The power of love is in hope, For by it we await the reward of love. The failing of hope is the disappearance of love. Hope is a rest from labors in the midst of labors. Toils depend on it. Mercy encircles it. Experiencing the gifts of the Giver of Life engenders hope. But he who is without experience remains in doubt.
from CHRIST THE ETERNAL TAO by Hieromonk Damascene
Everybody has had transcendent wisdom break into the mind. When you’ve wracked your brain with a problem for a long time and then, for some reason, you’ve stopped struggling, and then all of a sudden you got an "Aha! That’s it," where does that come from? Wisdom has broken through.
If you are not only to taste freedom but to be freedom, you have to have an absolute
fidelity to Truth, and you have to be wedded to this fidelity forever. If freedom is
going to be a living and ongoing experience, the human part of you has to keep
fidelity with Truth and be committed to living in that Truth. As soon as you break
your fidelity to Truth, you kick yourself out of the freedom of Truth.
Being your true self, being your true nature, is different than experiencing it with thought. Realize that you are the mystery, and you can't really look at mystery because you are only capable of looking from the mystery. There is a very awake, alive and loving mystery, and that is what is seeing through your eyes at this moment. Encounter pure mystery, which is pure spirit, and wake up to what you are.