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Journeys and McGuffins

Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

For the longest time, one of the most commonly used phrases I’ve heard is “the end justifies the means.” Adding to that are stories of constant hustle and bustle till people reach their goals. It all makes me think; is a destination simply a mcguffin for learning?

PRAYER VS. HOPE

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is THANK YOU, it will be enough.”
-Meister Eckhart

In a previous post, I had explored whether having faith has to equate to being religious. In it, I came away with the conclusion that while the two are often correlated, the correlation is not mandatory.

To expand on the same topic, can you apply the same philosophy to praying? When saying a prayer, is it always to a religious entity? In order to explore that question, we have to ask, what exactly is praying?

Opposites Attract

“Best friends never have the same nature. They just have [the] best understanding of the differences.”
-Unknown

Would the world be a better place if everyone thought and felt the same way? Given the adverse behavior towards the political landscape today, one might be tempted to think so.

But it wouldn’t.

It’s the differences, both positive and negative, in people we interact with that help us grow and evolve.

Positive differences inspire us to become better people. Negative differences provide us motivation to move forward individually without help.

For example, the greatest inventions in technology be it electricity, automobiles or various modes of communication, would have never seen the light of day had it not been for somone challenging the status quo. It took various inventors thinking differently then the norm to offer ideas that changed the world.

Various laws and ordinances came to be after negative consequences.

Differences also let us see circumstances from a different point of view and make us more sympathetic and in some cases, even more empathetic.

The advent of organizations like Red Cross and homeless shelters came about when certain people took the time to see how the “other half” live and wondered what could be done to help them.

Even attraction wise, experts argue that opposites attract because subconciously we like to be around people that “complete” us and bring forth a balanced life. In doing so, partners offer each other worlds that they otherwise may never be privy to.

If anything makes us allergic to different perspectives today, it’s probably the current political landscape that’s left people more polarized than ever before.

Then again, it could be argued that the lack of a proper balance in opinions is what’s creating the tension in the first place. An open dialogue from all sides, instead of an all-out verbal massacre, might lead to change that everyone is at least content with, if not completely happy.

How do you feel about differences? Do you feel they help us grow? Do opposites really attract? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

Holidays…All Year Long

“May the peace and joy of the holiday season live in your heart all year long.”

-Unknown

It was Thanksgiving yesterday and Christmas is coming up. Warm wishes, greeting cards, time with family are all either already here and/or on the horizon. Think about the spirit in the air for a second.

Now think about what it would be like if that spirit was alive and vibrant all year long. Is that even possible?

APRON STRINGS AND HELP

“Tied to apron strings, dreams forget to fly!”
-Orion

The noblest thoughts we can have is wanting to help someone, especially when we’re personally not gaining anything from it. Help is what takes humanity forward. Help is what keeps everyone going as we all need it at many stages of our lives.

But is there a limit to that? Does there come a stage when it’s time to let go; when it’s time to cut the apron strings? According me to, yes there is.

Intuition/Sixth Sense – REPOST

NOTE: This is a repost from a few months ago. I was planning to post the 2nd part of the post on cults when someone who intially spoke to me on the record is retracting her story and hence, I have to rewrite the post. In the mean time, please enjoy this post on intuition and sixth sense. I’ve added some more information from last time and I hope you find it interesting. Please comment below on how you feel about it. Thank you and apologies for any inconveniences.

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”

-Dr. Joyce Brothers

Do you believe in intuition and/or in the sixth sense? Even the most overt skeptics of pyschics and spirituality believe that we all have a modicum of a sixth sense.

The scepticism stems from the knowledge or lack thereof of what exactly intuition is.

It’s a common misconception that intuitions require some sort of telekinesis power or are based on a realm outside of our tangible world. In reality, intuition is just relying on an hypothesis that ostensibly has no sound logic. In laymen’s terms, it’s a gut feeling. We don’t know why we have it but something inside of us urges us to follow it.

But in recent years, psychologists have argued that intuitions are not soley based without reason. The reasons for feeling them are there, they’re just stored at a level which may not be obvious at first.

For example, suppose you read an article or see a news story on a relatively new airline that’s reworking their aircrafts because of some faulty parts before they launch their inaugural flight.

You might have stored what you found in your subconscious mind without remembering it.

But a year later, when it comes time to a book a flight with that airline, something in you tells you not to do so and that plane ends up crashing.

Was that a genuine sixth sense or did your subconscious mind just push the information you stored a while back ago in front of you as a reminder?

Keeping the above theory and example in mind, it’s much easier to understand that we all have some level of intuitions. Those that follow them and nurture them seem to be more accurate and after a certain level, people mistake that for a psychic ability.

In reality, it’s just a matter of learning to understands our minds and instincts better and there after, refining what we learn.

Have you ever had a gut feeling for something big in your life that proved to be accurate? Share that experience by commenting below.

MAJOR 2-PART POST COMING ON CULTS

Hello friends and readers,

Please tune in tomorrow and Wednesday for another exclusive two-part post coming on cults.

What exactly qualifies as a cult? What makes people join them and then continue to participate even when the truth is exposed?

With the recent controversies over the cult group NXIVM and the tumultous history of Scientology, a discussion, dialogue or a debate seems more apt now than ever before.

Be sure to tune in and give your opinions and experiences about this topic tomorrow. Meanwhile, for today, check out Ace’s picture-poetry prompt which he posts every Monday.

Please take a minute to appreciate the fact that this site is one of the few literary sites to offer a fully secure server and that anything you post, be it a poem or a comment, is entirely safe.

MIRRORING

“Life is your mirror
What you see as your outside
Always comes from your inside.”
-Roxana Jones

There is a term in psychology that is not utilized or alluded to as often as some other terms and elements. Nevertheless, everyone does it at some point, either conciously or unconciously (in all probability, more the latter than the former). Chances are that you’ve done it at some point as well.

It’s called mirroring.

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"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn