The Lanyard

The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard. No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one into the past more suddenly— a past where I sat at a workbench at a...

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The Importance of I Love You…

The experience of loving is unilateral. It asks no response, nor does it demand the other be deserving. Any and every human being deserves love. It is not earned, one deserves it. So every human being offers us the opportunity of loving them. The loving rewards, not the being loved. Being made . the image of God, each of us deserves love. Our loving is our striving toward Godliness. It is our...

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Apprehension

Apprehension

I believe God wants you to know… “…that the mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.” F.L. Lucan said that, and it is right. There is no faster way to bring about misfortune than to think it is coming. Thought is a powerful force, and it is a creative tool that many people give little energy to — or abandon in the face of...

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Who are we?

At times like this I rely on my own realization that none of us really knows who we are, that this is the nature of our being, that if we have a true self at all, it somehow lies in the heart of the unknowing-ness that opens up when we inquire deeply into our experience, and that if we can hang out on the edge of this unknown, we may discover how to let ourselves be, without having to be...

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Do you believe in God?

When Einstein gave lectures at U.S. universities, the recurring question that students asked him most was: – Do you believe in God? And he always answered: – I believe in the God of Spinoza. (Baruch de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher considered one of the great rationalists of 17th century philosophy, along with Descartes.) (Spinoza) : God would say: Stop...

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We Are Not Required to Fix It

“It’s OK to destroy the planet and exploit resources.” How do you feel when you read that? Angry? Sad? Relieved? There’s an elephant in the room – choose any color, including green – when it comes to our heroic efforts to save the planet. Simply put, it’s impossible to live in modern society without exploitation. Our lives in 2021 are based on commodifying our...

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Long Live….

Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us. —singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson Long live impudence! It’s my guardian angel in this world. —Albert Einstein Long live the weeds that overwhelm My narrow vegetable realm !— The bitter rock, the barren soil That force the son of man to toil; All things unholy, marked by curse, The ugly of the universe. The rough,...

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Will I ever learn it all?

Tell me what you will my blue winged friend Did you hear me from where you drifted on the wind? This autumn wind on a summer day Sure can turn a blue sky grey Oh it’s a lonely day and cold There are secrets you’ve not told And there are parts of me that I have never known And I wonder if you see through the walls inside of me? Feathered friend I wish that you could say Why you sit on...

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The Mastery of What….

…mastery is not measured by the number of terrible things you eliminate from your life, but by the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible. The Buddha brought suffering onto himself, to look into the face of it, to see if he was that, and, if not, to see who he then was. Jesus allowed himself to be crucified, to demonstrate who he was. And what do you think you are doing...

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Walking About…

Forever Oneness, Who sings to us in silence, Who teaches us through each other, Guide my steps with strength and wisdom. May I see the lessons as I walk, Honor the purpose of all things. Help me touch with respect, Always speak from behind my eyes. Let me observe, not judge. May I cause no harm, and leave Music and beauty after my visit. When I return to Forever, May the circle be closed and The...

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