Great Mother of big apples it is a pretty world.
                                           Kenneth Patchen

Look, I want to love this world
as though it's the last chance
I'm ever going to get
to be alive
and know it.

Mary Oliver

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.

Or say, “I cannot praise You
as You should be praised…”


What does the world
mean to you if you can't trust it
to go on shining when you're not there?

Mary Oliver

There is only one thing pain is good for.
It teaches you to love. God bless pain.

Joey Goldfarb

God hugs you. You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.

Hildegarde of Bingen

I who am Divine am truly in you.
I can never be sundered from you;
However far we be parted, never can we be separated.
I am in you and you are in Me.

Mechtild of Magdeburg

Perspectives on Love and the Spiritual Life
The Big Tent area for gaining a mental and heart-felt clarity about the principles and dynamic ways of Love and Life. It is also a place for inspired writings that hopefully will make your spirit jump and sing.

It will be constantly expanded with new writings from workshop leaders and spiritual teachers from around the world to help you grow in your understanding of how we work as human beings and the tools we need to undo stuck energy and experience a powerful unfoldment of our inner being.


Life just breaks down when we fail to live in Love. I have never seen Love harm anyone. Love certainly opens our hearts, but it always is the failure to Love that wounds us. Many people are afraid of Love because of this. But that only makes the problems worse. To live in Love is to refuse to side with fear, to be willing to open up our wounds so Love can heal us and bring us home to the radiant roots of our Being. 

Just think of whatever touches you most deeply in life. What kind of response comes from you when you are touched on your deepest levels either by a person, a song, a work of art, a place, an idea... Is it tenderness? Is it inspiration? Is it Love? We love whatever touches us in this innermost tender place because Love is what lives there.

There is a quiet revolutionary awakening happening all over the world. People are discovering that we really are Love in our most essential nature. Clouds may blot out the sun but they do not effect it in any way. The sun just goes on shining in full strength because it is what it is. So the ideas, emotions and defense mechanisms of our heart in no way effect the reality of the limitless Ocean of Love that gives everything existence. Limitless Love just is. It is the life-giving force of attraction that holds everything together from a molecular level up. It is the wisdom that gives all things form. It is the most complete expression of Being. It is the law and meaning of Life.

It is natural and healthy to live in the inspiration and goodness of Love. Love frees us from painful neediness, loneliness, and the grief of feeling separate from the infinite beauty that is our source and our home. 

May this revolution of Love continue to open people all around the world and carry us beyond the repressive shadows of man-made religious traditions back into the spiritual radiance of real Love that first gave religions their birth.

May the fear-based divisiveness and power based dominance of the old political, religious and cultural systems melt away in the increasing awareness of common people everywhere celebrating their recovered innocence, their emerging beauty, their unique gifts, their expanding freedom to be real. May we be the sexy, spiritual, intelligent, creative beings we ultimately are in the wisdom and life-giving nature of real Love.

 Blake Steele



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