The Breathtaking Beauty of Our Being / Easter Holidays on Friday & Monday

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Children feel the breathtaking beauty of being. My friend, Kylee, does!

“Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments
that take our breath away”

We are immersed in miracles. Each breath that we take, every second we are aware, every idea we entertain in our minds creates new possibilities for you and I to be truly alive in the next moment. In fact, this very minute is a miracle. But we do not recognize our miraculous presence, because we do not take the time to realize the breathtaking beauty of our being. But our children do! And your child can teach you.

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The SIGN says it all (Beware!). Lexie will wash your face.

We allow ourselves to become so busy with what becomes our routines and habits and our supposed and artificially contrived priorities, imposed from without and not from within, that the dynamic, colorful and dramatic shades of reality evade our awareness.

To take a deeply refreshing first step back into a blissful awareness of where we are and who we are, I recommend that you consider this: nothing exists without our being conscious of it. Nothing! Physicists are telling us the truth. And it relates to more than sub-atomic particles. What is being discovered relates directly to you and I, and to everything around us.

There is no life without consciousness.”
                                – Annie Besant

And here is an astounding truth: there is beauty everywhere. It is in everything and, as difficult as it may seem at times, in everyone. And when you finally come to this realization, you will start to carefully and thoughtfully look at what is around you, even the minute, even the trivial. And you will discover such bountiful beauty in existence, and suddenly become aware of the special place you have in God’s Universe.

Ian is informed while Townes is stunned!

Ian is informed while Townes is stunned!

Of all things on this earth, He Blessed you and I with the special gift of becoming aware that we are so alive and so beautiful. And here is another unbelievable truth: you can create a state of constant awareness, of fully knowing just how amazing this life is. Yes, it is possible to make awareness of such awesome beauty a permanent condition in life.

Did I say, "stunned"?

Did I say, “stunned”?

I have met people that are blissfully aware, and so have you. They become truly memorable and leave a deep impact upon us. And, yes, they are rare and beautiful.

Bringing such consciousness into our moment by moment existence is possible. But it requires us to slow down, almost like pausing to take your pulse. You may want to try it. Just stop occasionally, throughout the day, and breath deeply and take a long, thoughtful look around you. Find that which you would not normally notice and simply pause long enough to truly study it. It may be a crack in the plaster, a very tiny, intriguing insect (Kylee, always a lady, recently introduced me to a beautiful and very, very tiny Ladybug), a deeply meaningful song or the timeless beauty in the smile of someone you love.

By the way, Kylee was mesmerized, almost put into a trance, by the beautiful, tiny Ladybug – which made me realize that, perhaps, I was missing out on a great part of what life had to offer. (Kylee is only three years of age and one of the most gifted teachers I have met.) Three year olds have an innate ability to teach us what life should be all about. And yes, it is about admiring the astonishing beauty found in nature – in those species we have not yet, in our arrogance and ignorance, brought to extinction. It is truly about being aware of what every three year old loves. There is more wisdom in their wonder than in all our philosophy!

Being consciously aware of what you are doing at any given moment is a good way to relax and calm the mind and be fully present in this moment. When you slow down your mind and make a decision to be consciously aware of what your are doing at this time, and not thinking of another time or place, then you are able to relax and feel peaceful and truly experience your natural state of being. No, the stressed out, exhausted looking, overly anxious, impatient and worn out you, is not really – you! No.

“The only mistake that we can make as human beings
is to be asleep, unaware of ourselves.

                                                – Guy Finley

Most of us, including far too many children, are living life repetitively and dreaming of ways to escape. What a sad waste of the precious gift of life. But we have the power to escape this existence. You possess the ability to change everything in life, and for the better. And, you can start by noticing that life is lived outside of yourself. It truly resides in the smiles found all around, the laughter of friends, the funny things that happen in life and in the love that dwells deep within the hearts of those around you.

“Love is always open arms.
If you close your arms about love
you will find that you are holding only yourself.”

– Leo Buscaglia

Yes, your heart is not your own. It simply will not continue to beat without the love of another. We see such tragedy reflected in the stories of so many millions who ceased to exist without love. Our hearts must belong to someone else.

As Professor Lacey is wont to say "Wonder not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

As Professor Lacey loves to say, “Wonder not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

I’ve discovered over the years, that even if you’re not exactly where you’d like to be, that doesn’t mean that life, right now, can’t be beautiful and enjoyable. And the best part is, you don’t have to do anything to make it beautiful. It is beautiful.

