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11 July 2004

The One Practice

In this moment in any moment you can adopt a vantage outside your thoughts and feelings, to witness them and learn from them, to love and permit them with a fully abstracted awareness. No matter what passions or joys, what anger or grief or conflict consume your mind, you can choose a perspective outside the mind, and make this moment the object of your meditation.

- Josh Mitteldorf

10 July 2004

"This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time. The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance. 

The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite."

- A Course In Miracles, "through" Helen Schucman

9 July 2004 

Observation constantly tests and refines our beliefs; but to a disturbing extent, expectations also condition our observations. Call it laziness or call it conservatism, but we're not so good as we like to believe at perceiving that which is unexpected.

Eyewitnesses to crimes are notoriously inconsistent in their reporting. Scientists throw out their own data when it "can't possibly be right". And in a classic psychology experiment by Daniel Simons, most viewers failed to notice a gorilla walking across the stage of a videotaped basketball game.

It may be true that there is nothing new under the sun, and yet there are kingdoms that remain to be discovered, some in our own backyard, which we may not yet be ready to see.

8 July 2004

"The Brain is wider than the Sky
For put them side by side
The one the other will contain
With ease and You beside."

Emily Dickinson, No. 632,1862

7 July 2004

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1946

6 July 2004

"By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us and moulds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers."

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

5 July 2004

"Take one moment; in innocence, be here now, like a child - fully immerse yourself in the present ... we need not search outside this instant, we need not search outside ourselves! Peace is a simple byproduct of presence, of effortless natural silence."

The Ishayas' Ascension is a Teaching which offers a series of simple techniques which pull the mind inward.

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