To see a world in a grain of…

To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower
To hold infinity in the palm of your
hand and eternity in an hour.
– William Blake

“ The first mystery is that there is a mystery. A mystery that can never be explained or understood. Only encountered from time to time. Nothing is obvious. Everything hides something else…..Spiritual awareness is born of encounters with the mystery.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner SL p496

“The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.” Rumi SL p496

“ Real faith means holding ourselves ope to the unconditional mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life which cannot be compressed in any formula. Martin Buber SL 497

“You are hugged by the arms of the mystery of God.” Hildegard of Bingen SL p 497

“The sense of wonder is our sixth sense and it is a natural religious sense.” D H Lawrence SL p484

“Each grain of dust contains something marvellous but in order to understand it we have to recover the religious and magical sense of things that belong to primitive people.” Joan Miro – SL p 484

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.” Rumi – SL p484

“When we expand our awareness, strengthen our centre, clarify our purpose, transform our inner demons, develop our will and make conscious choices, we are moving toward deeper connection with our spiritual self.” Molly Young Brown, Psychotherapist – SL p29

“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh SL p504

The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. Carl Jung

He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
Meister Eckhart

Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.
Bede Griffiths

The essence of the Way is detachment.

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat.
John le Carre

There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
Simone Weil

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“Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment – a way of looking at one’s existence, one’s misfortune, or one’s discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.”

Claude Roy quotes (Canadian author 1915-1997)

“Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”
St. John of the Cross quotes (Christian mystic and poet, 1542-1591)

“Living in solitude, eating lightly, controlling the thought, word, and deed; ever absorbed in yoga of meditation, and taking refuge in detachment.”
Bhagavad Gita

Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment. They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves.
~ Guru Nanak (April 15, 1469 – )


Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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