It was essential that I spent many hours in the art of contemplation. There are insights to be had only after the practice of many years. There is an essential discipline and I had to give myself up to the training.

I threw myself into the effort and my teachers were surprised at my progress.

I found that I have many selves, and I conducted a dialogue between myself as scientific sceptic and myself as seeker after truth. I contemplated the limitless space of the universe and dived deep into the wonderful world of the subatomic particle, and my scientific self was forced to look again at the paradoxes of the mystics.


  © 1999 Helen Whitehead