alchemy project

One of my favourite teachings by Martín Prechtel is that ‘violence is an inability with grief’. In other words, it takes skillfulness to grieve well, to grieve wholeheartedly. It requires us to bravely, nakedly come to face all that is lost, keeping our hearts open to loving just as fully again.

When we make war, lashing out in rage and revenge, it is because we are unwilling to make this full encounter with grief. It is easy to enact the same violence which has taken so much from us - including towards ourselves - but the greater work is to let that which is missing enlarge your life; to make beauty from your brokenness.

Whatever you hold in the cauldron of your intention is your offering to the divine. The quality of assistance you can generate and receive from the Holy is governed by the quality of your inner offering. When you indulge in fear and doubt, you are flooding the arena where love is attempting to work.

—  Toko-Pa Turner