Dead Can Dance - American Dreaming (with lyrics) (by Kafvoni)
Dream Poetry Visions Inspirations
Transparency Honesty Truth Balance Joy Hope Divinity Heart Consciousness History Existence
Peace Beauty Light Love Health Understanding Insight Intuition Life Preservation Balance Sky Magic Progress Alchemy Transcendence Imagination Starlight Moon Sun World Dimension Universe Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse Cosmos Drawings Alchemy Heart Imagination Storytelling Poetry Dreams Visions Mythology World Religion
Introduction - About Me
World Peace Universal Love Earth Solar System Orion Spiral Galaxy Local Universe Cosmos / One in Two and Two in One - Unity in Diversity - Wisdom of the Ancients - Upanishads / Milky Way Sky Home Earth - Galaxies Combining, Parting, Coming Together Again / Source, Highest Heaven, Unity of Life, Full Enlightenment - Metaverse Multiverse Omniverse / Silver Star of Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Sky Wind Magic Vision - Alchemy of the Heart
World Peace and Universal Love - Earth Orion Spiral Arm Galaxy Cluster Universe Cosmos
Voyages in Worlds of Light and Darkness - Astral Plane - Above and Below Earth Local Universe
Silver Golden Sapphire World City of Humans and Elves, Wizards, Gods, Demons, Giants
Galaxies Combining, Parting, Coming Together Again - Wisdom of the Ancients - Upanishads
Planet Earth, Solar System, Orion Spiral Arm of Stars, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group
Virgo Supercluster, Local Universe, Metaverse, Multiverse, Omniverse - Alchemy of the Heart
Archetypes of Peace, Love, Compassion, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Light
Philosophy - Astral Voyager - One in Two and Two in One - Unity in Diversity
Galaxies, Lovers, and Friends Combining, Parting, and Coming Together Again
Democratic Socialism and Transcendental Pragmatism - Progress Towards Perfection
Peace in Opposition, Nonviolence in Resolution, Interconnection in Community
Transcendence in Work, Beauty in Art, Sustainability in Balance, Light in Truth
Wisdom in Equality, Love in Cooperation, Unity in Diversity, Freedom in Preservation
Dream Poetry Visions Future Past Eternity Myth Sky Island Continent Magic Imagination
Peace Beauty Light Love Health Understanding Insight Intuition Life Preservation Balance
Sky Magic Alchemy Transcendence Imagination Starlight Moon Sun Multidimensional Cosmos
Imagination Art Life Storytelling Creation Preservation Understanding Progress Alchemy
Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination Beauty Art Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Alchemy Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic
Art Peace Love Life Light Balance Writing Storytelling Creation Imagination Heart Mind
Julia Eleanor Lotus Andromeda Lily Spring Holly Emily Jasmine Starflower Sophia Parvati
Second Universe Faery Astral Planar Realm Fifth Dimensional Metaverse Arcadia
Eldren Eldar Otherworld Summerlands Hyperborea Numenor Atlantis Avalon Stormhold
Tears Rain Falling Soul Spirit Beauty Hope One in Two and Two in One Unity in Diversity
Milky Way Sky Home Earth Diamond Soul Dreams Fractal Mandala Visions Imagination
Friendship Creativity Storytelling Poetry Peace Love Understanding Justice Freedom Magic Omniscience Imagination Art Life Creation Preservation Understanding Progressive Alchemy World Peace Universal Love Understanding Art Philosophy Creation Preservation Destruction
Blue Violet Rose Peacock Eye Mandala Spell Peace Love Poetry Magic Labyrinth Beautiful
Earth Water Fire Air Spirit Garden Ocean Heart Philosophy Art Magic Dreams Truth
Imagination Nature Universe Cosmos Self World Light Life Love Imagination Beauty
Peace Love Understanding Beauty Art Dream Poetry Visions Imagination
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“Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
— Stephen King
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
— John Muir
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
— Kurt Vonnegut
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
— Pablo Picasso
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree... Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
— Albert Einstein
"Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.
The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we've learned most of what we know. Recently we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting.
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.
The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we're down the next day.
Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us … We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.
Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature. Standing over humans, gods, and demons, subsuming Caretakers and Tunnel builders, there is an intelligence that antedates the universe.
Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both.
The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.
We have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works…
The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.
Here we face a critical branch point in history, what we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants.
In the vastness of the Cosmos there must be other civilizations far older and more advanced than ours.
Exactly the same technology can be used for good and for evil. It is as if there were a God who said to us, “I set before you two ways: You can use your technology to destroy yourselves or to carry you to the planets and the stars. It's up to you.”
