forgive

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.
Forgive everybody.

Maya Angelou

– Maya Angelou

 

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dante on love

The love of God, unutterable and perfect,
flows into a pure soul the way that light
rushes into a transparent object.

The more love that it finds, the more it gives
itself; so that, as we grow clear and open,
the more complete the joy of loving is.

And the more souls who resonate together,
the greater the intensity of their love,
for, mirror-like, each soul reflects the others.

From “The Divine Comedy” by Dante

one invisible substance

When I think about the ‘substance’ of God, I consider this idea: before the creation of the Universe, there was not anything but God.  Genesis 1:1-4 reads:

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while the Spirit of God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be Light”; and there was Light.  And God saw that the Light was good; and God separated the Light from the darkness.

When God created the Universe, what was there to create it out of, except out of Itself? Continue reading

not biting the hook

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In Tibetan there is a word that points to the root cause of aggression, the root cause also of craving. It points to a familiar experience that is at the root of all conflict, all cruelty, oppression, and greed. This word is shenpa. The usual translation is “attachment,” but this doesn’t adequately express the full meaning. I think of shenpa as “getting hooked.” Continue reading