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#1438 - Friday, May 23, 2003 - Editor: Gloria

To stay in one place and watch the
seasons come and go is tantamount to
constant travel; one is traveling with the earth.
-- Marguerite Yourcenar quoted in "
Unexpected Miracles" by David Richo.

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Above: Earth and the Moon as seen from Mars on May 8, 2003.
Some special processing was applied to make both Earth and the much darker Moon visible in the same image. Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Thanks to Shams Michael on SufiMystic  

Carl Karasti  SufiMystic  

Dear Shams,

Thanks for your comments and for the links.  At the bottom of the
[email protected] page it says....

   It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character
   building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration
   of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our
   tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal
   more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the
   pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

As a toddler, I already had a strong scientific bent and, as I grew up,
spent a lot of time looking up into the sky ... with just my eyes,
through binoculars, through telescopes, and through the eyes and minds
of others I met in the books I studied.  I clearly remember lying on my
back on the soft grass in our yard or up on the high hill across the
street from our house ... lying there contemplating my relative position
in the universe.  There I was / here I am / a completely insignificant
nothing of a speck in an unimaginably huge universe and, at the same
time, an intelligent being capable of viewing all of this and
comprehending it to some extent, and also capable of manifesting some
significance in my little realm of the universe.  (While I was peering
through telescopes, I was also examining invisible things through
microscopes, and everything else between the two extremes.)

Of course, while I was a little tike, and even bigger, I didn't really
have the kind of understanding and appreciation for it all that I do
now, but I now know that at a very early age I developed a strong sense
of my (and humanity's) simultaneously awesome and humbling significance
and insignificance. Since a very early age, I have been very comfortable
with my coexistent powerfulness and powerlessness.  And this came to me
through studying the sacred text of nature through the path of science. 
For whatever reason, something also caused me to include the inner
nature of myself and others in my observations and contemplations.

Much later in my life, I have come across various spiritual teachings
that have helped me explore other dimensions of the reality of
our existence in this world.  I have found that what I have come to
understand through the path of science, while not wrong, was certainly
limited in some ways. My inner/spiritual work over the past 25 year has
helped me expand beyond many of those limitations or at least push those
limitations much further out.  I find that my path of science and my
path of mysticism, as different as they are, complement each other very
well, with understandings from each path helping develop understandings
of the other.

It seems to me (although I may be wrong) that it is quite common for
people on the path of science to begin to develop a simultaneous
spiritual path, and less common for people on a spiritual path to begin
to develop a simultaneous scientific path.  If this is true, I feel it
is very unfortunate because to follow one path without the other is to
miss out on so much of what is available to us through this human
experience.  I feel we should all be both scientists and mystics.

Linda Ann  SpiritualFriends  

Equanimity's strength derives from a combination of
understanding and trust. It is based on understanding
that the conflict and frustration we feel when we can't
control the world doesn't come from our inability to do
so but rather from the fact that we are trying to control
the uncontrollable. We know better than to try to prevent
the  seasons from changing or the tide from  coming in.
Following autumn, winter comes. We may not prefer it, but
we trust it because we understand and accept its rightful
place in a larger cycle, a bigger picture. Can we apply the
same wise  balance to the cycles and tides of  pleasant,
unpleasant, and neutral experiences in our lives?

From: 'Loving Kindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness'
by Sharon Salzberg

  DC Vision  SpiritualFriends  

I remember sitting on the docks one day several summers ago on an
island off the coast of Maine, where my family hails from. I was busy
watching this crow working at some road kill. I have always loved
crows, and have found their personalities intriguing.

After some time a big seagull comes along and drives this crow away.
He flies up to the top of a telephone pole, and agitatingly offers a
long speech about first come, first serve etiquette. Finally he flew
off, and I resigned myself to watching the seagull.

A few minutes later, the crow returns to the telephone wires above
the seagull, and begins to pace over top of the other bird, making
some sort of mathematical equation in its head. When it was satisfied
with its conclusions, it flies off again. That was peculiar, I
remember thinking.

The crow soon returns with a soda can in its beak, and after some
slight adjustments in its place on the telephone wire, it drops the
can, which hits the seagull dead on in the head. The seagull flies
away thinking it is being attacked by the Pepsi corporation. the crow
leisurely spirals down in a graceful wind spread, lands by the road
kill, and after a few George jefferson type struts, resumes its

To this day, I have never seen a human act in such a cool manner, and
I acknowledge this crow's very coolness here in this short piece.

