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April 2005
 
April 30 ~ SATURDAY

When you discover you could learn spiritual truths and make your life better you are on the road to success. When you realize that your spiritual knowledge will enhance your everyday life you are to be blessed. When you realize that knowing the truth is more important than your life you have begun to become enlightened. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

I loved myself, then I hated myself, then I discovered I was love
 
April 29 ~ FRIDAY

I am the One who wrote all this on your imagination. How can I not know the secret of your Heart? I am inside of your Soul. ~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Magnificent One) translated by Dr. Nevit Oguz Ergin, 1993

I AM the beginning and the end for I AM forever... reflect on that
 
April 28 ~ THURSDAY

The real student comes to the point in his life where he or she goes beyond that state of consciousness where he or she is willing to make changes in their consciousness so that their existing life is made better, and chooses instead to make changes in their consciousness so that their existing life is changed and all else within them accordingly. You cannot make real change without it affecting you throughout. Spiritual change is systemic. It will affect your consciousness and thus all you experience as "your world." ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

When you uncover the light, it will shine where you once stood
 
April 27 ~ WEDNESDAY

"Man is basically greedy, lazy, and self-indulgent and seeks every opportunity to avoid tasks that need effort. Physical effort is less difficult than mental effort, and effort on a developmental level more difficult still. Mental discipline is a product of determined discipline. It is no accident that some have it and some not. If you are prepared to struggle with yourself, good; otherwise seek an easier way, which will lead you nowhere but give you an idea that life's mysteries are open to you." (Hassan Kerbali) ~ Rafael Lefort (The Teachers of Gurdjieff, 1967)

When the student is ready... the teaching appears
 
April 26 ~ TUESDAY

I tried, lamely, to explain. "You see, Gurdjieff in his book mentions the Sand Map and I wondered..."

"You wondered," he said scornfully. "You do not wonder enough! You read, too, of wild camels and sheep and stilts and monastries and waterfalls, yet none of these engenders in you any wonder. You never imagine an allegory in them, you take them literally and you profit not at all but seize on romantic things like Sand Maps and the lure of Ancient Egypt. Why did Gurdjieff not persevere in his search in the Nile Valley? Or for the Sarmoun Brotherhood? Was he only mentioning these to give you an allegory to proceed from yourself, to encourage your silted-up minds to clear themselves of the ages of dead thought? Do you ever think of it that way?"

I spoke boldly. "Could you then give me some explanation that might help me understand?"

"No. Because you seek an explanation to help you and not an experience. Fundamentally you want to be given a book marked 'Secrets of the Unknown and How to Know Them', which you could follow lesson by lesson and become perfect. There is no such book that you could understand; but such a book does exist, readily procurable, yet to be able to use it, to profit from it, you must be able to experience certain things that will prepare you for further understanding. These experiences have to be undergone, not just thought about or analysed. Do not now ask me for the name of the book, for you must find it yourself." (Mohamed Mohsin the Merchant) ~ Rafael Lefort (The Teachers of Gurdjieff, 1967)

The answer is right in front of you but you cannot see it because you are blocking the light ~ D.L.
 
April 25 ~ MONDAY 2005

I realize that being there for those who "want to know" is very lonely and almost within that waiting would be that peace and silence necessary to become better acquainted with one's Real Self. Also, reaching out into the highways and bi-ways and to provide the opportunity for others on an unknown path to reach out for truth as they recognize their desire to discover their True Self is very old fashioned. So damaged in its symbolism by the carrying on throughout the world with what happens in the media, in film and on TV that the path is almost unrecognizable. One must continue to be awaken and allow themselves to be the conduit of consciousness and know that when the student is ready the teacher will be there for them to provide the answers for the questions which they do not yet know how to formulate. It is hard for the average person to understand that it is not in the learning but in the unlearning process which opens one up to enlightenment. This is why the average person does not stand a chance. If you want to know and think you are average, forget it... you are not average. You are as rare as the black pearl of the South Seas and many times more valuable. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

Knock and the door will be open ~ Seek and you shall find
 
April 24 ~ SUNDAY

From the Kung Fu television series: Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds. Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No. Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things? Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?
(From that point forward Young Caine was referred to as "Grasshopper".)

