June 10, 2012 § 4 Comments

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Rows of Mountains


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“The fact is we are born with these primary cracks, cleavages, our fault lines, our fractional crystalline structure, just like any stone, igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic, we are marked by strata, vesicles, textures (just look at our labyrinthine brains) and these portals and pathways lead into our deep cavernous interior, with unrecognized fossils, generations of petroglyphs, symbols of old, our clandestine chambers full of passionate magma, our ancient water pockets, veins mineralized by silver, tungsten, copper or flakes of gold….these ways in allow erosion to carve and expose us causing our soul’s secrets to stand out like cinder cones, monuments, mesas and cliff faces – landmarks for others to encounter.  Somehow through weathering we become more visible.  We are seen.” – Matthew Cochran

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Aerial view of folded mountains in Namibia


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“Many of the tribal peoples of the world recognize that there are four places in nature where you can find deep peace and remember who you really are. One is in the deep woods; one is in the desert; one in the mountains and one near the ocean.” – Angeles Arrien, “The Second Half of Life” transcript


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Aerial View of Rocky Mountains Alberta


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Throughout my whole life, during every minute of it, the world has been  gradually lighting up and blazing before my eyes until it has come to surround me, entirely lit from within.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Tien Shan Mountain Range, Xinjiang, China


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“Sacred places are open spaces to which we interact with the Other. From an ecospiritual standpoint, the Other has something to teach us and with humility this openness can be kept in play, yet over time may lead to traditions about the place. Access points such as mountains and high places facilitate the generation of insights via visions and unusual encounters; sacred wells, caves, river canyons may produce a more “depth-directed” inward encounter which has more to do with the rootedness of self and one’s society.”
~ Adrian J. Ivakjhiv, Claiming Sacred Ground

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Aerial view of Andes mountains in north Chile


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“How can we ever know the difference we make to the soul of the earth? Where the infinite stillness of the earth meets the passion of the human eye, invisible depths strain towards the mirror of the name.

In the word, the earth breaks silence. It has waited a long time for the word. Concealed beneath familiarity and silence, the earth holds back and it never occurs to us to wonder how the earth sees us. Is it not possible that a place could have huge affection for those who dwell there?

Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret way rejoices when you return. Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? That it could sense your presence and feel the care you extend towards it? Perhaps your favorite place feels proud of you.”  – John O’Donahue, Beauty: Rediscovering the True Source of Compassion, Serenity and Hope.

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aerial view Appalachian Mountains


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“The great rhythm in nature pervades everything, and man into it with mind and body.  Even his imagination does not belong so much to the realm of the individual as to the soul of the landscape, in which the rhythm of the universe is condensed into a melody of irresistible charm.   Imagination here becomes an adequate expression of reality on the plane of human consciousness…..” – Lama Anagarika Govinda

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