Monday, June 8, 2009
We were conferencing, cat style...
Ollie all ears...
Augustus distracted by Ollie's ears...
Following with last week's discussion of our true calling, we decided to discuss the heavy yet important topic of "Becoming Your True Self" in several blogs. We all agreed that none of us were entirely our true selves, and we started reading an article on the subject by the late Professor Daniel Jordan, Director of the Institute for Research in Human Behavior at Indiana State University.
Dr Jordan, drawing on his beliefs in Faith and God, explains that humans have two unique capacities: the capacity of knowing and that of loving. These capacities are in fact attributes of our Creator and all development directed towards becoming our true destined selves will have to involve developing the capacities of knowing and loving.
Extracts we discussed, first about the capacities of knowing and loving:
O Son of Man!
Veiled in My immemorial Being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty. (Baha'u'llah)
and next, about our potential...
'Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form
When within thee the universe is folded?' (Persian poet)
'Ye are My treasury, for in you I have treasured the pearls of Mysteries and the gems of My knowledge.' (Baha'u'llah)
And since we were discussing transformations, I decided to post this photograph of a butterfly, which is the all-time symbol of transformation. The photo was donated by friend and colleague, Angel DiBilio, who took this photograph with his Pentax camera- note the reflection of orange in the droplet of water. I will be sharing more of these beautiful photos since he has given me a number of them from his recent trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Well, we hope you enjoyed our conference. If you did then stick around for more in upcoming blogs.
Happy Monday to all!