Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The River






"Obstacles are a natural part of life, just as boulders are a natural part of the course of a river," declares the ancient Chinese book the I Ching. "The river does not complain or get depressed because there are boulders in its path."

I'd go so far to say -- this is not in the original text, but is my 21st-century addition -- that the river gets a sensual thrill as it glides its smooth current over the irregular shapes and hard skin of the rocks. It looks forward to the friction, exults in the intimate touch, loves the drama of the interaction. How would you go about imitating the river?

~ Rob Breszny 





I will seek those places where water can not be thought to go and carve a unique path. I will bring new life to the desert of the human soul.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Greatest Crime




I can refuse to accept my sensuality; I can refuse to accept my spirituality. I can disown my sorrow; I can disown my joy. I can repress the memory of actions of which I am ashamed; I can repress the memory of actions of which I am proud. I can deny my ignorance; I can deny my intelligence. I can refuse to accept my limitations; I can refuse to accept my potentials. I can conceal my weaknesses; I can conceal my strengths. I can deny my feelings of self-hatred; I can deny my feelings of self-love. I can pretend that I am more than I am; I can pretend that I am less than I am. I can disown my body; I can disown my mind.

We can be as frightened of our assets as of our shortcomings -- as frightened of our genius, ambition, excitement, or beauty as of emptiness, passivity, depression, or unattractiveness. If our liabilities pose the problem of inadequacy, our assets pose the challenge of responsibility.

We can run not only from our dark side but also from our bright side -- from anything that threatens to make us stand out or stand alone, or that calls for the awakening of the hero within us, or that asks that we break through to a higher level of consciousness and reach a higher ground of integrity. The greatest crime we commit against ourselves is not that we may deny and disown our shortcomings but that we deny and disown our greatness -- because it frightens us. If a fully realized self-acceptance does not evade the worst within us, neither does it evade the best.


~ Nathaniel Branden

The Transforming Fire
















The mystic has nothing to prove, and has moved beyond the need for proof in terms that are palatable to the rationalist and the skeptic. The mystic proves by his living, rather than living by his proofs.

~ The Fractal Nature of Consciousness

Monday, August 29, 2011

Live

Live for something higher, bigger and better than you.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Smile

Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy.





The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.


~ Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, August 26, 2011

Here & Now



Sol is the star we followed
and never touched
yet led us here
to Earth
to our destiny

Paragliding!

I Miss Iceland


Martin



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Power To Change

     















My experience is that most people underestimate their power to change and grow. They believe implicitly that yesterday's pattern must be tomorrow's. They do not see choices that -- objectively -- do exist. They rarely appreciate how much they can do on their own behalf if genuine growth and higher self-esteem are their goals and if they are willing to take responsibility for their own lives. The belief that they are powerless becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 
     
This book, ultimately, is a call to action. It is, I now realize, an amplification in psychological terms of the battle cry of my youth: A self is to be actualized and celebrated -- not aborted and renounced. This book is addressed to all men and women who wish to participate actively in the process of their evolution -- as well as to psychologists, parents, teachers, and those responsible for the culture of organizations. It is a book about what is possible.

~ Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

To The Warrior



It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

~ Buddha

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Maybe













Maybe you need to stop lying to yourself about what you truly want.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How To Be An Artist



Mix love into all of your efforts, and everything you do will be a work of art.

Monday, August 22, 2011

10

Life is a chance
Love is infinity
Grace is reality





Unknown Treasure



And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.


Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul."
Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.




~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet











     

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Light







When you know that all is light, you are enlightened.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Philosophy of the Next Superpower



Old way:

Peace through superior fire power


New way:

Peace through shared brain power




The Field of Introspection

















In the field of introspection, the two guiding questions are: “What do I feel?” and “Why do I feel it?”

~ Ayn Rand

Friday, August 19, 2011

He Dreamt of Flying

The Four Agreements












Be Impeccable With Your Word

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don't Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

Don't Make Assumptions

Find the courage to ask question and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under and circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pyromania


 you are the air
that feeds the fire
that burns for your heart


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Something & Someone



Something opens our wings



Something makes boredom and hurt disappear


Someone fills the cup in front of us



We taste only sacredness



~ Rumi

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Epigram
















Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

~ Oscar Wilde

Monday, August 15, 2011

Moonset in Goldendale










I see a brown horse with a white face and pink nose eating grass in a green and yellow field outside my hotel window. 

In a light blue western morning sky golden Luna pales white and disappears into the smooth horizon clouds of a misty sea. 

Moonset! 
  
