meaningful quotes too


----- Life is like a marathon - you cannot go doing too much otherwise you will crash out before the finish and that does no one any good.

Prof  J Kneen
 


I don't know which side any body's on anymore,

and I don't really care, 

there is a moment,

there is a moment when we have to to transcend the side we're on,

and understand that we are creatures of a higher order, 

that doesn't mean that I don't wish you courage in your struggle,

there is on both sides of this struggle, men of good will, 

that is important to remember,

on both sides of the struggle,

some struggling for freedom,

some struggling for safety,

in solemn testimony of that unbroken faith

which bind the generations one to another,

I sing this song,

"if it be your will".


- Leonard Cohen, introducing the song: "if it be your will".






Viewing the King James Version. Click to switch to 1611 King James Version of Luke 17:21.Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21Like · 1 · Wednesday at 11:53


if you wanna make peace, you don't talk to your friends, talk to your enemies
- Nikita



One of the first things you learn on this path is to ask yourself about your motives for desiring a certain thing; to ask yourself about the why of some of your emotional reactions. If you do not find the answer, it is a good beginning to pray for the will to recognize yourself fearlessly and truthfully.

Pathwork Lecture #39


Receptive, creative emptiness must truly be nurtured. Listen with an inner ear, and yet you must not do this with urgency but become receptive to when and how you will be filled. This is the only way, my friends, to find your inner sustenance, to find your divinity, and become a receptacle for the great universal power that is being released and will manifest in your life, . . . . 

Pathwork Lecture 224

i rode in the removal truck with young indian guy today, taking the last of xxx's stuff
very interesting conversation.

"you believe in god?" he asks

"I am buddhist." I say

"What does that mean."

"Well, it means you have to have compassion for everyone. Not just everyone except the idiots that piss you off. It's really hard."

"You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them."

~ The Tibetan Book of The Dead

don't worry

one day no one will worry about houses and prices.
they will be there for the taking.
there won't be enough young kids
and the population will shrink
those with kids will be revered and treated as special, taken care of and supported as the precious future

making money and growing 'rich' on paper and the bank won't be the aim of life anymore.

- Tengra Ngiam

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Your boundaries are your quest.


Most of us race through our days and our life as though there is some destination that we have to reach. In truth, there is no destination that we have to reach. That is an illusion. It's the journey that really matters, and our only responsibility is to find joy in the moment, which will bring us joy all the way through the journey.

You can afford generosity.  You can afford to let others be their best.  You can afford to give up the little self-interests.  You can afford to be in a state of love.  You can afford to have the courage and risk truth.  You can afford humility, and the best will flow to you because you can receive it.
Pathwork Lecture 239   

Understanding is in doing. - Chira, via KPL

Ps. Was wir jetzt nicht verstehen, warten wir mit Geduld ab. Vielleicht weisst Du irgendwann warum Du dann fuer Hong Kong entschieden hattest.


"To see a candle's light, one must take it into a dark place."

--Sparrowhawk, '


Two terrible things I have seen:
A sword in the hands of a fool -
Imagination in the hands of fear.
Tengra Ngiam


to light a candle
is to cast a shadow -
- Earthsea


Farther west than west
beyond the land
my people are dancing,
on the other wind

she looked into the west with the other eye, and called with the other voice, the name she had heard in her mother's dream.


 Tehanu


"

 To deny the past is to deny the future. A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it, or denies it. ....

....

Your roots are deep," he went on. "You have strength, and you must have room, room to grow.  Thus I offer you, instead of a safe trip home to Enlad, an unsafe voyage to an unknown end. You need not come. The choice is yours. But I offer you the choice. For I am tired of safe places, and roofs, and walls around me."

He end abruptly, looking about him with piercing, unseeing eyes. Arren saw the deep restless of the man, and it frightened him. Yet fear sharpens exhilaration, and it was with a leap of the heart that he answered, "My lord, I choose to go with you."

The Farthest Shore, p327, Ursula Le Guin.


"...this is. There is no safety. There is no End. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss."

.....

"And I prize that knowledge. It is a great gift. It is the gift of selfhood. For only that is ours which we are willing to lose. That selfhood, our torment and glory, our humanity, does not endure. It changes and it goes, a wave on the sea. Would you have the sea grow still and tides cease to save one wave, to save yourself ? Would you give up the craft of your hands, and the passion of your heart, and the hunger of your mind, to buy safety ?"

"Safety," Arren repeated.

"Aye," the mage said. "Safety."

The Farthest Shore, p327, Ursula Le Guin.




"To be born is to be chosen. No one is here by accident. Each one of us was sent here for a special destiny. For millions of years, before you arrived here, the dream of your individuality was carefully prepared. You were sent to a shape of destiny in which you would be able to express the special gift you bring to the world... Sometimes this gift may involve suffering and pain that can neither be accounted for nor explained . . . It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here." John O'Donohue from his book: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

"Master I  go hunting."  - A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin.

