Finding Radiance

“In old religions, it’s taught that going into the center of the daunting is the way through, not avoidance. This secret ought not be secret: At the center of dreaded things is radiance entrapped. If one can brave to the center of this in oneself or others: hatred, outrage, disgust, jealousy, grief, hopelessness, one can most often see and set the radiance free.”

“She sat with her pain, and in her warm embrace, it melted until she came through to the other side where everything was poetry…”

A Prayer

Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
toward heaven—
only you.
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes


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