Realm

: an area of activity, interest, or knowledge
: a country that is ruled by a king or queen
: kingdom
: sphere, domain
: a primary marine or terrestrial biogeographic division of the earth’s surface

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Realm (n.): late 13th century, “kingdom,” from Old French reaume, probably from roiaumekingdom,” altered (by influence of Latin regalis “regal”) from Gallo-Roman regiminem, accusative form of Latin regimensystem of government, rule” (regimen). Transferred sense “sphere of activity” is from late 14th century.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era; best known for writing “Faust”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe

“Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.”

Aleksandr Solzheintsyn (1918-208, Russian novelist and historian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970)

Bio Source:

www.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/books/04solzhenitsyn.html?_r=0

“And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God’s loving wisdom become actualities – interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm.”

Rowan Williams (b. 1950, Welsh Anglican bishop, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, theologian, accomplished poet and translator)

Bio Source:

rowanwilliams.archbishopofcanterbury.org/pages/about-rowan-williams.html

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.”

Paul Kurtz (1925-2012, philosopher and publisher who helped define contemporary secular humanism)

Bio Source:

www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/nyregion/paul-kurtz-humanist-and-philosopher-dead-at-86.html

“I picture the vast realm of the sciences as an immense landscape scattered with patches of dark and light. The goal towards which we must work is either to extend the boundaries of the patches of light, or to increase their number. One of these tasks falls to the creative genius; the other requires a sort of sagacity combined with perfectionism.”

Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher, art critic, and writer, who served as chief editor of the Encyclopédie, one of the principal works of the Age of Enlightenment)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Denis-Diderot

“For human, the Arctic is a harshly inhospitable place, but the conditions there are precisely what polar bears require to survive – and thrive. ‘Harsh’ to us is ‘home’ for them. Take away the ice and snow, increase the temperature by even a little, and the realm that makes their lives possible literally melts away.”

Sylvia Earle (b. 1935, oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer “with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration”)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/sylvia_earle

“No one can be happy who has been thrust outside the pale of truth. And there are two ways that one can be removed from this realm: by lying, or being lied to.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD, aka Seneca the Younger, Roman philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian; virtual ruler with his friends of the Roman world between 54 and 62, during the first phase of emperor Nero’s reign)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Lucius-Annaeus-Seneca-Roman-philosopher-and-statesman

Meditation

“Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.”

— Aleksandr Solzheintsyn

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

The dream world exists in the realms of imagination.  In “ordinary reality,” it’s about the mental and physical efforts toward the work and our abilities to push through.

Our visions are important, but so are our translations of our truths.

Meditation and contemplative journeys into the liminal space allows us to glimpse the “realm beyond the words.”  It’s in the observation of the light, the sounds, the visceral feelings, or in gleaning the meanings behinds our thoughts.

What makes meditation so interesting is that once we step out of the imaginal space back in ordinary reality, we have more capacities to see and sense the depths of our world.  The more we practice meditation, the more our nervous systems calm, and the more we will be able to divorce ourselves from our own internal emotional noises and those of the external world.

Once balanced, we can then focus our thoughts on our intentions rather than being victims of its onslaughts, and align our ego to the leadership of our hearts.

Contemplative rituals can allow us to reset our minds and bodies, connect to Source Energy and dive in to the deeper realms of our own possibilities.

However and whatever we choose, let us do so with pure and imaginative intentions.

Godspeed and be well, fellow travelers!

Written With Love, Tonya

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