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Monday, August 27, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Overcoming the Tides of Negative Emotion

When I come into contact with those who see things from a merely materialistic point of view, i.e. the mechanistic Universe, sometimes I can become discouraged, frustrated, fearful, angry, and thus perpetuate those states by letting those energies take over, and sending them onward to others.

The means of overcoming that state are available to all of us. Another quotation from the Kybalion comes to mind:

"Nothing escapes the principle of Cause and Effect, but there are many planes of Causation, and one may use the laws of the higher to overcome the laws of the lower."

Our Place in the Universe

Our Little Home
"Do not make the mistake of supposing that the little world you see around you -- the Earth, which is a mere grain of dust in the Universe -- is the Universe itself. There are millions upon millions of such worlds, and greater. And there are millions and millions of such Universes in existence within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL. And even in our own little solar system there are regions and planes of life far higher than ours, and beings compared to which we earth-bound mortals are as the slimy life-forms that dwell on the ocean's bed as compared to Man. There are beings with powers and attributes higher than Man has ever dreamed of the gods possessing. And yet these beings were once as you, and still lower -- and you will be even as they, and still higher, in time, for such is the Destiny of Man as reported by the Illumined.

And Death is not real, even in the relative sense -- it is but Birth to a new life -- and you shall go on, and on, and on, to still higher planes of life, for aeons upon aeons of time. The Universe is your home, and you shall explore its farthest recesses before the end of Time. You are dwelling in the Infinite Mind of THE ALL, and your possibilities and opportunities are infinite, both in time and Space. And at the end of the Grand Cycle of Aeons, when THE ALL shall draw back into itself all of its creations -- you will go gladly, for you will then be able to know the Whole Truth of being at One with THE ALL. Such is the report of the Illumined, those who have advanced well along The Path.

And in the meantime, rest calm and serene -- you are safe and protected by the Infinite Power of the FATHER-MOTHER MIND."

--The Kybalion


Monday, August 20, 2012

Watching the documentary I Am by Tom Shadyac. It talks about the underlying truths of human life.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Art Buyer Scam

Check from Florida sent from Utah ... 
A few weeks ago, a woman emailed me saying she wanted to purchase two of my paintings. I said they were available. She seemed to be in a hurry to get them, right from the start, and she had a good backstory, sounding like a nice woman setting up a new house.

Then I got this email: 

Dear Ellen, Happy to read from you. I am purchasing the Whirling Peppers and Yellowstone Falls only. As for the shippers,they will come around and package the artworks. So you don't need to worry your self. Mode of payment will be via money order or cashiers check. As soon as the check clears your bank,the shippers will come for the pickup. Let me have your address for payment to proceed. Betty. 

I agreed to sell her the paintings although I did not see the point of hiring a shipper when I could have packed and sent them quickly and easily myself. 

Then this email arrived: 
 Dear Ellen, 
 Hope this message finds you well. I am very sorry for not getting in touch earlier.I have not recovered fully, i just gave birth to a new baby boy. We named him Charles, he cries so much and doesn't like sleeping. Nursing a new baby is not easy and i guess you know how it feels when nursing a new baby. Charles takes most of my times all day long. Anyway, i saw the mail from the shipping agent that they are ready to work with you to ship the artworks with my other home decors. Regarding the payment of the artwork, i want to inform you that the payment has just been sent to you via USPS tracking number(9101969010386860035894) and i guess it will deliver to your address today or tomorrow. Please as soon as you receive the payment,kindly have it cash and deduct the payment of the artwork from the payment sent and forward the leftovers to the shipping agent that will be handling the pickup of the artwork from your place and the shipment of our other home decors. I will inform them to get in contact with you via the pickup of the item today. Kindly let me read from you as soon as you have the payment with you, can't wait to have to artwork on our walls here. As soon as i have the artwork here, i will call you to discuss about the commission work i want to do for my little baby. Am wishing you the best of today. I will be looking forward to read from you as soon. Warmest regards, Betty. 

The check arrived yesterday. Unfortunately, it was not a cashier's check nor was it a mail order. She (or he) began sending texts saying I had to send cash via Western Union to the shipper in Missouri so that he would come pick it up today. I was so rattled, I nearly fell for one of the classic scams ... have the mark send real money in order to get the fake money.

They were texting me from VT, pretending to be in OR, sending the check from UT, which was from a business in FL using a closed bank. Also, there IS no Betty Jean Clark in Redmond, OR


I am embarrassed to post this, but I hope it will help someone see through this sort of thing more quickly.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Dream of Big Cats

Roby
Last night I dreamed I was in a restaurant where all the tables were soft, like couches or beds. On my bed/table was a large black leopard or jaguar. He was very gentle, and lots of other big cats were roaming freely among the tables, doing no harm to humans. They were spotted cats of various kinds, ocelots, leopards, and so forth. The cat took my hand into his mouth, very carefully, the way a dog would do. It reminded me strongly of a dream I had years ago of a black dog taking my hand in his mouth. I woke up saying, "I wish I had a dog."

I did not wake saying, "I wish I had a big cat" but it made me think of all those beautiful animals and what we need to do as humans to provide space for them to coexist with our burgeoning population.  I don't have any answers except to support organizations that set aside land for habitat, such as The Nature Conservancy, and those which work to conserve and protect endangered animals, like The Cathouse, where this gorgeous man cat lives.

Dogs' Final Moments

Tou Chih-kang, a Taiwanese photographer, took on a project of photographing dogs slated to be euthanized. See a few of the photos here. There is also a story about his work here.