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Zentraveler on the Laughing Buddha.

Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha


Sometimes when life seems to bog you down a bit you could use a hug or a lift. We often times see the laughing Buddha in our travels and wonder what does he know that we don’t…since he seems to be laughing at the world: Guess what I think he has it all figured out and is laughing at our constant struggle in the developed world. So here’s a dude that seems to be way ahead of his time and is willing to laugh at the world…helping you along the way. That’s my kind of a guy.

There are those beings who have vowed not to enter Nirvana until they have helped all others realize enlightenment. Hotei is this kind of Bodhisattva. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Japanese Shinto-Gods of Luck. His fat stomach, which protrudes from the robes he wears, symbolizes the largeness of his soul. It is also a symbol of happiness, luck, and generosity. His large elongated earlobes are a sign of wisdom. Hotei as a wandering monk who goes around and takes the sadness from the people of this world. Just his appearance has the ability to cheer anyone up from a bad day. His largely exposed, pot-belly stomach protrudes in front of him as he continues to laugh through never-ending-time.

He is admired for his happiness, plenitude, contentment and his loving and cheerful character. This deity of abundance, children and joy is often shown carrying a cloth sack (That Which Never Empties) filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. Tracing his origins from a mix of Buddhist and Shinto religions, Hotei is from the time of the Liang Dynasty. Tradition has it that a Buddhist Zen monk by the name of Pu-Tai lived then. Because of his benevolent nature he was regarded as a bodhisattva, but due to his large protruding stomach, he was caricatured as the “Laughing Buddha.” He is also dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. Some sources affirm that he was an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Miroku, the Buddhist Savior of the Future.

Chocolate Deities’ Laughing Buddha travels the world spreading joy and happiness wherever he goes. His whimsical spirit reminds us to always keep our sense of humor. There is a tradition that if a group of strangers gather together on New Year’s Eve and ask Hotei for the same gift, provided they truly believe he will grant it, Hotei will indeed give them what they ask for.

Many believe that rubbing the Buddha’s belly brings joy, luck and prosperity. Research Credits: http://www.chocolatedeties.com They have a great website be sure and check them out…

So there you have it …sometimes you have to rely on the masters rather than trying to do it all yourself. If you want a mentor that is even larger than Justin Beiber you could not find better advice even if you were looking for it. Or could you?

QUOTE:“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:According to Feng Shui theory, for instance, the ideal placement for the Laughing Buddha statue in your home is directly opposite the main door in the living room. This way, the Buddha will be the first thing a person sees as he enters his house. Additionally, it is said that the Laughing Buddha should be positioned on an elevated surface, since placing it directly on the ground would be considered a sign of disrespect.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your frowns and your lousy persona…learn from the master and laugh all the way to the bank. Which bank? You figure it out grasshopper and then you will know.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:What are you laughing at grasshopper? You are going to die anyway. Maybe a better reason to laugh…since it doesn’t cost anything more and uses less facial muscles than frowning.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on the Third Eye!

Third Eye Dimensions

What is the third eye? The Third Eye is a natural part of every person, but it’s a “meta” organ. In other words: it consists of all the senses and mind working together as a larger more powerful sensory organ. The Third Eye is a very clever bit of natural evolution: a meta organ designed to sense, connect to patterns and then relay that data back in overlays of information on top of your other senses.

In layman’s terms the third eye is located in the center of the forehead and is often used by mystics and energy healers, who can see the paranormal including: Buddhas, gods, animals, ghosts, demons, and is similar to dream like states, where there is no limits to imagination and entering other dimensions with higher vibrations.

Anyone interested in learning more about opening your third eye could find a master teacher or learn on their own from the internet. Caution when the third eye is opened it can have consequences that you are not used too and can be a bit intimidating while seeing and learning about other dimensions.That is the reason it is recommended to work with a professional master on the opening of the third eye.

When we begin third eye meditation we will begin to see glimpses of various colors rotating around us, crystal clear visions of many things, including: unanswered questions, unusual sounds, and actually see our masters in their original forms. With full concentration of the senses… everything turns into a bright light which can lead toward Enlightenment.

