Saturday, February 14, 2015

Living in living fear

I found this on Yahoo answers. I find it amazing, extreme, funny, sad, and a bit enlightening (about how mad we are). (I've not edited spelling, I feel it's indicative of a person and education.)

I got my kevlar american body armor vest on but im still worried i feel more unsecure than befor? i be sleeping and going to the bathroom with my vest on i constantly got my hand on the bible , but in the back of my mind i know they comming,
i dont even know who they are anymore please tell me whats wrong, how can i overcome these feelings?

Best Answer (Asker's Choice):
 I suggest you get kevlar pants too. I had some specially made. I feel a whole lot better wearing them.

There were also several answers that he should seek help for his mind. I would have thought that the admission "i dont even know who they are anymore" would mean that he could see how irrational it was, but apparently not, for he chose kevlar pants as solution to his problems! Poor fella.

It is interesting that the more he protects himself, the more fearful he feels. Mentally and emotionally, defense causes attack, not vice versa.

Monday, February 9, 2015


"We wish, not to be understood, but to be misunderstood exactly as we misunderstand ourselves." 
- Aaron Haspel

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carl Young quote

I gotta look into Carl Jung, I keep seeing some dang insightful quotes by him.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Being warm and fed...

I have thought about this sometimes: just the simple fact of having a reliable heated home and getting reliably fed is a blessing that we can hardly even begin to appreciate. Seriously, it is such a huge blessing. 
And it pretty much underlies every other human joy and human progress.
Spiritual progress too. For a human who is cold all the time and who has to worry 24/7 about where his next meal will come from, any "spirituality" will pretty much amount to desperate prayers that things will get better. 
The next time you are very cold and hungry, try to concentrate on such abstract concept such as Forgiveness, spirit, and the real origin of the universe... it just can't be done. 
In other words, a civilization has to be created before much spiritual progress can be made. 
I am of the belief that this universe/world, rather than being a trap, was made as a means to get home again, after the mistaken belief of Separation From Source had happened. Communication (in the broadest sense) has to happen for knowledge and forgiveness to happen. And this universe is a big Communication Machine. It puts people together in the same space whether they can stand each other or not, and it forces them to cooperate to beat the hostile forces in the environment to survive. That is the beginnings of Forgiveness, and thus the beginnings of togetherness and ultimately Oneness. 
- Eolake

Think of this: all countries I know has laws against murder. But no country I know of has laws against war. A man who kills his neighbor is the most despised man. But a man who kills dozens of foreigners in a war (even an undeclared one), no matter how many of them children or innocent, is a hero.

On the plus side, historically violence is downtrending! There is a book documenting this, called The Better Angels Of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker.

By the way, also think of this: morality is a completely human construct. Once you get outside what agreements humans have managed to cook up between themselves, it's completely non-existent. I guess we've been blinded to this obvious fact by almost all religions giving out moral codes "coming from God". 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Proof of Heaven"

I don't even have to look it up to know that Eben Alexander's book "Proof of Heaven" has created a lot of Joy, and a lot of controversy. That just happens whenever you make statements in the area, or near, religion.

It's a tale about what a top neurosurgeon experienced during week his body was in deep coma and his brain complete non-functional.

I'm about 60% through, and I find it's an excellent book. And the first half is actually a real thriller story. (Though I'm actually a bit queasy about stories about illness.) And the parts about his experiences in the spiritual realms are dazzling. I don't think one has to believe they are true, or the only truth, to enjoy them.

I was thinking a couple days about, in A Course In Miracles:
"There is no world. This is the central message of the Course."

... I realized that this is possibly the most important and profound sentence anywhere. The single most important thing about *anything*, much less a universe, must be "does it exist?"

