Quotes by Michael of Oakland Park
aka Awakened Man aka Dreamwalker
"If I worried
about half the things my well-meaning friends on
Facebook warn me about, I'd be terrified to get out
of bed in the morning.
What about `I live
in a wonderful, healthy, happy, and prosperous
universe' implies that terror should fill my days?
Non-duality means `not two' ... what's to fear if I
only embrace the love?"
-- January 22, 2014
"Folks forget that
88% of this reality is improved by good hair
stylists, wonderful dentists, plastic surgeons, and
expert photographers. The other 12% is DNA --
which is fairly rigid; and attitude -- which is
me, my attitude is good 88% of the time!! The
other 12% of the time I stay in bed or behind closed
doors. That's why you'll rarely see photos of
me early in the morning, with morning hair or
scruffy wake-up breath."
-- January 22, 2014
"Often critics are
nothing more than bloated egos that have become so
powerful (in their own minds) that they have been
able to manipulate other (smaller) egos to pay them
for their opinions. Embrace your own
intuitions and opinions. You know your 1self'
far better than any paid consultant does.
Be your own gentle
critic; trush your 1self' and grow."
-- January 18, 2014
challenge is over-sleeping ... and still knowing
that your day can be perfect and balanced even if
you don't have time to do the hour of yoga; can't
fit in the requisite twenty minutes of meditation;
are forced to break your nightly fast by quickly
scarfing down a trans-fattened pop tart; and have to
rush your morning shower -- all with the knowledge
that your day is off to a shaky start.
The real challenge
is knowing that you don't need all the bells and
whistles to connect to your Higher Self and that
earthly actions only marginally affect the slings
and arrows of fortune. Remembering that you
can't disconnect from your Higher Self is the key.
And a good
attitude -- plain and simple. The rest just
make for a more comfortable but not necessarily
when you're grumpy or feeling off-balance, it's your
option to present imbalance and grumpiness to the
world -- or present a face of joy and serenity.
Bad hair and its
ilk do not a ruined day make -- unless you choose to
imbue it with that power."
-- January 15, 2014
Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Astanga Yoga, Bikram
Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Integral Yoga, ISHTA, Iyengar
Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga, Kripalu,
Kundalini, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sampoorna
Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Yoga, Vinyoga,
Vinyasa, White Lotus Yoga, Yin Yoga ...
OMmmmmmmmmmG, do I have a headache or
-- January 12, 2014
remember, pork is the other white vegetable."
-- January 8, 2014, in response to his chiropractor
who was telling him he is a vegetarian
are you (one) searching for (two or more)?
Answers to all
your questions are beneath the form."
December 12, 2013
"Time's a wasting,
people. Don't wait to follow your bliss tomorrow.
Start building your bliss upon bliss upon bliss
today. You owe it to yourself to be happy and your
happiness will totally compound and spread like
wildfire to all those around you."
-- Michael Walker, November 20, 2013
"Tricking is my
nature; it's the skill of treating I have to work
-- October 31, 2013
"Natural dream states, day dreaming, mood-altered
states; these all wreak havoc with the standard
state of being that we think of as reality.'
It's important to
take a certain amount of time each day to reassemble
our reality, to regroup, to catch a breath and
assimilate and understand these various experiences
We call this `integration' and it is vitally
important to our being able to live gracefully as we
straddle the physical world and the world of
Integration of our
multitude of states is the most important thing we
can do every day -- and the thing that most people
forget to do, avoid doing, or feel is unnecessary.
Your ego loves a
dissembled, fragmented self; take time every day to
put your ego in its tiny place.
You'll live to not
-- September 25, 2013
Today I will
witness the illusions of `here and now' and `time
and space' and let them bob in the wake of my
-- September 14, 2013
"The universe is
continually supplying the same answer to all your
questions. Are you `be'ing still enough to
hear it? Shush up. Shush up now, listen,
and be the answer."
-- September 18, 2013
moment to have a good moment; and so it is.
Choose this day to have a good day; and so it will
turn out. Know that all is well, has been
well, and will always be well."
