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October 31 ~ Wednesday 2007
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." G. K. Chesterton
Dragons are immortal. ~ J. R. Tolkien
Dragons cannot be killed, they can only be tamed. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
October 30 ~ Tuesday 2007
Most people do not understand Gurdjieff. They like the idea that he is an enigma. It seems that as long as he is this mysterious character who people do not know or understand, they never have to look at themselves and do their "Work". ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Wake up! But wake up because you want to wake up.
Man changes when it is more painful to stay the same than it does to change. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
October 29 ~ Monday 2007
“I think life is something that is handed to you on a silver platter, and it is up to you (me) to do something with it.” This answer touched off a long discussion about the phrase “on a silver platter”, including a reference by Gurdjieff to the head of John the Baptist. I retreated—it felt like a retreat—and modified the phrase to the effect that life was a “gift”, and this seemed to please him.
The second question (What do you want to know?) was simpler to answer. My words were: “I want to know everything.”
Gurdjieff replied immediately: “You cannot know everything. Everything about what?”
I said: “Everything about man, ” and then added: “In English I think it is called psychology or maybe philosophy.”
He sighed then, and after a short silence said: “You can stay. But your answer makes life difficult for me. I am the only one who teaches what you ask. You make more work for me.” ~ Fritz Peters (Boyhood With Gurdjieff)
Treat every day as if it were your last... treat every day as if it were your first ~ D.L.
October 28 ~ Sunday 2007

Ultimately, creativity, is the vehicle by which one communicates ideas and feelings which reveal the truth about what reality really is, despite what the appearances tend to be and what people often choose to believe. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Dream you are awake and awaken from the dream
October 27 ~ Saturday 2007

There is a great deal of data that says an unresolved relationship with her mother sets a woman's mind in certain nonautonomous patterns, encloses her in fear of certain experiences, often stops her from going after wants, keeps her from taking from it the gratification she needs. ~ Nancy Friday (My Mother My Self, 1977)
Connections, reflections are a reprise of the mind returning to its self for confirmation
October 26 ~ Friday 2007

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The sun is the conscious mind, the moon is the subconscious
October 25 ~ Thursday 2007

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical change are possible through prayer. Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Doing the will of the Father ~ Being in the world and not of it
October 24 ~ Wednesday 2007

It is in the helping of a student that the Teacher discovers himself or herself. All students are reflections to the Teacher and this mirror becomes the portal through which they discover Divinity: divinity for the student and for the Teacher. At this point all is One and all is whole, complete and perfect. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Grasp the misery and discover the peace which one denies
October 23 ~ Tuesday 2007

Absolute Reality is not something to aspire to but rather to be realized within NOW. The mathematics of Infinity is the realization of the Out and Back and the Male Female understanding of Consciousness Eternally Unfolding as the only Reality there is and you are it. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Speak the word and it is here and now
October 22 ~ Monday 2007

All spiritual teachings originate from the same Source. In that sense, there is and always has been only one master, who manifests in many different forms. I am that master, and so are you, once you are able to access the Source within. And the way to it is through the inner body. Although all spiritual teachings originate from the same Source, once they become verbalized and written down they are obviously no more than collections of words --- and a word is nothing but a signpost... ~ Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now: The Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment, 1999)
Say the word and you'll be free, say the word and be like me ~ Lennon/McCartney
October 21 ~ Sunday 2007

Only life can satisfy the demands of life. And this hunger of mine can be satisfied for the simple reason that the nature of life is such that I can realise my individuality by becoming a bridge for others, a stone in the temple of righteousness. Don't be afraid of yourself, live your individuality to the full --- but for the good of others. Don't copy others in order to buy fellowship, or make convention your law instead of living the righteousness. ~ Dag Hammarskjold (Markings, 1963)
To discover your Self is to realize goodness and in that is universal gratitude ~ Derek Lamar
October 20 ~ Saturday 2007

Excited by the thought of a further sacrifice because life has still not demanded all. Suppose, though, it has already taken all it can use. The wish to give everything is all very fine, provided you have succeeded in so enriching your soul that everything you have to offer is of value. If not --- And why so tense? What currents of worldly ambition still course through your striving as a human being. ~ Dag Hammarskjold (Markings, 1963)
To go beyond the numbers of quantity but yet to reach out into infinity ~ Derek Lamar
October 19 ~ Friday 2007

Never let success hide its emptiness from you, achievement its nothingness, toil its desolation. And so keep alive the incentive to push on further, that pain in the soul which drives us beyond ourselves. ~ Dag Hammarskjold (Markings, 1963)
It serves not to be better, but better served to be more ~ Derek Lamar
October 18 ~ Thursday 2007

