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Belief and the cosmic telescope

On days when we feel fragile, it is vital to remember how much vitality we have.  Certain gifts are made accessible in the moments that we need them.  There is no end to our supply but our belief systems become so firmly locked in place we succumb to the will of the projected majority.  Individually, we can feel we have no power.  From the ego’s vantage, the power we have is limited to what we can grab.  We are not dog kings that need to flash swords to defend our alloy thrones.  We are folded in grandeur.  Do constellations despair that they are powerless in the sky?  Are we observed and marveled at even now?
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Julia and I are holed up at the airport. Our flight to Ft. Lauderdale has been delayed.
On the heels of little sleep, my outlook on reality has been revivified by thumbing through issues of The New Yorker that we haven’t had time to peruse during the past month.
New Yorker
Culture, humor and a literate lens make a great tonic.
It is vital to recall in moments of burnout or exhaustion that the rabbit hole we are looking down isn’t necessarily the future but a willful insistence that we look through the wrong end of the telescope.
Of course it could be said that I often look through a kaleidoscope. In honor of this, I would like to share a scene from the Terry Pratchett movie, Hogfather. (Hogfather is Santa Clause on a fantasy version of earth called the Discworld.) The character speaking in all caps is Death:
HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”
MY POINT EXACTLY.
You need to believe in things that are not true, how else
Can they become…?
Terry quote
May we continue to believe in peace on earth and good will to all sentient beings.

Amyrose: Compassionate portraits

Our knowledge and wisdom is never a possession as much as a circuit completed. Where we know how act on impulse and allow sweetness through to increase awareness, we all bask in that warmth.

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Julia and I are in Iowa this week. We got to stay with our friend Amy.  Julia and Amy went to college together and we have all remained close.  After being  in the car for nine hours, Julia got out and hugged Amy.  Standing there watching them, I was struck by how powerful the love of friendship is.  It was as if whatever internal grime each had stored up was released as they stood there crying.

Amy has a very successful photography business, (Amyrose Photography) and not only works with weddings, high school seniors and children but she has started taking portraits of women over fifty.  Some women come to her saying they haven’t been photographed for over thirty years.  We were treated to a photo session ourselves and Amy not only puts you at your ease but gives you tips on how to position yourself to maximize your beauty.  She has a fun wardrobe and knows how to apply makeup to your best advantage.  Certainly she makes a good living but the service she provides is invaluable.  I became aware of how it felt to have someone pulling for you, earnestly working for your benefit.  To be seen by someone who cares is a moment that cuts through so many moments when you have been beaten down.  To then have a record of that good feeling, so that not only do you see yourself as you can be but to have those in your life be able to see as well, opens a door that promotes change.  Amy said many of the women start taking care of themselves, where by their own admission they had stopped trying.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –   Edgar Degas

“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.”  –   Mark Twain

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.” –   Antoine de Saint Exupery

…And as if she was a beloved reoccurring guest, like Paula Poundstone on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, here is Pema Chodron:

“… the challenge is how to develop compassion right along with clear seeing, how to train in lightening up and cheering up rather than becoming more guilt-ridden and miserable. … From the very beginning to the very end, pointing to our own hearts to discover what is true isn’t just a matter of honesty but also of compassion and respect for what we see.”

May we all be seen and see one another with a clear heart.

“One act of kindness can overcome fate.” – Hafiz/ Ladinsky