Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

Rising from the heart


“Rising from the Heart” by Judy Wright


Stay ye entirely clear of this dark world’s concerns, and
become ye known by the attributes of those essences
that make their home in the Kingdom.

Then shall ye see how intense is the glory of the heavenly Day-Star, and
how blinding bright are the tokens of bounty coming out
of the invisible realm.

~ Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha

“Sacred Space” by Judy Wright

Be thou severed from this world, and reborn through the sweet scents of holiness that blow from the realm of the All-Highest.

Be thou a summoner to love, and be thou kind to all the human race.

Love thou the children of men and share in their sorrows. Be thou of those who foster peace. Offer thy friendship, be worthy of trust.

Be thou a balm to every sore, be thou a medicine for every ill. Bind thou the souls together.

~ Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha

The evidences of discord and malice are apparent everywhere, though all were made for harmony and union.

“Come Together as One” by Judy Wright

The Great Being saith: O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.

We cherish the hope that the light of justice may shine upon the world and sanctify it from tyranny. If the rulers and kings of the earth, the symbols of the power of God, exalted be His glory, arise and resolve to dedicate themselves to whatever will promote the highest interests of the whole of humanity, the reign of justice will assuredly be established amongst the children of men, and the effulgence of its light will envelop the whole earth.

~ Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah

4 thoughts on “Rising from the heart

  1. What should be at the heart of all great faiths (as should also be the case with humanism) is compassion, something singularly missing in much of the news coming to us today. I can only endorse a lot of what is said here though I’m not an adherent of any religion.

    I must also add how much I admire these paintings by Judith Wright — and especially the first two examples — they vividly express the passionate side of compassion which we otherwise often imagine as quiet and undemonstrative.

    • Thanks very much for this thoughtful response, Chris. Compassion is, indeed, a vital resource, and so much bigger and more complex than we often imagine. I’ve shared your words with the artist, too. Many thanks for reading, and for the discourse you always encourage.

  2. Compassion and all other good emotions stem from love and the Source of Love. Being a Christian, I believe the source of Love is Christ. The first Bible verse I ever learned was, “God is Love.” These writings are beautiful and only enhance my own beliefs.

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