Look again at that dot That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives...
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate... Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don't have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen…"
— Carl Sagan
"Dreams are the touchstones of our characters."
— Henry David Thoreau
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing."
— William Butler Yeats
"By Being, It Is."
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
— Friedrich Nietzsche
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
— George Santayana
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
Consciousness is a precondition of being.
The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
No language exists that cannot be misused... Every Interpretation is hypothetical, for it is a mere attempt to read an unfamiliar text.
The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness.
I have chosen the term "collective" because this part of the unconscious is not individual but universal; in contrast to the personal psyche, it has contents and modes of behaviour that are more or less the same everywhere and in all individuals.
Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist."
— Carl Jung
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
— Rene Descartes
"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on."
— Richard Feynman
"Then he said 'Remember Bob: no fear, no envy, no meanness,' and I said 'hmmm, right.'"
— Bob Dylan
"The reverse side also has a reverse side."
— Japanese Proverb
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party."
— William James
"If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... How would I be? What would I do?"
— Buckminster Fuller
"The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge...."
— Sri Aurobindo
"The Self alone exists; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the I-I and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being."
— Ramana Maharshi
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."
— John F. Kennedy
“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”
— Baruch Spinoza
“It's wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth.
Peace is every step.
You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle."
— Thich Nhat Hanh
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
— Albert Camus
“Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.”
— Adlai E. Stevenson
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I'm with you.”
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.”
— George Eliot
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
-- Walt Whitman
"When the mind is still, we can become an instrument of peace."
-- Eknath Easwaran, Strength in the Storm
“Maybe, he thought, there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends—maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for, too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart.”
-- Stephen King
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James
“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.”
― T.H. White
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ― George Orwell
"What's made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth."
-- Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey
“Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting
still has a shape in the kingdom of transformation.
When something's let go of, it circles; and though we are
rarely the center
of the circle, it draws around us its unbroken, marvelous
― Rainer Maria Rilke
"In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams."
~ Nigerian Proverb
“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”
― Gustave Flaubert
“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
― Richard P. Feynman
"You are never too old to be what you might have been."
― George Eliot
“We have to have a purpose greater than the endless struggle to satisfy personal desires.”
-- Eknath Easwaran
“A novel is a commodity that fulfills a certain need; people need to buy daydreams like they need to buy ice cream or aspirin or gin. They even need to buy a pinch of intellectual catnip now and then to liven up their thoughts...”
― John Dos Passos
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”
-- Dalai Lama
“Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.”
― Saint Augustine
"Though we live in the colony of time, we are ultimately responsible to the empire of eternity."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.”
~ Chandogya Upanishad
There is no seeing. Seeing is only being.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other.”
"For just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbit of the stars.
That font of life is the core of the individual, and within himself he will find it—if he can tear the coverings away."
-- Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
“My library is an archive of longings.”
― Susan Sontag
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
"To be whole and free is to live and manifest on the material and immaterial planes in harmony with the spiritual laws that govern all that there is. It then becomes our duty and responsibility to transmit and reflect in our daily lives, and to our utmost ability, the highest vibrations of the universe and of our Creator."
-- Dr. Lonnie Edwards
“You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.”
-- David Foster Wallace
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”
— Ferdinand Foch
To be spiritual means to be solid,
calm, and peaceful and to be able to look deeply inside and around us.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
— Paulo Coelho
"A writer’s work is the product of laziness.
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
"Where does peace arise? Peace arises whenever we let something go."
~ Ajahn Chah
“What I expect from writers—and from myself as a writer—is to articulate a complex view of things. To incite us to be more compassionate. To orchestrate our mourning. And to celebrate ecstasy.”
-- Susan Sontag
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
— Pablo Neruda
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
— Stephen King
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Those who mistake the unessential to
be essential and the essential to be unessential,
dwelling in wrong thoughts,
never arrive at the essential.
~ The Buddha
"In other traditions, good and evil are relative to the position in which you are standing. What is good for one is evil for the other. And you play your part, not withdrawing from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but seeing that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder: a 'mysterium tremendum et fascinans.'
'All life is sorrowful' is the first Buddhist saying, and so it is. It wouldn’t be life if there weren’t temporality involved, which is sorrow – loss, loss, loss. You’ve got to say yes to life and see it as magnificent this way; for this is surely the way God intended it …
It is joyful just as it is. I don’t believe there was anybody who intended it, but this is the way it is. James Joyce has a memorable line: 'History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.' And the way to wake from it is not to be afraid, and to recognize that all of this, as it is, is a manifestation of the horrendous power that is of all creation. The ends of things are always painful. But pain is part of there being a world at all …
I will participate in the game. It is a wonderful, wonderful opera – except that it hurts.”
-- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~ Joseph Campbell
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred...but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another."
~ Robert F. Kennedy
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
-- Martin Luther King
"There's something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say 'Be non-violent toward Jim Clark,' but will curse and damn you when you say 'Be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children.' There's something wrong with that press!"
-- Martin Luther King Jr., April 30, 1967
“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it."
-- Meister Eckhart
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I cam to die, discover that I had not lived."
~Henry David Thoreau
"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. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life."
-- Dalai Lama
"The Waste Land, let us say then, is any world in which (to state the problem pedagogically) force and not love, indoctrination, not education, authority, not experience, prevail in the ordering of lives, and where the myths and rites enforced and received are consequently unrelated to the actual inward realizations, needs, and potentialities of those upon whom they are impressed."
-- Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology (Vol. IV of The Masks of God), p.388
“Most of us want to have a positive influence. Why do our lives seem to have so little effect? The answer is that most of us have minds that are scattered or distracted: sometimes positive, sometimes negative, constantly changing with our shifting moods and desires. If we don’t seem to have much effect on the world we live in, it’s because the signals we broadcast are weak and confused. It is the concentrated, focused mind that reaches people.”
- Eknath Easwaran, from “Strength in the Storm”
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
— Nelson Mandela
“Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein
“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
— Hermann Hesse
“It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness."
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIVth
"When we get upset, it's not because life upsets us. We get upset because we're upsettable. With practice, everyone can develop a mind that's unupsettable. One of the best ways to do this is to give complete attention and respect to those around us - particularly when we differ."
- Eknath Easwaran, from "Strength in the Storm"
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” ― Carl Sagan
“Do you know what it means to attend, to pay attention? When you pay attention, you see things much more clearly. You hear the bird singing much more distinctly. You differentiate between various sounds. When you look at a tree with a great deal of attention, you see the whole beauty of the tree. You see the leaves, the branch, you see the wind playing with it. When you pay attention, you see extraordinarily clearly. Have you ever done it? Attention is something different from concentration. When you concentrate, you don’t see everything. But when you are paying attention, you see a great deal. Now, pay attention. Look at that tree and see the shadows, the slight breeze among the leaves. See the shape of the tree. See the proportion of the tree in relation to other trees. See the quality of light that penetrates through the leaves, the light on the branches and the trunk. See the totality of the tree. Look at it that way, because I am going to talk about something to which you have to pay attention. Attention is very important, in the class, as well as when you are outside, when you are eating, when you are walking. Attention is an extraordinary thing”
“We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.”
― Wendell Berry
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
― Tom Stoppard
"Mythology—and therefore civilization—is a poetic, supernormal image, conceived, like all poetry, in depth, but susceptible of interpretation on various levels. The shallowest minds see in it the local scenery; the deepest, the foreground of the void; and between are all the stages of the Way from the ethnic to the elementary idea, the local to the universal being, which is Everyman, as he both knows and is afraid to know. For the human mind in its polarity of the male and female modes of experience, in its passages from infancy to adulthood and old age, in its toughness and tenderness, and in its continuing dialogue with the world, is the ultimate mythogenetic zone—the creator and the destroyer, the slave and yet the master, of all the gods."
-- Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, Volume I: Primitive Mythology, p. 472
As adults we try to relax from the never ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn't in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.
-- Willie Nelson
"Be it mine to look up to thy light, even from afar, even from the depths. Teach me to seek thee, and reveal thyself to me when I seek thee, for I cannot seek thee except thou teach me, nor find thee, except thou reveal thyself. Let me seek thee in longing, let me long for thee in seeking; let me find thee in love, and love thee in finding."
-- Eknath Easwaran
"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life."
— John Lennon
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
“The aim of all religious exercises is a psychological transformation. You can make up your own meditations and rites based on knowing, loving, and serving the deity in caring for your children, doctoring drunks, or writing books. Any work whatsoever can be a meditation if you have the sense that everything is 'brahman': the process, the doing, the thing that is being looked at, the one that is looking—everything."
-- Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
In gratitude for Pete Seeger
Realize that little things lead to bigger things. That’s what Seeds is all about. And this wonderful parable in the New Testament: the sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousand fold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?
”On the simplest level, then, the Goddess is the Earth. On the next, archaic level, She is the surrounding sky. On the philosophic level, She is Maya, the forms of sensibility, the limitations of the senses that enclose us so that all of our thinking takes place within her bounds—She is IT. The Goddess is the ultimate boundary of consciousness in the world of time and space.”
-- Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine
"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."
-- Dalai Lama
“I am at one with a sea of sensations; glitter, silk, skin, eyes, mouths, desire.”
-- Anaïs Nin
To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.
-- Isaac Asimov
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
— John Lennon
“Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else … may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds.”
-- J. R. R. Tolkien
“Mythology is very fluid. Most of the myths are self-contradictory. You may even find four or five myths in a given culture, all giving different versions of the same mystery. Then theology comes along and says it has got to be just this way. Mythology is poetry, and the poetic language is very flexible.
"Religion turns poetry into prose. God is literally up there, and this is literally what he thinks, and this is the way you’ve got to behave to get into proper relationship with that god up there.”
-- Joseph Campbell, “The Power of Myth" (with Bill Moyers)
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
~ Carl Jung
“The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Neither mother, father, nor any
other relative can do one greater
good than one's own well-directed
~ The Buddha
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
"The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into the numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of flowers."
~ Rabindranath Tagore
"Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor's faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind."
~ St. Francis de Sales
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
-- William Shakespeare
You don’t need to rely on anybody else’s goodness. You have a resource already, which is your own goodness. Your are already good, and you can actually transmit that goodness to others. In buddhism, we call this buddha-nature. Examine yourself and your state of being. You will find that you have the heart of goodness in you.
~ Chögyam Trungpa
"Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Emptiness is not separate from form; form is not separate from emptiness. Whatever is form is emptiness, whatever is emptiness is form. Form and emptiness are the same. From the buddhas above down to the smallest insect below, every creature is basically empty. The myriad things we know and feel all depend on our six senses. But form and emptiness are not separate."
~ The Heart Sutra, Red Pine Translation
The one who practices
loving-kindness sleeps and
wakes in comfort and has no
bad dreams; he is dear to both
humans and creatures; no
danger harms him. His mind
can be quickly concentrated,
his expression is happy and
serene. He dies without any
confusion of mind. Loving-
kindness protects him.
~ The Buddha
"Things are not what they appear to be,
nor are they otherwise."
~ The Lankavatara Sutra
"Love is verily the heart of all religions."
-- Sri Ramana Maharshi
"Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design -- do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things."
~ Morihei Ueshiba, Ōsensei
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“The world has only as much power over you as you give it. Rebel. Go beyond duality.”
— Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Knowing one's own Self is knowing God.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
"Today the man of knowledge might well feel like God become animal."
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
"Me, I've seen forty-five years, and I've only figured out one thing. That's this: if a person would just make the effort, there's something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there's always something you can learn. I read somewhere that they say there's even different philosophies in razors. Fact is, if it weren't for that, nobody'd survive."
— Haruki Murakami - Pinball, 1973
"We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of that, determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged. The whole of humanity depends on this motivation."
~ The Dalai Lama
"Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others...The universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece."
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
If one’s mind has peace, the whole world will appear peaceful.
-- Sri Ramana Maharshi
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
-- William James
"The mystic uses their intuition a great deal, and endeavors to see into the future and to look beyond appearances. She or he reads others’ souls and hearts. A mystic does everything they can to rise up above suffering and despair; they go past the clouds and so glimpse the Sun; being both on their own and connected to the great All, they never forget that to accomplish great things we must be able to do small ones perfectly. The mystic knows that duty well carried out is an act of love and of service; and that for the
service to have its full meaning, it must be selfless. It must be a gift of oneself to others, joyously agreed to, and not undergone as a great sacrifice. Love and giving should not be likened to suffering and renunciation, quite the reverse: were this the case, it would no longer be a question of love, but of masochistic behavior. True service only gives rise to
good feelings, and expects nothing in return."
-- Christian Bernard
You must be ready to accept all things as natural with quiet cheer.
~ Swami Chinmayananda
"Happiness is like a butterfly; The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"Guru is none other than the Self."
-- Sri Ramana Maharshi
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.”
"The purpose of evolution is to attain understanding of the necessity of doing good and living in harmony with Cosmic Laws; and to express your Divine Nature in everything you think, say and do."
-- Rosicrucian Manuscript
"Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
-- Carl Sagan
“Initiation means the Journey Inwards: nothing is changed or can be changed; but all is trulier understood with every step.”
— Aleister Crowley - Little Essays Towards Truth, “Mastery”
the winter waves:
I can’t stop this feeling
could it be love…
-- fuyunami ni omoi yamazaru koi to iuka
"I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence."
~ Publilius Syrus
"To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all."
-- Aleister Crowley
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
-- Dalai Lama
“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.”
