Q.M.I. Presents Derek Lamar's
Quote of the Day
Sunday, November 30, 2003
When I was 15 years old I
found God in music. I say this because now Joan of Arcadia in
one of my favorite television shows and so many of the viewers
are 15. So I had to reflect back on my having been 15. Things
like the Beatles with "The Word" (the logos).... "Give
the word a chance to say, That the word is just the way, It's
the word I'm thinking of, And the only word is love, It's so
fine, It's sunshine, It's the word, love, Now that I know what
I feel must be right... I'm here to show everybody the light."And
Bob Dylan with "My Back Pages"... "Yes, my guard
stood hard when abstract threats, Too noble to neglect, Deceived
me into thinking, I had something to protect, Good and bad, I
define these terms, Quite clear, no doubt, somehow, Ah, but I
was so much older then... I'm younger than that now."And
Paul Simon's "Sound of Silence"... "Hello darkness,
my old friend, I've come to talk with you again, Because a vision
softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping, And the
vision that was planted in my brain, Still remains... Within
the sound of silence."
...in the jingle jangle mornin' I'll be following you...
Saturday, November 29, 2003
When Joan asks God if that is what he does, go around appearing to people, he says: "I'm not appearing to you, you are seeing me". ~ Joan of Arcadia (ABC Television Show; Barbara Hall, producer)
the student is ready, the teacher appears
Friday, November 28, 2003
The answer is in the question. If someone hasn't yet asked to know about Spirituality, about Truth, about who they are, the answer will mean nothing. ~ Derek Lamar
the razor's edged path
Thursday, November 27, 2003
"If the nature of reality is itself holographic, and the brain operates holographically, then the world is indeed, as the Eastern religions have said, maya: a magic show. Its concreteness is an illusion." ~ Ken Wilber (The Hologram Paradigm)
funny... I ran into an Armenian friend yesterday who I haven't
seen in 3 years and today... I am going to eat Turkey
I hope the turkey isn't an illusion. I don't want holographic indigestion. D.L.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
feel good when I don't feel bad... huh?
I want to feel totally free and I want to feel myself completely. ~ D. L.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
think, I believe, I understand, I know, I see
To see is to know, but to see and not know is to be blind. ~ D.L.
Monday, November 24, 2003
Theory: I think I knew it tomorrow
Reach out and touch someone you haven't met yet
and you're liable to end up in two places at the same time. ~ D.L.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
arrived at its destination almost before it started its journey
"...the particles stopped behaving like individuals and started behaving as if they were part of a larger and interconnected whole. ...behaving as if they knew what each of the untold trillions of particles were doing." ~ Charles Missler
Saturday, November 22, 2003
said to Abraham kill me a son, Abe said man you must be puttin'
God said "No!" Abe said "What!?!" God said "You can do what you want Abe but the next time you see me comin' you better run." Abe said "Where you want this killin' done?" God said out on Highway Sixty One." ~ Bob Dylan
Friday, November 21, 2003
we are looking for is what is looking ~ St. Francis of Assisi
William James in 1902 proposed that the brain normally filters out a larger reality. ~ Ken Wilber (The Hologram Paradigm)
Thursday, November 20, 2003
It moves. It moves not. It is far, and It is near. It is within all this, And It is outside of all this. ~ The Upanishads
Force and matter, particles and waves, motion and rest, existence and nonexistence -- these are some of the opposite or contradictory concepts which are transcended in modern physics. ~ Fritjof Capra (The Tao of Physics)
The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness. Only when there is stillness in movement can the spiritual rhythm appear which pervades heaven and earth. ~ Taoist text
Be still and know that I AM God. ~ Psalms 46:10
pause that refreshes...
This has been brought to you by Yahweh... and when you taste this for yourself... remember to say: "I did it Yahweh". ~ D.L.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
is when you deny yourself the pleasure of knowing the Truth
As above so below, cross thyself and you shall know. ~ D.L.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
shadow is when you stand in the way of the light
Let not the light shine on you but in you. ~ D.L.
Monday, November 17, 2003
There and Everywhere ~ Lennon/McCartney
In back of time, space and change there is a fundamental reality. Our version of that is as complete as our ability to perceive the absolute. ~ D.L.
Earth is the edited version of Heaven. ~ D.L.