-- September 16, 2013
"This settles it!
Boar's Head Liverwurst is available at Publix 'cross
street from Wilton Station (Ft. Lauderdale). I
'm seriously considering moving!"
-- September 17, 2011
(Note: I moved to Ft. Lauderdale on April 19, 2012.)
is the gift we are given for being brave enough to move in
tandem with Spirit. It affords sense to this world while we
prepare for the final immersion in the spiritual world.
Without integration, we are like someone hailing the
importance of fire while waving a flashlight. It provides
light, but the meal goes uncoiled."
-- November 20, 2010
the hardest part of the journey is sitting still and letting
the world unwind and do its thing." -- November 19, 2010
intention is to live my life with integrity and to love my
neighbors and enemies, all good follows from this idea and
everything around me becomes blessed. Blessed because we are
all one with the Light and the Light is one with us. Only
fear, a tenacious illusion, suggests this is not true. But
fear can be dissolved with love."
-- November 18, 2010
easier life seems when the sun is shining and I've had a
good night's sleep. The world is ordered and balanced
... the same as it is on cranky, rainy, cold days ... only
on "good" days like this it just seems to make more sense.
Shows a lack of faith on my part, I suppose, but a mindful
acceptance and awareness of that lack of faith makes all the
difference in the world. God/dess and I can smile about it
together." -- November 17, 2010
day feels perfect and complete. Some days feel different
than that. It's as if sometime during the night I slipped
into someone else's body or life. I awake with a sense of
foreignness, unfamiliarity. Sort of like when I was first
born into this body way back when.
Sage and my altar become
ceremonial anchors on days like this; my yoga and meditation
is a patient waiting for my remembrances to return.
All is well, I think to
myself, even if at this moment I feel otherwise.
Outside I hear the rain
pelting gently on the window and recall it is the voice of
Today I will be mindful of
the curious perceptions and wait for them to pass." --
November 16, 2010
'letting go and letting God/dess' are the same stream made
up of different letter groupings." -- November 15, 2010
"This morning when I
woke up, it was if my ego had attended night school while I
dreamt. All the world looked off-kilter and slightly darker
than it usually seems. The good aspects of my life felt
tarnished and the undesirable things (stuff I think I need
to work on) seemed daunting and life-threatening. I will
never finish organizing my home, the money will run out
sooner than later, any day now people will discover the
"real me," and death's toothless grin will not lead to
oneness but to separation. These are the way things seemed
to me this morning.
Then I made coffee, read from A Course
in Miracles, did yoga, and focused on what is real. All that
I truly need is within my immediate grasp -- oxygen, a roof
over my head, good food, and the best gaggle of friends in
the word. The rat running around in my brain, brought to me
by Ego Night School, is a puny little thing whose beady
black eyes are filled with fear. He is but a shadow of my
brilliant Self, the gnawing doubts that linger from days
before I remembered who I a am -- a child of light.
Now looking out the window of my home
in Washington, DC, the sterling light of day, the fantastic
neighborhood, the promises of what today will bring swaying
gently with each breath of breeze -- I look inward at the
rat skulking in the corridors of myself and say out loud,
`I'm on to you, you know. I am totally on to you.'"
November 14, 2010
"Sometimes all you can do
for someone to show that you love them and care for them and
want the very best for them is to keep your opinions to
yourself. Your advanced guru like spiritual powers of
knowing mean nothing if their ego shields are switched on.
In this case, it is better to let Spirit do all the
important work and for you to just be a fellow human."
-- November 13, 2010
back into the present moment after spending a week in
parallel ones that were all about winning and cajoling and
negotiating helped me see one primal Truth. Nothing tastes
better than alone time with myself and God/dess. And that
was very difficult for me to achieve in the workaday world
defined for me by others. I am so grateful to be home
-- November 12, 2010
I find myself painted into a corner by my ego because of
some earthly desire I think I want or need, I try to realize
that the thing I want may not be meant to be ... for me.
That there is a better scenario awaiting my participation.
