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This & That

The name for this blog was inspired by “One-eyed Jack” Williams who had a radio program in Phoenix, Arizona about 35 years ago.... His “Quarter Hour of This and That”. Everyday he started out the program with the statement. “It is a beautiful day in Arizona and I suggest, leave us all enjoy it.” It did not mater if it was raining or sunny, in the middle of a sand storm or cold and miserable. It was always a beautiful day. It is still my favorite way to start the day.

Location: Baños de Agua Santa, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Seek not outside yourself....(an old proverb circa 175.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay “Self-Reliance” (1841), “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men....that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense.” And continues later on that “a man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else tomorrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.”

Everyday our conscious mind is bombarded by thousands of thoughts generated by our physical senses, as well as those generated by our inner soul. I believe that many of these are messages form our higher power or as I prefer to call it, God. I also believe that we were created with all of the worlds knowledge within us or at least a link to it, if we but open the connection. With practice and meditation we can learn to filter out those random thoughts and feelings that have no significance and dwell on those from God. The difficult part is knowing the difference between the two.


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