“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery, and thought is viscous.”–
Henry Brooks Adams (The Education of Henry Adams (1907) ch. 31)
“Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.”
Thought To Ponder:
How do you use your words?
How do your words reflect your environment?
So, during a conversation with someone I replied to their comment about it being a f***ed world, ‘Really, I think it is a beautiful world’.
To which they replied, ‘Yeah well you,’ (as in me) ‘choose what you wanna believe, I KNOW its a f***ed world…’
Ummm… yeah… I do choose what I believe, don’t we all. So I voice my thought, ‘Sure do, we all choose our beliefs and thoughts.’
To which they reply, “I don’t choose my beliefs, I live in the real world, what reality do you live in, obviously not mine!’
YEP! True, I don’t live in their world. And I still see the world as beautiful. And they got it in one – I choose my beliefs and thoughts … so do they …
Love is …
a state of being
a verb – something we do
something we give to another
what we emanate …”
BiBi – poet author
Love, just saying the word evokes a sensation. It’s supposed to make the world go round, be the solution to life – poets have written about it, philosophers have pondered it, musicians have sung to us of it.
Love, desired by many, a gift a curse, anything we make it to be. Love is the pursuit of many, we fight for it, walk away from it, say it and sometimes do it, and we are taught that to have a great love in many ways completes us. AND in many ways it does, however it is only part of the process of self-completion.
The word love originates from song, a song of praise, something which is dear and beloved. It is a state of being, something which emanates from within. It is something that cannot be demanded or expected and as a place of being it is something we share with another. We complete who we are through our ability to love.
We are loved according to how we love. How well you love yourself will determine how well you will be loved. When we engage in the act of love through our ability to love from self we participate in the movement of love which has no end or beginning and this extends beyond who we are to the object of our live to the outer realms – indelibly.
Thought to ponder …
What are your beliefs regarding love?
What is your experience of love?
How do you demonstrate love?
Do you contribute to the act of love?
Do you emanate love?
How is this evidenced?
What is love to you?
Are you continually in pursuit of love?
Do you feel love?
Do you share love?
How do you know you are loved?
Can you list ten ways you love?
Have your experiences of love being positive or negative?
Is your heart open to receiving love?
How well do you love yourself?
What do you do to love yourself?
Did you know …
it’s perfectly okay, even highly ideal, to claim all is well amidst doubt and confusion?
To be happy in spite of challenges?
To laugh at problems?
Dance and sing for no reason?
Talk to inanimate objects?
To feel sad without it being called depression?
Did you know it is okay?
AND more …
YOU are okay!
Life can present scary situations.
That will never change.
Sometimes we run, sometimes we freeze, sometimes we rebel against them.
Unless we do something different the scary situation will always win.
Instead of running from something scary
… it’s easier to learn not to be scared than to run, freeze.
“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it…” – ‘We Bought a Zoo’
About Edgar Cayce(1877 – 1945)
Edgar Cayce, also known as the Sleeping Prophet) was a devout Christian who read the Bible in its entirety once a year. He had a psychic gift from childhood, which put him on his career path at the age of 21 as a psychic and healer.
Every year, tens of thousands of people from all over the world become interested in the life work of one ordinary man. He was an average individual in most respects: a loving husband, a father of two children, a skilled photographer, a devoted Sunday School teacher, and an eager gardener. Yet, throughout his life, he also displayed one of the most remarkable psychic talents of all time.
For forty-three years of his adult life, Edgar Cayce demonstrated the uncanny ability to put himself into some kind of self-induced sleep state by lying down on a couch, closing his eyes, and folding his hands over his stomach. This state of relaxation and meditation enabled him to place his mind in contact with all time and space. From this state he could respond to questions as diverse as, “What are the secrets of the universe?” to “How can I remove a wart?” His responses to these questions came to be called “readings” and contain insights so valuable that even to this day individuals have found practical help for everything from maintaining a well-balanced diet and improving human relationships to overcoming life-threatening illnesses and experiencing a closer walk with God.
