Level

: a specific height
: an amount of something
: a position in a scale or rank
: the magnitude of a quantity considered in relation to an arbitrary reference value; broadly: Magnitude, Intensity

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Level (n.): mid-14th century, “tool to indicate a horizontal line,” from Old French livela level” (13th century), ultimately from Latin libellaa balance” (also a monetary unit), diminutive of librabalance, scale, unit of weight” (related to: Libra).

Meaning “position as marked by a horizontal line” (as in sea-level) is from 1530s; meaning “flat surface” is from 1630s; meaning “level tract of land” is from 1620s. Figurative meaning in reference to social, moral, or intellectual condition is from c. 1600. Figurative phrase on the levelfair, honest” is from 1872; earlier it meant “moderate, without great ambition” (1790).

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The calling of art is to extract us from our daily reality, to bring us to a hidden truth that’s difficult to access – to a level that’s not material but spiritual.”

Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016, Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer, and film producer)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0452102/

“Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.”

Richard Rohr (b. 1970, Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico and “a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition”)

Bio Source:

cac.org/richard-rohr/richard-rohr-ofm/

“Life is difficult for everyone; everyone has bad days. Everyone has trouble in their life, because it doesn’t matter how rich you are: Sickness and trouble and worry and love, these things will mess with you at every level of life.”

Domhnall Gleeson (b. 1983, Irish actor and writer, known for “Ex Machina,” “The Revenant,” and “About Time”)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm1727304/

“I meet people in my daily life, people who seem to experience some change and some growth on a personal level, and that gives me hope.”

Tracey Chapman (b. 1964, American singer-songwriter, multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist)

Bio Source:

www.tracychapman.com

“When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.”

James A. Forbes (b. 1935, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City)

Bio Source:

www.theriversidechurchny.org/about/?minister-emeritus

“Sexuality surrounds us like a dangerous aura. The same reverence that is given to the spirit is not given to the flesh. We have had a sexual revolution, but the sexual revolution only has made sex more pervasive. It hasn’t granted the level of reverence and respect that it should have.”

Gioconda Belli (b. 1948, Nicarraguan author, novelist and poet)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gioconda_Belli

“I don’t know about changing my perspective, because motherhood is such a glorious blessing and I am very thankful for that. It’s such a beautiful experience. I so strongly recommend it. It’s bliss, love and fulfillment of another level.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (b. 1973, Indian actress, model and winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gioconda_Belli

Meditation

“Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.”

— Richard Rohr

 

Most of us try to avoid the mystical parts of our lives.  We try to block the Mystery, hoping that we can be “normal” and see our world like others may see it.  But, that’s impossible.  We all see through different prisms, on different levels, and from different perspectives.  We are all unique with strong personalized connections to The Universe.

The gift of our lives is in teaching and learning from each other beyond our physical superficialities.

Some of us can feel the depths of energies, sometimes feeling the pain and the intentions of another.  Some of us can see, hear, and discern on many different levels.  For those who are intuitive students, it can sometimes be effortless to filter out what is important and what is not.

We all have our individualized gifts and talents, and when combined with our unique life-purpose, can be great contributions to our world.  This is why it’s important to be curious about the spiritual capacities of life, how we perceive, and how it reveals itself.

Meditation and contemplation can be important tools to sort through the levels of information that lead us to further self-discovery.  But, so can listening to the synchronous and mysterious messages that come through others and from nature itself.

Stay curious, sojourners, about it all especially in the liminal spaces that reveal the epiphanies.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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