Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Found this on Eckhart Tolle's Website

In the "questions and answers" section:

Question: 
A powerful word: Love. Which is the role of love in existence?
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Answer:
Love comes into existence when you know who you are in your essence and then recognize the “other” as yourself. It is the end of the delusion of separation, which is created by excessive reliance on thinking.

Check out his website here for the questions: Eckhart Tolle 
and HERE for his home webpage

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dalai Lama and Audrey Hepburn on Advice

This is wonderful advice. I need to follow this construct more often. How many times have I fallen in the muck of bad negativity or vibes, only to pull myself back out and wonder how the hell did I get trapped into that mode of thinking that is so toxic to me and everyone around me?

How did I fall again??

Apparently, I absorb way too much bad energy around me and need to ground myself to deflect it. My motives are good, but when I feel slighted, I strike out, and it's usually towards the people I love. Isn't that always the way? Just when I think I know what is good and pure, I soil it with my regressive mind. I want to step leaps and bounds above that. At times I am above all that, and recognize what i need to do,but then a challenge represents itself to me, and I stumble...again!

I know I can do better to allow enlightenment inside me, so that I can be of better service and love others fully. I know there is a responsibility to being a good soul. I can no longer blame others for my shortcomings, or allow others to effect me like they do, or put my power in other people's hands. I have to take charge and always ask the question as to why I am doing what I am doing at every particular time. Am I doing it out of love, spite, self-gain, generosity, anger, hate, or empathy? Is it for selfish or selfless purposes? I really need to grasp this. Otherwise, why the hell am I here?

I see no point other than to be the best soul I can be, and to be authentic in my delivery of everything I manifest. Sounds weird, I know. But it all makes sense. Now if I can just apply it. It's true, It's a life learning lesson. I just hope I don't learn it too late.

Dalai Lama Advice:

I N S T R U C T I O N S F O R L I F E
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements
involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R's:
*Respect for self,
*Respect for others and
*Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you'll be able to enjoyit a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for
your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the
current situation. Don't bring up the past.
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AUDREY HEPBURN'S BEAUTY SECRETS

This is a poem that Audrey Hepburn shared with her family just weeks before she died. When you read her ideas about redemption, think of the animals.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.

We leave you a tradition of the future. The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw anyone away.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you'll discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the second for helping others.

You've great days still ahead of you. May there be many of them.
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Audrey Hepburn never spoke ill of anyone. She was a survivor of World War II. She was living in Holland at the time when WWII broke out, and was abducted once by German Soldiers (for forced labor), but escaped. She and her Mom almost starved to death, which is what gave Audrey that waif-like upper body. She was emaciated and didn't develop fully due to this. (She was in her early teens when WWII broke out).

She endured many hardships, rose above them and slowly became the number one actress of her time. I don't care about her celebrity status. It was her views on life, and how she lived with integrity, and her later work for UNICEF that intrigues me, that drew people towards her. She had an inner glow which made her more beautiful than any superficial outward beauty, which fades over time. Her beauty secrets listed above are what she lived by and is what I am trying to apply to my own life. For some, like Audrey, there is no other choice than to live this way due to the horrors she has seen and knew she had to make a difference in order to change the universal mindset of the day. She was a pioneer in this, as was Saint Mother Teresa.

These are the people I aspire to be like. I can't think of any other reason of being on earth other than to learn this lesson. What I can't fathom is the lack of people who want to be more like this, but instead celebrate celebrity, money, and earthly possessions. I like material goods like the next person. I know they have their place, but I just don't think that it's the pursuit of more that fills the void inside. We can't fill ourselves spiritually with material things. How we become enlightened is in the knowledge of knowing there is a universal design for each and every one of us that we must become better people in our own way. Silent heroes, if you will. People who don't seek celebrity status for their good deeds. As a matter of fact, many of the people who are heroes, do so anonymously, without any applause. I admire that.

We, as human beings are on a long road to shifting from the mindset of "me" to "we". This world cannot sustain the shift its been through since the industrial revolution. The war and fight attitude, based on greed and selfishness is a failure to us spiritually. I only hope that we all begin to see the damage we've caused and shift our mindsets back to realizing we are all part of the big whole, the "oneness". To hurt one is to chop off your own foot.

Anyway, I know my soul is seeking more positive, enlightened, beings to learn this. I think it begins with one step. For me it's learning to love myself. It's recognizing my faults, learning from them, becoming a stronger soul in order to begin helping others recognize their own potential to become better beings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I Took The Pledge!

I know Christmas is over, but I took this pledge anyway. It's to support all handmade products. If I can get someone a handmade gift, instead of some store bought crap, I'm going to support my local artisans! If you would like to do the same, check it out.
I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tillie Altered


I used Photoshop to alter Tillie. Original shot taken with a Nikon D70.