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Quote Of The Week – The Spiritual Path

August 16, 2010

Good lord, maybe I should start calling this the Quote of the Month. I blame it on Summer vacation…

Often an individual begins the spiritual path with a vague dissatisfaction with ordinary life. She may have brushed up against society’s conventions and come to realize that they are foolish and arbitrary. The spiritual path then becomes a means of escaping this social incarceration. But if there is any authenticity to this path, one soon realizes that the forces that constrain us are not merely exterior but much closer to ourselves and to whom we think we are. Ultimately we discover that the enemy is the tendency in ourselves to set ourselves up against the universe and to say, with the Gnostic Ialdaboth, “I am God and there is no other God beside me.” Without this insight, it may be impossible to break free of the Black Iron Prison.

~ Richard Smoley (The Gnostic Legacy – From the Gospels to the Da Vinci Code)

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Quote Of The Week – It’s Up To Us

July 4, 2010

Back from a little hiatus…

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

~ The Buddha

Quote Of The Week – God, Perfection, Simplicity

June 17, 2010

It is the perfection of God’s works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity. He is the God of order and not of confusion. And therefore as they would understand the frame of the world must endeavor to reduce their knowledge to all possible simplicity, so must it be in seeking to understand these visions.

~ Isaac Newton

Can We Quit Calling This An Oil Spill?

June 14, 2010

If you haven’t heard about the oil spill in the Gulf by now, then hello, welcome to the world, hope you don’t miss the cave you were living in, you are on a computer and this is the internet…

All I want to say about this situation is that it needs to quit being called an oil spill. It’s not a spill, it’s a fucking leak, and a bad leak at that. A spill is what happens when your putting oil in your car and some spills out. Might be a little, might be a lot, but ultimately it is a known and finite quantity that can be handled in a reasonable way.

This is an oil leak and a leak is a far different thing. Carrying on with the car analogy, an oil spill with the car gets cleaned up, whereas an oil leak better be stopped and soon or your car is going to die. The earth is leaking huge amounts of oil, LEAKING, not spilling.

Check out the Gulf Oil Tracker for some real time leakage.

As they say in Egypt, Mushkelah (problem). Big time.

Here’s a few pics to make us feel all warm and fuzzy:

Quote of the Week – Responsibility in a Marvelous World

June 9, 2010

For the average man, the world is weird because if he’s not
bored with it, he’s at odds with it. For a warrior, the world is
weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable.
A warrior must assume responsibility for being here, in this
marvelous world, in this marvelous time.

~ from the Warrior Sayings of Don Juan

Sunday Scripture – Plato’s Cave

May 31, 2010

This is an absolutely fantastic adaptation of Plato’s Cave, one of my favorite allegories for the human condition. Enjoy.

Quote Of The Week – Preventing Things From Happening Too Fast

May 26, 2010

Sometimes the quote just falls in my lap. Like today, I checked my horoscope from the only astrologist I trust, Rob Brezsny, and this was the Sacred Advertisement at the bottom of the page:

Consider the possibility that the people who seem to slow us down and hold us back are actually preventing things from happening too fast. Imagine that the evolution of your life or our culture is like a pregnancy: It needs to reach its full term. Just as a child isn’t ready to be born after five months of gestation, the New Earth we’re creating has to ripen in its own time. The recalcitrant reactionaries who resist the inevitable birth are simply making sure that the far-seeing revolutionaries don’t conjure the future too suddenly. They serve the greater good.

Just what I needed when it seemed like the wheels weren’t moving fast enough…