what was ...

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After the Storm

After the Storm by Boris Pasternak The air is full of after-thunder freshness, And everything rejoices and revives. With the whole outburst of its purple clusters. The lilac drinks the air of paradise. The gutters overflow; the change of weather ...

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The rose celebrates by falling apart.

Rumi says just being in a body and sentient is rapture. Just being here is a cause for celebration. And a cause for grief too. Though grief is also a form of joy. The rose celebrates by falling apart. Foil ...

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What is wrong with peace that its inspiration does not endure and that it is almost untellable?

“The world seems to be sinking into dusk but I recount, as in the beginning, in my sing-song voice which sustains me saved by my tale from present confusion and troubles and protected for the future. Finished with the sweeping ...

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Suffering is unnecessary. But one has to suffer before he is able to realise that this is so.

“Once I thought that I had been wounded as no man ever had. Because I felt thus I vowed to write this book. But long before I began the book the wound had healed. Since I had sworn to fulfil ...

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Walking makes the path, and on glancing back one sees the path that will never be trod again.

Wanderer, your footprints are the path, and nothing else; wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking. Walking makes the path, and on glancing back one sees the path that will never be trod again. Wanderer, there ...

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One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead

In some such way as this we could gather up these strewn and scattered petals of song into one perfect rose of life, and yet, perhaps, in so doing, we might be missing the true quality of the poems; one’s ...

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The life of every man is a way to himself, an attempt at a way, the suggestion of a path.

But every man is not only himself; he is also the unique, particular, always significant and remarkable point where the phenomena of the world intersect once and for all and never again. That is why every man’s story is important, ...

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The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness

I am choosing to write this book to my sons. They are little boys now and they will never know what they came from through me, unless I tell them. It is not written for them to read now but ...

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You meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it.

You meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it. Jean de La Fontaine, Book VIII, Fable 16

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But man’s task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

It is not I who create myself, rather I happen to myself. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 391 People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by ...

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A Narcissist’s Prayer

That didn’t happen.And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.And if it was, that’s not a big deal.And if it is, that’s not my fault.And if it was, I didn’t mean it.And if I did…You deserved it. anonymous, found at ...

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The Fool is not a philosophy, but a quality of consciousness of life

But there always exist in society some men and women whom the Fool touches, who respond to the Fool. For the Fool awakens the Fool in others, but in many the Fool is stifled, or sleeps. There are human beings ...

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The Tao is simply an expression of first principles. For those who do not perceive its rationality, even universal consent could not prove it.

“A hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.” The Abolition of Man was first given as a series of lectures in 1943. The lectures dealt largely with the dangers of moral relativism – a subject that increasingly ...

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Until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do…

“You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way ...

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Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows a meaning, a higher purpose for life?

Seagulls, as you know, never falter, never stall. To stall in the air is for them disgrace and it is dishonour. But Jonathan Livingston Seagull, unashamed, stretching his wings again in that trembling hard curve – slowing, slowing, and stalling ...

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The impeded stream is the one that sings

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not ...

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The Word grants a stay of execution

“…to God’s least creature is given voice for speech, or for song – a sign that it has found a way; to bind together, and stretch life’s limits, whether an hour or a day.” by Joseph Brodsky

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Three Rules on Work

1- Out of clutter find simplicity; 2- From discord find harmony; 3- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. by Albert Einstein

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