Archive for October, 2007

“Our parents, our children, our spouses, and our friends
will continue to press every button we have,
until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves, yet.
They will point us to our freedom every time.”

Byron Katie – Loving What Is

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Something opens our wings.  Something
makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.

excerpted from The Essential Rumi

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I, too, chose to leave the Oneness
to find my own consciousness
to add to the Light of God.
Along the way, I became forgetful,
as you have,
and I found myself wallowing, it seemed,
in a world so separate from God
that when the full realization of that horrifying belief
came to me,
I felt darkness all around.

Yet, as the longing and the pain increased,
I began to turn,
just as you have done,
to seek the Light,
knowing that if I felt pain because of lack of Light
then there must be Light.
If darkness were my natural home
I would be comfortable there.

So I turned,
as you have done,
and climbed mountains and forded streams
and prayed in mosques and temples and churches
and followed teachers and stumbled and walked again
until I came to the time of evolution
when I could say truly and completely,
“I am one with God.”

Emmanuel’s Book I-A Manual for living comfortably in the cosmos

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On my last Abe Cruise, we went to the Western Mexican Riveria.  Nice, but you know I could go anywhere Abe goes.  So one night my friend and I are deciding what to order for breakfast.  On the cruise you just hang your little door hanger thingie out for room service and it’s all inclusive in the cost of a cruise.  Way fun!  So we are reading off the menu and in between that I have started a decidedly upstream conversation about, well, wouldn’t you know, one of my kids!  So my dear friend, who has a rocking good sense of humour, while holding the breakfast menu in her hand, says: cornflakes or froot loops?  I roared with laughter complete with the occasional snort – too funny!  And guess what, it was an insta-pivot and sent me straight into uproarious laughter :)

So now I’ve got that little phrase on one of my personal well being cards: cornflakes or froot loops.  I’m on a mission to discover the best, the funniest insta-pivots, let me know if you’ve got some, too!

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Failure as Success

 I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 300
games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot
and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And
that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

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Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IV

You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing
that is more than your own.
Let it brush your cheeks
as it divides and rejoins beside you.

Blessed ones, whole ones,
you where the heart begins:
You are the bow that shoots the arrows
and you are the target.

Fear not the pain.  Let its weight fall back
into the earth;
for heavy are the mountains, heavy the seas.

The trees you planted in childhood have grown
too heavy.  You cannot bring them along.
Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

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Well I went to sleep last night right after watching America’s Next Top Model.  I know you are chuckling out there but I do like reality shows :)  So Tyra ends the show with this little quoteable:
‘you have to use that natural talent that you have.  Take that and OWN THAT’

Good stuff, Tyra.  Off to dream I went and my dream had a message about talent.  In the dream, I read poetry that I found in a thrift store, I created that love poem written by some unknown-to-me man to his beloved, decades ago, about his visit to the white canyons.  I never even heard of white canyons and I don’t write poetry, at least I didn’t think I did.  Also, I created all that vintage inventory in the store.  I became both fashion designer, story teller and poet all in one dream.  So it brought up to me the nature of talent as something innate and the nature of talent as something I/all could choose to be anything we want, whenever we want.  Dreams will take you anywhere you want to go, they can show you how you are capable of anything, they can also show you lots of other things, too.  The possibilities truly are endless and I just love believing that everyone not only has a special gift/talent but that we all have access to infinite talent.  Wow, why that should be a biggie to me, I dunno, but it is…may you discover what talent you didn’t know you had and may you step into the joy of knowing you are infinite talent…Love and Light, Beth

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Good morning all you beautiful souls.  I hope you had a chance to read ‘I have saved all your kindnesses’ and my follow up with ‘The Box’ yesterday.  If all there ever really is – is Light & Love, then what is left when all is said and done but every loving kindness you’ve ever given, every loving thought you’ve ever had.  No one is saving the rest, no one is taking score, except occasionally ourselves.  When I imagined opening a box that contained every loving kindness I’ve ever given and every loving thought I’d ever had, I was overwhelmed by it and felt such huge grace that nothing else was left but Love, that I literally wept a mixture of joy and relief.

So my lovelies, I leave you on this bright autumn Pacific coast morning with a little Rumi, he is ‘essential’ after all :).  With light and love, Beth


What will
our children do in the morning?
Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play,
the way wings

Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered
the strength from the planets that all men and women need to balance
the wonderful charms of
the earth

so that her power and beauty does not make us forget our own?

I know all about the ways of the heart – how it wants to be alive.

Love so needs to love
that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,
just to flicker for a moment.  But the sky’s mouth is kind,
its song will never hurt you, for I
sing those words.

What will our children do in the morning
if they do not see us

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The Box

What if you came to your doorstep today
and discovered a box left there with your name on it.

It didn’t have any markings on it
save for your name.

With curiosity, you open it.
Inside is every kindness you’ve ever given
every loving thought you’ve ever had.

What memories would flood you
in that moment?
How would you feel?
Who would you be?

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How can you who are so holy suffer?
All your past except its beauty is gone,
and nothing is left but a blessing.
I have saved all your kindnesses
and every loving thought you ever had…
They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt.
They came from the Holy Spirit within you,
and we know what God creates is eternal.
You can indeed depart in peace
because I have loved you as I loved myself.
You go with my blessing and for my blessing.
Hold it and share it, that it may always be ours.
I place the peace of God in your heart
and in your hands, to hold and share.
The heart is pure to hold it,
and the hands are strong to give it.

excerpted from A Course in Miracles

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