Friday, June 26, 2015

The painful beauty


I've long had an inner pain associated with especially poignant beauty.
I've not heard anybody else talk or write about it, I think, so it's interesting to find this in L.M. Montgomery's book Anne's House Of Dreams:

Silence and twilight fell over the garden. Far away the sea was lapping gently and monotonously on the bar. The wind of evening in the poplars sounded like some sad, weird, old rune— some broken dream of old memories. A slender shapely young aspen rose up before them against the fine maize and emerald and paling rose of the western sky, which brought out every leaf and twig in dark, tremulous, elfin loveliness. "Isn't that beautiful?" said Owen, pointing to it ... "It's so beautiful that it hurts me," said Anne softly. "Perfect things like that always did hurt me— I remember I called it 'the queer ache' when I was a child. What is the reason that pain like this seems inseparable from perfection? Is it the pain of finality— when we realise that there can be nothing beyond but retrogression?" "Perhaps," said Owen dreamily, "it is the prisoned infinite in us calling out to its kindred infinite as expressed in that visible perfection."


Apart from my belief that the separation is an illusion (and it fits: how can you possibly separate two parts of infinity? If they are both infinite, they'll both be the same. A limited Infinity is of course no infinity.), I think this is just as it is. Beauty connects us to the Infinite, God, Source, but because it's just a tiny connection and we long with all our soul for the full connection which we believe we don't have, it hurts.

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Here is a sole, young aspen tree. (It looks like a white birch to me, I don't know the difference.) Author unknown.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The art mind

I always felt that art had a strong spiritual aspect. (To me it's almost obvious: we have a strong attraction to it, but it's not connected to the survival of the body. What's left? Spiritual communion.)
So I was happy to read this quote in Gary Renard's third book Love has forgotten No one.

PURSAH: That’s right. The people who get spirituality the most have always been the poets and other artists. Rumi, Goethe, people who are capable of grasping these grand, abstract ideas. The Course speaks on a much bigger level than most people realize at first. Yes, the application is done by a seeming individual, but the men and women who get it have to realize that there’s no such thing as an individual, except in a dream. That’s why artists, musicians, writers, or those who would like to be often do well with the Course. Then, as always, there are exceptions. Einstein was a scientist and could think like one. But he also had the mind of an artist. He loved music, and he could think in abstract terms like no other, understanding and communicating them to people who were ready to expand their awareness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Perfection is the enemy of Good


There is much wisdom in the saying "Perfect is the enemy of Good".

Just for one thing, only God/Source is perfect. You can't even made a perfect sphere here in the physical universe, because the moment you look at it with a microscope, you see that the "perfect" surface is indeed as uneven as a patch of barren land.

The strong and continual drive for perfection is an addiction. It's a distraction. Trying to distract yourself from the mistaken idea that we are lost to God. And also surely trying to recover a bit of God by creating something perfect.

It also has very little to do with how good something is. The thing or the person which we love the most is never perfect. Sometimes we think they are, but that is only driven by the faulty belief that the very "best Good" is "Perfect", so regard the imperfections as part of the Perfection, or we manage to not see them at all. Hence, "love makes blind". True love of God, The Universe, and Everything, of course does not, but exclusive love has to.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dreaming and waking and films

A funny thing happened in the nineties; after Jurassic Park and Toy Story and other computer-graphic films had me got thinking about composing paintings in three dimensions on a computer instead of in two dimensions on paper, my dreams changed. Normally I don't think super-clearly visually, and certainly not three-D-wise. But I started having some dreams which were very film-like and *very* three-dimensional. I remember one of them, flying up and down in the air with other creatures, one of them similar to Batman, only in a brown suit. This was also a dream where I knew I could never have imagined that being awake.

I think art has a purpose of coaxing us to create the dream (the World) intentionally, to help us realize it's all dreamed up. And I think 3D films do the same.
Similarly, take violent movies. I think they help us to face the group guilt by putting control and aesthetics and thought into imagery we would normally never look at if we could avoid it.

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.

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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

Misunderstood...


"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

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Update:
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

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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


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.

Eolake

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.


Update:

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.