Monday, February 28, 2011

The Fabric of Self


"Who, what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each 'I,' every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow a world."

- Salman Rushdie

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The High Life




















“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Guns, Drugs, And... Harriet Tubman?

"Or what about the Underground Railroad? If Harriet Tubman weren't doing anything wrong, she would have had nothing to hide. But Harriet Tubman broke the law by rescuing slaves and helping them escape. She carried opiates with her, and she carried a gun. The opiates were to calm the people she was transporting in case they got too frightened, and the gun was to shoot them if they wouldn't stop screaming. Here was someone operating in gross violation of what we would consider to be the law, and yet she did extraordinary things through a terrible time. And now in retrospect she's written up in fourth grade textbooks as a heroine.

If the power is wrong, sometimes fighting the power is the right thing to do."

- Katherine Albrecht, in Derrick Jensen's Resistance Against Empire

Identity


"The differentiations of sex, age, and occupation are not essential to our character, but mere costumes which we wear for a time on the stage of the world. The image of man within is not to be confounded with the garments. We think of ourselves as Americans, children of the twentieth century, Occidentals, civilized Christians. We are virtuous or sinful. Yet such designations do not tell what it is to be a man, they denote only the accidents of geography, birth-date, and income. What is the core of us? What is the basic character of our being?"

- Joseph Campbell

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Home



This is an incredibly beautiful, passionate I-could-listen-to-this-for-hours-and-not-get-sick-of-it kind of song. Seriously, I don't think I have ever listened to a song so many times in a row immediately after finding out about it. It bleeds energy and love!

- Teddy Grahams

Daniel Suelo: Love and Possessions

"We are in a world that believes possession is love. This is a world that believes love is a purchase. Husbands possess wives. Wives possess husbands. Parents possess children. And parents shower possessions on children. Lovers shower possessions on each other. When a child feels empty and rebels, or a relationship goes sour, how many times have you heard, 'After ALL I’ve done for you, this is how you repay me?' In this very statement is the answer to the parent’s failure, or the lover’s failure!

Our families and relationships aren’t truly families and relationships, they are professions. Our families and relationships, like our jobs, are The World’s Oldest Profession!

When you give somebody a gift, are you offended if they pass it on or get rid of it for whatever reason? Then you know you didn’t really give a gift! It was a bargaining tool, with strings attached. It was a manipulation, a power trip, not a gift! If you receive a gift and can’t get rid of it because of 'sentimental value,' you are under its bondage, tied by its strings, controlled by its manipulation. Sentimental value is most insidious, because it parades itself as love. Sentimental value is why you can’t follow truth, can’t follow your heart. Children are bound by the sentimental value of their parents, not by the love of their parents."

- Daniel Suelo, his web post: http://sites.google.com/site/livingwithoutmoney/Home/love-possession---sex-money
his blog post: http://zerocurrency.blogspot.com/2006/04/love-possession.html

When Is A Man Wealthy?



"A man is wealthy when he says he has enough."

- Author Unknown

Personal Update

"A major contributor to the genesis of many diseases... is an overload of stress induced by unconscious beliefs. If we would heal, it is essential to begin the painfully incremental task of reversing the biology of belief we adopted very early in life. Whatever external treatment is administered, the healing agent lies within. The internal milieu must be changed. To find health, and to know it fully, necessitates a quest, a journey to the center of our own biology of belief. That means rethinking and recognizing--re-cognizing: literally, to 'know again'--our lives."

- Gabor Mate, When The Body Says No



So after thousands of dollars worth of medical testing, I am still sick. Finding a doctor who treats me as an equal and who does not give me pocketfuls of poisonous drugs has been a tough task. Fortunately, I have recently found one such human being, and may be onto a pathway to recovery.

Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapy:  http://www.functionalmedicine.org/about/whatis.asp

- Teddy Grahams

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Blue Boat Home



Though below me, I feel no motion
Standing on these mountains and plains
Far away from the rolling ocean
Still my dry land heart can say
I’ve been sailing all my life now
Never harbor or port have I known
The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

Sun, my sail and moon, my rudder
As I ply the starry sea
Leaning over the edge in wonder
Casting questions into the deep
Drifting here with my ship’s companions
All we kindred pilgrim souls
Making our way by the lights of the heavens
In our beautiful blue boat home

I give thanks to the waves upholding me
Hail the great winds urging me on
Greet the infinite sea before me
Sing the sky my sailor’s song
I was born upon the fathoms
Never harbor or port have I known
The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

Overcoming Loneliness

"The chasm between being alone and loneliness is deep.  The way you begin to be alone and at peace without being lonely is to know that you are with your best friend.  When you are at peace with yourself and love yourself, you can never be lonely.  Only when one learns to love himself can he love another.  You must find that love for yourself before you can touch the purity of aloneness.  Love of self, without being selfish, will not allow loneliness to exist.  Love of self also creates a love for everything else and brings us closer to the sacred oneness."

- Coyote Thunder, Grandfather, by Tom Brown Jr.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

From Within




















'"The greatest gift we can give to the world is our own self-transformation."

- Lao Tzu