At This Moment, by William Segal

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
or emptiness
take their meaning and significance
for the seeker.
The knowledge
of higher presence
of the ever-present merging
of one ordinary,
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.


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January 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm

beautiful writing, forcefully expressed. steven

John M.reply
January 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

cannot be described or comprehended

nor should it be

just is



Luke Stormsreply
January 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm
– In reply to: John M.

Greetings John,

Thanks for dropping by. It’s always good to have you over.



Deborah Barlowreply
January 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

I just ordered this book. Thank you for this and for such an exquisite blog.

Luke Stormsreply
January 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm
– In reply to: Deborah Barlow

Hi Deborah.

Thank you for the comment. It means a lot to me, especially when it comes from a blogger that I admire tremendously.

There’s a wonderful book of Segal’s poetry entitled “Openings” that I think may interest you.

In addition, there are also also three amazing short films about William Segal directed by Ken Burns called, “Seeing, Searching & Being.”

The film, as well as the books,”Openings,” and “A Voice at the Borders of Silence” are, in my opinion, precious additions to any library.



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