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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Great Expectations... expectations and resentments

Greetings this Sunday my gentle readers. Today I will highlight a part of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" Chapter 27 as seems good for the week.  

"Pip, dear old chap, life is made of ever so many partings welded together, as I may say, and one man's a blacksmith, and one's a whitesmith, and one's a goldsmith, and one's a coppersmith. Diwisions among such must come, and must be met as they come. If there's been any fault at all to-day, it's mine. You and me is not two figures to be together in London; nor yet anywheres else but what is private, and beknown, and understood among friends. It ain't that I am proud, but that I want to be right, as you shall never see me no more in these clothes. I'm wrong in these clothes. I'm wrong out of the forge, the kitchen, or off th' meshes. You won't find half so much fault in me if you think of me in my forge dress, with my hammer in my hand, or even my pipe. You won't find half so much fault in me if, supposing as you should ever wish to see me, you come and put your head in at the forge window and see Joe the blacksmith, there, at the old anvil, in the old burnt apron, sticking to the old work. I'm awful dull, but I hope I've beat out something nigh the rights of this at last. And so GOD bless you, dear old Pip, old chap, GOD bless you!" 

10:50 am edt 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Unlocking our Riches...Through Light and Love

Welcome back and hello my gentle readers. This again, has been quite a week with periods of giving and receiving and opportunities and challenges. A time to stop and see the people and the miracles of the day and sadly see the best and worst of people. A week where I saw the miracle of a candle relit by lvoe and intelligent concern of mankind and a week where the original sins of pride and jealousy came to light in pettiness.

These are both light but there are two different types of light... a cold and indifferent light that consumes and a light that gives warmth and radiance. One of those lights helps and the other destructs all in their path and overwhelms others like a tsunami. It is toxic. But by good grace, I had the chance to see these two light sources confront each other when the dark light attacked through hypocrisy, and the warmth and radiance prevailed. The candle stayed lit.

I believe there is something that can translate here my gentle friends and that we do have that warmth and radiating light within us. That desire to help and give. The ability to appreciate the actual and intrinsic beauty of the amethyst and the pewter and the abilities that are subsequently locked inside. The gift of time and listening and to give of ourselves in gentle concern for others. There will be times where this is met with hesitation, deridement, hatred, disgust etc. But stand true to your cause and believe. The toxicity and hypocrisy does NOT have to extinguish or candles. Darkness in form of negative people or acts or medical conditions may try, buy the value of friendship.. even 1 close confidant makes the difference to hang on to for survival.

This has been a week of laying witness to a couple of miracles, beyond the ordinary. These are magical times and magical opportunities. I wonder how many wonders I missed in the chaos of the week and how many you, my gentle reader missed. Bet I missed alot actually! There is so much out there and they are the riches of the day. The riches within us. Which locket unleashes the ability for you to be yourself, often? 

 

---Joel Lamoure   March 2011 

8:24 am edt 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Venting the volcano to avoid eruption

G'day my gentle reader friends. Hope all had a good week and as I look back across the week it has been one of highs and lows and successes and challenges. But what to fixate on for the blog? Especially given the times of the day and the fact that so much recently has been about being a "square peg in a round role" and conformity and being yourself, often?

To stop and reflect, its isnt necessarily about who you are as a person in the great societal dictated pecking order of things, but what you go and do with that. I am so very lucky that I have some friends that are uniquely gifted and inspired. I met with an individual this week who with the right contextual reframing know that they also have that ability and can take a challenge in their hand and translate it through into many wonderful outcomes. I have had those close to success and be pushed back by their own constraints and belief systems and thus not yet able to fly. But this week, with all its incredible gifts and blessings and wins (no more of the negatives... they are learned from and dismissed- Be gone) demonstrated there are many that are trying very hard to be themselves, often.

