It will never die! I put on the radio today and the first song to greet my morning exercise was Claude Debussy’s “The Girl with the Golden Hair”. I think this piece and perhaps Beethovan’s “Moonlight Sonata”, or Pachabel’s Canon, have been a constant inspiration throughout my lifetime. Will there be music in heaven, or is that where it comes from in the first place? Will the musicians of all ages be playing out their new compositions, and sending vibrations earthward to lift our souls into that place where human conflict and dense, earthly problems subside?
I believe it. There is a place where Mozart, Handel and Jimi Hendrix will join together in an eternal concert of sound and joy.
All through history, people have been able to gossip, distort and change the truth for lies. It happens every day in the press, smoke screens and tall tales covering up whats really important. As these quotes express:
The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. —Josh Billings
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so. –Theodore Parker
The truth that makes us free is always ticking away like a time-bomb in the basement of everybody’s church. –Robert Farrar Capon
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.– Winston Churchill
To see what is in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle. — George Orwell
It started back in school when someone was caught stealing, or breaking a rule. “Who did it?” the teacher cried. All the children’s faces were like stone, each one playing the part to perfection, doing anything in their power to hide the truth. But I remember admiring the one, lone kid who wasn’t afraid to ´fess up, the one who took the rap for everyone else. He was the kid we all looked up to. No fear, no man pleasing….
Sadly, this is not common. The internet gives the power to whoever wants to take it…a man can defame and slander anyone he wants from afar, and who can stop him? Only a coward will hide behind the mass of impersonal information invading our physiques. Where is the challenge now to stand up and speak the truth? It lies within us, in our inner chamber, in our conscience, where late at night and in the lonely moments of doubt and fear, we come to the realization that the only way to have peace is to come forth, and come clean.
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EVERY one has asked himself the great question of antiquity as of the modern world: What is the summum bonum–the supreme good? You have life before you. Once only you can live it. What is the noblest object of desire, the supreme gift to covet?
We have been accustomed to be told that the greatest thing in the religious world is Faith. That great word has been the key-note for centuries of the popular religion; and we have easily learned to look upon it as the greatest thing in the world. Well, we are wrong. If we have been told that, we may miss the mark. I have taken you, in the chapter which I have just read, to Christianity at its source; and there we have seen, “The greatest of these is love.” It is not an oversight. Paul was speaking of faith just a moment before. He says, “If I have all faith, so that I can remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. “So far from forgetting, he deliberately contrasts them, “Now abideth Faith, Hope, Love,” and without a moment’s hesitation, the decision falls, “The greatest of these is Love.”
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I´m looking out of my living room window onto the most beautiful view of mountains, hills and a reservoir surrounded by small villages. These are the foothills of the Andes, 12,000 feet above sea level. Living here reminds you of the timelessness and power of nature. Our daily comings and goings take on a different meaning when you are constantly reminded of the eternal mysteries that make up this planet. Mother nature rebels against our violations of her dignity like an elephant whisking an insect off of her back. How long will we be allowed to co-exist with God’s creatures on this planet? How long will we be allowed to suck from her goodness before she says, “Enough” and shakes us from her surface? I wonder. Perhaps, before this happens, we will finally come into the realization that our true power doesn’t lie in petrol, gold and platinum, or even in water and land, but its inside of us. “For the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus
Have you ever noticed how people’s wrinkles reveal more than just the age? Some might make them look sad, tender or sweet. Others reveal inner anger , frustration and greed even when the face is smiling. Life has a way of sculpting and forming the soul. One can hide innermost feelings, but the strokes of destiny and the emotions allowed free reign in the heart will chisel the countenance. I look in the mirror and see my worries, failures and questions, but I also see the lines of joy, laughter and a life lived with meaning. No amount of collagen renewal cream will totally erase them, and so I will sport them daily, without shame. Hopefully, as time goes by, I will develop more of the laughter and smile lines. So, let the wrinkles reign in all their splendor. Let us bear them with pride and dignity. Youthfulness is really a state of mind and wrinkles are the stripes we wear to prove our battle history. I wonder when people began to be ashamed of their age. Who told us age was something to hide? I suspect its all about losing ones attractiveness, and sex appeal. Well, to lose some of that and gain the state of a wise and worthy human being seems far more attractive to me. There is nothing more unpleasant than the sight of someone who has undergone multiple plastic surgeries to hide the truth. Why would anyone feel so insecure as to want to hide the years they have survived? We should wear medals for having lived, fought and stayed afloat in this life. When you know there is an eternity and the tiny measure of years we spend here on earth is merely a fraction of the life we have and will live, then a few wrinkles should do nothing more than prove our worth.
