Saturday, January 14, 2006

Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

I asked the boy beneath the pines.
He said, "The master's gone alone herb picking,
somewhere on the mount,
cloud hidden,
whereabouts unknown."

(Chin Tao, 777-841)

And if ever you come to this cloud, and make a home there and take up the work of love as I urge you, there is something else you must do as this cloud is above you, and between you and your God, you must put a cloud of forgetting beneath you, between you and all the creatures that have ever been made.
The cloud of unknowing will perhaps leave you with a feeling that you are far from God. But I assure you, if it is authentic, only the absence of a cloud of forgetting between you and all creatures keeps you from God.

(The Cloud of Unknowing)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Two Serpents

Two Serpents Drinking from the Same Cup 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006

A Luminous Cloud of Maternal Love

I have been reflecting in this last couple of days on angels. During this reflection I came across the following extraordinary passages (from an extraordinary, even unique, book) concerning one's Guardian Angel...

"...and this is the tragic side of Angelic existence-this geniality only shows up when the human being has need of it, when he makes room for the flashing forth of its illumination. The Angel depends on man in his creative activity. If the human being does not ask for it, if he turns away from him, the Angel has no motive for creative activity. He can then fall into a state of consciousness where all his creative geniality remains in potential and does not manifest. It is a state of vegetation or 'twilight existence', comparable to sleep from the human point of view. An Angel who has nothing to exist for is a tragedy in the spiritual world.

Therefore, dear Unknown Friend, think of your guardian Angel, think of him when you have problems, questions to resolve, tasks to accomplish, plans to formulate, cares and fears to appease! Think of him as a luminous cloud of maternal love above you, moved by the sole desire to serve you and to be useful to you.

Meditations on the Tarot (The Unknown Author)

I know from experience that when I ask the Angels for help then extraordinary things happen. It would seem that they long for us to call upon them, that in their unmediated reflection of the Love of God they exist simply to love.

In the psychedelic sci fi film fantasy of the sixties 'Barbarella' ,the Angel says..."An Angel does not love. An Angel IS Love."