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Q.M.I. Presents Derek Lamar's
December 2004
Quote of the Day

Friday, December 31

"These things I do, you can do also, when you know the Truth about yourself. that Truth is, that God is in you. You are a share in His Great Mind. If you will confidently and constantly depend upon that Mind, it will work in you, even as it does in God." What God thinks or conceives, becomes. Man reflecting and using this same Mind of God creates also by thinking. When Jesus wanted a word with which to describe this spiritual-mental sovereignty of man, he borrowed a term from his own contemporary scene, "The Kingdom of Heaven." It was a time of kings and princes and emperors and sovereign thrones; and, so speaking in the language his contemporaries easily understood, he said, "The Kingdom of Heaven (that is to say, your sovereign power) lies within you." This reflection or portion of God, which is all-powerful, is resident in every man by virtue of his likeness to God. To use the power, we need only to understand how it works, and to trust it to work for us. ~ Joseph Lowrey Fendrich (The Rediscovery of Christ, 1946)

That which comes to an end is just a door to a new beginning
Thursday, December 30

Since God is within you, he directly guides and influences your every thought. Knowing this, you can say in all sincerity and truth, "I can of mine own self do nothing: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (John 5:30, 14:10)" The Bible makes it clear, that without the understanding that God is within you, there is no life. ~ Carl O. Johnson (Let God Solve Your Problem: A Complete Home Study Course in Ontology, 1939)

To BE is but to BE... infinity
Wednesday, December 29

You can never go home again. A prophet is not accepted in his own home town. You return because subconsciously a part of you wants recognition for who you know you have become but they only see who they knew from a long time ago. Your insecurity causes this reflection to slap you in the face just as they do not see the light which might now be there. You must let this past go. You must release them and allow their divinity to issue forth and worry not about what they think of you. This is love. This is your destiny. This is the path you have chosen. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Worlds in collision ~ Immanuel Velikovsky
Tuesday, December 28

An earthquake is the outpicturing of our subconscious mind collectively as it relates to our faith in the material world and how it is being shaken up. That part of the world for some time has been in chaos over the upheaval of religious beliefs as Islamic terrorism has been getting stronger and stronger in Indonesia and the adjoining areas. Earthquakes have been predicted for centuries as end time sign posts. One must begin to understand their world in more "Absolute" terms and realize concepts and realities which one can depend on and cannot be shaken loose from one's grasp of reality. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

I feel the earth move under my feet. ~ Carol King
Monday, December 27

Put your hand on my head, baby, do I have a temperature? I see people who are supposed to know better standing around like furniture. There's a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it. Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won't have the power to keep it. West of the Jordan, East of the Rock of Gibraltar. I see the turning of the stage, curtain rising on a New Age, see the Groom still waiting at the altar. ~ Bob Dylan (The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar, 1981)

I saw me an angel and I screamed you've got to take me. The angel stood there silently and agreed but would not make me. See all the things inside I needed just to free me. He looked in my eyes and said he wouldn't want to be me. And said I know you have to really see what's happening, but somehow the roar of the world became so incredibly deafening. The light was so bright there was nothing left to see. I had to close my eyes just to focus on my dream. The wind began to blow and the ground began to rumble. I began to see my life and all of my trouble. Everything I knew quickly passed before my eyes. The angel he just stood there and exhibited no surprise. I cried out in my darkness and I pleaded for some redemption but the angel he just turned away from my hollow and empty admission. I knew there was more to this than simply an echo of sorrow but there was nothing left inside of me on which I could borrow. A voice from on High screamed the time was now to realize my confusion. I wasn't who I thought and it was all just an illusion. Just who could I be if all there was was an infinite Spirit. I sat alone in the silence so complete that I could here it. I stood up in the Light which began to shine but did not fear it. ~ Derek Lamar (Angel On My Pillow In My Silent Pits of Hell, 2004)

