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Free Mind

We owe it to ourselves to expose our minds to many points of view. Reading widely and diversely is a good starting point. In a time where everything is increasingly politicized, mass media narrative can easily become a form of advertising for political agenda.

A free mind yearns to see beyond the consensual narrative and reality.

The public narrative, and particularly on social media, is becoming deeply divided. So many people seem to be locked into their chosen echo chamber, parroting what they hear from their particular group of friends and political party. Where is the independent thinking? Where is the open-mindedness, where people can at least consider a differing point of view, instead of viciously attacking the “opposition”, trying to make them conform?

Observing the meltdown in society right now, it seems that the answers will not be found in the same old paradigm, the normal duality of “it’s either A or B” choices. We need to find a meeting ground, a creative way of melding diverse ideas into a new model for humanity and society.

Inspirational Quotes:

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ~ Coco Chanel

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” ~ S.G. Tallentyre

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~ Bob Marley

“Dare to think for yourself.” ~ Voltaire

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ~ James Baldwin

"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." Virginia Woolf

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Living Your Passion

The every day grind has this way of zapping our enthusiasm for life. Consider the term “hump day”, coined for the midpoint (Wednesday for many) of the workweek, the light at the end of that long, dark tunnel to the next day off. And particularly the past year and half in all this viral muddle, we are struggling to overcome the inertia of “life on pause”.

What best generates your enthusiasm for living? For myself, I would say it is something to aim for, a passion, a purpose. I’m happiest when I am being creative and working towards a goal.

Are you living your most passionate life? If not, what is there in you that would light a spark to do that? After all, your life’s too short and precious to not live it enthusiastically and passionately, each and every day! It’s time to create your magical life.

For more reading, you’ll find some brilliant insights and suggestions in this article: What to do when you lose all your enthusiasm.


Inspirational Quotes:

“Enthusiasm can help you find the new doors, but it takes passion to open them. If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ~ Steve Marabol

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.” ~ Saul D. Alinsky


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Myth of Happy Endings

I just revisited a great story called Message in a Bottle, written by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Although it is essentially a romance drama, it does not have the happy ending we yearn for in a romantic story. This would be a let-down for some readers, because we cling tenaciously to the idea of happy endings, particularly in love.

The whole idea of the happy ending ties into my last post, Courage to Love. So if indeed love does not always work out in the way we hope for, why have courage to love at all?

The idea of the classic happy ending is very superficial and one-dimensional within the context of our infinite souls. The happy ending suggests a destination in this particular life, a utopian ideal of what love “should be”, rather than what it is.

What it IS is our opportunity to learn from each other. In the case of Message in a Bottle, there is so obvious learning and growth for the two main characters, Theresa and Garrett. Their ability to love better and deeper expands. For any reader or viewer (it is a movie too) who is able to let go of their need for the cliché happy ending, it is an immensely satisfying story.

There are many types of love, not just the ones with romantic partners. Check out this article for more on that: The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)

What loves have you encountered in your life and what did you learn from them? (This is very personal, so I’m not fishing for comments.) The point of the question is, that when we realize the beauty, depth, and learning with each love encounter and are able to heal the wounds associated with an “unhappy ending”, we grow and have the courage to invite more love in.

Within the context of our infinite selves, this could be deemed as “happy without end”.


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New Frontier Spirit

Famous explorers of old had the support of their kings and queens to discover new lands, fresh opportunities for growth and settlement, and expansion of old empires.

Ships, sailors, supplies, and shiny gold coins got the job done. Rumors of more riches to be had, as well as “primitive” cultures to be conquered, further fueled the desire of some power hungry leaders of the world at that time.

But for more common men and women who followed them into the New World, the reasons were different. A deep desire burned for a new life outside of their known society, to feel the wide open spaces where one’s spirit could breathe again, and explore the freedom of a more personal say in the course of one’s own destiny.

This was not an easy undertaking. It took courage, sacrifice, hard work, and diligence to build a new life in unknown territory.

Determination of the human spirit

History has a way of repeating itself. We see patterns of domination and control, followed by humanity’s uprising of spirit to find a way out, onward and upward. The human spirit has proven over and over again, it will never be defeated. Sometimes it gets lost, but in times of challenge it reveals itself once again, ready to blossom and flourish.

Our current experience is feeling limited in potential and tired in spirit. In short, it is old. The question to ask ourselves right now is “What is that next frontier we will explore?”

We will create that next new experience

As there is not much uncharted geographical territory left, perhaps the next new frontier is not one just fueled by spirit, but it will be one OF spirit, an expansion of our collective human consciousness.

It is time for us to develop that vision in our imaginations, creating and honing it with the fire of our deep desire. Then we need to muster courage to head out into the unknown and never look back.

The next New World will not simply be discovered, and we won’t need kings and queens to finance it.

We will create it.


Inspirational Quotes:

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
~ Judith Thurman

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide

“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.”
~ John Wesley Powell

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”
~ Alan Watts

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden


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The Mass Dream

Look around you. Humanity’s mass dream at the moment is dominated by illness, control, limitation. And yet, we were born into a world that is fundamentally built on creation, joy, abundance, and expansiveness. Where did it all go wrong?

Our current collective dream lacks imagination. It is spoon fed to us via mass media, a slow drip of someone else’s thoughts and ideas, designed to shape society.

How do we get to a place of dreaming and manifesting beauty, abundance, wellness, all of those attributes we think of as being part of a good and fulfilling life? The answer to that is that we must imagine and create it ourselves. Waiting for some external authority figure to deliver it will be a very long wait.

Firstly, it is essential to decouple from the mass mainstream media and political agenda. We must clean house and make space in our minds for creative thought. The news we are ingesting constantly is TOXIC, it is not propagating positivity. Our minds are being programmed to believe in and help create a negative universe.

Start being self-aware of your thoughts. Be diligent. Clean your mind. Extricate yourself from the sludge. It’s a beginning…

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