NATURE! We are surrounded and embraced by her: powerless to separate ourselves from her, and powerless to penetrate beyond her. We live in her midst and know her not. She is incessantly speaking to us, but betrays not her secret.
We constantly act upon her, and yet have no power over her. She has always thought and always thinks; though not as a man, but as Nature. That which is most unnatural is still Nature; the stupidest philistinism has a touch of her genius.
THE COURSE OF LIFE
By Friedrich #Holderlin (tr. Michael Hamburger)
More also you desired, but every one of us
Love draws earthward, and grief bends with still greater power;
Yet our arc not for nothing
Brings us back to our starting place.
Whether upward or down - does not in holy night
Where mute Nature thinks out days that are still to come,
Though in crookedest Orcus,
Yet a straightness, a law prevail?
Jan 14, 2021 • 39 tweets • 13 min read
Magic is the mother of eternity, of the being of all beings; for it creates itself, and is understood in desire.
- #JacobBöhme, ‘Six Mystical Points’ 5:1
It is in itself nothing but a will, and this will is the great mystery of all wonders and secrets, but brings itself by the imagination of the desireful hunger into being.
Yesterday (29 October) was the anniversary of #Gurdjieff's death in 1949.
The following prayer, written by his close associate, is often read out at commemorations and remembrance services - a #thread:
"In the name of GOD the FATHER, God
the SON and of GOD the HOLY GHOST,
may the soul of #GURDJIEFF be perfected
according to his merits.
You cannot write a single line w/out a cosmology
laid out, before all eyes
there is no part of yourself you can separate out
saying, this is memory, this is sensation
this is the work I care about, this is how I
make a living
it is whole, it is a whole, it always was whole
you do not "make" it so
there is nothing to integrate, you are a presence
you are an appendage of the work, the work stems from
hangs from the heaven you create
[Kahn 1979, pp. 267-271]
“With deliberate antimony #Heraclitus here presents his positive conception of the divine ... The #aphorism is unusually dense and puzzling, full of conflicting forces mysteriously under control.”
- Kahn, ‘Art and Thought of #Heraclitus,’ 1979, pp. 267