06 March 2008

Thursday 13 - John O'Donohue

Thirteen quotes from the late Celtic Christian philospher, poet, scholar John O'Donohue. Probably the closest thing to a true Druid I'll see in my lifetime.

1. Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form ... you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul.

2. Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.

3. It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone... We take each other's sounds and make patterns, predictions, benedictions, and blasphemies. Each day, our tribe of language holds what we call the world together. Yet the uttering of the word reveals how each of us relentlessly creates. Everyone is an artist. Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible.

4. Time is eternity living dangerously.

5. A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.

6. When two people come together, an ancient circle closes between them... When you really love someone, you shine the light of your soul on the beloved.

7. The judgmental eye harvests the reflected surface and calls it truth.

8. In the presence of great music we have no alternative but to live nobly.

9. There is so little patience for the silence from which words emerge or for the silence that is between words and within them. When we forget or neglect this silence, we empty our world of its secret and subtle presences. We can no longer converse with the dead or the absent.

10. Frequently, in a journey of the soul, the most precious moments are the mistakes. They have brought you to a place that you would otherwise have always avoided.

11. Our bodies know they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless.

12. Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your gift. You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells. You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.

13. Beannacht

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.


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3 comments:

emeraldcityguy said...

Great list, #s 5 & 6 are my faves by far. Happy TT!

AwtemNymf said...

I love Celtic philosophy and quotes! These are great! I love your list! Have a great day!
Blessings-
AwtemNymf

pussreboots said...

#4 is my favorite from the list. Happy TT.