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It's the primary America we're in. There's this primary America of freeways and jet flights and TV and movie spectaculars. And people caught up in this primary America seem to go through huge portions of their lives without much consciousness of what's immediately around them. The media have convinced them that what's right around them is unimportant. And that's why they're lonely. You see it in their faces. First the little flicker of searching, and then when they look at you, you're just kind of an object. You don't count. You're not what they're looking for. You're not on TV. Read more... )
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The Buddhist tradition has a lovely concept of friendship, the notion of the Kalyana-mitra, the "noble friend". Your Kalyana-mitra, your noble friend, will not accept pretension but will gently and firmly confront you with your own blindness. No one can see his life totally. As there is a blind spot in the retina of the human eye, there is also in the soul a blind side where you are not able to see. Therefore you must depend on the one you love to see for you what you cannot see for yourself. Your Kalyana-mitra complements your vision in a kind and critical way. Such friendship is creative and critical; it is willing to negotiate awkward and uneven territories of contradiction and woundedness.

One of the deepest longings of the human soul is the longing to be seen. In an ancient myth Narcissus looks into the pool, sees his own face and becomes obsessed with it. Unfortunately, there is no mirror in the world where you can catch a glimpse of your soul. You cannot even see your own body completely. If you look behind you, the front of your body is out of view. You can never be fully visually present to your self. The one you love, your anam cara, your soul friend, is the truest mirror to reflect your soul. The honesty and clarity of true friendship also brings out the real contour of your spirit. It is beautiful to have such a presence in your life.


excerpt from Anam Cara: A book of Celtic Wisdom

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Nov. 21st, 2007 07:27 pm
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There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence post. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence post....
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and his father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The time passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the post. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are a very rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us."Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole in your fence post. Time Passed and things change but the memory's still there!!!!!
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In any creative endeavor, we must learn how to get out of our own way. How do we put our usual, rational, egoistic ways of thinking aside long enough to go into the quiet center of our hearts?

To prepare, we must stop thinking about what we're going to get out of the creative activity. No more thinking about how the rent will be paid. No more thinking about whether anyone will like what we produce. No more thinking about how this piece could just solve your latest problem or bring the clamoring millions to your feet. No more inner complaining about how talented other people are. Certainly, no thinking about grades, awards, or job security. That's all death to the creative process.

Your ego is there to help you survive. It may even help you build on what you create. Thank it, but ask it to step aside for a few hours. That's all. Just a few hours. And allow yourself to have a joyful, no-strings-attached experience of the creative power flowing through you.

When you begin, expect nothing. Put your whole focus on the activity itself. Have fun. Experiment. Be amazed.

Do it again.


~Excerpt from "Invoking The Muse"

See also: http://www.mythsdreamssymbols.com/herojourney.html
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The Law of Diversity states that the more ecologically diverse any environment is the more ecologically stable the environment is.

(this is also referred to as the Law of Limited Competition)

4 Things Humans Do to Breach the Law of Diversity
• Exterminate competition.
• Systematically destroy their competitors' food source to make room for their own food source.
• Deny their competitors' access to food.
• Store food, to which competition is denied access.

Why would we breach the law of limited competition?
growth
A growing population needs more food.
More food leads directly to a growth in population.
A growing population needs more food.
More food leads directly to a growth in population, and so on, and so on . . .


There is a myth in our culture to which we have adhered since the beginning of history (which is essentially the beginning of culture, or the beginning of 'time') that we have accepted as fact and, therefore, have made it our reality. That myth goes like this:

The earth was created exclusively for man and man, in turn, was created to rule the earth as he sees fit. Be fruitful and multiply . . .

Contrary to the reality that we have made from our myth, is a more fundamental reality that states that the Earth is a Community of Life which is bound together by certain laws (such as gravity, etc.) from which mankind is not exempt.

This community of Life thrives on the law of Diversity.

Any one species that defies this law is able to, and does, in effect:

Eliminate all competition for a food source.
Eliminate all of its food sources' competition, and
Eliminates any species that does not feed its food source.

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