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Dali, Lago de Garda

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
~ Rumi

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“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such.
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
— Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck

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“I would say it’s a humanistic responsibility. I mean, once you are prepared to admit that we humans are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds and, above all, emotions, and once you are prepared to admit that animals are sentient and can not only know emotions like happiness, sadness, fear, but especially they can feel pain — then, as humans with advanced reasoning powers, we have a responsibility to treat them in more humane ways than we so often do.” — Jane Goodall

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When you are taking care of yourselves, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis; have the eagle aspect from above and see the whole; see more broadly.
— White Eagle, Hopi indigenous

Before we can make a better world, we have to see how and why we have created this one. We have to deconstruct our false thinking. We have to see how we’ve been persuaded by fantasies, by greed, by corrupt logic and facile explanations of life. The world we live in hides a web of interrelationships based in commonalities and aid. We imagine and therefore create a paradigm ruled by “tooth and claw” that is a tiny part of the whole.

Seeing the whole involves another kind of perception. It involves laying aside our many preconceptions.

Before we can see truth we have to dismantle lies. We have a bad habit of lying to ourselves. But papering over a better philosophy on top of our inherited half-conscious one is not the solution. We actually have to perceive more deeply as a step in letting go of the falseness that pervades our lives. What we choose to believe is not the issue.

What’s important is what we actually see and don’t see — and how we feel about it.

Since our whole society is founded on a blindness to underlying realities, our task is of a daunting magnitude. Few souls are up to the task, but those who are can’t be dissuaded. Those folks are our new scouts. They’re out in front of the rest of us, reporting back what they find. Like Max Planck, who is telling us that what we take for solid reality is a theater of appearance, arranged by an unfathomable intelligence.

For what? For the soul’s edification?

Our dramas of suffering as we find our way to the love in our hearts, as we find our way to delight, creativity and joy — over unimaginable eons — seems to be what we’re here for. We’re here to learn to dance and sing and love. The idea that we exist to claw our way to the top, or as close as we can get to the top, starts to look pretty stupid from this perspective.

Our culture fills our mind with roadblocks. Only when we can take those barriers down inside ourselves will we be capable of helping free the world of its illusions. That work starts at home, in the heart of each one of us.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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