But a great work of art hanging on the wall is not a great work of art at all, if no one ever looks at it. If it doesn’t exist in the heart and mind of someone, it truly doesn’t exist. Nothing exists without our being conscious of it.

So please, just slow down, be in a relaxed state of being, open your eyes and look at things. Look at the people around you. Look deeply into their eyes and into their lives. See what makes them fascinating, interesting, funny, different. Find in them what you have in you. And then make someone else happy and fulfilled, even if for one moment. Lose yourself in that moment. Become a part of their time and their place.

Remember, we are a part of all that exists. We are one. And beauty exists in every moment. But you must look at it, for it to exist.

A good time was had by all playing Miniature Golf.

A good time was had by all playing Miniature Golf.

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
“thank you,”
that would suffice.
  – Johannes Eckhart

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What is Beautiful? / Unfathomable to the Human Mind

Kylie & Ian meet a new friend.

Kylie & Ian meet a new friend.

What do you think is the most beautiful thing on earth? Of all of God’s Creations, what possesses the most beauty?

It is you.

Of all things under Heaven and upon this earth, you are most favored. You are priceless. You are truly beautiful! Nothing that God has ever created is more precious than that created in His Own Image. And your children are cast in your image, a reflection of His.

We enjoyed our visit to the Mall.

We enjoyed our visit to the Mall.

To the degree that you are aware, you are intelligent. Intelligence is awareness, consciousness. Can you measure this intelligence? You may think so, but it possesses many dimensions, some not of this earth. It possesses so many variables, nuances, shades, secrets and unknown facets, that it can never really be measured.

And why would you want to measure intelligence? Would this not lead you to becoming judgmental and direct you down pathways with much less joy in life? Why not just accept every person in the light of love that is given to see them. The Heart of Heaven beats in time with yours. And the beat of your heart is the only true measure of time.

Lunch is always an event when we travel.

Lunch is always an event       when we travel.

Look up and you can see the light filtering through the leaves, like love filters through our lives. And the more you become aware of this love, the more intelligent your heart becomes. Our intelligence, our awareness and our love are all one – and a mere shadow of the Light God’s Love will reveal. Do not measure it, treasure it!

“Who is more illogical,
than the one who thinks he is logical?”

You will very soon possess the freedom and ability to obtain and make

Ice on the parking lot is good for something.

Ice on the parking lot                   is good for something. And, if you were young enough, it was considered a blessing!

use of all human knowledge directly from a chip implanted into your brain. Humans and technology are merging. “We are one” will take on an eerie new meaning. Powerful devices will make everything we are able to do unimaginably greater, as they augment our abilities.

The explosive advances in computing power we find today will continue to a point where tiny computers will become much, much more intelligent than people.

In 1956, researchers at Dartmouth College coined the phrase “artificial intelligence” [Future Thinking | 9 November 2012 Artificial intelligence]. And today we are currently undertaking world-class artificial-intelligence research.

What does this mean for our future?

No explanation is needed. Yes, he is cute!

           Yes, he is cute!

Like the future promulgated in the movie “AI”, researchers are structuring algorithms to sift and analyze unimaginably vast amounts of data. And whatever will emerge, we will need to cope with and attempt to maintain control over. And, importantly, not permit domination over and abuse of each other or misuse it and eradicate all evidence that we ever existed.

We are now engaged in an accelerating evolution of mankind, creating statistical correlations within huge caches of data. And the future products of our endeavors will become unfathomable to the human mind. The things we are creating will present us with a level of intelligence that cannot even be imagined.

My friends, we must now consider how to prepare our children to contend with profoundly unimaginable difficulties, with the intent to overcome them, and realize conclusions that are favorable to mankind. And the first step is awareness.

Candy Reward? Well, as you like it!

Candy Reward?                        Well, as you like it!

The answer is more illogical for one who thinks, and thinks he is logical. For it will not be found in the mind of mankind. We are no longer that intelligent.

But it does exist. Remember, the more you become aware of love, the more intelligent your heart becomes. Your heart is the repository of salvation. And your heart is not just the only real measure of time, it is the only real answer.

IMPORTANT DATES:

I just read this blog to Lila and she fell over. I think she is still asleep.

I just read this blog to Lila and she fell over. I think she is still asleep.

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(Monday) Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
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