The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra. The third eye is referred to the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences. People who are claimed to have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.

The area between the eyebrows, the sixth chakra known as the ‘agna’ meaning ‘command’, is the seat of concealed wisdom. It is the centre point wherein all experience is gathered in total concentration. According to the tantric cult, when during meditation the latent energy (‘kundalini’) rises from the base of the spine towards the head, this ‘agna’ is the probable outlet for this potent energy. The red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself — symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune.

The Red Dot known as the bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration.Women of India display this mark or their marriage status. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows — a spot considered a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. Also loosely known as ‘tika’, ‘pottu’, ‘sindoor’, ’tilak’, ’tilakam’, and ‘kumkum’, a bindi is usually a small or a big eye-catching round mark made on the forehead as adornment.

QUOTE:”ALWAYS DREAM,EVEN WHEN AWAKE.” PERSONAL TAO

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Some researchers of ancient civilizations and traditional cultures believe that the third eye is a legacy of extraterrestrial ancestors of humans. According to legends, it granted to them remarkable abilities – hypnosis and clairvoyance, telepathy and telekinesis, the ability to get knowledge directly from the cosmic mind, to know the past and future, and even to overcome the force of gravity.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your first eye, your second eye, and your third eye….from the song “I can see clearly.”

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Walk on the wild side. Why not enter another dimension by opening your third eye…who knows maybe some have the fourth, fifth eye, and so on. I’ve got my eye on you grasshopper …so lets become our parents worst nightmare…thoughtless. Not as easy as it sounds…. I challenge you not to have any thoughts…because the mind likes to play tricks and keeps them coming and coming.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on our mission on Earth!

Streaming Cosmic Energy

We could start with the simplistic question why are we here and what is our mission on earth! The simple answer is to create and expand our consciousness AND RETURN TO THE SOURCE.

Isn’t it interesting after attending 16 years of school, a multitude of seminars, and following many religions that no-one really spelled out our life’s mission. The Buddhists are fairly close, but they keep saying its all about karma and re-incarnation. To a degree this is true. They at least understand Enlightenment which can happen in an instant or a lifetime or not in this lifetime on earth…which literally means direct connection to the source.

The real story is this: each of us was born in the womb and the energy from the source supplied us with life until we were born and took our first breath. From birth we developed our learning from our parents, our teachers, and our peers, however less than one percent of the worlds 7 billion population have the foggiest idea of why they are here on this earth and what is their mission. With this in mind if we are rejected and can’t reach Enlightenment at the source then we are doomed to repeat the process, no-matter how many times, in different bodies until we get it right. The question is are we that dull, just slow learners, or just don’t know how to do it?

Cosmic energy is what holds everything together… including: all of the living things, all the planets and more. Our task while on this earth is to expand our consciousness by bringing in cosmic energy and creating… simply by using the cosmic manifest law…which states whatever you can think can happen.

While we are asleep we receive unconscious cosmic energy, enough to get up, take a shower, move our bodies and activate our brains. However this is not enough cosmic energy to be a great creator like Aristotle, Einstein, Benjamin Franklin or enough to reach Enlightenment like the great Buddha, Mother Teresa and others who understand the ultimate goal while living here on earth.

Your current understanding of cosmic energy is only enough to sustain a life of destruction, boredom, suffrage and general misery as most of the religions like to point out! That’s why we seek religion..there must be a way out of this mess.

We create our own heaven and hell, however if you can expand your consciousness you will be on a higher level of understanding and knowledge and operating on a much higher frequency energy grid.

What they don’t tell you is the how to! The how to expand consciousness is to meditate allowing cosmic energy to funnel down from the cosmos life force and enter the top of your head. As it travels through your body it cleanses all of your meridians and will keep you DISEASE FREE without any medicines and will also contribute to good mental health.

Cosmic energy is the life-force secret to all, therefore the more you meditate, the more cosmic energy you will receive … taking away all of your negative energy and rigid thinking, which will keep you even in death from returning to the source.

The Egyptians and many other civilizations including the Mayans, and Incas knew that if they could build pyramids according to a mathematical theory they could multiply the amount of cosmic energy a person would receive…thus a reason they spent fortunes to meditate to the cosmos while on earth and send their dead back to the source.