What happens of those that light the candle and try to let it then shine? A gust of wind may snuff it out, but sharing the flame again or even the rising evaporated wax may re-ignite the candle. To be blunt, we are surrounded by a$$holes ladies and gentlemen gentle readers. Those that want to extinguish the flame, break the candle, piss in the sandbox and molest the dog. I can almost see you nodding your collective heads out there. You know who I mean... the "nice colleague" who is self centered, the user, the taker, the abuser, the denigrator, the person that holds a false mirror so as to control you. Even the person that trims your wings so yu cant fly, be that kid and see things through the wonderous eyes we are truly can again! For to NOT look through life with those eyes in what we do, say, think, dress and act is to conform and that is the slow train to death. We dont get out alive, so to view everything with the wonderment of a child, even at 40 is a blessing AND a choice. To have a close, beautiful friend that things the same... heaven.

OK, I digressed... there are a$$holes. they cause build up of stress. If we dont vent the volcano secondary to the obstructions and challenges and roadblocks that are AD (A$$hole-Driven) then we become casualties in the war. We need to vent, explore and share in a safe way that embraces our "square-peggedness." Want to vent? find a safe way with a circle that understands and feels and cant non judgementally allow that steam to rise. Dont blow up over stupid self-righteous, self-centered people. Be a kid and look at it with exploring eyes again and realize WHY need to vent the steam. They are SO not worth becoming a casualty yourself and they want you at their level. My answer to that would be a big mature "Nyah".

Looking to the fun and beauty and wonderment of the day in small, child-view like steps and feel the energies and gifts that can then charge your battery and run the engine that helps yourself and subsequently others is the way to be yourself, often.

 

--- Joel Lamoure   March 2011 

4:19 pm est 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"The Winds of War and The Winds of Change"

What can we take on trust in this uncertain life? Happiness, greatness, pride-nothing is secure and nothing keeps. ~Euripides

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow

These are the times that we shall forever lament my gentle readers as the "gold old days". The days that we look back to with such nostalgic reflective fortitude and wish against all chances that they may rise again like the phoenix. For these are the moments and sadly, we do not appreciate what we have in the moment but are "so busy rushing to the next thing" that we miss the here and now in the moment. I know that I have elaborated on this point so many points before, but please humour me again. You do have the lovely opportunity and that is the little red X in the upper right corner of this window (or the little red circle in the upper left if you use Safari).

These are times of change and a period that is integral to the evolution of us, culture, mankind and indeed this blue marble that we call Earth. A time when we can stop and reflect what is important to us. A time to make conscious decisions. A time for change. A time for rebirth. A chance to feel again and live and learn.. love and laugh.

We all have choices as I have alluded to so many times. The beliefs that become thoughts that we have become entrenched which subsequent desires and ultimately compulsions as we act them out. Really our root thought process and such is predictable and drives the next set of the operating systems and subsequent actions that we do, enact and manifest. Code goes in to out. Garbage in and Garbage Out. GIGO in 1985 parlance. The opposite also holds true and stasis is not an option.

What is stasis but the body and mind being so lulled and comfortable that there is no resistance to change. However, there are so many warning signs that indicate stasis may do more harm. Hate people disagreeing with you? Maybe, just maybe you are a conformist and not willing to stand up for what you believe in or stand for the true belief system. That causes rifts and dis-ease. Others have no ability to hurt me unless I allow them to is a quote that I hear often. I actually disagree as there are some very evil people out there that can inflict an awful lot of damage. May judgement day reserve a special place for their souls. But there are also those of light, those that fight despite the odds and stand and believe on their belief systems. Sometimes this is brutally hard, but almost always benefits greater than the person in the mirror.

These are period of change and the wicked are more obvious appear to "win" at the game of life. But my friends, they are in a rut. They travel down the travelled and well travelled path that will carry them exactly where they are meant to be. Those that feel and know and have their Light... this is the time to show it and forge the path of peace, patience, inspiration and justice.

Will you join in the crusade, hold your light forward, advance humanity and inspiration by being yourself, often?

 

--- Joel Lamoure March 2011 

 

 

10:43 am est 


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