‘Uncertainty is fearful to the ego, which always wants to control reality, but from the viewpoint of detachment, a constantly shifting and changing universe must remain uncertain. If things were certain, there could be no creativity. Therefore spirit works through surprises and unexpected outcomes.
We achieve peace of mind only when we accept the wisdom of uncertainty.’ Deepak Chopra
Gift is the principle on which human existence is based; it is the most pervasive, even if little noticed, reality of our lives. We have life itself by others gift of procreation, pregnancy and childbirth. We are sustained in life by the good things of nature and by the labour, generosity and society of other human beings. We are educated by the self-giving of our teachers. We are sustained constantly by gifts – love, forgiveness, reconciliation, pleasure. Our whole life is a fabrication of gifts received, and we ourselves contribute our gifts to the lives of others. William Countryman
‘There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us.This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.’ Anonymous
What to do in the darkness, by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Consent to it
but don’t wallow in it.
Know it as a place of germination
Remember the light.
Take an outstretched hand if you find one.
Exercise unused senses.
Find the path by walking it.
Wait for dawn
‘Hanging onto grudges and entertaining vengeful fantasies ultimately weakens rather than empowers the self because what we do not forgive, we are doomed to live out.’ J P Pingleton
‘Every person has a vocation to be someone; but they must understand that in order to fulfil this vocation they can only be one person: themself.’ From Thomas Merton
‘Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new; the old will decry the new. There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it.’ Neale Donald Walsch
’Winter is the season of waiting. It requires great trust and a willingness to believe that this angst will not last forever. Even though all appears dead and void of movement, there is quiet growth taking place. During the darkness, gestation occurs…… In the unmoving soil, flower bulbs are strengthened for their future journey upward toward the sun. In the frozen human heart, the silent seeds of confidence are prepared for amazing new growth.’ Rupp and Wiederkehr, ‘The Circle of Life
In this season, we find large spaces left where something beautiful once lived. As one by one the leaves let go, a precious emptiness appears on the trees. The naked beauty of the branches can be seen, the birds’ abandoned nests become visible……. This is an important autumn lesson – when certain things fall away, there are other things that can be seen more clearly. Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
‘Autumn stands as an epiphany to the truth that all things are passing and even in the passing there is beauty…… This is a decaying season, but the rotting ritual that surrounds us has another face. Compost and mulch are food for the soil. There is life in the dying….. As we face the painful reality that nothing lasts forever, autumn teaches us humility. We learn to honor the dying. Everything is moving, flowing on to something new.’ Macrina Wiederkehr and Joyce Rupp