Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You May Want To Take The Stairs

Seek & Create

20 Light Years From Earth

The blue band is the "habitable zone." The dark blue band is a possible extension of the habitable zone due to various uncertainties.















For the first time, astronomers have detected a rocky planet in another solar system that has the most basic and essential conditions needed to support extraterrestrial life.

The presence of Earth-like exoplanets in what is called the "habitable zone" has been predicted for some time, but actually identifying and measuring one was referred to Wednesday as the beginning of a new era in the search for life beyond Earth.

"This is our first Goldilocks planet - just the right size and the right distance from its sun," said astronomer and "planet-hunter" Paul Butler with the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "A threshold has been crossed."

The planet, called Gliese 581G, is quite close at 20 light years from Earth's solar system. It is considered to be in the habitable zone because of its distance from its sun and its size.

Together, those two measurements tell scientists that any water on the planet will be in liquid form, and that the planet is large enough to have the gravitational pull to hold an atmosphere around it.

Butler and colleague Steven Vogt of the University of California at Santa Cruz said their discovery, which was published in the Astrophysical Journal, was pieced together by collecting data over 11 years, does not mean that life necessarily exists on the planet. Rather, they said, the basic conditions are present to allow it to begin and keep it going. And from their research, they strongly believe similar conditions are present in many other solar systems.

"This is clearly one of the most exciting areas of science these days," said Edward Seidel of the National Science Foundation, which has helped support Butler's work for almost 25 years. "If we do discover life outside our planet, it would perhaps be the most significant discovery of all time."

Adding to the significance of the discovery, the star Gliese 581 is now known to have six and perhaps seven planets orbiting it. And unlike most distant solar systems detected so far, the planets all orbit in a circular path and are lined up by type in a way similar to our solar system.

"As we collect more data, we can see the system looks like our own - with an inner clutch of rocky, terrestrial planets and then a big loner like Jupiter further out," Vogt said.

It is significantly different, however, because the central sun is an M dwarf, a star with only 1 percent of the power that comes off Earth's sun. All the planets in the system are closer to their sun than the Earth is to its sun.

Butler and Vogt said the likelihood of finding many more planets in habitable zones has greatly increased because of where this first one was found and how long it took to find it. Gliese 581 is one of the stars closest to Earth (86th in distance from our solar system), and so is one of the easiest to study for exoplanets. In addition, it took 11 years of observing to tease out the presence of the habitable zone planet, a short time in astronomical terms.

"The logic now says there are lots of planets like this out there," Vogt said.

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA and some private sources.

The first exoplanet was detected in 1995 by a Swiss team and then quickly confirmed by Butler and his then-colleague Geoffrey Marcy. Since then, almost 500 exoplanets have been found, but many have been large gas giants like uninhabitable Jupiter.

But as techniques for finding exoplanets have become more precise, the ability of astronomers to find smaller ones has improved.

The scientific excitement about exoplanets was reflected in August, when the National Academy of Sciences' 10-year survey of astronomy placed exoplanet study near the top of the field's priorities.

In addition to discovering more and hopefully smaller planets, the study said, astronomers should be thinking about ways to learn about the chemical makeup of distant planets and their atmospheres. In particular, they should look for oxygen, ozone, methane and other "biosignatures" that suggest the presence of some form of biology.

The work by Butler and Vogt was mostly done at the W.M. Keck Observatory on the dormant Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii and involves indirect measurements of the "wobble" of a target star that is created by the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet. It took 240 lengthy observations of Gliese 581 by the Americans and a Swiss team before Butler and Vogt were able to tease out the measurements of a habitable zone planet.

The newly discovered planet is locked in relation to its sun the way the moon is locked in relation to Earth - with only one side bathed in sunlight. But the researchers said the extremes of dark cold and bright heat are reduced along a band that circles the planet where the dark and light meet, creating a wide range of promising environmental niches.

Those areas are large enough, Butler said, for heat-loving creatures to live on the sun-facing region of the band and polar bears on the cold-facing side. He also said that because the planet does not rotate on an axis, the view from these areas would be of perpetual sunrise or sunset.

Red dwarf stars like Gliese 581 are considered among the longest living in the universe, so they can potentially provide a stable stellar environment for eons - an important factor in setting the conditions for life. The Earth's sun is also relatively long-lived but will cool to the point that Earthly life is impossible long before Gliese 581 loses its force.

