This dropdown covers some of the core areas of the focus and range of our work.
These are the fields of human endeavor and experience they are also the focus of our business.
We are a platform.
We give talks and trainings on these areas. This is our vision. We have planted a seed. Watch it grow.
The etymology or root meaning of 'program' means to write a public notice. What is writ. What is adhered to. What is preempted (by our values essentially...paired with our imaginations). What is programmed. The word reconcile means:
make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed. What is reconciled is what is witnessed - what is seen. But what is seen is also what is programmed. Move directors create movies. Computer programmers write programs. Both deal with scripts and scriptwriting.
And....The universal language of meaning.
which invites us to see the woods for the trees, with the heart first and the head in alignment following....Well, we create meaning.By the stories we fashion.That is what we do.
self-love in the individual
An individual when healthy and wise is self-reliant. That doesn't mean isolated or separated. It means connected. And whole.
We are connected. Walt Whitman wrote:
“I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.”
The study of mythology is the study of the possibilities of consciousness.
They are limitless. We are here at play in the garden. The ascent of man means the ascent of self and the ascent of self means that we must embrace our idiosyncrasies.
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Joseph Campbell shared:
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.”
To be an individual means to be connected to the whole. Intimately. And yet to carve out your own path. To own that journey and the beauty of its flame.
In short: it takes guts to be yourself. Wholly so. Unadorned. Emotional wisdom comes from the gut, from the intuition. And from a flowering in man, that naturally awakens when we focus on seeing beyond fear.
self-love in marriage
When we marry we embark on a journey to learn balance in all things, starting, and ending with perception.
The Jewish peoples have an old saying that says when you marry you outgrow selfishness because life becomes bigger than “me and mine.” When a child is born an opening happens in the heart. An expansion. Not all marriages produce children but this sense that you are now different chambers within the same heart feeding one another is critical.
A fool will argue that you marry the wrong person, but can you be man or woman enough to embrace he whom life has gifted you? What we get in our marriage is a mirror to who we are. When we try to fix another we are a fool for self-love is all about taking responsibility for how we see. When we see flaws and lack in another it is a mirror of our own lack of self-appreciation. When we see beyond that, well, then life really becomes a dance. And a happy one.
Marriage really is the very crucible of the human journey. When we are wise to our needs we are not judging or blaming of another. We have come to self-love and a deep appreciation that goes beyond putting others down. That takes a lot of self-awareness...but when it flowers in an individual he or she comes to be aligned with their deepest needs and they confidently embrace their desires and live their dreams. They focus on hitting the target of their inspired goals and let go all deceptions that they are lacking in worth on any level.
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals...argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
To discern wisely the fruit of relationship one must be attentive to the core music within you. To be together wisely demands that one has plumbed the depths of solitude. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote:
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. When we read "solitude" there, Rilke is not describing a solitary life, rather a happy one; an inner state that is not frightened nor perturbed, or, at least, can comfortably sit with that and, in sitting patiently enough, see through it. You can be in a crowd of millions, with endless agreeing and disagreeing, and not judge any of it, and still have that quality of stillness.
It is tempting to flick from flower to flower, to dig many shallow holes...but in relationship, true depth is born of confronting your fears and embracing the deep loving bonds that truly bind us. Marriage is the ultimate school for that. It's just how nature intends things and, when clearly recognized. and wisely honored, we can't help but bloom. We exist in relationship. To deny that is to deny our nature. To embrace it is to be in a state of union with ourselves.
Isaac Asimov wrote: Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. Marriage IS a school. Like any school one can graduate or miss the mark. When we miss the mark our assumptions may be blinding us to the power hidden within the kernel of our experiences.
When you look upon yourself, or another, through the eyes of unconditional love, you are invited to take a journey into equity. Equity, today, is often associated with money, but the actual word just means 'fairness."
Marriage, it is not a love affair.
“Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair is a totally different thing. A marriage is a commitment to that which you are. That person is literally your other half. And you and the other are one. A love affair isn't that. That is a relationship for pleasure, and when it gets to be unpleasurable, it's off. But a marriage is a life commitment, and a life commitment means the prime concern of your life. If marriage is not the prime concern, you're not married....The Puritans called marriage "the little church within the Church." In marriage, every day you love, and every day you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament – love and forgiveness.... Like the yin/yang symbol....Here I am, and here she is, and here we are. Now when I have to make a sacrifice, I'm not sacrificing to her, I'm sacrificing to the relationship. Resentment against the other one is wrongly placed. Life in in the relationship, that's where your life now is. That's what a marriage is – whereas, in a love affair, you have two lives in a more or less successful relationship to each other for a certain length of time, as long as it seems agreeable.” Joseph Campbell
Joy cannot be imitated. Shakespeare wrote "thou canst not be false to any man."He was right. One can be false but only at great cost.Especially to oneself.
He wrote this too:
"Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air: And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep".
It is spoken by the magician Prospero. He has just made a large group of spirits vanish, He reminds reminds his daughter and her fiancé that mortal life also ends quickly. So one must capitalise on the school. When one does, a very deep satisfaction follows. Divorce is rarely a solution. More a bandaid. The soul must have complete its education; fulfillment being the only medicine that can be said to cure. The cure is graduation from the school of fulfilled relationships.
self-love in Parenting
Children learn by example.
They learn by what their parents do more than by what they say. To become aware one has to awaken to what is talking in oneself. Is it insight? Is it insecurity? Fear? Fulfillment? What is it that speaks? Can you imagine differently....better?
"Yes!" comes the child’s happy whisper. The wise imaginative child in all of us speaks with such vision.
self-love in schools
'The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.'
Several generations ago Emerson wrote:
“We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represent."
What will it take to embrace what is our essence without wasting time in expediency and evasion?
We owe it to ourselves. And to our children. And their children. And their children's children.
To educate wisely is to be attentive to emotional intelligence.
To be attentive to such wisdom then we have to have the right relationship with nature. With our own nature and the nature of the planet.
This is non-negotiable.
To catch big fish one must travel out far to the right fishing grounds.
To find the right grounds for hope, one must dig in the right places.
Modern history, prior to now, for the most part, has been grappling with the consequences of a self-destructing industrial society.
To celebrate the coming of age of our own maturity we can look to Vladimir Vernadsky who argued that:
“people were becoming a geological force, shaping the planet’s future just as rivers and earthquakes had shaped its past.”
He goes on:
“Global society, guided by science, would soften the human environmental impact; earth would become a noosphere, a planet of the mind.”
When reason and imagination meet wisely, there are ample grounds for hope.
Harvard professor Dr William Clark is one the most compelling voices involved in international efforts to use scientific technology to preserve the environment.
"Aided by satellites and supercomputers and mobilised by the evident environmental damage of the last century, he thinks humans have a real chance to begin balancing economic development with sustaining earth's ecological webs."
Managing Planet Earth, Forget Nature, even Eden is engineered. New York Times - August 20, 2002
Dr Clark is quoted as saying:
"We've come through a period of finally understanding the nature and magnitude of humanity's transformation of the earth. Having realized it, can we become clever enough at a big enough scale to be able to maintain the rate of progress?"
We may go still further together. We may see it not just preserved, but flourishing.
We attain sustainability, we realize it, see its implied form within the structure of things by loving nature, and the progeny of that: our own nature. We demonstrate liberation from fear to our children by being at one with our deepest core, and we find in that oneness, a hidden umbilical chord connecting ourselves with nature's genius. There are no problems in life. Self-love is the solution to all deceptions that proclaim we are mired in problems. To truly see what is before us we must embrace gratitude to the full.
The world is a beautiful playground when we see it through awakened eyes. There is no greater gift that might bequeath our children.
We serve that end. It is natural to gift this ourselves. To prioritise that for our children and in our schools is elemental.
Centuries hence they will see our time as the period wherein we made good on our commitment to our holistic nature, as individual, as a species, and as guardians of this sublimely beautiful earth.
self-love in sexuality
Sexuality is the juicy fun of man’s being. It is to be honored fully. It is a rich part of the multi-layered tapestry of life.
When a fruit drops to the forest floor it nourishes. It gives the seed the nutrition to support the flowering of new life.
Sex is the nourishing sustenance that relieves tension, supports social cohesion and gives man a divine experience that brings the seeds of new life together.
The Taoist and the Tantric masters explored the divine beauty of sexuality.
And in the 12th century the French troubadours lifted by the troubadours exalted erotic love to another level - and amor or romantic love was born.
Prior to that society was structured around agape or brotherly love and the erotic impulse which was placed within the structure of what your father did.
A son of a blacksmith was likely to marry the daughter of another one. In many parts of the world today this is still the model. Astrology may play a part in the match making but marriage tends to be born of economic station. These are harmless details but not so when the imaginative heart is not recalled; not prized.
Unfortunately in history there has been a lot of guilt projected onto sexuality.
Be it the man’s prostrate. Or a woman’s sexual nature. We get the word embarrassed from the same root that gives us the Spanish word for pregnant. Where there is guilt there is fear. And fear is wisely summarised in the acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real.
It need not be recognized.
It surely is a thing of the past. Of its passed deceptions.
