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Wisdom’s Cry

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

High in the Swiss Alps, I have felt protected from the constant stream of information about the state of the world by the beauty of the alpine meadows. The grandeur and stillness of the mountains… read more »

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What Happens When You Fall?

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

To live in the Great Mystery is for me the greatest adventure of my life. When we were developing The Seven Pillars e-book, we came up with a series of questions as an entryway into… read more »

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My Sacred Garden

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

“To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that… read more »

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Que suis-je?

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

What am I?As a young child growing up in Kenya, I was magnetically drawn to the rich, red soil. My love for its sandy softness was a bane to my mother who constantly… read more »

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Crossroads

Deepa Gulrukh Patel

I’m once again at that place in the journey of life where I think I need to make a choice about which direction to take. My mind is buzzing with the usual questions: What if… read more »

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The Gift of the Call

Christopher Bamford

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The Source of Beauty

As told by Netanel Miles-Yépez

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Discover Living Wisdom…Inquire Within

"The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom" e-book is Now Available on iTunes, Kindle and More

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Becoming What You Gaze Upon

Naomi Rose

 

The Gift of the Call

Christopher Bamford


The call comes gradually, or so it seems. We must be called over and over until we hear its whisperings. Then we begin to notice, we begin to respond. Unconsciously, hesitantly, we start to listen. Incrementally, our response deepens. Finally, we realize that call and caller are one in life lived in obedience to the gift of the call; that we ourselves are the call. We come to recognize that we were called from the beginning, "from the foundation of the world," as St. Paul says. Yet, looking back, we cannot remember a "first" call. read more »

The Source of Beauty

As told by Netanel Miles-Yépez


Long ago, in a forgotten sultanate of the east, there was a group of young men who used to hang out in the "suq," the open market near the gates of the palace. These were young men who hadn’t yet found their way—some of them not even sure that they wanted to find a way—so they hung out in the "suq," gambling and joking with each other, and when necessary, getting an odd job to earn enough to buy a little food and gamble with later that night. One day, as they were sitting near the gates of the palace, a little bored with the usual fare and with each other, one of them who was most bored noticed a sedan chair—the kind used for carrying the women of the court through the marketplace—approaching the gates. read more »

Discover Living Wisdom…Inquire Within

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne

"The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom" e-book is Now Available on iTunes, Kindle and More


When the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom team asked me to help promote a contemplative toolkit for the social and ecological needs of our time, I realized that nothing matters more than people having a way to consider the world. Throughout the ages, the wise have left clues about wisdom telling us that if properly considered, contemplative questions could produce realizations that transform the world. read more »

Becoming What You Gaze Upon

Naomi Rose


I have heard the phrase said in spiritual circles, “God is not our parents.” This I have understood as meaning that the full, nothing-withheld devotion and trust we give to our parents when we are born not only gives to them the power of God (when in reality they are “only human”), but also sees in them the God they cannot at that time see, or remember, in themselves. And also that God is much, much more than this. read more »

Supplication


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


"As a form of prayer, supplication involves sifting through variegated impulses to find our true desires. The intensity of focused feeling that is the mark of meaningful prayer endows desire with a powerful magnetism. Thoughts take wing and fly toward their destination. The desires that are discovered, articulated and empowered in prayer become extensions of God's own desire. When we bear our heart in supplication, we know that we are heard, and that a response will reach us—though it may not be the response we expect." – from "The Prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan" by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. Within this offering, you will find a prayer of supplication created by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. read more »

For the Love of All Created by Thee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


Within, you will find a short video from Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee telling the story of a miraculous gift of a prayer found in the foothills of the Himalayas. read more »

Reflections

Meditation Cards by Asha Greer


In this gallery, writer and artist Asha Greer pairs paintings with words, to create a series of deep, vibrant meditation aids. These meditation aids were painted by the artist, many after meditation experiences that resulted in useful insights or refreshing states. The meditative reflections accompanying each card are offered as suggestions, but you are encouraged to explore your own experience of the cards. see the gallery »

Bowl of Soul

An excerpt from the chapter 'Cups, Bowls, and Baskets' from "Notes on the Need for Beauty"

J. Ruth Gendler


For years I have been inspired by images of the body as a vessel, an earthenware pot filled with varying qualities, elements, and energies, the bowl of soul. It is an image with echoes from many ancient cultures. Soetsu Yanagi, who pioneered a movement to appreciate the crafts of everyday life in twentieth-century Japan, emphasized the beauty of the natural, genuine, and simple. read more »

Sacred Ecstasy

An excerpt from "Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom"

Yuval Ron


I could hear the seagulls’ calls and smell the salty air of the Sea of Marmara from the small café by the grand Blue Mosque of Istanbul. An old man pushed a cart loaded with freshly baked round bread covered with sesame seeds. I felt at home. It was a beautiful warm day in early June 2011, and I was getting ready to start a Peace Mission tour of Turkey. read more »

Sacred Geography Gallery Series

Paul Devereux


GALLERY THREE: PONY HILLS SHAMANIC LANDSCAPE :: In this 5-part series of galleries, we will look at a range of sacred geographies, the mindscapes of past times that can still speak to our souls. The power of sacred place. (Image: Paul Devereux.) read more »

Join the Campaign to Revivify Wisdom

Help Promote the *Journey Toward Wisdom* E-Book

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne


You're Invited . . . Though I am just now introducing myself to you, it is my hope that we’ll soon know one another well. We have a common wish – wisdom in our time. To this end, Seven Pillars House of Wisdom has created a multimedia workbook titled *The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom,* that I signed on to promote far and wide. read more »

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