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 29, 2010; 11:00 PM

To The International Community














I've been following you :) and I'm amazed how many people keep showing up here from places all over the planet. There's not a lot of us (yet), but we make up for it with our wide reach, and that we are connected over such vast distances makes me feel a kinship with you. Almost every day I have the privilege of adding another new country to my list, and that makes me feel like I'm doing something right. This tool that is the internet can be our path to diplomacy, friendship, and peace. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you're well, and I hope I get to visit every one of the places where you all live.

With many thanks in every language,
Will



Like It Ought To Be



I may get around
I may laugh a lot
Now you'd think that I'd be happy with the life I got

Nobody knows
Nobody sees
And nobody really knows the inside of me

I may seem secure
I could have it made
You might think you see a lucky man who made the grade
Nobody knows
What dreams I see
Ain't nobody really sure just who they wanna be

But everybody has a place and time
A chance to live
A need to find
We all got somethin' that we care about
I propose you find it out

It's not in a book
Or a magazine
Or the stars who guide our fortune on the silver screen

Nobody knows
It's up to me
Ain't nobody who can say it
Like it ought to be

I see my future at the rainbow's end
Happy hours
Timeless friends
And if I ever chance to find my way
Rest assured
I will stay

You may see your life
As a compromise
You may live to find the promise dancin' in your eyes

Nobody knows
It's meant to be
Let the magic of the moment
Say it all to me

(Dedicated by Billy Squire to the life of John Lennon)

(Dedicated by Will to You)

Will's Well

The anagram for "Homo Sapiens" is "Poison Shame." Let's reverse course by adopting its antonym -- "Antidote Respect" -- which is just another way of spelling "Interacted Poets." The poem of our lives is never finished, only abandoned. Let's take back our treasure.

The soul of man is dry, but the water is still within us.

Start pouring.

Guerrilla Gardening -- From London To LA





The Wound

At times I'm beaten
At times I'm sad
I keep shining my light out there
Hoping you take it
And make it grow
Because you will know a day
When the only light that guides you is pain

I miss people I've never met
I miss places I've never been
I miss amazing things I've never seen
I wish we could meet each other
Embrace, smile, and laugh

Mourning the stranded path
Sitting bent and broken
Held up only by anger
My middle finger to gravity
While I'm still breathing
The king of an empty empire

I tried to cry but couldn't
My bone dry soul is empty
Tasting electric barbed wire
As I scream at a deaf universe

Love






















Love is complicated by the fact that humans are multi-dimensional beings, capable of loving on many different levels. Where is the line between friend and lover when two people start sharing on a soul level? What happens when the mind can no longer enforce a boundary that the heart has chosen to ignore?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where?


Where do I ride to find the place where the sun still shines in my heart?

Losing It In Red Sector A



All that we can do is just survive
All that we can do to help ourselves is stay alive

Ragged lines of ragged grey
Skeletons, they shuffle away
Shouting guards and smoking guns
Will cut down the unlucky ones

I clutch the wire fence until my fingers bleed
A wound that will not heal
A heart that cannot feel
Hoping that the horror will recede
Hoping that tomorrow we'll all be freed

Sickness to insanity
Prayer to profanity
Days and weeks and months go by
Don't feel the hunger
Too weak to cry

I hear the sound of gunfire at the prison gate
Are the liberators here?
Do I hope or do I fear?
For my father and my brother, it's too late
But I must help my mother stand up straight

Are we the last ones left alive?
Are we the only human beings to survive?



The dancer slows her frantic pace
In pain and desperation
Her aching limbs and downcast face
Aglow with perspiration

Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire
With just the briefest pause
The flooding through her memory
The echoes of old applause

She limps across the floor
And closes her bedroom door...

