What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns towards a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century


Me Mango Tree

Oh woe is me
whenever I think of me mango tree
before I even know who I be
I knew that precious mango tree
Every morning I would wake to see
that tree standing so royally

Me mango tree
Me mango tree
Me mango tree
I long to see

you see
I never raise in the country
or even living by the sea
I born and grow in Kingston City
I have no long lasting memories
of sitting under trees
resting in the summer breeze
or sitting in a mango walk
eating so much mango I can barely talk
All I really know about trees
is what dat mango tree did mean to me

Me mango tree
Me mango tree
I long to see
Me mango tree

That mango tree stood so majestically
a symbol of the bond between our neighbours and we
For as much as we would disagree
there would stand that mango tree
So you can understand how hard it is for me
to bear the possibility
that me and me favourite mango tree
together again will never be

Me mango tree
Me mango tree
I long to see
Me mango tree

Between you and me
you have inflicted a pain of the highest degree
you chop down such sweet memories
of eating mangoes in twos and threes
No, you decided unanimously
to destroy a poor defenseless tree
all in the name of "security"
as if you tink that mango tree
jus come about like dat for free

Me mango tree
Me mango tree
I long to see
Me mango tree

di poor and lonely mango tree
had no opportunity
to flee
or even bawl out 'cree!'
not to mention a chance to plea
for the right to just BE
and up to now I cannot see
why you felt such a pressing need
to do such a horrendous deed
you never even save a seed
but surely out of selfish greed
you come chop down me one and only mango tree

Me mango tree
Me mango tree
I long to see
Me mango tree

For as sure as my name is Nadya Dee
and for as long as I live and talk and breathe
I will never forget the day, you see
you took an axe and timbered ME
Me mango tree
Me mango tree
Never again will I see
Me sweet and lovely mango tree


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Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."