Yet another reason to be grateful ;)
self-love in gender
Often, over the course of history, we have been segregated in schools. Boys in one school. Girls in another. We have been mixed too. But that does not mean, as a society, that we have mastered the emotional wisdom necessary for that blending to mix in absolute harmony. As is its destiny.
In Indian mythology three solutions were prescribed to the three problems man encountered over the course of his earthly life:
1. Yoga or psychology for the challenges of mind 2. Ayurveda or medicine for the challenges of the body 3. Precise language for the challenges of communication
When you look at the lack of emotional intelligence in parenting it comes down to miscommunication between two people. To bridge this divide demands that we look within to our own projections and disenthrall ourselves from what is not in harmony with deepest selves. It means to dislodge our belief in inequity. The Native Americans identified five sexes in man. The explorers who first came to the New World and its unspoilt Eden They had never seen a land so uncorrupted. The Europeans saw new geography, new plants, new animals, but the most perplexing curiosity to these people were the aboriginal peoples and their ways of life.
Of all of the foreign life ways Indians held, one of the first the Europeans targeted for elimination was the two spirit tradition among the Native American cultures. The same happened in Asia, Africa and Oceania when the colonialists arrived. At the point of initial contact, all Native American societies acknowledged three to five gender roles: Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and transgendered. And all were recognized for their unique value, their inherent contribution. We might have lost the wisdom of these aboriginal cultures. We tried our best. We raped and we murdered and we pillaged. And yet truth has a way of standing tall. Truth has a way of not being diminished. Truth has this tendency to rise above what is deceived.
Life gives us challenges as gifts. To the bodies eyes it is not apparent, but when we look with a deeper clarity, we find, we come to see that there is a structure, often hidden, but not obscured, that prepares us for greatness, that prescribes a secret harmony. What is blocked yearns to rise up.Something there is within man that teaches patience and forgiveness. Such things are no small lessons. What is impetuous, nervous, reactionary...cannot come to know what is unlimited. Only the calmest countenance can know this, this that cannot fail.
self-love in families
A family is the foundational unit of a culture.
Emotional intelligence or, the lack of it, is passed down generation to generation through the family unit. It happens unconsciously or consciously.
'Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.'
Genetics is about the transfer of biological information across the generations. Culture is about the transfer of emotional intelligence (or lack of it) and knowhow across the generations.
To come to emotional maturity the individual must question where fear has been allowed a free discourse in the ways of his or her heart and mind. What influences are helpful and creative, what are buried and unconscious and destructive. We mimic what we are taught unconsciously. Emotional wisdom brings conscious attention to what is founded in fear and replaces it with a perspective that is grounded in the wisdom of self-love. This is what all families exist to bring out in one another. Including the family of man.
self-love in work
Work is not the purpose of life. But it is essential to human dignity. To contribute. to collaborate. to create.
This is what we do when our hearts and minds and hands are aligned.
The word for hand in Latin is “manus.”
From that word we get:
manifest destiny mandate manual manuscript manifest man
Our capacity to fashion things with our hands is critical to who we are.
The heart talks to the head and the head to the hand and so the head aligned with the heart yields all harmony.
When the heart is not attended to...then discord is certain.
When the heart is heeded harmony is guaranteed.
How we prioritize emotional intelligence in the workplace dictates whether our options are to flourish or merely to survive.
When a wise mother looks at her newborn child....her heart full of love...survival is not an option. All her heart wants is for her baby is to see it flourish.
If you look at yourself in the same way, you are looking with the eyes of love.
You begin to see why self-love is at the root of the tree we call wisdom.....
self-love in technology
The heart informs the head and the head informs the hand. This is the way of emotional wisdom. When this is abstracted challenges arise. When honored, this is not the case. Technology must serve man.
This is not negotiable with any manner of clever arguments. Fear will create movies and pictured hysteria that sees technology attacking man. That is the narrative associated. We are bigger than this. We at sutranovum recognises this. It suffices.
self-love in how we structure businesses
Imagine a world where man is in harmony with himself, his colleagues, his children, and his neighbors.
What does it look like? To serve and coach growth seems integral to all human endeavors. Certainly when wisdom is involved.Every organization, be it a business, NGO or charity or a government body is peopled by individuals. And what we draw out of ourselves is born of what we see in ourselves.
It all starts and ends with the individual. We can create all kinds of technological advances but fear is what keeps man bound. Wisdom, therefore, prioritizes valuing the human spirit; listening to his or her nuanced sensitivity and innate intelligence. Not being lulled into deceptions about their apparent obstacles to growth. To embrace the inspiration that is aligned with our spirit - rather than a mindstate populated by the imposition of inhibition and emotional baggage requires being attentive to our intuition and sensitivity; practicing gratitude and forbearance. We can choose to look with fear or we can re-focus our intent and our attention and see in to form a deeper perception of ourselves. One that is more freeing and liberating. One that breaks the boundaries of the limits we have unconsciously imposed upon ourselves.
There are two forms of charity. One is ego based. It sees a world of victims. It seems to help those victims. It is founded on fearful empathy. Fearful empathy is: “ I see and feel your pain.” It is naive, for even though it comes from a place of 'meaning well' it tends to perpetuate the victim mentality. True charity is founded on wise empathy. This sees only the strengths in us, it sees what is innocent and when can and did transcend painful past experiences...what reaches for the stars, both literally and figuratively.
An NGO or charity can create many problems or help liberate the world of them.A business can do the same.Surely a business should do good and an NGO should enrich the economy. It Is not difficult to ponder a time when these two approaches merge. Take, for example, a shoe company that makes shoes that are very aware of the impact of the shoe on the curvature of your lower back. That is a form of preventative care. The lines between business and NGO seem quite arbitrary and not so intelligent.If our products and services are doing well in the marketplace they are serving people. If we are creating problems for ourselves/others or if we are perpetuating a victim mind state - in ourselves or others are we being emotionally intelligent?
We can be efficient at being ineffective. We can be inefficient at being effective. And efficient at being effective and inefficient at being effective. And: "The busier you are the lazier you are." Tara Singh True productivity has space to it. It focuses on what is important. Being efficient at being effective is working smart. But we must be emotionally smart as well as logically so. An NGO can "teach men to fish" or it can give out handouts that sustain victim stories. The first activity is effective and hopefully productive. The latter is ineffective. Aid has to be emotionally intelligent to be truly productive and see only the strengths before us and within us. Since the dawn of industrialized society and the digital age man has been through many changes. Things have sped up. Watch a movie from 50 years ago and how slow is the pace compared to one of today.
The shift from the natural rhythms of homesteads and farming communities with their rotating and varied crops and livestock - that creates and sustains rich soils - to the modern pressures on the human being can be considerable. Unemployment has come like a scourge on the landscape. But it need not be a part of our society. Every human being can contribute. We grow when we do. Among the great minds that have turned their attention to the impact of industrialized society, there was the visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller who saw the planet itself as a spaceship and wrote a book about it with that as its title. He said: “Dare to be naive.” We disagree. We believe that is folly. Dare to be innocent yes, but not naive. That is a fool’s wisdom.
There is a parallel between the story of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and the homeless situation in many cities today.
When the wolves are absent the ecosystem (natural economy) degenerated. When they were reintroduced their presence made sure the deer moved away from eating all the fresh growth. The wolves tend to eat the sick and the old and so the herd is kept healthy and streamlined.
With the reintroduction of the wolves, the deer couldn't just hang out at the watering holes and eat all the vegetation by the river. They had to move more and this meant the fertilizer of their droppings got spread out, enriching the land more uniformly. The saplings came back and with them, the songbirds returned and the river banks became stronger.
Recently, the shanty town has come to America - from Los Angeles to Pittsburg, the homeless have arrived because society, in part, has lost it's focus on self-worth. Affluence without wisdom is self-destructive. But affluence with wisdom is creative. With the homeless unemployed population comes hygiene problems, economic challenges, and social decay. All these things are the products of a lack of vision. And a lack of vision always comes down to a lack of self-love, emotional intelligence, and imagination.
These lines by Buckminster Fuller really has captured many an imagination:
“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” "Bucky" is to be admired on many levels but this quote should be examined carefully for a number of important reasons. Earning a living is not "nonsense." It's an essential part of being an animal; of being in harmony with one's environment. Ants, monkeys, man...all of us work to live. When we do it wisely, there is ample space and no fear and we flourish, as individuals, as families, as nations and even as species.
Kahil Gibran, the poet, wrote:
"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, It is better that you should leave your work and sit and the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger."
Work can be seen as a great blessing. To put ones hand's do good use. The word for hand in Latin is ‘manus." It gives us the words:
Man is he ‘who uses his hands.’
He can do it wisely and that, essentially, means that the hand is connected to the head which, in turn, is guided by the heart.
Or he can feel overwhelmed and fearful by the pace of changes and a kind of apathy can set in when a lack of emotional intelligence smothers out the wisdom of the human heart and takes over the running of the mind.
