Sep 012013
 

“Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing.” ~ Lesson 189  A Course In Miracles

 

Enter the Golden Circle where two are joined an only see their sameness. Cheryl Wilkes

 

“Like a spider, darkness sneaks into our beds while we sleep and bites us in the ass!”  Cheryl Wilkes

 

Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.  Paul Boese

 

Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.  Plato

 

One of the most disturbing and extraordinary aspects of life in this very wealthy country is the persistence of hunger.  Not sure of author but if anyone knows, I’d like to give credit.

 

The goal to be sought is a world where well-being extends to all in the fullest, richest way possible…brought about by a mode of creative ethical living that includes all of us as moral equals, inspiring and uplifting us all, nourished by the creative energy we experience as spirituality…”   Martin Prozesky

 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.  James 1:17 KJV

 

“You don’t wait until everything is perfect to get started.  You get started today with whatever you can do.”  Paul Scott, Plug In America

 

Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
-Cree Indian Prophecy

“I believe that if thought is so powerful, and group thought more powerful still, then we have, in a sense, an obligation to do something more than using it to park a new BMW out front.” Lynne McTaggart

 

“I am a hole in a flute, that the Christ’s breath moves through–Listen to this music.” Hafiz

 

“Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business…Why not find a better job?” Hafiz

 

“The intelligent man quickly realizes the impotence of gold.” Hafiz

 

The Great Religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard… Hafiz

 

“All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life.” Buddha

 

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

Doubt steals away opportunity. Faith manifests miracles. Believe!  Cheryl Wilkes

There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget about the bad and focus solely on the good.  Sarah Wilkes

“All of the talents of God are within you.    How could this be otherwise when your soul derived from His Genes!  Hafiz

“The small man builds cages for everyone he knows, while the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long to the beautiful, rowdy prisoners.”  Hafiz

“For God to make Love, for the Divine Alchemy to work, the Pitcher needs a still cup.  Why ask Hafiz to say anything more about your most vital requirement.”  Hafiz

 

“A hunting party sometimes has a greater chance of flushing love and God out into the open than a warrior all alone.”  Hafiz

 

“You should come close to me tonight wayfarer

For I will be celebrating you.

 

Your beauty still causes me madness,

Keeps the neighbors complaining

When I start shouting in the middle of the night

Because I can’t bear all this joy.”

Hafiz

 

“The universe is listening with its open ear and its language is thought and feeling.  The all-inclusive universe has such confidence in us that it brings to us more of what we deem worthy of our focus.  Be thoughtful of your mind’s attention, for that is what the universe will give you.”  Cheryl Wilkes

“The only way out is through.” Robert Frost

 

When the Greek geometers discovered irrational numbers/ratios, many were horrified because the numbers were not finite.  It was difficult, if not impossible, to define something that is infinite.  In quantum physics we have learned that as soon as we define something we make it finite.  On this eve of the New Year I couldn’t help but ponder how we humans are always trying to define ourselves, our children, our families, our friends, our governments, even our “enemies”.  I wonder what our world would be like if we step out of the comfort of definition and jump into the ocean of infinite possibilities.  I propose this year that we resolve to stop defining ourselves and one another, and allow the infinite creativity with which our world was created to continue creating in its loving, inclusive and miraculous way. Let us let go of exclusivity, labels and fear and open our hearts, minds and living to the possibility of something…of which we have never thought.   Cheryl Wilkes

 

“The significant problems we have cannot be solved with the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Albert Einstein

 

“If we could  have a child’s faith and imagination, we would be unstoppable.” Joni-Riley Pearson

 

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“An atheistic universe can only be meaningful, wonderful or mysterious in a secondary and rather disappointing sense-in the same sense that a stage conjuror is said to be “magic”.”  Jonathan Black

 

“The whole world is nothing but a great republic.  We strive for the reunion of all people of an enlightened mind…not only through the love of fine arts, but even more through the elevated principles of virtue, science and religion, in which the interests of the brotherhood and that of the entire family of humankind can meet each other…and from which the subjects of all kingdoms can learn to love each other.”  Chevalier Ramsay  (Founded Grand Lodge of Freemasonry in Paris 1730)

 

“Their paranoid fear of a possible distopic future prevents us from addressing our actual distopic presence.”  Jon Stewart concerning the fear of any sort of gun regulation.

 

From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties.

If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but every one who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind!

Thus we can strive gradually to become more compassionate, that is we can develop both genuine sympathy for others’ suffering and the will to help remove their pain. As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will increase.

Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another.

However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. However vigorous and independent one may feel during the most prosperous periods of life, when one is sick or very young or very old, one must depend on the support of others.

Interdependence, of course, is a fundamental law of nature. Not only higher forms of life but also many of the smallest insects are social beings who, without any religion, law or education, survive by mutual cooperation based on an innate recognition of their interconnectedness.

The most subtle level of material phenomena is also governed by interdependence. All phenomena from the planet we inhabit to the oceans, clouds, forests and flowers that surround us, arise in dependence upon subtle patterns of energy. Without their proper interaction, they dissolve and decay.

It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.