And that the thing or event I think I want or need is
someone else's lesson or karma. Then I bless the other
person and wish them well with that lesson." -- November
at one with the world around me, it can hold the answer to
all my questions, concerns, problems, and dilemmas. By
listening to the silence -- or watching it -- in meditation
or while experiencing a crow sweeping across the sky or a
comet racing into oblivion, we can find answers to the
deepest matters. All the fluff and distractions fall away
and the answers reveal themselves -- maybe in the flowing
water of a stream, or a crackling campfire, or simply in
that flash knowing while waiting for a traffic light to
change. Look and listen. The answers are written on the wind
or reveal themselves as a flower opens in the morning. Learn
to seek and receive these clues from the world around you.
The places and signs will eventually become familiar and you
will always know exactly where to go for help." --
November 10, 2010
'self-improvement' became so much more focused and speedy
when I put down all the books and tapes and movies offering
improvement. Instead, I started communing with my Higher
Self every moment I could. Meditation, yoga, hot baths, and
quiet times -- these became the new study period for me. At
that point Spirit began handing me bushels of understanding
in exchange for a commitment to disengage my ego. True
miracles then happened and I found myself improving in ways
I could never have imagined possible." -- November 9,
time each morning -- and periodically throughout the day --
to remember that I am an expression of a loving, supportive,
Truth-imbued universe centers me in so many ways. I want for
nothing, really, and this constant realization enables me to
relax and be a loving, supportive, Truth-imbued presence for
others. Truth is truth and nothing can stand it its way."
-- November 8, 2010
"I used to try to set an
intention for my new day. But today I realized that's
unnecessary because I am God/dess's intention. If I wasn't
today's intention of the Universe, I wouldn't be here. Pure
and simple. I just have to ride that energy, knowing that
all is exactly as the universe intended. Ripples, dips,
bumps, and hills are part of the ride, value-added extras
for no additional charge." -- November 7, 2010
meditate, my mind becomes still, my breath slows down, and
my heart rate lessens. And since my heart’s electro-magnetic
field is about five thousand times more powerful than the
one created by my brain, this meditation and practicing of
mindfulness affects the energy field around me and literally
affects the world. How cool is that?" -- November 6,
"The longer I
meditate, the more I am able to see and navigate through
what I used to call 'bad days.' Now, however, I see all days
connected as one (call it my individual lifetime), with
various shades of energy, some feeling good and some feeling
bad. I maneuver through them, though, mindful that they are
just swirling bits of now moving toward tomorrow and
-- November 5, 2010
"Real love starts
when we learn how to appreciate our own qualities and then
acknowledge that those qualities -- and others -- exist in
everyone we meet. Fear insists that life is really about
lack, limitation, and separation -- but this is just an
illusion. Learn to appreciate yourself and others and
astounding things are sure to happen in your life ... and
you will find true love right where you are standing."
-- November 4, 2010
"Probably one of
the most challenging spiritual lessons is when the other
guy, women, team, person, or candidate wins. Suddenly the
concept of "we are all one" takes on a more bitter taste.
But divine Oneness includes everyone and everything.
