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The Lips of Wisdom Are Closed Except To The Ears of Understanding

“The Lips of Wisdom Are Closed,
Except To The Ears of Understanding.”
~The Kybalion~

Our greatness lies not so much in
being able to remake the world,
As in being able to remake ourselves.
~ Mahatma Gandhi~

Confront the dark parts of yourself,
And work to banish them,
With illumination and forgiveness.
Your willingness to wrestle,
With your inner demons,
Will cause your angels to sing.
Use the PAIN as FUEL,
As a reminder of your strength.”
~ August Wilson~

Introspection is self-improvement
And therefore…
introspection is self-centeredness.
Awareness is not self-improvement.
On the contrary,
It is the ending of the self of the “I,” with all its peculiar
Idiosyncrasies, memories, demands, and pursuits.
In introspection there is identification and condemnation.
In awareness there is no condemnation or identification;
Therefore, there is no self-improvement.
There is a vast difference between the two.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti~


Peace & Blessings

Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Betrayal: A Feline Scorned

“A faithless tom. A shattering drama about a female feline scorned just hours before marching to the altar– an the dirty, rotten scoundrel, fleabag that led her down the garden path”

I can’t seem to go past … “I was a virgin.” “WAS!!!!!!” 

Ohmygoodness! Too hilarious!  Im just so tickled, and it seems to get funnier each time I re- watch the video. Just too much! Lol!

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Art And Creativity

 

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A Woman’s Anthem: Still I Rise By Maya Angelou


Still I Rise
Poem By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
And so… naturally,
There I go RISING

~Maya Angelou~
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Peace & Blessings
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Art And Creativity, Spirituality And Growth

 

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The Runaway Bunny (WIT 2001)



Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.

So he said to his mother,
“I’m running away.”

“If you run away,” 

Said his mother,
“I WILL RUN AFTER YOU, FOR YOU ARE MY LITTLE BUNNY.”
“If you run after me,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.”
“If you become a fish in a trout stream,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BECOME A FISHERMAN AND I WILL FISH FOR YOU.”
“If you become a fisherman,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will be a bird and fly away from you.”
“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BE A TREE THAT YOU COME HOME TO.”
“Shucks,”
Said the little bunny,
“I might just as well stay where I am and BE YOUR LITTLE BUNNY “
And so he did.
“Have a carrot,”
Said the mother bunny.

A scene from the HBO Film Wit (2001) Starring Emma Thompson as Vivian Bearing.

In the play WIT (2001)  By Margaret Edson, the book helps demonstrate the protagonist’s ability for redemption. Her former college professor reads it to her during her final hours dying of ovarian cancer. She notes that the story can be read as an allegory of the soul being pursued by god.

WIT is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. The film was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2001 before being broadcast by HBO on March 24 2001.

Vivian Bearing is a professor of English literature known for her intense knowledge of metaphysical poetry, especially the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Her life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. Late in Vivian’s illness, the only visitor she receives in the hospital is her former graduate school professor and mentor, Evelyn Ashford, who reads her excerpts from ‘The Runaway Bunny‘.

As she nears the end of her life, Vivian regrets her insensitivity and realizes she should have been kinder to more people. In her time of greatest need, she learns that HUMAN COMPASSION is of more profound importance than INTELLECTUAL WIT.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes

Severn Cullis-Suzuki giving her speech at the UN Earth Summit of 1992, when she was only 12 years old.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki gave the speech at the UN Earth Summit of 1992, almost 19 years ago. E.C.O raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki personally wrote the entire speech (below):

Hello, Im Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. – The Environmental Childrens Organisation. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. 

We raised all the money ourselves to come five thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.

I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I dont know what chemicals are in it.

And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day — vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. Im only a child and I dont have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you!
1. You dont know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer
2. You dont know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream
3. You dont know how to bring back an animal now extinct
4. And you cant bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert

If you dont know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organisers, reporters or politicians – but really you are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles – and all of you are somebodys child.

Im only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong.
Im only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.
In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.

In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go some of our wealth. And this is what one child told us: I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.

If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?

I cant stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

Im only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be! At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world.

You teach us:
1. Not to fight with others, 
2. To work things out, 
3. To respect others, 
4. To clean up our mess, 
5. Not to hurt other creatures, 
6. To share – not be greedy
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why youre attending these conferences, who youre doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying everythings going to be alright, its not the end of the world and were doing the best we can.

But I dont think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says “You are what you do, not what you say.”  Well, what you do makes me cry at night.

You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you; please make your actions reflect your words.
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Her father – David Suzuki- is an environmental activist and that is why Severn was inspired and spoke quite passionately about the pollution and destruction of our planet.

So, did anyone listen?

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Just Forgive (Inspired By Mary Karen Read)

When deep injury is done to us…
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
Forgiveness does not change the PAST
But it does enlarge the FUTURE.

~Mary Karen Read~
(Mary’s Final Journal Entry)
R.I.P

Peter Read, the father of Virginia Tech shooting victim Mary Karen Read, said he never intended to give a eulogy at her funeral Mass today at St. Mary’s of Sorrows Church in Fairfax. But the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel climbed to the lectern at the end of the hour-long service to read from one of his daughter’s notebooks. He had found it only that morning.

It was a little red, bound diary where the former Annandale High School student had written some of her favorite quotes on forgiveness.

When deep injury is done to us…
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
Forgiveness does not change the PAST
But it does enlarge the FUTURE.

~Mary Karen Read~
(Mary’s Final Journal Entry)
R.I.P

He read from the notebook, an entry his daughter had penned in February. “That was Mary’s message”

Peter Read said, “I just wanted to share it with all of you.”