Sunday, November 16, 2003
You can find time for doing work on yourself. Begin by seeing something spiritual about everything you deal with on an average day. A cup of coffee? You are enjoying the infinite variety of beverages. But also it is something that wakes you up and gets you going. Like an insight. Putting your clothes on. You are finding ways to express yourself. This is really all that ever takes place. Truth is expressing itself in an infinite variety of ways. Driving to work. You are communicating yourself. Communication is to express who you are. In the sense of self realization, this would be a conscious knowing of the "I AM". ~ Derek Lamar
Observe how many times you think about nonsense. ~ D.L.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
The spiritual relationship one has which is the most beneficial is to work on one's self. This is the most honest. Despite those who think running around doing "good deeds" is the spiritual thing to do, even Jesus said, "remove the plank out of your own eye first, so that you might see more clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye." ~ Derek Lamar
is selfish... he only thinks about himself
To think about God but not realize you are thinking about your self is way off base. D.L.
Friday, November 14, 2003
Rudolf Otto in his book, Mysticism East and West (1932), also quotes Meister Eckhart, who says: "He has simply and solely God. Whoever has simply and solely God in mind in all things, such a man carries God in all his works and in all places within him, and God alone does all his works. He seeks nothing but God, nothing appears good to him but God. He becomes one with God in every thought. Just as no multiplicity can dissipate God, so nothing can dissipate this man or make him multiple." He continues by quoting Eckhart again with: "Therefore there is an inward work which neither time nor place can limit nor comprehend. In this, is what God is and what is divine and like unto God, whom neither time nor place can limit. It is everywhere and at all times equally present."
Otto quotes Sankara, the classic representative of Indian Vedanta mysticism, as saying: "I also and He, and all is mine. I am all, All is in me, I am eternal, unending, through and through as the abode of the spirit most high. I am called Brahman, World's Highest Spirit, who holds beginning and end and all things."
be listening... the voice is always speaking
At some point you will realize that you are the voice and that this YOU is beyond what you ever thought you were capable of. ~ D.L.
November 13, 2003
George Noory, on Coast To Coast AM Radio last night mention Deepak Chopra and his coming up to talk about "COINCIDENCES" and how he (George) did not believe in "coincidences" and yet Deepak's and George's definition were exactly the same. When we think of coincidences, the metaphysician in us says: "There are no accidents." But if we look at the word "coincidences" and realize that it is derived from the word: COINCIDE... it has nothing to do with accidents but rather it expresses the unfoldment of order which does agree with the understanding that there are no accidents. ~ Derek Lamar
are alive... let them speak to you
Word tracking... an exercise in discovering the meaning of words, their roots, and their links to Truth. ~ D.L.
Observer and the Observed
THE MEDIUM, THE MYSTIC, AND THE PHYSICIST by Lawrence LeShan comments on how important we need a new concept of man. Our world with its current technology and science is risking our own well being if we do not begin to understand ourselves as well as the reality of our true identity. "The physicist Niels bohr put it beautifully: The development of atomic physics, which forces us to an attitude toward the problem of explanation recalling ancient wisdom, that when searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators." Again, the observer and the observed.
was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I
was looking back to see you
It is not that we haven't found the answers, there are right there in front of us, we just have to focus. ~ Derek Lamar
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Veteran's Day ~ Honor Them All For Freedom
Ark took new life to a new world: "Hail Arcadia"
In a dialogue around the new television show, "Joan of Arcadia" one person said: "I just watched the 11/7/03 episode, and I came away feeling like this is all so soap-operaish. It is so heavy, every character heavily laden with crisis and grief. What about a little comic relief? Doesn't this family ever have any fun? Don't they ever do anything normal? Don't they ever tease each other? Don't they ever tell family jokes that we could be let in on? Don't they ever laugh? What about Joan's school mates? I don't think people walk around thinking about such heavy issues all the time. Even shows like ER, which dealt with a lot of heavy stuff, gave us glimpses of characters enjoying a little basketball or something. Your show needs a little of the normalcy of life among the heavy issues. It's beginning to feel like a college classroom. Too heavy. I'm sure there are ways to lighten it up and still keep us interested in the issues being presented. It's a great show. This is my only criticism."