There is no finger pointing or blaming in this way of perceiving things; the opposite is in fact true. To go to the root of things one must probe and see what is at the core of a situation, so to be emancipated from the problem which is, of course, essential to embracing the solution most fully. What makes man ‘man’ is his capacity to use his hands and to do meaningful work. Work is not the purpose of life but it gives man a structure and dignity. It helps hone his purpose. The land needs tending, there is so much we can do to improves our society through the wise application of our hands and management of resources. Creativity is deeply connected to happiness. And when wisdom is at work, there is the courage to go beyond fearful approaches. To foster real change, to be creative and share of our worth through our endeavors, our imagination and our spirits are brought to life by questioning the status quo and investing in the potentials we harbor. Regarding Bucky's second point about technology being a source of liberation, great, we should welcome that. Embracing technological advancements is natural and healthy. But “waiting by the river” and propping up dejected spirits in the name of the “spurious” second coming of Bucky Fuller is not.
It is inspired to contemplate using technology for more refined and liberated lives.
Yet an economic story where man has stepped away from his creative output is like the deer who are not kept in check by the presence of the wolves. The police are not wolves. They do not solve the homeless situation, They do not regenerate the river. They put the homeless on the greyhound bus. Or they clear out the tent cities and the disenfranchised move on to somewhere else. The problem is not cured. Not resolved. Just a band-aid on a broken leg. Seeing people as victims is not compassionate. Real compassion sees the strengths in people. Their “get up and go,” their innate talents, their wisdom, and innate power. No, what heals that situation is a different path inwardly regarding self-worth and passion for the creative experience. Is it 'compassionate'’ to keep people down living by the river waiting for the second coming of Bucky or is compassion seeing such people genuinely engaged in the thriving economic heart of the community? Surely, the latter is based on true vision.
Sometimes, the apparent story isn’t what it seems. Alan Savory in Africa is the perfect example. He was hired by the Zimbabwean government to figure out land management to reverse desertification and he discovered that the conventional wisdom was wrong. Conventional wisdom said that the land could only handle small amounts of grazing animals otherwise desert formed. The opposite is actually true. Given the natural predators were gone, large amounts of grazing animals destroyed the land - but when kept in check by putting them in makeshift pens at night they pooped all over their confined area and that fertilizer was vital to regenerative processes in the ecology of the land. This reversed desertification absolutely.
There is a direct connection between economic regeneration and how we engage with each other. Trust is key to man’s flowering. Trust in himself. Trust in each other and who we are. When people are given a fish, rather than taught to fish, we create dependence. We do not educate. Educate means to pull out what is inside us.
Villgro is an organization out of India that coordinates philanthropy with mentors and a deliberate focus on leveraging latent talent and maintaining sustainable economies. They are by far one of the most successful charities in their field, for the simple reason that they recognize how people need the right quality of relationships to truly feel appreciated and to appreciate - to really flower and flourish.
Image courtesy of Villgro.org
No money is given to an entrepreneurial project unless there are mentors in the story. providing that vital human connection. This fosters strong supportive communities and happy thriving businesses. There is great wisdom in these collective approaches. And profound emotional intelligence.
When we come to ourselves in such a spirit - we are choosing to sink or swim. We can swim and enjoy the journey or we can lose site of the emotional wisdom that matters. That is surely not a choice. It is a vital decision. Such intelligence can inform our economic stories. Indeed, it is absolutely vital that it does. A choice is one that is made between alternatives. It is arbitrary. In contrast, a decision is a decisive action. It is made because we have recognized the path of least resistance, of greatest meaning, of deepest value, of clearest harmony...because we have looked without distraction, we see to the core of things and we are not deceived. Such things give us reason to pause...and cause for celebration.
They are the weave of who we are.
self-love in Government
Politics means the family of man. Governance comes from a word that means to steer or to be at the helm of something.
What course do we take? What direction is good for us? As individuals.
As groups. Whatever the scale, whether it be two people or two billion...man steers a course. In his own life - and as a partner, collaborator and team player. We pay for roads through our taxes. One seed can yield countless forests and reverse endless deserts.
So how can we justify lack with this bounty that is inherent and perennial in nature? How can we do that?
When we govern wisely, we cannot. To govern wisely takes the right valuing of the human being and the right appreciation for nature and the powers that science unleashes for us. A knife can be used to further peace or discord. It is the same tool, but used for different ends. We can heal our pasts. We are not defined by fear nor by trauma. For evolution to happen, wisdom starts with the sense that we are already healed. It is a powerful sense...one that can change everything. And it does; when we listen to that sense. It is not fabricated, not ruled by thought but by the deeper feelings that yield true harmony and the deepest quality of happiness.
self-love in the military
Emerson wrote that:
“Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The root meaning of the word ‘army’ is to join or fit together. To arm or to tool up.
Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.
When armies have their sights trained on an enemy, that which is upright and good in man has been buried 'neath a narrative of extremes and polarization. Abraham Lincoln once wrote:
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
When armies have a loftier vision, a different unfolding is possible, no, inevitable. They can be part of the unfolding of a different stream. One that bridges divides, not alienates. This is the ultimate destiny of all powerful things.
self-love with Animals
Animals respond to love. We all do. Animal means "having breath." That is the origin of the word in latin. To be alive. To breathe.
'I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, | They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.'
The story of Spirit the panther is perhaps one of the most powerful demonstrators of how emotional intelligence works in this most critical of relationships. We are animals. We are alive. We breathe. We owe it to our fellow creatures to lead with the heart.
self-love with Plants
Many books have been written about plants and their emotional lives.
The Secret Life of Plants is perhaps the landmark book
All indigenous cultures have known that plants are part of a united unfolding and consciousness.
Plants feed us. Vegetables, fruit, legumes. grains...all play a vital part in our diets.
Many traditions around the world use plants for vision quests. From plants we get weed and wine. They have their place as avenues to stress reduction in a sane world. As with any substance that has the temporary capacity to color perception - they can cloud our perception. They can prevent clarity. They can become crutches.
At sutranovum our focus is not so much on the vision quests associated with certain sacred plants. Plenty of people offer such services. Our focus rather is on seeing plants as an integral part of human life. They feed and shelter us. They give us oxygen and the life support systems that organic life is dependent on.
A child that has the right kind of relationship with nature knows how to nurture the natural world around them.
When nature is treated wisely, it comes to adore man. That is the natural geometry of things. That is when we are in accord with who we are. A plant has consciousness like you and I. To honor that consciousness demands self-knowledge and a relationship with nature that has outgrown the idea of waste. This is the harmony that horticulture was birthed to teach us.
self-love in economic development
The root meaning of ‘economy’ means to do with the management of a household. Abraham Lincoln said that the future lies with what one man makes of tilling a piece of land. That is actually the original meaning of husband. One who tends the land. A farmer. The Greeks saw economy as the intrinsic things that need to be gotten right to make a happy balanced functioning homestead.
Mankind is one big family. Carl Sandburg, the poet, wrote:
"there is only one man in the world and his name is all men."
To live and love in harmony we must use our imagination to see beyond the desert and conflicts of our fearful selves.
To reach for the stars we must see between the lines. That is what intelligence means.
inter- between legere - to read
to read between the lines of thought to not get lost in over thinking to not get blinded by thought to see with vision and then to let thought structure itself within the scaffolding, the ley lines of what is inspired. That's how great minds perceive. They go out and see the landscape thriving, the culture awash with blooming personalities and dynamic models of engagement. The Founding Fathers saw their system in, believed it in. There was no precedent. They birthed a dream.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau
They imagined it first and from that template...it flowered.
We could do the same with economic development.
On a global scale.
We believe it's possible first. We see it. Then we see it in.
We build the foundations under that vision.
That's how it works.
self-love in agriculture
“I heard a talk which wondered if we are living at the dawn of the age of horticulture. The speaker said that nature adored man. I had never heard anyone say those things before. It seems so far away from the sophisticated city lifestyle but If you imagine 30 years hence or a few hundred years hence, it is entirely plausible.
It cannot happen when the earth energies dominate man's consciousness. When unchecked, they lead to proliferation of armament and psychological insecurity, which whetherseen or unseen, leads to greed and isolation, degradation, ruthless competition and violence. Tribalism. It is the way of nature. Bigger horns, more elaborate displays of dominance.
Horticulture is the basis of culture. Together they deliver man out of his hapless predicament (the predicament is actually a crazy idea and nothing more...when you see how the fact of a nurtured productive earth undermines it totally).
The economy is rooted in the family and the garden. That was the Greek model, the root of the meaning of the word "economy" when it was coined. It was and is self-sustainable. The wild pear and crabapple after a million trials gave us the apple and the pear.
So we just began eh? It seems almost impossible to envisage our time, with all its strife, as the dawning of the age of horticulture. But what better gift to gift our children? What is more animated and alive than a garden and a pasture that is home to happy animals?
Nature does adore man when he nurtures the garden he was born into. And you can feel it if you wander far enough along the river, deep enough into the wild wood. When you tread lightly but with great firmness; as you push the young seed firmly into the soil like tucking up a child in bed. And you find a way to see the tremendous beauty in a field. Like a child sees it. Fresh and new.
But, more than the wonder of the child, spellbound by the honey bee...there needs to be the stewardship of the wasteless economy. The perennial cash and balance system of the soil. Soil though that is so alive. Alive with compost and flowers for the bees. Free of pesticides and monoculture.
It is an imagined world, far removed from the reality of our modern thinking...but that didn't stop man birthing the apple from discerning among wild fruit.”
self-love in industry
Industry is what creates the economic systems of our modern world.
The power lines, the roads, the ships, the airports and telephones.
