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.

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.

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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...

Eolake

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.

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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)


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gary Renard returns

The eagerly awaited third book from Gary Renard is here: Love Has Forgotten No One.

While the how-to-get-home stuff is the meat, I admit I'm looking forward to the hinted-at trips between lives and maybe even on other planets.
Anyway, I've read a bit so far, and it has already given me some deep things to think about. For example:

Many people focus too much on the Illusion. That leaves them feeling empty and depressed. You should focuse more on Reality (Source/God). 



Gary's books, especially The Disappearance of The Universe, have shaken my world. I guess we can't know ultimate truth until we are ultimate beings, but that book rang deeper with truth than anything I'd read for over twenty years.

Friday, August 16, 2013

New McKenna book


Surprise! I, like Jed McKenna himself, thought he was Done after his brilliant "Enlightenment" trilogy. But behold, there's a new book out, Theory Of Everything.

I'd say it's simpler than the others, but worthwhile reading.
Here's a quote:

"This is another way of expressing the awakening process, and the decisive question is, do you hate false-self more than you fear no-self?" - Jed McKenna

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I won't hear it!!


The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
-- Herbert Agar


Rarely was a better truth stated.

Friday, July 19, 2013



In relation to man you progress by your actions. In relation to God and yourself, you progress by your thoughts. 
-  Eolake Stobblehouse


The joy of beauty is the joy of life.
- Eolake Stobblehouse

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

God and hate?


"God Almighty hates a quitter."
 -- Gen. Samuel Fessenden, at the Republican National Convention, 1896.


It always amazes me to think of people who think they have an Almighty God who hates some people. That must be a truly, truly scary world to live in. 

Anyway, if he actually is almighty, why would he hate anybody or anything? Can't he afford better?


Update:
Steve F said...
Or that God would hate one of his/her creations?

Yes, a very good point. Seen that way, it's truly preposterous.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Don't do anything with doubt


If you choose to do anything, do it with 100% intention. 

You may have fear, but that doesn't matter. It is not the fear which hurts you or makes things go wrong, it is the doubt. It is the back-off from doing it fully.

People engaged in dangerous sports like jumping over canions on a motorcycle, or hacking a big brick in half with a bare hand, know this. They need to have 100% pure intention in the moment, otherwise it may go wrong.

Have you noticed that doctors and nurses who work with very sick and infectious people, almost never get sick themselves? It's the same thing, it's because they knew the danger, and they chose to go in anyway, they do it with purity.

The same thing applies to the spiritual path. Per definition it's the most difficult thing you can do, because you have to confront everything in the mind which makes anything else difficult. So if you do it half-heartedly, you double your troubles. Instead do it full speed ahead, focused only on the goal, Source.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quotes etc.


Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something.
-- Jean Paul Richter

Funny, according to ACIM, the one above is exactly wrong. If taken in a metaphysical way, of course.

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I take it to be a principle rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing.
 -- Terrance

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Article on good people and "bad people"

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On being married, and prioritising one's life


“He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: but he that is married careth for the things of the world, how he may please his wife.”
- 1 Corinthians 7:32



Innit so? It is the very rare spouse who will not expect him/her, the relationship, and the family to be the most important things in your life. Way, way the most important things.
And it's so ingrained in this world. People always say it in interviews: "the most important thing in my life is my family". I remember when I heard a A-list actor say it some years ago, I thought: "oh yeah? Well, you're a multi-millionaire, so how come you keep making all those movies instead of just staying home with your family?"

But the fact of course is that having a family is a great responsibility, and very, very few of us has the power and resources to have something else which is as important, or more. So I think that people who have such a thing, whether it be art, religion, spirituality, rock collecting, whatnot, should consider whether to start a family or even a relationship is the smartest thing to do? If it's really necessary? Or just a "supposed-to-do" which is build into our collective mind?

I've lost count of the number of very talented artists I know who got into a serious relationship or got married or kids, and after that, their creative output just dropped to near zero. So I think that one should consider that seriously.

I know, it's not politically correct to say this. Because contributing to the gene pool and making little workers for the factories of the future is the ego's most holy goal and obligation! But I think that spirituality (in the broadest sense) is way more important than that, by definition. What is higher or more important than our Source/God?