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You can know yourself, if you bring up
those cloudy canvases from your dreams,
today, this day, when you walk
What have you learned from your dreams? How have your dreams changed your life? And what about waking dreams: your deep desires?
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Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
—David Whyte, from "Everything is Waiting for You" in Everything is Waiting for You
What, if you looked again, with your softened eye, would you see? What is calling to the beauty in you?
Hear Me Calling | © Catrin Welz-Stein
...Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
—Mary Oliver, from "Wild Geese" in Dream Work
What are you hearing from your depths? What are you listening to now? What are you imagining?
It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
—Wendell Berry, Standing by Words
How have impediments shown you new ways? What within you wants to sing?
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest being something helpless that wants our love.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Chapter Eight
What in your life asks for an open heart? What grace might you bring to what is vulnerable inside you? Who in your world might you gift with this beauty?
The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is called the Mysterious Female.
The entrance to the Mysterious Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth,
The gossamer source of endless flowing
In effortless Being.
—Tao Te Ching, Verse 6, Lao Tzu
To all gender identities: What do you do to nurture your authentic feminine nature? What do you value about that aspect of yourself? How would you like to see the Divine Feminine influence the world you live in?
He was so in love with everything that he talked in great particularity, even to me as an adolescent, about the desire atoms have for each other, the yearning of molecules, of organisms, of bodies of planets, of galaxies, all of creation longing for that radiant bonding, for joining, for the deepening of their condition, for becoming more by virtue of yearning for and finding the other.
He knew about the search for the Beloved.
—Jean Houston (in Meditations with Teilhard de Chardin by Blanche Gallagher)
How are you in relationship to the cosmos and to the particular, earthly beauties in your life? How have you been graced through connecting to whom or what you love? What are you in love with?
All night the dark buds of dreams open richly.
In the center of every petal is a letter,
and you imagine if you could only remember and string them all together
they would spell the answer...
—Mary Oliver (from "Dreams")
What hints of passion have you strung together? Where will you have your dreams take you in the waking world?
It becomes more obvious each day that I am merely a part of the Whole,
that the deepest pleasure in life is serving that Whole,
and that subtle and manifold are the ways we can discover that end.
What are you discovering in your generosity? Where do you feel that? What have you noticed that ripples out into the Whole?
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The world is already split open, and it is in our destiny to heal it,
each in our own way, each in our own time, with the gifts that are ours.
—Terry Tempest Williams
What would you like to see in the world? What gifts will you share to make that happen?
...and inquiries into the nature of our being.
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