To which I said: "And yet, you still felt compelled to show up here... to meet others who are interested... in spirituality... just like when you "wanted something more" and were drawn toward Jungian psychology... and the collective unconscious... and symbols and archetypes... trying to find the connections and the meanings.... anyone who knows me knows I love a good joke... in fact I tell my students "Life is a joke and that's a very serious thing to discover" and yet... there is so much nonsense on television... reality TV... dating shows... heavy heavy shows which never go toward any light at all... just wallowing in "sense testimony" without hope of ever climbing out of the pit... except for a brief moment of respite with a commercial... got milk... got a Bud lite... got a light.... up in smoke... burned out... drugs... homeless... suicide..... but no LIGHT at all.... here Joan is hearing her "higher voice" speak to her... helping guide her from a "higher level" rather than depending upon the reactions of being a mechanical human being doing the same things day in and day out in a sleep state. I know what you are saying... it gets heavy here and there... I am waiting to see where it goes... where is "MIND" taking this show? And now I am waiting for the next episode worrying they are going to introduce some sort of demonic satanic crap rather than simply letting people see it is merely their own ignorance and darkness within which they must sort out... but we'll see. I am willing to take the risk... until I see it sliding down the hill in the other direction like so many shows end up doing. Frankly I find "God" humorous most of the time... but in a good way. Almost everything on the show has worked out and things have unfolded with resolve for the individuals in a very honest yet still metaphysical manner. I worry and clench my jaw hoping against hope that political correctness won't interfere too much or religion slip in too much or be pushed out too much or too much new age or not enough... it is a very difficult task because it must please all of us... or so it seems. But Truth has a way of working out. It's amazing. And we must let it happen. Not just for us personally but for others because while we are watching something mediocre... someone else is having a breakthrough... and a lot of it is unconscious. We must begin to say, "Let thy will be done on TV... as it is in heaven." I want "Joan" to teach profoundly just as I want to teach profoundly... now isn't that selfish... I should just get on with my own teaching and let Joan reveal what it must for those who must get it on TV while I reach those brave enough to actually leave home and go to a lecture hall. Life is funny. I mean here I am speaking to a stranger whom I already feel close to and yet I am already worrying if what I have said is too heavy... not enough warm fuzzies... so... what could I say about me that's funny... okay... here goes... I have ongoing revelations and metanoias in my life and enlightening moments at least once a week and I know incredibly masterful techniques wherein one can change their consciousness and yet... I still have a hard time losing weight. Now that doesn't make me laugh... but it is still funny. The funny part is that I care. The fact that "Joan" is on TV at all I truly belive is "MIND UNFOLDING" and represents a change in consciousness for mankind... personkind... kindkind. My wife came home tonight with a video she bought at a thrift store... Joan of Arc with Ingrid Bergman... can hardly wait. Let this message be a word of God to you... after all, I am speaking to myself. *s* (((HUGS))) ~ Derek Lamar
One spoke and said: "It's late and I shouldn't hope for clarity at this hour -- but can't resist the "boards" as some of you call this! DEREK, I love your answer to my indirect expression that I found your comments very accurate, but dogmatic. I don't suggest "I believe" and "I think" etc. in order to operate here like in chat rooms -- I think an intelligent human being has to recognize that unless they've been here a million years, they are presumptuous to say I KNOW or IT IS SO. BUT you express the reasons why you don't do that as having to do with a real and absolute belief. I think belief is everything. So there I am disarmed. But I'm a marvelous person and well-spoken usually and quite fair generally and so if your words hit me as dogmatic then "I believe they were dogmatic" and I think they were and are too important to put anyone off by appearing dogmatic. Oh God, are we doing one of these semantic things? What a strange position to be in -- to agree with someone so thoroughly as I agree with what you've said, and then be telling them to qualify it. But what in the world brought you here?"
To which I responded: Yes... I agree with you totally... and in many ways...well, even in a book I couldn't speak that way... with "reservations"....if I were speaking to you in person I could look into your eyes and you would know what I mean when I say it... yet... in these types of situations it is difficult... and you yourself explained the dilemma precisely and wonderfully as I hope I did in my note to willowgr. I have a quote of the day on my web site and I don't think any of the speakers, teachers, writers or celebrities which I have quoted very often throws in a disclaimer where they say "in my opinion" or "I believe" etc. because that throws off the timing and the flow and the deeper meaning of the thing. But you already understand all of this. There is probably something else deeper which I will not go into here because that is what I am really about and I can't put it into little white letters on a screen. You ask: "What in the world brought you here?" And I would say, with my "Teacher" hat on: "nothing in the world brought me here, my child"... but something from beyond this world. The light within me is comforted by the light in others. Not because it agrees with what I agree with but because it is LIGHT which I seek and LIGHT which I attempt to give forth. Even if sometimes it is taken the "wrong" way... and how can I say which way that is... it is different for everyone. I used to put on a production of sorts on line called "GOD IN A BOX"... which was an idea (ahead of its time) I had back when I had my metaphysical school... I was going to get into a box in the middle of the room and let people ask questions and the answers would issue forth from the box... just an experiment in Higher Communication. I don't know if I was going to write them out or speak them... but years later the internet took care of that... I could do both... by speaking them but in typed sentences. Some people caught on and some were angry. But I ended up learning as much as anyone else which is why I love teaching. I expand my own consciousness faster when I teach than when I am simply alone with myself working through my petty personal problems like....why does eating cause so much pleasure and so much pain... oh... we've been over that. *grin* (((HUGS))) Thanks for drawing me into your soul. ~ Derek Lamar
hall of mirrors gives back what it receives
And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. ~ Lennon / McCartney
Monday, November 10, 2003
to the presence...
The first definition I was given for "Namaste" was: "The God in me salutes the God in you." Which essentially the same as 'the divine / light in me acknowledges the divine / light in you'. However, I had to mention it here in lieu of "What if God were One of Us".... as in "What if God were ALL of us". I don't mean this flippantly and I don't mean that God is the collective of human beings, but rather the consciousness that we are is the same ONE MIND which is "all there is".~ Derek Lamar
one's royal high-ness
To see divinity is someone else is to recognize your own Higher Self. ~ D.L.
Sunday, November 9, 2003
To The Voice...
God doesn't speak in a "still small voice"... he/she/IAM is yelling and usually we are deaf. We do not have to quiet ourselves to hear this voice... we have to listen. We are actively engaged in blocking out this voice. Often people pretend they are listening and this is when they block it out the most. It is our own filtering system we must work on so that our "reception" is clear when the voice "appears". And yet this voice does not "appear" in the anthropomorphic sense... the communication is on-going. It is like a 24 hour radio station and we but have to decide to tune in and listen. Ultimately we will learn that it is our own voice. We are the voice. But we pretend it is from outside of us because we are too afraid to believe the Truth. ~ Derek Lamar
Close Encounters had a theme of sorts where people were getting "messages" all over the world which were being interpretted as sound, images, etc. Like a formula. Like mental crop circles as it were. These voices are what Moses experienced when he came to the realization of "I AM THAT I AM". This is what Rene Descartes experienced with his "Cogito Ergo Sum"... I think therefore I AM, and this is what Jesus related when he said: "Even before Abraham, I AM. Enlightenment has always come to individuals here and there mostly due to the spiritual work they have engaged in over a lifetime. Now, it seems, all of mankind is approaching a moment in time, in space, where we will collectively experience this realization of the SELF. But we will know that this SELF that each of us experiences is the same SELF because in reality there is only ONE SELF. This isn't to be confused with seeing divinity in someone else but to see it also in oneself. There can be no divinity in someone else if it is not also within you because this SELF is INFINITE. Clearly Barbara understands this or she wouldn't be able to pull off a show like this where so many people are responding to what is happening within their consciousness just as Joan is when "GOD" is the voice calling to her. It is a pleasure to speak on this web site with so many "ears" who understand the "one voice". As Sai Baba once said: "The only difference between me and you is that I know that I AM God." We must go beyond faith and realize the KNOWING of the SELF. This new show can act as a hundredth monkey. It is way beyond ratings. It is about realization. It is about knowing. It is about METANOIA.~ Derek Lamar
never metanoia I didn't like
When you have to change, and reality is all there is, you cannot become something different, you can only become more of who you really are. ~ D.L.
Saturday, November 8, 2003
What are words? They are meanings which relate ideas and states of consciousness. We string them together to express an unfoldment of consciousness on some level; a communication of some sort. What is prayer? This is something which most people seem to misunderstand. They think that you pray when you want something for someone or yourself from someone else: God. But is that really what prayer is or should be? Prayer is communication to the Self. This is for you to aggressively pursue an understanding of reality by confronting your own limitations that you set upon yourself and when you recognize within your consciousness that another reality is operating other than the one which created the world you are currently dissatisfied with, then a metanoia can occur. Always change in your world will occur when change in your consciousness occurs. This is fact. This is Truth. This is Principle. You get back what you put out. When the belief system you are operating under changes, then the "movie" of your world that you are perceiving as reality will conform to your new consciousness of it, just as your previous script unfolded in patterns and manifestations before in your life. ~ Derek Lamar
things are True
When you see more of who you really are in your Self, your world will make a new place in it for you. ~ D.L.
Friday, November 7, 2003
Everything is a mirror of your consciousness. When you are looking at your hands you are seeing a reflection of your consciousness as it thinks symbolically and interpretted through a state of duality which believes in a matter based universe and thus you paint this picture within your mind to agree with that formula which you call space and time. That does not mean that everything you perceive is a lie. It merely means that what you perceive is a snapshot of how you then understand it to be. ~ Derek Lamar
And know everything. Find God in everyone. Realize the mathematics of life and its perfection in all that is.
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Everything you have ever experienced... you experienced in your mind. What does that tell you? Even if you believe you have experienced matter in a physical world it is because you "think" that you have. You "feel" that you have. But what do you know? When you have a dream, it is all happening in your mind, right? How often have you had dreams which seemed SO real that you believed it was more than dreaming... it was REAL. You know the dream. The kind where it wasn't silly plastic ducks flying around the room with cartoon rabbits bouncing down a cloudy road while you floated through the air and the scenes changed every forty-five seconds. But the kind of dream where you know that it was "knock on wood" solid and that it was really happening. Well think about your life. It is a dream too. And it is all happening in your mind. When you think about the past, you are thinking about it NOW. You can't think about it then, only NOW. You are in the NOW and you are in a dream. Once you even allow yourself to imagine that this might be true, you are on your way to enlightenment. ~ Derek Lamar
Dreams are Made of These...
Who am I to disagree? ~ Annie Lennox
Wednesday, November 5, 2003
You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to a gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and soul, because You already have these. So -- I've brought you a mirror. Look at Yourself and remember me. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi (The Wisdom of the Sufi Sages by Timothy Freke)
God said, "To reveal the secrets of my abundant love, I created a mirror whose face is consciousness and whose back is the world." ~ Jalaluddin Rumi (The Wisdom of the Sufi Sages by Timothy Freke)
God is your mirror in which you contemplate yourself and you are His mirror in which He contemplates his divine attributes. ~ Lbn Arabi (The Wisdom of the Sufi Sages by Timothy Freke)
AM THAT I AM and ALLAH that!!!
Allah is non-being and being, existence and non-existence. He is the relative and the Absolute. All these concepts return to Allah, for there is nothing we can comprehend or write or speak about that is not Allah. ~ Abd Al-Kader (The Wisdom of the Sufi Sages by Timothy Freke)
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
It's never too late to become what you might have been. ~ George Eliot
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung.
When you admire something in someone else, it is because you recognize the value there. ~ Derek Lamar
You have become no one if you haven't become yourself. ~ Derek Lamar
up to the bat and swing
Discomfort is the first indication that there is something more. ~ D.L.
Monday, November 3, 2003
Plato: "In every man there is an eye of the soul which is more precious far than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen." ~ Plato (The New Republic)Plato: "Until the person is able to abstract and define rationally the idea of good, and unless he can run the gauntlet of all objections, and is ready to disprove them, not by appeals to opinion, but to absolute truth, never faltering at any step of the argument -- unless he can do all this, you would say that he knows neither the idea of good nor any other good; he apprehends only a shadow, if anything at all." ~ Plato (The New Republic)
Reason... stepping stones to level one
To see the shadow is to feel the effects of the light. Go beyond it. ~ D.L.
Sunday, November 2, 2003
Truth is already all there is, and is wholly operative, is the Omnipresent One It is. Truth is completely satisfied with every idea It has conceived, as being perfect, whole, entire, completed. This leaves nothing that needs to be "brought about," or still to be "settled." ~ Alfred Aiken (Power)
is all there is
I think therefore I am. Truth is all there is and I exist therefore I am all there is. ~ D.L.
Saturday, November 1, 2003
"...under the explicate realm of separate things and events is an implicate realm of undivided wholeness. (and this implicate whole is simultaneously available to each explicate part)" ~ David Bohm
As the saying goes: 'In back of time, space and change there is a fundamental reality.' ~ Derek Lamar
The new science finally admits God, as religion has always wanted, but along with that, it destroys the myths we have about the world, ourselves and who we are in relationship to God. ~ Derek Lamar
think therefore I am... Mind
Implicate/explicate reflects diversity in unity/unity in diversity. Infinite One. ~ D.L.
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