Holding On

With so much change going on in the world at an ever increasing pace, what can we hold onto for stability and peace-of-mind?  One thing we hold onto is ourselves, our family and our friends.  Although sometimes they are changing as well, the roller-coaster-ride seems less scary when your sitting next to someone you trust.  You can hold on to your beliefs.   But as human consciousness become more spiritually aware, we may learn that some long-held beliefs simply are not true.  What we can hold on to is our belief and trust in God, even if we don’t know exactly what God is, we have to trust that he is always there to help us get over the difficult spots, but only if we are willing to be on His team.  We can hold on to the belief that this period of accelerated change is leading to a great leap forward in the development of the human race.  And we can hold on to the belief that when we all start putting God’s Will and God’s plan ahead of our own selfish desires, He will work with us to turn our planet back into a world of Light.

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Spiritual Symbols: Peacock

    The image of a peacock flashing his hugh and colorful tail seems like a perfect symbol for egotism and, in a material sense, it can be, but in spiritual symbolism, it means something very different.  That bright half-circle tail is often a symbol for the sun and for solar dieties.  It also symbolizes longevity, immortality and love.  The tail also is a symbol of the night sky full of stars and therefore, a symbol of heaven.  To a Buddhist, a peacock symbolizes compassion.  To the Chinese, it represents dignity, beauty and high rank.  It is the emblem of the Ming dynasty.  In Christianity, it symbolizes immortality and resurrection.  The “eyes” of the tail can represent the all-seeing Church.  It also symbolizes rising above earthly matters to the more importand spiritual ones.  Two peacocks standing on opposite sides of a Tree of Life symbol represents the duality of man and the material world.  In Islam, a peacock is the Light which “saw Self as a peacock with its tail outspread”.  
    Peacocks were believed to have the ability to eat poisonous plants without being harmed so they became a symbol of purification and transformation.
    In feng-shui, the peacock is a symbol of beauty, fidelity, and loyalty.
    In Alchemy – the real kind about soul development -birds were sometimes used to represent different stages of the development of the soul.  The lowest, most materialistic level was represented by a crow or raven.  A swan represented the next stage where one is beginning to awaken the spirit and the peacock represented the third stage. 

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Random Thoughts 8-29-2010

So Lindsay Lohan has been proven right again: she is above the laws that apply to mere mortals.  When a 90 day jail sentence becomes 13 and 90 days in rehab becomes 23 days, the whole thing becomes a joke. 

I love this video on youtube about the elephant and dog that become best friends and this followup about the movie offers etc. that the first video generated.

If you have an Amazon Kindle, or your planning to get the new one, ICC  is starting to offer some books in Kindle version starting with Jamil: Child of Light .

Another case of a type of synchronicity.  About a year ago, the supermarket I shop at stopped carrying Nancy’s frozen quiche.  I started going to another supermarket about once a month to get another brand they sold and a few other things I couldn’t get at my regular market.  This past Friday, I didn’t have time to make a trip to the other market for quiche, but when I got to my regular market saturday, Nancy’s quiche was back.

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a world-wide epidemic of “allergic to lazyness”?


And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Wild Morning Glory

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Scripture: The Taittiriya Upanishad II:10.5

The Self in man and in the sun are one.
Those who understand this see through the world
And go beyond the various sheaths
Of being to realize the unity of life.
Those who realize that all life is one
Are at home everywhere and see themselves
In all beings.

St. Francis saw the Self in all beings and respected all living things.  He called everything his brothers and sisters, but had a special respect for the spiritual Sun calling it “Mr. Sun”.

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