A statue, unlike a great piece of music, stands silent in the midst of artistic expression, made into the image and likeness of whatever the artist chooses. Fashioned to be what it is for all time without a choice or an opportunity for negotiation. A willing piece of creativity satisfied to express the Beingness which exudes from the within and the without for all eternity. And yet we stand and bicker over the smallest of inconveniences without ever submitting to the pleasure of simply being as we were created... in the image and likeness of God. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Let there be Light, and there is Light... the knowledge and wisdom of knowing the I AM
October 17 ~ Wednesday 2007

They say that besides those born in pairs there is a seventh born alone, while the six sets of twins are the sages born from the gods. The sacrifices for them are firmly set, but they change their forms and waver as he stands firm. They are female, but people tell me they are male. He who has eyes sees this, but the blind one does not understand. The poet who is his son has understood this well; the one who knows it would be his father's father. Beneath what is above, and above what is beneath, the cow went upward, holding her calf by the foot. In what direction and to what half of the sky has she gone away? Where did she give birth? Not within the herd. Whoever here knows his father beneath what is above and above what is beneath --- who with such mystical insight can here proclaim the source from which the mind of god was born? The Rig Veda (The Bible of Hindu faith)
In the beginning... made he them... male and female... in the image of God... androgynous
October 16 ~ Tuesday 2007

The ego is all only so long as one has not begun to inquire into its nature. When the inquiry starts, it is discovered that the ego is nothing. Wherefrom does it rise? From the pure awareness which is the self. The ego cannot illumine the self. When the self, the source of the ego and the world, is realized, the ego along with the world vanishes. True renunciation is the process whereby the ego is made to disappear. It is another name for self-inquiry. ~ Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan (Ramana Maharshi & His Philosophy of Existence, 1959)
Know thyself and thy nothingness and discover everything ~ D.L.
October 15 ~ Monday 2007

Ubuntu: an ancient word which translated means "I am what I am because of who we all are." Basically this means that no matter how unique one is, they are still connected to everyone else, and also, no matter how one is connected to everyone else, they still are unique. Much of this, in an esoteric sense, could also be seen in the Indian word "Namaste" which means "The God in me salutes the God in you." The "I AM" of our Beingness and the Infinite Mind expressed as God in a mystical sense: Yahweh (YHWH) I AM THAT I AM is the ongoing Beingness which reveals that "All is One" and also "Besides me (I AM) there is nothing else." ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
I am what I am because of what I always was and always will be
October 14 ~ Sunday 2007

There is nothing wrong with making one day spiritual. The truth is many people have no day whatsoever that they pause and interact with something Higher. However, to take time out for something spiritual everyday would be an incredible Fourth Way exercise. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
Be still and recognize the miracles all around you
October 13 ~ Saturday 2007

Those who are poor in spirit, those who are depressed, those who, as Gurdjieff often related, were dissatisfied with themselves, are those who will look for something more. It is often when one reaches rock bottom that one is forced to look up, even if only because there is nowhere left. Mankind has an enormous capacity, however, to look at life and imagine that things could be worse. This isn't exactly looking up. Because another way of looking at this is to say "It could be better." Some might say that this is the same thing but it is not. One promotes the act of looking up while the other expands the opportunity of looking down. One is not lifted higher merely by lowering everything else. But think about how many people attempt to raise their own self image by looking down on others. It is the person that cries out in the midst of their pain that receives a healing. Not because they suffer more and deserve a reward, but because they reach a point where they are finally willing to let go of the past and take a chance at reaching into the unknown. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar (Gurdjieff, Fourth Way & Esoteric Teaching)
Letting go of illusion reveals reality
October 12 ~ Friday 2007

There are many traditions and countless ways to practice meditation, and perhaps because of its polymorphous nature new meditators wonder whether they are doing it correctly. According to Roger Thomson, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Chicago and a Zen meditator, there is one way to know for sure: "If you're feeling better at the end, you are probably doing it right." ~ Carol Barbor (Psychology Today: "The Science of Meditation")
To meditate is to silence the noise within, so that the music of the Self comes forth ~ D.L.
October 11 ~ Thursday 2007

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
You have nothing to fear, but fear itself. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Fear is believing that you are not in control of yourself
October 10 ~ Wednesday 2007

If you take the responsibility for your life you can start changing it. Slow will be the change, only in the course of time will you start moving into the world of light and crystallization, but once you are crystallized you will know what real revolution is. Then share your revolution with others; it has to go that way, from heart to heart/ ~ Osho
Better to be changing than simply eroding ~ D.L.
October 9 ~ Tuesday 2007

So as long as you are living to get to heaven, you won't find that still place. One has to go beyond the pairs of opposites to find the real source. ~ Joseph Campbell (A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living, 1991)
First there is duality, then there is principle, then there is Oneness
October 8 ~ Monday 2007

