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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Yet the cycles of myths through which we 'suppose' are continually spiralling through the rhythms of inner and outer perception, each time taking some of the previously acquired insights with them. The outer myth of science is giving way to the inner myths of subjective meaning, while still retaining the knowledge acquired through rationalism. As Bryan Wilson remarks, in a society where intellectual criteria dominate 'it may well be that what cannot be intellectually accepted cannot be emotionally reasuring.' ~ Lawrence Blair (Rhythms of Vision)

Always a question leading us to a new answer

Friday, January 30, 2004

Imagine yourself holding you in your hand. Imagine that you are imagining you holding yourself in your hand. This is who you really are. ~ Derek Lamar

Life is a mirror, reflect on that
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Thursday, January 29, 2004

If one feels lost, the first thing they must do is look at themselves and evaluate where they are at. At least upon an honest appraisal, however real or not, they are no longer lost as they thought they were. From this point one can make it back "home". Home, of course, is reality. It is sanity. It is Truth. In order to begin to discover Truth we must be willing to face the lies. In doing so the lies hold far less power over us than they once had. The biggest power the lies have is the denial and the hiding that we expend all of our energy on. If you are lost, look at the predicament that you have found yourself in. The first thing you should realize is that you don't belong there. If you did, you wouldn't feel lost now would you? ~ Derek Lamar

Life is a puzzle, enjoy the game

Today is my wife's birthday. Without her, I would feel lost. She is the doorway to my soul and the path to my inner self. She is the light which shines on me and removes the shadow between us. She is the love I denied myself only to find it in her eyes. She is my life long partner and my forever friend. She is the part of me I have yet to discover in myself and I am the part of her which is the key to our destiny. Happy Birthday Sweetheart.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

If you must have money to be set free then you will need some money to give you the peace to view yourself. The day to day survival without basic needs will not provide the opportunity for self awareness in order to transcend the physical reality you live in. You must be in a place where you can quiet yourself in order that you objectively observe yourself and your world. "Be still and know that I AM God." ~ Derek Lamar

The best things in life are free but poverty will bring only despair
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

All the old traditions tell us that there is more than one path to the Great Goal. Just as there is more than one road up every great mountain, and yet all roads meet at the top, so in the Spiritual Quest there are several roads, all of which lead in due season to the One Great End. There is the path of knowledge. True knowledge of Divine things is one of the appointed paths to attainment; but that path is by no means for everyone. And there is the pathway of action -- of organized activity, perhaps one had better say -- and the world needs this too; but this again usually calls for a special gift, and special circumstances in which to apply it. And there are others. The shortest and the easiest pathway of all is the Pathway of Love. This really is the Royal Road to the attainment of the Great Goal. It is the simplest of all the paths, and it is the most direct and the easiest too. And it is the one pathway which is open to all, everywhere, irrespective of what their personal conditions or surrounding circumstances may be. For everyman, everywhere, the true Initiation, through the Yoga of Love, awaits every day. ~ Emmet Fox (The Yoga of Love, 1933)

Life is existence, and this is the Truth of Being. ~ E.F.

The only reason we have any fear at all is because we do not love God enough. ~ Emmet Fox
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Monday, January 26, 2004

The solution to subconscious confusion is to set a goal for ourselves in the external world and to have a positive plan incorporating meditation daily as a life style within that goal. Through this positive initiative and daily effort in meditation, awareness is centered within. We learn how to disentangle and unexternalize awareness. As soon as strong initiative is taken to change our nature toward refinement, a new inner process begins to take place. ~ Master Subramuniya (The Meditator: A Western Mystic's outline for advanced meditation)

The universe is not noise, it is music. We must turn off the noise by realizing the harmony which is in effect throughout Reality. What we perceive as noise is our own confusion which makes everything jumbled and garbled. Our subconscious mind knows how to keep us busy holding our hands over our ears, as it were, to block out the noise, but also everything else. This keeps the ego safe. The still small voice is there speaking to you and when the noise becomes music the words can be heard loud and clear. ~ Derek Lamar

The light from the sun is the knowing of the Self
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Sunday, January 25, 2004

Everyone has issues to resolve. Otherwise you wouldn't be here. And what happens when all of the issues are resolved? What happens when you finally get your car repaired and it is running smoothly and in seemingly tip top condition? You take it out for a ride of course. You experience life in it. You express yourself as you feel the air whip through your hair. You enjoy your surroundings. But now with the car running well you can do it in confidence and miss a lot less of what is going on all around you. This is true of the SELF. When you finally know who you are and the issues are resolved, life isn't over... it is just beginning. ~ Derek Lamar

A flower is not just something pretty, it is the unfoldment of God
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Saturday, January 24, 2004

When you gaze into the infinity of space at night, realize that you are looking into a microscope at a cell within the body of Consciousness and that this is your body. You are all there is. Everything you perceive you do so within the confines of your mind and your mind has no limits. This is you and this is infinity. You are all there is. Do not feel lonely yet do not cling to your individuality. Do not feel separate for all is one. Do not feel sad for joy is all there is. Joy is the knowing of the infinite perfection of love which is the only reality to discover that will last forever. Know that as you read these words that came to you at a time when you most needed to hear them. ~ Derek Lamar

A shooting star cuts through the skyscape of forever
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Friday, January 23, 2004

In the wind was a whisper which spoke only to my soul. I could hear the voices among the taro leaves in the field as the breeze swept up the hill from the kai. I knew it was my ancestors speaking to me the words which I myself would know today as I would need to know and understand. A shadow covered me suddenly and I looked up to see a cloud. The islands have their own clouds. They are not prisoners of the islands but guardians of tradition granting the earth moisture in a balanced way like the emotions of the soul. A peace descended upon me as I knew that I was one with the cloud, the rain and the wind. ~ Richard Kula

A breath of forever against an eternal sky
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Thursday, January 22, 2004

I was on the beach and a wave hit me and knocked me over. When I came to, I realized that I was on another island. There was no one there but me. It wasn't any different than the other island except there were no people there to keep me from knowing myself. Suddenly I became afraid. I realized that I was afraid to know myself because of who I thought I really was. I didn't want to look at all of my faults. It never occurred to me that I might discover God. ~ Richard Kula

Wave... and the ocean will wave back
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Like the revolutionist of whom Tolstoy wrote -- "You can imprison my body, but you cannot so much as approach my ideas." You cannot build walls around a thought. You cannot imprison an idea. You cannot cage the energy, the enthusiasm, the enterprise of an ambitious spirit. This it is that distinguishes us from the animals. This it is that makes us in very truth Sons of God. Ella Wheeler Wilcox said: "Waste no tears upon the blotted record of lost years, but turn the leaf and smile, oh, smile to see the fair, white pages that remain for thee." ~ Robert Collier ( The Secret Of The Ages)

An idea is a thought which will forever remain perfect
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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

One of the most powerful and pervasive attitudes regarding childhood in our culture is the idea that at some point you cease to be a child and are an adult forever after. This is completely contrary to the facts of emotional growth and development, resulting in much confusion and often sever, unnecessary self-contempt in adults. The demand is that you must be "grown up" at all times because of varying conditions or responsibilities: you have graduated, reached twenty-one years of age, gotten married, obtained a job, become a parent. Therefore, any feelings or actions, or even wishes, that might be regarded as "childlike" are considered as signs of unworthiness, contemptibility, a demonstration of inadequacy. Often people who thus belabor themselves have been raised in an unnecessarily strict environment with a constant parental demand for "grown-up" behavior. As adults, such person continue to place such demands on themselves -- which the "inner child of the past" defies, arousing their self-contempt. ~ W. Hugh Missildine, M.D. (Your Inner Child Of The Past)

There is no past in the subconscious... everything there is NOW
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Monday, January 19, 2004

There is a Universal Mind, Spirit, Intelligence that is the origin of everything. It is First Cause. It is God. This Universal Life and Engergy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized and through everything that lives. There is One Life back of everything that lives. There is One Energy back of all that is energized. This Energy is in everything. There is One Spirit back of all expression. That is the meaning of that mystical saying: "In Him we live, and move, and have our being." (Acts17:28) ~ Ernest Holmes (Religious Science, 1932)

One is the lonliest number... until you realize that it is the Infinite One, beside which, there is nothing else
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Sunday, January 18, 2004

American society has at hand most of the factors that could bring about collective transformation: relative freedom, relative tolerance, affluence enough to be disillusioned with affluence, achievements enough to know that something different is needed. We have been temperamentally innovative, bold, and confident. Our national myth says that we can have the alternative if we have the imagination and the will. ~ Marilyn Ferguson (The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1987)

One must march to the beat of a different drum based on the true insight of knowing who they really are and not on who they believe themselves to be ~ D.L.
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Saturday, January 17, 2004

When a village grows into a town or a child into a man, the village and the child become lost in the town and the man. Memory alone can trace the old features in the new picture; and in fact the old materials or forms have been got rid of and replaced by new ones. It is otherwise with the development of the mind. Here one can describe the state of affairs, which has nothing to compare with it, only by saying that in this case every earlier stage of development persists alongside the later stage which has arisen from it; here succession also involves co-exitence, although it is to the same materials that the whole series of transformations has applied. The earlier mental state may not have manifested itself for years, but none the less it is so far present that it may at anytime again become the mode of expression of the forces in the mind, and indeed the only one, as though all later developments had been annulled or undone. This extraordinary plasticity of mental developments is not unrestricted as regards direction; it may be described as a special capacity for involution -- for regression -- since it may well happen that a later and higher stage of development, once abandoned, cannot be reached again. But the primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable. ~ Sigmund Freud, Complete Psychological Works, Vol. XIV, pp. 285-286 (as related by Elizabeth O'Connor in Our Many Selves: A Handbook for Self-Discovery, 1971)

It takes a village which is also holographic and so on and so on...
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Friday, January 16, 2004

Most people think that "doing the will of the Father" is something like agreeing to give them a ride to work in the morning. In other words, they think they are doing God a favor. But as soon as they learn it means giving up a part of themselves inside and allowing God to be in control, they back off right away. You can tell people that this Divine Mind is actually their true identity but their ego is so entrenched within their system of consciousness they just can't let go... it is feared like death. ~ Derek Lamar

Oh yes God... I'll feed your damn sheep!
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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Learn to imagine the thing desired, and then feel the reality of the state sought. This is the easiest and quickest way to get results. Some get results by convincing themselves of the Truth -- that God is the only Presence and the only Power; this is one of the most wonderful things in all the world to know. ~ Joseph Murphy, D.R.S., D.D., Ph.D., LL.D. (Supreme Mastery Of Fear, 1946)

Pray as if you have it already - Mark 11:24-25
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Of prayer... it is not by faith which prayer works. to believe is better than not to believe, but it is in the knowing of the Absolute Truth which comes to one when they realize that the answer to prayer already is, that this realization does occur. Jesus said: "Pray as if you have it already." Know that the answer is there already because it is and then you will discover that your "world", the state of consciousness which reflects your "belief" has changed. You can change nothing but your perception of your thoughts. ~ Derek Lamar

You can only receive what you already have
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

"I think we're born knowing everything and spend the rest of our lives trying to remember it." ~ G.L. five years old (contributed by Darlene Lofgren)

It is true that on the spiritual path one is basically unfolding all that which they are, what they know and all that ever will be. There is no time, space or change in reality but rather the ALLNESS of the NOW. Out of the mouths of babes, as they say, comes the knowing not yet forgotten. ~ Derek Lamar

You can only learn what you already know
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Monday, January 12, 2004

Often people do not realize how much they have. They have forgotten what nothing is. Nothing isn't when you lose everything you have, nothing is when you lose yourself. You see, you can't have "nothing". Nothing is nothing. How can you have nothing? You can only have something. So having nothing is impossible unless you lose yourself. Then you become nothing and that is what you are but you can't have it because nothing can't have something. Even if it is nothing. ~ Derek Lamar, Fourth Way Teacher

When someone says thank you... don't say: "oh, it's nothing", you have just insulted them. Simply say, "oh, I am glad to have been of help" or "I am pleased to share with you because I have already received from you."
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Do you know what happened on January 12th? No, I'm asking... do you know? *s*

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Remember that life is magic and that simply being alive is a supernatural event. When you feel the need to find a path you will be drawn to a teaching which fits your needs at that point in time. Something within you will speak to you in some way, perhaps only a feeling, to let you know that you are in the right place at the right time. ~ Derek Lamar, Fourth Way Teacher

Please to meet you... I've known you forever
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Saturday, January 10, 2004

Life really is wonderful... when you aren't pressed against the jagged rocks piercing your soul while at the same time you hold on to them for dear life so as not to fall. This is why a spiritual path is so important. To be able to center yourself on some level, to some degree, before life closes in on you and creates an atmosphere where you can't think clearly enough to escape the claws of everyday existence as it clutches you in its death grip while you struggle to get away. "Just a moment of peace", you pray, "and then I will do my Work" you say, but when that moment comes you are so relieved you just slump back and coast awhile until you're hit again by a bigger more stressful moment out of the history book of nightmares. Get busy! Keep a spiritual place handy that you can access it at any given moment. ~ Derek Lamar

Keep a mirror handy... you're the only friend you've got. ~ D.L.
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Friday, January 9, 2004

Someone called me today... they wanted to know what happens when you die. I said: "Nothing. Life goes on." He said, "So that's it, it's all over?" I said "No. It's never over. Life goes on and on. It continues. But if you are planning on helping it along you will have more problems to deal with." Life does go on and on and on. Life is eternal. You are eternal. But as Consciousness, your next life is not a shot in the dark. It is not the roll of the roulette wheel. It is a continuation of where you left off. And if you end your life because you can't deal with life, this is not the way to begin another life. You're liable to be an abortion several times before you get it right. Think about it. ~ Derek Lamar

The chance to start over happens with every breath you take. ~ D.L.
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Thursday, January 8, 2004

Many holy men still complain about the fact that Baba indulges himself with cheap tricks of materialization, not that they doubt his ability to materialize concrete objects, but those kinds of feats are considered to be on the lowest level, spiritually. A true saint should live in a cave, away from society, without cheapening himself by becoming popular, they insist. "My miracles," Baba has said, "are my calling cards. I give the people what they want so that they will later give me what I want, their love of God. Some people may call it advertising, and, if it is, so be it. I am here to serve my devotees the best way I can." ~ Arnold Schulman (Baba)

Seek not the holy man in the wilderness, but the holy man within ~ D.L.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

The path one is on is not one which is created by a philosophy. Rather it is a clear sighted journey which is manifested for oneself out of the consciousness which is developing toward a greater understanding of the Self. This path will unfold who you are and will pull you toward yourself even as you move in that same direction. Not only will you take yourself there, it will appear to you and guide you along the way. You are the I AM walking toward who you really are, who you already are, who you have always been. ~ Derek Lamar, Priest of Melchizedek

A day is as a thousand years, a year is as a thousand discoveries
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Tuesday, January 6, 2004

There is a world inside the world that you see
And it's okay to count the minutes 'cause how many could there be
And if love is all around us how could this have found us
The move you know is don't let go of me
There is a world inside the world that you see ~ Rhett Miller

A wheel within a wheel ~ Peel the onion, find the sweet center
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Monday, January 5, 2004

"Sin is the deprivation of good." ~ Hank Hanegraaff

"Darkness is the absence of Light. Error is the absence of Truth. Illusion is the absence of Reality. What really is has a sound foundation, everything else has no substance, it doesn't really exist. Therefore only Reality can exist and still our perceptions of what is real and what is false eludes us into continuing to hold on to this dualistic state of consciousness. We feel so at home in this delusional theatre and yet cry out at the pain it causes us daily in our everyday lives." ~ Derek Lamar

Krishnamurti said that the real work was to determine the real from the false
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Sunday, January 4, 2004

A woman asked a man: "What are you thinking about?" He replied: "Nothing." The woman, visibly annoyed asked: "How can you possibly think about nothing?" The man said: "Women talk about nothing and men think about nothing." ~ unknown

Sort of a Zen-Seinfeld "show about nothing" kinda thing.
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Saturday, January 3, 2004

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, 1959)

Truth is all there is and YOU exist therefore you are all there is. You are perfect, whole, entire, completed. ~ Derek Lamar
Wholeness and completeness would solve all of your problems... what problems?

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Friday, January 2, 2004

Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one's being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom... We can say that Zen liberates all the energies properly and naturally stored in each of us, which are in ordinary circumstances cramped and distorted so that they find no adequate channel for activity... It is the object of Zen, therefore, to save us from going crazy or being crippled. This is what I mean by freedom, giving free play to all the creative and benevolent impulses inherently lying in our hearts. Generally, we are blind to this fact, that we are in possession of all the necessary faculties that will make us happy and loving towards one another. ~ D. T. Suzuki (Selected writings of D.T. Suzuki, 1956)
To find freedom to be creative, to find creativity to be free ~ D.L.

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Thursday, January 1, 2004

One cannot teach a path to another person. One can share what they have learned and in a manner or other the student can learn certain things which will help them to develop their own path. A person's path has more to do with their own make up and things they need to learn than the teaching they experience. And yet the teaching that they receive will be the direct result of their consciousness and the teacher that they find appearing in their life. The more willing the student is to looking at themselves and be open to their own change the easier the process can be. ~ Derek Lamar
A new life is beginning

Congratulations... you have rung a bell on the landscape of positive change
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