How One Thing Can Contain Everything

A meeting in the house of Sao Paulo – born painter based in New York. We are talking about angels, and about alchemy. At one point, I try to explain to the other guests the alchemical idea that each of us contains the whole universe and that we are, therefore, responsible for its well – being. I struggle to find the right words, but cannot come up with a good image that will explain my point of view.

The painter, who has been listening in silence, asks everyone to look out of the window of his studio.

‘What can you see?’ he asks.

‘A Street in Greenwich Village,’ someone replies.

The painter sticks a piece of paper over the window so that the street can no longer be seen; then, with a penknife, he cuts a small square in the paper.

‘And if someone were to look through there, what would he see?’

‘The same street,’ comes the reply.

The painter cuts several squares in the paper.

‘just as each of these holes contains within it the whole view of the same street, so each of us contains in our soul the same universe,’ he says.

And all of us applaud the lovely image he has found.

(From, Like the flowing River by Paulo Coelho)

14 thoughts on “How One Thing Can Contain Everything

  1. First off I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thank you!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Now, for the question that you have asked me. Personally I prefer writing post my meditation. However, The easiest way to center myself other than that would be to focus on my breath. Just bringing in all the attention to incoming and outgoing breath. This brings about focused concentration.
      Apart from this, I feel one should be comfortable writing without aiming for perfection, especially for the first draft. And ideally go back to it the next day. This helps to refine it with a fresh perspective.
      And most important thing is consistency. Write everyday and eventually you will come up with a ritual that works the best for you.

      Hope these tips help you.

      Thank you once again!


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