If we lack emotional intelligence we create war and upset.
Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.'
But if we embrace it, we can reach for the stars, we can bring heaven to earth.
We have that potential. This is the measure of man.
Lest we forget. And this we dare not do.
We dare to dream.
And on the wings of our dreams we now take flight.
self-love in the planetary ecosystem
To take care of our skin requires eating wisely, getting enough sun, drinking enough water.
To take care of the earth means looking after the soil. It is the skin of the earth.
"Organic farming depends on the concept of the soil as a "living system. In an organic system, which relies on crop rotations, animal manures, green compost, and biological pest control, the soil grows richer and richer, more and more fertile. Organic farmers do not contaminate groundwater, nor do they create toxic runoff. Their soil doesn't blow or wash away. This stands in direct contrast to the rest of American agriculture over the past half century, a tale of grievous erosion, poisoned wells and rivers, and an agricultural effluent that has created an enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Buying certified organic food is a way to support the health of the soil itself."
New York Times - October 20, 2002
"Therefore commune with nature! Become reconciled with nature after your estrangement from it."
And with your own nature - the nature of loving yourself. Tending to yourself like a beloved garden. Plumb the depths of your inner ocean.
"Listen to nature in quietness, and you will find its heart. It will sound forth the glory of its divine ground. It will sigh with us in the bondage of tragedy. It will speak of the indestructible hope of salvation." Paul Tillich, Man and Earth
"Only amidst the circumambient wilderness of tundra with its musk oxen, of the sea with its whales, the mountain fastness with its condor and puma, the jungle with its tiger, the woods with its warblers and crows, the veldt or prairie with its gnu and bison, can we tend the garden and maintain our hold on life which God created and called good."
George Hunston Williams
In "The Future of the Planet: Life, Growth and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies" Professor Geoffrey West asks:
'Why do we stop growing, live for 100 years, and sleep eight hours a day? Why do all companies and people die, whereas cities keep growing and the pace of life continues to accelerate? Are cities and companies "just” very large organisms? And how are all these related to innovation, wealth creation and the sustainability of the planet?"
He explains that:
"Many of life's characteristics scale with size in a surprisingly simple fashion: for example, metabolic rate (the 2,000 food calories you need each day) scales in a systematically predictive way from cells to whales, while time-scales, from lifespans to growth-rates, and sizes, from genome lengths to tree heights, likewise scale systematically.
Remarkably, cities and companies also exhibit systematic scaling: wages, profits, patents, crime, disease, and roads all scale in an approximately “universal” fashion.'' In this lecture "he presents the origin of these scaling laws and their compelling implications for explaining the life cycles of companies, social connectivity, aging and death, tumor growth, urbanization and slums, innovation, and the possibility of a grand unified theory of sustainability." Sustainability isn't a made up thing, it is part and parcel of the very weave of things. We can use science wisely. Elucidate the harmonious potential in man and in man's capacity to serve nature to serve himself. In Psalm 19 of the Bible it is written: "Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge."
This means what we tell ourselves consciously (day to day)
becomes what is commanded of the subconscious (night to night).
We are intended to flourish. Living this is honoring its truth.There were some finches that ate seeds and that were fed only fruit in an experiment. The next generation were born with fruit eating beaks. Nature gets smarter with each new generation. That is our inner capacity. Hard wired into the experience of being alive - evolution by natural or, in our case, conscious, programmed selection.We can engineer the earth into the Eden it inspires us to pull out of it, we can pull out our innate genius, all it takes is the right resolve.And the thorough application of that resolve.
Education - ex - out - ducat-ducare - to pull - to pull out from within
self-love and weight loss
Culture impacts our perception of what beauty is. In India, traditionally being reasonably fat was considered a sign of good health and wealth. There is a tribe in Ethiopia known as the Bodi tribe and they prize pot bellied men as the pinnacle of male beauty:
"Slim might be in elsewhere but for Ethiopia's Bodi or Me'en people, bigger is always better. The tribe, which lives in a remote corner of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, is home to an unusual ritual which sees young men gorge on cow's blood and milk in a bid to be crowned the fattest man. Six months after starting the regime, the men emerge to show off their newly engorged physiques and for a winner to be chosen. The champion fat man is then feted as a hero for the rest of his life. .The contest begins six months before the Bodi New Year or Ka'el ceremony. Every family is allowed to present an unmarried man for the challenge, who, after being chosen, retires to his hut and must not move or have sex for the duration."
The modern lifestyle of the 5 day 9-5 week, often behind a computer screen, or doing repetitive tasks at a desk or on a factory floor does not necessarily guarantee a healthy balanced life. Exercise for farmers or hunters gatherers may be part of the daily output. But when motivation to go to the gym or exercise regularly and eat healthy needs to be cultivated often we find ourselves inwardly depressed and our waistlines bulging in ways that make us feel below par. We may make New Year's resolutions that start with plenty of enthusiasm but they can easily peter out. We may sign up to organizations designed to sell us their in house protein shakes and keep us on track to get slim. Or we may stay in our habitual path and not make the inner changes needed to love ourselves in a way that yields the balanced life we may desire.
A comedian once said we get fat because we put too much food in the hole in our head and we don't exercise enough. This may be factually true, but there are other nuances too. Feeling pressured and stressed financially, at work or in our relationships, comfort eating, boredom, brainwashing from the commercial world, addiction to entertainment and sugar, not getting the sweetness in our lives our emotional well being demands - all these things can impact our equilibrium negatively and may yield an unhealthy disposition.
Our focus with weight loss is to get to know the individual. What makes you tick? What are your limitations? How supple and flexible is your body? What is your diet like? What is your mental diet like?
Are you focused on self-love? How does one embrace self-love wisely?
What is your relationship with your nature and nature? Have you learned to cook and enjoy it? Are you sensitive to the body's needs? What underlying factors shape your relationship with food and with your body? By attending to these things we can become aware of the soils that yield our body image and our sense of ease with ourselves - and we can consciously become aware of the absence of ease and address those things with maturity and sensitivity.
self-love and addiction
“What the other person says or does cannot really annoy or irritate you except you permit him to disturb you. The only way he can annoy you is through your own thought.
For example, if you get angry, you have to go through four stages in your mind:
You begin to think about what he said.
You decide to get angry and generate an emotion of rage. Then, you decide to act.
Perhaps, you talk back and react in kind.
You see that the thought, emotion, reaction, and action all take place in your mind. When you become emotionally mature, you do not respond negatively to the criticism and resentment of others.”
― Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
self-love in aging
Being in the body is a profound journey. The flowers come up from the dirt. And each day the sun also rises. Civilization marches forward and man, you and I, we are the thick dense vapor of this miraculous story. We are the breath, the yearning for the stars, the great hope of what may and can be. We are what is unfolding. We have the choice to align ourselves with beauty. We can brook no alternative.
Where the mind is incarcerated in deception, then man is at the back and call of his own folly. But in you, in all of us, in every atom of creation, there is something that can transcend the limitations of the past. There is something that can rise up and defy the apparent odds.
What is apparent may not have any relationship to vision.
Vision can see what the body's eyes neglect to see. And it is this that births what is inspired. Inspired mean to be "in spirit" - to be aligned with who we really are. All of creation attends this unfolding in man with bated breath. When such clarity of perception is awakened in the human being then the destiny of planets is altered. This is the potential within man.
The time we live in is but a blimp in the unfolding of universes.But to live fully means to embrace a great and profound story. It matters not when you die. And, in truth, there is no death. It matters only that you fully live.
What vision sees, when awakened, cannot be put to sleep. This, the blessing of who we are.
self-love and depression
A young child is on a beach playing in the sand. She is fixed in her attention to build a sandcastle and another child trips and falls and smashes her work. Crying ensues.
Upset is part of the human condition. And a supremely happy person is not an accident, nor is a very sad person. Both are products of how we interpret reality. Personality is destiny. How we perceive reality shapes our reality. Jiddu Krishnamurti, the philosopher and teacher said:
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
"Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."
One might say - ask not what is wrong with the world, but how you can see it in its most hopeful and happiest life. Ask what temperance and foresight. what forgiveness and forbearance you can bring to it.
Emotional wisdom asks us to see the world differently. The happiest people have a sense of purpose. They are alive and vitally so. They are normal and focused and clear.
Normal here means what we all are. We have normal needs. To eat well, to sleep well, to love freely and be loved. To be sheltered and to love ourselves. To live in balance with the body and with the earth.
When we are depressed we have lost contact with purpose, we have lost our connection with inspiration and meaning. To reverse that process one must listen within to inspiration and we must be vigilant to what makes us tick inside.
self-love and physical healing
A doctor studies the body and alleviates pain with medicine. A psychologist is concerned with neurosis. Trauma happens. People have some painful emotional experiences and a neurotic reaction happens. Psychotherapy was born of the insight that to heal the trauma then healing is inspired. Therapy means healing. That’s the root meaning in Greek.
And throughout history people have questioned the deeper reasons for why illness happens to us. Yes, the lack of hygiene and the consequences of germs. These impact.
A contemporary of Freud named Georg Groddeck had a clinic in Switzerland where people came with broken legs and different ailments and he focused his attention on getting them into very relaxed states so that the deeper reasons for their sickness might reveal themselves. Louise Hay, a new age writer and publisher was another person who studied these meta levels.
