How does the ordinary person come to an experience of the transcendent? For a start, I would say, study poetry. Learn how to read a poem. You need not have the experience to get the message, or at least some indication of the message. It may come gradually. There are many ways, however, of coming to the transcendent experience.
A significant approach is the way of ritual. A ritual allows us to participate in the enactment of a myth. One prepares internally to move with the image and the transcendent comes through.
”—Joseph Campbell, from Thou Art That : Transforming Religious Metaphor (New World Library, 2001)
“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.”—Marianne Williamson (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
“Our path through life is a continuous dance between penetrating and yielding, between forging ahead and stopping to open to the beauty and stillness of life around us.”—Philip and Step[hanie Carr-Gomm, The Druidcraft Tarot (Arcanum #7, “The Chariot”)
“People say I love you all the time - when they say, ‘take an umbrella, it’s raining,’ or ‘hurry back,’ or even ‘watch out, you’ll break your neck.’ There are hundreds of ways of wording it - you just have to listen for it, my dear.”—The Curious Savage (John Patrick)
“I no longer wish to be loved childishly. I want to be loved with the strength and charm of maturity. I don’t want to be smothered by the fear of jealousy and insecurities. I don’t want a relationship based solely upon shutting the world out and locking each other in. I want to be somewhere where I can breathe. Where, even in the midst of a million people with a million heartbeats surrounding me, I can still know the sound or even play the tune, or nod my head to the rhythm of the one I call “home.” I want to call you home.”—Unknown (via themilkywhiteway)
“I’m thinking that it might actually be possible for things to work out sometimes. Definitely not everything and maybe not the way you imagined. But sometimes, when you least expected it, life surprises you.”—Susane Colasanti (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Holly and I were just talking about detachment and becoming entangled in emotions and she came up with the brilliant theme of grounded. As usual, she knew exactly what I need to pay attention to this week. I don’t know how she does it. She’s magic.
So this week I’m going to focus on staying grounded, remembering to stay focused on the tangible, not getting lost in anxiety and stressful thinking.
Thank you, Holly!
I do a lot of grounding in my yoga classes. We bring forward the color red in our mind’s eye (the color of your root chakra) and then send it down through our legs and then equally into the four corners of both feet and use that red to push our roots down into the floor and anchor.
Claim your space on the earth and then fill it with the light you carry.