When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
John Muir

a Wisdom of Spirit


Our final conversation transcends the boundary where the Ideals of the Mind give way to their origins in Spirit. We believe that our innermost essence lies in the unseen world of first and final causes, of the inner light, of the still small voice we listen for in silence. Our conversation connects a plurality of religious traditions with origins in Native America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, composing their many perspectives into one whole. In the American wisdom tradition of e pluribus unum, we seek the revelation of a native unity we can all call Home.

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If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

E. S. Dunshee: H. D. Thoreau, Dunshee ambrotype, 1861

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth - the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.
And so, as kinsmen met a-night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

Emily Dickinson