Be still and listen, you will hear music from Eternity, it is playing for you
 
April 23 ~ SATURDAY

Once there was a debate between two countries USA and China one thousand years ago. Ten distinguished people from each country met in the Himalayas for the debate. The debate was on who is most important - the sun or the moon. Each side presented their arguments and counter-arguments for days but they could not settle. Finally on the 11th day the Americans defeated the Chinese in the debate and concluded that it is the moon which is more important than the sun, "because the moon gives us light in the night when it is dark, but sun gives us light in the day-when it is not necessary!!" ~ Joke of the Day (happy-gods.com)

How can Zen bring one to understand that decorating a room sparsely but with precision has meaning when the meaning to life is nothingness?
 
April 22 ~ FRIDAY

When the compulsive striving away from the NOW ceases, the joy of Being flows into everything you do. The moment your attention turns to the NOW you feel a presence, a stillness, a peace. You no longer depend on the future for fulfillment and satisfaction -- you don't look for salvation. Therefore you are not attached to the results. Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being. You have found the life underneath your  life situation. In the absence of psychological time, your sense of self is derived from Being not from your personal past. ~ Eckhart Tolle (Power of Now)

You are here NOW and FOREVER even when you least believe it
 
April 21 ~ THURSDAY

Time is not merely a coincidence, an accident, an illusion. Time is the appearances of things happening, movement, change, ongoing life, growth, unfoldment. The Truth is not simply timeless, but rather eternal. This is important. There is a difference between no time and all time. Think about that. Think about that forever. You will you know, you have no choice. Truth is all there is therefore Truth is infinite. This being the case time is a measurement of our awareness of what was, in the sense of what has always been, we think of that as the past. And then there is what will be, that which is in the future, or that which is ongoing beyond the appearances of the now. Often people involved in mysticism will say that the mystery is in understanding the divinity of the NOW. But in order to understand the mystical nature of the NOW one must realize that this NOW incorporates the past and the future as well as the now and with ALL of this rolled into one infinite moment, you have REALITY. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar

 
The same yesterday, today and forever
 
April 20 ~ WEDNESDAY

No Time Out... Fear usually brings us to our knees. Because most of us can't handle it, we put both feet on the brakes, stop the car, and pull over to the side of the road. But just because we decide to take time out, the life process doesn't stop. The clock is always ticking. Every moment we hesitate, for whatever reason, karma is being created. Each time we choose ego, which is the only part of us that wants time out, there is going to be a consequence-especially after we have awakened to the fact that the developmental process we are part of is interrelated at every level. Once we have recognized the awesome magnitude of this nondual truth that all is One-experientially, emotionally, and intellectually-from that moment on, we can't claim ignorance (of that Oneness) any longer. Indeed, once we have opened our eyes, once we have sought for and discovered the Big Picture, it makes a permanent impression on our soul. As a result, the consequences of what we do become much greater. We are all part and parcel of a developmental process that is beginning to awaken to itself through us and therefore, the more we awaken, the more the choices we make matter. The further each and every one of us goes, the greater will be our responsibility for the whole process. Never forget, there is no time out. ~ Andrew Cohen (From a retreat in Lenox, Maine, May 2004)

 
There are no little enlightenments, but each step is a glimpse into the total enlightenment which is always there winking back at us ~ D.L.
 
April 19 ~ TUESDAY
 
"Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, nor through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection..." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
 
"Understanding can never be made into a habit, a matter of routine; it demands constant watchfulness, alertness. To understand, there must be pliability, sensitivity, a warmth that has nothing to do with sentimentality." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
 
Be awake, observe, watch, perceive, accept, let go
 
April 18 ~ MONDAY
 
Trust wholeheartedly in Yahweh (I AM THAT I AM), put no faith in your own perception; in every course you take, have him (I AM THAT I AM) in MIND: he (I AM) will see t hat your paths are smooth. ~ Proverbs 3:5
 
...if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them" And God said to Moses, "I Am That I Am. This," he added, "is what you must say to the sons of Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'" ~ Exodus 3:14
 
Existence is taken for granted but be still and contemplate the existence as Beingness as the Reality of "WHAT IS" and what always was and what always shall be... this is the I AM which is the Consciousness of who you are. This is who you are which you shall know unto yourself for all time... for eternity... for infinity. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
I think therefore I AM THAT I AM
 
