Archive for Cosmic Pattern

Quvenzhané Wallis

Those of you who saw Beasts of the Southern Wild will love this interview with its blazing-bright 8-year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis. If you've somehow missed the film – find it, rent it, see it! I can't recommend it highly enough. It's wild in all the best ways – absolutely magical.


Beauty as Cosmic Wholeness

Because I love it, I often use this quote from Matthew Fox as my email signature:

“… all experience of beauty is experience of cosmic wholeness, of harmony. Beauty is microcosmic intuition of macrocosmic reality.”

One day I got a wonderful note from my friend Sherrin Ann Bennett (who is so amazing I wish she had a blog or a website so I could link to it and you too could see her light shine), commenting on it …

Fox says:

"All experience of beauty is experience of cosmic wholeness, of harmony."

Sherrin Ann responds:

"It touches that deep sense in which beauty opens the window of my
own awareness connecting with whatever I give my attention to the


"Beauty is the microcosmic intuition of macrocosmic reality."


"Yes, it is the wonder of irrevocable Oneness that brings me to my knees.

The strange thing is that beauty doesn’t seem to be inherent in the form I see. 
She reveals herself anywhere, even the crack of the sidewalk beneath my feet.

Beauty’s presence flows from heartfelt gratitude for life, just as it is, in the moment that I find myself.

She is the presence of the Infinite in ordinary things, the indescribable presence that makes the familiar extraordinary.

The music of my heart’s gratitude invites Beauty to dance in the arms of whatever I behold.

I used to think that Beauty was only for the wealthy. Now, She
dances with love in the simplest of moments whenever I offer my
attention in appreciation of Her grace.

Calling forth Beauty, or simply noticing where she reveals
Herself, is an awareness of heaven on earth that nourishes and sustains

Thank you, Sharon!


Inexhaustable Sweetness

Walking through a friend’s rose garden the other day … this one opened to greet my lens:


In my in-box this morning, a quote from my friend Liz:

"There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly, saluting me with indescribable humility."

~ from Thomas Merton‘s poem, Hagia Sophia.


Social Networks


E-Learning guru Jay Cross has written a fascinating post about an Aboriginal painting (note: not the one above) that he saw during a recent trip to Australia, and his reading of the imagery – comparing it with social networks and the politics of change.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Jay’s readers continued to analyze the image in their comments and some valuable insights emerged. The whole post was an excellent example of both the power of art to convey meaning and the way we evolve meaning through the power of networks.