Words are the numbers which add up to the equation
Sunday, December 26

We worry about the body because we think that is who we are. We think we are a body with a brain and with that brain we think about ourselves and our body and we are one. But we know when we cut our hair or trim our nails we are not losing a part of ourselves. Yet collectively we believe that this is who we are. If we change the color of our hair we believe that is who we are even though we have a memory of who we "really" were if we believe that there was an innate person we subscribe to as our physical self. But without pulling the plug on this program, imagine, if you will, that you are consciousness and that there is nothing in the Universe but consciousness... your consciousness. No, not your consciousness as that individual person because that person is just who you thought you were as you thought yourself as billions of other people on the planet as well. Yes, it is a sort of Matrix. You aren't who you think you are. It isn't a certifiable delusion but it is what stands between you and what humankind has sought to encounter for thousands of years. It is called enlightenment. Believing that you are a separate being surrounded by other separate beings is part of the illusion. It is the dream. It is time to awaken. We begin by learning the formula and accessing reality a piece at a time until the process is complete. This holographic reality we live in now is not perfect, it is based on duality which is responsible for all of the problems we encounter on a daily basis. But without leaving this realm, we can reach into this reality by realizing the formula and make changes in our consciousness which will bring reality back into focus as it pertains to any of those problems we desire to solve. Welcome to the 21st century. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar, Quantum Metaphysicist

As it really is, so it should appear, know what is the truth and not what is here
Saturday, December 25

"May the birth of Christ within be the only presence you need." ~ Derek Lamar

As you forgive others, remember to forgive yourself
Friday, December 24
Nancy and Derek Lamar's anniversary: December 24, 1980
married by Elizabeth Cuff Parker, H.W., M.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. but if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; and to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. ~ Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet, 1923)

I love Nancy. To say how much I love her would be human poetry. We tend to get carried away being tempted to use words to describe something which makes us look benevolent. One must simply understand love itself. Love is Oneness. To experience this oneness with a person is the same as experiencing love with God. Oneness is oneness and when it is perceived it is "God." To have this relationship with one's spouse is to experience God in their own partner just as one must let go and experience this within themselves. I have learned much about myself due to my relationship with my wife. I have learned many negative things but in doing so it has helped set me free from my own selfishness within. In this way I begin to extend myself outwardly to discover the Self beyond the self. We experience outwardly in others what we are wrestling with inside of ourselves and since our love partners are those who are closest to us we are confronted by our own constructs more directly through our partners. Our greatest discovery is to know that when we have conflicts we are merely experiencing our own struggles but viewed through the mirror of those we love. It has been 24 years now that we have actually been married. We have lived together 30 years. We met 33 years ago. We have known each other forever. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

As within, so without, I love you forever and there is no doubt
Thursday, December 23

Creativity is a spiritual experience. Every experience is spiritual actually, if you but realize the Truth in back of what is appearing to be going on. But creative endeavors are those which tend to naturally draw one into the arena of psychological insight in many ways which seem to be less threatening than everyday activities. The spiritual experience in creativity is often unnoticed by many people. This happens in sports activities as well. It is where the conscious mind gives way to the subconscious and allows for something Higher to intervene within that framework and produce something which ordinarily would not seem ordinary. Sometimes it is a song which has been written but when the composer goes back over it later he is often blown away and relates that he didn't even feel that he had actually written the piece. It just appeared there from out of the blue. That blue... that piece of sky... is the "above" from which one reaches into it and pulls out a divine moment without realizing that they have reached deep into themselves and presented it here "below." ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

As above, so below, we reach inside and then let go
Wednesday, December 22

Call upon me and I will answer you." There is no perhaps or maybe about it-if it is possible for you to call upon this power it will automatically answer you, in a way and by a means that ye know not of. You cannot determine the manner of its coming, for "My ways are not your ways." "My ways are as high above your ways as the heavens are above the earth." There is little use trying to figure out a "way" for this power to operate. You can only call upon the me when you have come to the full belief in this me. "Whom do you say that I am?" must finally be answered rightly. "I say that you are the Christ." Every man must finally answer that same thing to the voice within. "Whom do you say that I am?" when answered and recognized as being something more than a theory, will suddenly open the doors of attainment to you, and the new day sets in and then you can understand and appreciate how it is that you are commanded to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel" without price, etc., and how you are told to take no thought about any other things. ~ Walter C. Lanyon (Take No Thought Of The Journey