April 17 ~ SUNDAY
 
Teaching and learning are the same thing from different perspectives. The process of teaching is a real learning experience. If this is not true, there is little teaching going on. In the health food and nutrition industry there is a term "living foods" which relates to foods which are still alive and are very healthy for the consumer such as alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, carrots, and all sorts of raw foods which can be eaten without cooking or processing in the manner so much of our food is today culminating in the loss of vitamins and minerals and the essence of life itself. This is true of Spiritual Teaching. If it is "real" it is a living teaching and goes beyond instruction and its effect is the changing of consciousness itself and all who come into contact with it are altered in a positive manner. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
If it is alive it is true, if not, you are experiencing illusion on some level
 
April 16 ~ SATURDAY
 
And there is nowhere to look for God. What is God is completely obvious under these conditions, even totally within the limits of your present perception. There is the Divine. It is not a matter of some other vision, some other experience, some inwardness. It is a matter of hearing, of being awakened from the sleep, the bondage, the problem, the dilemma by which you apprehend your present condition. In this hearing you are awakened to the Condition of this moment without all the concepts and contractions of energy and feeling. ~ Bubba Free John (The Way That I Teach, 1978)
 
Realize that all you know is within you and it is there you will find God. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
April 15 ~ FRIDAY
 
In watching a PBS program on teaching it was made clear that often the problem is that the teacher is too close to the subject and does not realize certain simple elements which are required for the student to comprehend the process of what is being taught. In metaphysics it is necessary to begin by laying out the principles and what they are based on in ways which allow the student to prove it to themselves. But in the end it is necessary that the student care enough and actually wants to know otherwise they will never go to that extent. However, again, it is important that the teacher reach down deep into his or her self and extract their own excitement about the subject for the students to see in order that they might light a flame in the hearts of new students who then realize the joy and magnificence of knowing for themselves something which is at the heart of all of reality. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
The people were in awe of Jesus' teaching because he spoke with authority
 
April 14 ~ THURSDAY
 
"Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." In order to understand this we must strip away the anthropomorphic concepts attached to it. Remember, God is a symbol of the infinite mind which is Reality, Consciousness, Beingness. Every word is every form of expression that is expressed by Infinite Mind. "In the beginning was the Word" and this relates the mystery of "the Logos"... the Logos is the expression and communication of "Truth" as it relates to Infinite Mind. Not the Truth about something, but rather the "Truth" itself which is holographic and expresses the attributes of Higher Mind as Oneness, Wholeness, Completeness, Perfection, Harmony, Balance, Order, etc. This being the case, the knowingness of these concepts is the way one "LIVES" on every word that is expressed from the "mouth of God" which is to say the expression of Consciousness of the "I AM." Bread is an expression of the infinite source of nourishment that Truth is but Truth is not limited to this expression. This expression of Truth is an aspect of the Infinite Variety of Truth communicating itself out and back to itself thus one does not live on this alone but on the "Allness" of expression which emanates from Truth. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Feed the multitudes on the infinity of expression of Truth's nourishment: The Word
 
April 13 ~ WEDNESDAY
 
In dealing with clients you will find that you want the best for them. You may even hope for perfection. You might even realize that you expect perfection. You are so easily disappointed at this point. No one is going to become perfect. It is one thing to expect the perfection which is already there in back of the appearances of your world and work toward that being revealed, but to expect perfection to happen is to place your bets on imperfection being the actual reality which is playing out in the now... this is all wrong. You must focus on love and truth and be there to receive that knowingness for them as well. You do the best you can, you even train and utilize spiritual and psychological tools, but still, you must always know that it is your own consciousness you are dealing with... because there is no one else. There is one mind and in knowing this you become set free. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
The Truth shall make you free ~ I AM free
 
April 12 ~ TUESDAY
 
Understanding Oneness is the realization of Reality. To understand this is to realize the SELF and to realize the self, ultimately, is to know God. Keep in mind that this God is not the anthropomorphic concept of God, the Sunday School version of the Divinity, but rather it is both a formula and Consciousness. The reason it is a formula is because it is Absolute and thus the attributes of God will always agree with itself and thus continue to follow that form of what it is, has been and always shall be, however it still is MIND, it is Infinite Mind, and its process is that of knowing SELF and expressing SELF completely. Our process is to realize that not only is this reality not outside ourselves, but it is in fact, in Truth, the only Reality there is and we are already ONE with that. It is our reality if we but open up to realizing this is Truth. Life is somewhat like a dream but our believe in opposing ideas rather than the being of Oneness creates a formula of duality which continues to operate within our consciousness even though in back of this time, space and change there is that fundamental reality of Oneness which continues to hold it all together and this reality is our true Self. Did you get all of that? Good. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
In the beginning was the Word... and the Word was with God and the Word was God ~ St. John 1:1
 
