Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Some Thoughts on the nature of "Truth"

We should be ever mindful, that while we are here in human form and under the spell of this experience, that we can only know, what we know and what resonates with us at any given time as Truth...

That which we call Truth however, may have many different facets, and we may be at any given time privy to just one or two aspects of it...

We should always keep in mind, that we in this present incarnation and Human form do NOT have all the answers and are NOT privy to all the aspects of the Great Truth's, if we had, we

would have already "ascended" and no doubt, be off in some far distant part of the Universe saving another civilization from their own unique brand of misconceptions...

Let us always be aware, as Ernest Holmes said that, "This is Truth, and it is My Truth today, but it may not be My Truth tomorrow..."

I do not profess to have all the answers, and even that what I have come to understand as Truth, really is...

We must always, remain humble in this regard, and remain open to whatever wisdom Truth may deem us worthy to bestow upon....

We must always keep our guard up against this form of Spiritual Arrogance, to think that we and we alone are privy to All Truth, lest our words come back to eat us...

As Wayne Dyer reminds us..."Be open to everything...and attached to nothing"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Famous Writers Thoughts on Freedom

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ~ Virginia Woolf, "A Room Of One's Own"

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”...“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and when the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ~ Jim Morrison

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.” ~ Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre"

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ~ Robert Frost

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” ~ Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes"

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
~ Stephen King, "Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons"

“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk, "Fight Club"

“Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night...” ~ Sylvia Plath

“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters..” ~ Jack Kerouac, "The Dharma Bums"

“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” ~ Toni Morrison

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” ~ Toni Morrison, "Beloved"

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
~Toni Morrison, "Song of Solomon"


“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”...“I'll walk where my own nature would be leading. It vexes me to choose another guide.” ~ Charlotte Bronte', "Jane Eyre"

“It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone, when you started to believe they loved you; you'd be disappointed.

Depend on someone, and you might as well admit you're going to be crushed, because when you really needed them, they wouldn't be there. Either that, or you'd confide in them and you added to their problems. All you ever really had was yourself.” ~ Jodi Picoult, "Handle With Care "

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”
~ Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.” ~ Eve Ensler

“Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.” ~ Janis Joplin

“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I've just done what I damn well wanted to, and I've made enough money to support myself, and ain't afraid of being alone.” ~ Katharine Hepburn

“You can't trust other people. If it's important, you have to do it yourself.” ~ Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

“I don't need anyone to hold me, I can hold my own.” ~ Ani DiFranco

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” ~ Susan B. Anthony

“Sure, it sucked to be lost, but I'd long ago realized I preferred it to depending on anyone else to get me where I needed to go. That was the thing about being alone, in theory or in principle. Whatever happened- good, bad, or anywhere in between- it was always, if nothing else, all your own.” ~ Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

“Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.” ~ Thomas Davidson

“Remember, this is important: Never trust that you will be saved by anyone.” ~ Amanda Boyden, "Pretty Little Dirty"

“In yourself right now is all the place you've got.” ~ Flannery O'Connor, "Wise Blood "

“Maybe your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it's not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you've been to. I'm not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I don't have to be like anyone else. I'm walking on the wall and nobody can stop me.” ~ Hugo Hamilton, "The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood "

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong..” ~ Winston Churchill

"Take my advice: Don't think you will find it in another person. You won't. It's not there. You must find it in yourself.”" ~ Iain Pears, "The Dream of Scipio"

“Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"

“Love unconditionally, but rely only on yourself.” ~ Marty Rubin

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”...“Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Here must thou be, O man,
Strength to thyself — no helper hast thou here —
Here keepest thou thy individual state:
No other can divide with thee this work,
No secondary hand can intervene
To fashion this ability. 'Tis thine,
The prime and vital principle is thine
In the recesses of thy nature, far
From any reach of outward fellowship,
Else 'tis not thine at all.”
~ William Wordsworth

"Some tough battles have to be fought alone. Some paths have to be crossed alone. So never be emotionally attached to anyone. You never know when you will have to walk alone." ~ Halona Leonora

"The Right to Bear Arms" (LLJL)

The "Right to Bear Arms" is a perceived right, wraught by the mind of man, born from a consciousness of fear and separation...

The "Right to live in Peace, Love and Harmony at One with Each Other and Mother Earth" is a God Given right, bestowed upon us, through Grace, by our Creator...

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one despise the other" ~ Jesus the Christ

 "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him"..."Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being."..."Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

I choose to exercise "MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT" to serve the ways of Peace, Love and Compassion...

"Giver of Gifts..."

"Giver of gifts, thank you.
When I was young and knew nothing,
I asked for the sun.
You gave me a candle
which I put in my pocket,

and now... a lifetime later,
I found the match."
~ John Squadra

Great Morning!

GREAT MORNING, BELOVED ONES! May You Become One with the Beauty that Surrounds You in Every Perfect Moment, This Glorious Day!

"Each morning is the open door to a new world - new vistas, new aims, new plans, new things... and whether one is twenty, forty, sixty or eighty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along - life begins each morning." ~ L. M. Hodges

"I Will Greet This Day..."

"I will greet this day with love in my heart.
And how will I do this?
Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again.
I will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way;
yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due;
yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge."
- Og Mandino