Wandering Thought # 106

Faith is not a belief in a fixed state or ideal; it is an open ended question that transforms the believer through the grace of love. Faith attains no finalities nor does it attach itself to any absolute security; it is a state of becoming; its altar is the world; its medium is love.

David Whyte – Sweet Darkness

“When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.”

— David Whyte, from The House of Belonging

A Strong Person

A strong person doesn’t mind being weak. She’d rather show her weakness than hide behind a veil of strength. She’d rather acknowledge the mess she were for a certain period or in a certain situation than surrender to the pretense of control. Control — she’s not over-anxious to control because she’s already unfolding, through good and bad, becoming who she is. A strong person is not afraid of the things that wound her and refuses to grow a hard skin and heart for their sake. She’s never afraid of showing her true face, even if it happens to be “ugly” — for therein is true beauty and the quest for beauty. A strong person is not ashamed of who and what she is.