Bring Yourself to Life

Let go of “me against life”

It allows the fear to grow.

Know that you are a part of life

Not separate from it.

People care about you

They see the light within

When you are lost in the dark.

Turn inwards

Let go of those thoughts

And find that you are so much more.

Embrace the “life within me”

And bring yourself to life.

Peace on Earth

“As you transcend the dualities of good and evil, and right and wrong, you awaken into Oneness. It is the only way to really make a difference and bring lasting peace into our world.”

~ Leonard Jacobson

Each of us makes up the collective. Whatever is happening at the collective level is a reflection of who we are as individuals…If you want peace on earth, by all means march in peace rallies, write letters, become politically active. Empower yourself and others as much as possible. But first, confront the dark within yourself. […]

via Peace On Earth – December 2017 – Leonard Jacobson — Evolutionary_Mystic Post

We are One

“Do you realise that when you give a shilling to a beggar you are giving it to yourself?
Do you realise that when you help a dog over a stile you yourself are being helped?
Do you realise when you kick a man when he is down, you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick, you deserve it!”

~ Wei Wu Wei

I do enjoy Wei Wu Wei’s spiritual down-to-earthiness and English wit. It always makes me stop and reflect.

Let’s all slow down and choose how we want to be in the world.

Namaste

The Same Substance

all the same substance

Image credit: Agoes Antara

How can we be separate
when we’re the same substance, body and soul,
collections of the same atoms
and channels of the same soul force?

Let’s be like children
whose beings are too empty
to be filled with distinctions
too open to be closed off by prejudice
too fluid to be cogged up with concepts –
so whole and so connected that they don’t need to build
a fortress of identity.

What is it that separates us?
Only the illusion of identity –
only the illusion of separateness

~ Steve Taylor

 

Today, let us embrace the all-knowing naive child within us.

Be kind. Have fun. Laugh.

 

Compassion and Connection – Just like me

just like me

When you find yourself judging, blaming, criticizing, resenting, or being frustrated and annoyed with an other person … here are some phrases to bring to mind.

“This person in front of me has a body and a mind… Just like me.
This person in front of me has feelings, emotions and thoughts… Just like me.
This person in front of me has in his or her life, experienced physical and emotional pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be free from pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be healthy and loved… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be happy… Just like me.”*

All people have similar needs, wants and desires. Fundamentally we act in order to protect ourselves and what we believe matters to us.
We all wish to be happy.
Others may go about it differently, to what we would want for ourselves.

Yet who are we to judge…. Our thoughts tell us that our way is the right way, but that is the small ego mind trying to stay in charge.

When we remind ourselves, that other people are just like us, we can pause and come from understanding instead of a righteous ego.

May we all find more acceptance and understanding in challenging times with difficult people.

Namaste

 

* Taken from Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

Your Place in Nature

 

Accept your place in nature

The truth, you will then plainly see,

We’re but a melody, in one grand overture,

Like the rustling leaves of a tree.*

~ Bryant McGill

 

* Bryant McGill; Jenni Young. Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life (Kindle Locations 3443-3444). SRN Publishing. Kindle Edition.

The Emergence of Connected Consciousness

I love this perspective from Christopher Chase to add to the consciousness conversation this week. Cue music … 💛

Creative by Nature

“A key feature of distributed intelligence is that no one part has to have the whole answer. Rather, the intelligence of the whole emerges through the actions and interactions of its parts.” ~Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

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The following is an excerpt from the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone..

“Something very interesting occurs when a group of jazz musicians improvises together. A number of separate individuals, all making their own decisions, act together as a whole. As the music flows, any of the musicians can take the solo spot, that leading role gliding seamlessly between the players.

Who decides when the piano or trumpet player should come forward? It isn’t just the person playing that instrument, for the others have already stepped back just a little to create an opening. There are two levels of thinking happening at the same time here; choices are made…

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* The Unknown Part of You

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Awaken to the unknown part of you

That sits in the shadows,

That roars from the mountain top.

Embrace its cries in the dead of night,

The unfathomable dreams.

It is the yearning in us all

To be free from separation.

* Nature’s Paradigm: The Core Ideas of Systems Theory

This is a really great article from Christopher Chase at Creative Systems on Systems Theory. He explains the aspects with clarity and some humor. The underlying message of caring for what we have and share is powerful. Take your time to read it. I guarantee you will learn something new. I certainly did!

… “The spider, the cat, the child crossing the road, holding his mother’s hand… Within each of us an inner life exists that is as complex and creative as the wider Universe which has brought us into being. Linking outward, with the current dance of Everything, we join the play of sights and sounds that surround us, the local rhythms of the world. Our inner singularity begins to move in sync with the mountains and the birds… We are welcomed home.”

Creative by Nature

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The Universe

The Core Ideas of Systems Theory

This is the second part of an essay that was published in 1996 entitled “Systems Theory: Rediscovering Nature’s Paradigm.” The first part of the article is here: Rediscovering Nature’s Paradigm, Part I.  My goal was to try to simplify and summarize the most important ideas of systems theory. ~Christopher Chase; Fukuoka, Japan

The systems model presented here postulates that unity and creativity are the fundamental characteristics of our Universe, and that Nature’s Systems are everywhere. Such a perspective encourages us to draw from our knowledge of creative processes, to think in the metaphors of activities like sports, games, gardening, weaving, building, music and dance.

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* Haiku – onenness

Oneness

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Find Your Middle Ground

From “self” to “we” expansion

transcends into One

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Oneness

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