Nov. 21st, 2007 07:27 pm
doodlemaier: (love)
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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Word came that Shams was in Damascus. Rumi sent his son, Sultan Velad, to Syria to bring his Friend back to Konya. When Rumi and Shams met for the second time, they fell at each other's feet, so that "no one knew who was the lover and who the beloved." Shams stayed in Rumi's home and was married to a young girl who had been brought up in the family. Again the long mystical conversation (sohbet) began and again the jealousies grew.

~From The Essential Rumi
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Lots of blather about the tragedy of 9/11 after 5 years of processing this experience, lots of chit chit chit chit chat, lots of opinions flyin' around! Lots of facts aimed this way and that, like weapons. Who's on next? What's it all mean? Here's more: How to separate the wheat from the chaff. . . God weighs in.

I talk to everyone. All the time. The question is not to whom do I talk, but who listens? )
From Conversations with God - An Uncommon Dialogue, by Neale Donald Walsch

It's like celebrating the anti-4th of July
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about what I commonly refer to as an illusion, what the Mayans called "Veil of Maya", what the Hindus (among others) call samsara, and not unlike the 'The Matrix':
"The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while.

Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, 'Hey – don't worry, don't be afraid ever, because this is just a ride ...' And we ... kill those people. Ha ha, 'Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real.' It's just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because – it's just a ride.

And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
. . .But I guess everything Bill ever said was about not being a dumbass. And, there's plenty more here but the best yet is still directly from the horse's mouth. Check it, he was a funny dude, but only because it's true . . .
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"I've never seen a president-I don't care who he is-stand up to them
[the Israelis]. It just boggles your mind. -They always get what they want. The Israelis know what's going on all the time. ... If the American people understood what grip those people have on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens don't have any idea what goes on."

~Admiral Thomas Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, July 1970-June 1974
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I believe that today Pops is confronting the hippies (mostly Scotty) about the pot, the state of the house and his girlfriend, [livejournal.com profile] kafrin67, (henceforth known here as Mrs. Lebowski!, and hopefully not mentioned again). H has stated her case this weekend to Pops and I really need for him to do the dirty work of giving her the throw - not because I don't want to, mind you, but because the physical property is his and therefore the authority to do so. I feel that if I were to go in there enforcing a new standard willy-nilly and 'soup nazi' style then I would be drawing a line between my brother and I, and that's counter-productive.

I have three goals while I live at Medford:
∙ Save down payment on a house
∙ Repair as much as I can, and general maintenance, on the property
∙ Help Scotty get his shit together in as much as he's open and 'coachable'
And each of these initiatives stand directly in the way of Mrs. Lebowski's steady weed supply and flop house/commune fantasy. I've really got to hand it to Mr. P, a guy who doesn't have the sense to wear shoes over his socks when he goes out in public, and is a general pain in the ass when he's (frequently) wound up, he has really helped me to realize the gravity of what goes on between them - because Mrs. Lebowski, up until now, has been very careful to watch her behavior around me, and I've warned her that I'm not going to stand for the white trash yelling and screaming bit. Mike has this obsession with helping Scotty get his act together, which is what all the organizing and phone messages were about, and is privy to a lot of the things that the hippies actively keep hidden as much as they can and the abuse patterns that I simply don't have the temporal capacity to piece together - and I really appreciate his help and concern. Between he, H, Pops, and I we are a unified front to straighten things up around there, and it's a cryin' shame that it's come to this. But the very first step is to get Mrs. Lebowski out of that house, and I can only hope that Pops can get through to Scotty today and she makes "the list". . .

She can blame H all she wants; but H and Pops have an agreement between them, she was invited and is, for all intents and purposes, 'pack'; whereas Mrs. Lebowski is none more than a guest who has long overstayed her welcome.
H draws a lot of water in this house. You don't draw shit, Mrs. Lebowski. Now we got a nice, quiet little community here, and I aim to keep it nice and quiet. So let me make something plain. I don't like you sucking around, bothering our citizens, Mrs. Lebowski. I don't like your jerk-off name. I don't like your jerk-off face. I don't like your jerk-off behavior, and I don't like you, jerk-off. Do I make myself clear?

Keep your ugly fuckin' goldbrickin' ass out of Medford!
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"Only through the open heart will you come to know that which you seek. . . For it is the vessel and the path for all which you desire. . . why do you resist me?"
. . . http://deansavatar.livejournal.com/1909.html
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. . . assignments or agreements were made prior to each of our births that organized the events of our physical lives. That each of our lives was nothing more than a random act of fate in which we lived in hope of occasional acts of Divine intervention was just too preposterous a notion for me, as preposterous perhaps as the idea might seem to some that we are given Sacred Contracts whose energy directs the unfolding of the opportunities and challenges of our lives. A belief in God is built into the theory of Sacred Contracts because a person is obviously making an agreement with someone or something cosmic, whereas a person is free to muse about the existence of God - any type of God - if life is seen as nothing more than a potpourri of random events. I deeply and profoundly believe that every single life is here by Divine design and that each of us has Sacred Contracts that must be - and will be - attended to during the course of a lifetime.