What do crows and poets have in common? They both know they are

~DC Vision~

Bill Rishel  SufiMystic     


  Vulnerability, openness, honesty. Each one means
  Truth. But vulnerability is the key. The mind
  can come to believe it is honest, and the mind
  can come to believe it is open. But the mind
  cannot help but run from vulnerability. For the
  entire edifice of the mind is constructed on the
  notion of safety. It is *vulnerability* that the
  mind cannot fathom. Only the heart can enter

Hafizullah  SufiMystic  

Sri Mataji Nirmala Devi may be a phony.  She may be what she says she is but not your teacher.  She may be exactly what you need right now.  The only way for you to find out is to completely ignore what her devotees say about her, control your ego's greed for wild experiences and to travel "first class" ("My teacher is an *avatar*"), and experience her and her methods yourself with an open mind and open heart.

The real test of the authenticity of a teacher is not the teacher but the students, because there are some highly-realized beings who cannot transmit what they know and only create a crowd of shakti junkies around them who lose their high when not in the teacher's presence.  If the students are loving, balanced in their emotions and in their lives, and have the light of God in their eyes, the teacher is probably genuine. 

More important and far more difficult than finding a genuine teacher is being a genuine student.  "Sincerity" is a condition of the heart, not the strength of your opinions.

Roy Whenary  LivingAdvaita  

Dear K

Sometimes we may ask too many questions - and know too
many answers. There's no way the mind can get a hold
of all this ... which is why I feel that we have to
start to 'feel' things, rather than keep perpetuating
the thought process. If we keep it merely on the level
of the mind we just keep going around and around in
circles. Best teacher in all this is nature. When we
go into nature and listen, feel what is there, it
brings us into the body, it grounds us. Then maybe we
will see the endless game that the mind is always
playing. Understanding comes from the stillness, from
the listening, from the feeling - not from the
thinking process. When we really see this it stops,
and arises only when called to respond to something or
to effect some action in the world of duality.


Daily Dharma

"This obsession with our own inadequacies is one of the biggest
obstacles on the bodhisattva path. If we feel we are inadequate
bodhisattvas, we do not make good bodhisattvas. In fact, that obsession
with a moralistic, guilt-ridden approach... is an attempt to confirm
one's ego. The sense of trust in oneself allows the bodhisattva to work
skillfully with whatever is happening."

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

From the book, "The Heart of the Buddha," published by Shambhala.

Joseph Riley  Panhala

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

  ~ Rumi ~   (version by Coleman Barks)    

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Marcos Lacerda  SufiMystic  

a.k.a. The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha by Serge Kahili King
copyright by Serge King 2003 You may copy, share and post this document as
often as you wish on condition that it not be sold. For a free copy in booklet
form, email your name and postal address to
[email protected] .  

The Aloha Spirit is a well known reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance
for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. However, it also refers to a
powerful way to resolve any problem, accomplish any goal, and to achieve any
state of mind or body that you desire.

In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than just "hello" or
"goodbye" or "love." Its deeper meaning is "the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life
energy (ha) in the present (alo)."

As you share this energy you become attuned to the Universal Power that the
Hawaiians call mana. And the loving use of this incredible Power is the secret
for attaining true health, happiness, prosperity and success.

The way to tune into this Power and have it work for you is so simple that you
might be tempted to pass it off as being too easy to be true. Please don't let
yourself be fooled by appearances. Take the time to try it out.

This is the most powerful technique in the world, and although it is extremely
simple it may not prove easy, because you must remember to do it and you have
to do it a lot. It is a secret which has been given to humanity over and over
again, and here it is once more in another form. The secret is this:
  Bless everyone and everything that represents what you want!  

That's all there is to it. Anything that simple, however, does need some
  To bless something means to give recognition or emphasis to a positive quality,
characteristic or condition, with the intent that what is recognized or
emphasized will increase, endure or come into being.

Blessing is effective in changing your life or getting what you want for three
reasons: First of all, the positive focus of your mind stirs up the positive,
creative force of the Power of the Universe. Secondly, it moves your own energy
outward, allowing more of the Power to come through you. Thirdly, when you
bless for the benefit of others instead of directly for yourself, you tend to bypass
any subconscious fears about what you want for yourself, and also the very
focus on the blessing acts to increase the same good in your life. What is so
beautiful about this process is that the blessing you do for others helps them as
well as you.

Blessing may be done with imagery or touch, but the most usual and easy way
to do it is with words. The main kinds of verbal blessing are:

Admiration - This is the giving of compliments or praise to something good that
you notice. E.g., "What a beautiful sunset; I like that flower; you're such a
wonderful person."