Norman Cousins, a journalist, in the 1960s developed cancer and healed it by watching comedy.
“Told that he had one chance in 500 of recovery, Cousins developed his own recovery program. He took massive intravenous doses of Vitamin C and had self-induced bouts of laughter brought on by films of the television show Candid Camera, and by various comic films. His positive attitude was not new to him, however. He had always been an optimist, known for his kindness to others, and his robust love of life itself. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval." His struggle with that illness is detailed in his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.” from Wikipedia
Cabeza de Vaca was a conquistador who was shipwrecked and who, with his men, developed relationships with the local Cental American Indian populations. They brought the flu which was life threatening to the Indians. But they also “laid their hands” upon those they had infected and reversed the process of the illness.
Emotion and faith clearly impacts outcomes of situations, including with regard to our physical well being.
Louis Pasteur and Pierre Jacques Antoine Béchamp had very different views about the terrain of the body. Pasteur felt it was all about fighting the germs and Béchamp felt it was all about building up the terrain of the body to be inherently strong to not allow germs to take root. The two approaches to medicine are different and lead to a bitter rivalry between the two men.
Lawyers study law. Manmade rules that are aligned with man inner journey to virtue and ethics. Doctors study the body, They prescribe solutions according to what is best according to science. But within man there is his emotional and imaginative story too and that plays a big role in outcomes.
Self love and Self care means going to the doctor when we are sick but it also means being attentive to how our emotional story is identifying ourselves.
Are we making ourselves victims of our situations or are we seeing ourselves in a different inspiring light?
Dr Joe Dispenza is a neurologist who has questioned a lot of
self-love and homelessness
Animals have habitats. Humans have homes and communities. Within the habitats, there are territories and patrolling of those territories. The same is true of humans. Community creates the sense of a home. Who lives there, who visits etc.
Uplift means: elevate or stimulate (someone) morally or spiritually
It is essential that the human being becomes intimate with the stories that play out in their inner talk. To create a home starts not at the physical level, but within ourselves, in how we see, how we cultivate the soils of our feelings and our sense of self-worth. At the very root of any happy home is self-love.
This essay by Neville Goddard is a deep mirror into the significance of psychology and human experience. It examines the book of myths that we call the Bible in a fresh light. He wrote it in the last century - but it's significance is timeless.
No one to change but self - by Neville Goddard
“Now that is really what I meant. I thought I had said it. That I may not be misunderstood, that is my principle. You and I can contemplate an ideal, and become it by falling in love with it.On the other hand we can contemplate something we heartily dislike and by condemning it we will become it. But because of the slowness of time in this three-dimensional world, when we do become what we contemplated we have forgotten that formerly we set out to worship or destroy it. Tonight's lesson is the capstone of the Bible, so do give me your attention. The most important question asked in the Bible will be found in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew. As you know, all of the Bible stories are your stories; its characters live only in the mind of man. They have no reference at all to any person, who lived in time and space, or to any event that ever occurred upon earth."
“Man does not like to feel he is solely responsible for the conditions of his life. We radiate the world that surrounds us by the intensity of our imagination and feeling. But in this third-dimensional world of ours time beats slowly. And so we do not always observe the relationship of the visible world to our inner nature...
Because consciousness is the only reality I must assume that I am already that which I desire to be. If I do not believe that I am already what I want to be, then I remain as I am and die in this limitation.
Man is always looking for some prop on which to lean. He is always looking for some excuse to justify failure. This revelation gives man no excuse for failure. His concept of himself is the cause of all the circumstances of his life. All changes must first come from within himself; and if he does not change on the outside it is because he has not changed within. But man does not like to feel that he is solely responsible for the conditions of his life.
"From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?"
"Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." John 6:66-68
I may not like what I have just heard, that I must turn to my own consciousness as to the only reality, the only foundation on which all phenomena can be explained. It was easier living when I could blame another. It was much easier living when I could blame society for my ills, or point a finger across the sea. and blame another nation. It was easier living when I could blame the weather for the way I feel.
But to tell me that I am the cause of all that happens to me that I am forever molding my world in harmony with my inner nature, that is more than man is willing to accept. If this is true, to whom would I go? If these are the words of eternal life, I must return to them, even though they seem so difficult to digest.
When man fully understands this, he knows that public opinion does not matter, for men only tell him who he is. The behaviour of men constantly tell me who I have conceived myself to be.
If I accept this challenge and begin to live by it, I finally reach the point that is called the great prayer of the Bible. It is related in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of St. John, "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." John 17:4
"And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
"While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition." John 17:12
It is impossible for anything to be lost. In this divine economy nothing can be lost, it cannot even pass away. The little flower which has bloomed once, blooms forever. It is invisible to you here with your limited focus, but it blooms forever in the larger dimension of your being, and tomorrow you will encounter it.
All that thou gavest me I have kept in thy name, and none have I lost save the son of perdition. The son of perdition means simply the belief in loss. Son is a concept, an idea. Perdido is loss. I have only truly lost the concept of loss, for nothing can be lost.
I can descend from the sphere where the thing itself now lives, and as I descend in consciousness to a lower level within myself it passes from my world. I say, "I have lost my health. I have lost my wealth. I have lost my standing in the community. I have lost faith. I have lost a thousand things." But the things in themselves, having once been real in my world, can never cease to be. They never become unreal with the passage of time.
I, by my descent in consciousness to a lower level, cause these things to disappear from my sight and I say, "They have gone; they are finished as far as my world goes." All I need do is to ascend to the level where they are eternal, and they once more objectify themselves and appear as realities within my world.
The crux of the whole 17th chapter of the Gospel of St. John is found in the 19th verse, "And for their sake I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."
Heretofore I thought I could change others through effort. Now I know I cannot change another unless I first change myself. To change another within my world I must first change my concept of that other; and to do it best I change my concept of self. For it was the concept I held of self that made me see others as I did.
Had I a noble, dignified concept of myself, I never could have seen the unlovely in others.
Instead of trying to change others through argument and force, let me but ascend in consciousness to a higher level and I will automatically change others by changing self. "There is no one to change but self; that self is simply your awareness, your consciousness and the world in which it lives is determined by the concept you hold of self. It is to consciousness that we must turn as to the only reality. For there is no clear conception of the origin of phenomena except that consciousness is all and all is consciousness.
You need no helper to bring you what you seek. Do not for one second believe that I am advocating escape from reality when I ask you to simply assume you are now the man or the lady that you want to be.
If you and I could feel what it would be like were we now that which we want to be, and live in this mental atmosphere as though it were real, then, in a way we do not know, our assumption would harden into fact. This is all we need do in order to ascend to the level where our assumption is already an objective, concrete reality.
I need change no man, I sanctify myself and in so doing I sanctify others. To the pure all things are pure. "There is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean." Rom. 14:14. There is nothing in itself unclean, but you, by your concept of self, see things either clean or unclean.
"I and my Father are one." John 10:30. "If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not." "But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.' John 10:37, 38 He made himself one with God and thought it not strange or robbery to do the works of God. You always bear fruit in harmony with what you are. It is the most natural thing in the world for a pear tree to bear pears, an apple tree to bear apples, and for man to mold the circumstances of his life in harmony with his inner nature. "I am the vine, ye are the branches." John 15:5. A branch has no life save it be rooted in the vine. All I need do to change the fruit is to change the vine.
You have no life in my world save that I am conscious of you. You are rooted in me and, like fruit, you bear witness of the vine that I am. There is no reality in the world other than your consciousness. Although you may now seem to be what you do not want to be, all you need do to change it, and to prove the change by circumstances in your world, is to quietly assume that you are that which you now want to be, and in a way you do not know you will become it.
There is no other way to change this world. "I am the way." My I AMness, my consciousness is the way by which I change my world. As I change my concept of self, I change my world. When men and women help or hinder us, they only play the part that we, by our concept of self, wrote for them, and they play it automatically. They must play the parts they are playing because we are what we are.
You will change the world only when you become the embodiment of that which you want the world to be. You have but one gift in this world that is truly yours to give and that is yourself. Unless you yourself are that which you want the world to be, you will never see it in this world. "Except ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:24
Do you know that no two in this room live in the same world. We are going home to different worlds tonight. We close our doors on entirely different worlds. We rise tomorrow and go to work, where we meet each other and meet others, but we live in different mental worlds, different physical worlds.
I can only give what I am, I have no other gift to give. If I want the world to be perfect, and who does not, I have failed only because I did not know that I could never see it perfect until I myself become perfect. If I am not perfect I cannot see perfection, but the day that I become it, I beautify my world because I see it through my own eyes. "Unto the pure all things are pure." Titus 1:15
No two here can tell me that you have heard the same message any one night. The one thing that you must do is hear what I say through that which you are. It must be filtered through your prejudices, your superstitions, and your concept of self. Whatever you are, it must come through that, and be colored by what you are.
If you are disturbed and you would like me to be something other than what I appear to be, then you must be that which you want me to be. We must become the thing that we want others to be or we will never see them be it.
Your consciousness, my consciousness, is the only true foundation in the world. This is that which is called Peter in the Bible, not a man, this faithfulness that cannot turn to anyone, that cannot be flattered when you are told by men you are John come again. That is very flattering to be told you are John the Baptist come again, or the great Prophet Elias, or Jeremiah.
