2011 May

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.

- John Schaar

Now is the time to go to your God space more than ever. It will bring you great peace of mind - and from a peaceful mind do great ideas flow - ideas which could be solutions to the biggest problems you imagine yourself to have.

- Neale Donald Walsch

I feel inspired to travel and create a documentary after watching King Corn – such a great feel to the film!

it is time for a spiritual revolution!

Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever.

- Deepak Chopra

The memory of God comes to the quiet mind. It cannot come where there is conflict. A mind at war with itself remembers not eternal gentleness. You must be as you were created. What you remember is who you are. Be done with this madness, and return instead to the quiet memory of God.

- Wayne Dyer paraphrasing A Course In Miracles

If you want to be like me I will help you, knowing that we are alike. If you want to be different, I will wait until you change your mind.

- Jesus Christ

The statement "I" is the only complete and accurate sentence by which absolute truth can be accurately described. To add the term 'am' is redundant as well as inaccurate because 'am' implies beingness, and absolute reality is beyond beingness or is-ness. (Calibrated level 997.)

- David R. Hawkins
Mark Marano starting a 360 degree time-lapse shot at Sand Key Park

Mark just saw the documentary I AM last night and highly recommends everyone see it.. click here to watch the trailer

A time-lapse as I drove over to see fellow lens-based artists, Stacey Stormes

How will I know when I have surrendered?

When you no longer need to ask the question.

- Eckhart Tolle

Hence, the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in transcendence of the world.

- Eckhart Tolle

As Avatars, we remember who we are and who we are not. We remember we are not things. We remember we are not any of the ideas of nationalism or race that humans fight over. We are neither expressions nor identities. We are the source of these things, and we can create better.

- Harry Palmer
 

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

- Winston Churchill

Went on a bike ride earlier today.. here are some shots from the Illinois Prairie Path.. what a beautiful day today was in Chicagoland! As soon as I woke up, I could feel a great warm energy all around.. what a turn around from the past couple days that were cold and gray! Everything looked and felt so alive today!

What does it mean, to awaken? A short movie narrated by Alan Watts… with background music by Kitaro- “Endless Water” and “Tree” from his album “Ki”…. Both songs can be heard at full volume here

Recommended reading – The Joyous Cosmology, by Alan Watts

Excerpt-

“T0 BEGIN WITH, this world has a different kind of time. It is the time of biological rhythm, not of the clock and all that goes with the clock. There is no hurry. Our sense of time is notoriously subjective and thus dependent upon the quality of our attention, whether of interest or boredom, and upon the alignment of our behavior in terms of routines, goals, and deadlines. Here the present is self-sufficient, but it is not a static present. It is a dancing present—the unfolding of a pattern which has no specific destination in the future but is simply its own point. It leaves and arrives simultaneously, and the seed is as much the goal as the flower. There is therefore time to perceive every detail of the movement with infinitely greater richness of articulation. Normally we do not so much look at things as overlook them. The eye sees types and classes—flower, leaf, rock, bird, fire—mental pictures of things rather than things, rough outlines filled with flat color, always a little dusty and dim. But here the depth of light and structure in a bursting bud go on forever. There is time to see them, time for the whole intricacy of veins and capillaries to develop in consciousness, time to see down and down into the shape of greenness, which is not green at all, but a whole spectrum generalizing itself as green—purple, gold, the sunlit turquoise of the ocean, the intense luminescence of the emerald. I cannot decide where shape ends and color begins. The bud has opened and the fresh leaves fan out and curve back with a gesture which is unmistakably communicative but does not say anything except, “Thus!” And somehow that is quite satisfactory, even startlingly clear. The meaning is transparent in the same way that the color and the texture are transparent, with light which does not seem to fall upon surfaces from above but to be right inside the structure and color.

