Edward Steichen – To Catch an Instant

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. [It is] a major force in explaining man to man." Steichen Quoted in Time Magazine, "To Catch the Instant" 7 April 1961 Edward Jean Steichen … Continue reading Edward Steichen – To Catch an Instant

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We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

"We are bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the invisible, to store it in the great golden hives of the invisible." Rilke often refers to the invisible, especially in his Duino Elegies, which he wrote during a particularly mystical period of his life. In a letter to his Polish translator Witold … Continue reading We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

“He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

" Specialism consists in seeing the things of the material world as well as those of the spiritual world in their original and consequential ramifications. The highest human genius is that which starts from the shadows of abstraction to advance into the light of specialism. (Specialism, species, sight, speculation, seeing all, and that at one … Continue reading “He was an illumination thrown upon life.”

Two Levels of Love – Mars-Venus and Uranus-Neptune by Dane Rudhyar | Rudhyar Archival Project | Astrological Articles

That Neptune-pervaded love is not a feeling of (as ordinarily meant) compassion for whatever experiences suffering or deprivation. This love is an act of transfiguration, a flow of light, a song of tenderness; it is mother love as well as lover love, for it seeks to hold everything — and, of course, more particularly, the … Continue reading Two Levels of Love – Mars-Venus and Uranus-Neptune by Dane Rudhyar | Rudhyar Archival Project | Astrological Articles

The Guest House: Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

The Guest House This human being is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. … Continue reading The Guest House: Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Humming away in the background – Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

"I know of no such story" I told him at last "You mean you've never heard of it?" "That's right" Ishmael nodded. "That's because there's no need to hear of it. There's no need to name or discuss it. Every one of you knows it by heart by the time you're six or seven. Black … Continue reading Humming away in the background – Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Hit by a hammer

"My discovery of the explosive potentialities of potassium chlorate and sulphur, when hit by a hammer, has started a craze that has spread all over _______________" Colin Wilson - Voyage to a Beginning 1969

Fishing hairdressers

Being a good walker, he was as fond of long walks as hairdressers are of fishing. Colette - The Tender Shoot                      Sidon-Gabrielle Colette

Life’s Ironies

Jesua was often mistaken for me  in the village, because she never grew breasts, and began to shave before I did. She died of consumption when she was twenty-two, a virgin to the end and secretly in love with a sanctimonious priest who, when he met her in the street, always said, "Hello Fermin, you're … Continue reading Life’s Ironies

Walking in Two Worlds – a letter from Carl G Jung to Edward Thornton

20th July 1958 Dear Edward, The question you asked me is -I'm afraid- beyond my competence. It is a question of fate in which you should not be influenced by any outer arbitrary influence. As a rule I am all for walking in two worlds at once since we are gifted with two legs, remembering … Continue reading Walking in Two Worlds – a letter from Carl G Jung to Edward Thornton