Besides the "I AM" there is nothing else ~ Focus on this: "I AM"
Tuesday, December 21
I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see me. ~ Buck Owens
Reflections are the echoes of that which appears to see itself as if it was over there instead of here. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
For every action is an equal opposite reaction. ~ Isaac Newton
Opposites attract and often they are so repulsive
Monday, December 20
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Nothing's gonna change my world. ~ Lennon / McCartney (Across The Universe by The Beatles)
Cha... cha... cha... changes... turn and face the strain, changes... look out, you rock and rollers. ~ David Bowie (Changes on Hunky Dory)
The only constant is change. ~ Hiram Wilke (1714-99) Society as a Whole
Change is the illusion of the infinite variety being viewed in its parts rather than the whole which is absolute. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Change is what you get when you break the dollar
Sunday, December 19
Although it is rarely noted in histories of the American Revolution, many of the arch-Revolutionaries came from a tradition of mystical fraternity. Except for such traces as the symbols on the reverse side of the Great Seal and the dollar bill, little evidence remains of this esoteric influence (Rosicrucian, Masonic, and Hermetic). That sense of fraternity and spiritual enfranchisement played an important role in the intensity of the Revolutionaries and their commitment to the realization of a democracy. "A New Order of the Ages Begins," says the reverse side of the Great Seal, and the Revolutionaries meant it. The American experiment was consciously conceived as a momentous step in the evolution of the species. "The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind," Thomas Paine said in his inflammatory pamphlet Common Sense. ~ Marilyn Ferguson (The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1976)
The day is coming when the world will become a space station for the Universe
Saturday, December 18
Love has nothing to do with sex and yet it has everything to do with sex. Sex has nothing to do with love and yet it has everything to do with love. First one must begin to understand the meaning of what might appear to be something altogether different. To fall in love, real love, not lust or infatuation or possession or domestic security or protected... but love... to let go of reasonable assurances, an abandon of one's emotional protection, a letting go of one's own personal boundaries to experience the Oneness with another as it is in Reality with all things. Love is a common event in the world which is uncommonly experienced in a pure form, but nonetheless, it is a spiritual experience which best can be described as "union with God." ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Now that I know what I feel must be right, I mean to show everybody the light, 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. ~ Lennon / McCartney (The Beatles, Rubber Soul)
Friday, December 17
While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked. ~ Bob Dylan
You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks
They really found you. ~ Bob Dylan
If you knew who walked beside you at all times on this path that you have chosen, you could never experience fear again. ~ A Course In Miracles
Underneath all of this I'm still naked
Thursday, December 16
I was alone, I took a ride, I didn't know what I would find there. Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there. ~ Lennon/McCartney (The Beatles)
Turn off your mind relax and float downstream, it is not dying, it is not dying, lay down all thought surrender to the void, it is shining, it is shining. That you may see the meaning of within, it is speaking, it is speaking. That love is all and love is everyone, it is knowing, it is knowing. ~ Lennon/McCartney (The Beatles)
And you can fly. High as a kite if you want to. Faster than light if you want to. Speeding through the universe. Thinking is the best way to travel. ~ Michael Pinder (Moody Blues)
And if you can't find the answer in the sun there is always the moon. It is all the same light. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
He not busy being born is busy dying. ~ Bob Dylan
To think is to exist, to think a lot is to live, to think continuously is to be a mystic
Wednesday, December 15
Awake - o not try to awake, but just awake as you do in the morning after a heavy sleep. Gradually you come to the surface of the lethal waters of sleep - and open your eyes and see. No illustration is worth much, but a faint idea of the majesty of the Power begins to come forth. So, do you begin to understand somewhat the Free Oneness of which the Oriental of High degree speaks. You are told to Live, and move and breathe and have your being in this One - and at the same time it lives, moves and breathes and has its being in you - and then the new degree of illumination takes place - Pure Revelation. For a long time you imagined you could control God and to some extent it seemed as if you were successful, but gradually you See that your activity is finished when you Pray and Believe. At this elevation you are inactive, and the Power takes over and is able to bring into full-fledged reality all the laws laid down for you, and so can you "do all things" not some - but ALL things through this mingling of the Power - the spirit with matter - lifting it into a New substance, a substance which acts as the place where things appear. You cannot do this if you try, or if you affirm. If affirmations had been actually effective, the whole world would have been changed lo! these many years. Free Oneness is the gift of living in the world and not of it. It is so necessary you understand this Law today for the world is at a point of chaos as most people recognize. So does the blare of the trumpets at the gates of dawn sound forth, and the shades of the long night give way to the prancing steeds of the chariot of the Sun, and out he rides in all his glory casting the light everywhere, transforming the whole earth into a place of revelation. AWAKE! ~ Walter C. Lanyon (Awake)

To be awake is to experience knowing, walk into this light

Tuesday, December 14
So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
You are the world.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

To know truth to be truth and false to be false. ~ J.K.

