Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pregnant with Eternity

Isn't it amazing that the Hebrew word for "world" is the same as the Hebrew word for "universe" and the same as the Hebrew word for "eternal" and all of them come from the root ayin- lamed-mem which means "hidden". Perhaps it is to suggest that something eternal is hidden beneath the appearances of this ephemeral world...I think Blake knew this when he wrote:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour



The Kings Cross debate: What is the point of only addressing the supply side, with curbs on alcohol, or pre-limting "pokies" (poker machines), or the "war on drugs", or censorship of pornography, without simultaneously addressing the demand side? Cultures which do not offer people pathways to bliss and ways of serving the divine leave people trying to self-medicate with addictions of one sort or another - either because they want to feel more, or because they want to numb out and feel less. The cure for addiction is bliss, and bliss comes from gratitude, and gratitude comes from questioning our assumptions about the way things should be.
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years....Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do." Byron Katie

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