The future is uncertain….
but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.
The world is richer than it is possible to express in any single language
In assembling complexity
the bounty of increasing returns
is won by multiple tries over time.
When a system is far from equilibrium,
small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos
have the capacity to lift the system
to a higher order."
As various parts reorganize to a new whole,
the system escapes into a higher order.
The main character of any living system is openness."
— Illya Prigogine - a physical chemist and Nobel laureate
Freely pick the mushrooms on which the insects sit. Plant your tree where the mole digs. Build your house where the snake suns itself. Dig your well where the birds build their nests in hot weather. Go to sleep and wake up with the chickens and you will reap the golden grain of the day. Eat more green vegetables, and you will have strong legs and an enduring heart. Swim more often and you will feel on land like a fish in the water. Look at the skies more often and not at your feet, and your thoughts will be clear and light. Keep silent more often, speak less, and silence will reign in your soul, and your spirit will be calm and peaceful. ~ St. Seraphim of Sarov in Georgia
"At this very moment for the people and the nations of the earth
May not even the names disease, famine, war and suffering be heard
Rather may their moral conduct, merit, wealth and prosperity increase
And may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise for them."
~ Dedication prayer by Dudjom Rinpoche
"During the years of dictatorship in Haiti, the government gangs, known as the Tonton Macoutes, roamed about the island killing dissenters, and ordinary and innocent people, at their leisure. Not content with the slaughter of one person for whatever reason, they instituted an especially cruel follow-through: no one was allowed to retrieve the dead lying in the streets or parks or in doorways. If a brother or parent or child, even a neighbor ventured out to do so, to bury the dead, honor him or her, they were themselves shot and killed. The bodies lay where they fell until a government garbage truck arrived to dispose of the corpses -- emphasizing that relationship between a disposed-of human and trash. You can imagine the horror, the devastation, the trauma this practice had on the citizens. Then, one day, a local teacher gathered some people in a neighborhood to join him in a garage and put on a play. Each night they repeated the same performance. When they were observed by a gang member, the killer only saw some harmless people engaged in some harmless theatrics. But the play they were performing was Antigone, that ancient Greek tragedy about the moral and fatal consequences of dishonoring the unburied dead." Make no mistake, this young writer said: art is fierce." ~ Toni Morrison, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations recently taught that: “Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this world. Did you think you were put here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no ending.”
11 Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening
· An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
· Frequent attacks of smiling.
· Feelings of being connected with others and with nature.
· Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
· A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
· An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
· A loss of the ability to worry.
· A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
· A loss of interest in judging others.
· A loss of interest in judging self.
· Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything.
Upon his enlightenment at the age of 35 in Bodhgaya,
the Buddha proclaimed:
"Profound peace, natural simplicity, uncompounded luminosity.
I have found a nectar-like Dharma."
“Then the venerable Ananda approached the Buddha, prostrated himself and sat down to one side.
Sitting there the venerable Ananda said to the Buddha:
“Half of the holy life, Lord, is good and noble friends, companionship with the good, association with the good.”
“Do not say that, Ananda, do not say that.
It is the whole of the holy life, this friendship, companionship,
and association with the good.”
“We are luminous beings. We are perceivers. We are an awareness. We are not objects. We have no solidity. We are boundless. The world of objects and solidity is a way of making our passage on earth convenient. It is only a description that was created to help us. We or rather our reasons, forget that the description is only a description and thus we entrap the totality of ourselves in a vicious circle from which we rarely emerge in a lifetime. We are perceivers. The world that we perceive though is an illusion. It was created by a description that was told to us since the moment we were born.”
Carlos Castaneda aka Don Juan