Then I deafen my ears to this very flattering little bit of news men would give me and I ask myself, "But honestly who am I?"
If I can deny the limitations of my birth, my environment, and the belief that I am but an extension of my family tree, and feel within myself that I am Christ, and sustain this assumption until it takes a central place and forms the habitual center of my energy, I will do the works attributed to Jesus. Without thought or effort I will mold a world in harmony with that perfection which I have assumed and feel springing within me.
When I open the eyes of the blind, unstop the ears of the deaf, give joy for mourning and beauty for ashes, then and only then, have I truly established this vine deep within. That is what I would automatically do were I truly conscious of being Christ. It is said of this presence, He proved that He was Christ by His works.
Our ordinary alterations of consciousness, as we pass from one state to another, are not transformations, because each of them is so rapidly succeeded by another in the reverse direction; but whenever our assumption grows so stable as to definitely expel its rivals, then that central habitual concept defines our character and is a true transformation.
Jesus, or enlightened reason, saw nothing unclean in the woman taken in adultery. He said to her, "Hath no man condemned thee?" John 8:10
"She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee; go, and sin no more." John 8:11
No matter what is brought before the presence of beauty, it sees only beauty. Jesus was so completely identified with the lovely that He was incapable of seeing the unlovely.
When you and I really become conscious of being Christ, we too will straighten the arms of the withered, and resurrect the dead hopes of men. We will do all the things that we could not do when we felt ourselves limited by our family tree. It is a bold step and should not be taken lightly, because to do it is to die. John, the man of three dimensions is beheaded, or loses his three-dimensional focus that Jesus, the fourth-dimensional Self may live.
Any enlargement of our concept of Self involves a somewhat painful parting with strongly rooted hereditary conceptions. The ligaments are strong that hold us in the womb of conventional limitations. All that you formerly believed, you no longer believe. You know now that there is no power outside of your own consciousness. Therefore you cannot turn to anyone outside of self.
You have no ears for the suggestion that something else has power in it. You know the only reality is God, and God is your own consciousness. There is no other God. Therefore on this rock you build the everlasting church and boldly assume you are this Divine Being, self-begotten because you dared to appropriate that which was not given to you in your cradle, a concept of Self not formed in your mother's womb, a concept of self conceived outside of the offices of man.
The story is beautifully told us in the Bible using the two sons of Abraham: one the blessed, Isaac, born outside of the offices of man and the other, Ishmael, born in bondage.
Sarah was much too old to beget a child, so her husband Abraham went in unto the bondservant Hagar, the pilgrim, and she conceived of the old man and bore him a son called Ishmael. Ishmael's hand was against every man and every man's hand against him.
Every child born of woman is born into bondage, born into all that his environment represents, regardless of whether it be the throne of England, the White House, or any great place in the world. Every child born of woman is personified as this Ishmael, the child of Hagar.
But asleep in every child is the blessed Isaac, who is born outside of the offices of man, and is born through faith alone. This second child has no earthly father. He is Self-begotten.
What is the second birth? I find myself man, I cannot go back into my mother's womb, and yet I must be born a second time. "Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God." John 3:3
I quietly appropriate that which no man can give me, no woman can give me. I dare to assume that I am God. This must be of faith, this must be of promise. Then I become the blessed, I become Isaac.
As I begin to do the things that only this presence could do, I know that I am born out of the limitations of Ishmael, and I have become heir to the kingdom. Ishmael could not inherit anything, although his father was Abraham, or God. Ishmael did not have both parents of the godly; his mother was Hagar the bond-woman, and so he could not partake of his father's estate.
You are Abraham and Sarah, and contained within your own consciousness there is one waiting for recognition. In the Old Testament it is called Isaac, and in the New Testament it is called Jesus, and it is born without the aid of man.
No man can tell you that you are Christ Jesus, no man can tell you and convince you that you are God. You must toy with the idea and wonder what it would be like to be God.
No clear conception of the origin of phenomena is possible except that consciousness is all and all is consciousness. Nothing can be evolved from man that was not potentially involved in his nature. The ideal we serve and hope to attain could never be evolved from us were it not potentially involved in our nature.
Let me now retell and emphasize an experience of mine printed by me two years ago under the title, THE SEARCH. I think it will help you to understand this law of consciousness, and show you that you have no one to change but self, for you are incapable of seeing other than the contents of your own consciousness.
Once in an idle interval at sea, I meditated on "the perfect state," and wondered what I would be were I of too pure eyes to behold iniquity, if to me all things were pure and were I without condemnation. As I became lost in this fiery brooding, I found myself lifted above the dark environment of the senses. So intense was feeling I felt myself a being of fire dwelling in a body of air. Voices, as from a heavenly chorus, with the exaltation of those who had been conquerors in a conflict with death, were singing, "He is risen -He is risen," and intuitively I knew they meant me.
Then I seemed to be walking in the night. I soon came upon a scene that might have been the ancient Pool of Bethesda for in this place lay a great multitude of impotent folk -- blind, halt, withered -waiting not for the moving of the water as of tradition, but waiting for me.
As I came near, without thought or effort on my part, they were one after the other, molded as by the Magician of the Beautiful. Eyes, hands, feet -- all missing members -- were drawn from some invisible reservoir and molded in harmony with that perfection which I felt springing within me. When all were made perfect the chorus exulted, "It is finished."
I know this vision was the result of my intense meditation upon the idea of perfection, for my meditations invariably bring about union with the state contemplated. I had been so completely absorbed within the idea that for awhile I had become what I contemplated, and the high purpose with which I had for that moment identified myself drew the companionship of high things and fashioned the vision in harmony with my inner nature.
The ideal with which we are united works by association of ideas to awaken a thousand moods to create a drama in keeping with the central idea.
My mystical experiences have convinced me that there is no way to bring about the perfection we seek other than by the transformation of ourselves. As soon as we succeed in transforming ourselves, the world will melt magically before our eyes and reshape itself in harmony with that which our transformation affirms.
We fashion the world that surrounds us by the intensity of our imagination and feeling, and we illuminate or darken our lives by the concepts we hold of ourselves. Nothing is more important to us than our conception of ourselves, and especially is true of our concept of the deep, dimensionally greater One within us.
Those that help or hinder us, whether they know it or not, are the servants of that law which shapes outward circumstances in harmony with our inner nature. It is our conception of ourselves which frees or constrains us, though it may use material agencies to achieve its purpose.
Because life molds the outer world to reflect the inner arrangement of our minds, there is no way of bringing about the outer perfection we seek other than by the transformation of ourselves. No help cometh from without: the hills to which we lift our eyes are those of an inner range. It is thus to our own consciousness that we must turn as to the only reality, the only foundation on which all phenomena can be explained. We can rely absolutely on the justice of this law to give us only that which is of the nature of ourselves.
To attempt to change the world before we change our concept of ourselves is to struggle against the nature of things. There can be no outer change until there is first an inner change. As within, so without. I am not advocating philosophical indifference when I suggest that we should imagine ourselves as already that which we want to be, living in a mental atmosphere of greatness, rather than using physical means and arguments to bring about the desired changes.
Everything we do, unaccompanied by a change of consciousness, is but futile readjustment of surfaces. However we toil or struggle, we can receive no more than our concepts of Self affirm. To protest against anything which happens to us is to protest against the law of our being and our ruler ship over our own destiny.
The circumstances of my life are too closely related to my conception of myself not to have been formed by my own spirit from some dimensionally larger storehouse of my being. If there is pain to me in these happenings, I should look within myself for the cause, for I am moved here and there and made to live in a world in harmony with my concept of myself.
If we would become as emotionally aroused over our ideas as we become over our dislikes, we would ascend to the plane of our ideal as easily as we now descend to the level of our hates.
Love and hate have a magical transforming power, and we grow through their exercise into the likeness of what we contemplate. By intensity of hatred we create in ourselves the character we imagine in our enemies. Qualities die for want of attention, so the unlovely states might best be rubbed out by imagining "'beauty for ashes and joy for mourning" rather than by direct attacks on the state from which we would be free.
"Whatsoever things are lovely and of good report, think on these things," for we become that with which we are en rapport.
There is nothing to change but our concept of self. As soon as we succeed in transforming self, our world will dissolve and reshape itself in harmony with that which our change affirms.
I, by descent in consciousness, have brought about the imperfection that I see. In the divine economy nothing is lost. We cannot lose anything save by descent in consciousness from the sphere where the thing has its natural life. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
As I ascend in consciousness the power and the glory that was mine return to me and I too will say "I have finished the work thou gavest me to do." The work is to return from my descent in consciousness, from the level wherein I believed that I was a son of man, to the sphere where I know that I am one with my Father and my Father is God.
I know beyond all doubt that there is nothing for man to do but to change his own concept of himself to assume greatness and sustain this assumption. If we walk as though we were already the ideal we serve, we will rise to the level of our assumption, and find a world in harmony with our assumption. We will not have to lift a finger to make it so, for it is already so. It was always so.
You and I have descended in consciousness to the level where we now find ourselves and we see imperfection because we have descended! When we begin to ascend while here in this three-dimensional world, we find that we move in an entirely different environment, we have entirely different circles of friends, and an entirely different world while still living here. We know the great mystery of the statement, "I am in the world but not of it."
