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Art and Images in Psychiatry
April 2009

Hagia Sophia (Divine Wisdom)

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James C.HarrisMD


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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009;66(4):353-354. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2009.26

There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, and a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all,Natura naturans.—Thomas Merton, “Hagia Sophia,” 19631(p65)

The world's religions emphasize the importance of adhering to a prescribed spiritual path that facilitates emotional maturity and offers the hope of transcendent wisdom. Such wisdom is accompanied by a heightened consciousness, a sense of inner silence, joy, gratitude, and a spontaneous morality. To develop wisdom, both Western and Eastern religions teach constraint, a disciplined morality, charitable concern, and compassionate action.

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