Anam Cara (Soul Friend) – John O’Donohue

Extracts from the book Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

‘We do not need to go out and find love, we need to be still and let love discover us.’

‘Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other.

‘Understanding nourishes belonging.’

‘In love you grow and come home to yourself. Love alone can awaken what is divine within you.’

‘Bitterness and coldness are the ultimate defeat.’

‘You are sent here to learn love and receive love, love will awaken hidden love within you.’

‘The place of love is a secret place, where only two people belong together.’

‘The more love you give away, the more love you have,’

‘Love is the secret rhythm of the universe, that moves stars and planets.’

‘Breathing takes you to the house of spiritual belonging.’

‘With music, time slips away, leaving the circle of belonging with the eternal.’

‘Touching brings you closer and closer, eyes distance you. We live in skin therefore we are always sensitive to the world.’

‘The sacred touch of sexuality is needed to engage our full human nature.’

‘Highest moments of human intensity, words become silent.’

‘You live and move on divine ground.’

‘Senses are our sacred thresholds, our body is the friend of our soul. Celebrate the universe, its mystery and possibility.’

‘No rock is the same, avoid ways of seeing and being which seek satisfaction in certainty.’

‘The quality of experience always depends on the rhythm of time.’

‘Sacred and the secret are sisters, don’t shine the light of reflection to severely on the soul. Awaken to the inner world.’

‘Individuality is the only gateway to spiritual potential and blessing.’

‘Do not force tormented transparency on the mystery. The glimpse is sufficient.’

‘Don’t try to expose the soul or offer it care, let the soul find us and care for us.’

‘When your soul awakens, your destiny becomes urgent with creativity.’

‘To be born is to be chosen.’

‘Mediocrity is a refuge from the call, awaken the sense of destiny, rekindle creativity, come into rhythm with your life.’

‘The soul loves risk, to change is to be perfect.’

‘The nature of work and consumerism diminishes the soul. You should never belong totally to any cause or system, the soul is the house of real belonging.’

‘With a fast pace life, nothing can stabilize, gather or grow. Each day is a microcosm of your life.’

‘The eternal home is within you.’

‘Perception determines the way that things will behave for you and towards you.’

‘Within every stone, there is a secret shape waiting to emerge.’

‘The only difference between a young person and an old person is time. In the autumn of your life, your experience is harvested.’

‘What you think, feel or believe remain a fantasy unless it is part of the fabric of experience.’

‘Oceans, waves, stars, mountains are remembered in mind with the same spaces between them, as if seen outside me.’

‘The human memory is an inner temple of feeling and sensibility.’

‘Mind needs to be as open as the night sky to comprehend the universe.’

‘Your body ages and gets weaker, your soul is getting richer, deeper and stronger. With time, the soul grows sure of itself.’

‘In death you lose the covering that was on your life.’

‘One journey through life, live life to the full, death will never have power over you.’

‘If you learn to let go of things, you learn to die spiritually in little ways during your life. When you let go a greater generosity, openness and breath comes into your life.’

‘Ego is a defensive shell we pull around our lives, if afraid it is threatened and grasping, very competitive and protective. Soul has no barriers.’

‘Life is a band of light between the darkness. All we do here is invent games to pass the time.’

‘Eternal life means, goodness, unity, beauty, truth and love are no longer distant from us but are completely present with us. You are home, with the infinite.’


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