When the world seems to be falling apart, the rule is to hang onto your own bliss. It's that life that survives. ~ Joseph Campbell
Think with your heart, feel with your mind
October 7 ~ Sunday 2007

The final important aspect of Pribram's brain theory, which would come a little later, had to do with another discovery... He's applied the same mathematics used by Heisenberg in quantum physics for communications --- to work out the maximum amount that a telephone message could be compressed over the Atlantic cable. Pribram and some of his colleagues went on to develop his hypothesis with a mathematical model demonstrating that this same mathematics also describes the processes of the human brain. He had come up with something so radical that it was almost unthinkable --- a hot, living thing like the (human) brain functioned according to the weird world of quantum theory. ~Lynne McTaggart (The Field: The Quest For The Secret Force of The Universe, 2001)
Reach out and touch someone... with your mind
October 6 ~ Saturday 2007

If one's roots or foundations are permeated in falsity, then even common sense suggests that one's life will be equally as false. For truth is not an invention, and truth is not a consensus reality born from a fixation with self-authenticating holy books devised by our flat-earth ancestors. Truth is not a thing to be discovered, but a reality to be uncovered. There is no liberation until false beliefs are confronted forthrightly and dissolved. ~ James V. Marco (Full Spectrum Consciousness, 2007)
Putting the I AM before the I Think
October 5 ~ Friday 2007

The Kabbalah teaches that before there was the wheel, there was the idea of the wheel. Not only do thoughts and ideas enable us to create the physical world, but those same thoughts have influence over that which occurs in the cosmos. We understand that the Moon affects the tides. We acknowledge that supernova, black hoes, and other phenomena in outer space inevitably affect weather and other conditions here on earth. But can we comprehend the ancient Kabbalistic belief that the behavior of earthbound people can override extraterrestrial influences and, contrary to scientific belief, even have sway over intergalactic events? ~Rabbi Philip S. Berg (To The Power of One, 1991)
Before we add 2 + 2 the answer 4 already exists... the answer always already exists
October 4 ~ Thursday 2007

In modern times beer and the other toxic shortcuts to self-transcendence are no longer officially worshiped as gods. Theory has undergone a change, but not practice; for in practice millions upon millions of civilized men and women continue to pay their devotions, to to the liberating spirit, but to alcohol, to hashish, to opium and its derivatives, to barbiturates and the other synthetic additions to the age-old catalog of poisons capable of causing self-transcendence. In every case, of course, what seems a god is actually a devil, what seems a liberation is in fact enslavement. ~ Aldous Huxley (Huxley And God, 1992)
Escape is not the same thing as discovery
October 3 ~ Wednesday 2007

Our destiny is not always an easy journey. But the obstacles we discover ultimately must be realized as our own doing. We get what we put out and what stands in our way can only be our self. It is our own beliefs we harbor which create difficulties, things we feel, things we believe, ideas about the way it should be or the way it probably will be instead of knowing that achieving one's goal is ultimately as simply as imagining the harmonious conclusion within one's own mind. Be still and know that "I AM the answer" and I am YOU. My teacher once told me that the dime in on's pocket wants to be found as much as my fingers desire to grab hold of it. How is this, you ask? This is because the dime is an idea within our mind. It is our consciousness of it. It does not resist us or try to hide or refuse to be grasped. In addition it, as consciousness, desires with all of its Being to be found because that is its role and its destiny and our desire as Consciousness to have it be so. We think life is working against us when the truth is life is struggling to accomplish all of our dreams if we but wake up to this fact and let it be so. ~ Dr. Derek Lamar
And Oneness is the connection where all of reality meets
October 2 ~ Tuesday 2007

Right at this moment you are one with God. You always have been one with God and you will always be one with Him. This is true whether you believe it or not; whether you know it or not; whether you understand it or not. Wherever you go throughout life, you will always be one with God, whether in the body or out of the body. When you feel alone God is with you. In your moments of joy He is there. There cannot be any separation whatsoever and if you can accept it there cannot even be any distinction between you and God in Reality. ~ Jim Lewis (Finding The Treasure Within You, 1982)
And Oneness is the mathematical clue to Infinity, and so on, and so on
October 1 ~ Monday 2007

When Jesus made the statement, "I and my Father are one," the people listening to Him wanted to stone Him. To them it was blasphemy to put the human self on the same level with God. They said, "Being a man you make yourself a God." Today, after almost 2,000 years of theological training most of us have no difficulty accepting Jesus as a son of God, but to these people He was just another human being, the son of Joseph and Mary, a carpenter's son. ~ Jim Lewis (Finding The Treasure Within You, 1982)
And now we must all learn that "I and the Father are One."
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