QUOTE:It’s the balance of energies in the cosmos that keeps us on our feet. We absorb these energies in the form of prana, the life force, and reach it to the various organs for them to work in unison. So our absorbing the energies from the cosmos keeps us physically alive. Any imbalance affects mental and physical health.

By learning to balancing these energies, we could derive maximum benefit from what is available to us in forms of vibrations in nature. A blend of these sounds and vibrations activates the chakras, the main energy centres in our body, thereby bringing about complete health and harmony between the cosmic vibrations and our chakras.credit: zeninspiritation

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:: If you say that the ocean is infinite, it only means that the boundary of the ocean is unimaginable and not the ocean. The ocean contains imaginable water. Therefore, this cosmic energy in which the manifested world exists is infinite, but, imaginable. The cosmic energy along with its manifested world is imaginable. The boundary of imaginable cosmic energy means that the imaginable cosmic energy stops there and its source, the unimaginable God, starts. When you say that some line is the boundary of the ocean, it means that the water stops there and the soil starts from there. Therefore, we say that the soil is beyond the ocean. Similarly, the unimaginable God is beyond this cosmic energy. The boundary of cosmic energy indicates the ending point of the imaginable cosmic energy and the starting point of unimaginable God. Therefore, that point becomes unimaginable. credit: Anil Anthony

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Fill your body and soul with cosmic energy and you have achieved life’s secret.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:The purpose of coming to the Earth Plane is to expand consciousness. You now have the formula for returning to the source,Enlightenment, universal god and more! What are you waiting for grasshopper? A cattle prod!!!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on the meaning of Zen!

We can start by asking the question what is Zen? Is it the Zen handbook entitled: “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.?” Is it the Zen of fly-fishing? Is it a branch of Buddhism? Is it just you being you? A simplistic answer is: Zen is eliminating your ego… thus being empty, free, fresh, and creative. mu-shin (no self)

Zen mu-shin. Monks in training sit in Zazen (Zen meditation) for approximately 6 hours a day. Regulating body and breath, they enter into mu (a state of unconflicted receptivity) with eyes half-closed. Seven times a year they have week-long retreats known as Sesshin, where they sit in Zazen from 3 AM until 11 PM. Just sit!

One way to think of Zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. “Sun is warm, grass is green.”

The belief of no faith began its existence with Buddhism, the “father” of Zen. Buddhism began with a prince named Siddhartha. Siddhartha was born close to five hundred B.C.. After having lived twenty-nine years and experiencing life in the world, the soon-to-be-enlightened one left his child and martial partner in order to dedicate the rest of his life towards becoming enlightened. At the age of thirty-five, Siddhartha attained Enlightenment under the fabled Bo tree and became Buddha, or “The Enlightened One”.

Although Buddha’s body died later, his spirit lived on and went into the next person that needs a soul (i.e. people that are being conceived. Many Zen thinkers say that Zen was initiated once Buddha achieved Enlightenment. Other Zen masters think of Bodidharma as the “founder” of the most popular Japanese form of Buddhism. Bodidharma’s name means “law of wisdom”. The first Zen Buddhist was the leader of a Buddhist sect that later became Zen around 470 A.D.. Although there is doubt as to who officially began Zen, the definition of Zen remains the same.

If you aren’t committed to becoming a monk and wearing yellow robes and keeping away from general society, you can still get a lot of benefits by just sitting or learning a Zen way of life, which you can practice anytime, anywhere, under any conditions, anywhere in the world….and the total monetary cost is free.

QUOTE: Zen is Complete and absolute peace. I am so zen. This guy dumped muddy water on me and I just smiled and waved. Zen is a state of coolness… only attained through a totally laid-back type of attitude. Chilling out and wearing sunglasses all day makes me zen. Can you pass the Zen, please?

