There is within us all a deep place where we can discover the Beyond [God] within ourselves. This is not to say that the “Beyond” is in any way our own self, but rather that our soul and God can and do sometimes meet and find communion in this deeper level. So with Whittier, I say this morning,
And all the windows of my heart
I open to the day.
Simple words, perhaps, but I have found that when I do open (or attempt to open) all the windows of my heart to the day, I sometimes
Hear the bubbling of the springs
That feed the world.
Hearing the bubbling of these springs releases me from all fear and anxiety and lifts my spirit above the issues and problems of my own petty life and even those of the world. For a few moments in time I know (in that deep place where we meet) that at the heart of this universe is Love. On the surface level of life the universe seems in total disarray. The issues and problems I confront and those of the world seem overwhelming. But in this deeper place, where I “hear the bubbling of the springs that feed the world” there is no confusion, no complexity, no fear, no anxiety. There is only this present moment of incredible peace, where I sense with Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
|Worlitz Park, Dessau, Germany|
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.