I strongly recommend the recent movie produced by Clint Eastwood starring Matt Damon, “Hereafter”. It brought home some powerful concepts that are so often avoided because we don’t want to look farther than the here and now, or prepare for death. It touched me deeply. When the movie was over, I found myself in a state of reflection that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. It occurred to me that there are relationships in my life I’ve got to leave behind. It’s not about cutting anyone out of my life, but about letting my old emotions towards these people die to allow room for freedom and new space to get to know each other in a different way. It’s as if I had gotten stuck in the past, basing my love for my family on old, overprotective feelings that had them and myself trapped. It’s about moving on.
The hereafter doesn’t start at death, but follows a pattern all through life’s journey. Living today and letting yesterday die, allowing the metamorphosis of transition and growth give us new wings by shedding old skin and setting to the mission at hand must become more important than old worries, frozen mind sets and habits.
When the Hereafter arrives, my prayer is that I’ll be ready to pass on with a full heart to meet those who are already on the other side where we will share joy and a sense of closure.This physical life is but a speck in eternity. If we can come into the knowledge that it will go on, then we can choose whats important among the vast buffet of events and feelings presented to us. The art of it is to find the delicate balance between living with the heart here and now, making things right and better while keeping the focus of eternity alive and burning.
Long live life! It’s here forever! Let us live it fully!
While watching the Copa Libertadores soccer tournament with my fanatical, Argentine husband, I took in a few well learned lessons. The Argentina team kept coming out even, not winning, not losing. One of their players is considered the best in the world but he had no room to move freely on the field. There wasn’t “team chemistry” going on, and the criticism of his playing was cruel. Finally, the Technical Director made some key changes, taking out a few old timers who weren’t giving enough space, and putting in those who would support the talent of the best player.
The brilliant changes manifested in the results of the next game, Argentina won,3/0. This outstanding player was free to set up plays that led the whole team forward and the attitude of the new players was to catch the spirit of team action. Their opposition had no chance at the ball.
When we have come to a stagnant point, life calls us to evoke changes at all levels. Perhaps we need to sacrifice a well meaning relationship, throw out old mind sets and bring in new strategies, renew our core beliefs and discern what space our “best player” needs to take over the field. Age should not be a limiting factor; on the contrary, we are now aware of whats really important and our loyalty to useless habits can be eliminated. We are ready to give it our best shot throughout the years we have left. It’s time to let change take its course, do or die.
Many great men have drowned in despondency and boredom, procrastination and depression. Habits, routines and inflexible inner conversations have the power to kill creativity within the soul. But like old wine, if one matures with the ability to cultivate the richness within, and bring it out to enjoy, there is no age limit or fear of death and uselessness. The bottle must be occasionally turned to mix the flavor as the years go by. Bottoms up!
When communication breaks down and there seems to be no way to get across your side of the story, its time for some deep reflection. No matter how complicated the issue or how long the misunderstanding has taken place, I believe there must be a way to work things out. Life is a breeding ground for learning to relate that begins in the womb and lasts to the grave. I will not give up, even when things become so complicated there seems to be no way out of the maze. As the years go by, life’s school seems to bring new factors into focus and put others on the back burner. Priorities change, things you were so sure of vanish or transform as you start to look back instead of looking forward. It becomes easier to apologize and relinquish the desire to be in the right.
There is a situation in my life that will require a large dose of patience and understanding. It’s not simple and it’s not just one person, but a few very angry and determined individuals who have targeted me as the protagonist in a tragic situation. After many years of being defamed online, I am doing my best to communicate, with all sincerity, my side of the story. I can only hope for the best. Knowing my own heart in depth has helped me to understand and face it without reproach or fear. I know myself enough now to confront this as an opportunity to stand on my belief system of truthfulness and compassion.