Which is of course where it is, for light is an inseparable trinity of sun, object, and eye, and the chemistry of the leaf is its color, its light. But at the same time color and light are the gift of the eye to the leaf and the sun. Transparency is the property of the eyeball, projected outward as luminous space, interpreting quanta of energy in terms of the gelatinous fibers in the head. I begin to feel that the world is at once inside my head and outside it, and the two, inside and outside, begin to include or “cap” one another like an infinite series of concentric spheres. I am unusually aware that everything I am sensing is also my body—that light, color, shape, sound, and texture are terms and properties of the brain conferred upon the outside world. I am not looking at the world, not confronting it; I am knowing it by a continuous process of transforming it into myself, so that everything around me, the whole globe of space, no longer feels away from me but in the middle. This is at first confusing. I am not quite sure of the direction from which sounds come. The visual space seems to reverberate with them as if it were a drum. The surrounding hills rumble with the sound of a truck, and the rumble and the color-shape of the hills become one and the same gesture. I use that word deliberately and shall use it again. The hills are moving into their stillness. They mean something because they are being transformed into my brain, and my brain is an organ of meaning. The forests of redwood trees upon them look like green fire, and the copper gold of the sun-dried grass heaves immensely into the sky. Time is so slow as to be a kind of eternity, and the flavor of eternity transfers itself to the hills— burnished mountains which I seem to remember from an immeasurably distant past, at once so unfamiliar as to be exotic and yet as familiar as my own hand.”

~Alan Watts

I just saw Food, Inc. and King Corn.. I recommend everyone watch both films to better understand where most food in our country comes from today.

Every decision you make—every decision—is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.

- Neale Donald Walsch

When the obstacles of human mentation, emotionality, and the ego's structures from which they are derived are transcended, the Self as God Immanent shines forth of its own accord, just as the sun shines forth when the clouds are removed.

- David R. Hawkins

Know at any moment in your life you have the choice: you can either be a host to god, or a hostage to your ego.

- Wayne Dyer

with God all things are possible

- Jesus

Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment

- Rumi

Watched the sunset from Dunedin Causeway and read a little more of I: Reality and Subjectivity before going to see the late showing of I AM the documentary..

Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is a light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.

- the bodhisattva Issa

A little while after watching Sarah McLachlan’s World on Fire video last night (look two posts back to see it), I found myself searching for other music videos and curious what the modern music world was producing. I ended up watching a few popular videos……

It is amazing to see how far the collective ego has gone, and how much it has grown. All this technology available to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on to make entertainment videos today. [...]

This quiet Dust was Gentleman and Ladies
And Lads and Girls —
Was laughter and ability and Sighing
And Frocks and Curls.

This Passive Place a Summer's nimble mansion
Where Bloom and Bees
Exists an Oriental Circuit
Then cease, like these —

- Emily Dickinson

Life is interesting. We sit here, have all these experiences, and try to do better when we reach the future days after our current experiences, though does any of it matter when you keep trying to out-do yourself and chase after these things to make you happy? I know at higher level of consciousness, as one approaches enlightenment, one experiences everything as perfect the way it is. Though, when one is not quite at that level yet or if one [...]

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.

- A Course In Miracles
 

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.

- Jonathan Swift

I made it to Chicagoland earlier today after a few stops to look at truck campers / custom rv's. I'll be out in Elgin for most of the summer..

If we were to awaken to the moment, we would experience reality. If we were to experience reality, we would see that we are not our personalities. If we were to see that we are not our personalities, we would remember our selves. If we were to remember our selves, we would let go of our fear and our attachments. If we were to let go of our fears and our attachments, we would be touched by God. If we were touched by God, we would seek union with God. If we were to seek union with God, we would will what God wills. If we were to will what God wills, we would be transformed. If we were to be transformed, the world would be transformed. If the world were transformed, all would return to God.

- Wisdom of the Enneagram

A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct

- A Course in Miracles

I made the decision I was leaving for Chicagoland today at noon whether the check I've been waiting days for arrived or not. About 15-20 minutes before I was gonna leave, the mail arrived and there it was. Today's lesson: surrender your identification/attachment with/to outcome, and the universe flows effortlessly with your intended outcome/purpose.

here’s a reverse little planet, a stereographic tunnel.. some stitching errors are visible in this one (the wind was blowing constantly and was pretty strong so the clouds in the last shot were in a different position in the sky than in the first shot and couldn’t align properly) here’s the first take on the top shot (before I decided to slow the frame rate down to compensate for the wind)..

Mankind lives in the realm of tension between emotional instincts and the counterbalancing power of spiritual awakening (i.e., the animal/angel conflict).

- David R. Hawkins

and another perspective..

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

- Henry David Thoreau

and another shot as the little planet fades out..

Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?

- Marcus Aurelius

Stopped by the Mobbly Bayou Preserve in Oldsmar on the way back from seeing my friends Mark & Colleen..