Becoming mindful of the ego conflicts this situation creates
in us is the key. Observe, witness, and let go. And know
that everything actually does happen for a greater purpose
that includes all of us and not just a political party and
its people." -- November 3, 2010
"Please vote with
you heart and mind today." -- November 2, 2010
"Every 'bad' event,
negative feeling, discombobulated moment, scary passage, or
dark night of the soul I experience is an opportunity to
turn things around by surrounding them with Light or to hand
them over to the God/dess for healing. I choose to learn or
to not learn; to be happy or sad; to love the lesson or to
fear the next one. Today I choose love." --
November 1, 2010
"And today, post
rally, I rested." -- October 30, 2010
"I'm grateful to be
heading down to the National Mall to attend the Rally to
Restore Sanity. Proud to be a fun-loving American today who
can laugh at himself, I'm relieved to know that at least
half of my fellow citizens have senses of humor. Thank you
Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert -- you guys rock!" --
October 30, 2010
"If ranting words
equal ego run wild, does that mean I'm writing the Great
-- October 29, 2010
"A long time ago,
during a Creative Mindflow session (http://www.creative-mindflow.com/final/about.htm),
I had the realization that one could theoretically change
their DNA ... and perhaps reverse the aging process, too. I
made the decision to do that and I think it's finally paying
off. Now would somebody tell my crow's feet that!? Laughing
out loud!" -- October 28, 2010
"You don't have to give
up EVERYTHING; just start with the things that seem to be
killing you. They're all illusions, but the illusions that
promise to take you to an early grave merit fast and furious
attention. They'll succeed because you believe they will --
so let them go today. The rest are secondarily make-believe
and warrant mindful study without the same sense of
urgency." -- October 27, 2010
"Sometimes even during
serious, heartfelt, God-inspired, quantum cosmic
transcendental, holy, Zen-ish meditation, cornball stuff
arises. Today it was: 'We are all won.' Not original, flakey
as bat pooh, and marginally comical -- I felt compelled to
share. We are all won. There, I said it and somewhere (I'm
pretty gosh-darn sure) God/dess is smiling." -- October
"It's taken me most
of my lifetime thus far lived to learn that the most
annoying, irritating, shallow, inept, unsavory,
disrespectful, overbearing, and ugly people are my greatest
teachers; this so because they are pointing out to me my own
fears (or truths) of being annoying, irritating, shallow,
inept, unsavory disrespectful, overbearing, and ugly. And
they don't charge me a dime. How fortunate I am to have such
good teachers. I am very grateful!"
-- October 25, 2010
"The spectacular weather
outside, my dear friends who comprise my family, cosmic
creativity, this lovely and thriving city with its varied
architecture, and unlimited bologna and liverwurst
sandwiches with Gulden's mustard -- let me ask you quite
simply: How can it possibly get any better than this?"
-- October 24, 2010
"When I'm writing and am
'in the flow', I'm swimming effortlessly with angels. The
illusions of time and space melt into a sharply focused beam
of brilliance and words spill forth like diamonds. When I'm
feeling stuck, it's because I'm trying too hard or swimming
against my own natural current. (And, frankly, this is true
about pretty much everything I do in life!)"
"Writing is a direct link
from me to the heart of the creative universe -- which is
probably why it's been so daunting for me these past few
years. Learning to let go of the stories weighing me down
while at the same time continuing to be a writer and
permitting myself to tell stories ... it's been a conundrum
that I'm slowly getting a handle on." -- October 22,
"Your life is
miraculous." -- October 21, 2010
"My life is
miraculous." -- October 20, 2010
"Just proclaim yourself an
elder to the world; act with integrity; espouse harmony and
be harmonious; laugh a lot; love what you see when you look
in the mirror; give up fear -- especially the fear of
failing and of dying; rebuke illness; embrace change; turn
away from hate and know that only love exists; stop being
angry; turn away from illusions -- which is most everything
you ever learned from the day you were born until this
moment; and know in the deepest part of your heart that ALL
-- on being a gay elder, October 19, 2010
"The newest member of my
houseplant family is a Venus Fly Trap. I got it because I
was tired of being the only non-vegetarian in my home. It
gives me some deep, quirky spiritual satisfaction knowing
that there is at least one vegetable being that eats meat --
and that somehow balances things out and makes the cockles
of my heart feel all giggly and warm."
-- October 18,
"Today, while pruning down
one of my favorite houseplants, I felt that familiar sadness
that comes with the realization that sometimes we have to
let go of the seeming good to encourage new growth and
provide increased energy. This is what makes it so difficult
to let go of clutter in my own home and life; even when I
know that to do so will improve my day-to-day existence."
