“This kind of living in the fantasy of expectation rather than the reality of the present is the special trouble of those business men who live entirely to make money. So many people of wealth understand much more about making and saving money than about using and enjoying it. They fail to live because they are always preparing to live. Instead of earning a living they are mostly earning an earning, and thus when the time comes to relax they are unable to do so.”

panatmansam:

  • 1. Learn that you are not your ego. Learning not to identify with ego is an essential first step.
  • 2. Learn to recognize and reject damaging thoughts. Understand that you are in control of your thinking.
  • 3. Understand that this is a skill which takes practice.
  • 4. You can actually say to…

That is so cute… Out of all the animals I raise, I’ve got a sweet spot for those big goofy goons

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wowtastic-nature:

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Q

Anonymous asked:

Culture is society, and includes all people. The leaders at the top are just as much a product of culture as everyone else. To believe that there are people in control of that is to count yourself and everyone else a victim. No one is a victim. No one group is in charge of something as inherent to society as culture. The "programming" you see in television needs an audience to believe it. People are just as responsible for being followers of those who you think are propagating an agenda.

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One thing I disagree about when it comes to this is that the ones at the top dictate the ‘path’ set in regard to financial stability.  House mortgage, monthly electricity, monthly cell phone, internet, gasoline, heating, water, etc.  Look at the 1880s when Rudolf Diesel and Tesla’s careers were shattered by the powers that be.  John D. Rockefeller, etc.  I agree that we choose to live this life, but it is almost as if we are trapped by a cultural phenomena accumulated as we relinquish ourselves as a society in time to the powers that be.  In our need for instant gratification, get now, ask later. 

lifeunderthewaves:

I’m flying by nhviet84 A lionfish in Crescent Mall aquarium, Vietnam. I stood in front of this aquarium tank for hours to photograph these lionfishes and the security guards of this mall walked around me a lot. Maybe they thought that I intended to steal their aquarium tank.

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amazing!  Though I’d rather be out on the sailboat, letting the breeze carry me through the sea.

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laekoa:

☮nature, vintage, hippie blog☮ following back similar

I’d like to try dreads one day, if I can ever grow my hair past 4 inches!

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abwatt:

ceremonialmagic101:

The Elements

The elements of ceremonial magic are not the elements of the periodic table. Rather, they are summations of particular qualities: hot and cold, wet and dry. Something that is wet and cold is considered watery; something that is hot and dry is considered fiery; something cold and dryis earthy; something hot and wet is airy.

The categories are derived from ancient Greek philosophy and science, and were further codified in the medical texts of Galen and Avicenna; both physicians used variants of the diagram here as a way of summarizing their findings.  In their system, herbs and stones could be characterized according to this system.

Yet nothing is purely one or the other of these.  Consider a dandelion, for example.  The Earth part of the plant is its root system; but could also be understood as the plant’s physical body.  The Aerial parts of the plant are those which extend upwards from the ground — but could also be seen as the seeds.  The Watery part of the plant is its juices, carefully squeezed free. The Fiery part of the plant can be understood as the essential oils extracted from the plant through alchemical processes like distillation.

Or consider online communities (such as Tumblr itself).  The Earthy part of the community is the physical hardware and wires which connect us.  The Airy (or intellectual part) is the proprietary software that makes the online community run, and the mental energy we expend creating and viewing art and text for one another.  The watery parts are the emotional actions and reactions which this art and text causes in us; and the fiery parts are the passions and creative drives which move us to contribute and to view. 

Without an atomic theory, ancient authors were left trying to describe how to manufacture metals and medicines, alloys and apothecary recipes, to people thousands of miles away and decades later in time.  The elemental theory provided that framework for artisans and scholars to communicate.

Why is it useful for ceremonial magic? 

First, it is a cosmology. The four directions and their four symbols and their four seasons and their four underlying qualities allow us to communicate with our unconscious minds — which are rarely wired intuitively to understand the Periodic Table or Quantum Mechanics.  

Second, it helps us to communicate by names and images: for it is by names and images that all powers are awakened and reawakened. We human beings are symbolic thinkers; it is both our power and strength, and our weakness and limitation.  The risk is always that we come to rely too much on only one symbol-set, only one number scale, and only one way of viewing the world.  The elements allow us to see the world another way, to tell another story, and to count in different ways. 

Third, it is a form of serious play. The ceremonial magician does not believe in the four elements. She knows, in the same way that she knows the postman or the barista.  The elements are there, all the time, in everything, and immediately observable and distinct from one another (even when indisputably commingled to form the One Thing). 

When one enters into the mindset of a ceremonial magician, one practices looking for evidence of the presence of the Elements.  And, as with the Robert Anton Wilson exercise to search in the world for the mystical correspondences of the numbers 5 and 23, it is certain that you will find the four elements present in all things.

In this way, the practicing magician’s mind is raised from mindset of modern scientific materialism, to the awareness of the four elements, and so in turn to the Seven Planets, and thence to the Three Worlds, and so on into the mysteries of the One Thing.  In this way, the ceremonial magician learns to see the world through many eyes at once, and so grows in power and beauty and strength.

— ABWatt

The project continues.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
— Mother Teresa  (via shaktilover)