"I am here, I Ged, the Sparrowhawk and I summon my shadow."
- A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin.

"In the terrible solitude of the winter sea Ged stood and saw the thing he feared. The wind seemed to blow it farther from the boat, and the waves ran under it bewildering his eye, and ever and again it seemed closer to him. He could not tell if it moved or not. It had seen him now. Though there was nothing in his mind but horror and fear of its touch, the cold black pain that drained his life away, yet he waited, unmoving. Then all at once speaking aloud he called the magewind strong and sudden into his white sail, and his boat leapt across the grey waves straight at the lowering thing that hung upon the wind.

In utter silence the shadow, wavering turned and fled. p127   Le Guin, Ursula, A Wizard of Earthsea, Penguin, 1971, 2012.




To desire to be extraordinary, is a very ordinary desire.

To relax and be really ordinary is really extraordinary

Osho, - "the art of Dying"



My love is for the rose; I bow to her
From her dear presence I could never stir.
If she should disappear the nightingale
Would lose his reason and his song would fail,
Although my grief is one that no bird knows,
One being understands my heart - the rose.
From The Conference of the Birds' by ATTAR d. circa 1221 (trans. D D)


This is my simple religion: There is no need for temples.
No need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple.
The philosophy is kindness. - Dalai Lama
A ‘commitment of Love’ needs beeth an open heart, a telling of the whole truth – for both people – for only out of that sharing of truth canst commitment come. If true Love is there, then Love is the greatest force there is, and will over come all.
- Lady Che-Li

 

"When a man starts to learn, he is never clear about his objectives. His purpose is faulty; his intent is vague. He hopes for rewards that will never materialize, for he knows nothing of the hardships of learning.
"He slowly begins to learn-bit by bit at first, then in big chunks. And his thoughts soon clash. What he learns is never what he pictured, or imagined, and so he begins to be afraid. Learning is never what one expects. Every step of learning is a new task, and the fear the man is experiencing begins to mount mercilessly, unyieldingly. His purpose becomes a battlefield.
"And thus he has stumbled upon the first of his natural enemies: fear! A terrible enemy-treacherous, and difficult to overcome. It remains concealed at every turn of the way, prowling, waiting. And if the man, terrified in its presence, runs away, his enemy will have put an end to his quest."
"What will happen to the man if he runs away in fear?"
"Nothing happens to him except that he will never learn. He will never become a man of knowledge. He will perhaps be a bully, or a harmless, scared man; at any rate, he will be a defeated man. His first enemy will have put an end to his cravings."
"And what can he do to overcome fear?"
"The answer is very simple. He must not run away. He must defy his fear, and in spite of it he must take the next step in learning, and the next, and the next. He must be fully afraid, and yet he must not stop. That is the rule! And a moment will come when his first enemy retreats. The man begins to feel sure of himself. His intent becomes stronger. Learning is no longer a terrifying task.
- Don Juan Matus (The Teachings of don Juan)




"When determination and commitment exist in order to change and bring out the divine potential, duality will fuse into a unity."
Pathwork Lecture #226

Nobody really cool and collected. Just better or worse acting, I think. Some of us even act so well we believe our own performances.

AJ


bullshit always expensive, truth always cheap ...

- AJ


Anyone of you who truly decides to go into the nucleus of your being can do so at any time. It requires your decision to look, feel, and experience, to no longer project what is in you. When you can let a feeling -- pain, fear, disappointment -- happen to you and go to its very end, its energy current transforms itself into its original life flow. Thus, when you no longer fear a feeling, then that feeling can no longer come to you

Pathwork 191


"There is nothing that surrounds and permeates you that does not express the magnitude of a divine and benign creation. The more aware you become of it, the more joy and gratefulness must spsread in your heart."

Pathwork Lecture #208

I love this line

When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!”

Practically everything I know about writing, then, I learned from music. It may sound paradoxical to say so, but if I had not been so obsessed with music, I might not have become a novelist. Even now, almost 30 years later, I continue to learn a great deal about writing from good music. My style is as deeply influenced by Charlie Parker’s repeated freewheeling riffs, say, as by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegantly flowing prose. And I still take the quality of continual self-renewal in Miles Davis’s music as a literary model.

One of my all-time favorite jazz pianists is Thelonious Monk. Once, when someone asked him how he managed to get a certain special sound out of the piano, Monk pointed to the keyboard and said: “It can’t be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!”

I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, “It’s true. There aren’t any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words.” I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them.    ----Haruki Murakami




Five Sutras for Aquarian Age (12/12/12) from Yogi Bhajan - the Master of Kundalini Yoga:

  • Recognize that the other person is you.
  • There is a way through every block.
  • When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
  • Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
  • Vibrate the Cosmos, and the Cosmos shall clear the path.



