I suddenly knew I was looking at it from the wrong angle and I gave the cloth in my hand a quarter turn.
Immediately I saw a beautiful and coherent golden pattern.
... In wonder, the pattern had emerged, to be seen in all its beauty by those who could learn to make the quarter turn.
Helen Luke was a mentor to me. The above quote is from her inner autobiography, Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On. She begins the book with a dream in which one of her oldest friends, now gone, is asked on the other side to weave a tapestry that tells the story of her life.
But as Helen looks at the cloth, it makes no sense—until she gives the cloth a quarter turn and the pattern of her friend’s life emerges plainly.
Helen then offers the quarter turn as a synonym for a paradigm shift, as a way to understand those unexpected shifts of perception that return us to the hidden wholeness that knits life together. And like the fine-adjustment knob on a telescope or microscope that brings what you’re looking at into focus, the quarter turn is the skill of perception by which you can br …