"As practitioners of the tradition, it is both our challenge and our blessing to awaken to the many rhythms, colors, textures, and sounds of ashe as it moves through our lives. Learning to make each breath a prayer is hard but joyful work. Through our efforts to become aware of the ashe in ourselves and everything we see, hear, and touch, we discover - if only fleetingly - what it feels like to breathe as God breathes. The key is to trust that every hardship in life bears the gift of learning and that religion alone cannot answer all questions. Orisa teaches us to embrace the fundamental mystery of life and to seek the face of God in all things."
"In divine reality every god and every manifestation of that god is an aspect of the great indivisible whole. … ultimately everything centers around the One Divine Truth, the fundamental principle of creation, which, like creation itself, has so many aspects that every facet of that creation, every person and every human principle is reflected in it."
If you’re for everybody, you’re for nobody.
"Perhaps the true meaning of the myths is now becoming evident. The ancient peoples were not concealing information from us out of spite. Their purpose in disguising their secrets was to see that those secrets could survive. In fact, so successful were the ancient Egyptians in accomplishing their purpose that the Greeks often preserve earlier Egyptian secrets in total ignorance of their true meaning, retaining only through an innate conservatism certain peculiar archaic details which we now find to be so important. Not only are the stories mythical and symbolical in that they are not meant to be taken at face value, but they even involve “characters” and “events” which have a strictly numerical significance … It is, admittedly, difficult for those of us who have been brought up in our strictly literal civilization, where there is no such thing as hidden meaning and everything is on the surface, to think in such a way as to understand the ancient myths. It was, after all, only a century ago that supposedly intelligent people were maintaining that the Earth was created in 4004 B.C., on the basis of what the Bible was reputed to have said! And its only half a century ago that courts of Tennessee in the famous Scopes trial decided that theory of evolution was not only unholy but illegal and could not be taught in schools. WE mistakenly assume that because we have superlative technology and science we must be extremely civilized and come from a subtle background of sophisticated thinkers. But this is all a base of illusion."
"The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see."
"Leaving is not enough. You must stay gone. Train your heart like a dog. Change the locks even on the house he’s never visited. You lucky, lucky girl. You have an apartment just your size. A bathtub full of tea. A heart the size of Arizona, but not nearly so arid. Don’t wish away your cracked past, your crooked toes, your problems are papier mache puppets you made or bought because the vendor at the market was so compelling you just had to have them. You had to have him. And you did. And now you pull down the bridge between your houses, you make him call before he visits, you take a lover for granted, you take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic. Make the first bottle you consume in this place a relic. Place it on whatever altar you fashion with a knife and five cranberries. Don’t lose too much weight. Stupid girls are always trying to disappear as revenge. And you are not stupid. You loved a man with more hands than a parade of beggars, and here you stand. Heart like a four-poster bed. Heart like a canvas."
"Say I’m an airplane
And the gashes I got from my heartbreak
Make the slots and the flaps upon my wing
And I use them to give me a lift
Hip hip for the lift
Hip hip for the drag
I want them all in my bag
Oh give me anything and I’ll turn it into a gift"
"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins."