Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“They are saying in the Flock that if you are not the Son of the Great Gull Himself”, Fletcher told Jonathan one morning after Advanced Speed Practice, “then you are a thousand years ahead of your time.”
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood he thought. They call you devil or they call you god. “What do you think, Fletch? Are we ahead of our time?”
A long silence, “Well, this kind of flying has always been here to be learned by anyone who wanted to discover it; that’s got nothing to do with time. We’re ahead of the fashion, maybe. Ahead of the way that most gulls fly.”“That’s something,” Jonathan said, rolling to glide inverted for a while. “That’s not half as bad as being ahead of our time”.
Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Everything in its Right Place!

When we are on the spiritual path, we often find ourselves wondering how things will develop ...and there is a temptation to push. Although healthy, gentle discipline is good, I guess the most important thing is not to push too far in certain directions, to drain ourselves of energy or expect certain things to happen before we're ready.

Anything that we do can lead to a devotional state - gardening, being a parent, son, daughter, scientist, musician, artist, plumber, builder..... we are here simply to be us - not to be defined by what we do or how we see ourselves in relation to others. We are undeniably our unique selves!

Each of us, our basic essence/consciousness, is unique like a jigsaw puzzle piece. We are pieces of consciousness with a particular "shape" and so each one of us is absolutely essential for the unfolding of the Universe. 

We are each individual jigsaw pieces in the great puzzle of the universe! Everything in its right place - Radiohead!





 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Swimming Freely with Dolphins

So, this evening on the way home I spotted 4 sea kayakers from the train. I then noticed that they were being followed by what I thought were the porpoises again, but then I realised they were actually dolphins! The kayakers soon realised they were being followed. So, I decided to get off the train and walk along the beach to get a closer look -  the dolphins were jumping out of the water with the kayakers were looking on in amazement (maybe it was these dolphins I saw yesterday). It was beautiful. The sun was setting. What a blessing to see these beautiful creatures so close to home!
 

This from http://www.spiritwalkministry.com/spirit_guides/water_animal_spirits
 

"Dolphin  -- [Do not confuse with the 'Porpoise'] -- Inner sounds that can create outer manifestations.  Living in tune with the patterns and rhythm of nature. Using the power of breathing as an emotional release of anger and pain.  Swimming freely and going along with your  feelings."


 

A Guest

From the Tao Te Ching....

“You are but a guest
In this world.
While others rush about
To get things done,
You accept what is offered” 






Friday, September 14, 2012

Each interaction with another is an invitation

image from http://wannareadyou.com/body-language-hugs-and-handshakes-make-you-feel-alive.html
 Each interaction with another is an invitation, an opportunity to find our highest self. Families can be particularly difficult because of all the unwritten rules and old expectations of who we are in the eyes of other family members, so they require particular understanding and patience. 

Each interaction tells us something about ourselves if we listen to our hearts and the feelings/voices of our intuitions. Then we start seeing things/interpreting things in new ways. We then seem to have answers/solutions to various issues/problem/questions that may be so obvious to us that we can't believe we hadn't realised these things before. 

It can be something that is quite mundane - family or work-related or a fundamental question about philosophy, spirituality or a scientific question about the universe. Just by being trusting, open and patient we can become aware of the answers either intuitively during meditation and/or at another time (just walking along or in that fuzzy state before waking up completely) or maybe something in a book or an email may be relevant or we see a TV programme or film that provides an answer.  

Just be open to what the universe and other people have to offer.


 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Madness of the Warrior

 Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_of_the_Warrior_of_Light

A few quotes from Paulo Coelho's Manual of the Warrior of Light that I love about the need for a touch of madness to be a warrior of the light, in other words to grow spiritually:
 
"The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and - sometimes - with just a touch of madness." 

and

"The warrior of light does not worry that, to others, his behaviour might seem quite mad. He talks out loud to himself when he is alone. Someone told him that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so he takes a chance and tries to make contact. At first, he finds this very difficult. He thinks that he has nothing to say, that he will just repeat the same meaningless twaddle. Even so, the warrior persists. He spends all day talking to his heart. He says things with which he does not agree, he talks utter nonsense. One day, he notices a change in his voice. He realises that he is acting as a channel for some higher wisdom. The warrior may seem mad, but this is just a disguise."