To pray and work in the morning and to labor in meditation in the evening when night falls upon the land and when the silence fills itself with darkness and with stars. There are few who are willing to belong completely to such silence, to let it soak into their bones, to breathe nothing but silence, to feed on silence, and to turn the very substance of their life into a living and vigilant silence.
Monthly Archives: September 2013
No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance.
No one else can see the world the way you see it.
No one else can feel your life the way you feel it.
Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground.
When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.
We must go deep within ourselves, deeper and deeper into our most hidden self. There in our innermost being, in the very core of ourselves, we will find a place where there is peace, stillness, and above all, love.
After having found the place, we must imagine that we are seated there, immersed into, surrounded by the Love of God. We are in our deepest peace … Our whole being is connected with the Love of God.
I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the Light comes from Above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything. The heart is a sanctuary at the center of which there is a little space, wherein the Great Spirit dwells, and this is the Eye. This is the Eye of the Great Spirit by which He sees all things and through which we see Him. If the heart is not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen, and if you should die in this ignorance, your soul cannot return immediately to the Great Spirit, but it must be purified by wandering about in the world. In order to know the center of the heart where the Great Spirit dwells you must be pure and good, and live in the manner that the Great Spirit has taught us. The man who is thus pure contains the Universe in the pocket of his heart.
–Black Elk, from Joseph Epes Brown, The Spiritual Legacy of the American Indian.