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: In the beginner’s mind there is no thought, “I have attained something.” All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless. Dogen-zenji, the founder of our school, always emphasized how important it is to resume our boundless original mind. Then we are always true to ourselves, in sympathy with all beings, and can actually practice.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Beginners Mind! Sounds easy …not necessary so grasshopper!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eliminate your ego, empty your mind and practice giving compassion to all of the worlds people, animals, fishes and plants. That’s what I am talking about…high octane Zen! CAUTION YOUR EGO WON’T GIVE UP EASILY …IT WILL ALWAYS TRY TO WORK BACK INTO YOUR LIFE AND BE A PART OF YOU.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on the benefits of Yoga!

The word yoga comes from a Sanskrit word Yuj, it means to center one’s thought, to concentrate on one’s self, to meditate. It also means to “unite”, “join” and “connect”; a bringing back into balance. Yoga harmonizes the body, mind and spirit.

After their first yoga class, people often testify that they have improved their sleeping habits and posture. Yoga has helped people lose weight, overcome fears, conquer habits like smoking, and develop better concentration. Others feel they have improved self-awareness, a deeper sense of well-being, developed compassion, and enhanced relationships, greater self-acceptance and a sensation of being at peace.

What is Yoga? ~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Alistair Shearer

Yoga is a way to restore our lost wholeness, our integrity as complete human beings, by unifying the personality around a center that is silent, unbounded, spacious, and joyful. The techniques of yoga are methods of purifying the nervous system so that it can reflect a greater degree of consciousness and our lives can become an increasingly positive force in the world.

If these techniques are correctly practiced, the whole nervous system is revitalized – the body enjoys better health and more energy, the rested mind is freed from the burden of past experience, and perception is restored to its primal freshness. Thought and activity become coherent and integrated, life becomes richer and more fulfilling.

Yoga is not a religion. Its techniques, however, will gradually lead you to the direct experience of those truths on which religion rests. Yoga is a catalyst that allows us to grow in whichever direction is natural and life supporting.

At the very center of our being is a great spaciousness that is untouched by sin and illusion. A point of pure truth which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind or the brutalities of our will. It’s like a pure diamond – blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It’s in everybody. And if we could only see it and integrate it – we would radiate a peace that would make all the darkness and all the cruelty vanish forever.

QUOTE: “Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” —B.K.S. Iyengar

THINGS YOU NAY NOT KNOW:.Chanting Om at the beginning and end of a yoga session brings the person a sense of connection to the entire universe and is meant to be soothing and uplifting. In eastern Philosophy it is believed that Om is the universal source of energy.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your cardiovascular, your muscles, and peace of mind.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:If you want good health and longevity… practice your yoga grasshopper.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on Zen Mind Control!

Zen Mind Control

The question is who is really in charge of your mind? Is your mind controlling you or are you controlling your mind?The ability to think is supposed to be the separation between man and animals and sets us apart as a separate species. (Homo sapiens.) When people hear of mind control they immediately think of spy’s, religious groups, cults, and the subversive. If you can just learn to control what you put into your mind you can obtain a great advantage over the general population, who walk around hypnotized to the exciting stimulants and digital information that is just waiting to enter your ego system.

Did we turn ourself into sheep robots or did Madison Avenue and economics, parents, teachers, leaders, peers, rule our life… because this is what we are told. Were we ever taught to learn to control our minds (garbage in garbage out) in primary school or higher traditional education? The answer is no! Anyone who wanted to learn zen mind control had to learn how to think outside of the box and discover this easy to learn discipline… which can lead to Nirvana and peace of mind.

To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. When we lose our balance we die, but at the same time we also develop ourselves, we grow. Whatever we see is changing, losing the balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony. This is how everything exists in the realm of Buddha nature, losing its balance against a background of perfect balance. So if you see things without realizing the background of Buddha nature, everything appears to be in the form of suffering. But if you understand the background of existence, you realize that suffering itself is how we live, and how we extend our life. So in Zen sometimes we emphasize the imbalance or disorder of life.

If you want to obtain perfect calmness in your meditation, you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control. But this policy is not so easy. It sounds easy, but it requires some special effort. How to make this kind of effort is the secret of practice. Suppose you are sitting under some extraordinary circumstances. If you try to calm your mind you will be unable to sit, and if you try not to be disturbed, your effort will not be the right effort. The only effort that will help you is to count your breathing, or to concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling. We say concentrate, but to concentrate your mind on something is not the true purpose of Zen.