Monday, December 13

We have a situation in the our Western culture today. It has somewhat something to do with political correctness but it is more than that. With political correctness there is little thought, just compliance. But there is a philosophical correctness based on an agenda of pretending to bring peace to the world by eliminating religion of all kinds beginning with Christianity. What mankind must begin to understand is that "erasing" the memories of the collective will do nothing to bring peace. What we must do is become "enlightened" and raise our consciousness as it pertains to "MIND" and the symbolic manifestations which find their way into world wide religions. If there are erroneous beliefs about God then what we need is clarification and realization as it pertains to divinity... not simply denial and ignor-ance of the problem. All religions trace back directly to the insight gained by spiritual masters and when understood this can all be brought forward to be understood in ways which indeed will bring peace to the planet. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Peace through insight ~ Educate, not eradicate

Sunday, December 12

We live now in a time of darkness. Saints now do not display their power. Look now how many people are following Gurdjieff? One thousand? Fifty-thousand? One hundred thousand? One million? How many people are there in this world? In whose hands are they left? Have they been forgotten or left aside ? Impossible. Saints have the power to attract many to their association. But they do not use it because they do not have permission. It is given them for specific purposes and is not to be used everywhere and on every occasion. And that is the reason why saints nowadays see only certain people, special ones. You cannot find diamonds everywhere, they are rare. I likewise, the followers of saints are very rare, like stars on dark nights. All of you are like stars on dark nights, heralding that golden age to come when this has passed away. On that day, you and the followers of other saints will be shining and all saints will come together and use that miraculous power given to them by Allah. And on that day, everywhere in this world you will find peace. That is why Gurdjieff did not fully unfold the secret that was in his heart but used only some of it. Many saints have passed away having used only a portion of their secrets. Yet there will come a time at the end of this world when that one who is to come will restore everything. ~ Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani (Gurjieffian.net)

Time is unfolding that which is already True now.

Saturday, December 11
"That which you send out in the way of judgment comes back to you eventually with accelerated force and from the least expected place. Thus is the law of the Cosmic Force. Be not afraid of the truth. Welcome with open arms anything that will clear away the debris of human thinking, no matter how time-honored it may be." ~ Walter Lanyon (The Laughter of God, 1941)
"Like flashes of light into dense darkness came some of the special statements that are now used as expressions of faith or belief. In moments of highest realization of Truth they exclaimed, 'There is no reality in evil. There is no matter. There is no SIN! SICKNESS! DEATH!'" ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins (Class Lessons 1888)
"If you begin with Truth and are accurate, honest in your conclusion, you must behold that God is all and there is none else --- that Infinite Perfection is Present and is the Whole of your world, your Being, forever." ~ Alfred Aiken (That Which Is, 1955)

The Allness is realized as Oneness, then its expression to itself is "Out and Back"
Friday, December 10
The pearls left behind by masters of esoteric understanding are but echoes of that which we all should strive to understand and someday add our own mark. It is not the acclaim but the tribute to Mind Unfolding which we struggle to make clear in this Teaching. When you can read these words and feel the presence of God upon their lips you will be hearing your own voice spoken through the faces of the reflections which reveal who you really are.
"Of the many roles you play in life these are not your True Self, what you are is Consciousness, which is not of the many roles you play." ~ Thane of Hawaii (Closed Class experience, 1972)
"Our desire or effort to be rid of the appearance of any personal failure or discord must now be completely relinquished for the greater desire and effort to be pure in heart; that is, to acknowledge Perfection as one infinite All and Whole... indivisible, and at hand." ~ Lillian DeWaters (The Great Answer: The Message of Ontology, 1940)
"The advancing student will gradually relinquish his attempts to improve humanhood or to improve beliefs in order that the truth of spiritual existence may unfold in his consciousness." ~ Joel Goldsmith (The Infinite Way, 1947)
A pearl arises out of the need to insulate oneself from a constant irritation that life presents, but sand is a commonplace occurrence in the depths of the ocean and because of this emerges a beauty of great value ~ D.L.
Thursday, December 9

"One sees the mind is always demanding to be certain, to be secure, to be safe. A mind that is safe, secure, is a bourgeois mind, a shoddy mind. Yet that is what all of us want: to be completely safe. And psychologically there is no such thing. See what takes place outwardly --- it's quite interesting if you observe it --- each person wants to be safe, secure. And yet psychologically he does everything to bring about his own destruction." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti (You Are The World, 1972)

