Friday, September 30, 2011

Higher Self







The higher self isn't something we pull down,
 it's something we climb up to.


The Light

the light
at the end of the tunnel
is inside you

follow your torch within

beyond deep impenetrable darkness
lie pools of shining visions
beckoning to be seen


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Perfect


Every hour of the day and night
is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

~ Walt Whitman







9/29


I give thanks for this beautiful day of life.














Higher Plane




There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.


~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Treble Clef

Love is friendship set to music.

~ Joseph Campbell






A World Without Wallets

The following press release comes from The Zeitgeist Movement. Text in bold print denotes my emphasis, and not that of the author. In keeping with Vertical Searcher's commitment to free the world, I bring you "Response To Occupy Wall Street." 




On Sept 17th 2011, a grassroots expression of contempt was launched in the heart of the world's financial  center in lower Manhattan of New York City, also commonly known to the world as the institution of "Wall Street". As of Sept 26th, there have been over 80 arrests and many recorded instances of what appears to be violence and abuse coming from the police and security forces there. However, the protesters remain vigilant in what could very well be a landmark event that will resonate for some time to come.


The Zeitgeist Movement would like to extend its public support to this basic expression.


As the world awakens to a failing financial system with growing civil unrest emerging without the bias of sovereignty, religion or political loyalty, a new, unifying perspective is slowly taking hold which transcends the framework many of us falsely assume as empirical to our way of life.


With the slow grind down of the global workforce as machine automation continues to replace human labor for the benefit of corporate cost efficiency, simultaneously reducing purchasing power and hence inevitably stifling so called “Economic Growth”; with the ever expanding Debt Crisis born out of the Fractional Reserve Lending System and the simple reality that money is created out of debt and sold as a commodity in exchange for Interest - Interest that can only again come onto existence through more loan sales; with the looming military programs growing in virtually all major powers as the financial crisis, coupled with a pending hydrocarbon energy crisis, begins to suggest a stage of global conflict possibly never before seen; along with the market psychology of Infinite Growth Consumption that continues to pervade and distort our values and what it means to live in harmony with nature on a finite planet...


...it might be time we begin to see that the social problems at hand are not specific to any general policy, administration, or even so called "corporate greed". The real problem at hand is actually systematic via the very core foundation of what defines our Economic System and the psychology that is supported and rewarded.


The historical illusion that continues to this day is that someone or some group is explicitly to "blame". Rather than focus on the 400 people who have more wealth than 150 million in America or the fact that globally 1% of the world's population has more wealth than 40%, let's instead ask ourselves how such a manifestation is even possible and, more critically, why we would expect anything less? Think about it.


After all, it's the "Free-Market", isn't it? Contrary to the statistically void efficiency assumptions made by most Market Economists, the Free-Market simply means anyone can do whatever they want and maximize however they want within the confines of legal legislation; legal legislation which, make no mistake, is also for sale in the Free-Market as well; as are political officials, regulatory institutions and whatever social entity you wish to consider.


Nothing but maximizing monetary gain is sacred and any time a person or group brings some detrimental social or environmental consequence of this system to the forefront, pejorative distinctions are usually branded upon their forehead to stifle such concern and frighten other detractors – such as being called a “Socialist” or “Communist”.


Furthermore, while people in protest today across the world continue to condemn monetary influence in social dealings such as the legal reality of Corporate Lobbying, even using such colorful terms as "Corporatism", “Crony-Capitalism” and even “Fascism”, they seem to misunderstand what this system is and always has been.


The Free-Market model of Economics is a haphazard, unscientific anarchy of organization which assumes that any person or group with enough money and hence power will be “responsible” in their actions both socially and environmentally. The problem is that the very definition of being "financially responsible” actually means to be socially and environmentally exploitative, manipulative and negligent, for the main driver of this system is Inefficiency. The more problems in society in general, the more jobs are created and the more rich the upper 1% become. There is an empirical decoupling from what actually supports life and no alteration of the core configuration of the monetary-market Incentive will likely change that.


On a different level, this system, as an historical evolution, is actually based on a culturally hegemonic pretense. Once economic advantage is obtained, it will likely be kept. This is why everything in the system favors the wealthy by its general structure and inherent logic. While the public might complain about the fact that top Hedge Fund Managers bring in over 300 million dollars per year, they often do not find objection with an Interest system that rewards those with high deposits and essentially taxes those using credit. While you may buy your home with a loan, paying thousands in interest a year, a person of wealth can make a CD Investment and gain free interest income simply because they have the money to spare.


