samedi 15 décembre 2018

Our Longing For Home

All beings long for home, that timeless place of deep rest, that place of eternal freedom from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.

But our search for home turns us inside-out and back-to-front. For we are the home that we seek, and those seemingly troublesome thoughts and feelings – the ones we have been resisting our whole lives – are not actually enemies or imperfections to be annihilated or rejected, they are our very own children, children of consciousness, kindred waves in the vast ocean that we are, homeless and hungry and neglected. They have only ever been seeking a home in us, a place where they could rest deeply without fear of being denied or pushed away. Who will remember them?

In seeking our true home outside of this present moment, we deny the present moment its true home. And this is the beginning of all our suffering and stress and longing for more.

In recognising ourselves as the home we have always sought, in remembering who we really are, finally all of those poor little orphan thoughts, sensations, sounds and feelings are allowed to come to rest in us, to move and express without fear or judgement, deeply accepted before we even try to accept them.

We don’t reach home, we don’t find home, we don’t even come home, we are already Home, and always have been, and all things come to rest in the vast home that we are, for the children are suffering from an ancient tiredness after their long journey, and they only come to warm their toes beside our ever-present hearth.

Home is another word for never turning away.

Jeff Foster

colonnes de lumière 
jeudi 13 décembre à 5am Montréal-Nord

jeudi 13 décembre 2018

The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.

Shunryu Suzuki

lundi 10 décembre 2018

dimanche 9 décembre 2018

Each one of us must make our own true way, and when we do, that way will express the universal way. This is the mystery. When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you. To be independent in this true sense, we have to forget everything which we have in our mind and discover something quite new and different moment after moment. This is how we live in this world.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind 
Shunryu Suzuki 
how psychopaths and antidepressants influence our society
a provocative snapshot of the world we live in

It is a well-known fact that our society is structured like a pyramid. The very few people at the top create conditions for the majority below. Who are these people? Can we blame them for the problems our society faces today? Guided by the saying "A fish rots from the head." we set out to follow that fishy odor. What we found out is that people at the top are more likely to be psychopaths than the rest of us.

Who, or what, is a psychopath? Unlike Hollywood's stereotypical image, they are not always blood-thirsty monsters from slasher movies. Actually, that nice lady who chatted you up on the subway this morning could be one. So could your elementary school teacher, your grinning boss, or even your loving boyfriend. The medical definition is simple: A psychopath is a person who lacks empathy and conscience, the quality which guides us when we choose between good and evil, moral or not. Most of us are conditioned to do good things. Psychopaths are not. Their impact on society is staggering, yet altogether psychopaths barely make up one percent of the population.

Broken into three parts, our search for the fishead( starts in New York City, on Wall Street, where a big chunk of the world power is concentrated. This small plot of city land is where the economic crisis erupted and what we found there has far-reaching consequences, both for the psychopaths and us normal folk.

Street art
Montreal, 2018
Russia's Underground Film Industry

samedi 8 décembre 2018

This here
for your funking soul
Combien ça prend de français pour changer une ampoule ?

samedi 1 décembre 2018

street art
en face des Foufounes, downtown Montréal 2018

Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle

Towards the end, he agreed to answer some questions. One of the people present wanted to know what the sorcerers' view on war was. 

Carlos looked annoyed. 

"What do you want me to say?" he asked. "That they are pacifists? Well, they are not!  Our destiny as ordinary men doesn't concern them at all! You should understand this once and for all! A warrior is made for combat. When he is at war, he is comfortable.

Judging from his reaction, it seemed that the question had touched on a sensitive spot. He took his time, explaining that, unlike the petty wars which we as humans constantly involve ourselves in because of social, religious, or economic reasons, the war of sorcerers is not directed against other people, but against their own weaknesses. By the same token, their peace is not the submissive condition to which modern man has been reduced; rather, it is an imperturbable state of internal silence and discipline. 

"Passivity", he said, "is a violation of our nature, because, in essence, we are all formidable combatants. Every human being is, by right, a soldier who has achieved his place in the world in a battle of life and death." 

"Look at it this way: At least once, as sperms, each one of us fought a battle for life - a unique struggle against millions of other competitors - and we won! And now the battle continúes, since we are trapped by the forces of this world. One part of us is fighting to disintegrate and die, while another tries to maintain life and awareness at any cost. There is no peace! A warrior realizes this, and uses it to his advantage. His goal continúes to be that which inspired the spark of life that created him: Access to a new level of awareness." 

He continued by saying that as we become socialized, human beings are tamed, just like an animal is domesticated, by the power of stimuli and punishments. 

"We have been trained to live and die meekly, following unnatural codes of behavior which soften us and make us lose that initial impulse, until our spirit is hardly noticeable. We are born as a result of a fight. By denying our basic tendencies, the society we live in eradicates the warring heritage that transforms us into magical beings." 

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"If you want to know yourselves, be aware of your personal death. It's not negotiable, it is the only thing that you can seriously own. Everything else may fail, but not death, you can take that as a fact. Learn how to use it to produce real effects in your lives.

"Also, stop believing in fairy tales. Nobody needs you out there. None of us is so important that it justifies inventing something as fantastic as immortality. A humble sorcerer knows that his destiny is the same as that of any other living being on Earth. So, instead of having false hopes, he works concretely and with great effort to escape the human condition, and to reach the only exit we have: The breaking of our perceptual barrier.

"While you listen to death's advice, make yourself responsible for your lives, for the totality of your actions. Explore yourself, recognize yourself, and live intensely, like sorcerers live. Intensity is the only thing that can save us from boredom.

"Once aligned with death, you will be able to take the next step: Reducing your baggage to a minimum. This is a prison world, and we must leave it as fugitives; we can't take anything with us. Human beings are travelers by nature. To fly and to know other horizons is our destiny. Do you take your bed or your dining table with you on a trip? Synthesize your life!"

"A sorcerer asks himself: What is the sense of all this? Why invest my resources in something which won't help me at all? The appointment of a sorcerer is with the unknown, he cannot commit his energy to nonsense. While you walk the Earth, collect something of true value from it, otherwise it wasn't worth it.

"The power that governs us has granted us a choice. Either we spend life prowling around our familiar habits, or we encourage ourselves to get to know other worlds. The only thing which can give us the necessary jolt is the awareness of death.

"An ordinary person spends his whole existence without ever stopping to reflect, because he thinks that death is at the end of life; after all, we will always have time for it! But a warrior has discovered that this is not true. Death lives beside us, an arm's length away, permanently alert, looking at us, ready to jump at the smallest provocation. The warrior transforms his animal fear of extinction into an opportunity for joy. because he knows that ail he has is this moment. 

Think as warriors. we are all going to die!"

"Death is the gateway to infinity. A door made to the exact measure of each of us, which we will all pass through someday, returning to our origin. Our lack of understanding impels us to see it as a common reducer. But no, there is nothing common about it;

A girl who took part in this conversation was clearly affected by his words, and commented that the obsessive presence of death in his teachings was a detail that contributed to darken them. She would have liked a more optimistic emphasis, more focused on life and its accomplishments.

Carlos smiled and replied:

"Oh sweetheart! Your words show a lack of deep experience with life. Sorcerers are not negative, they don't seek the end. But they know that what gives value to life is having an objective worth dying for.

lundi 19 novembre 2018

Golden Rays of Sunshine
A real Bob Ross favorite – such a unique composition of shadowy forest and delightfully twinkling sunbeams piercing the darkness.