I'm currently reading Demian, one of Hermann Hesse's novels I'd never encountered before (he's my favourite writer.)
It was first published in 1919 under the pseudonym "Emil Sinclair."
As usual, it's rich with allegory about the self-realization process.
Here's a passage related to music that I love (translated from German):
From then on I occasionally sat outside the church or paced up and down before it during the evening hours. Once I even found the door open and sat for half an hour in a pew, shivering against the cold, yet happy as long as the organist played in the loft. I not only distinguished his personality in the music he played -- every piece he performed also had affinity with the next, a secret connection. Everything he played was full of faith, surrender, and devotion. Yet not devout after the fashion of churchgoers and pastors, devout the way pilgrims and mendicants were in the Middle Ages, devout with that unconditional surrender to a universal feeling that transcends all confessions.
From the wonderful book Lessons from the Source:
Nothing can happen to you that is not for your highest good. Make this into an affirmation that works well for you and use it repeatedly. This is a particularly difficult concept to embrace, especially when you are faced with loss or grief or disappointment. But remember that you have chosen this lifetime for its lessons, and you cannot be aware of all of those lessons while you are learning them. Remember also that loss and grief and disappointment are concepts generated by human consciousness out of its lack of understanding of the "big picture."
I'm snowed in on Christmas by myself remembering that in recent weeks I had declared wanting "more alone time" in the house. Be careful what you wish for!
As a result, I'm reflecting deeply on my life and appreciating those I live with more!
Here is a passage from Barbara Marcinak's Family of Light that stood out for me today:
Your specific future goals are for you to decide, and we do remind you that exquisite possibilities exist. Your genius is at hand, and to really integrate living with one another on Earth, purposeful living must be established. So we ask you, to what purpose do you awaken every morning and go about your lives? Reflect on this thought for a moment, and do not condemn, judge, or applaud yourself for your present involvements, because whatever they are, they will change. The season of change is upon you, and wherever this change may take you, it is most important that you lay a foundation in the home of your intent, as a personal vision connected to a community.
A quote I am ruminating upon today...
Mythology is inevitable, it is natural, it is an inherent necessity of language, if we recognize in language the outward form and manifestation of thought; it is in fact the dark shadow which language throws upon thought, and which can never disappear till language becomes entirely commensurate with thought, which it never will. Mythology, no doubt, breaks out more fiercely during the early periods of the history of human thought, but it never disappears altogether. Depend upon it, there is mythology now as there was in the time of Homer, only we do not perceive it, because we ourselves live in the very shadow of it, and because we all shrink from the full meridian light of truth… Mythology, in the highest sense, is the power exercised by language on thought in every possible sphere of mental activity.
"The Philosophy of Mythology"
appended to "Introduction to the Science of Religion" (1873)
I found this site today when doing some research on the "correct" way to hang a horseshoe above one's door for good luck (I have a friend who had his upside down and wanted to break the news to him.)
The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Welcome to the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
Much of the information here would have been very difficult to find in the past, and possessing some of it would have been downright heretical and thus risky. Today we can "Google" it.
What an amazing age we live in. I love the Internet!
The Magic of The Horseshoe, chapter 15
The stranger asked to see the shoe;
The farmer brought it into view;
But when the old man raised his head,
He laughed outright and quickly said:
"No wonder skies upon you frown,
You've nailed the horse-shoe upside down;
Just turn it round, and soon you'll see
How you and Fortune will agree.
Here is a quote I randomly opened up to today in Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose this morning.
There's a reason I admire him so much and that millions (literally) more are discovering his wisdom. I feel that the fact Oprah calls him "a prophet of the 21st Century" and features him so often is testimony to the fact that we are undergoing a major consciousness revolution here on Earth at this time.
