"Without, the sun shines bright and the birds are singing amid the ivy on the drooping beeches. Their choice is made, and they turn away hand-in-hand, with their backs to the darkness and their faces to the light"

~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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What is THIS moment like when I experience it without a story? Without checking with mind about what anything means or doesn't mean? Without going into past or future? Without trying to understand or get anything? What is the storyless NOW like? Only one way to find out...  

–Michael Jeffreys


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"Neither the voice in your head nor the one hearing it is YOU."

         ~Michael Jeffreys


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Beautiful blog! :-)
-- Milly Pelucha Grey, 1/26/12



"All conflict comes from attachment."

–Anthony de Mello

Once, meandering through Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, I was making my way along the lake shore near Kylemore Abbey.  This little boat was tugging at its tethered line and it reminded me of how we are all "attached" to our thoughts, our home, our possessions and how we really become those thoughts in our own individual way.   I suppose true happiness is causeless. It occurred to me that if something causes me happiness, I will become attached and possessive of that thing. I will become anxious, lest I lose it.
If I ask the mystic why he or she is happy, the answer will be,

‘why not?’



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What matter is how quickly you do what your soul directs.



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“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Khalil Gibran


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Every man's memory is his private literature. 

~Aldous Huxley


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Music was my refuge. 
I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

 ~Maya Angelou


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We begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is.  Someone - our parents, teachers, analysts - hypnotizes us to "see" the world and construe it in the "right" way.  These others label the world, attach names and give voices to the beings and events in it, so that thereafter, we cannot read the world in any other language or hear it saying other things to us.  The task is to break the hypnotic spell, so that we become undeaf, unblind and multilingual, thereby letting the world speak to us in new voices and write all its possible meanings in the new book of our existence.  Be careful in your choice of hypnotists. 

~Sidney Jourard


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thank you!
-- Heidi Daub, 1/19/12



“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin


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"There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen."

~SIDNEY SHELDON, Are You Afraid of the Dark?


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People's whole lives do pass in front of their eyes before they die.

The process is called 'living.'

~ Terry Pratchett


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"Stop searching here and there,
the jewels are inside you."



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