the NEXT thing we saw in our camera screen was below right... Queen Bird front and center....
did NOT see the previous photo of her on left below until downloading onto computer
The first, that it flies to the highest point;
the second, that it does not suffer for company,
not even of its own kind;
the third, that it aims its beak to the skies;
the fourth, that it does not have a definite color;
the fifth, that it sings very softly.
–St. John of the Cross
WITH EACH MOMENT
AS THOUGH IT IS THE FIRST & THE LAST..
pre sunrise 1/18/15
the first & last moment
The Experience of Alpha & Omega is All That Is.
("Naked Blind Awareness")
post sunrise on the sand dunes path
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
–A Celtic Blessing
hiding in this cage
of visible matter
is the invisible
Sushil Rao translation
Thus you can see that by pursuing your meditation to the farthest reaches
and ultimate frontiers of thought you will find yourself, in the end,
on the essential ground of being
with the naked perception and blind awareness of your own being.
And this is why your being alone can be called the first of your fruits.
... I say to you, at a certain point to is necessary to give up discursive meditation and learn to taste something of that deep, spiritual experience of God's love.
...always and ever strive toward the naked awareness of your self, and continually offer your being to God as your most precious gift.
Inasmuch as this awareness really is naked,
you will at first find it terribly painful to rest in for any length of time because,
... your faculties will find no meat for themselves in it.
Let them fast awhile from their natural delight in knowing.
It is well said that man naturally desires to know.
Yet at the same time, it is also true that no amount of natural or acquired knowledge will bring him to taste the spiritual experience of God, for this is a pure gift of grace.
Thought to be another work by the author of The Cloud of Unknowing.
Edited by William Johnston
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