-- October 17, 2010
"We have two choices: love
or fear. Love allows us to open up and experience joy; fear
causes us to shut down and contract. Love brings us
community; fear leaves us feeling alone. But there is a
trick here -- a trick of the ego. For only love is real;
fear is false and though it seems to be powerful and strong,
it is really as thin as tissue paper. In actuality -- there
is only One. God/dess, you, and I. Embrace your divinity and
choose love." -- October 16, 2010
"Love is the
all-inclusive answer." -- October 15, 2010
"I have to say, the more I
get to know my ego, the move I am enamored with it. It's
cute, cuddly, cunning, baffling, sparkly-eyed, melodious,
has sweet breath, and can tango like the best of them. My
ego seems primo. The only problem is that everything my ego
tries to sell me is a pack of lies. Falsehoods. Houses of
cards. Deceit is its middle name; fear it's greatest weapon.
Only love can conquer the ego. Embrace it, love it, and
speak soothingly to it. Let it think you believe its lies;
then walk away knowing the Truth. Your ego, as adorable as
it may seem, is not your friend."
-- October 14, 2010
who cares about our children should post this on their
I am gay and I, too, was bullied by people in elementary
school and junior high school. The self-loathing I felt was
too intense for words and it was only my anger and hate of
those people that brought me through to where I was able to
learn to love myself.
And some very loving friends in high school, straight
mostly, who taught me about self-worth and about loving
myself for who I am. And that is what I try to teach people
today. It's all good and things do get better.
If you're a young gay person reading this and you're
hurting, find someone, anyone -- a teacher, a therapist, a
friend, a family member, a spiritual mentor, a Facebook
buddy, or your friends at The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/)
-- to share your pain, your hurt, and your story.
Do NOT do anything hurtful to yourself. Please …. for me and
for all of us who care …. DO NOT do anything hurtful to
You are a creative, brilliant person waiting to burst out
and become an amazing being. And one day, same as me and
many others like me, you will be able to help people just
like yourself. Do not, do not, do not cave in. You be the
winner; let them be the losers. We need you.
Thank you for being you!" --
October 14, 2010
"Some days the most I can
say is something like, 'I'm taking care of myself today.'
Then I go out into the spectacular day and enjoy life. Eat
out with a friend, go to a movie -- specifically Catfish,
walk home and breathe in the incredibly wonderful air. Some
days that's enough; more than enough, really." --
October 13, 2010
"My body is a tool of the
ego. It aches, pains, hurts, itches, sneezes, pumps up,
becomes decrepit, and does any number of things to draw
attention away from my natural immortal state. Like
everything else, 'tis best to merely observe the foxy ego
and not become engaged by its stories or its tricks. Your
mind is real and sacred. Savor and honor that fact." --
October 12, 2010
"Being gay is an intrinsic
part of my spirituality. The beauty of many of my friends,
straight and gay, is that we consider ourselves
"two-spirits" or "two-spirited"; which means we accept that
we have both masculine and feminine energies that make us
complete humans. Hail to the new two-spirited genders and
HAPPY COMING OUT DAY!!" -- October 11, 2010
"As I look around the room
(my life), I note that every book, file folder, glass of
wine, photograph, food morsel, and dust speck has a story
connected to it. These stories seem to give everything
substance and value, but often they just weigh me down. In
truth, the stories are mere obstacles to my seeing these
objects as the illusions they really are. Without the
stories, the objects disappear and my life becomes a serene,
holy experience again." -- October
"Some days I just have to
step back and watch the murky, dark, spooky stuff float by
-- being mindful that it is there but not engaging it or
empowering it by attaching drama or 'stories' to it. Then
when that gets tedious, I hand it over to the universe and
say 'take this, please, and let me move on with my innate
gratitude and joy.'"
-- October 9, 2010
"Just for today, manifest
love." -- October 8, 2010
"Being true to myself is
probably one of the most difficult challenges I encounter every
day. Partly because I'm still in the process of shedding all the
bullshit beliefs and expectations foisted on me by my parents,
teachers, ministers, bankers, and dietitians (to name a few).
Who am I? Mostly none of the stuff they led me to believe I was.
Amen to that." -- October 7, 2010
--- Opps, skipped a day. ---
"Say a problem or issue or
energetic snag arises involving somebody else. Well, if
forgiveness is the key and if, in fact, we're all one, then who
is there to forgive? The answer, of course, is ourselves. For
harboring ill-feelings against a brother or sister harms one and
harms all. Forgive and move on with your joy of living.
