oneness

Already Free

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“It may be that we are not capable of existing except in a state in which we imagine ourselves to be under domination. In that event, resentment may help to make the situation acceptable, but it can never make us healthy. It is only a justification, a pretense that we would be free if we could. But what if we discovered that we are, in fact, already free?”

~ Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Painting by André Brasilier (1929)

Communication From Our Hearts

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“Let’s not get bogged down on whom or what we pray to. Let’s just say prayer is communication from our hearts to the great mystery, or Goodness, or Howard; to the animating energy of love we are sometimes bold enough to believe in; to something unimaginably big, and not us.”

~ Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow

Painting by Alfred Sisley (1874)

Existential Oneness

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“We love first from the sense that we are connected with one another and with life itself. This is the singular, existential oneness we share as those made in the image of God.”

~ Steve Harper, Living in Love: The Essence of the Christian Life

Painting by Félix Vallotton – Forest of Boulogne (1919)

To Be Great, To Be Whole

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“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you do.
So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above.”

~ Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa

What Do You See

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“Once you are able to look and see no difference at all, there is no need for harmony. For here, there is only Oneness. This is the place the story began. And this is the end toward which all consciousness now strives to return.”

~ Buddha