by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth. And in the twelfth year, on the seventh day of Ielool, the month of reaping, he climbed the hill without the city walls and looked seaward; and he beheld the ship coming with the mist.
Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea. And he closed his eyes and prayed in the silences of his soul.
But he descended the hill, a sadness came upon him, and he thought in his heart: How shall I go in peace and without sorrow? Nay, not without a wound in the spirit shall I leave this city.
Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?
“It gets lost, it gets involved in the farthest out adventures; but in the end it always wakes up and comes back to itself. And when you’re ready to wake up, you’re gonna wake up. And if you’re not ready you’re gonna stay pretending that you’re poor little me.” –Alan Watts
To take hold, transformations must be reinforced. Even when a transformative experience is deeply profound, new realizations can be fragile. As Reverend Lauren Artress told us, ‘Transformation disappears if you don’t honor it.’ Changes in your worldview can happen in an instant, but mastery of new kinds of thought or behavior often requires the cultivation of new ways of being. It’s an interesting paradox that even though transformation is a natural process- one that you primarily need to recognize and surrender to – it also requires making the choice, each moment of each day, to be in greater alignment with who you are at your core. Intention is a choice you make about where to place your awareness. Transformation rests in part upon your commitment to listening for that something that calls you to stay with the process, that something that calls you to keep chipping away to reveal the…
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