There is a line from "The Impossible Dream" which says "...to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause." There is more truth to this than poetry. This is the path of a mystic. To confront one's own nature which might seem abhorrent but necessary to get to the other side where they might find God. Perhaps this be your quest, to follow that star and know that the world will be better for this. Krishnamurti often talks about the world as your reflection and thus we must discover what we turn away from in the world which we might also find in ourselves. We must look at this in order that we can let it go and be lifted up. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

I must admit my own dishonesty, if I am ever to speak the Truth

Wednesday, December 8

"The student of Zen is confronted by a master who has himself experienced awakening, and is in the best sense of the expression a completely natural man. For the adept in Zen is one who manages to be human with the same artless grace and absence of inner conflict with which a tree is a tree. Such a man is likened to a ball in a mountain stream, which is to say that he cannot be blocked, stopped, or embarrassed in any situation. He never wobbles or dithers in his mind, for though he may pause in overt action to think a problem out, the stream of his consciousness always moves straight ahead without being caught in the vicious circles of anxiety or indecisive doubt, wherein thought whirls wildly around without issue." ~ Alan Watts (This Is It, 1958)

To be still is not to be frozen, just not distracted from Reality

Tuesday, December 7
The spirit of truth is the meaning, the significance of truth. that which is, that which is so --- in contradistinction to that which is not so --- such is the common, inevitable meaning ascribed to the word truth. Not what may be so, not what seems so, but what is so in the final analysis; not what is so relatively, but what is so absolutely... Because there cannot be anything besides what is; having found out what is, we must cancel what is not, leaving what is, or truth, to be all there is or can be. There can be no such thing as what is not. What is, is all, and must be all. ~ George Edwin Burnell (Axioms: The Book of Health and Science of Truth, 1897)

Stand in the light and know you stand in the "ALL there is"
Monday, December 6
The criminal who has no remorse, often is hiding it from himself, or also, it is often the case that he has totally blocked out all feeling inside. This would relate to the emotions which were not nurtured as a child. The criminal mind which does not feel for someone else does not feel for themselves. However, neither do they feel remorse, they also are incapable of feeling love, joy, excitement, happiness, contentment, satisfaction... all of these areas of his consciousness are blocked. And though sadness, remorse, guilt, shame, embarrassment, etc. are not in operation the emptiness is extremely painful to a certain extent. One can block many of these feelings and still have a certain feeling operating in a given area of consciousness however and this can often bring one around or put them over the age. An example would be the criminal who felt nothing but his pet dog was hit by a car and he went crazy with anger and pain. We all suffer from this to a certain extent. We block emotions because somewhere there was pain or fear and thus we turn away from it. We must confront all of these denials in order to release the feelings hidden deep inside. If the pain that hurts is not felt, it cannot be let go. That pain shall turn to anger and that anger will make one sick. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

I feel therefore I AM
Sunday, December 5
The Fourth Way, as a discipline of consciousness unfoldment, understood as the three classical paths of spiritual work combined: that of the yogi (knowledge), the fakir (mind over matter) and the monk (emotion and devotion), which each alone are limited, but together can create a fourth energy that achieves a transifiguration and translates as Wholeness: mind, body and soul. This wholeness or allness becomes the piece of the puzzle which cannot be seen or understood in its parts which always get pushed around moving the work but achieving little by themselves. The allness of combined forces results, however little, in the mustard seed power which can move mountains. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Intellect, instinct, and emotion entwined create a new key
Saturday, December 4
Listen to your world. Listen to others. Listen to yourself. Hear the wind blow through the trees. Listen to the rain upon the leaves in the meadow. Listen to the waves crash upon the beach. Listen to the birds in the morning. Listen to your heart beat in the stillness of the night. Listen to the crickets sing. Listen to the river roll through the canyon. Listen to the thunder of the storm. Listen to the leaves fall from the tree lightly crashing against each other and the grass nearby. Listen to the breathing of the one lying next to you. Listen to the wood expand out on the patio in the summer morning sun. Listen to the bubbles in the aquarium. Listen to the music of your soul. Listen to the songs which haven't yet been sung. Listen to the songs which make you cry. Listen to the songs which make you laugh. Listen to the songs which make you angry. Listen to the songs which make you sad. Listen to the songs which make you happy. Listen to the songs which make you dance. Listen to the pounding of the feet upon the floor. Listen to the robes swirl in the dance of the dervishes. Listen to the silence when everything stops... ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Be still and know...
Friday, December 3
One famous parable of Jesus which reads... "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lampstand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, see in your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
Thus... YOU are LIGHT and the LIGHT of your world because you are your world and your world is YOU. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden because it is raised high above all else, thus it symbolizes a "heavenly" perspective of Higher Mind or Raised Consciousness relating also the As Above, So Below. Thus "no one lights a lamp to put it under a tub", emphasis on "INTENTION" and the obvious meaning of letting what is, BE. Therefore you must let the LIGHT that YOU are shine forth for all to perceive so that the outward expression in what you do shall reveal and salute the Highest Divinity which is your I AM nature. Thus you are not supposed to be under a bush but rather unencumbered by the self of duality which shields one from their true self... that of LIGHT. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Light symbolizes the all knowingness which is MIND... thus very bright indeed
Thursday, December 2