April 11 ~ MONDAY
 
At no time since men have dwelt upon the earth have their notions about the universe undergone so great a change as in the century of which we are now approaching the end. Never before has knowledge increased so rapidly; never before has philosophical speculation been so actively conducted, or its results so widely diffused. It is a characteristic of organic evolution that numerous progressive tendencies, for a long time inconspicuous, now and then unite to bring about a striking and apparently sudden change; or a set of forces, quietly accumulating in one direction, at length unlock some new reservoir of force and abruptly inaugurate a new series of phenomena, as when water rises in a tank until its overflow sets whirling a system of toothed wheels. It may be that Nature makes no leaps, but in this way she now and then makes very long strides. It is in this way that the course of organic development is marked here and there by memorable epochs, which seem to open new chapters in the history of the universe. ....In the career of the human race we can likewise point to periods in which it has become apparent that an immense stride was taken. ~ John Fiske (The Idea of God, 1885)
 
Remember this talk of a "leap of consciousness" was not before the 21st century, but rather in 1885... just prior to the 20th century. If Mr. Fiske could only have seen the changes yet to occur. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
A leap of consciousness is that which happens... "in the twinkling of the eye"
 
April 10 ~ SUNDAY
 
Life is a "reality show" yet we do not watch it unless we can accuse others of being inferior, seeing them as failures, detailing their faults and their misgivings, somehow holding them up for criticism so as to raise ourselves in the light for others to see how much better we are by comparison. There is much to say about "letting he without sin cast the first stone." Forget about sin however. This is too "old fashioned" they would say and yet they still point out the "wrongs" of all the others and "judge" them amidst all of their own notoriety at being compassionate. Let it be said that only those with a clear and whole state of consciousness be free to criticize others. Do we all not have failings in all areas of our lives? This is all foolish nonsense. Grow up people. Engage your lives in serious work to become refined in the ways of straight thinking as it pertains to one's state of consciousness. It is not all subjective. If to be compassionate and caring is better than to be cruel and selfish are we not making a value judgment? Of course we are and is it not fair to do so? Not about judging others, but about evaluating what is important for each of us in our own lives in confronting ourselves. In our search for truth it is not to find error in others, but to find it in ourselves and thus emptying ourselves of that error so that truth might rise up and carry us along. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Straight thinking in the abstract is the process whereby we attain Higher Consciousness
 
April 9 ~ SATURDAY
 
There is in every earnest thinker a craving after a final cause; and this craving can no more be extinguished than our belief in objective reality. Nothing can persuade us that the universe is afarrago of nonsense. Our belief in what we call the evidence of our senses is less strong than our faith that in the orderly sequence of events there is a meaning which our minds could fathom were they only vast enough.. Doubtless in our own age, of which it is a most healthful symptom that it questions everything, there are many who, through inability to assign the grounds for such a faith, have persuaded themselves that it must be a mere superstition which ought not to be cherished; but it is not likely that any one of these has ever really succeeded in ridding himself of it. ~ John Fiske (The Idea Of God, 1885)
 
The duty of one who searches for truth is to honor the need to question everything, not to prove or disprove but to determine what is true for the sake of truth. And once one begins to understand truth, anything which he discovers to be true must agree with all of the others conclusions as to what truth is, for reality is holographic and it is infinitely linked up with itself as the Spirit of Being which we shall discover as who we are. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Eventually the puzzle pieces fall into place and the image of one's self becomes clear
 
April 8 ~ FRIDAY
 
The human soul shrinks from the thought that it is without kith or kin in all this wide universe. Our reason demands that there shall be a reasonableness in the constitution of things. This demand is a fact in our physical nature as positive and irrepressible as our acceptance of geometrical axioms and our rejection of whatever controverts such axioms. No ingenuity of argument can bring us to believe that the infinite Sustainer of the universe will "put us to permanent intellectual confusion." ~ John Fiske (The Idea Of God, 1885)
 
