"Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky.... Imagine all the people living for today... you may say I'm a dreamer, well I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one." ~ John Lennon
Tuesday, December 8th
"Where there is an impasse there is a way out; because the impasse itself is the way out; because the complete realization of the impasse destroys its false appearance. As long as the 'Problem' is posed, it is insoluble. There is a solution, but this is not the solution to the 'problem'; it is the perception that in reality there never was a problem."
"I am, therefore, interested in giving up the search for new ways of 'liberation' and in deepening my understanding. I want to try to see the impasse in order to see that it does not exist." ~ Chinese Proverb
"No system can exist half matter and half anti-matter because the forms of matter annihilate each other (cancel each other out)." ~ H. Alfren from Scientific American "Anti-matter & Cosmology"
"A lie was possible only after man was capable of conceiving the being of Truth." ~ Martin Buber
"Truth is that which is so, that which is not Truth is not so, therefore Truth is all there is." ~ The Syllogism
"There is only Christ: he is everything & he is in everything." ~ Collosians 3:11
Truth is all there is and in knowing that, we can find the Truth in back of time, space and change and in everything we call a problem, we must know that the solution is in looking at the problem and realizing that is is OUR block which is holding back the Truth for Truth is ALL there is. This is the I AM state of consciousness where we realize that WE as the ONE are the CHRIST and in that KNOWING we are encompassed by the PEACE of the I AM as everything and in everything. ~ Derek Lamar
Truth is All There Is and it continues.....
Monday, December 7th
"Mr. Gurdjieff says things to me about myself which hit me right in my feelings, in my essence, so that I never can forget them; and little by little the effect is to change something in me and give me more understading of myself and other people; at the same time it is accompanied by a realization of how little I actually do understand." ~ C.S. Nott
"The student never finds his Teacher until the time is right." ~ Thane Walker
"The word 'lying' was used by Gurdjieff in a rather special sense. In ordinary parlance it meant departing from the Truth, but since we rarely knew the Truth, we could not be blamed for departing from it. But we could be blamed for speaking about things as though we knew all about them, when in actual fact we knew little or nothing about them, and this, Ouspensky said, was one of the most common of mechanical man's activities." ~ Kenneth Walker
The Teaching continues.....
Sunday, December 6th
"We must always start with ourselves and take ourselves as an example, for we cannot see another man through the mask he wears. Only if we know ourselves can we see others, for all people are alike inside and others have the same good intentions to be better, but they cannot be; it is just as hard for them; they are equally full of regrets afterwards. you must forgive what there is in them now and remember the future. If you are sorry for yourself, then for the sake of the future you must be sorry in advance for others." ~ G.I. Gurdjieff (Fourth Way Instruction)
"One of the many aims of the school was to see yourself as others saw you; to see oneself, as it were, from a distance; to be able to criticize that self objectively; but at first, simply to see it. An exercise that was intended to be performed all the time, during whatever physical activity was called self-observation." ~ Fritze Peters (Boyhood With Gurdjieff)
"In order for people to be able to work together, it was necessary for them to love each other and to love the same aim." ~ G.I. Gurdjieff (Fourth Way Instruction)
Facing Oneself In Love continues.....
Saturday, December 5th
"I believe that man's growth is a process of continuous birth, of continuous awakening. We are usually half asleep and only sufficiently awake to go about our business; but we are not awake enough to go about living, which is the only task that matters for a living being. The great leaders of the human race are those who have awakened man from his half-slumber. The great enemies of humanity are those who put it to sleep, and it does not matter whether their sleeping potion is the worship of God or that of the Golden Calf." ~ Erich Fromm (The Gospel Of Zen by several authors)
Waking Up continues.....
Friday, December 4th
"Both the continuous and discontinuous ideas about movement make a fundamental error. They view movement abstractly and aren't faithful to the way movement is actually experienced. The traditional approaches to movement view it as taking place over time. For example, a person walks from one side of the room to the other. This takes a certain time. Each step is like a tick on the clock or a point on a line. The movement is viewed by scientists and the rest of us conceptually as if the whole trip were present all at once. Movement is described as both its beginning and its end. If someone asked the person what his movement was he'd say, 'I went from here to there,' from one point in the room to another. But was this really his experience of movement while he was moving?" ~ David Bohm
"You know what the trouble is... ... the trouble is that probably all the good things in life take place in no more than a minute. I mean, all added up I'll betcha at the end of 70 years you'll have lived so long you can sit down and figure the whole thing out. You spent 19 years sleeping, you spent 5 years going to the bathroom, you spent 35 years doing some kind of work you absolutely hated, you spent 7,853 minutes blinking your eyes, and added to that you have that one minute of good things... ... then one day you wonder whether your minute's up." ~ Dory Previn (Come Saturday Morning)
"If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present." ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
"In back of time, space and change there is a fundamental reality." ~ Thane Walker
"Matter is equivalent to energy, gravity to acceleration, space to time. It is all one unified field. The universe is whole and everything is ultimately equivalent to and transforms into everything else (depending on the relative motion of the observer.)" ~ Albert Einstein
"Time is the unfoldment of the infinite nowness of expression in symbolic terms, as we understand it, at that point in time, our version of Reality, to the extent we are able to cognize it." ~ Derek Lamar
Time Marches On.....
Thursday, December 3rd
"In each of us exists another being that we don't know. They speak to us through our dreams and let us know that they see us far different from who we believe to be. Thus, when we find ourselves in a difficult situation or with a problem that can not be solved, this other, stranger, can sometimes enlighten us more truly than any other about how to modify the attitude that caused us the difficulty." ~ C.G. Jung
The Hall of Mirrors continues.....
Wednesday, December 2nd
" Here on earth we must first love, and love will open our eyes as well as our hearts, and we shall then see and perceive and understand." ~ Jeremy Taylor (1613-1617) Via Intelligentiae
One who knows himself and his passions clearly and distinctly, loves God, and that all the more, the greater this understanding is." ~ Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) Ethics
"Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source." ~ Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) War and Peace
"Love is the realization that the line drawn in the sand marks where a meeting is for Eternity." ~ Derek Lamar
Tuesday, December 1st
" The Guy in the Glass by Dale Wimbrow (1895-1954), (c) 1934 Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr. wrote the poem "The Guy in the Glass in 1934. It was published in the American magazine at that time and the copyright was assigned to him. The poem has become also known, incorrectly, as "The Man in the Glass" or sometimes, "The Man in the Mirror", but the thought is the same, the message clear...
"When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf, And the world makes you King for a day, Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, And see what that guy has to say. For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife, Who judgement upon you must pass. The feller whose verdict counts most in your life Is the guy staring back from the glass. He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest, For he's with you clear up to the end, And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the guy in the glass is your friend. You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum, And think you're a wonderful guy, But the man in the glass says you're only a bum If you can't look him straight in the eye. You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years, And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be heartaches and tears If you've cheated the guy in the glass. ~ Dale Wimbrow Winbrow Family Web Site
But don't feel so clever if you are inclined, To think that perhaps all is well, 'Cuz many a soul has stared in that mirror, and managed to look right past Hell. So look again and imagine it's true. There is light there beyond that reflection, though others have told you what you did deny. Something else escaped your detection: a Beingness so Divine you were afraid to look; so perfect and whole and true you were afraid that you weren't good enough; all the time it was looking at you! ~ Derek Lamar
A Looking Glass Universe continues.....
November 1998 Quotes