Alternately, forgive the other and thereby forgive yourself.
Then move on with your joy of living and envision the other
doing the same. It's nice to know we have choices ... and that
when done so with integrity, honesty, and well-meaning,
everybody wins." -- October 5, 2010
--- Opps, skipped a day. ---
Can someone please explain to
me how you can go away on a relaxing retreat in the Shenandoah
Mountains and return feeling like you need a vacation? Oh well;
at least all is well!"
-- October 3, 2010
(Heading to the Shenandoah
and may be off-line until October 3, 2010.)
"This morning I thought
that I had somehow veered into an old dimension (call it an
old way of thinking or being) but that it was okay; since I
was merely stepping through dimensions, taking a sip here
and a sip there, testing the old versus new, seeing what
tastes good and what is bitter, what works and what doesn't.
I seem to be continually stepping from one dimension to
another -- and another and another. And rather than think
too much about it -- I've learned to just observe my journey
without judgment and without attachment. A slow process of
learning, indeed." --
October 1, 2010
"Once I figured out how to
permit the universe to flow unobstructedly, without my fighting
it and splish splashing around against its flow, things got
markedly better. Then when I advanced to the point where I
understood that, in fact, it was the universe permitting me to
splish splash and fight it if I so desired, things got even
better. The day I realized that me and the universe were one, I
-- September 30, 2010
"I used to be grateful for the
things that I had and that my friends and enemies didn't
have. It made me feel more enriched knowing that their lack was
my gain. It seemed to be the way the world worked -- somebody
had to lose something in order for others to have something. Now
I know that everybody is entitled to a rich, full, complete,
happy, and healthy existence; and that sharing what I have and
what I know about life is instrumental to the smooth operation
of this universe I have all created. Showing others how to do
the same thing in the universe they have created is tricky
business; but it's really, really fun!" --
September 29, 2010
"Beneath form, there's a need
to forgive. If you see, feel, hear, taste, or smell something
odious, chances are you need to forgive it and let it go.
Otherwise it would not be in your life. In your life, it is your
teacher; out of your life -- your freedom. Meditate and learn to
let go of that which is form; beneath the form you will find
amazing peace." -- September 28, 2010
"Listening to the sound of
falling rain really does remind me of the voice of God/dess. So
clear, so melodious, so powerful, so gentle. That is how s/he
spoke to me; how s/he speaks to me today. I am so grateful for
the Light and understanding."
-- September 27, 2010
"Some days you just have to
take a break from it all and tell everyone that your quote for
the day is 'cool beans.'" -- 26
"I'm only as old as I feel.
Except when I first wake up in the morning. Then - even as I'm
thanking the stars for another day - my body suggests to me that
I'm every day my age. Then my ego jumps up and down in glee and
harps on about aches and pains -- suggesting that's proof that
I'm a human codger. Suddenly sense prevails: I remember I am an
immortal being and that the ego and body are illusions. My real
day begins anew!"
-- 25 September 2010
It's all one. The ups, the
downs, the permutations of reality, the realms, the dimensions,
the confabulations, the hope, the love, and even the fears. Ego
insists that separation is the only sensible thing to believe --
that pain and suffering are the norm. But we can learn to know
better, and once we do, there's no turning back. And by then we
are surrounded by angels and by friends."
-- 24 September 2010
"Forgiveness is the cure for
my belief in separation; separation from God/dess, from others,
and from my core Self. It is an acknowledgment that the
bonehead over there, the thorn in my side or so-called enemy, is
so close to being me with all my own foibles, inadequacies,
indecencies, and intricacies, that we might as well be the same
person. And forgiving that person, allowing her or him to be
childlike enough to make mistakes and still be lovable, allows
my sense of separation to slowly dissipate and vanish like
-- 23 September 2010
"Manifestation is not so much
rocket-science as it is wrapping your mind around and squeezing
all the doubts out of your stubborn, overly cautious little ego.
And make no mistake about it; your ego IS little ... only it's
all puffed up to make itself feel way bigger than it really is.
