by David Whyte (And Derek Mahon)
Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice.
You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the
The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last.
All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
Everything is waiting for you.”
“We’re mistaking information for intelligence. When you are heaping yourself with too much information, now attention is a serious problem. It is intelligence that allows you navigate through a particular situation in a unique way, not the way that somebody else is doing. Once you have no attention, or ability to hold your attention, you have lost your ability to access your intelligence also. You just churn out the information from memory.
When you function at your full potential, you will do better. Information is for boastfulness. The arrogance of information…”
One of the co-founders of the Findhorn Community, Eileen Caddy, received guidance from the ‘still, small voice within’ and shared it with the community for more than 40 years until she passed away in 2006. We continue this tradition as her guidance is as relevant today as it was when she received it.” www.findhorn.org