Altars and Thrones
Before the Throne of Beauty XXVI by Khalil Gibran
“…After a deep silence, mingled with sweet dreams, I asked, “Speak to me of that beauty which the people interpret and define, each one according to his own conception; I have seen her honored and worshipped in different ways and manners.”
She answered, “Beauty is that which attracts your soul, and that which loves to give and not to receive. When you meet Beauty, you feel that the hands deep within your inner self are stretched forth to bring her into the domain of your heart. It is the magnificence combined of sorrow and joy; it is the Unseen which you see, and the Vague which you understand, and the Mute which you hear – it is the Holy of Holies that begins in yourself and ends vastly beyond your earthly imagination.”
…And as she withdrew, I found me alone in the valley. When I returned to the city, whose turbulence no longer vexed me, I repeated her words:
“Beauty is that which attracts your soul, and that which loves to give and not to receive.”
May you greet beauty daily, allowing it to wash over your soul.
Taken in and held.
Receive, without question.
Into the domain of your heart.
Altars and thrones.
Kneel in praise and awe.
Beauty abound to be witnessed and entered.
The Creator creating and recreating, in motion, in silence, at work.
Light breaks through, again and again.