Featured Wisdom Quotes

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The subjective act of being conscious

You are to coincide with the subjective act of being conscious, not to reflect on the fact of your being or of your being conscious.

~ Beatrice Bruteau, Prayer and Identity

The truth is one

The truth is one and the same always, though ages and generations pass away.

~ Margaret Fell, Quaker mystic

The Water Wheel

Stay together, friends.
Don’t scatter and sleep.

Our friendship is made
of being awake.

The waterwheel accepts water
and turns and gives it away,
weeping.

That way it stays in the garden,
whereas another roundness
rolls through a dry riverbed looking
for what it thinks it wants.

Stay here, quivering with each moment
like a drop of mercury.

~ by Rumi in The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

The wellsprings of life

The wellsprings of life are bubbling up anew each moment. So when the angel is troubling the waters, it is no time to stand on the bank and recite past wonders.

~ Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

There is a secret in the heart of life

There is a secret in the heart of life that that is not only the unmoving white light. It is not only the still point in the turning world, not only the light-filled empty center. It is also the lion of fire, the unceasing explosion of expansive being, of proliferating life, from the center. It is the fontal energy that demands to express itself always and everywhere, through every form. It is not only secret but also manifestation: the secret manifestation, the nameless, ubiquitous power that is expressed in our own restless centrifugal living.

~ Bruno Barnhart, Second Simplicity

There is a spirit that delights to do no evil

There is a spirit that delights to do no evil, nor to revenge any wrong. Its hope is to outlive all wrath and contention and to weary out all exaltation and cruelty.

~ James Naylor, Quaker mystic

They that love beyond this world

They that love beyond this world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies, nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and reward of their friendship.

~ William Penn, Quaker mystic

This total mind we call heart

We have subtle subconscious faculties we are not using. Beyond the limited analytic intellect lies a vast realm of mind that includes psychic and extra-sensory abilities; intuition; wisdom; a sense of unity; aesthetic, qualitative, and creative faculties; and image-forming and symbolic capacities. Though these faculties are many, they are operating best when they are in concert. They comprise a mind, moreover, in spontaneous connection to the cosmic mind. This total mind we call heart.  

~ Kabir Helminski, Living Presence

Unexpected poverty and limitation

All those magical, predestined, and irreplaceable people and places are not really that, not really the answer. Rather, we have to stay with the hunger of the question and from its energy fill the space with our own choices, and then with the new things which will be called forth from us in the unexpected poverty and limitation in which our necessarily imperfect choices necessarily situate us.

~ Bruno Barnhart

We must be still and still moving

Old men ought to be explorers,
Here and there does not matter.
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion.

~ T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

What do you really want?

So now…think; take stock; what do you really want? You eat but still hunger; you drink but still thirst; you clothe yourself but can’t get warm; and your wages run out through the holes in your pockets.

~ Haggai 1: 6-7

What is evolution?

Evolution is a rise toward consciousness.

~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Human Phenomenon

When you are able to make two become one

When you are able to make two become one, the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, the higher like the lower, so that a man is no longer a male and a woman, female; when you are able to fashion an eye to replace an eye, and form a hand in place of a hand or a foot for a foot, making one image supercede another, then you will enter in.

~ Gospel of Thomas, Logion 22.

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