Instead of changing things I would suggest to all to identify themselves with the ideal they contemplate. What would the feeling be like were you of too pure eyes to behold iniquity if to you all things were pure and you were without condemnation? Contemplate the ideal state and identify yourself with it and you will ascend to the sphere where you as Christ have your natural life. You are still in that state where you were before the world was. The only thing that has fallen is your concept of self. You see the broken parts which really are not broken. You are seeing them through distorted eyes, as though you were in one of those peculiar amusement gallery's where a man walks before a mirror and he is elongated, yet he is the same man. Or he looks into another mirror and he is all big and fat. These things are seen today because man is what he is.
Toy with the idea of perfection. Ask no man to help you, but let the prayer of the 17th chapter of the Gospel of St. John be your prayer. Appropriate the state that was yours before the world was.
Know the truth of the statement, "None have I lost save the son of perdition." Nothing is lost in all my holy mountain. The only thing that you lose is the belief in loss or the son of perdition.
"And for their sake I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19
There is no one to change but self. All you need do to make men and women holy in this world is to make yourself holy. You are incapable of seeing anything that is unlovely when you establish within your own mind's eye the fact that you are lovely.
It is far better to know this than to know anything else in the world. It takes courage, boundless courage, because many this night, after having heard this truth will still be inclined to blame others for their predicament. Man finds it so difficult to turn to himself, to his own consciousness as to the only reality. Listen to these words:
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." John 6:44
"I and my Father are one." John 10:30
"A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." John 3:27
"Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again."
"No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself." John 10:17,18.
"You did not choose me, I have chosen you." My concept of myself molds a world in harmony with itself and draws men to tell me constantly by their behaviour who I am.
The most important thing in this world to you is your concept of self. When you dislike your environment, the circumstances of life and the behaviour of men, ask yourself, " Who am I?" It is your answer to this question hat is the cause of your dislikes.
If you do not condemn self there will be no man in your world to condemn you. If you are living in the consciousness of your ideal you will see nothing to condemn. "To the pure all things are pure."
Now I would like to spend a little time making as clear as I can what I personally do when I pray, what I do when I want to bring about changes in my world. You will find it interesting, and you will find that it works. No one here can tell me they cannot do it. It is so very simple all can do it. We are what we imagine we are.
This technique is not difficult to follow, but you must want to do it. You cannot approach it with the attitude of mind "Oh well I'll try it." You must want to do it, because the mainspring of action is desire.
Desire is the mainspring of all action. Now what do I want? I must define my objective. For example, suppose I wanted now to be elsewhere. This very moment I really desire to be elsewhere. I need not go through the door, I need not sit down. I need do nothing but stand just where I am and with my eyes closed, assume that I am actually standing where I desire to be. Then I remain in this state until it has the feeling of reality. Were I now elsewhere I could not see the world as I now see it from here. The world changes in its relationship to me as I change my position in space.
So I stand right here, close my eyes, and imagine I am seeing what I would see were I there. I remain in it long enough to feel it to be real. I cannot touch the walls of this room from here, but when you close your eyes and become still you can imagine and feel that you touch it. You can stand where you are and imagine you are putting your hand on that wall. To prove you really are, put it there and slide it up and feel the wood. You can imagine you are doing it without getting off your seat. You can do it and you will actually feel it if you become still enough and intense enough.
I stand where I am and I allow the world that I want to see and to enter physically to come before me as though I were there now. In other words, I bring elsewhere here by assuming that I am there.
Is that clear? I let it come up, I do not make it come up. I simply imagine I am there and then let it happen.
If I want a physical presence, I imagine he is standing here, and I touch him All through the Bible I find these suggestions, "He placed his hands upon them. He touched them."
If you want to comfort someone, what is the automatic feeling? To put your hand on them, you cannot resist it. You meet a friend and the hand goes out automatically, you either shake hands or put your hand on his shoulder.
Suppose you were now to meet a friend that you have not seen for a year and he is a friend of whom you are very fond. What would you do? You would embrace him, wouldn't you? Or you would put your hand upon him.
In your imagination bring him close enough to put your hand upon him and feel him to be solidly real. Restrict the action to just that. You will be amazed at what happens. From then on things begin to move. Your dimensionally greater self will inspire, in all, the ideas and actions necessary to bring you into physical contact. It works that way.
Every day I put myself into the drowsy state; it is a very easy thing to do. But habit is a strange thing in man's world. It is not law, but habit acts as though it were the most compelling law in the world. We are creatures of habit.
If you create an interval every day into which you put yourself into the drowsy state, say at 3 o'clock in the afternoon do you know at that moment every day you will feel drowsy. You try it for one week and see if I am not right. You sit down for the purpose of creating a state akin to sleep, as though you were sleepy, but do not push the drowsiness too far, just far enough to relax and leave you in control of the direction of your thoughts. You try it for one week, and every day at that hour, no matter what you are doing, you will hardly be able to keep your eyes open. If you know the hour when you will be free you can create it. I would not suggest that you do it lightly, because you will feel very, very sleepy and you may not want to.
I have another way of praying. In this case I always sit down and I find the most comfortable arm chair imaginable, or I lie flat on my back and relax completely. Make yourself comfortable. You must not be in any position where the body is distressed. Always put yourself into a position where you have the greatest ease. That is the first stage. To know what you want is the start of prayer. Secondly you construct in your mind's eye one single little event which implies that you have realized your desire. I always let my mind roam on many things that could follow the answered prayer and I single out one that is most likely to follow the fulfillment of my desire. One simple little thing like the shaking of a hand, embracing a person, the receiving of a letter, the writing of a check, or whatever would imply the fulfillment of your desire.
After you have decided on the action which implies that your desire has been realized, then sit in your nice comfortable chair or lie flat on your back, close your eyes for the simple reason it helps to induce this state that borders on sleep.
The minute you feel this lovely drowsy state, or the feeling of gathered togetherness, wherein you feel- I could move if I wanted to, but I do not want to, I could open my eyes if I wanted to, but I do not want to. When you get that feeling you can be quite sure that you are in the perfect state to pray successfully.
In this feeling it is easy to touch anything in this world. You take the simple little restricted action which implies fulfillment of your prayer and you feel it or you enact it. Whatever it is, you enter into the action as though you were an actor in the part. You do not sit back and visualize yourself doing it. You do it.
With the body immobilized you imagine that the greater you inside the physical body is coming out of it and that you are actually performing the proposed action. If you are going to walk, you imagine that you are walking. Do not see yourself walk, FEEL that you are walking.
If you are going to climb stairs, FEEL that you are climbing the stairs. Do not visualize yourself doing it, feel yourself doing it. If you are going to shake a man's hand, do not visualize yourself shaking his hand, imagine your friend is standing before you and shake his hand. But leave your physical hands immobilized and imagine that your greater hand, which is your imaginary hand, is actually shaking his hand.
All you need do is to imagine that you are doing it. You are stretched out in time, and what you are doing, which seems to be a controlled day dream, is an actual act in the greater dimension of your being. You are actually encountering an event fourth-dimensionally before you encounter it here in the three-dimensions of space, and you do not have to raise a finger to bring that state to pass.
My third way of praying is simply to feel thankful. If I want something, either for myself or another, I immobilize the physical body, then I produce the state akin to sleep and in that state just feel happy, feel thankful, which thankfulness implies realization of what I want. I assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled and with my mind dominated by this single sensation I go to sleep. I need do nothing to make it so, because it is so. My feeling of the wish fulfilled implies it is done.
All these techniques you can use and change them to fit your temperament. But I must emphasize the necessity of inducing the drowsy state where you can become attentive without effort.
A single sensation dominates the mind, if you pray successfully.
What would I feel like, now, were I what I want to be? When I know what the feeling would be like I then close my eyes and lose myself in that single sensation and my dimensionally greater Self then builds a bridge of incident to lead me from this present moment to the fulfillment of my mood. That is all you need do. But people have a habit of slighting the importance of simple things.
We are creatures of habit and we are slowly learning to relinquish our previous concepts, but the things we formerly lived by still in some way influence our behaviour. Here is a story from the Bible that illustrates my point.
It is recorded that Jesus told his disciples to go to the crossroads and there they would find a colt, a young colt not yet ridden by a man. To bring the colt to him and if any man ask, "Why do you take this colt?" say, "The Lord has need of it."
They went to the crossroads and found the colt and did exactly as they were told. They brought the unbridled ass to Jesus and He rode it triumphantly into Jerusalem.
The story has nothing to do with a man riding on a little colt. You are Jesus of the story. The colt is the mood you are going to assume. That is the living animal not yet ridden by you. What would the feeling be like were you to realize your desire? A new feeling, like a young Colt, is a very difficult thing to ride unless you ride him with a disciplined mind. If I do not remain faithful to the mood the young colt throws me off. Every time you become conscious that you are not faithful to this mood, you have been thrown from the colt.
Discipline your mind that you may remain faithful to a high mood and ride it triumphantly into Jerusalem, which is fulfillment, or the city of peace.
This story precedes the feast of the Passover. If we would pass from our present state into that of our ideal, we must assume that we are already that which we desire to be and remain faithful to our assumption, for we must keep a high mood if we would walk with the highest.
