Hello Beautiful Loves, and welcome to this month’s inspiration page on the theme of beauty. Beauty is all around us. The radiant sunrise (when it is a cloudless day in London) that shines upon us, or even the cloud itself that acts like a blanket upon us that tucks us in as cold sweeps in.
To the sound of birds that sing to our hearts as we wake up, the beautiful colours of autumn as we start to approach winter, the magnificent faces of each and every one of us when we grace each other as we walk upon the streets, and interact with life itself. All of these can be said to be beautiful, but how is it that a star, a sound, a season, colours, a person can all be described as beautiful? It is because they are a reflection of something much greater. They are a reflection of the divine.
And this is it; beauty has such a depth, even in the word itself as it can be used to describe so many expressions of beauty, and that the deeper and deeper we contemplate beauty, we eventually reach the divine, the face of the divine here on earth. First from what we see, to what we feel, to what we are.
We see the face of the divine radiating upon us. It will take us in awe, it will take us in wonder, directly to a state of genuine happiness, to a state of bliss, awakening a resonance with our soul, speaking a language that only our soul can truly understand.
When we see something beautiful we often say “it takes my breath away”. It is true, because once merged in it we are beyond the point of living, but being one with that, that is connected to ourself. And so contemplating beauty, it is a natural path taking us straight back to the supreme. As the deeper we contemplate that which is beautiful, we naturally return to the source, and we see the divinity upon us. For we are divine.
“In everything, everywhere, in all relations truth must be brought out in its all-embracing rhythm and every movement of life should be an expression of beauty and harmony. Skill is not art, talent is not art. Art is a living harmony and beauty that must be expressed in all the movements of existence. This manifestation of beauty and harmony is part of the Divine realisation upon earth, perhaps even its greatest part.”
We see such beauty, none more so than in Shakti – a beautiful woman, a Goddess, Shakti. They are the face of God smiling upon us. And their expression; the way they dance, the way they move, the way they smile – from twirling under the stars, to walking gracefully along the sandy shores, to the beaming light from the eyes of our love. They allow their energy to flow and their heart to shine There is nothing more beautiful than that of the feminine, of the harmonious energy of Shakti. Therefore, adoring all that is around us, that is Shakti, we enter into communion with a state of bliss and heaven on earth – when the two worlds unite.
So aim to discover beauty in everything, and to remember: we are a reflection of divinity here on earth; we are all truly beautiful from within. Therefore we should shine this beauty in all our actions and discover and realise it in all that we do.
“Beauty is Ananda (Bliss) taking form – but the form need not be a physical shape. One speaks of a beautiful thought, a beautiful act, a beautiful soul. What we speak of as beauty is Ananda in manifestation; beyond manifestation beauty loses itself in Ananda or, you may say beauty and Ananda become indistinguishably as one.”
“Let yourself be constantly embraced and surrounded by beauty and do not forget that it reflects the soul in the same way that our soul is the reflection of the eternal beauty of God the Father.”
As you can see, Beauty is mysterious and continues to play in our lives, and to explain it in words is far more challenging as it is essentially beyond words – a feeling, a state, a being. Yet some have come close, none more so than through the words of Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet. I hope you enjoy these words and may they enchant your heart, so that from now on all moments in your life are flowing with beauty.
On Beauty ~Kahlil Gibran
Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech? The aggrieved and the injured say, “Beauty is kind and gentle. Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.” And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread. Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.” The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit. Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.” But the restless say, “We have heard her shouting among the mountains, and with her cries came the sound of hooves, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.” At night the watchmen of the city say, “Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.” And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, “We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.” In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.” And in the summer heat the reapers say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.” All these things have you said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied, And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw, but rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight. People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.