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  • Circles of Sincerity are 3-5 people
    coming together to be sincere
    with one another.

    That's all.

    That is all we need.

    A Circle of Sincerity listens us to the heart
    of who we are
    by giving us a place that guards our heart
    as though it is their own.
    The freedom--and safety--to be free
    is the freedom to say what is true.
    To say what is so.
    When we hear ourselves saying what is so,
    we know it to be so,
    perhaps for the first time.

    We speak before we think.
    Spontaneously.
    Straight from the heart.
    Revealing for all to see--
    for us to see ourselves--
    who we are
    and what matters most to us.

    Saying is seeing is knowing.
    Is doing.
    Is living.
    Is being.
    Sincere.
    Truthful.
    Real.
    A Real Human Being.

    Circles of Sincerity produce Real Human Beings.
    By listening/hearing one another
    to the truth of who we are.
    And by enabling each other
    to live out the implications
    of that revelation--
    of that hermeneutic--
    by incarnating it
    within the time and place,
    here and now,
    conditions and circumstances
    of our life
    in each situation as it arises
    in ways that are appropriate
    to the occasion
    in response to what is called for
    by the occasion--
    which you can now understand
    because the Circle of Sincerity
    has conditioned you to sense Sincerity
    and respond to Sincerity
    when you sense it,
    see it,
    know it to be there.

    And that
    will make all the difference.

    But.

    There is a catch.

    No mothering.
    No advice giving.
    No being the expert
    (Although you probably will not
    want Those Who Know Best
    in your Circle of Sincerity).
    No preaching.
    No telling.
    No catchy sweet little internet
    inspirational thoughts for the day.
    Even if they ask for advice,
    say only,
    "Sit still.
    Be quiet.
    And wait
    for reflection
    to lead you to realization.
    And then wait to see what you do."
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  • What needs to happen in any situation
    conflicts with–
    and stands in contradiction of–
    what we want to happen there.

    This is the story of the Garden of Eden
    and the Garden of Gethsemane.

    It is the story of the Buddha under the Bo Tree
    and of Jesus in the wilderness.

    It is the story that is repeated ad nauseam
    through all of the ages of humankind–
    and all the lives of each of us in all those ages.

    Truth is found,
    and life is lived,
    “between the hands.”
    On the one hand, this.
    And on the other hand, that.

    I want this,
    and I need to want that.
    Which will it be?
    The theme is at work
    in each situation as it arises
    throughout time.

    And here we are,
    now what?

    We answer the question best
    when we ask it with full awareness
    of what we are doing.

    We default instantly
    to what we want to do,
    to what we want to happen,
    without considering what needs to be done,
    what needs to happen.

    We live to have our way
    in each situation that arises
    until we die.

    We live our life
    in a lifelong conflict of interest
    with our life.
    We want one thing from our life
    and our life wants another thing from us,
    and it is within this tension
    that we live
    moment-to-moment,
    day-by-day.

    But.

    Don’t take my word for it.
    Simply be still.
    Sit quietly.
    And wait.
    Wait to become aware of
    the conflict of interest
    at work in this moment
    in your own life.
    Be clear about what you want to happen.
    Become open to what needs to happen–
    to what the moment is calling for
    beyond what you want for the moment.

    Do this with every moment following this one.

    And see what you do.

    This simple process
    calls into question
    everything we think and believe
    about living our life.
    Our sole motivation for living
    is to have what we want,
    to do what we want.

    We talk of Freedom and Liberty,
    but it is always the freedom and liberty
    to do what we want,
    to live our life the way we want to live our life.
    And anything that stands in our way
    is interfering with our freedom
    to have our way.

    What does wanting know?

    Wanting has led you to this point in your life.
    What is your batting average?
    How often has your wanting known what it was doing?
    How often did you want yourself to a rock wall,
    or a cliff edge?
    How often did you want yourself
    to the end of the line?
    And what did you have but more wanting
    to lead you to the end of the next line?

    Wanting is a very short-sighted guide.
    Near-sighted-ness is not a particularly
    sought-for qualification
    when interviewing potential guardians and guides.
    It isn’t what we want that matters,
    but knowing what we ought to want,
    what we should want,
    what we need to want–
    and doing what we know needs to be done,
    regardless of what we want.

    This is the quality that will direct our living
    past all concerns for our best interest,
    our good,
    our gain,
    our advantage
    and what is in it for us–
    and deliver us into the service
    of what is crying out to be done
    in each situation as it arises,
    moment-by-moment,
    day-by-day,
    all our life long:
    “Without hope!
    Without witness!
    Without reward!” (Steven Moffat)

    If you are going to hitch your wagon
    to some horse,
    let it be that horse,
    and give it the reins,
    or, better, forego reins and bit entirely,
    and just go along for the ride!