Move past and beyond your ego and create the life that you
want!" -- 22 September 2010
"I used to hate it when other
people followed me around or imitated the things I did/do. 'Get
a life,' I'd think to myself. Now I see that they have a life,
that it's their own, and that they find mine working good enough
that they want to try it on for size. So today when I see
someone copying me, I say to myself, 'You go on! I must be on to
something!. And I bless them for blessing me." -- 21
"`Playing' for me has been
learning how to effortlessly let go of just about everything
I've ever been taught about life; knowing in my heart that, as
well-meaning as it all was, it was holding me back - trapped in
an illusion of powerlessness. Now that I have begun to learn the
game of letting that all go, I am happier than I have ever been
in my entire life."
-- 20 September 2010
"The Light I feel within,
without, and moving through me ... this Light is my direct
connection to the world from whence I came, the place I am
slowly learning to remember. Each moment I do remember this
place it is as if I go back home just for that moment. And then,
with a start, know that home is where my heart is ... and that I
am already there. My searching really is done."
-- 19 September 2010
"Okay, so today I'm asking
YOU ... is your life half full or half empty? And what do you
need, if anything, to do about that?"
-- 18 September 2010
"Every second of every minute
of every hour, I am choosing between love and fear. It is that
simple. Am I coming from a place of love or a place of fear? If
my body hurts or my life sucks or I am feeling guilty or
worried, then I am in fear. If I am light and smiling and know
that all is and will always be well, then I am coming from a
place of love. And ultimately, there is no choice because all
there really is ... is love. Fear in all its guises (pain,
suffering, loss, and death) is an illusion. There actually is
only one Force in the world, and that Force is love. When we
experience or choose anything outside of love, we have allowed
our egos to throw that in our paths to distract us. And why do
we do that? Well, that's the million dollar question, isn't it?"
-- 17 September 2010
"For so long I denied my own
worth because I felt it was arrogant to think highly of myself.
Now I see that true arrogance is denying our best qualities
...for these are the very qualities we share with God/dess/Force.
To deny my own holiness is to deny the God/dess/Force in me. And
THAT'S arrogant for sure." --
16 September 2010
"Remember. Everything we
talked about, I told you tomorrow."
-- 15 September 2010
"Only one thing is reasonably
certain about my October this year; I'll be l happy, alive, and
communing with God/dess and friends in ceremony. Whether in DC,
on a cruise ship heading toward Mexico with my pal Samuel Vera,
or elsewhere -- the details are unimportant ... for all will
always be well and precisely as it should be."
-- 14 September 2010
"Giving is the exact same as
receiving and, therefore, is its own reward. I gladly give
because I know that I benefit in equal measure to the person to
whom I offer the gift. And since I and the person are one, I do
not really 'lose' anything in the transaction. Any appearances
of losing in these exchanges are a trick of my ego and should be
discarded like yesterday's trash."
-- 13 September 2010
"Gratitude starts each
morning with my first breath, the realization that the aroma of
coffee fills there air, and that my life has become so
effortlessly nice that mere words can but hint at it's wonder."
-- 12 September 2010
"I'm one of those individuals
who believes that there is really only one Force in the
universe; the one many call "God". Anything outside of this
Force is illusion, created by the ego, and causes us to feel
separate from God and therefore from ourselves. Focusing on that
oneness, which I believe is LOVE -- and denying it, which
results in FEAR is an ego-induced challenge. This challenge
leads us to believe in duality; a total illusion and,
ultimately, a waste of our life!"
-- 11 September 2010
"What do I want in life? Some
days I'd like enough money so I wouldn't have to focus on
illusionary things like monthly mortgage payments; and with the
surplus I'd treat my friends out to meals and vacations. Other
than that, my life comes pretty darn close to being perfect.
Heck, with Spirit's help, I'd even be willing to take my enemies
(teachers) out to meals and on vacations!"
