Thursday, October 25, 2012

A River has Many Voices

A river has many voices. Swiftly bubbling along and skipping over the stones in its early course, then growing more sonorous and contemplative along the more mature meanders of the plain. But these different voices are the same river. And in time those waters which reach the sea will evaporate, and in this transformed state will make a further sky journey to be returned to the source once more. 

It is a slow exhaling and inhaling of creative breath, as with the source of creative motherly Wisdom. Out of her longing for unity this motherly Wisdom stands at the source of every creation. But to achieve unity once more, creation must necessarily first pass through a condition of duality, and from duality to multiplicity. The One, in contemplating herself, becomes Two, and from Two all the multiple forms of creation flow forth. Wisdom initiates movement – and yet Wisdom herself remains still. The true act of creation is in harmony with nature, but more than this, it is nature, it is as organic as the flowing of the many-voiced river, as the flames dancing in forest darkness, as the changing clouds, or as the wind blowing streamers of sand over the crests of desert dunes.

All these forms have their own voices – even when to our ears they are silent.  But little by little, if only we open ourselves to the many voices of the river, we will hear the murmurings from its source.    


  1. The River Has Many Voices is a wonderful sequel to Mother Water. As in Mother Water Emma compares the cycle of water to creation, the creation of the universe and of life. She points that creation starts with the Oneness longing to experience Itself, and from this all creation flows. I especially like her statement, "Wisdom initiates movement – and yet Wisdom herself remains still." Beautifully put! Creation is the expression of Stillness in infinite ever changing forms, yet that Stillness, Mother Wisdom, remains. Emma reminds us that by opening ourselves, even a little, we are able to reconnect to our source. Thank you Emma for such a beautiful blog, I'm truly grateful!

  2. I am equally grateful to you, Joseph, for your ever compassionate perception.