The true purpose is to see things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. This is to put everything under control in its widest sense. Zen practice is to open up our small mind. So concentrating is just an aid to help you realize “big mind,” or the mind that is everything. If you want to discover the true meaning of Zen in your everyday life, you have to understand the meaning of keeping your mind on your breathing and your body in the right posture in zazen. You should follow the rules of practice and your study should become more subtle and careful. Only in this way can you experience the vital freedom of Zen. research credits: mystrangemind.com

A professor once visited a Japanese master to inquire about Zen. The master served tea. When the visitor’s cup was full, the master kept pouring. Tea spilled out of the cup and over the table.“The cup is full!” said the professor. “No more will go in!” “Like this cup,” said the master, “You are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

In Conclusion… if you truly want to be in control of your mind you must begin to empty your mind and rid yourself of your ego. The easy way to do this is to begin a daily practice which concentrates on meditation. Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of self-awareness.

At the core of meditation is the goal to focus and eventually quiet your mind, thus freeing your awareness. As you progress, you will find that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, accessing an inner calm no matter what’s going on around you. You will also find that you can better control your reactions to things as you become increasingly aware of your thoughts (letting go of anger, for example). But first, you have to learn to tame your mind …(Zen Mind Control).

QUOTE: “Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” –Jules Renard

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: “Prophets, mystics, poets, scientific discoverers are men whose lives are dominated by a vision; they are essentially solitary men . . . whose thoughts and emotions are not subject to the dominion of the herd.” — Bertrand Russell

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your Mind! Don’t burn it up on useless activities.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: You are not your mind, but you can learn to control it!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on I am!

Zentravelers I Am


These two small words I AM are loaded with mystery, history, religion, and mysticism. In Popeye’s version he says: “I am what I am.” which can mean many things. In religious circles god instructed Jesus to say simply I am –therefore there is no need for anymore clarity.

As we apparently mature some move from the me, me, me, state to the service state, others continue whining and ask the question… what is in it for me?

If you listen to almost any two-way conversation around the world you will hear people say: I climbed a mountain, I own a BMW car, I won an award, I am the best pool player, I am… and therefore your identity is tied to your I am!
I am a race car driver, I am a computer programmer. I am a nerd! I am a politican….I am.

The more philosophical questions is: are you really I am or just a carbon copy of the supreme being. If so you are really a surrogate representative of the supreme being and I am only states you exist.

In revealing his mysterious name, (“I AM HE WHO IS”, “I AM WHO AM” or “I AM WHO I AM”), God says who he is and by what name he is to be called. This divine name is mysterious just as God is mystery. It is at once a name revealed and something like the refusal of a name, and hence it better expresses God as what he is – infinitely above everything that we can understand or say: he is the “hidden God”, his name is ineffable, and he is the God who makes himself close to men.

In the recent movie: “I am” the director asks the question: “What’s wrong with our world?” and “what can we do it about it!” He took a movie production team of four and sought out Spiritual leaders to find out How we can improve the world and the way we live in it. Food for thought!

Try going the whole day from waking to going to sleep without using the word I am with your voice.If you are able to do this nearly impossible task.Try thinking the whole day without using the mental thought voice (inner voice) without using the word I. If you can do this you are beginning to understand your ego. The ego feeds on i’s.

“I AM A BUDDHIST …I write these words with a great deal of serenity and satisfaction. This glorious, ancient practice has helped to bring clarity to my heart in ways that I still cannot comprehend. For me, it is but the logical progression of a person who has embraced the tenants of an ephemeral, yet, ever-powerful movement called Voluntary Simplicity.If Voluntary Simplicity is my destination, Buddhism is my roadmap. I simply am!”

So there you have it! Two of the simplest words in the English language are full of dichotomies, contrasts, hidden meanings, powerful sayings and double meanings. To put it simply: I am! The following quote could not say it any better…proof that you are you and not just a figure of speech. I am Me.

“In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me. However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.” — Virginia Satir

QUOTE:The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you. ~A.L. Kitselman

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, “This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.” ~Louis L’Amour

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: I am me!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: I am what I am… therefore I am.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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