This book does not go there, it assumes the reality of the world. ... But ACIM is, hah, "terminal". It has the End message. And on the way, many, many other messages and beliefs are helpful. And Proof of Heaven has a lot of them, very good ones.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The white feather jacket

Today as I was waking up, I had a vision dream.
A friend/helper and I was making a jacket. I asked why, I thought it was too much work. He say “feel it”. I did. At that point it seemed like leather, but soft.
And then: it was feathers. The whole jacket was made out of white, soft, beautiful feathers.
The connection to angels’ wings was obvious.

When I wear the jacket I can be anywhere. And: I can *see the truth behind anything*.
I have long thought that such an ability, or something in that direction, is probably the most valuable ability a person can have.
I can’t have that/wear it all the time, it’s too powerful for a half human. But I do believe that every time it’s used is an important step.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"YOLO" scrutinized

"Yolo", or "You Only Live Once" was taken up in the usual fine style by the Simpsons recently. Marge had a good point: "'You only live once' also means that when you die, you die!"

Indeed. I have long thought that 'you only live once' is an odd argument for living fast and taking risks. If I really believed I only lived once, I would be living as safely as possible, I'd want the one lifetime to last!
And corrolarily, if you live as many lifetimes as you need, then risks matter less, because you always get another chance, and another, and another...

And for me it's also a good argument for a very thoughtful lifetime, and developing your spirit, because you need not fear that you'd miss anything.

Monday, January 27, 2014

No bodies around

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone. 
- Jonathan Swift

You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death. You really think you are alone unless another body is with you.
It is insanity that thinks these things.
- A Course In Miracles, lesson 76

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beauty and Source

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I find this great. Especially the last half, those three statements are extremely deep.

... "which stands related to all things"... You will notice this says that beauty is holistic. Beauty gives a hint of The All. Of Source. of Truth.

I've always felt this myself, and although I have tried for 40 years, I have yet to explain it: that when we experience beauty, it is on some level an experience of the light of Source.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The glamour of mega-violence

Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a  million and you're a conqueror. 
--  Jean Rostand

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. 
-- Eric Hoffer

Monday, January 13, 2014

To stimulate thinking

I’ve come to view the quotes, and perhaps even writing in general, as being more valuable in simply stimulating the reader’s own thinking than in disseminating precise truths, if those exist. 
- Stobblehouse

Friday, January 10, 2014

Be an opener of doors

Be an opener of doors.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think this short, simple sentence holds an immensely powerful direction for life.
And what's more, it's one of the few sayings which can be almost universally applied.

Every player in the great game of this universe has his role to play, and every role contributes to the rolling forth of the universe and the eventual goal it has.
But I feel that as each person progresses, he/she will find that more and more he appreciates and feels the importance of Opening Doors rather than closing them or guarding them.

It is not a trivial game. While many doors are easy and fun to open, many are difficult even to find, and more difficult yet to open, and opening them may be accompanied by trouble, fear, pain...

But each opened door is a step forward, and when the last door is open, the Universe is Holy and Done.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rock bottom

"When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need." - Unknown

There are only two ways out: through the rock roof, or through the rock bottom. In the big space inbetween, you still think you have fun, or at least have a chance of it.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kenneth Wapnick RIP

One of A Course In Miracles' best and most famous teachers, and one who was busy until the very end, Kenneth Wapnick, has passed beyond this incarnation on December 27.
He was unsurpassed in his dedication, in his understanding of the Course, and without mortal competition in his ability to teach.

We wish him all the blessings he deserve and will no doubt get.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Doubt is good (updated)

Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more...doubt is thought and thought is life. Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought.
-- Albert Guerard

You will notice that the school system, failing at teaching students to think, goes for rote learning of "facts", and that no doubt is permitted about those "facts".

As I progressed spiritually, there was a long period where I suffered more and more Doubt. I thought it was a character flaw. And indeed it is unpleasant and it is seen as a weakness. (The politician who shows doubt will get nowhere fast.) But it is a big stretch of the Path forward.


