Intuition and the Creation of a Better World

Bamford, Christopher

Often, we first come upon [Sophia, Divine Wisdom] as if it were by chance, almost without knowing it. She finds us when we are not even looking for her. We feel her touch like a feather on our cheek. For a moment, our senses become alive. We feel her approaching at the edges of our thinking; and then – just as we anticipate finding her – she slips away, returning to her sanctum which in retrospect seems closer to us than our own jugular vein and yet remains inaccessible. Anyone who has been moved by beauty, or caught the glance of another and found one word rising on two pairs of lips, knows what it means to sense her presence. If you have felt someone else's suffering as your own, or have been with a group of friends and suddenly sensed a new unity descend and thoughts manifest that had not been thought before, you will know what I mean. One feels lifted out of the daily grind of linearity and mechanical causality into a preserve, a sacred enclosure of the heart one can describe only as "wisdom." Enveloped by wonder, filled with love, we feel solidarity with the Earth in its struggles, joys, and pains. It is a moment of identity in which we know with certitude, confidence, and humility that we are open, universal, cosmic beings – children of heaven, united with the Earth, whose destiny is our own.

Christopher Bamford, An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West. New Paltz, New York, Codhill Press, 2003. p. 15

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