Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Listen for the Still, Small Voice

"There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Certainly there is a right for you that needs no choice on your part. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
 I know I've been quoting a lot of Emerson lately, but that's because I've been studying the American Transcendalists as part of a series on Neoplatonist thought. Emerson believed in what he called "the Oversoul," the basic idea of God as One and all of us possessing a spark of divinity as part of the divine plan to reach Perfection. Emerson felt most in touch with his divinity when he was connecting with Nature. It's sort of the same idea behind the Emerald Tablet: God being the One Mind, connected to all that is material as the One Thing. Another way of looking at it is God has the thought, then speaks the thought (the Word), and we come into being as the materialization of the thought. A highly evolved person, after many incarnations, will eventually reach high enough consciousness that they no longer incarnate and merge back within the One Mind. 


smackhead said...

sometimes addiction causes so much noise inside your head its nearly impossible to hear anything else

Joyce said...

Yes, that old "committee in the head" syndrome.

I have REALLY found meditating to help a lot with that. I still have to shut 'em up sometimes, though. :)