William Segal - scan from, "A Voice at The Borders of Silence," p. 235
William Segal – scan from, A Voice at The Borders of Silence, p. 235

When we turn to anything other than God
we miss the mark.

Even when we turn to God as an image
or concept
or idea,
we miss the mark

This is what separates the mystics
and the literal minded religious.
At this point, too,
The mystics sometimes flounder.

Turning to God
in the sense of
absolute stillness, in the sense that
one dwells in the great void
cannot be described. But it is here
that we enter fully
into the experience. It is here
that the words
void
or emptiness
take their meaning and significance
for the seeker.
The knowledge
of higher presence
of the ever-present merging
of one ordinary,
small
existence
with a limitless force
comes together.
All the words merge
and disappear
at this moment.

— The text as well as the photograph are from the amazing autobiography of William Segal, entitled “A Voice at the Borders of Silence,” Edited by Mark Magill. (The Overlook Press, New York, 2003), p. 234.