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R.I.P to all those who perished in the VA Tech Massacre that took place on Monday, April 16, 2007.
This video was created by a student from UCF (from what I have gathered so far). The person who created this video was inspired by Mary Karen Read’s final journal entry about forgiveness. I am not sure who this person is but ALL credit goes to him/her for creating this video

Not forgiving someone
Is like drinking poison
And expecting the other person to die.
~unknown~

When deep injury is done to us.
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
~Alan Paton~
South African Writer and Educator,1903-1988)

Forgiveness does not change the past,
But it does enlarge the future.
~Paul Boese~

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~Mahatma Gandhi~
(Indian Philosopher – 1869-1948)

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Hey World (Dont Give Up)

Hey World (Dont Give Up) By Michael Franti & Spearhead

A Music Video from the Album ALL REBEL ROCKERS.
Directed By Michael Franti and Carla Swanson,
Produced by Stay Human Films.
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 Hey World (Dont Give Up) By Michael Franti & Spearhead Lyrics.

Tell me why the grass was greener,
Years ago I swear it used to grow here,
But no more here,
Tell me why on this hill,
All the birds they used to come to fly here.
Come to die here

And tell my why I need to know?
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to know
All youve shown me

Hey world what you say?
Should I stick around for another day or two,
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you,
Just believe in me like I believe in you.

Tell me why on the corner
All the kids that used to come to run here,
Load the guns here,
And tell me why it’s okay?
To kill in the name of the gods we pray,
Tell me who said it’s okay?
To die in the name of the lies we say,
Tell me why there’s child soldiers?
Tell me why they closed the borders?
Tell me how to fight disease?
Tell me now won’t you please?

The only thing I want to do,
Is to be in the arms of someone who believes in me,
Like I believe in you.

Hey world what you say X3
Should I stick around for another day or two
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me like I believe in you.

And I try try try try
I try try try try for you
Don’t give up on me
And I cry cry cry cry
I cry cry cry cry for you
Just believe in me
Like I believe in you
Hey world what you say X3
Should I stick around for another day or two
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me like I believe in you

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Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress) 

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Art And Creativity, Spirituality And Growth

 

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The Lost Generation By Jonathan Reed

The Lost Generation
Written By Jonathan Reed


I am part of a lost generation
And I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
Happiness comes from within.
is a lie, and
Money will make me happy.
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
work
is more important than
family
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to
REVERSE IT…

Tthe 2nd part of the poem is identical only reversed)

Video created by Lo (Enigmaress)  
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‘Lost Generation’ written by Jonathan Reed is a PALINDROME.

A palindrome is a word or sentence that is the same spelled forward or backward: more info here For example, take a look at the following sentence: “Madam, I’m Adam”

If you omit the punctuation, you can see that the letters spell the same thing forward and backward. Another example is Napoleon’s famous palindrome: “Able was I ere I saw Elba”

There are lots of words that are palindromes including: dad, deified, kayak, mom, repaper, reviver, rotator, and radar.
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The amount of energy and effort that one invests into altering their reality takes an equal amount of time and energy (both positive and negative alike)… every decision you make and all the change you intend counts, its all in the CHOICES we (you) make in life.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Art And Creativity

 

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Do It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments By Dr. Kent M. Keith

‘Do It Anyway’
The Paradoxical Commandments
By Dr. Kent M. Keith
(Made Famous by Mother Theresa)

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas,
Can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and Spirit.
It was never between you and them anyway


© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith

Peace & Blessings
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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The 10 Rules For Being Human

‘The 10 Rules For Being Human’
From The Book ‘If Life Is A Game: These Are The Rules’
By Cherie Carter-Scott

Rule 1: You will receive a body.

Whether you love it or hate it, it’s yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what’s inside.

Rule 2: You will be presented with lessons.

Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons specific to you, and learning them ‘is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life’.

Rule 3: There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so it’s inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you’d want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement – of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine – it’s also ‘the act of erasing an emotional debt’. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humour – especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps – are central to the perspective that ‘mistakes’ are simply lessons we must learn.

Rule 4: The lesson is repeated until learned.

What manifest as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons – they will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. Also fundamental is the acceptance that you are not a victim of fate or circumstance – ‘causality’ must be acknowledged; that is to say: things happen to you because of how you are and what you do. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you. Patience is required – change doesn’t happen overnight, so give change time to happen.

Rule 5: Learning does not end.

While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the ‘rhythm of life’, don’t struggle against it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change – be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to, because rigidity will deny you the freedom of new possibilities.

Rule 6: “There” is no better than “Here”.

The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what’s good in your life, rather than measure and amass things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.

Rule 7: Others are only mirrors of you.

You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings. Negative experiences are opportunities to heal the wounds that you carry. Support others, and by doing so you support yourself. Where you are unable to support others it is a sign that you are not adequately attending to your own needs.

Rule 8: What you make of your life is up to you.

You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don’t get angry about things – bitter memories clutter your mind. Courage resides in all of us – use it when you need to do what’s right for you. We all possess a strong natural power and adventurous spirit, which you should draw on to embrace what lies ahead.

Rule 9: Your answers lie inside of you.

Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration. Listen to feelings as well as sounds. Look, listen, and trust. Draw on your natural inspiration.

Rule 10: You will forget all this at birth.

We are all born with all of these capabilities – our early experiences lead us into a physical world, away from our spiritual selves, so that we become doubtful, cynical and lacking belief and confidence. The ten Rules are not commandments, they are universal truths that apply to us all. When you lose your way, call upon them. Have faith in the strength of your spirit. Aspire to be wise – wisdom the ultimate path of your life, and it knows no limits other than those you impose on yourself.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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