~The Dalai Lama~

“With two eyes you see my face.  With three you could see my heart.  With two you can see that oak tree there.  With three you could see the acorn the oak grew from and the stump that it will one day become.  With two you see no farther than your walls.  With three you would gaze south to the Summer Sea and north beyond the Wall.”  From “A Clash of Kings” Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin

“It is in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.” ~ Lesson 54 A Course In Miracles

 

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener”.  Robert Frost

 

When animals are seen as commodities, it becomes impractical to put their welfare first.   I don’t remember, but if anyone knows who said/wrote this I would like to credit

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Sep 012013
 

When we are young children, we know what we like, we know where our passion lies and we follow our heart to happiness.  But eventually we start thinking too much.

 

We think, “I should be doing this instead.”

We think, “This is what is expected of me.”

We think, “What will others think of me.”

We think, “I must outgrow my passion in order to grow.”

We think, “I must be different, I’m not good enough now.”

We think, “I must be like everyone else.”

We think,

We think,

We think,

 

And where does all this thinking get us?

 

More thinking.

 

We think, “I am unfulfilled.”

We think, “I’m not happy.”

We think, “If only…”

We think, “I feel lost.”

We think, “What is the point.”

We think, “I need…”

We think,

We think,

We think

 

 

Children, let go of all this thinking and relax in the arms of The Friend/The Mother/The Father.

 

Let go of all this thinking and return to your authentic self who sits deep in your heart waiting anxiously for you to remember who you were born to be.  You knew it when you were a child before all this thinking.  Remember.  Remember who you are and follow your heart instead of all this thinking.

 

 

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Sep 012013
 

Without a word The Friend beckoned,

Come with me.

We stepped into the row boat

As I took the oars to row, he said,

“Let Me.”

He felt my discomfort at not rowing.

Was it the lack of control or

Lack of pulling my own weight

That caused the discomfort?

My Friend, without a word beckoned

Let me.

I’ve got this.  I’ve got you.

You can even lay back and nap if you want.

When you wake I will still be here and

I will still have the oars, rowing

Rowing you to a better place.

A place you haven’t been able to imagine.

Let go of your measly imaginings and

Let me

Imagine for you.

 

He saw me wonder,

If I go to sleep I may dream of taking the oars

And take myself back to that scary place,

That place of lack, that place of worry.

“Don’t worry,”  He said, “I will still have the oars when you wake.

All your dreams will not effect my rowing

You to a better place.”

As I relaxed I noticed

The sea was glossy still, picture perfect peace.

Dolphins gently came up to the boat

As if they were dogs wanting to be pet.

Even sharks came up, docile and friendly.

What a world He is rowing me into!

 

He saw my wonder at the beauty around me

“Soon,” He said, “Even your dreams will change

To be as peaceful and safe and loving as mine.

But for now

Let me

Row you in these peaceful waters

Let me

Love you in the way I always have.”

 

And so I sit in The Friend’s boat

While he rows

Sitting back, trying to get used to the idea

That God helps those who don’t help themselves.

 

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Sep 012013
 

I hear the laughter faintly in the backround

Of the hustle and the bustle

Sweet loving laughter that seems to say

Sweet child, why tarry in this place?

When love stands right in front of you

Oh silly child, let go of your reality

And join the Real one.

All you have to do is let go.

Don’t worry

I’ll catch you.

My arms are swift and strong

You think you’ve seen great ball playing

Wait until you open your eyes

And see how easily I catch you

No matter how hard you try to avoid me.

 

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Sep 012013
 

Each relationship holds an image in a mirror

And that mirror is a reflection of another relationship

And that mirror another.

An infinite number of mirrors it seems.

 

His gravity holds her even as he strikes her

With a hand, a word, a feeling

He makes her feel

Unworthy

 

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ll do better!” She cries.

When all she has done is love him.

He manipulates every word of hers

Turning it masterfully into something

Else.

 

Malevolence.

 

He takes her beauty and taints it

Spilling his poison and stirring.

He forces her to ingest his poison

And then wonders why she is poisoned.

 

Power.

 

This manipulating feels powerful.

It is his addiction just as he is her addiction.

He’s always sorry afterward

But sorry afterward doesn’t prevent the future

Sorries.

 

Unknowingly, she enables his addiction

She lets him abuse her

Over and over and over again.

Over and over and over again.

She is the vein that opens to the needle.

She sees his pain and wants to fix it

But the more she tries to fix it

The deeper it becomes

With every fix the addiction becomes

Stronger.

 

 

 

The Darkness

 

It’s gravity holds him even as it strikes him.

With a hand, a word, a feeling

It makes him feel unworthy.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’ll do better!” He cries.

But he doesn’t know how to find his way

Out of this gravity that is pulling him

Down.

 

He strikes her and he feels a little better.

He strikes her again and he feels even better.

“I’m sorry,” she cries.  “It’s all my fault.”

Ahhhh. He feels even better.

 

Each relationship holds an image in a mirror

And that mirror is a reflection of another relationship

And that mirror another.

An infinite number of mirrors it seems.

 

Time to break the mirror!

 

 

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