Everyone should keep a journal. Not a diary or a calendar but a journal which is specifically dedicated to the "Work" one is doing on themselves. This helps remind you to do your "Work" but also it will let you know what you have accomplished when you start to feel like you just haven't been living up to your own standards. We rarely do.
Never take on tasks that are more than you think you can easily handle on a weekly basis. Because something always will come up and throw you off of your schedule. And keep it simple. Remember "fly efforts" not giant ego building goals. The point to this is for change and for growth.
Always read something at least once a week related to someone else's spiritual study. This is to honor and respect your own work and to salute others on their Paths as we work to unite as One. You don't have to agree with everything they say, but rather simply allow them to communicate it to you. Communication is the key. Once the communication stops, everything stops.
Do something practical around your house. Try and do something you have been putting off. Do at least one minor thing a week. Do one larger project a month. You will have to judge this for yourselves because some projects cannot be done in a month. These hints are not set you to make you fail, but rather to help you achieve the goals you already desire to achieve. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Look both ways in life: to what is coming toward you, and to where you are going

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

"...... everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. ~ Mourning Dove Salish (1888 ~ 1936)

A guru shows the path of enlightenment to seekers. Gu denotes darkness (ignorance) and ru denotes the removal of that darkness. The word guru has two other meanings. Gur means heavy or weighty, signifying the weight of the guru's wisdom, which can benefit others. The guru is both a formal teacher and a spiritual preceptor. He is a storehouse of spiritual energy, which he can transmit to others. He helps the aspirant to polish his inner self till it reflects the light of truth. In the Shirdi Sai Satcharita a seeker asks Shirdi Baba: "Where to go?" Baba replies: "High up". The seeker then asks: "How to go there?" Baba answers: "Take a guide, he will take you straight and make you avoid the ditches and wild beasts in the jungle". Even avatars like Rama and Krishna subjected themselves to the tutelage of worthy gurus like Vashishta and Sandipani. The guru-shishya parampara honours the teacher as God and promotes reverence for vidya (knowledge). It inculcates humility in the student and respect and gratitude in him for the dispenser of knowledge. Other noble virtues like discipline, dedication, sense of duty, sacrifice and compassion also evolve with the guru's help. A true guru guides you on the spiritual path to salvation. He promotes your furtherance on the Godward path. He is also the one who grants great inspiration to good works. The best guru dakshina is to adhere to the guru's words. Once, a guru sent his pupil to collect dry 'useless' leaves from a forest as guru dakshina. The disciple searched long and hard but was unsuccessful. Whenever he tried to gather the dry leaves he would be stopped by forest folk collecting them for fuel to heat water, humus for plants, for making patravalis (plates) or for preparing herbal medicines. He went back disappointed, without the guru dakshina. His guru said that the knowledge he had gained of how 'nothing was useless', was his guru dakshina, and his purpose in sending the student to the forest was to teach him that. By the gurus' grace - guru krupa - everything auspicious is obtained. However, the path is not easy. The disciple has to offer his ego at the guru's feet and accept his inscrutable methods of instruction. The guru's words may not be an explicit command (Sri Ramana Maharashi hardly uttered a word to his shishyas) - it may simply involve a subtle fine-tuning to the natural requirements of a purified conscience. As Sri Sathya Sai Baba says, the ultimate goal of the guru-shishya relationship is to make the latter attain the heights of self-awareness, whereby dependence on all external forms - even that of the guru - is shed, and the Param Guru or the Self is gloriously revealed within. ~ Shammi Paranjape (The Guru Shows The Path)

Many paths produce a discipline where one must step outside of themselves to discover who they really are, who they have always been, and the light to which they seek themselves to be for infinity. The student and the Teacher enjoy a journey which gives and takes, transmits and receives, experiences change and rebirth, sheds tears and laughs the laughter of God. The path of one's destiny is the heart of the universal soul. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

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