This design by Rebekah Quantrill- Tozer was inspired by the written works of Saint Julian of Norwich who wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love, which is generally considered one of the most remarkable documents of medieval religious experience.
She spent the latter part of her life as a recluse with her cat who she loved dearly.
Julian of Norwich is often quoted as having said “All Shall be Well!” It is perhaps the most famous passage from her Revelations of Divine Love. However, when you read the Revelations themselves — the passage occurs in Chapter 27 — what you discover is that in the first instance it was not Julian who said this, but God who said it to Julian. Furthermore, Julian then goes on to argue with God for a full 13 chapters about how all things could not possibly turn out well!
This might seem at first quite scary, but if we reflect on this, what we usually discover is that our condemning judgements actually serve to hold certain things at arm’s length, so that we don’t really have to feel their reality or the threat they represent, and that letting go of these condemnations actually puts us more in touch with reality and so more able to engage it creatively and actively for the good.
All shall be well is radical, but not as a simple slogan. It invites us to a different way of being in daily life, our condemnations suspended, ourselves more sensitively in touch with what is, and so more creatively engaged.
11oz Mug, dishwasher and microwave safe – though these may cause the designs to fade over time.