The writer stare with glassy eyes
Defies the empty page
His beard is white, his face is lined
And streaked with tears of rage

Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
With passion and precision
But now his mind is dark and dulled
By sickness and indecision

And he stares out the kitchen door
Where the sun will rise no more

Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we'd like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it

For you the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee

Monday, September 27, 2010

Greater Than The Sun



Ladies and gentlemen lights are going out let's step outside and watch the city sleep

Listen and remember wait another day we are explorers far away from home

Stay for just a moment watch the natives dance be civilized and kiss the pretty bride

Brothers and sisters the pain is gone for now let's burn our books and find a little peace

Sooner or later we walk another day we are colliders everywhere we go

Stay for just a car-crash know your heart is weak be primitive and wave your love good bye

Ladies and gentlemen lights are going out let's step outside and watch the city sleep

Preachers and sinners we are all the same let's save ourselves and drink from deeper wells

Hatred and compassion wail against the walls we are invaders trying to escape

Fight for just a lifetime count the moments lost be so alive and cry as time goes by

Ladies and gentlemen lights are going out let's step outside and watch the city sleep

Greater than the sun

We are greater than the sun

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Liberty & Justice

Soul Structure






















If we wish to outline an architecture that conforms to the structure of our soul, it would have to be conceived in the image of a labyrinth.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Words










Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

~ Buddha

What's On Your Spiritual Radar?


Radar is an object-detection system that uses electromagnetic waves - specifically radio waves - to identify the range, altitude, direction, or speed of both moving and fixed objects such as aircraft, ships, spacecraft, mountain ranges, radio and TV towers, guided missiles, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. The radar dish, or antenna, transmits pulses of radio waves or microwaves which bounce off any object in their path. The object returns a tiny part of the wave's energy to a dish or antenna which is usually located at the same site as the transmitter.

Spirituality can refer to an ultimate or immaterial reality; an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.” Spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual's inner life; such practices often lead to an experience of connectedness with a larger reality, yielding a more comprehensive self; with other individuals or the human community; with nature or the cosmos; or with the divine realm. Spirituality is often experienced as a source of inspiration or orientation in life. It can encompass belief in immaterial realities or experiences of the immanent or transcendent nature of the world.

Interior Sky


There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.

~ Victor Hugo

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Feel The Brazilian Beat

It's the blood-pounding force of life within us.

Become A Hero --- Bring Life Back



STAGES

1. Discomfort
2. A Call to Adventure
3. Refusal
4. Overcoming Fear
5. Crossing the First Threshold
6. Test Allies and Enemies
7. Approach
8. Ordeal
9. Reward
10. The Road Back
11. Resurrection
12. Return with Elixir

I'm your ally. Get pumped up. Let's go.

Let's Get To Know Each Other # 2

On our first stop, we visited Canada. The northern hemisphere is starting to get cold, so let's head south -- to Brazil!


"República Federativa do Brasil" is the largest country in South America, the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population, and the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas. Brazil has half of South America's territory.

Brazil declared independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.

One hundred and eighty Amerindian languages are spoken in Brazil. The national motto is "Order and Progress," as seen on the Brazilian flag.

Scientists have estimated that there may be up to four million species of plants and animals in Brazil. More species are discovered everyday.

Brazil's major exports are aircraft, coffee, cars, iron ore, corned beef, shoes, steel, orange juice and textiles.

The largest city in Brazil is Sao Paulo, with over 19 million people.

Most of Brazil's climate is tropical. Jungles cover about half of the country's entire territory. In addition, the varied terrain includes plateaus, plains, valleys and mangrove swamps.

The Amazon River is the mightiest on Earth – 17,500 liters of water empty out of it every day. The Amazon is also the 2nd longest river in the world.

Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil has won the World Cup more times than any other country.

My favorite famous person from Brazil is former F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who won the World Championship in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

One of my all time favorite bands, Sepultura, hails from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Brazil was the 4th country in the world to abolish capital punishment.

Brazil has one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the Christ Redeemer statue, placed on the Corcovado hill, in Rio De Janeiro.

74 percent of Brazilians consider themselves Roman Catholics.

Brazil is one of the world's leading producers of hydroelectric power. Over 75 percent of its electrical power is generated via dam projects.

Examples of Brazilian cuisine include Feijoada, considered the country's national dish, and regional foods such as vatapá, moqueca, polenta and acarajé. Brazil has a variety of candies such as brigadeiros and beijinhos. The national beverage is coffee and cachaça is Brazil's native liquor. Cachaça is distilled from sugar cane and is the main ingredient in the national cocktail, Caipirinha.

Carnival is the most famous holiday in Brazil and is an event of huge proportions. The country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. The consumption of beer accounts for 80% of annual consumption and tourism receives 70% of annual visitors. The government distributes condoms and launches awareness campaigns at this time to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Brazil has one of Latin America's most beautiful natural seascapes, and a world reputation for its stunning beaches. With more than 7,490km of coastline, Brazil is said to be an amazing destination for fishing. My friends tell me the women are beautiful and the paragliding is great, too.

