Idiots in the House

August 5, 2014

Be the change you wish to have in your life
Be the change you wish to have in your life

 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Did Ghandi really say that?  Google says it is so.  So it must be right, right?

But what does this mean?

Lately, peace is on my mind as I see conflict erupt all over the place from the macro to the micro.  All this conflict seems to be born in people’s thoughts, fears, feelings of insecurity, emotional reactivity, inner confusion and incessant mental noise as well as a desire to dominate others.  These are the “idiots in the house” as St Teresa de Avila  said many years ago.

Thoughts and imaginations are like idiots in the house.

Peace is easy.  All we have to do is let the idiots leave our house.  After all, you can’t control idiots. So open the doors, let the idiots leave!   That is, peace is already alive inside of us.  We just have to let go of all the idiots and allow peace to take center stage in our lives.  And not only peace but also serenity and joy.  Just sit for five minutes at a time, relax, breathe deep and invite peace to take center stage in your life.  You will be amazed at what will happen next.

But if the idiots have taken firm control of your house, don’t worry, there is help.  Music, yes music, can help you regain control of your house.  Just listen to Beethoven’s Symphony #7, second movement.  It will put your mind into the proper frequency to let go of the idiots and allow healing to happen.  Just Google it, there are several renditions on U Tube and other places that you can listen to.

Remember John Lennon?  He and Ghandi viewed the world in similar ways.  Look at their glasses!  Ha, they may have even used the same oculist!

Give Peace a Chance
Give Peace a Chance

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
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How vulnerable…

How vulnerable do you allow yourself to be? Scary eh? Yeah, me too. And yet, is there really another game in town that leads to an authentic life? Listen to this talk from Brene Brown. It just may change how you think about all of this.

Frivolity On The Edge

This TED Talks video with Brené Brown just blew my mind.  It is exact thing I have been struggling with lately.  If this your first visit to my blog, this post is a bit of a departure.  You should go here first.  Then here.  Then come back…if you want.  Video is about 20 minutes.

Enjoy…

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Do you believe everything you think?

June 28, 2012

So do you believe everything you think?  Now isn’t that a good question.  Think about it a minute.

You might say…  Well, I thought it so it must be true!  But is it…. really?   Where do those thoughts come from?  Are they influenced by another conversation?  Something you heard on the radio or saw on TV?  Or maybe it was that mango smoothie you had at lunchtime?

What are the elements that influence thought?  Are they biochemical?  Emotional?  A neuronal process seeking higher ground?

Byron Katie has built an entire career, a life based on four questions.

The first question is “Is it true?”

And the second question…  “How do you know it is true?”

These two questions alone can occupy my mind for hours on end as I begin dissecting the minutia of my own belief system.

So today is about questions.  And it is said, the answers are found inside the question.  So I guess you can find me inside of one of these caves of a question with my searchlight on full force…. at least for a little while.

Just Plain Wrong

June 27, 2012

Did you ever wake up and know that you were just plain wrong about something or someone?  You know the feeling where you just want to slap your forehead (why, I don’t know…. maybe to shake up some brain cells) and you say to yourself, “How could I have not known?  How could I have fooled myself?”

These moments are deeply fertilizing.  What I mean is, if we stick with the new course and don’t jump ostrich-like into the deep quicksand of unconsciousness, or into the depths of self recrimination, we have an opportunity to use these “How could I have been so stupid?” moments to fertilize the growth of a new direction in life.

The ego doesn’t want to hear that she has been wrong.  “How could that be?” she asked demurely.  “Why, I am hardly ever wrong about anything.”   (Can you hear the southern accent?  I don’t know why my ego has a southern accent but she does!  Maybe she really developed when I lived in Alabama, twice. )

Anyhow, I have prided myself for being deeply patient with people in my life – loving the unlovables only to finally realize why they are so unlovable.  But now, I am changing course.

Of course, it is difficult to change the habit of being infinitely patient and yet it is so necessary in cases like mine.  So the new rule is….  Two Strikes and You are OUT!!

The South Also Exists

June 21, 2012

Yesterday, the first day of summer, I wrote the following email to my mailing list.  And I received many wonderful responses that have encouraged me to write again.  Below my email is a response from a friend in Uruguay.

“Happy Summer Solstice to YOU!!

The solstice is on the heals of the new moon this June…. it is the longest day of the year…. the time the sun makes its furthest reach north before turning to the south again…. or is it the earth that turns in this eternal dance?

For me, it is a definitive time of cutting away the past…. cutting away all the negative frequencies that no longer serve….   all of the things that have brought you this far north in your life…  and focus totally and positively what you are birthing, bringing into creation.

For me, it is making a commitment to the new future…. honoring the part in which we are each co creators of that future…. the future is not up to chance, nor the gods, nor the powers that be…. each of us has the ability to create our own future – within the realms of reason and within the realms of magic…. especially when we step out of our comfort zones.

