“When I watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see that I am a pensioner; not a cause, but a surprised spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and look up, and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.” – Emerson, Essay IX – The Oversoul
I wrote the above quote in my journal when I was sixteen. Emerson and Thoreau held out a vision that I identified with at that age, and still do – one of wholeness, oneness. Indeed, in the same essay, just a few sentences later, Emerson goes on to say, “within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.”
One of the most transcendent and transformative experiences of my life began early one April morning. While sitting on my porch in meditation, the expansiveness of the present moment presented itself and the oneness of the Universe made itself known to me, and through me. You can read more about this in The Anatomy of a Spiritual Experience below.