The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul (excerpt) by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

“… the sacred principles of life have never been written down: they belong to the heartbeat, to the rhythm of the breath and the flow of blood. They are alive like the rain and the rivers, the waxing and waning of the moon. If we learn to listen we will discover that life, the Great Mother, is speaking to us, telling us what we need to know

"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

Clouds In Each Paper by Thich Nhat Hanh

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. Read More...

"Teamwork Lessons from the Geese" by Robert McNeish

This fall, when you see Geese heading south for the winter, flying along in ‘V’ formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.


"Concentration" — Author Unknown

After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot. Read More...

“No Snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”

“No Snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”
—Zen Proverb

"Putting It All Together" from The Sage's Tao Te Ching — William Martin

Many in our culture
regard youth as good
and old age as bad.
But is this true?…  

"The Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng"


One day the Fifth Patriarch told his monks to express their wisdom in a poem. Whoever had true realization of his original nature (Buddha Nature) would be ordained the Sixth Patriarch. The head monk, Shen Hsiu, was the most learned, and wrote the following:
The body is the wisdom-tree,

The mind is a bright mirror in a stand;
Take care to wipe it all the time,
And allow no dust to cling.

The poem was praised, but The Fifth Patriarch knew that Shen Hsiu had not yet found his original nature, on the other hand, Hui Neng couldn't even write, so someone had to write down his poem, which read:

Fundamentally no wisdom-tree exists,
Nor the stand of a mirror bright.
Since all is empty from the beginning,
Where can the dust alight?

"The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings" - John Philip Newell

“Too often in the past our approach to truth has been to assume that we have it and others do not. Consequently… Read More...

"The Compass of Compassion" by John Phillip Newell

"Notice the similarity between the word compass and the word compassion. They share an etymological root. The earliest use of the word compass does not, of course, refer to the modern hiking compass as we know it. Read More...

"The Essence of a Life" by Aeterna Lumen

A child
Kicked, battered and bruised
Innocence stolen far too early
Are some paths truly destined for this?

“Children" — Kahlil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."

And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.