The secret of Creation is the conjunction between Compassion and Beauty; and Beauty is redeeming because it manifests Compassion. Beauty is the supreme theophany and manifests the face of the Divine Sophia: the feminine face of God.”
Henri Corbin, The Roots of Sufism
“I have always believed in beauty, and I have always sought it, and I have always found it. In people and in things. I cannot be discouraged.”
— Marian Seldes
The image of a flowing river helps us understand this. You let your help flow forward without expecting to be nurtured by those you have helped, confident that help will come from where it needs to flow when you need it. This is how one cultivates unconditional surrender and trust in life.
For the Quechua people, Ayni is also practiced by making offerings to the Pachamama or Mother Earth, to Inti, or the Father Sun, and to other forces of nature that provide us with life. They give thanks for their earthly bodies and everything that enables their souls to have this life experience.
— Alberto Villoldo
Hillman says that we wrongly try to make Gods of other people. That is expecting too much of them. But this expresses a deep need for a relationship with something greater than ourselves.
— Paul Citro
You will need thick skin to chart your path and life beyond the traditions, opinions, expectations and beliefs that once defined you. Those who still hold them will likely judge, disapprove, criticize or condemn you for going your own way. Keep going anyway.
— jim palmer
The human need for reverence, for beauty, for something numinous and greater than self can be invested in mere form, in pomp and circumstance. It can be fiercely defended in spite of its shallowness, or it can spring from a real relationship with the love at the source of Creation. Societies living close to the Earth and its terrible and generative powers are still in touch with the wellsprings of that mystery of beauty and death.