Monday, June 25, 2012

"The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. The objective world remains what it was, but, because of a shift of emphasis within the subject, is beheld as though transformed. Where formerly life and death contended, now enduring being is made manifest - as indifferent to the accidents of time as water boiling in a pot is to the destiny of a bubble, or as the cosmos to the appearance and disappearance of a galaxy of stars."

Joseph Campbell in The Hero With A Thousand Faces

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Everyday - develop, expand, achieve, benefit.

Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ - Dalai Lama

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"The principle of compassion is that which converts disillusionment into a participatory companionship. This is the basic love, the charity, that turns a critic into a living human being who has something to give to - as well as to demand of - the world."

Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” Ben Franklin

The CRITIC contrasted to the LIVING HUMAN BEING - how do we convert, how do we transform?

Gabriel Marcel. What does it mean to be "with" another in relationship? Participatory, part of a larger, part of the "between". Critic, complainer, imposing value judgements, I-process, GALSPEW seven deadly sins. What does it mean - giving to the world what we demand of it? The prideful person demands the world be different, demands of it, but does not see that they are part of the world, and have a responsibility to give to it, to root out in self what is wrong with the world in their own life and attitude. The vulture invades us, we worship its appetite.