I don't believe in magic... I just believe in me. ~ John Lennon
 
April 7 ~ THURSDAY
 
If you mean to act nobly and seek to know the best things God has put within reach of men, you must learn to fix your mind on that end, and not on what will happen to you because of it. ~ George Eliot
Only one thing is necessary; to possess God. ~ Amiel
What we must do, let us love to do. Never lose an opportunity to see anything beautiful. Beauty is God's handwriting. ~ Kingsley
In the faces of men and women I see God. ~ Whitman
Learn there is nothing you don't already have and you will have everything. ~ Derek Lamar
 
God only knows what I'd be without you ~ Brian Wilson
 
April 6 ~ WEDNESDAY
 
If you desire to have spiritual knowledge, you must be willing to work for it. Learning is not as difficult as unlearning. The spiritual path is one where you let go of false beliefs you have about your self and your concepts of reality. This process is sometimes painful. However, avoiding this process assures us that our life will continue experiencing the problems which have become patterns in our life and the only way to avoid it, again, is to do personal work whereby we let go of false concepts we have chosen to hold on to. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Turn and face the strain, changes, look out you rock and rollers ~ David Bowie
 
April 5 ~ TUESDAY
 
Remember this, and also be persuaded of its truth --- the future is not in the hands of fate, but in ourselves. ~ Jules Jusserand
Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ~ Arnold
All the arts are brothers; each one is a light to the others. ~ Voltaire
 
Do not worry about the way things are, work to change them by changing yourself ~ D.L.
 
April 4 ~ MONDAY
 
Vision is to look into one's soul. To look into one's soul is to discover God. To look out into the world is to perceive oneself from a distance, away from direct confrontation. We look at the world and perceive it is out there rather than within. But we must also understand that what we see out there is because of what is within. We can only perceive ourselves because in reality we are all there is. There is no reality other than your own. Your vision is how you see yourself. Some things we see really well while others are fuzzy, blurry, in shadows, unnoticed even though we look with the same eyes, but not with the same vision. We say "I see" meaning that we understand, but so often we do not. Real understanding brings with it great vision. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
I'm looking through you, where did you go? ~ George Harrison
 
April 3 ~ SUNDAY
 
I cannot say, and I will not say, that he is dead. He is just away! With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, he has wandered into an unknown land, and left us dreaming how very fair it needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-- oh you, who the wildest yearn for the old time step and the glad return-- think of him faring on, as dear, in the love of there as the love of here; and loyal still, as he gave the blows of his warrior strength to his country's foes-- mild and gentle, as he was brave, when the sweetest love of his life he gave. To simple things; where the violets grew, pure as the eyes they were likened to, the touches of his hands have strayed as reverently as his lips have prayed; when the little brown thrush that harshly chirped was dear to him as the mocking-bird; and he pitied as much as a man in pain a writhing honey-bee wet with rain. Think of him still as the same, I say; he is not dead-- he is just -- away! ~ James Whitcomb Riley (Away)
 
Karol Wojtyla aka Pope John Paul II: May 18, 1920 ~ April 2, 2005
Expressions of the Light come in many forms... but light is still the light.
 
April 2 ~ SATURDAY
 
It is only through the morning gate of the beautiful that you can penetrate into the realm of knowledge. That which we feel here as beauty we shall one day know as truth. ~ Schiller
Sometimes, looking deep into the eyes of a child, you are conscious of meeting a glance full of wisdom. The child has known nothing yet but love and beauty-- all this piled-up world knowledge you have acquired is unguessed at by him. And yet you meet this wonderful look that tells you in a moment more than all the years of experience have seemed to teach. ~ Hildegarde Hawthorne
In all ranks of life the human heart years for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
Of those things in which you perceive beauty you are discovering God, whether you call it Mind, Heart, Soul, Spirit, Infinity, Eternity, it remains all the same. Someday all that you discover to be divine, you will one day come to realize as your own Being. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and the beholder stands in the mirror before God
 
April 1 ~ FRIDAY
 
Time is infinitely long and each day is a vessel into which a great deal may be poured, if one will actually fill it up. ~ Goethe
Time is... too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice; but for those who love, time is eternity. ~ Henry Van Dyke
Infinity is all right, as far as it goes, I close my eyes and open my soul, fill me up with your timeless truth, once I was empty now I am full, I weep for the knowing of a past alone, and now there is no one and yet I am whole, I seek to discover more of myself, only to know there is nothing else. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
 
Let me take you down 'cuz I'm going to Strawberry Fields, nothing is real, nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever ~ Lennon/McCartney
 

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