“I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?”
— Hermann Hesse, “Demian”
“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.”
— K.L. Toth
This Body is Not Me
This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean and the sky filled…
Writing is a truth serum, one that is not always easy to drink. This is why people often choose to remain ‘one day I will write’ seekers- they can avoid the actual moment when they find what they are looking for. Because speaking our truths requires us to deal with many different challenges, including our discomfort with vulnerability, our fear of failure, the very real consequences of finally speaking our truths. Writing, like any form of revealing self-expression, calls us to the next stages of awakening. It’s seldom just pen to paper. It’s far bloodier than that. It changes our…
“The calling starts when we’re young. The problem is that it’s a soft voice and we often don’t hear it, especially with the chatter around us. But it’s there. So what happens when we get in trouble is it stops the chatter and sometimes that voice gets through. But often it doesn’t get through fully when we’re young and a lot of people live a life not tied to the genius of their own soul. But here’s the valuable thing. This is so important, the awakening of one’s genius, the moving closer to living the life of giftedness and purpose…
“Everyone you meet, no matter what adversity they have been through, has managed to create a pearl from the sand and muck surrounding them. It is your job to find each person’s pearl. For some people, this will be easy, because the pearl is on the surface and easy to find. For others, finding the pearl will be difficult, because it is buried deep. Always look for the pearl, which is each person’s light of life.”
— Noah Purifoy
I know a young mother who has a little boy of four years old, and every time the boy is…
“Perhaps now that the Western sciences have reached down into the atom and out into the cosmos finally to realize the extreme vulnerability of all life and value, it is becoming credible, even obvious, that the Inner Science is of supreme importance. Certainly physics designed the bombs, biology, the germ warfare, chemistry the nerve gas and so on, but it will be the unhealthy emotions of individuals that will trigger these horrors.”
— The Dalai Lama
Times of great uncertainty and upheaval provoke an acceleration of calling that includes the call to awaken the elders and the sage within…
BROKEN — HEARTED BRAVERY
As we read in the newspapers and see on television, the world is deteriorating, one thing after the other, every hour, every minute. A fantastically large number of people need help. Your help doesn’t have to be a big deal. To begin with, just work with your friends and work with yourself at the same time. It is about time that we became responsible for this world. It will pay for itself.
From “The Kingdom, the Cocoon, the Great Eastern Sun,”
~Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“The worst thing we ever did was put God in the…
“The feminine is not interested in abstract theories and logical reasons. Feminine wisdom comes out of the marrow of bone, out of the suffering of experience — the fish that comes out of the gut, not the bird out of the head. Like the primitive woman, the feminine makes the passover into maturity when it experiences itself as part of the cosmic rhythms of nature, at the same time looking straight at the reality of the here and now, the present that is instantaneously shifting. That truth is non-negotiable.”
‘Do not ask your children to strive ‘
“Fate is purpose seen from the other end of life. When engaged with the true aim of one’s life, looking back can be revelatory. In the end, very little is lost. Once the key is found and the door of the self opens, it all makes sense; the ascents and descents, even the tragedies and failures can be revalued. When the door between the worlds begins to swing, the values of time and place are altered and everything can have renewed meaning.”
— Michael Meade, “Awakening the Soul”
‘Of all psychology’s mortal sins, the most mortal is the neglect…
“The only way to have true choices on a daily basis over your life is to reduce your dependence on the dollar,” said Bob Wells, a real-life nomad who plays himself in the Oscar-nominated film Nomadland.
“And until then, you won’t. You’ll do whatever the dollar tells you you have to do,” he told The Current’s Matt Galloway.
Wells said that from a young age, people in the Western world are taught that living a “quality life” means getting a job, raising a family, buying successively bigger houses, and working most of your life to enjoy retirement in…
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
— ee cummings
“Everyone experiences pain and most suffer from patterns that continue to make life miserable unless something or someone intervenes. The pain we feel comes from the cross-wise energies that keep curving back and cancelling the wise self and the good word that wait to be expressed from within us…
I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.