Soul Research. . . .

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To be told of the awaiting Divine Reward has its place, but being human a little human praise is never out of place.

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Illusions do not dress the effort.  The merit of the effort addresses and dresses the work.

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Sometimes we wander like lost sheep in search of a shepherd.  The quality of our thought will spark the shepherd’s way toward us.

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Ancient memories must be put to rest.  They must be assuaged, changed to victory and not be allowed to haunt unsuspecting generations forever.

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Philosophies are born and discarded time and again because they cannot and do not hold up.  What is held to is because the staying  power is sustained.

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In all things there is compensation.  There is something given when something is taken away or outgrown.  Not always sad but sometimes even a cause for rejoicing.

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Time is a healer, a mistifying, calculating mystery that can pay untold dividends.  It is money in the bank.

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It is hard to move encrusted thinking.  But the boundaries of thought must be enlarged or man’s progress stagnates.

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Events are for growth.  They are not a comfort station.  Happiness is not a constant affair.

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Go for broke, but do not dismantle what you do not intend to stay around and rebuild.

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Eternity is a long time, sweetheart, to mortgage a life.  A long time.

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If we would see thought as constant prayer, would we elevate our thinking?

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Within the pain is the lesson.  Learn it well and learn it forever.  It makes eternity much easier.

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By Whose Authority. . .

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By Whose Authority. . . .

Your house is too small,
he said and now
we will expand. . .

I will not put you out
with the vultures,
but what you will know
is that I continue to love you.

And will tell you
winter comes again and
you will see the sun rise
and through the south window
you will see the stars fall
and the comet streak across the sky.

You will hear my voice
and vouch for my presence.
You will embrace the children,
love them and feed them meat
to make them iron rich.

They need a hot core in them
and you will provide it.
You will be asked
by what authority do you speak
and you will respond
by the same authority

granted to you to ask the question.

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Promises. . .

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A Chance For Love. . .

Each time is a new time,
cast in the shadow
of a rock, a cave,
or even a cove. . .

Simply set and
inspired by a rolling coast,
a sunset, a glimpse
of a new place. . .

New tidings of good cheer,
a glass of sweet wine,
robust, quaffed in slow gulps
but favored by a thirsty throat.
Ever new, ever fresh
as a new beginning.

New worlds,
hammering their impatience
with promises;
limited only by how much

we are ready to forget.

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Croesus, My Country

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Croesus, My Country

Croesus stumbled
and laid back a war torn skin
for public autopsy.

With bruises bested
by emotional welts
too deep to be visible, he wept.

In the eye of the cyclone,
the earth’s erratic heartbeat
was his heart;
the blood drenching the soil
was his blood
and the screams of the mothers
came from his throat.

From Midas he inherited
his golden touch,
spewing riches tinged with decadence;
stroking the mind of man
and lulling into complacency
the aging neophyte.

Promising to pave
the illusory streets with golden bricks,
the purchase price was extracted
ounce by sweaty ounce
from the despairing brows
of the ages’ overburdened.

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We will again bathe our Croesus
in the River Pactolus.
We will anoint his open wounded heart
with the balm of Gilead.
He will stand again
with his ancient head in the clouds
and his heart in the eye of the cyclone.
And no longer will he permit
the mothers’ screams

to tear the earth apart.

art by Claudia Hallissey

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The Example Teaches. . . no crossed signals. . .

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Quantum, sumus, scimus. . . you are what you know. . .

Sometime in my history,  someone touched my life with their example and I learned to love books.  It was in reading that I became aware that the Talmud taught that the only reason for Being was learning.  Learning became the end in itself.  Not to prove anything, but to improve life.  To answer my own eternal why.  To take the log out of my eye I could then venture to help take the splinter out of the Others’ eye.

With the continuing events of the previous weeks escaping our abilities to harness our emotions,  questions need to be asked.  If there are no questions concerning our behaviors, then events are repeated with no progress, even minutely.  And the first question must be directed toward ourselves.  Since attitudes are contagious,  our first question should be how do I contribute to what happens?

During a fearful time a young man said to me,  I know how I am supposed to think and feel and I will continue to try, but right now I am scared.  I told him with that statement, he was close to the kingdom.  Enough times told, even the self begins to change its habits, to match the words the mouth spills.  Lessons are called lessons because the word suggests that a morsel of knowledge is to be found, something not known to the individual.  If the knowledge was truly part of our fabric,  it would be a known and not something to be learned.

We ask ourselves the question,  what have we learned?  And if it is learned, if dailyness suggests that we have integrated knowledge, or integrated a once unknown,  then we have learned something.  That something.  If only the one something.  If it is in the head, learned only by rote,  and our lives do not proclaim it, then it is not knowledge, it is still an unknown.

It is by example that we teach.  Example is still the best teacher.  What do our daily actions announce about us?  Are we sending crossed signals?  Perhaps we need to take time and do some deep thinking.  To see what messages we send out as we approach an Other.   Body language speaks our intention before our words do, so what are we saying?

We must be the good example.

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The Good Night. . . .

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I ask you
to take the good night and
follow your heart.
Wherever it takes you,  follow it,
for it will not lead you astray.

Cancel all thoughts
of destinations
conceived in mind.
They do not exist for you.
But follow the leanings of your heart
in flight and take the good night.