A fixed attitude of mind, a feeling that it is done will make it so. If I walk as though it were, but every once in a while I look to see if it really is, then I fall off my mood or colt.
If I would suspend judgment like Peter I could walk on the water. Peter starts walking on the water, and then he begins to look unto his own understanding and he begins to go down. The voice said, "Look up, Peter." Peter looks up and he rises again and continues walking on the water.
Instead of looking down to see if this thing is really going to harden into fact, you simply know that it is already so, sustain that mood and you will ride the unbridled colt into the city of Jerusalem All of us must learn to ride the animal straight in to Jerusalem unassisted by a man. You do not need another to help you.
The strange thing is that as we keep the high mood and do not fall, others cushion the blows. They spread the palm leaves before me to cushion my journey. I do not have to be concerned. The shocks will be softened as I move into the fulfillment of my desire. My high mood awakens in others the ideas and actions which tend towards the embodiment of my mood. If you walk faithful to a high mood there will be no opposition and no competition.
The test of a teacher, or a teaching, is to be found in the faithfulness of the taught. I am leaving here on Sunday night. Do remain faithful to this instruction. If you look for causes outside the consciousness of man, then I have not convinced you of the reality of consciousness.
If you look for excuses for failure you will always find them, for you find what you seek. If you seek an excuse for failure, you will find it in the stars, in the numbers, in the tea cup, or most any place. The excuse will not be there but you will find it to justify your failure.
Successful business and professional men and women know that this law works. You will not find it in gossip groups, but you will find it in courageous hearts.
Man's eternal journey is for one purpose: to reveal the Father. He comes to make visible his Father. And his Father is made visible in all the lovely things of this world. All the things that are lovely, that are of good report, ride these things, and have no time for the unlovely in this world, regardless of what it is.
Remain faithful to the knowledge that your consciousness, your I AMness, your awareness of being aware of the only reality. It is the rock on which all phenomena can be explained. There is no explanation outside of that. I know of no clear conception of the origin of phenomena save that consciousness is all and all is consciousness.
That which you seek is already housed within you. Were it not now within you eternity could not evolve it. No time stretch would be long enough to evolve what is not potentially involved in you.
You simply let it into being by assuming that it is already visible in your world, and remaining faithful to your assumption. it will harden into fact. Your Father has unnumbered ways of revealing your assumption. Fix this in your mind and always remember, "An assumption, though false, if sustained will harden into fact."
You and your Father are one and your Father is everything that was, is and will be. Therefore that which you seek you already are, it can never be so far off as even to be near, for nearness implies separation.
The great Pascal said, "You never would have sought me had you not already found me. "What you now desire you already have and you seek it only because you have already found it. You found it in the form of desire. It is just as real in the form of desire as it is going to be to your bodily organs.
You are already that which you seek and you have no one to change but Self in order to express it.
Harboring feelings of lack and insecurity become magnified into experiences without.
The dream of the pharaoh
self-love in physical health
To love oneself is to be sincere. It is to be dedicated. Not to a lover or a god. They follow, "like the day the night." But, first and foremost, to oneself. Do you listen to your knees, to your shoe sole. The degree to which you do (free of obsession) demonstrates. And so it is.
self-love in sports
Sports are all about aspiring to the heights of human potential and bringing out our most excellent capacity. The first Olympians laid out a track. They ran the length of it. They gave themselves limits so that they may push the limits. To excel. A firm resolve liberated of malice and false charity will take you where you need to go.
self-love in the city
The city must have a relationship not just with human nature but with nature. With the flowers and the bees. It is part of who we are. An essential part.
Essential means 'absolutely necessary.' Oxygen, water, the right quality of attention, self-love. These are all essential. Totally needed. Our flowering happens contingent on them - but only the inspired happy spirit that is aligned with such things, such values...only he or she has the intelligence to bring these qualities to the fore of their being. That is the discernment. It blossoms when we learn to love ourselves.
The city is like the vital organs of the body to the nation. The city pools experience and knowhow. But it can also become a place to escape to and a place for escapism. When we don't listen to our urgent and absolute needs we create outlets. We lose our sensitivity and we manifest pain born of not being attentive to the refined inner story of our nature. Not our inner nature but our nature. For what we demonstrate within becomes our outer world. If we are paranoid and fearful we create a reality on such foundations. If we learn to see through our fears and to trust in plumbing the depths of our deepest nature then we awaken hidden potentials. We become more authentic, more courageous, less isolated and alienated, less escapist. And how wondrous is the nature of the inner creatures that we find in those depths.
self-love and biology
Every cell in our bodies seeks out harmony...
It is elemental. Ultimately, the organizing principle is within us. That is where our biology meets our mythology. Where genes meet stories...
harmonious storehouses of stories within. That is this man...this wise storytelling ape. It is what evolution portends.
self-love and music
We get the word music from muse. A great athlete is no accident. What we attune ourselves to dictates our path, our ascension as a species. As individual, but as emissaries of the species. Man, Woman. He or she who fashioned tools. Who set out to make music of the spheres from the stuff of the spheres. Music is the language of the muses.
A muse is one a word for this spirit that is inspired through us. And music can take us to heights of happiness, to depths of reflection. Music then is one of the emotional vehicles for the human spirit. This boundless quality in the human being. To rise to his true stature. We can put a man on the moon. We can do many clever clever things. And with passion, with peace, with music. We can do wise things. Keats the poet, on his tombstone, it read:
"Here lies one whose name was writ in water."
On our epitaph will it read: Here lies a generation that brought lasting peace and abundance. The choice is yours. The choice is ours. It's not a choice. That's the funny thing...the difference between a decision and a choice. A choice implies alternatives. The bird's eye is not seen. The focus is lost. Scattered. A decision does not entertain an alternative. It is decisive action. It is liberated from the prison of choice. It has found its origin. It's authentic self. That is goodness. That is discernment. Real duty is not anything other. It is the wisdom of the heart expressed outwardly. That is all. And nothing, nothing can limit that one. In one. In all.
Essentially is demands being familiar with yielding can we yield to the wind of the times to the wisdom of an age the music of things. Music is a celebration - a great blessing, a celebration of the great blessing of being human, a creature who touches the earth, is of the earth - yet aspires to something other. There is in you, in I, in man. An aspirational spirit - to aspire - to wish to attain - to inspire - to breathe in or attain - to connect and serve the spirit within, the muse - that is the music of emotional intelligence...it leads with the heart and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Because it does.
self-love and racism
There is kindness in man. It is the only thing that can reverse the deception that cages him. Trust too. For a man with no trust is poor indeed. Trust in the mettle in him. There is a quality of love that can reverse all episodes of abandoned faith. It can be cultivated.
self-love and leadership
To lead demands character.
Lao Tzu wrote in chapter 37 of the Tao te Ching
“The way never acts yet nothing is left undone.
Should lords and princes be able to hold fast to it,
The myriad creatures will be transformed of their own accord.
After they are transformed, should desire raise its head,
I shall press it down with the weight of the nameless uncarved block.
Is but freedom from desire,
And if I cease to desire and remain still,
The empire will be at peace of its own accord.”
What Lao Tzu means here is this.
When we see the harmony of our desires in full bloom we no longer see the deception of wanting. All is given. Heaven is the natural state of things when we drop the idea of lack. When we live without condemning.
You are the leader of your life. Your empire blooms when you embrace your power.
To lead effectively we must question what are your distingiishing traits?
That is the root meaning of the word “character.”
Self love is about taking stock of what is to be valued. It is about the application of gratitude and vision transcending the deception in our ways of percieving that leads to the perpetuation of conflict and lack.
In life there is an implied order. A discipline that is learned, practiced and mastered. In nature we find no waste. Creativity brings spark and music to life.
Life is a mirror to what we see within ourselves projected out. Leadership is the reflection of what lends harmony and balance to things.
Leadership is very much reliant on vision.
When we focus our attention on our ideal that focus has power. It has a still quiet power to transform for the better. Life gets easier when we focus the heart and mind on what matters.
That is vision.
How we look upon the world we participate in.
We cannot help but lead by example.
So we take stock of our values, our inner dialogue, our lives. We review the conversation and we steer it in the direction of a perception of the universe that is not governed by the naysayers of the news cycle.
We study the plants and the animals and we find our pleasant balance. That sense of being at ease with the beauty and capacity within our imagination.
We find nurturing models that refine our treatment of the issues that have repeated over time. And we glance to an imagined future which we all are participating in and writing together.
Refinement simply means to be refined. To see what works, what is elegant and simple and aligned with the implicate order.
With maturity, as independent individuals investing in different world views, and collectively as a species - there comes this recognition of our power. And the responsibility it brings.
In the fourth chapter of the yoga sutras it states that the irrigation of a field is contingent on the channels that flow into it.
The sutras then take that and apply it to where our attention is.
How we channel our consciousness informs the kind of life and world we manifest.
A farmer studies the landscape to shape those channels. We too do that in our own lives. We expend attention. It can bare many fruits. The value of each fruit reflects our refinement.
The focus in leadership is to be present.
Presence, building community, changing the way we see things, knowing that we are the divine made manifest enjoying a human story - prioritizing these things create an environment for healthy change. And that is what leaders do.