My great mistake, the fault for which I can’t forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
— Oscar Wilde
THE POWER OF ESSENCE
There is a great deal of power in accessing the space of pure consciousness within yourself. Once you feel it you can never have any more doubts about the divine nature of the universe and your connection to it. The space you feel in your body and mind feels seamlessly connected to the space at large in the cosmos. The space feels organically divine, as the drinking of water feels organically thirst-quenching compared to seeing the formula for water on a chalkboard. The Zen writer D. T. Suzuki called it the “lightning-and-thunder discovery that the universe and oneself are not remote and apart, but an intimate, palpitating whole.”
The Native American visionary Black Elk spoke his version of this principle in this way: “The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes in the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that the center is really everywhere. It is within each one of us.”
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – SEPTEMBER 7
Think on what Spirit means to you. Is it a force outside of yourself? A powerful peace within? How can you merge the external experiencing of Spirit with the internal living of peace and wholeness?
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