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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Silent Letter Holds One Heart

God’s Presence came down
uttered  Anochi I Am
love filled everything

aleph not a sound
a single letter held all
unity One heart

It is taught that when God spoke, all the people could hear was the first letter of the first word spoken, aleph, a letter with no sound of it’s own. The word was Anochi I Am. Everything else was perceived in the container of that awesome silence, while the whole earth trembled. Bet, is the first letter of the written Torah, B’reishit, “in the beginning,” yet in the empty silence of Aleph, all that would ever be was, is contained. The last letter of the written Torah is lamed. We read Torah again and again, a circle. The end connects to the beginning, and the word lev, heart, is revealed. (lamed betvet-is the same letter). We, humanity are One heart held in the silence of aleph, Anochi, I Am, the Oneness of ALL BEING.

Do you see the tiny heart of sky opening?

As Shavuot approaches I imagine God’s Presence descending upon Sinai as an enormous heart, engulfing not just the mountain but all of Creation with chesed, lovingkindness and rachamim, compassion, though from below it was experienced as a dark cloud, Mystery, so that the people stood back in Yirah, awe and fear. And when they/we receive Torah, not the words, but the inner teachings, the felt transmission that continues to be offered as we sit in silence and listen, their/our hearts open like the parting clouds, receiving the Or haTorah, the Light of Torah, anew, moment by moment, breath by breath.

Shavuot, often referred to as the feast of weeks falls on the 50th day after Pesach. It is the day the Jewish people celebrate receiving matanah shel Torah, the gift of Torah. We will welcome Shavuot at sunset this Saturday evening here in the United States, Sunday will be the first day of the celebration, day fifty and the Omer counting will end at that time.

haiku my heart at recuerda mi corazon

Skywatch Friday


  1. Oh Laura, they are beautiful hearts painted in your sky, thanks for sharing and reminding everyone to keep an eye out for the beauty that nature provides us

  2. Beautiful billowing clouds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Magnificent clouds and wonderful captures for the day, Laura! Happy SWF! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  4. The clouds are an amazing image indeed. Please have a good Friday.

    daily athens photo

  5. I like what Pearl Maple said ... beautiful hearts painted in your sky. I love your words too - your insights always make me stop and think. And stop and think again. Thank you, Laura. You are so appreciated - and are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  6. Your images and words are filled with Peace.
    So much happening in my world that blogging friends
    are being neglected.
    Forgive me.
    Overload of work inside and outside, family priorities, health issues are consuming me at the moment.
    I will return.
    Take care.
    You are loved....

  7. Absolutely beautiful cloud captures! The first shot just blew me away.

  8. it is comforting and vital to know God.

    Thank you.

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Just wonderful
    Thank you
    Enjoy life.

  10. So wonderful photo! Have a nice Friday, and nice weekend!:)

  11. I always love your words and photos. Happy weekend!


  12. Beautiful!Have a great weekend!


  13. Stunning... I am speechless.

  14. thank you for sharing the deepest revelations of your faith. love and wisdom weave through all cultures, through a variation of enlightened "founts". to share so openly salutations that exalt all hearts, and serve to tie us together and imbue us with connection, to throw open all doors in the house of belonging, is divine.
    thank you for this offering of generosity and love.

  15. Nydelige himmelske bilder HA en flott helg :=)

  16. Very inspiring post ~ lovely haiku ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  17. This is a breathtaking post, as catching a small glimpse of The Mystery always can be. Thanks for the reminders. . .
    happy weekend

  18. This is beautiful! I have heart-photo too. :)

  19. Happy Shavuot!!

    Great photo and haiku. When I look out of an airplane window and look down on the clouds like this... I think there are times you almost cannot help sense the divine.

  20. my son lies on our trampoline taking pictures of sky and cloud daily - fascination, beautiful - new word to add to my vocabulary - thank you, Namaste

  21. Such a gorgeous sky!

    My Sky Shot, please come and see. Have a great weekend.

  22. what a beautiful capture of the clouds and thoughtful words. i enjoyed my visit here.

  23. hope you have some good blinzes on shavuot

  24. Both your photos are wonderful!!! Especially that first one...very appropriate for the content of your blog!

  25. Congratulations on this beautiful photos. Delicious heart of clouds.

  26. fantastic post and very special blog!


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