Cause and effect, is it true that our thoughts will reflect in our situation even when they are unspoken?
I have been reading a lot lately about the effect our inner conversations have on the outcome of our destiny. It’s not clear if many unspoken conversations in the mind are inherited, or if they are developed since our birth. One thing seems sure; the opinion we have of ourselves and others seems to translate into the realm of physical and material conditions and relationships. This is an over whelming concept because thousands of thoughts are running through your mind all at once and the ability to control and check them is almost impossible on a conscious level. Many thoughts are just temporary, calculations of the present moment and how to navigate throughout the day. But here we’re talking about deep rooted attitudes, our belief system that effects everything around us; “It’s all so difficult…this is too much for me…nothing will ever change…people don’t like me…I don’t want to be around anyone…nothing ever works out…etc.” Or the even more serious, core attitudes where these thoughts are initially born; fear, hatred, bitterness, anger and remorse.
This is where faith in a superior force comes into play. I believe that not only do we rule our surroundings by the thoughts we cultivate, but we have access to a higher force to help us rise above the flood of unwanted emotions and thoughts that come into play throughout life’s constant stream of events. In my case, knowing how my mind and emotions can run wild, I commend my heart and mind to God every day. When I became aware of the magnitude of this basic truth, that thoughts actually play a part in the outcome of things, it’s become a necessity for me to spend time each morning in reflection and prayer. I need the extra power to discern and clean out the attitudes that if cultivated, will bring me down. Through some powerful, self-help programs, I learned about tuning in to the inner eye that scans the heart and soul. But I have found that this isn’t enough. I am only human and in my search for growth and greater usefulness, I must adopt a spirit of humility to ask for help. It’s been an eye-opener to become aware of my thoughts on a deeper level, and a bit overwhelming. But I am overjoyed to be learning about this new dimension where I can plant a firm standard, with the Lord’s help, to uphold creative, loving and powerful thoughts of triumph and success. A new set of inner conversations can be set in place and the atmosphere around me can be transformed. I believe it!
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As I read article after article on the disturbing interpretations of the Mayan prophecies, Nostradamus’ visions, scientific data describing a change in the vibrational field and direction of the planet’s movement coinciding with this date, and Muslim scriptures talking of the arrival of a great Muslim leader who will subdue all other powers before 2013, one asks oneself….what am I planning for? Is it all coming to an end? Should we continue to develop long term projects, or must we begin preparing for the seemingly inevitable transition that according to the prophets, will mean an entire re-haul of planet earth?
Throughout history, the prophets of doom have been spokesmen for apprehension and reflected our sense of guilt about the way we are managing things . Many have come and gone, and yet the world is still orbiting, perhaps slightly wounded by our selfish intervention in the environment, but orbiting nonetheless. One thing I believe is true, our hearts are being tested and tried according to the personal stand we take as human beings who have the power to destroy or create. It is a time of unprecedented spiritual advancement with people of all cultures and nations searching for universal truth. The tremendously complicated and demanding society humankind has created seems to be teetering on the brink of dinosaur proportions. These prophecies, combined with the amazing collection of predictions in the Bible, point to a change coming. The words of the prophets carry a message of hope to those who know we are severely off track and perhaps deserving of a big melt down, while they instill fear in the hearts of those, who in ignorance, seek to conserve the status-quo.
I take a stand for love and compassion. Whether the end comes with some catastrophic event or after a ripe old-age, every soul will be obliged to eventually learn what we were sent here for. And the little people of the earth, the victims of poverty and war, will find justice and peace, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” If the heart stands on the kind of faith that can’t be shaken or destroyed by outer circumstances because there is belief in a greater, eternal destiny, then come what may, it will pass through fire and come out as white as snow. Plant that tree, pay that bill and love those around you with all your heart. This is our protection from regret and shame and the ticket to a wonderful future on planet earth and beyond. At the end of the day, is there anything more important? NO FEAR!