It used to seem
as if life were testing me
Today it seems
that rather it is teaching me
(circumstances as homework)
at first subtly
then with increasing noise and intensity
until the lessons are learned
that paying attention
can help transmute
the experience of ass kicking
into new realms of Joy.
I go to a lot of electronic music events but no one uses the word "rave" anymore. Parties have evolved into a variety of flavours. Here's an article that explains a lot about why I still go, even though I'm in my 30s!
Rave new world
In their heyday in the mid and late '90s, raves were the serious partier's party. Content-free rhythmic beats, darkness punctuated by brilliant flashing lights, and large-scale drug consumption were the stereotypes, if not the norm. Raves died when police cracked down on the events, but as the dedicated ravers and DJs grew up or got old, they resurrected their culture and in many cases traded the party scene for what some believe has become a bona fide religion.
Focused on dancing and electronica music, the tribal and intentional raves draw inspiration from the world's meditative and indigenous religious and spiritual traditions. Participants frequently incorporate smudging, chanting, and the building of altars dedicated to the four directions (north, east, south, west) and the four elements. Rave organizers avoid official dogma, but often incorporate Buddhist, yogic, or First Nations art and imagery into both advertising and the actual dance environment.
The sex advice I gave to a fourteen year old girl was, "Do whatever, but be careful about who you do it with!" Next time I'll add, "And assume everyone will find out about it."
We, the teen writers and editors of SEX, ETC., believe that all teens deserve honest, medically-accurate and balanced information about human sexuality so that we can make responsible choices about our sexual health. We believe that teen-to-teen communication is one of the best ways to educate teens about human sexuality and sexual health.
Resisiting negativity (or "evil") actually fuels it. This is why when we're depressed, life can seem to move in a downward spiral. Fortunately, developing a positive attitude can actually create amazing upward spirals in your life story.
Here's an excerpt about how negativity propagates itself from a free e-book (which I am still in the process of fully digesting but really loving!) If you are interested in Reality and how it actually works, it's worth reading!
No Time for Karma
I have several friends who are anti-nuke. One of them is so good at his anti-nuke campaign that he has collected posters of children with radiation burns and their skin falling off. The pictures are so graphic that no one could look at them without fulfilling every requirement for manifestation. What he helps to create is another child with radiation sickness. If someone is anti-murder because they believe that to be the most horrible of crimes, they are holding a mental image in mind backed by their emotional outrage. You can see what that creates - - one more murder on the planet because that is the law of the creation. Simply stated, whatever we are anti, we create. Just as the law of gravity is unbiased, so is the law of creation.
Here's a gem that means a lot to me right now:
I slept and dreamt
that life was joy.
I awoke and saw
that life was service.
I acted and behold,
service was joy.
Here's a piece I like from a Canadian Vietnam War Veteran. He describes war from the perspective of someone who's been there.
We must ask: What do we want for Canada?
Today I think about the young men and women in another war in a place not as green or wet as Vietnam, good kids whose lives are being wasted just as the lives of my generation were wasted in Southeast Asia, and I am dismayed that many countries continue to choose leaders that use war for personal political and financial advantage.
I am angered that after setting high standards at the end of World War II, the countries of the world, collectively, have not stood up for those standards and are tolerating the aggressive, pre- emptive warfare that is being pursued by the U.S. and its allies. Aggression is aggression, whether it is carried out against China, Ethiopia or Poland by the Japanese, Italians and Germans, or against Iraq now or a number of other countries the past fifty years by the U.S., the UK and whoever is willing to go along for the ride and a few rewards.
Someone posted this in a comments field a few posts back, I think it's good enough to warrant its own entry!
I like the writer's blunt and real philosophical style.
We've Been Living in a Dream World
We are trapped in the daily drama the culture and the media feed us: mortgages, sporting events, tsunamis, sex offenders, AIDS, terrorism, global warming, corrupt governments, and economic inequities . . . all demanding our attention. The matrix plays us like an instrument. A thirty-second news bite can push our buttons. We get hooked and riled, liberally lacing our collective guts with corrosive biochemicals unleashed by our righteous indignation.
This condition is virtually universal. It is also the underlying cause of the world as we know it. People cling so tightly to their
personal and social identities that they are blinded to anything that does not validate them. The inevitable product is a world of war, greed, and competition, driven by paranoia and fear.
The way out is easier than anyone might imagine. However, very few summon the courage, for it requires them to leave the comfort of their known world and walk alone, unaided by the crutch of belief and dogma, into the domain of pure consciousness. Most people would rather get caught up in the business of earning a living, raising a family, or helping their community than deal with the unsettling immensity of All That Is.
Here's a piece about a former Canadian Minister of Defense asking for an inquiry about UFOs and what the American military is doing to prepare for an "intergalactic war." It's a few weeks old but I just heard about it.
This article appeared in several sources, but it's originally from PRweb, which means it was written by a publicist, not a journalist.
More information is available from the Star Dreams Initiative homepage, including film of a controversial speech the former Defense Minister made. The speech is also available on the Disclosure Project website.
We're living in weird times!
Former Canadian Minister Of Defence Asks Canadian Parliament To Hold Hearings On Relations With Alien "Et" Civilizations
Hellyer warned, "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."
Hellyer’s speech ended with a standing ovation. He said, "The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate, about one of the most important problems facing our planet today."
Here's a passage I liked from the book The Invisible Path to Success. There are many books out there about the particulars of how we create our own realities, but this is one of the best I've read.
He talks about life like the creation of a movie (a metaphor that works really well in this context!)
To be successful during the Transition means becoming consciously aware of who you really are and what you really want, then consciously bringing all of your life -- your career, relationships, lifestyle, everything -- into alignment with the real you and your real purpose.
That process will look completely different for you than it will for me and everyone else, but that is what success means during this special time in history. It's a very important part of your movie and the reason behind why you chose to film it now.