Thursday, October 16, 2014

Live In Joy

“'Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy,
In health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy,
In peace,
Even among the troubled.
Look within.
Be still.
Free from fear and attachment.
Know the sweet joy of the way.”

-from the Dhammapada

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Powerful Words

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

-Howard Zinn

Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Need For a Sense Of Unity





"The Earth is not a big rock, infested with living organisms, any more than your skeleton is bones infested with cells.

The Earth is geological, yes, but this geological entity grows people. And our existence on the Earth is a symptom of the solar system and its balances as much as the solar system in turn is a symptom of our galaxy and our galaxy in its turn is a symptom of the whole company of galaxies; goodness only know what that’s in."
-Alan Watts

"We are the inheritors of millions and millions of years of successfully lived lives and successful adaptations to changing conditions in the natural world. Now the challenge passes to us, the living, that the yet to be born  may have a place to put their feet and a sky to walk under."
-Terence McKenna 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oneness Must Be Established

Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other in several nations, most notably in Syria & Iraq, Israeli's are killing Gazans, & Western Soldiers are wiping out Russians in Ukraine. Religion is a common thread in each conflict. Years of fundamental extremism and total confusion has had its toll. All the Hebrews, Muslims, and later Christians are of the same blood....The Holy books have been changed around more than once, traditions have overstepped the purpose, and a lack of knowledge has kept many in the dark...

Abraham is the Father of three modern day Great religions- namely Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim religions, also had two wives named Sarah and Hagar [Hagar according to Judaic traditions was a concubine], as the lineage of Judaism and then subsequently Christianity is attributed to the lineage evolving from his wife Sarah, while the lineage of Medians and subsequently Muslim religion continued from his Concubine wife Hagar. So love thy neighbor as one family.

A point to be noted that Moses who delivered Hebrews from the Pharaoh’s slavery in Egypt to freedom was an Israelite from Sarah’s lineage, and was married to Tzipora [Zipporah] daughter of Reuel /Jethro, a median from the lineage of Hagar. He was as Arab as Jewish- didn't matter- it was his wise actions and open heart to Do Good that mattered.

Thus Moses who was given the Ten Commandments upon Mount Sinai is venerated as a Great Prophet of almighty and most benevolent God by all the three great religions of Modern day world. The Jewish faith says if you do not believe Moses was the hand of God, you go to hell. The Christians say if you do not believe Jesus was the son of God, you go to hell. The Muslims say if you do not believe Mohammad was the prophet of God, you go to hell. The Buddhists say if you do not eat vegetarian and accept Gautama Buddha as the enlightened master you fail. This I ask you.. Who is not in hell according to these groups?...... Oneness must be established rightfully as all are simply saying the same thing, to love and do good in the world. God is GOOD ORDERLY DIRECTION .. Not killing. Not trying to justify death. You're killing children... That's the most evil.



via theglobalmovement.info

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ideology of the Day

WHAT IS THE MOMENT ASKING FOR?

To be responsible means to be response-able; to be able to respond to a situation from a place of clarity, not react from a place of resistance, out of habit or unconsciousness.
It means to be able to directly feel your own authentic first-hand response in any given situation. It means to be willing to slow down, to be present, to feel into the energies that want to move in you, without numbing them or distracting yourself.
It means having the courage to trust yourself, and let go of all second hand notions of what the 'right' response is, or the 'moral' response, or to be a slave to the 'correct' response prescribed in the holy books or by the prevailing subjective ideology of the day.
It means to meet life, naked. To stand alone. To allow the intelligence of life to move through you. To be a conduit for truth. To no longer be caught up in the battle between 'right' and 'wrong', 'God' and the 'devil', but to be deeply connected to the moment. To touch what is alive, here and now. To listen, really listen, to what the moment needs, not what the self-image wants.
To be willing to sit with uncertainty.
- Jeff Foster

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Waking Times

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.
The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
~
Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem
from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
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Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others
to make your path for you. It is your road, and
yours alone. Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.
~
Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.
Serve them the best food, give them the best
bed and treat them with respect and honor.
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Do not take what is not yours whether from
a person, a community,the wilderness or from a
culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
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Respect all things that are placed upon
this earth – whether it be people or plant.
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Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.
Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.
Allow each person the right to personal expression.
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Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative
energy that you put out into the universe
will multiply when it returns to you.
~
All persons make mistakes.
And all mistakes can be forgiven.
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Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind,
body and spirit. Practice optimism.
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Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us.
They are part of your worldly family.
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Children are the seeds of our future. Plant
love in their hearts and water them with
wisdom and life’s lessons. When they
are grown, give them space to grow.
~
Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.
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Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the
test of one’s will within this universe.
~
Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual
self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need
to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out
the body to strengthen the mind. Grow
rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
~
Make conscious decisions as to who
you will be and how you will react. Be
responsible for your own actions.
~
Respect the privacy and personal space of
others. Do not touch the personal property of
others – especially sacred and religious
objects. This is forbidden.
~
Be true to yourself first. You cannot
nurture and help others if you cannot
nurture and help yourself first.
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Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
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Share your good fortune with others.
Participate in charity.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tumbling Into the Heart

Spiritual teachers argue over 
whether or not there is a self, 
and debate the illusion of free will. 
Spiritual seekers argue over 
whether or not their teachers speak the truth. 
Believers try to prove their beliefs.
Atheists try to disprove the beliefs of believers.
Lovers try to prove their love to each other.
Dreamers try to hold their dreams.

We cling to the holy books for dear life.
We worship at the altar of concepts.

When will we wake up from our mass hypnosis,
our obsession with right and wrong, good and bad,
our fixation with words and their polar opposites,
and fall in love
with what is vibrantly alive
in ourselves and each other.

Let us meet in the world before words,
nothing to prove, nothing to defend.
Only life, naked and raw, electric.
Arms wide open
to what is, and what can be.

Self or no self,
God or no God,
the aware awareness awaring the consciously present witness of subjectively objective subjective Beingness prior to the emergence of ....

Ah, fuck it.

Finally awake to this living moment.
Out of the head.
Tumbling into the heart.

All the words crumble.


- Jeff Foster