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Miracles seem to rest, not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from far off, but upon our perceptions being made finer so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear that which is about us always.

– Willa Cather

You are not affected by the world outside you. You are affected by your thoughts about the world outside you. Your thoughts are what makes your experience.  – Michael Neill, It Doesn’t Work That Way

The only difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement.

– Wayne Dyer

“Having been born into the world, I had to find something to do.  But what that something was, I had no idea.  I stood paralyzed, alone and shut in by a fog, hoping that a single ray of sunlight would shine through to me, hoping more that I could turn a searchlight outward and find a lighted path ahead, however narrow.  But where I looked, there was only obscurity a formless blur.  I felt as if I had been sealed in a sack, unable to escape.  If only I had something sharp, I could tear a hole in the sack, I thought, struggling frantically, but no one handed me what I needed, nor could I find it for myself.  There was nothing for me to do but spend day after day in a pall of gloom that I concealed from others even as I kept asking myself, “What will become of me?” ”

– – Natume Soseki – – My Individualism

The atoms and molecules within you dream they are people.   

– Seth (via Jane Roberts)

 

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts, from SuccessConsciousness.com

“The power of mistakes enables us to reframe creative blocks and turn them around…. The troublesome parts of our work, the parts that are most baffling and frustrating, are in fact the growing edges. We see these as opportunities the instant we drop our preconceptions and our self-importance.”

~-Stephen Nachmanovitch

We begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is. Someone – our parents, teachers, analysts – hypnotizes us to “see” the world and construe it in the “right” way.  These others label the world, attach names and give voices to the beings and events in it, so that thereafter, we cannot read the world in any other language or hear it saying other things to us. The task it to break the hypnotic spell, so that we become un-deaf, un-blind and multilingual, thereby letting the world speak to us in new voices and write all its possible meanings in the new book of our existence.

– Sidney Jourard

No matter how spiritual we are, our lives will have challenges. We will always run into people that are different than we are, but the true challenge may be in finding ways to be at peace with this process. Rather than give in to the fight or flight response that comes from our animal nature, we can find new ways to evolve together into higher more beautiful expressions of ourselves, realizing, embracing and celebrating the beauty of diversity and the strength it offers for the future.

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