: lofty, grand, or exalted in thought, expression or manner
: of outstanding spiritual, intellectual, or moral worth
: tending to inspire awe usually because of an elevated quality (as of beauty, nobility, or grandeur) or transcendent excellence.
: complete, utter
Sublime (adj.): 1580s, “expressing lofty ideas in an elevate manner,” from Middle French sublime (15c.), or directly from Latin sublimes “uplifted, high, borne aloft, lofty, exalted, eminent, distinguished,” possibly originally “sloping up to the lintel,” from sub “up to” + limen “lintel, threshold, sill” (related to limit). The sublime (n.) “anything that is stately or imposing” is from the 1670s.
“When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene.”
Jane Austen (1775-1817, English novelist who was best known for writing Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park and other such classical novels of the Romantic Age.)
“The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state.”
Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement; considered one of the greatest French writers; best known for writing Les Miserables and Toilers of the Sea.)
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher and the central figure of modern philosophy.)
“If the world seems unfair or beyond our understanding, sublime places suggest that it is not surprising that things should be thus. We are the playthings of the forces that laid out the oceans and chiselled the mountains.”
Alain de Botton (b. 1969, Swiss-born and British-based philosopher, writer, and television presenter)
“It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions.”
Edmund Burke (1729-1797, Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who served as a Member of Parliament in England for the House of Commons with the Whig Party.)
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.” — Immanuel Kant
What elevates us to supreme states of joy, love, and enlightenment? What are our true passions?
We are all unique, thank God, with diverse tastes and perspectives. So, what may elevate one to soar to heights of ecstasy or serenity may not be that for another.
My passions are music, art, spirituality, nature, learning new things, writing, kindness, my divine relationships, laughter, new adventures, and more, some I haven’t even discovered yet.
For others it may be space travel, mountain climbing, snowboarding, or high wire walking across the Grand Canyon. But, whatever it is, as a very dear friend always says, “Do you!” and be you with the people you love the most.
That’s what this holiday season is all about. It’s not so much about the consumerism, although shopping can be a great adventure too. It’s about taking the time to explore those relationships and experiences that truly bring us joy.
Each life journey is a gift. We know that more now than ever before. Cherish the sublime moments where you are free to tap into your unique connection to The Divine and Supreme Source, and contemplate the mysteries of our world and beyond.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Be safe and Godspeed, always.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya