Archives for the month of: August, 2013

Aug. 3 2013 hummingbird moth 020Be empty of what you think you know.

That’s why Muhammad said,

“Fools will take up the most of paradise.”

Your clever mind just whips up

a dust storm of pride.

Allow yourself to be fooled and

peace clowns its way into your heart.

If your head would shatter in wonder

at what Reality really is,

reason’s tyranny would end and

every hair on your head would become an oracle.


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013


zen stonesRest in a natural way like a small child.

Rest like an ocean without waves.

Rest within clarity like a candle flame.

Rest without self-concerns like a human corpse.

Rest unmoving like a mountain.


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2012

egret on shoreFor ages you have come and gone
courting this delusion.
For ages you have run from the pain
and forfeited the ecstasy.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God,
but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world.
Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open your eyes and come —
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God’s Majesty
when the stars were in their perfect place.
How long will you suffer from the blows
of a nonexistent hand?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite.
How long will you decieve Us with this outer show?
O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend
you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.
Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.
Come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern
has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.
So come! Drink!
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life – you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving – you are That.
The road that leads to the City is endless;
Go without head and feet
and you’ll already be there.
What else could you be? – you are That.”


Photo by Woodland Gnome

College Creek, Williamsburg, 2009

HennaThere is no greater mistake

than to have the power to know Atum

and not to use it.

Simply wishing and hoping to know him

is a road that leads straight to Goodness.

It is an easy road to travel.

Everywhere Atum will come to meet you.

Look and he appears-

at times and places when you least expect.

While you are awake or asleep.

When you travel by water or land.

By night or by day.

Whilst you are speaking or silent.

This is because

Atum is All.

Hermetica, attributed to Thoth

Translated by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Photo by Farrokh Namazi

January snow 011If you want to meet someone

who can fix any situation you don’t like,

who can bring you happiness

in spite of what other people say or believe,

look in a mirror,

then say this magic word:


Richard Bach, Messiah’s Handbook, Reminders for the Advanced Soul

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2010

Making a Path

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. “

Henry David Thoreau

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2009

Inner Strength

Compassion is, by nature, peaceful and gentle, but it is also very powerful. It is the true sign of inner strength.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The moment you adopt a sense of caring for others, that brings inner strength.
Inner strength brings us inner tranquility, more self confidence…
Through inner disarmament we can develop a healthy mental attitude, which is also very beneficial for physical health….
Therefore peace of mind not only brings tranquility in our mind, but also has good effects on our body.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Photo by Woodland Gnome
Oregon Coast, 2010

Oregon2010 246And a woman who held a babe against

her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.”

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

And he bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran,  from The Prophet

Photo by Woodland Gnome

Lincoln City, OR, 2010

Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted,

from state to state; degree to degree;

condition to condition; pole to pole;

vibration to vibration.

True Hermetic Transmutation is a Mental Art.

The Kybalion,

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2011

Love and Compassion

Inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well being.

Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease and opens our inner door.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Photo by Woodland Gnome