- 10 September 2010
"In the morning, when
Consciousness enters my realm, followed by that awareness I am
breathing (in other words, ALIVE), then I become grateful. Even
if sucky things are on my agenda (rare, as I am self-employed),
the joy of living always -- always -- supersedes the
ego-manufactured illusion of suckiness. When things seem bad, I
just have to remember that 'all is well.'"
- - 9 September 2010
"Art is living your life in a
genuine manner, being true to yourself, and doing the things
that matter most to you. It is serving others in the best way
you can -- by being honest and true. Sometimes an artful life
includes creative endeavors like writing, painting, lawyering,
dog-walking, doing laundry, nurturing a spiritual life, and etc.
-- but not always and not necessarily. Art is living to the hilt
-- 8 September 2010
"Today, my birthday gift to
myself is to cherish my brilliant and creative life -- and to
honor all the teachers, the friends and those perceived as
not-so-friendly, who helped me each minute of each day to inch
one step closer to an understanding of myself, the sacred,
co-creator I was born to be. Thank you and blessings to you all.
And thank you, especially, God/dess!"
-- 7 September 2010
"People often ask me what
position I commonly sleep in? I'll answer it, just don't expect
me to post photos. When I sleep alone, I generally sleep on my
side, alternating between left and right. Rarely on my stomach.
When I'm away, I usually have PJs in case it gets cold; at home
it depends upon my mood or the season. Mostly I wear underwear
or go commando. I think my Higher Power prefers commando."
-- 6 September 2010
"I've pretty much stopped
regretting my past through spiritual practices; not that I know
WHAT all the stuff I corrected -- and let go of -- was. Mostly,
through time and practice, I just came to a place where I was
able to let go of unmercifully beating myself up for having been
a mere human who made mistakes and some pretty silly choices.
(OK, some of them were nearly suicidal!). It's all about being
mindful and letting the stuff (big and small) just pass through
-- 5 September 2010
"What do I like about
humanity? For me it's the intrinsic love that keeps it going and
the full lifetimes people sometimes need to take to remember
that love and to reclaim it."
-- 4 September 2010
"Morality is too much to think
about. I simply try to live by my own inner code which includes
age-old truths like "Love thy neighbor," "To thine own self be
true," "Do no harm," and "Follow your bliss." When I succeed at
doing these things, the world seems to follow suit. It's
-- 3 September 2010
"Learning to see through the
illusion and to accept that all of reality and its components
and symbols are merely built on a delicate framework that are
the energetic idea of God/dess/Oneness ... and to pass that
knowledge on to others. This has been the greatest of challenges
and the one my ego loves to play with most, like a kitten with a
ball of wool."
-- 2 September 2010
"I am ruled by my heart; but
sometimes feel as if I am being nibbled to death by the ducks of
fear. But I'm getting better. I've learned how to toss those
ducks some crumbs once in a while just to get them to back off.
Those crumbs are dry and stale, though, and I often have to
forage through the trash just to find one or two of them to give
away." -- 1 September 2010
"Some days just seem to plod
along ... or maybe my energy is skewed or whacked because of
whatever reason. Those days I just try to remember to accept
that an off-day (or 3 or 4) is not the end of the world.
Tomorrow and the day after really are new days; all things, good
and bad, eventually pass. If remembering that doesn't help,
there's always staying in bed, watching TV, and eating ice
-- 31 August 2010
"If your job is to tend the
fire, then it serves no one for you to be worrying about the
latest oil spill or price of tea in China. Leave that up to the
worry warts whose job it seems to be to fret and worry. Your
commitment is to the fire and the community it serves."
-- 30 August 2010
"The easiest thing for me to
do when I wake up is to feel gratitude. After all, I made it
through another evening of night school and my body, seemingly
without effort, managed to keep my parts functioning and my
heart beating another eight hours. Such gifts freely given ...
and strongly deserved -- just because I'm me."
-- 29 August 2010
"I'm leaning toward Emerson
these days; more and more people are using other people's quotes
to start our days. So for the next thirty days, I'm going to
quote myself every morning. Hmmmmmmm." -- 28 August 2010
"Next to the
originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know." -- Emerson
22 March 2014