Class separation and perpetuation and the growing wealth divide is not a byproduct. It is inevitable. In the Free-Market, one is actually “free” to take away the liberty of others through the mere economic pressures generated from the game. You are only as free as the size of your wallet. The term “Institution Racism” was coined by civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael in the 1960s referring to how often unnoticed underlying policies and structures within the social system undermined African-American prosperity and equality. What we have today is a mere variation: “Institutional Classicism”.


Wall Street itself, which is the ultimate manifestation of the pursuit of money as a commodity rather than any form of true creation or social contribution, is naturally a ripe entity for symbolic objection for, at a minimum, it shouldn't exist at all and most certainly not have the grand effect it does on the stability of the global economy today, regardless of the inherent shortcomings denoted.


However, that stated, it must again be made clear that Wall Street and the Banking System are not the source of our problems. They are only symptoms of an Economic System which will continue to fail by the very gravity of its outdated and false assumptions of human conduct and environmental relationships.


The question then becomes, what do we put in its place?


~Z

Atlas Rises




























My dream job is to create wealth by expressing myself. I want to share my wealth and make the world a better place.


Furnace



The most powerful weapon on earth
is the human soul on fire.

~ Ferdinand Foch



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

From Iceland

Painting by Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir





We must never give up on life ... because while we are alive there is hope. It may seem distant but there is always hope. We must never give up on seeking help and talk to someone whom we trust. Carry on, that’s the way towards life.

New Moon



A moment to conjure what seems out of reach...



an open door
a fresh start
a new place
a better life

authentic, joyful, and free



Sunrise

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

~ Buddha


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Beyond Light Speed?



12



















Give thanks



















Count your personal blessings




Do a good deed without telling anyone

















Forgive an old hurt

















Ask to be forgiven



















Appreciate your belongings
















 Compliment someone
























Admire the view















Donate something

















Volunteer to help the needy

















 Sing a song


















Smile



Hearts

 
  
 
 
  

























 Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

~ William Shakespeare






Friday, September 23, 2011

Black Horse Running





They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom.


~ Kahlil Gibran







The Sacred Enclosure
























 Raise your sail
Breathe in the wind and sea
Soon you will be free
























Beyond the rocks you climb
My arms are open plains
Waiting to embrace you





Hengifoss

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Strokkur



Strokkur (Icelandic for "churn") is one of Iceland's most famous geysirs, erupting regularly every 4-8 minutes. Strokkur has a long history of activity, beginning in 1789, after an earthquake unblocked the plumbing system of the geyser. It continued to erupt until 1896, when another earthquake blocked the conduit of the geyser. Then in 1963, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since.



Autumn Songs





Fire Water

The Horizon





if you think
no one's listening
I am

if you think
no one can see you
I can

your precious life
is one of a kind
empty your heart
release it all

feel
and know
 you are not alone
you are not not invisible
or inaudible
to me





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Way Up




To get something you never had,
 you have to do something you never did.

~ Unknown





Driven By A Strange Desire




Outside
The storm clouds gathering
Moved silently along the dusty boulevard
Where flowers turning crane their fragile necks
So they can in turn
Reach up and kiss the sky
They are driven by a strange desire
Unseen by the human eye
Someone's calling
I remember when you held my hand
In the park we would play when the circus came to town
Look! Over here
Outside
The circus gathering
Moved silently along the rainswept boulevard
The procession moved on the shouting is over
The fabulous freaks are leaving town
They're driven by a strange desire
Unseen by the human eye
Someone's calling
The carnival is over
We sat and watched
As the moon rose again
For the very first time





Well Enough Alone

Nationless


Steely blue eyes with no love in them
scan the world
And a humourless smile
with no warmth within
greets the world
And I
I have got nothing
to offer you
No
just this heart deep and true
which you say you don't need


~ Morrissey, America Is Not The World

Fear






Loving myself means letting go.









Only 3 Options




Remove yourself from the situation.

Change it.

Accept it.

8

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

~ Japanese proverb






The Great Door















As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged on the shingly beach of a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.

~ Stephen Graham

Buddha









The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Will's Wing

Eastern Fjords

Prayer

I give thanks to the Great Spirit
 for the force that gave you life.

3




ignite
the star within
 burn through negative forces 
that surround you
express your life
through creative work
that lets you 
shine