I also feel this consciousness revolution will be considered the most historically significant even of this period in history. Keep this in mind the next time the mainstream news tempts you into thinking we're doomed ;)
If in the midst of negativity you are able to realize "At this moment I am creating suffering for myself" it will be enough to raise you above the limitations of conditioned egoic states and reactions. It will open up infinite possibilities which come to you when there is awareness -- other vastly more intelligent ways of dealing with any situation. You will be free to let go of your unhappiness the moment you recognize it as unintelligent. Negativity is not intelligent. It is always of the ego. The ego may be clever, but it is not intelligent. Cleverness pursues its own little aims. Intelligence sees the larger whole in which all thing are connected. Cleverness is motivated by self-interest, and it is extremely short-sighted. Most politicians and businesspeople are clever. Very few are intelligent. Whatever is attained through cleverness is short-lived and always turns out to be eventually self-defeating. Cleverness divides; intelligence includes.
I found this as a random passage in the copy of the book The Four Levels of Healing by the lovely wisewoman Shakti Gawain which is currently on the counter of the "Wrap and Roll" restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. while I recently enjoyed lunch...
Sometimes people fear that exploring the emotional wounds from childhood means blaming their parents or others, which they do not wish to do. It is true that in the process of deep emotional healing it is often important to acknowledge to ourselves any old, buried feelings of hurt, resentment, and sometimes blame of ourselves or others. The magical thing is that once those feelings are consciously acknowledged and experienced in a safe, supportive environment, they generally dissolve, or shift into feelings of acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness.
Often, people try to jump directly into forgiveness, not wishing to experience the more uncomfortable emotions. While this is sometimes effective, in many cases it is a kind of forced forgiveness, laid over the still unresolved emotions which often resurface later. Once the other feelings are acknowledged and worked through, forgiveness takes place naturally and automatically.
I picked up the book How to Negotiate Like a Child: Unleash the Little Monster Within to Get EVERYTHING You Want from the library just to check it out. I was very turned off by the concept and think it's obnoxious to be darkly manipulative in business (and it always comes back to bite YOU in the end) however I wanted to give it a chance.
It's funny and has some good advice, especially around how to deal with others that use childish tactics. I found the advice in the "Just Cry" chapter helpful also, because sometimes I do cry and can't help it (though it's not something I could turn on on purpose just to manipulate!)
Here's a quote featuring the Donald, who may be wildly successful in dollar amount terms however he's also widely hated and someone I personally would not ever emulate. I somehow doubt he's among the happiest beings on Earth...
Try a Wild and Scary Threat
A variation on the tantrum theme is to employ a wild but scary threat. Both use extremes -- tantrums involve an extreme of sound and emotion; wild threats involve a large range of consequences. You know how kids threaten to hold their breath till they drop dead. Sometimes people will give in rather than wait to see how far the kid can go. That's the tactic Donald Trump used when he wanted to build the Trump Tower higher than permitted under New York City's zoning laws. He said if he didn't get the height exception he wanted, he'd build the ugliest building that he could possibly design, and site it in a way that would overshadow the historic, low-rise Tiffany's building below. He showed the city planners a hideous design. While they may not have been sure he'd really do it, they decided not to risk it and gave in.
Today this quote keeps coming to mind...
Behind what appears to be a tragedy is a divine comedy. There is great humor in a world filled with divine beings who have all power, who are all-knowing, who have been gifted with unlimited abundance and joyfulness and -- just for good measure -- eternal life, and who make believe -- with great ingenuity -- that they are powerless, fear-ridden, competitive and adversarial, greedy, vengeful, and mortal. In the absence of our willingness to surrender to our divine creativity, we can at least laugh at how delightfully ludicrous we are.
-- Arnold M. Patent (from You Can Have it All)
Here's a new book review video on the amazing Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy.
I will be doing videos a lot more often from now on as I really enjoy the process. I have a lot of room to improve in terms of presence in front of the camera and technical skills however I'm going to let myself be a beginner and keep having fun with it.
This video also features some flute playing, though a the low end microphone in the wind does not quite capture the sound...