When you give up your childish idea
of how others should love you, you will not fear loving others.
simple neh ?


yes, simple as it is. 


But as we know...
we can only love if we want to.
We can fear if we want to.
We can heal if we want to.

We can destroy if we want to.
We live in all sorts of duality. 
It's up to us...




"The acceptance of your hate will make you more loving,the acceptance of your weakness more strong, the acceptance of your pain more blissful.

Pathwork Lecture #190


"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions" ~
Albert Einstein

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger” ? Ben Okri

marcel marceau, i think, once said: we are what we pretend to be. therefore, we must choose carefully what we pretend to be.

" I have this gift - the most wonderful in the world. It is known as ' THIS MINUTE'  and I can do what I want with it. I can take it into me and sit and think, or I can get out and make a change for the better in some one's life - or I can sit and waste it by thinking about the hour after this. If I think about the future, then  my 'Gift' is useless, for it is overlooked and negated. However if I want this gift to last a life time, then I will concentrate on it with all of my might, and for this one moment in  my life, I will be able to change the things that I see. When I live my life gathering all of my 'Gifts of Moments', then in my life time, I will change the world......" John of Aesc.

 
'dance me to the children who are asking to be born....'  - Leonard Cohen 

Sometimes the threads on the loom suggest the picture to come.

Then we know that our children-to-be Hope for us in the Bardo.

For them we weave until our arms grow tired.
                -- The years of Rice and Salt - by Kim Stanley Robinson


"finally making it and getting there"   Bugging you


Where is Haiko?-(o)- ChironHeal -(o)- travel -(o)- stories -(o)- travel-tales -(o)- Spirit -(o)- Chi-Plates

I tell you a secret: there are no adults, they are all kids.   - Little Chau (7 year old, Vietnamese girl)


to be in power, to be in control is not something any sensible person wants - Alan Watts http://youtu.be/FueTswfJTGw

not a rule, a choice. AJ

choices I can make, rules I break - HR


"there are no answers, only choices" - AJ


guru's last rule - only destination matters - if you want the same things and it's strong then it will work - AJ


You know you could leave all this.
It'll carry on all right without you.
Come with me and walk the stars.

It's astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into,
if one really WORKS at it :-P

And Astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself OUT of,
if one simply assumes that everything will somehow or other
work out for the best.
"Destruction"  'Sandman', Vol10:3pp79 Neil Gaiman


you have your new life. work on forgetting. it's a skill - AJ


 May it not even be that death shall unite us to all romance, and that some day we shall fight dragons among blue hills, or come to that whereof all romance is but

'Foreshadowings mingled with the images
Of man's misdeeds in greater days than these,'

                from: Celitic Twilight - WB Yeats   at http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/twi/twi17.htm

charlie chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY“.

 

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.

Today I call it “RESPECT“.

 

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.

Today I call it “Maturity“.

 

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm.

Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE“.

 

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it “SIMPLICITY“.

 

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF“.

 

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time.

Today I discovered that is “MODESTY“.

 

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.

 

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT“.

 

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.

Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART“.

 

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

Today I know THAT IS “LIFE“!


Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich verstanden, dass ich immer und bei jeder Gelegenheit zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort bin und dass alles was geschah richtig ist. Von da an konnte ich ruhig sein. Heute weiß ich, das nennt sich Selbstachtung!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, konnte ich erkennen, dass emotionaler Schmerz und Leid nur Warnungen für mich sind, gegen meine eigene Wahrheit zu leben. Heute weiß ich, das nennt man Authentisch-Sein!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich verstanden, wie sehr es jemanden beschämt, ihm meine Wünsche aufzuzwingen, obwohl ich wusste dass weder die Zeit reif noch der Mensch dazu bereit war und auch wenn ich selbst dieser Mensch war. Heute weiß ich, das nennt sich Selbstachtung!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich aufgehört mich nach einem anderen Leben zu sehnen und konnte sehen, dass alles um mich herum eine Aufforderung zum Wachsen war. Heute weiß ich, das nennt man Reife!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich aufgehört mich meiner freien Zeit zu berauben und ich habe aufgehört weiter grandiose Projekte für die Zukunft zu entwickeln. Heute mache ich nur was mir Spaß und Freude bereitet, was ich liebe und was mein Herz zum Lachen bringt auf meine eigene Art und Weise und in meinem Tempo. Heute weiß ich, das nennt man Ehrlichkeit!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich mich von allem befreit was nicht gesund für mich war, von Speisen, Menschen, Dingen, Situationen und von Allem, das mich immer wieder hinunter zog, weg von mir selbst. Anfangs nannte ich das gesunden Egoismus, aber heute weiß ich, das ist Selbstliebe!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, hörte ich auf, immer recht haben zu wollen, so habe ich mich weniger geirrt. Heute habe ich erkannt, das nennt man Einfach-Sein!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, habe ich mich geweigert immer weiter in der Vergangenheit zu leben und mich um meine Zukunft zu sorgen. Jetzt lebe ich nur mehr in diesem Augenblick wo alles stattfindet. So lebe ich jeden Tag und nenne es Vollkommenheit!

