Thursday, September 24, 2009

JULIAN OF NORWICH Universal visionary for our time

English mystic Lady Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) understood the concept of universal salvation and cosmic optimism. One of her saying which is referred as her most famous catches great attention: “ALL SHALL BE WELL, AND ALL SHALL BE WELL, AND ALL MANNER OF THING SHALL BE WELL”.

In this site one heart for peace if you scroll through the various items on human rights you will also find how enthralled I have become with the works of Allama Iqbal who LIKE Lady Julian received revelations and visions. He also expressed similar optimism and beauty in his poetry, writings and reflections.

We need this optimism today as an antidote to despair and a reminder that there is a goal and for many of us ACROSS THE BOARD in various traditions there is a spirituality that is so much deeper, more beautiful and filled with for us ACTUAL promises of PEACE on EARTH for which we don't need to wait yet can PRACTICE and know even now. *

PEACE to all who come to this site. Please add your own Comments with your own similar guidelines - quotes, poems, reflections for HOPE that is more than just an Orwellian doublespeak yet brings the future optimism into EVER-PRESENT faith we can actually live with one another NOW. Please forgive me you who are part and parcel of our work for peace and human rights who understandably cannot now or maybe ever accept such outpourings of faith and the use of the word God in our day and time. I'm so empathetic and have many loved ones who LIVE such loving lives for the powerless who are unable to share this faith in optimism and the Divine.

For you perhaps, you might try substituting here the word LOVE or SILENCE or PEACE for the word God...and perhaps you might substitute your own trusted Prophet or Spiritual Mentor for the word Christ? My daughter taught me this method when she was very young and this works for me sometimes when I'm in moments of "unfaith" or just needing a fresh approach.

Faith is
nothing else but
a right understanding
of our being -
and allowing things to be;

A right understanding
that we are in God
and God
whom we do not see
is in us.

God feels great delight
to be our Father
and God feels great delight
to be our Mother
and God feels great delight
to be our true Spouse
and our soul the loved Wife.

Christ feels great delight
that He is our Brother
and Jesus feels great delight
that He is our Liberator.

These are five great joys
that God wants us to enjoy.

From Meditations With Julian of Norwich by Brendan Doyle.

(The Mandarin Characters spell the name Julian)


Connie L. Nash said...

Thank You so much, Akhtar Sahib, who reminded me of this guide Julian of Norwich of my own spiritual tradition. I was just thinking of going to you for a "balancing poem" and then I find this. There is really some kind of spiritual telepathy going on here :)

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

The post and the poem is just fabulous. Lady Julian's intense awareness of divine love is amazing and thought provoking. The telepathy is certainly at work, I fully endorse this.

Connie L. Nash said...

If you come here often, would you please let me know whether or not you'd like to see me post human rights items and the spiritual meditations on separate sites?

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

I like it the way it is, mixed with everything, life in its all forms and manifestations.

Connie L. Nash said...

Well, do please let me know if you change your mind or can see some way to improve and encourage more readers to Comment?

Connie L. Nash said...

Those of you who enter here - do you resonate to anything? I am wondering, even if you are of a different tradition, do you see anything universal in Julian of Norwhich?

You see my friend, Akhtar Wasim Dar Sahib sees that Lady Julian had an intense awareness of divine love.

One of my greatest joys and gifts these days is that a poet like Akhtar Sahib with all his reading from literature all over the world and from a different tradition and nation can recognize the depth of God within such a soul from such a different time.

What about you?