So after Christmas I went on a book buying spree at Barnes and Nobles, and I went to buy the Selection Series, but The One wasn’t out on the shelf so I asked a very attractive worker if they had it. He said that they should so he went in the back to get it, but it took him a while to find it. When he found it he like rounded the corner and smiled at me and said, “GOT IT” and it was adorable. So when he came back I bought it and everything and just today I went to read it after finishing the first two books and he had put a note in it that said, "Hope you don’t think this is weird, but you’re cute" with his name and phone number.

SO TO ALL THE BOOK NERDS WHO ARE LONELY: SHIT LIKE THIS HAPPENS FOR REAL, IT’S NOT JUST IN THE STORIES.

And to the guy who gave me the book: I’m so sorry I took so long to get to it!

i said, if she really loves someone else, why is she
still writing about you?

it’s an important question
with a kind of answer that makes my heart
nervous.

marissa had told me a story about her uncle,
who loved someone but then also loved someone else.
he carried the first woman around
like a set of keys to a house he no longer lived in.
at dinner parties, he would pull them out of his pocket
and hold them to the light, tell his nephews
about this person he would never see again.

when i think about airplanes now, i have to remember my life isn’t
just an arrival gate. the last time i was flying somewhere,
i cried through the in-flight movie. my big fear
is that i will never love someone like that again.

which is a shame. which is a waste.
if there was one thing i was good at,
it was leaving my door unlocked.
—  Yena Sharma Purmasir, “two of thirty” (2016) 

Oneness.

Henosis is the word for Mystical “Oneness”, “Union,” or “Unity” in classical Greek. In Platonism, and especially Neoplatonism, the goal of Henosis is Union with what is Fundamental in Reality: the One, the Source, or Monad. The Neoplatonic concept has precedents in the Greek Mystery Religions as well as parallels in Eastern Philosophy.

To get closest to the Monad, One, each individual must engage in Divine Work (Theurgy). This Divine Work can be defined as each individual dedicating their lives to making the Created World and Mankind’s relationship to it. This is done by living a Virtuous Life seeking after one’s Magnum Opus. Under the teachings of Iamblichus , one goes through a series of Theurgy or Rituals that Unites the initiate to the Monad. These Rituals mimic the ordering of the Chaos of the Universe into the Material World or Cosmos. They also mimic the actions of the Demiurge as the Creator of the Material World.

Each individual as a Microcosm reflects the gradual ordering of the Universe referred to as the Macrocosm. In mimicking the Demiurge (Divine Mind), one Unites with The One or Monad. Thus the process of Unification, of “The Being,” and “The One,” is called Henosis. The culmination of Henosis is Deification. Deification here making each man a God by Unifying the concept of an External Creator with themselves as Creators, builders, craftmen of their own Lives (one’s Life as their greatest work, their Magnum Opus), understanding the interdependence between the Macrocosmic and Microcosmic as the source of their activities. 

If you ever fall in love…fall in love with someone who wants to know your favorite color and just how you like your coffee. Fall in love with someone who loves the way you laugh and would do absolutely anything to hear it. Fall in love with someone who puts their head on your chest just to hear your heart beat. Fall in love with someone who kisses you in public and is proud to show you off to anyone they know. Fall in love with someone who makes you question why you were afraid to fall in love in the first place. Fall in love with someone who would never want to hurt you. Fall in love with someone who falls in love with your flaws and thinks you’re perfect just the way you are. Fall in love with someone who thinks that you’re the one they would love to wake up to each day.
—  Xoxo