Somewhere over the edge of the world, a new night dawns.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Portals

A battle seems to be taking place
I've been brought
Back here to fight
Yet on the road I see
The portals that have captured me

Friday, August 12, 2011

Arc of Light

Saturn's icy F ring. In the background, Rhea.





Deep in the shady sadness of a vale
Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn
Far from the fiery noon, and eve's one star
Sat gray-haired Saturn, quiet as a stone

~ John Keats


The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

~ Mark Russell

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alchemy



I love your warm golden touch on my wet undulating skin.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

15






















If I do my best today...

I will take a deep breath and center myself.
I will listen to my inner guidance, trust it, and do what it says.
I will let go of my ego for the greater good of my soul.
I will not make things about me and my emotions, I will make them about the integrity of my relationships.
I will go to the gym.
I will launch with precision, fly well, and land safely by using good judgement at all times.
I will find a nice birthday card for my Mom, write sincere words to her, and make sure she gets it in time for her special day.
I will fight on behalf of my higher self.
I will accept myself in my own heart.
I will love with steadfast strength and courage.
I will re-affirm my commitment to authentic soul expression, and encourage others to do the same. 
I will perform an act of secret heroism.
I will walk my talk.
I will live and be as I am.
I will build with light.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Submerged Burning





Hear my heartbeat quickening
Beneath the sea of me
Inside the secret world we keep
I'm flying underwater
Through the fire of our dreams


What Happens If I Do My Best?


















I will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
My best will become better than it used to be.
I won't judge myself.
I won't suffer from guilt or blame.
I will break the spell that I've been under.
I will live intensely.
I will take action because I love it, not because I'm expecting a reward.
I will love every action I take.
I will enjoy life.
I will have fun.
I won't get bored.
I won't have frustrations.
I will set myself free.
I will accept myself.
I will be aware and learn from my mistakes.
I will practice, look honestly at the results, and keep practicing.
I will take action.
I will be alive.
I will take the risk to go out and express my dream.






Bartender's Observation

Humans have an amazing ability to carry full glasses of beer 30 paces away out the back door into the beer garden. They have an equally amazing inability to carry them back empty that same distance.


Light weight!


Too heavy!

 


Monday, August 8, 2011

Be Who You Are


We train our children whom we love so much the same way we train any domesticated animal: with a system of punishment and reward. When we went against the rules, we were punished; when we went along with the rules we got a reward. Soon we became afraid of being punished and also afraid of not receiving the reward. The reward is the attention we get from others. We soon develop a need to hook other people's attention to get the reward.

With that fear of being punished and that fear of not getting the reward, we start pretending to be what we are not, just to please others, just to be good enough for someone else. We are afraid of being rejected. The fear of being rejected becomes the fear of not being good enough. Eventually we become someone we are not.

Sing Your Death Song




When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

~ Chief Aupumut, Mohican, 1725


Purpose





Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.

~ Wayne Dyer

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wikisex






















"Men will get erections involuntarily and at different times during a night's sleep. If she chooses to spend a night in a single bed with a man there is a strong possibility she will come into contact with an erect penis. I don't mean that as a joke."

~ Ben Emerson, legal counsel to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks

 

The Right Of The People

It's Out There Waiting For You




Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What You Are



What you are comes to you.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Lesson To Be Learned




The lesson to be learned is that holding on too tightly will cause you to lose what you want most. Learn to relax your grip and trust that what belongs to you will stay with you willingly, no need to force it.

~ Cafe Astrology

To Be A Warrior



Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.

~ Carlos Castaneda

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Interiority





You are an individual spirit inside a human body. There is not another one of you on this entire planet, and there never will be. You are unique. What is the experience of your inner world? What does it feel like to be you?

Note To Self






















Through the word I express my creative power. It is through the word that I manifest everything. What I dream, what I feel, what I really am. 

The word is a force; it is the power I have to express and communicate, to think, and therefore to create the events in my life. My word can create beautiful dreams or destroy everything around me.

My choice.

Our Highest Value



Our highest value is each other.

Be A Lunatic























The moon will never lie to anyone. Be like the moon. No one hates the moon or wants to kill it. The moon does not take antidepressants and never gets sent to prison. The moon never shot a guy in the face and ran away. The moon has been around a long time and has never tried to rip anyone off. The moon does not care who you want to touch or what color you are. The moon treats everyone the same. The moon never tries to get in on the guest list or use your name to impress others. Be like the moon. When others insult or belittle in an attempt to elevate themselves, the moon sits passively and watches, never lowering itself to anything that weak. The moon is beautiful and bright. It needs no makeup to look beautiful. The moon never shoves clouds out of its way so it can be seen. The moon needs not fame or money to be powerful. The moon never asks you to go to war to defend it. Be like the moon.

~ Henry Rollins