I awoke this morning before dawn, and all was in darkness and stillness. I saw how partially and gently light reveals the presence. Initially there is no colour or form. Our senses strain to codify that in which we are immersed.
Despite our inadequacy we wrest words out of the darkness to give expression to that which remains veiled and uncertain.
I am reminded of John O’Donohue’s reflection:
“Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us. …
We reduce the wildness and mystery of person and landscape to the external, familiar image. …
Familiarity enables us to tame, control and ultimately forget the mystery.”
We are furtive creatures, tentative and stumbling in the dark; uncertain, full of doubts and hiddenness. We do not know or admit ourselves to the mystery to which we belong, nor fully comprehend ..
“We make our peace with the surface as image and we stay away from the otherness and fecund turbulence of the unknown which it masks.”
The journey of our life is deep within, slowly being unveiled…as yet unknown…a new creation .. we are becoming. We behold ourselves as we really are in the flux of life.
Again O’Donoghue’s gift with words expresses the wisdom of the sages, of clans, philosophers, saints and mystics:
“You do not have to go away outside your self to come into real conversation with your soul and with the mysteries of the spiritual world The eternal is at home – within you.”
John O’Donohue – Onbeing interview. Anam Cara means soul friend.
“Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World”. Published Bantam Books, U.K. 1999. p.121-122
Dante’s quote.. State Lib. Vic.