emanuel swedenborg

i’ve known about emanuel swedenborg for a long time, but i just lately started reading him. i was fascinated with his stories about love and marriage.

then i woke up with a start one morning with the realization that his stories are all fantasy.
his writings seem to be dictated to him by an angel ‘friend’.
i erased all his writings i had downloaded.

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diamond heart

thich nhat hanh teaches both the heart sutra and the diamond sutra.

the heart sutra teaches that beyond this reality there are no physical objects.
the diamond sutra teaches that beyond this reality there is no teaching, no words, no ideas, and no morality.

nice ideas, but you have to be there to experience them.
and i think the buddhists use way too many words to explain stuff.

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lao tzu on teaching without words

The sage manages affairs without action (wu-wei), and imparts teaching without speech. Ten thousand things arise and he does not initiate them, they come to be and he claims no possession of them. He works without holding on, accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, his merit does not go away.

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mary alice

mary alice is one of my hero[ine]s
she was passing through reading pa as a young mennonite missionary to central america and she found a need for teaching english as a second language to the latino community. so she bought a house in reading in a neighborhood swarming with drug dealers, prostitutes, and gunfire.
she stayed for years.
i met her just before she retired.
she said – the drug dealers and prostitutes are gone and the birds came back.

 

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the law of attraction

the law of attraction is seductive and compelling.
it’s the same health and wealth gospel that grows megachurches.
and who wouldn’t want good health, lots of money, and an awesome love life?

but the law of attraction is all about ME, ME, and don’t forget ME!
it’s backwards from walk in love.
divine love is all about YOUR wellbeing.
and a side effect of divine love is joy and peace.

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Theatre of the Absurd

An Animation of Samuel Beckett’s 1953 Novel, The Unnamable

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deep looking

this is what you look like deep inside
mixed media.. watercolor, espresso, green tea
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Alchemical Fairy-tales

raylene abbott is writing a book about a transcendent love.

here’s what transcendental love looks like from here
softly falling through endless layers
watching thoughts swimming in space
finding myself beyond space/time
very peaceful
only uncreated light

just being…
divine love flowing everywhere
love choosing where to go
looking around
i see people i love

i’ve lost my identity
i don’t know who i am
i’ve abandoned my story
abandoned words and ideas
abandoned categories and labels
abandoned wanting and having
ego annihilated

uncreated light everywhere
living water flowing
they both feel the same.
merging into oneness
everything forgotten

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life is totally absurd

here’s more absurdity
albert-camus-life is totally absurd 8x5

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how do you paint compassion?

this is what your psyche looks like when you suffer.
mixed media. watercolor, espresso, and dark chocolate.
IMG_2437 tryptic

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