I finally got my hands on a copy of The Prophet. It was written in 1923 by Lebanese American poet, artist and author Khalil Gibran. Certainly a beautiful soul and mind with intelligence, love and creative powers beyond his era.
I've been wanting to read this book for several years now but just got around to picking it up. I was exposed to a few lines of it when reading a Seventeen Magazine article featuring Hillary Duff. The words were so simple yet powerful and remained imprinted in my mind from that point forward. Here you'll find one of the fairly short chapters on self knowledge:
And a man said, "Speak to us of Self-Knowledge."
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
Much respect for the man with a beautiful mind and words to match. Definitely pick up a copy for yourself, I promise you'll enjoy and maybe grow a little in the process.
Peace, Power, and Love <3