― E.E. Cummings
"There is a tender sense of silence, without prayer to or from. In the moments of our own silence we are welcomed, as both stranger and friend."
-- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
“All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm's way.”
-- Bell Hooks
"While the mystic is therefore a thinking individual, she or he must also be an active one. Fully aware of what the purpose of their life is, their behavior comprises service, tolerance, generosity, understanding, compassion, and love, so as to set an example within Humanity. To be this good example, and therefore a positive testimony to the principles referred to as “mystical,” the mystic must throughout their life seek within themselves that which needs to be strengthened and improved. We are all a long way from perfection; but we can be radiant, and show the way, providing we do not try to reform others’ conduct at any price, tempting though this may be when we see others losing their way, and embarking on a dangerous route. Being an active mystic can be straightforward. All that is required is, first of all, to be genuine with oneself and with others, to be true in all circumstances. To be true does not mean speaking brusquely or rudely, or showing a lack of politeness or tact; it means being the true reflection of what we are, and not playing on the feelings of others, or saying one thing and doing another."
-- Christian Bernard
"You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
External circumstances can contribute to one's happiness and well-being, but ultimately happiness and suffering depend on the mind.
~ Dalai Lama
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
Think of Metta: Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth:
May all beings be happy at heart.
Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without enmity or hate.
Whether standing, walking,
sitting, or lying down,
as long as one is alert,
one should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding
here & now.
MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY!!!
“The global economy has made our world one. We need a corresponding sense of the oneness of humanity. If we are realistic, truthful and honest, we can communicate with anyone and everyone. Secular ethics are not opposed to religion but inclusive of those with faith and those with none. We have to recognize others as human beings like us. Everyone wants to be happy and everyone has a right to fulfill that goal. This is why, in the context of 7 billion human beings, our need is to introduce secular ethics.”
-- Dalai Lama
“If we learn to open our hearts,
anyone, including the people
who drive us crazy, can be our
~ Pema Chödrön
All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
-- Samual Beckett
“Memory is the sense of loss, and loss pulls us after it.”
― Marilynne Robinson
“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
"I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them." - Boris Pasternak
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in The Sorrows of Young Werther
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. ~ George Santayana
When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear. ~ René Descartes
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. ~ John F. Kennedy
In this moment, I need to be needed,
With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked,
In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted,
'Cause I love to be loved,
I love to be loved.
"Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it."
~ Bill Cosby
"There are two aspects of the hero, I think. The hero is somebody whom you can lean on and who is going to rescue you; he is also an ideal. To live the heroic life is to live the individual adventure, really. One of the problems today is that with the enormous transformations in the forms of our lives, the models for life don't exist for us. In a traditional society—the agriculturally based city—there were relatively few life roles, and the models were there; there was a hero for each life role. But look at the past twenty years and what has come along in the way of new life possibilities and requirements. The hero-as-model is one thing we lack, so each one has to be his own hero and follow the path that’s no-path. It's a very interesting situation."
-- Joseph Campbell
The really poor man is not the one who lacks money, but the one who lacks the joy of the heart.
~ Swami Chinmayananda
"The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the word instead of being pulled by them."
-- Raymond Chandler
"A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
~ Kurt Vonnegut
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
— Ernest Hemingway
"Sit still, O my body, like an icy pond frozen at attention, at rest yet alert."
~ Edward Hays
"The unfolding of the bare human soul...that is what interests me."
-- Bruce Lee
Anger is the energy people use to
act, but when you are angry you are
not lucid and you might do wrong
things. That is why compassion is a
better energy. And the energy of
compassion is very strong.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
'You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.'
Suffering isn't dependent on
the world being good or bad,
but on how willing we are to
use wisdom in this moment.
~ Ajahn Sumedho
"Ah, but what can we take along
into that other realm? Not the act of looking,
which is learned so slowly, and nothing that happened here. Nothing.
The sufferings, then. And above all, the heaviness,
and long experience of love, – just what is wholly
― Rainer Maria Rilke
"During the day – not only at work, but in the post office, restaurant, or bank – you can also combat the fast pace of others. Good spiritual manners require that you say to people who help you, 'Take your time. I’m in no hurry.' ”
-- Eknath Easwaran, from "Passage Meditation"
“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”
Is it the world that says "I am real", or is it you?
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
-- John Dewey
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
― Stephen King
Thank you, always say thank you; it's the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God.
-- Maya Angelou
"Let us learn to let go, to not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the circumstances and conditions of this world. Let us constantly remember that at the heart of ourselves, as at the heart of all human beings, there forever stands a silent and watchful guardian: the Master Within."
-- Christian Bernard