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"Heart of All Life"
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
"Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

You are the universe in ecstatic motion. But in the glow of those evening suns, we felt that we had lost our way and had strayed onto an unkind planet. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. Let the beauty we love be what we do. You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. 

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. 

People want you to be happy. Don't keep serving them your pain! If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. 

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I have been knocking from the inside. In my own light I learn how to love. In my own beauty, how to make poems. 

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps every thing out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. Respond to every call that excites your spirit. 

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. The wound is the place where the Light enters you. What hurts you, blesses you. In darkness you can see your light. Stop acting so small. Darkness is your light. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? The cure for pain is in the pain. Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads (you into your light). 

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action. Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul; and sings the tune without words and never stops at all. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. 
Everything in the universe is within you.

Ask all from yourself. I dance inside my chest where no-one sees me, but sometimes you do - and that sight becomes this art. I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. Be empty of worrying. Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Do not be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. Appear as you are. Be as you appear. 

My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine. I am not afraid. I was born to do this. 

Ask all from yourself. There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don't you? The universe within you?

And you? Do you ask all from yourself? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep! People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch, the door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep! Ask all from yourself. Everything in the universe is within you."

~ Sarojini Naidu সরোজিনী চট্টোপাধ্যায় , Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎‎ , Kamala Das ( Madhavikutty ), Rabindranath Tagore, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Satir, Erica Jong, Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), Oscar Wilde

"Heart of All Life" 
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
www.karinlisaatkinson.blogspot.com
Location: Los Angeles
Camera: Sony (pocket camera)
Conditions: Natural Dawn light, morning of the solar eclipse, no flash, no tripod
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