The Prophet:  On Reason & Passion by Colleen Milburn

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Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
I would have you consider your judgment and your appetite even as you would two loved guests in your house.
Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows – then let your heart say in silence, “God rests in reason.”
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky – then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”
And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.

- from ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran

Photo composite & digital work in Photoshop CS4. My own images, plus PS brushes. A source list of brushes I use in my work is on my profile page.


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I am an Australian photographer and digital artist.

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  • Valentina D
    Valentina Dover 3 years ago

    Wow wow wow !!!…They just keep gettting better …well you do really !!!But while each one of the works in this series is amazing this one is truly outstanding. Beuatiful and inspiraitonal work.

  • Hi sweetie – thank you so much! :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 3 years ago

    A really stunning composition Colleen, just love this series, well done.

    David xx

  • Ooh, David – thank you …xox

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsover 3 years ago

    this is beyond words. this is truth. The man himself would be in awe of your representation of his words.
    I just…LOVE what you are doing in this series.

  • How lovely and generous of you to say, Kristin – thank you :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

  • Ushna sweetie – thank you!!!

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 3 years ago

    Great work Colleen!!

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 3 years ago

    Beautiful atmosphere , a tender and powerful work Colleen !! X

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 3 years ago

    wonderful creation Colleen, well done

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    SPECTACULAR image, Colleen!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! Your work always, always has SUCH passion and LIFE!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 3 years ago

    A great addition to the series my friend! Excellent work :)

  • Rozalia Toth
    Rozalia Tothover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Colleen! Amazing!

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