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 toward 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

10.16.2011

LIFE IS A TEMPTATION

There is a thin line between enjoyment and indulgence and life is a constant struggle to toe that line. 

Sure you can have fun, but not too much. 

Wanna have cake? sure, but you can't eat it! 

Want to go out and party? By all means! But don't drink and drive! 

We are constantly called to the attention of our boundaries. Knowing our limits. 

As a child, we are tempted to touch everything. Experience everything to the fullest. And we're told no. Don't touch that. Don't do that. Don't say that. Don't eat that. Don't pee there.  

Then as a teenager, at risk of dying an old person who NEVER gets to do anything, we do too much. 

We get shit-faced, disrespect ourselves and those around us: we disobey rules and thwart authority. Repeatedly. 

Cause once you pop, the fun don't stop. 


I mean it's easy to abstain from sex when you've never had any. But once the waters come, everything gets wet. [Pardon the analogy. not really

And so Life becomes a never-ending tug of war between doing bad and knowing better. Discretion is the perpetual word of the day. 

Everything must be PC (as opposed to Mac?).

Torn between throwing down or throwing in the towel.

Going hard or going home. 


We are chastised for doing too much as well as not doing enough. 

Imagine poor Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with the constant temptation of the ONLY tree of which the fruit is forbidden. What a tease! 

Unless of course in the presence of temptation we are meant to learn control and build character; Experience sufferation in the face of pleasure. And as we overcome each temptation we grow stronger. 

Stronger in body, mind and spirit. 


Another lesson learnt.

iNi

will do my best to resist temptations. 

Nadya Dee




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."