Als ich mich wirklich selbst zu lieben begann, da erkannte ich, dass mich mein Denken armselig und krank machen kann. Als ich jedoch meine Herzenskräfte anforderte bekam mein Verstand einen wichtigen Partner, diese Verbindung nenne ich
Herzensweisheit!

Wir brauchen uns nicht weiter vor Auseinandersetzungen, Konflikten und Problemen mit uns selbst und anderen zu fürchten, denn sogar Sterne knallen manchmal aufeinander und es entstehen neue Welten. Heute weiß ich, das ist das Leben


Things I can't control are good for me. I learn stuff. - AJ



Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

In all illness there is a decision where I say: I would rather pay the price of illness in this and that way, than to face a particular key truth.
"I'll pay with pain ... "
It is interesting how hard a particular truth can be.
What is the 'hardness' of that truth ? it is not the hardness of lifting a rock, of running 5 km's ? but it is hard in another way.
HR's ( from Myss talks 11May11 Radio talk Hay House)



"It must be seen that you cannot harm yourself without also harming others, no more than you can harm others without also harming yourself. This is not a law of retribution of a vindictive authority up in heaven. It is so because you are all, we are all, they are all, everyone is the one universal self."

 Pathwork Lecture #176





All people and creatures are born to a purpose - just flow with life, and you will achieve that which you were born to do. Have faith, for faith is 'the KEY in the doorway of tomorrow'.
- Chiron, John of Aesce - 'Wounded Healer, July 2009'.

Faith is a feeling, not a mental belief. - Emmanuel, (paraphrased from memory)


"You must treat your dreams-including yourself--as you would treat your beloved."

--Florinda Donner-Grau


"...The world is a feeling. When one is not-doing, one is feeling the world, and one feels the world through its lines..."

don Juan Matus, in Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda

"Dreaming is feeling first, then interpreted into sensation, sound, and image..."

          

Florinda Matus, to Florinda Donner-Grau




Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it." ~Unknown


"The best religion is the one that makes you a better person. The best path in life is the one that makes you use your unique skills to the best that you can. The best happiness that you can have, is to decide on the three main things that you want in life- (One for each level) and achieve them. All other things are for every one else. " Lady Che Li.


 

According to seers, the energy that supports dreaming is the energy of affection: loving acknowledgement of each aspect of the total dream. That includes affection for the dreamer, as we are also, each of us, a dream! We are dreamt by ourselves, by each other, and above all, by Infinity itself, traveling on the sea of awareness in this experience we call life. So any internal dialogue of comparing ourselves to others or feeling unworthy simply means we have forgotten our origin. Remembering ourselves, and affection for ourselves and others, and the dreams we are dreaming and living becomes natural.

 - From Carlos Castaneda's followers.





You have to live your way through your lives.
you cannot simply think them.
If  you are to hesitate
at the door of mind's approval,
you will remain sitting in despair
If you are willing to walk forth
where your heart calls,
you will find yourselves, moment by moment,
changing the consciousness of your world.
This is not an exaggeration.
This is who YOU ARE.

Your heart breaks because someone is in pain.
Your caring is the voice of God,
whether it is spoken audibly
or given tangibly or felt within your heart.
Therein lies all the power of the Universe.
Emmanuel3 p30 



Without your loving presence, the divine plan is incomplete.
Do not hover on the threshold
to look around with tear filled eyes.
You cannot bargain,
You cannot hope for any guarantee,
You can only unlock the door
that keeps you imprisoned, and leap into Love.
                     - Emmanual Bk3 p151.




Cinnamon & Tengra Ngiam

Anger is a reaction to believing hte universe is unfair at its deepest root.
Faith is the act of believing that contrary to what it looks like the Universe is fair and loving at its deepest root.


Bright Moment


Find something to be happy now for.  Don't wait till "if" or "when" something happens, until you will be happy.  Whatever you are waiting for is probably a ways off.  Enjoy where you are now; enjoy the process you are going through, enjoy the moment.  If you wait till conditions are just right to be happy, you are limiting your enjoyment of life.  What you are waiting for may never come, but now is here in this moment.


What is worse than losing over to enemy ?
Winning,
and then realizing that behind that facade of ENEMY, is a delicate, fearful human like myself.
There never was anything else.

Is that why after huge war suddenly people realize their common humanity and wonder why and how they got this point of destruction ? ..

the way of the warrior....


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