Friday, September 24, 2010

True Friends







True friends are those who lift you up when your heart's wings forget how to fly.

~ Will Rogers

Oasis




Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Those Who Shape Us

















I am
a hidden meaning
made to defy
the grasp of words
and walk away
with free will
and destiny
as living
revolutionary clay

~ Muhammad Iqbal

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zeitgeist Lecture Series, with Peter Joseph













Peter Joseph - 8 Week lecture run starting Sept 29th, 2010.

Each Show will be at 4pm EDT

www.blogtalkradio.com/peter-joseph

 




There's A Genius In You

Science






















Science is a tool meant to help us gain knowledge for the benefit of all people, and is the result of the work of many contributors. Each contributor along the way must remember that the distance of their vision comes from the lofty perch they have attained by standing on the shoulders of those who have come before them, and that they too will provide such a place for future contributors to stand and gaze into the unknown.

 ~ R. Scott Mongrain

Zeitgeist Newsletter

You can read it HERE.

Now On This Earth




















Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves -- or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.

~ Ayn Rand

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Χαρά

Love is friendship set to music.
~ Joseph Campbell



Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.  
 ~ Joseph Campbell

Let's Get To Know Each Other

So far there are people from 30 different countries who have visited this site, and the list keeps growing. In an effort to know each other better, I'm going to dedicate a post to each of these countries. Before we bring the world together, let's find out more about who's in it. Think of it as an opportunity for us to travel and learn together. First stop -- Canada!


The Dominion of Canada came into being on July 1, 1867. On this day, the four founding provinces were formed. Further provinces and territories were added over the years, with the most recent territory – Nanavut – forming in 1999.

The largest Island in Canada is Baffin Island -- the 5th biggest island on Earth. Only two US states are bigger than Baffin Island – Alaska and Texas. Baffin Island is more than double the size of the UK and is slightly smaller than France.

Canada sources approximately 20 to 30% of the world’s annual uranium output. As such, Canada is the largest producer of natural uranium in the world.

Canada is home to the largest freshwater island in the world. Manitoulin Island, in Lake Huron, is the world’s largest island surrounded by freshwater.

Canada’s highest mountain is Mount Logan, 5,959 metres (19,551 ft) high. Due to tectonic activity, Mount Logan continues to gain height by an average of a few millimeters each year. Mount Logan is possibly the world’s largest mountain because its overall footprint covers a greater area than any other known mountain massif on Earth.

The USA is by far the biggest source of visitors to Canada, followed by the UK.

Canada is home to 15 million cattle. Most of these cattle live on the prairies, with almost 6 million in the rodeo province of Alberta and more than 3 million in Saskatchewan. Nearly 60 percent of Canada’s beef is produced in Alberta – beef is Alberta’s number one agricultural commodity.

Detached, stand-alone, houses are the most common type of property in Canada, followed by apartments. Over one-half of Canadian households live in detached houses while almost one-third of Canadian households live in an apartment.

Each Canadian eats an average of about 190 eggs a year. In total, Canada has about 20 million egg-laying hens laying about 7 billion eggs each year.

Basketball was invented by a Canadian – Dr. James Naismith - his class of secretaries played the first ever game of basketball. The ball was a soccer ball and the goals were two peach baskets.

Of Canada’s 34 million people, over 6 million are immigrants -- the largest numbers from China, India and the Philippines. 18% of Canada’s population are immigrants. 3 million immigrants live in Ontario, 1 million in British Columbia and 700,000 in Quebec.

Canada produces more oil than it needs for domestic consumption. Nearly all of the surplus is exported to the USA. The USA buys more oil from Canada than from any other country, including Saudi Arabia. The Canada Oil & Gas Report forecasts that by 2013 Canada will consume 10.5 percent of the oil used by North America, while providing 34 percent of the supply.

Canadians call their currency The Loonie. This has less to do with insanity than the picture of the common loon – a Canadian bird – on the back of the coin. The Royal Canadian Mint is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At full production, 15 million coins can be produced there each day.

"Kanata" is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for "village" or "settlement."

The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary -- the world's longest border between two nations.

The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means "From sea to sea."

Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.

