Friday, November 03, 2006

PoN - acceptance and forgiveness and Maude and Harold

Power of Now thoughts
from Chapter 9 – Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness there is Peace.

Unpleasant and negative situations ‘can show you what is real and unreal in your life, what ultimately matters and what doesn’t.
Seen from a higher perspective conditions are always positive. To be more precise they are neither positive nor negative. They are as they are. And when you live in complete acceptance of what is – which is the only sane way to live – there is no “good” or “bad” in your life anymore. There is only a higher good – which includes the “bad”. ...

accept what is. Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance instantly frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. As a result, the usual ego motivations for “doing” – fear, greed, control, defending or feeding the false sense of self – will cease to operate. An intelligence much larger than the mind is now in charge, and so a different quality of consciousness will flow into your doing.’

Acceptance = Forgiveness

‘Through forgiveness which essentially means recognizing the insubstantiality of the past and allowing the present moment to be as it is, the miracle of transformation happens not only within but also without. A silent space of intense presence arises both in you and around you. Whoever and whatever enters that field of consciousness will be affected by it, sometimes visibly and immediately, sometimes at deeper levels with visible changes appearing at a later time. You dissolve discord, heal pain, dispel unconsciousness – without doing anything – simply by being and holding that frequency of intense presence.

I watched Harold and Maude last night.. It was one of my favorite movies from a long time ago, 20 years ago? ..and I was wondering if it would remain in the Top 10 list after I rewatching it. It does! Such a great movie.. all set to Cat Stevens songs. Still amongst my Top 3.. maybe even 1!

‘The earth is my body, my head is in the stars’

‘Aesthetic appreciation takes a little time.. you’ll get used to it’

Cat Stevens - If you want to sing out, sing out

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

You can do what you want
The opportunity's on
And if you find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
you see ah ah ah
its easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
'Cause there's a million things to do
You know that there are
You know that there are...

pic from Harold and Maude

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