These ‘readings’, covered topics of physical health, past life readings, business advice, dream interpretation and mental/spiritual health. His success rate for physical readings was 100%, and many of his global and medical predictions have come true. In 1931 he founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to document, research and disseminate his information. The A.R.E. currently house all of his readings (over 14,000) and follow-ups to the readings, all of which are available to the public at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.), in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
This material represents the most massive collection of psychic information ever obtained from a single source. Countless individuals have been touched by the life work of this man who was raised a simple farm boy and yet became one of the most versatile and credible psychics the world has ever known. In addition to the Cayce readings, the organization makes available a large collection of Edgar Cayce books, New Age books, Self-Help books and Metaphysical Books.
Actually, we have no problems –
we have opportunities for which we should give thanks…
An error we refuse to correct has many lives.
It takes courage to face one’s own shortcomings
and wisdom to do something about them.
Thought To Ponder
How do you see challenges and problems?
Do you see them as opportunities to grow and learn?
Do you give thanks for challenges?
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”
Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) was born in Amsterdam, Holland. He was a descendant of Portuguese Sephardic Jews and his name derives from the town of Espinoza in northwestern Spain. His family immigrated to Holland in order to escape the tentacles of the Inquisition and to return to the Judaism of their forefathers.
He was known as a philosopher’s philosopher. Bertrand Russell said of him that he was ‘the noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers’. Unfortunately this did not prevent him from being vilified, excommunicated from his Jewish community, and labelled a heretic during his time.
Spinoza was among the most important of the post-Cartesian philosophers who made significant contributions in every area of philosophy. Along with Descartes and Leibniz, he is known as one of the three major Rationalists.
He is best known for his work The Ethics, one of the classics of modern philosophy (published after his lifetime). In it he sets out his metaphysical ideas, which begin with the notion that reality comprises of just one substance, which can be conceived of as either Nature or God. This substance has infinitely many attributes, however, we a finite human beings can only perceive two of them, extension and thought. Unlike Descartes, who put forth that mind and body are two separate types of things, Spinoza argued that mind and body are merely different ways of conceiving the same reality. Starting from basic assumptions and by a series of geometric proofs (along with many other philosophers, Spinoza believed that mathematics was the means to discovering the truth about the universe) he constructed a universe that was also God.
Be not astonished at new ideas;
for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true
because it is not accepted by many.”
This is the classic example of pantheism – the belief that God and the universe are one and the same. Since God and Nature are one, God is immanent (not transcendent), self-creating and entirely free.
As far as individuals go, according to Spinoza, each individual is a localized concentration of the attributes of reality and the way to liberty is by the means of one’s intellectual powers.
Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.”
As the supreme rationalist, Spinoza held that there are three levels of knowledge.
1. The lowest level of knowledge or ‘vague experience’ is acquired through the senses. For Spinoza and the other Rationalists this is not knowledge at all and real knowledge is always the conclusion of deductive reasoning.
2. ‘Adequate ideas’ or common notions provide the second level of knowledge and form the basis for the third level of knowledge.
3. An adequate idea is one that is logically coherent and the test of its truth is that logical coherence.
For peace is not mere absence of war,
but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind,
a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”
Spinoza’s highest level of knowledge is ‘intuitive knowledge’ which uses adequate ideas to know the ‘essence of things’. This knowledge is the intellectual love of God because it comprehends everything in relation to God and recognizes God as the source and connection of all things. As finite human beings, however, we have only a limited understanding of such things. We must therefore actively seek knowledge because the core objects the mind understands by the second and third kinds of knowledge, the less it suffers from harmful emotions and the fear of death.
Happiness is a virtue not its reward.”
Spinoza’s philosophy was ahead of his time in that today our planet is viewed as a single vast organism or self-regulating cell. His system also suggested a holist ethics similar to that put forth by modern ecologists. It implied that if you harm the world, you harm God, if you harm others, you harm yourself.