The east coast of Canada was settled by Vikings around the year A.D. 1000. Archaeological evidence of a settlement has been found at L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a province, in 1949.

Alert, in Nunavut territory, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.

Ice hockey is Canada's official national game. The modern game of ice hockey was developed in Canada, based on games that have been played since the 10th century. The rules were first published in the Montreal Gazette in 1877.

Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world.

The official languages of Canada are English and French.

Canadians have made many important inventions, including Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, and the electric cooking range.

Canada is a major producer and consumer of cheese. In 1997, Canadians produced 350,000 tons of at least 32 varieties of cheese and ate an average of 23.4 pounds per person, with cheddar being the most popular.

The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.

North America's earliest undisputed evidence of human activity, 20,000-year-old stone tools and animal bones have been found in caves on the Bluefish River in northern Yukon.

Canada is known as the home of large animals like the moose and grizzly bear, but it is also home to about 55,000 species of insects and about 11,000 species of mites and spiders.

The Trans-Canada Highway is over 7604 kilometers in length and is the longest national highway in the entire world.

The largest city in Canada is Toronto. This city is home to over 5 million people, and Toronto residents hold more university educations than any other country in the world.

According to Mercer's Quality of Living Index, Vancouver, British Columbia ranks 4th in quality of life compared to 221 other cities around the world.

Mercer's #1 "eco-ranking," based on water availability, drink-ability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion goes to Calgary, in Alberta.

According to the 2009 United Nations Human Development Index, Canada has the 4th highest quality of life rating in the world, making it an ideal place to live and raise a family.

One of my favorite exports from Canada was this song, back in 1981...

No One Can Stop Us Now

One of my old favorites...



One day you feel quite stable
The next you're comin' off the wall
But I think that you should warn me
If you start heading for a fall

I see the problem start
I watch the tension grow
I see you keeping it to yourself

And then instead of reaching conclusions
I see you reaching for something else

No one can stop you now
Tonight you're on the loose
No one to tell you how
Tonight you're on the loose

I see no harm or danger in escaping
If the method suits the style
We put the mind on idle
And let the others take it for awhile

When the pace is too fast
And I think I won't last
You know where I'll be found

I'll be standing here beside myself
Getting ready for the final round

No one can stop me now
Tonight I'm on the loose
No one to tell me how
Tonight I'm on the loose

The time we feel most stable
Is the time we're comin' off the wall
And there's every indication
We may be heading for a fall

So let the problems start
And let the tension grow
We'll be keeping it to ourselves

And while they're busy reaching their conclusions
We'll be reaching for something else

Autumnal Equinox

It is my tradition to honor the end and beginning of each new season by playing Vivaldi. May you enjoy it as much as I do -- and enjoy this year's Harvest Moon, too.

Happy Autumn, Everyone. Let our Gathering begin...



Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in Autumn.

~ B. C. Forbes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

All I Ever Wanted

All I ever wanted growing up was for someone to tell me "You can do it." I don't know you, but I know you're out there. You have a dream. It's so deep within you that it feels like pain. It's probably been there a long time. It's not your fault things didn't work out. You were damaged. You were hurt. Somehow that dream got destroyed. But I want you to remember it. I want you to remember you. I want you to remember your dream. Maybe all you need is some encouragement. Maybe all you need is some love.

If no one has ever told you before, I will:

Your dream matters to me.

You can do it.

Two Steps Toward Courage

Brave the danger of being yourself.
Dare to share what you love.

The World Is Waiting














Each of us
whoever we are
wherever we are
has a gift
something unique
something new
that no one has ever seen or heard before

Our gifts belong to us
we are meant to discover them
and share them
to create the world we want
to live in joy

What's your gift?

















The world is waiting for it.

September

















Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

~ Carl Sandburg

Saying Goodbye















Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone

~ Thomas Moore, 1830

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Want The World To Know

I believe that "We The People" are not just the people of America, but around the world. All of us together are the real government of this planet. I'm here to help build the bridges between us. This is our time, here and now. Let's do what our "leaders" have failed to do throughout history: Let's live, work, and play together in peace. We are connected. We can do it. We don't need politicians to decide our future. The new one world government is us.

Footsteps


The best fertilizer is the farmer's footsteps.

~ Chinese saying

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bumper Sticker Wisdom


The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

To Go by Twisting and Turning

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

~ Pablo Picasso


Spider silk as seen under an electron microscope.