May. 3rd, 2006 02:41 pm
doodlemaier: (Alone in the dark)
∙ "War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. "

∙ "Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act."

∙ "To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle."

∙ "Who controls the(ir) past controls the(ir) future. Who controls the(ir) present controls the(ir) past."

∙ "Happiness can exist only in acceptance."

~George Orwell

Got peace?

Apr. 27th, 2006 10:13 am
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I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.

~Blaise Pascal
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. . . could very well be used to polish brass on the Titanic )
For the rest of us, they are insulation against fear, doubt, and confusion. . .
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It seems we have a ball rolling here. . .

"To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation"
~Yann Martel from Life of Pi
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Maybe it's just a matter of its constant availability that we often confuse the notion that we are physical beings on a spiritual journey with the reality that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.

update: Looks like this is a quote from one Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
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'A maladjusted person with a crippled set of reflexes tends to overdevelop a narrow range of one or two interpersonal responses expressed intensely and often, whether appropriate to the situatioin or not. When two individuals interact, the 'sicker' person determines the relationship. The more extreme and rigid the person, the greater hir interpersonal 'pull' - the stronger hir ability to shape the relationship with others.

We meet here a lowest common-denominator process, a Gresham's law of interpersonal collisions. Sick people control the interpersonal interaction. The 'sicker' or the more maladaptively rigid, the more power to determine the nature of the relationship . . . The sick person has a very narrow range of interpersonal tactics, but these are generally quite powerful in their effect. In politics, however, the situation is more ominous. A country is a closed system, and you can't avoid the troublemakers - particularly because they usually have the weapons! (sometimes in the form of excuses coded into law!) Throughout most of human history, countries have been controlled by violent, suspicious, unpleasant men whose behavior would be considered criminal, or even psychotic if expressed in situations that they could not control by force.'

Notes from Tim Leary's (pre-LSD) 'Politics of Self Determination'

P.S. [livejournal.com profile] dontshootthecat gets the Asshole Award for putting my name on a mailing list from which I receive condoms and 'personal lubricants' in the mail from freestuff.com. I don't use my current address for bills and no one else knows it except H, my parents and, well. . . you! Way to go, Asshole!
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Because everything that we think of as wrong is an extension of actions, actions as extension of choice, choice as the most potent source of individual power. . . .

. . . Proactivity is based on the unique human endowment of self-awareness. The two additional unique human endowments that enable us to expand our proactvity and to exercise personal leadership in our lives are imagination and conscience.

Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us. Through conscience, we can come in contact with universal laws or principles with our own singular talents and avenues of contribution, and with the personal guidelines within which we can most effectively develop them. Combined with self-awareness, these two endowments empower us to write our own script.

Because we already live with many scripts that have been handed to us, the process of writing our own script is actually a process of 'rescripting', or paradigm shifting - of changing some of the basic paradigms we already have. As we recognize the ineffective scripts, the incorrect or incomplete paradigms within us, we can proactively begin to rescript ourselves.

~Stephen Covey, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
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If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
~ Terence McKenna, 'Food of the Gods'

McKenna argued that plant hallucinogens were inimical to modern cultures because they undermine authority structures by democratically giving all users equal access to the big picture: "Because modern institutions depend on the transmission of a certain world view and then willing acquiescense in the truth of that world view by the populations into which it is being exported. In other words a kind of cultural brainwashing is necessary for modern cultures to work at all. The consequences of the acceptance of this situation of brainwashing is further acceleration toward catastrophe."
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"The hidden dimension in the construction of the symbolic world is time." And as Norman O. Brown put it, "life not repressed is not in historical time," which I take as a reminder that time as a materiality is not inherent in reality, but a cultural imposition, perhaps the first cultural imposition, on it. As this elemental dimension of symbolic culture progresses, so does, by equal steps, alienation from the natural.

~John Zerzan
from Future Primitive
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Far worse than even the typos in an otherwise excellent article. . .

To people in rich countries like the U. S., it sounds ridiculous to extol the virtues of hunting and gathering. But Americans are an élite, dependent on oil and minerals that must often be imported from countries with poorer health and nutrition.

Hunter-gatherers practiced the most successful and longest-lasting life style in human history. In contrast, we’re still struggling with the mess into which agriculture has tumbled us, and it’s unclear whether we can solve it. . . Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare, and tyranny.

closed minds encouraged . . .
doodlemaier: (Joy)
. . . refers to the act that makes someone a Buddhist; it is the conscious decision of the individual to follow a path to the exclusion of other ways of life. This is to say, the individual decides that spiritual development is the primary goal of their life (before, say, making money and having a family) and that the Buddhist tradition is the vehicle for such development.

"Notes from a Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation" by Paramananda )


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