Encouragement for the Journey 28 June 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 28 June 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

 Rangitoto

Greetings fellow traveller,

There is not a day goes by, that I don’t read something, either on a printed form or on such piece of electronic wizardry. Reading is a gift; we may easily take for granted and often forget some people have great difficulty with words owing to dyslexia coming into their life.

Some years ago I wrote in this column on writers and their writing, poets and their poetry. I remind you how each may offer us different gifts at different times on our pilgrimage of life. Serendipitously, the right book comes across our pathway at the right time, and it becomes so important for our spiritual growth. We may look back and know it was a transformational moment on the journey.

Because each of our journeys are different, and behind the façade of our lives the eternal happens, we will each require different words to break through the hard shell of our ego to the tender real self deep within. Often, a book, which we found difficult years ago – now may touch us in a way we never thought possible. We now are able to soak up the words as the rain once more nourishes the dry thirsty ground.

I resist the temptation to offer you a list of the books that are my treasured friends. Rather, I invite you to return to your bookcase, cast your eyes over your books and allow yourself to be stirred within, as you look at titles, allowing your eyes to alight upon words long forgotten. Or how about that book you have promised to read one day and have so far not got round to it. If it is not on your shelf, call in at your local library.

Francis Bacon 17th Century English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, and author, offers us these words:

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

The key is being open to allowing a particular book we have chosen to guide and feed us on our spiritual journey. When we do, we will be surprised by joy and delight.

Meanwhile peace in your reading and on your journey

Alf