Friday, September 17, 2010

9 Words for the World



We are a family. Let us all be friends.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Helios



















  
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. 

~ Nelson Mandela

Surrender
























Surrender what you are to what you would become.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The 4 Points of Destiny




DISCOVER


DREAM


DESIGN


DELIVER







* The credit for this post goes to Freeman Walking, who inspired it. Thanks.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I Know The Enemy

"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
~ Oscar Wilde


I know the enemy
the enemy is inside me
he's my best friend
together we feel alone 
and experience it as ultimate truth
he and I feel the despair 
that fuels our rage
the depression 
that claws from underneath the floor of hope
the latent potential 
to transform blinding white hot pain 
into infinite power
the suffering of everything that should not exist
the nearly insatiable need 
to destroy everything in my path
to redeem 
what is unique 
original
and free inside the human soul
all that which belongs 
to the pure individual 
inside each of us
this is what I work for 
the thing I regard as greater than ourselves
because it is ourselves

I Know You

Panthera Leo





Enter the distant lioness
Rising with an ancient sun
From out of the cruel desert
Through the gates of Mycenae
From a citadel on the hill
She can see the sea
Somewhere on the other side
Is me
Both craving freedom
Longing to shatter this captive pride
Vulnerable to hope
We hunt alone

λύκος


There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

~ George Carlin

Innovators & Creators


"Innovators and creators are persons who can to a higher degree than average accept the condition of aloneness. They are more willing to follow their own vision, even when it takes them far from the mainland of the human community. Unexplored places do not frighten them - or not, at any rate, as much as they frighten those around them. This is one of the secrets of their power. That which we call 'genius' has a great deal to do with courage and daring, a great deal to do with nerve."

~ Nathaniel Branden

Leap





"It is generally recognized that creativity requires leisure, an absence of rush, time for the mind and imagination to float and wander and roam, time for the individual to descend into the depths of his or her psyche, to be available to barely audible signals rustling for attention. Long periods of time may pass in which nothing seems to be happening. But we know that kind of space must be created if the mind is to leap out of its accustomed ruts, to part from the mechanical, the known, the familiar, the standard, and generate a leap into the new."

~ Nathaniel Branden

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Mind is a Gun


For greater firepower, load the mind with optimism.

Bullet 1: I can do it.

5 Qualities of a Quantum Creator

Brought to you courtesy of Freeman Walking & James Arthur Ray













1. Personal Will: 
 The ability to give yourself a command and follow it.

What idea drives everything you do in your life?

2. Attention:
Attention is love.

To what are you giving your attention?

3. Energy:
99.9999% of everything in the universe is made of energy. James Ray suggested that we are a "solid form of stable light." I like that.

Energy flows where attention goes.

Who are you? What is the purpose of your energy? What will you illuminate with your light?

4. Belief:
You must build an unbending belief in three things:

1. Yourself
2. Your product  (anything produced by labor)
3. Your industry  (energetic or devoted activity at any work or task)

5. Growth:
Be growth driven. If you're not growing, you're dying. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Freeman Walking

This is a tip of the hat to someone cool. Thanks, bro.


















Open your heart. Smash the walls you have constructed.

Monday, September 6, 2010

On The Road To Truth





There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...
not going all the way, and not starting. 

~ Buddha

Sunday, September 5, 2010

There Is Another Option

"Anarchism is the political philosophy of people seeking a society in which all individuals have the greatest choice in the way they live their lives. Therefore we work towards the creation of a global network of communities formed by voluntary agreements based on co-operation and respect for the freedom of others. We oppose all forms of oppression including sexism, racism, religious intolerance, discrimination on the basis of sexuality, class structures, the governing of one person by another and any other form of authoritarianism or hierarchy that might happen along. Therefore we support the empowerment of individuals and communities working towards freedom. We support genuine resistance to authority. We are not the slightest bit interested in those who merely seek to replace one authoritarian system with another. Some of us like olives, some of don't."

I don't know who wrote this, I just found it while searching Google images today. Based on its content, to what extent are you an anarchist?






















A = A

~ Aristotle

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dark Shine

Creativity 
like human life itself
begins in darkness


~ Julia Cameron

Apokálypsis

The lifting of the veil






















A disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception.

"Free Market Economy"

Yeah, right. If the market is so economically free, why does everything cost money?