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looking forward

And now  we welcome  the new year,  full of things  that have never been
Rainer Maria Rilke

~ Happy New Year 2014. May you discover the wisdom and magic that will guide through time and space! ~

merry christmas!

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. - Agnes M. Pahro


~ Merry Christmas ~

the gift of giving

At no other time of the year than in December many people are rediscovering their gift of giving. For a spiritual person living in a materialistic world "giving" can become a bit troubling. Giving can create attachment and we are supposed to learn how to let go and help others to do the same.

Giving involves so much more than the act of choosing and wrapping up the gift. Those who have the gift of giving take great care to offer gifts that will help others to grow spiritually. Gifted givers take time to understand the emotional or spiritual needs of those whom they wish to present with a gift. 
Gifted givers know that they can offer more than just a nicely wrapped packages. They offer their time, offer guidance or their abilities and wisdom. They offer gifts that have more meaning than the material value that can be measured in any currency.

But every year an interesting phenomenon is occurring everywhere during the Holiday Season. People recycle gifts they received from s…

the moon cannot be stolen

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived a very simple life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.
Ryokan returned home and caught the thief red-handed. “You may have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” 
The thief was bewildered, but said nothing. He simply took the clothes and slunk away as quickly as he could.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow, ” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon...”

Wishing everyone a happy full moon gazing ~ Dominique

the fourth way

Of the desires expressed the one which is most right is the desire to be "master of oneself" because without this nothing else is possible. - G.I. Gurdjieff 

The Fourth Way is a system of self-development with roots in Sufi tradition, and probably even more ancient ones. It is said to be a way for people who have commitments in life, as distinct from a way for yogis, monks, or fakirs who have renounced the world in their efforts to evolve.
Man is described as a self-creating being, in a self-perpetuating universe, and the teaching stresses that Man's possibilities are largely unrealized. His mind is like a house wired for electricity, but not yet connected to the mains. Great efforts are needed to awaken the higher centers of the mind, and exercises and disciplines are required to bring up the level of consciousness to the point where the "house will become illuminated." Two lines of work are required of the aspirant, the one leading to increased know…