Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration: The healed vision of life

Sorry for the light posting last week – I’m back in town and will have the Decline of the American Empire article up Monday morning.  Meanwhile here is something more inspirational to help us prepare for the changes in the world around us.  Thanks Kelly Lee Phipps for the quote.

Art by Alex Grey

 

“”If the Mind is the directive force behind action, the mind and its vision of life must be healed before action can be anything but conflict. This healed vision of life comes from full awareness, for it involves a deep transformation of our view of the world that consists in knowing and feeling that the world is an organic unity.”

-Alan Watts

 

I love this quote because it demonstrates that everything that we create in our lives and in the world around us comes from the vision of our reality that we hold in our minds.  From that vision comes our beliefs, and from our beliefs come our experiences.

This is just as true when the outside world is changing as it is when we are working with our individual experiences.  Reality is elastic, and it flexes with the transformation of the group mind (of which we are an important part).

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By | 2011-08-07T08:04:45+00:00 August 7th, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Desiderata

Desiderata

You are a child of the universe

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

By | 2011-07-24T06:41:58+00:00 July 24th, 2011|Inspiration|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Moving into Spirit

“For me, spirituality is ecstatic experiences with the divine within nature and all that is beyond. For me, the divine is what gives the universe life and it is therefore eternal, yet it penetrates our world even to the extent of creating the time-acceleration cycles characterized by the World Tree.”

–Barbara Hand Clow

 

Tree of Life Art by Willow Arlenea

 

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By | 2011-07-03T05:58:52+00:00 July 3rd, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: This present moment

One of the passages in the Bible that is most interesting to me is the fact that during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as Lot’s wife was fleeing the city she looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.  There are many aspects of this story that can be debated, such as the hypothesis that the “burning sulfur” emitted when the cities were burning is actually evidence that a nuclear strike rather than God’s Wrath caused the destruction of the cities, and that ancient Sumerian translations of the pre-biblical story suggest that Lot’s wife actually turned into vapor rather than salt, since in those days salt was found in vapor-filled swamps.

But for my purposes today I’d like to stick with the idea of turning into a pillar of salt when we look back into our past.

In our lives we go through many planetary cycles.  Some are harmonious and create ease in our lives.  Some have the potential to be difficult and can create havoc or open a door to more painful experiences.  I have seen clients who, after a long slog through a challenging period, are afraid to look forward into a brighter future despite the fact that their current planetary cycles are filled with blessings and opportunity.

When we feel we are stuck in a cave after a huge storm, refusing to step outside, it doesn’t matter how rosy our astrology is or how beautiful – we won’t be able to move forward.  In today’s world there are real dangers that lurk everywhere, including the fear that the world will end in 2012.  If the world is ending, some ask why bother?

We can make that cave as comfortable as possible, but we will […]

By | 2011-06-26T06:43:45+00:00 June 26th, 2011|Inspiration|3 Comments
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