Affirmation - This is a specific statement of blessing for increase or endurance.
E.g., "I bless the beauty of this tree; blessed be the health of your body."

Appreciation - This is an expression of gratitude that something good exists or
has happened. E.g., "Thank you for helping me; I give thanks to the rain for
nourishing the land."

Anticipation - This is blessing for the future. E.g., "We're going to have a great
picnic; I bless your increased income; Thank you for my perfect mate; I wish
you a happy journey; May the wind be always at your back."

In order to gain the most benefit from blessing, you will have to give up or cut
way down on the one thing that negates it: cursing. This doesn't mean swearing
or saying "bad" words. It refers to the opposite of blessing, namely criticizing
instead of admiring; doubting instead of affirming; blaming instead of
appreciating; and worrying instead of anticipating with trust. Whenever any of
these are done they tend to cancel out some of the effects of blessing. So the
more you curse the harder it will be and the longer it will take to get the good
from a blessing. On the other hand, the more you bless the less harm any
cursing will do.

Here, then, are some ideas for blessing various needs and desires. Apply them
as often as you like, as much as you want.

Health - Bless healthy people, animals, and even plants; everything which is
well made or well constructed; and everything that expresses abundant energy.

Happiness - Bless all that is good, or the good that is in all people and all things;
all the signs of happiness that you see, hear or feel in people or animals; and all
potentials for happiness that you notice around you.

Prosperity - Bless all the signs of prosperity in your environment, including
everything that money helped to make or do; all the money that you have in any
form; and all the money that circulates in the world.

Success - Bless all signs of achievement and completion (such as buildings,
bridges, and sports events); all arrivals at destinations (of ships, planes, trains,
cars and people); all signs of forward movement or persistence; and all signs of
enjoyment or fun.

Confidence - Bless all signs of confidence in people and animals; all signs of
strength in people, animals and objects (including steel and concrete); all signs
of stability (like mountains and tall trees); and all signs of purposeful power
(including big machines, power lines).

Love and Friendship - Bless all signs of caring and nurturing, compassion and
support; all harmonious relationships in nature and architecture; everything
that is connected to or gently touching something else; all signs of cooperation,
as in games or work; and all signs of laughter and fun.

Inner Peace - Bless all signs of quietness, calmness, tranquility, and serenity
(such as quiet water or still air); all distant views (horizons, stars, the moon); all
signs of beauty of sight, sound or touch; clear colors and shapes; the details of
natural or made objects.

Spiritual Growth - Bless all signs of growth, development and change in Nature;
the transitions of dawn and twilight; the movement of sun,moon, planets and
stars; the flight of birds in the sky; and the movement of wind and sea.

The previous ideas are for guidance if you are not used to blessing, but don't be
limited by them. Remember that any quality, characteristic or condition can be
blessed (e.g., you can bless slender poles and slim animals to encourage weight
loss), whether it has existed, presently exists, or exists so far in your
imagination alone.

Personally I have used the power of blessing to heal my body, increase my
income, develop many skills, create a deeply loving relationship with my wife
and children, and to establish a worldwide network of peacemakers working
with the aloha spirit. It's because it has worked so well for me that I want to
share it with you. Please share it with as many others as you can.

How to Enhance Your Power to Bless  

There is a technique practiced in Hawaii which enhances your power to bless
by increasing your personal energy. It is a simple way of breathing that is also
used for grounding, centering, meditation and healing. It requires no special
place or posture, and may be done while moving or still, busy or resting, with
eyes open or closed. In Hawaiian the technique is called pikopiko because piko
means both the crown of the head and the navel.

The Technique

1. Become aware of your natural breathing (it might change on
its own just because of your awareness, but that's okay).

2. Locate the crown of your head and your navel by awareness and/or touch.  

3. Now, as you inhale put your attention on the crown of your head; and as you
exhale put your attention on your navel. Keep breathing this way for as long as
you like.

4. When you feel relaxed, centered, and/or energized, begin imagining that you
are surrounded with an invisible cloud of light or an electro-magnetic field, and
that your breathing increases the energy of this cloud or field.

5. As you bless, imagine that the object of your blessing is surrounded with
some of the same energy that surrounds you.


The Aloha Project of Aloha International provides booklets like this free of
charge to individuals, groups, organizations and institutions around the world
through the generous contributions of donors who believe that the world can be
a better place by providing information that helps people to help themselves.

To make a contribution to the Project, to recommend a recipient group or
organization, or for more information contact:

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