People are insecure because they fear their own perfection, their own stillness, their own beingness. What else would explain the focusing of such seemingly small trivial details? Are they scared these unique expressions of the emotional, psychic and physical body somehow separates them from their original etheric being? On the contrary, these details are apart of what is eternal. The infinite expressing itself in infinite ways, as is the nature of the eternal. justinfinity
“What we’re looking for is happiness, and in all our searching who do we forget? Ourselves. Whatever the equation is that you have created, please include yourself in it, because without you, without your heart, without peace in your life, there can never be peace in the world.”—Prem Rawat
“I realize full well how hard it must be to go on living alone in a place from which someone has left you, but there is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for.”—Haruki Murakami
If you stroll through a large art museum, you will notice that Van Gogh does not paint the same world as Rembrandt, Picasso does not see things the way Goya did, Georgia O’Keefe doesn’t much resemble Rivera, Salvador Dali looks like nobody but himself, and, in general, no world-class artist became a “classic” by doing what somebody else had already done or even what everybody else in his/her own era did.
And in science, the names of Einstein, Dirac, the Curies, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, John Bell etc. live on because none of them took Newton as Holy Gospel: they all made unique and unpredictable innovations in basic theory.
And, in case you think this applies only to “arts and sciences,” consider the most successful people in industry. Henry Ford did not get rich copying Fulton’s steamboat; he made a car so cheap that anybody could afford one. Howard Hughes produced movies that nobody else would have dared to attempt, and then went on to revolutionize the airline industry. Buckminster Fuller did not copy the cubical form of previous architects, but invented the geodesic dome; at last count, over 300,000 of his buildings existed, making him the most visibly successful architect in history. Steve Wozniak did not copy the computers of his day, but invented one that even an “bloody eejit” [like me] could use [and even enjoy!] Bill Gates created new kinds of software. Etc.
We all need constant reiteration of these truism because we live in a world where a multitude of very powerful forces have worked upon us, from birth through school to work, attempting to suppress our individuality, our creativity and, above all, our curiosity — in short, to destroy everything that encourages us to think for ourselves.
Our parents wanted us to act like the other children in our neighborhood; they emphatically did not want a boy or girl who seemed “weird or “different” or [Heaven forefend] “too damned clever by far.”
Then we enter grade school, a fate worse than Death and Hell combined. Whether we land in a public school or a private religious school, we learn two basic lessons: 1] There exists one correct answer for every question; and 2] education consists of memorizing the one correct answer and regurgitating it on an “examination.”
The same tactics continue through high school and, except in a few sciences, even to the university.
All through this “education” we find ourselves bombarded by organized religion. Most religions, in this part of the world, also teach us “one correct answer,” which we should accept with blind faith; worse, they attempt to terrorize us with threats of post-mortem roasting, toasting and charbroiling if we ever dare to think at all, at all.
After 18-to-30+ years of all this, we enter the job market, and learn to become, or try to become, almost deaf, dumb and blind. We must always tell our “superiors” what they want to hear, what suits their prejudices and/or their wishful fantasies. If we notice something they don’t want to know about, we learn to keep our mouths shut. If we don’t -
“One more word, Bumstead, and I’ll fire you!”
As my mahatma guru J.R. “Bob” Dobbs says, “You know how dumb the average guy is? Well, mathematically, by definition, half of them are even dumber than that.”
“Bob” may have the average confused with the median, but otherwise he hit a bull’s eye. Half of the people you meet do indeed seem dumber than a box of rocks; but they did not start out that way. Parents, peers, schools, churches, advertisers and jobs made them that way. Every baby at birth has a relentlessly curious and experimental temperament. It takes the first third of our lives to destroy that curiosity and experimentalism; but in most cases, we become placid parts of a docile herd.
This human herd all started out as potential geniuses, before the tacit conspiracy of social conformity blighted their brains. All of them can redeem that lost freedom, if they work at it hard enough.
I’ve worked at it for 50+ years now, and still find parts of me acting like a robot or a zombie on occasion. Learning “how to become what you are” [in Nietzsche’s phrase] takes a lifetime, but it still seems the best game in town.
“For all of us who are alive, life is the real issue. Yet so often we judge our existence by the things that happen to us - by whether things are going our way or not. Sometimes we feel strong - strong enough to dictate our future. Sometimes we feel that we can make things happen. Then there are times when we feel totally helpless. But through all the dramas and bumps, there is life. There is the very powerful, very existence of every single human being.”—Prem Rawat
“When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. When you love someone with all your heart, that’s when you are transformed. Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us. We continue to change as change is the nature of man. No one is "just this way". That is who they are today - and it will not be who they are tomorrow.”—Paulo Coelho
“Divinity has one ultimate secret which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world - in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmers as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting every now and then in a compassionate radiance before whom all idols retreat, a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally.”—Ken Wilber/oceanofmind
You can transform your world in an instant by the way you choose to see it. You can change problems into opportunities, anxiety into enthusiasm, and despair into determination.The quality of what you see depends on the perspective from which you see it, and that perspective is entirely up to you.
Instead of reacting again and again to the chaotic ups and downs of circumstance, you have a more powerful choice. You can choose to live from a constant and unassailable perspective of love. Rather than fighting against most of what happens, you can choose to be lifted higher. From a perspective of love you’ll see the positive possibilities in every situation.
The way to live from love is to be completely and wholly honest with yourself. In the pure truth of who you are and what you sincerely value, is the limitless power of that love. Allow you to be truly you. And let the power of love color your world.
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey. Stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”—Paulo Coelho
“Because it’s not love to be static like the desert, nor is it love to roam the world like the wind. And it’s not love to see everything from a distance, like you do. Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World. When I first reached through to it, I thought the Soul of the World was perfect. But later, I could see that it was like other aspects of creation, and had its own passions and wars. It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”—Paulo Coelho
“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”—Edgar Allan Poe