One touch of nature makes the whole world kin

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare

Ferdinando Sciann

image: Ferdinando Scianna

 

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There is only one of you in all time – keep the channel open

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Image by Edward Steichen, Martha Graham 1931

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.  Keep the channel open. 
 Martha Graham

Listen With a Still Heart

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Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. — Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

Inside me there was everything I had believed was outside

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Image: René Magritte

“Inside me there was everything I had believed was outside. There was, in particular, the sun, light, and all colours. There were even the shapes of objects and the distance between objects. Everything was there and movement as well… Light is an element that we carry inside us and which can grow there with as much abundance, variety, and intensity as it can outside of us…I could light myself…that is, I could create a light inside of me so alive, so large, and so near that my eyes, my physical eyes, or what remained of them, vibrated, almost to the point of hurting…” – Jacques Lusseyran

“Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.”

James Craig Annan, The Dark Mountains, 1890

Image:  James Craig Annan, The Dark Mountains (1890)

The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not,

as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and

encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully

and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass

courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again

to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.

In this lies the dignity of daring.

― Karlfried Graf Durckheim