Over the past couple of decades there has been an explosion of spiritual books on the bookshop shelves which form a wonderful resource to acknowledge and celebrate.
I have read avidly for the past 20 years or so, kicking off with, "Road less Travelled', and its sequels which were written by Scott Peck and first appeared in the late 70's. No doubt I have learnt and benefitted greatly from such readings.
For all the undoubted value of these great texts, though , I realise that it is often the small , simple saying or sentence which can cut through to deliver a flash of insight.
Here I am in Bali doing some yoga classes, on day 1 the teacher invites us to, "come to class like an empty glass". It's so simple but I like it - an empty glass has much space to fill, an "empty human being", moves through life with openness and receptivity to new ideas and experiences. A, "full human", on the other hand is topped up with preconceptions and rigid ideas with little interest in expansion or challenge. Similarly shamanic practitioners aim to become a, "hollow bone", - an unobstructed channel channel between spirit and material worlds.
The yoga teachers here seem good at this kind of thing, another describes the work of spiritual practice as, "a tiny particle of the universe ( you and me ) getting to know the entirety of "the universe". Beyond the illusion of the material all is connected - the subject of many volumes - but pithily summarised by Canadian yoga teacher Greg.
As picture speaks a thousand words, as we all know, and similarly a few simple words or a short sentence can reveal a truth to with more clarity than an entire book.