“The history of human consciousness is marked by the battle between the old awareness, the ways of fear, and the new awareness, the ways of love.” Alberto Villoldo
There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness and solitude to introduce us to the secrets of truth and wisdom and that lead us to the pathways of love. Find space for this each day.
“When love awakens in our life, in the night of our heart, it is like the dawn breaking within us. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy. Where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in our life there was awkwardness, now there is rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before we used to be jagged, now we are elegant and in rhythm with our self.
When love awakens in our life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”
John O’Donohue – Book of Celtic Wisdom
14 thoughts on “The Ways of Love”
Yes: “There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness and solitude to introduce us to the secrets of truth”
In a famous metaphor, Mahayana teachings like the relationship of delusion to enlightenment to that of a wave and the ocean. The wave is delusion, full of motion and drama. I rises up, crests, breaks, dissipates, and gathers strength to drive again. With my eyes on the wave, I see it as real. But the wave isn’t anything. There is no such entity as “wave.” There is only water, in motion or not. Without wind, the water is quiet and deep. But even when wind activity is strong on the surface, deep below water remains quiet.
Mind is like this. It is deep, pure, and silent. But when the winds of delusion blow, its surface stirs and what we call suffering results. But the waves of my suffering are nothing more or less than mind. And even as I rage, the depths below remain quiet. Life is the wind. Life is the water. As long as life appears as phenomena there will be stirrings of delusion. Delusion is in fact the movement, the stirring, of awakening. My ocean mind is inherently pure and serene, always. When I know this, I can navigate the waves with grace.
~ Norman Fischer, from “Everything’s Made of Mind” in Lion’s Roar, February 9, 2019
A beautiful metaphor, understanding and teaching. 🙂
Love is so immense, and we who have been taught what Love is not, our awakening to what Love is, comes in stages, mostly within the darkest of nights. Bless you for this post. 🌟
Bless you AmyRose! That is beautiful
Love John O’Donohue , and yes silence is a great gift!
Me too Heather, his words are wisdom. xx
I share with my group that the mind is most effective, going slow and empty of thought.
We lose awareness the faster the mind goes, the more we try to multitask.
Silence and focus allows us to see through the mirage of thought.
Yes very true Marty and when we focus on our body, our feeling center, our mind naturally goes out of focus. Thank you
It is an exhilarating feeling to cast off fear and step boldly in courage. It feels like one can do anything!
I agree Eliza! In this place, anything is possible 👏✨
Beautiful quotes to treasure. Thanks Karen. Anita 🙏😊
Thank you Anita. Lovely to hear from you 💚🙏🏻