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  • Pine Cones 07/01/2020 12 Panorama – Indian Land, South Carolina, July 1, 2020

    Robert Ruark, writing in The Old Man and The Boy
    had the Old Man say, about fishing,
    “A fish is only a fish.
    If you make too much of it,
    you lose the whole point of it.”

    Robert Ruark missed the essence
    of his grandfather’s sutra,
    and failed, throughout his life,
    to apply the fish as an analogy
    to everything in his life.

    His grandfather was saying,
    “Listen to me, dammit, Robert–
    if you make too much of anything,
    you lose the whole point of it!”

    Success, for example.
    Or happiness.
    Or meaning and purpose.

    Alcoholics Anonymous preaches the same sermon
    with different words:
    “Acceptance is the solution
    to all of my problems today.”

    Acceptance is the refusal
    to make too much of any of it,
    even acceptance.

    Robert Ruark became an alcoholic
    because he made too much of the wrong things,
    and not enough of the right things,
    which is one thing all alcoholics have in common,
    along with all the people
    who take their disappointment
    with themselves and their life
    to some different manifestation of The Bottle,
    and “get by with a little help from their friend.”

    Everything is analogous to us and our life.
    What does “fish” equate to in your life?
    What does “the bottle” equate to?
    What are you taking too seriously?
    What are you failing to take seriously at all?
    What are the right things?
    What are the wrong things?
    Where are you in the flow of your life?
    Where are you out of sync with your life?
    Where are your expectations in line with your possibilities?
    Where are your desires at odds with your chances?
    Where are you willing what cannot be willed?
    Where are you forcing what cannot be forced?
    Where are you consoling yourself in ways
    that are contributing to your disenchantment
    and dissatisfaction–
    making things worse and not better?
    Where is your pain so great
    that you will escape it at all costs?

    We are all we have to work with
    in the time left for living.
    We have from now to then
    to right our boat on its path through the sea,
    get on track with our life
    put ourselves in accord with our nature and our heart,
    trust ourselves to the unfolding
    of the life we are capable of living–
    even now, even yet–
    and see where it goes
    (With no destination in mind,
    and no opinion about how things are
    to obscure what is being called for
    here and now, moment to moment,
    day to day).

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  • from ‘Voces’

    “Sometimes at night I light a lamp so as not to see.”

    [Antonio Porchia]

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  • and yet the world is different from what it seems to be and we are other than how we see ourselves (quote: Czeslaw Milosz) e9Art 

    https://www.ebay.com/str/e9art

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  • oh! the joy of a migraine-triggered fever is truly unmatched.

    #żmija gada #all things are currently on hold #including replying to messages #and as always with my migraines #seeing #at least it's cool outside
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  • So I need to document this in case I ever forget and need it for scientific purposes later but uhh I asked Odinn for help understanding traveling into and seeing Astral-shit and hit shuffle on my Spotify library and he played Break On Through by the doors so

    #odinn*#Seeing #I dont like calling it astral travel for Reasons but #Odinn
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    Maybe this is why when you try to look at the thing you thought you saw in the corner of your vision …isn’t there when you take a look.

    #eye tricks #trick of the eye #paranormal#ghosts#illusion#eyes#seeing#brain #brains are wavy #troxler fading illusiom #troxler#fading
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  • #quote #Mark di Suvero #art#Thoreau #Henry David Thoreau #seeing#perception
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  • Naked 29 – 40

    seeing the other side

    #seeing#other side #acrylic and water #black and white #artists on tumblr #bruceburtonart
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  • There is a spiritual warfare going on

    Can you feel it

    Get your battle gear on


    Who will you fight for

    GRACE……….

    ……………or POWER

    

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  • Change


    Stitched in time

    Waiting for this fabric to be ripped wide-open

    Exposing my skin

    Revealing my truth


    Tlw

    6/20/20

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    Morning Devotional for June 19

    Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

    Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. — There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth. — There is no spot in thee.

    Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. — As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. — Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. — He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should he holy and without blame before him in love.

    Read: Hebrews 2:14; John 3:3; Revelation 21:27; Song of Solomon 4:7; Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:1417; Ephesians 4:2224; Ephesians 1:4;

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  • Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.

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  • Clear thought is a gift 

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  • Today you became part of my story and I a part of yours. Seeing connection in all moments.

    K.S. Janes

    #photographers on tumblr #connection#quote#seeing
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