July 23, 2018 | | Comments 0

The beginning of wisdom
is to see our
own suffering.

That wise, richly impoverished poet, painter and print maker William Blake once said: “I give you the end of a golden string, only wind it into a ball”. Though unknown in his lifetime, that ‘ball’ of insight into truth he spoke of in the 1700’s with his hand-engraved “Songs of Innocence and Experience” continues to expand our understanding about the source of all our suffering: ignorance.

That is, the ignoring of reality, the deep seated belief and indeed, worship, of all forms of outside authority to comfort our fearful insecurity. His gold threaded words echo over the centuries with their timeless non-dual wisdom:

” A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”

“The fool that persists in his folly will become wise.”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”

“To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.”

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