Frank said...
Well, there is a quote from the late Danish astrophysicist which goes something like this: 
"Join those who seek the truth but be more cautious with those who claim to have found it."
A little pearl of wisdom which applies equally well to science and spiritual matters.

Being cautious about that is good advice.

One should however not dismiss the idea that somebody may *actually* find the truth. That would imply that no truth exists. But if there's an organization handling this Truth, and they charge money and try to direct your life, that's a danger sign.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Be like water

I found a page called The Simple Tao. I like these tenets a lot. (The last three makes it all a bit too much Real.)

  • Tao
    "the way", "the path". it is often represented by water because water always seeks the path of least resistance, yet is strong enough to demolish even stone when no other recourse is available. everything below flows from this.
  1. Make your goal effortless action
    avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.
  2. Treasure simplicity
    eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.
  3. Cultivate stillness
    only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.
  4. Be patient
    can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?
  5. Be gentle
    love peace and restraint and avoid all unnecessary violence. "do not regard weapons as lovely things. for to think them lovely means to delight in them, and to delight in them means to delight in the slaughter of men."
  6. See beauty
    in the mundane and the normal. Apreciate the beauty around you and in yourself.
  7. Be true
    dedicate your life only to that which you find beautiful or fascinating, and thus be true to yourself.


Re: "only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth. "

... This is something I have come to intuitively in recent years.

Many years ago a friend and I was interviewing a photographer on the radio. He shot cityscapes at night. We asked, why at night? He said that when the city is quiet, you can see deeper into it, like into water when its surface is calm. Both of us was so stunned by the aptness of this that we couldn't think of a new question for many seconds of Dead Air.

It's funny actually, I often have a great craving for action. But more and more often,  I also find that I have a craving  for stillness. There's an odd power and depth...


Friday, November 1, 2013

Enjoy the water remember the river

I love the iPad (I swear there's more to it than meets the eye, it's like I can feel part of the future impact of this hand-held communications medium), and I've just ordered the new gen-5 "iPad Air" (smaller, lighter, yet faster). As I do traditionally (since early iPods), I had my email address (on gmail I'm eolake) engraved on it. And I had another line to fill.
It would be nice if it would inspire a finder to return it. But it should be a bit more than that.
I remembered an old saying, apparently Chinese: "When drinking the water, remember the river". I tried, but of course there was not space enough. So I shortened and shortened, and it turned out that I couldn't even have the comma, but there was just space for:

 Enjoy the water remember the river 

I actually really liked that. I think it has a poetic simplicity, but still says it.

It's also one of the wisest sayings I know. It can be employed on a practical level: if you enjoyed your meal, thank your cook. If you enjoyed having food and shelter when growing up, think of your parents. And so on.

But also on the metaphysical level:

Think of Source

I think it's one of the most basic takeaways from The Course and other teachings, is that Source is everything (literally), and the more we can have attention and desire for Source, instead of this apparent World and its details, the happier we will be.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

People do make it

The path can seem long and hard, sometimes you can wonder if anybody really makes it to the end. So it’s good to hear of people who make it. I have a friend in New York, he’s been an enthusiastic friend for years. And he has often been in the worst trouble.
Today he wrote this to me.

I had started on wanting only God a few years back; what is very recent is my "seeing" that there's no "me," only God.  Man, what a  blast!  It's like while I'm doing it, there's really no "self," other than Him!  I feel no pain - hardly any physical sensations whatsoever - my mind slows down to an almost total stillness, and the peace, joy, gladness, and sense of well-being are enormous, that's something that in my over 41 years on the path, I had had only glances of!  The beauty of it is that I can extend that to almost all of my complete day now.  I am, as a result, much more tolerant, loving, forgiving, etc.  It's truly amazing!  (And most humbling!)  (And to think that this could have always been mine!)

Love, Angelo

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Politeness is healing

There are ways of treating others in which ONLY consistent courtesy, even in very little things, is offered. This is a very healing habit to acquire.
- ACIM Urtext, unpublished (page 71)