Whisper the night awake.
The stars will listen.
Murmur the moon into view
and it will light your path.
Take heed of your own awakening
from the black deep
and your heart will usher you

into worlds of your making.

(it is not a mistake to listen to our hearts.  The error is only in misunderstanding the heart’s murmurings.  The poem is from a collection in progress called The Love Psalms.)

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As I See It. . . .

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As I See It . . . .

There are no more answers anywhere except those written within the individual on his heart.  It is all there for him to discover and what he discovers will be adequate for this time.  It works to cover tracks and to discover just one more truth which will enlighten what has already been learned.  For one it will be fine.  For another, it is nothing but a way station.

Everyone has a piece of the rock.  A piece of the truth.  The justification for each life is in the person and no place else.  Not in the life of their god or their spouse or their children.  But in themselves.  There is no other place than the place of the individual heart.

To be able to ensnare all knowledge in one fell swoop would be to discourage and dismantle the psyche.  It can be done but it would undo us all.  The psychological trauma would put the psyche on the shelf forever.  For who would have the courage to attempt another  journey?

Our need determines our intent.  And the caliber of teacher we require.  To strive toward the highest and best we can be will of itself bring to our side those who also strive to do best and those who yearn to touch the highest.  The divine within is called into conference and the work begins.  The journey only begins when the present becomes unbearable and the future unthinkable.

I hold two views within me.  That the universe is benign and at the same time it is ultimately good.  Benign because the rain falls on the just and the unjust and ultimately good because if it were not,  it would long ago have self destructed.  Can one hold two opposing views and live?  I hold the two at the core of me and at 85 I still breathe.

What can be born and borne in this world?  The knowledge that all reality is a preferential viewpoint.  That all reality is a preferred judgement and yet so incredibly real and so compatible that it all works.  Painful?  Of course.  Worthwhile?  We get to know the awesome power of individual thought.   That we can make Peace on Earth an actuality and not just a hope.

photo by John Holmes

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Just a Thought in Passing. . . .

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Out of the mouths will come words and in those moments when patience is tired, those moments will speak truth.

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Un-swallowed remorse is such that no throat opens wide enough to accommodate the sorrow.

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Optimism comes easily to a body that feels good.

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In one lifetime, there is always one relationship that becomes more than was hoped for.

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This relationship stands like a beacon and throughout life it is felt and tried as the perfection of what each relationship could become.

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We had to know love at some point for it to become a measure for us.

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The greatest lessons are those that require digesting.

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It is a process of evolution that separates man, not only from the beasts, but often from his own kind.

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People try to do, but doing is what they don’t.

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Values are gifts we shoulder from one generation to another.

photo by John Holmes

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Let It Begin With Me. . . .

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The Mind set to turn a particular way
is already bent. . .
The Teacher

It is a benign universe in which we are, always just, always fair to the extreme.  If it does not appear so, our view of it may be  in need of adjustment.  Perhaps, just perhaps our focus is too narrow.

The divinity which resides in man puts him in the driver’s seat.  What happens in this lush planet will have recourse in universal seas.  What happens on one hearth,  happens on all hearths giving warmth or not.  What happens in one market place,  happens in all marketplaces.

What man does or undoes, will rebound.  Every act must be one of holy obligation.

The erstwhile professors claim their inadequacy and who are we not to believe them?  The clerics proclaim their great faith in a just God and yet bridle at the injustices and claim their humanity in not knowing the answers.  Can we not believe them?  Who knows them better than they do themselves?

When one proclaims his ignorance, he also proclaims his negligence in the obligation of thinking.  Thinking is a 24/7 work.  Hard work.  And this was not meant to be Paradise.   Wars and catastrophes are started by thought.  One man and one thought.  Think Holocaust.  Can we not think Peace?  Think on it.  And start on ourselves.

When we settle in for the night and put the light out, we are reminded  that night class is down the hall to the right.  The class is Ethics and Man.   The last class was cancelled.  No one showed up.  What is wanted is the heart to carry the argument of the right thing to do, complete with commitment, to put priority on what will sustain humankind, what will give life and not take life.

Do we qualify?

 

 

Photo by
Kathy Qualiana

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A Matter Of Faith. . . .

It is amusing to me because whether we believe it or not,  all of life is a matter of faith.  And when the century mark gets closer,  one is no more surprised than I am to recognize the ceiling in the morning bedroom.  When my dentists says we will see you in six months,  it is a matter of faith on his part that his livelihood will continue.  Or when we plan our Thanksgiving dinner or even this evening’s meal.  It is a matter of faith.

I now work on mini wall quilts.  These are less than 12 inches,  like a small framed photo.  When the 4th of July appears and disappears,  I seriously begin the holiday ventures.  When Thanksgiving dinner is put away and the children know that officially we begin the greatest excitement of the year,  and it is still too early for decorations, something needs to be put up.

This is my suggestion.  A hint of the the holiday.  I may only have one of what I show,  but if you are interested, contact me.  I move slowly now,  so my time is planned.  We can negotiate.   I am not the best photographer and as one of my readers said,  in actuality they are treasures.  You can contact me at veronica@fromanupperfloor.net.  I do take checks.

20160523_154249Until I am able to find more of this material,  there is but one of this.

20160508_114539I can never duplicate hand work,  but this I can simulate.

20160513_100402The words will be the same,  the trees will be of different holiday fabric.

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