Statue of Julian on the front of Norwich Cathedral, holding the book Revelations of Divine Love.
"In my folly, afore this time often I wondered why by the great foreseeing wisdom of God the beginning of sin was not letted: for then, methought, all should have been well.
This stirring was much to be forsaken, but nevertheless mourning and sorrow I made therefor, without reason and discretion. But Jesus, who in this Vision informed me of all that is needful to me, answered by this word and said: It behoved that there should be sin;
but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."
—Dame Julian of Norwich, the Thirteenth Revelation, from Revelations of Divine Love (1393)
The SHWELL is an audio magazine exploring ancient tools of contemplative practice for modern living.
How might we reach up and back, through time and collective wisdom, to ground ourselves in the present moment and, in turn, the presence of God?
Where and how do we experience the transcendent in our quotidian lives? In the mundane and the extraordinary? In times, such as these, of great tumult and unrest? In moments of joy, sorrow, mystery, distress, frustration, fear, celebration, elevation, and peace?
What keeps us connected—to each other, to the Divine, to the More, the Great Mystery, the Infinite Silence, and the ground beneath our feet?
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