So what to do?  How to celebrate this day?  let go of all that has brought you to this point that no longer serves you… maybe identify those things by writing them down on a piece of paper and burn it, bury it or let it drown in the ocean, river lake or stream….   And then define, write down or draw a picture if the words are not enough to express what you need to express…  what your ideal future looks like, feels like, sounds like…  and dedicate yourself to your vision.  sound good?

You might want to keep the piece you have created for your new vision until the next solstice in the winter when the sun reaches its southernmost point.  That way you can refer back to it and let it help you keep on track…”

Now for Darda’s response…

For us here in the south hemisfere, is Winter Solstice! Cold an foggy! 
Time to be inside near de fireplace. Time to meditate with the inner 
sun, preparing to grow and blossom in spring time.
Best wishes and enjoy
Darda

And then in Darda’s next email yesterday, she wrote:

We have a song that goes: "El sur también 
existe".

Translated, that means “The south also exists.”

Isn’t amazing how we tend to think about the world from our limited point of view.  I love it when my thinking is enlarged to encompass a more global perspective.  After all, aren’t we all connected in some way on this little blue planet?

Have you been to the Southern Hemisphere?  Crossed the equator?

I ask myself, what do I know about the South?  And I am not talking about Alabama or Chiapas.  I have crossed the equator a couple of times, but I couldn’t really put my finger on any great differences except that summer was winter and winter was summer.

So I went to the bathroom to flush the toilet to check which way the water spun as it went down the drain.  It looked counterclockwise to me and that had me question what I had heard so long ago… that is… water in the north flows down the drains in a clockwise direction while in the southern hemisphere it flows counterclockwise.

uh oh…. confusion was about to set in, so in moments like this, I did what many of you would have probably done in the first place, checked with GOOGLE.  There, the first entry was called The Skinny on… by Hannah Holmes.

She described the Coreolis Force and then went on to explain in great mind boggling detail the reasoning behind how it could be possible for water to swirl in opposing directions based on which hemisphere you were in.  And then…  she debunked the whole thing as a myth claiming the direction of the water down the drain had much more to do with water jets than hemispheres and that the Coreolis force was a fictitious force.  Other top entries in Google were also calling this a myth.

hoo boy…..

I wondered, who told me about this in the first place?  Was it a teacher in school?  Had to be.  We didn’t have internet when I was growing up and my East German mother and American father had never been to the southern hemisphere nor were they interested in much about the South.  At least they never talked about it.  The world was America and Europe.  Asia came into the mix as a relevant part of the world when my step father came into the picture.  Even though he was of strong Irish descent, he had been stationed in China during World War II.  And would never eat rice because of the experience.

The inevitable question dawned.  How many other pieces of misinformation have I built my life upon?   hmmmm…..   this will require some thought and another blog piece….  You might want to ask yourself the same question…

One thing is for sure, I think…  The South also exists!  My friend Darda lives there.  I trust her.  But now I am thinking of checking this out firsthand with a trip to Uruguay…   to find out, exactly what exists in the South and personally flush the toilets!  Anyone want to go to Uruguay with me?

The Day Venus Kissed the Sun

June 5, 2012

Today is the day that we will be able to see the planet Venus cross in front of the sun.  Here in Mexico, they say the event will be visible to us about an hour before sunset.  Sooooo…. si Dios quiere and the clouds lift their veils, we may have the great luck to witness this phenomenon that will not be repeated in our lifetime. I encourage you to find your most favorite place to watch sunset – rooftop, beach, a beautiful west facing condo balcony – whatever it might be… Wouldn’t it be great to take a few moments to be conscious of this astronomical event?

The almost Full Moon will make an appearance tonight as well, around 9pm. These Venusian shows come in pairs – the last one was in June of 2004.  It was wondrous to see and marvelous to be aware that it was happening as it was happening.  It was like the opening act of the grand show of the end of the Mayan Calendar.  And now we have the closing of the first astronomical act.

Much has been said and written about the year 2012 – take from it what you will.  What I know about the Mayans is that they were great sky and star gazers.  One of their very favorite objects was the planet Venus with all of her dances – sometimes rising in the morning, sometimes rising at night.  And today, she kisses the sun!

So what does that mean?  It surely meant something different to ancient Mayans than it does to modern people.  The marvelous thing is that they, the ancient Mayans, with their understanding of the world and the universe and the stars and we, people alive in the year 2012, are connected by the fact that we are all aware of this event.  What it means… who knows?  What a lot of people are talking about is mostly conjecture.

One of my favorite road signs here in Mexico is one that says, “Obedezca las senales”  In English, it means “Obey the signs” Think about that a moment…   if you can’t read Spanish, you can’t obey the signs, even though there are signs telling you to obey the signs!!!  So what do you do?  Look at what everyone else is doing?  Use common sense?

It is that way with celestial signs too.  If you know the language and can read the signs, well…. obey the signs.  And if not, well…. I would watch those who know how to read the signs and use common sense too!! Make sense? Sin mas por el momento,

This is the famous Stela from Coba that was deciphered to give us the end date of the Mayan Calendar. Can you read and obey this sign?