Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

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By the light of burning bridges


“Giraffe on Fire” – Salvador Dali

Gleanings found here and there:

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free.
Everything that is contradictory creates life.
~ Salvador Dalí

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.
~ Richard Peck

Iceland, China, Sandra's Christmas & School Spring-Summe (9)Drop your maps and listen to your lostness like a sacred calling into presence.

Here, where the old ways are crumbling and you may be tempted to burn down your own house.

Ask instead for an introduction to that which endures. This place without a foothold is the province of grace.

It is the questing field, most responsive to magic and fluent in myth. Here, where there is nothing left to lose, sing out of necessity that your ragged heart be heard.

Send out your holy signal and listen for the echo back.
~ Toko-pa


The blessed way of not knowing

EB pix Germany and more 069Immersed in a book’s writing process once again, I’m reminded daily that faithfulness to this process involves being present to discover what is ready to be revealed, rather than trying to impose anything.

In addition to the pages it generates, writing, like all creative endeavor, is an invitation to authenticity — a powerful and liberating experience of investigation and discovery, as life itself is meant to be.

Creative process’s greatest gift may be the way that it leads quite naturally to the harmonizing of heart and mind as collaborators in a journey of learning and expression, in service to truth. In fact, it requires this harmonizing and partnership, this dynamic balance. EB pix Germany and more 619

I find that while my focus and intent must train in like a camera, they must also merge in a kind of surrender that my mind can’t ever fully grasp or encompass, but my spirit can recognize, and respond to. Indeed, my mind must become a servant to that surrender, and whatever it is that spirit can draw from and impart to it. Diedenbergen_signs

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant,” Albert Einstein said, adding, “We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

I am writing out of my own search. Authenticity comes from keeping the commitment, while not knowing, something I consider sacred practice.

I am devotee to the experience of the discovery, on its own terms. What that “sacred gift” will bestow.