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Believe in your own heart – Gautama Buddha

Do not believe anything
because it is said by an authority,
or if it is said to come from angels,
or from gods,
or from an inspired source.

Believe it only if you have explored it
in your own heart
and mind and body
and found it to be true.

Work out your own path,
through diligence.

~ Gautama Buddha

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Brahma – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘I believe in eternity’

 

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain thinks he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanquished gods to me appear;
and one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Bramhin sings.

The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.

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There is one mind common to all individuals.

We know that the ancestor of action is thought…..The rich mind lies in the sun and sleeps, and is Nature.  To think is to act….Action and inaction are alike to the true.

Every soul must know the whole lesson itself…..what it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know…..

Nothing is secure but life, transition, the emerging spirit.

Live ever in a new day.  Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.

Everything good is on the highway.

Speech, like writing, is a regrettable necessity. 

R.W.E.

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In My Own Way – Alan Watts

I recently read Alan Watt’s autobiography ‘In My Own Way’, a fine book.  Alan was a man who walked his path and took a large part of a generation along with him.  Whilst reading the book in public, in a series of random places, several people approached me and commented on how much they appreciate Alan’s interpretations and teachings.  I have never been so popular when reading a book!  Most of these people were in their 50’s and beyond, but his message and the way he chose to live is very relevant today.  Be free and enjoy, revel in the mystery and very importantly, simply ‘go with the flow’.

Here is a short passage I’d like to share, it really struck a chord.  Alan is describing the blossoming of a love affair with his last wife lost in the hills of California, living a time of beauty and love.  Alan was a man who enjoyed the finer things in life and conveyed them in such a poetic way:

…..it was the embodiment of something I had been looking for all down the ages to be chief travelling companion-to be whisked off to a shack overlooking the Pacific, where we would sit on foggy nights by a log fire and talk over a bottle of red wine.  Which was just what happened.

We had a hill cottage in Fairafx, an out-of–the-way village to the north of Tamalapais which, in times past, has often served as a congenial retreat for out-of-the-way-people.

In this sanctuary, known only to close friends, I compiled poetry and The Joyous Cosmology.  Here, where Elsa had left a garden on the hill, and where the northern sky across the valley glowed green at twilight, the world woke up for me.  Jano has a capacity for aesthetic absorption which reaches into pure ecstasy-in the convolutions of a leaf, the light in a drop of water, the shadows of a glass in the sun, patterns of smoke, grain in wood, mottle in polished stone.  Together in this cottage we slowed down time.  We watched the sun blazing from a glass of white wine and watered the garden at sunset, when the slanting light turns flowers and leaves into bloodstone and jade.  We studied the forms of ferns and shells, crystals and teasels, water-flow, galaxies, radiolarian, and each other’s eyes, and looked down through those jewels to the god and the goddess that may be seen within even when the doubting expression on the face is saying “What, me?”  Shankar taking hold of the primordial sound of the universe and rippling it with his fingers into all shapes, patterns, and rhythms of nature. 

We found a lonely road across the mountain……..a road along lakes, through forests, and over high grassy slopes from which one could look across the Pacific, where we would stop and listen to the loneliness and the meadowlarks.      

Alan W. Watts – In My Own Way, 1964

If this interests you, here’s part of an Alan lecture:

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‘A reflection of us all’ – John Lennon

John Lennon

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try to express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

John Lennon

Quote taken from the collection – A Turtle Awake – Inspirational Wisdom of Great Love

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‘Freedom is an Adventure Without End’ – Don Juan

‘Forget the self and you will fear nothing.’

‘Freedom cannot be measured, freedom is an adventure without end, in which we risk our lives and much more for a few moments of something beyond words, beyond thoughts or feelings.  To seek freedom is the only driving force I know, freedom to fly off into infinity, freedom to dissolve, to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which is spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than it is: a mere candle.’

‘Self importance is the nemesis of mankind.’

Don Juan (from Carlos Castaneda – The Art of Dreaming)

 

Quote taken from the collection – A Turtle Awake – Inspirational Wisdom of Great Love

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Smaller than the smallest – Fred LaMotte

Leaves in wind before sky

“Ano-ranyan mahato-mahyan.”

Smaller than the smallest, greater than the greatest.

~Upanishads

Why are you trying to expand? Joy is small.
One atom of your laughter contains the sun.
One tear reflects ten thousand stars.
You were everything, but it was not enough
until you entered this breath.
Enlargement is not your purpose here:
you came to marvel at the dogwood
bursting in a moon beam.
God stoops, curls up in your heartbeat,
fits creation’s glory in your eye.
The Holy Mother sleeps in your bellybutton.
Christ is so little he lives in a crumb, crying,
“this is my body!”
Great beings condense into drops of love.”

~ Fred LaMotte

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Alan Watts – To go out of your mind….

Alan Watts

“To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses. And if you stay in your mind all of the time, you are over rational, in other words you are like a very rigid bridge which because it has no give; no craziness in it, is going to be blown down by the first hurricane.”

Alan Watts

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