Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Grace of Human Dignity

 "One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless surrendered." ~ Michael J. Fox

 

The month of August ends with reflections on human dignity - the grace that dignity offers those who are blessed to know what it is - and the sadness of realizing not everyone does.  

 

 

Photo by Susan Larison Danz

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Spiritual Courage

 "Re-examine all you have been told.  Dismiss what insults your soul." ~ Walt Whitman

While taking a break from writing in this blog, I have still been doing plenty of reflecting.  This is not the first time I have emphasized just how important it is to embrace and value our Spiritual paths - and yes, derive Courage from them - Spiritual Courage.  Every day, it becomes more important.

The irony of it all is Spirituality itself - actual Reality - is far stronger than anything that denies its existence.  One of the great tragedies of our times, and of Humanity's current situation, is our lack of Spiritual honesty and development.  Had we been expansive enough to open ourselves up, we would be in a far different place.  Thankfully, there's still time.

To hear more about this topic, several recent broadcasts of The Frontier Beyond Fear have had a great deal to say, including today's episode Love and Miracles.  Visit the entire archive here:  https://www.blogtalkradio.com/susan-larison-danz - you can also Follow the program from this page to be notified of new episodes.   Live shows are just about every Saturday at 1 PM PDT / 4 PM EDT.  I may not be writing as much here, lately, but I've had plenty to say . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Window Well Daffodil Photo by Susan Larison Danz.

 


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

While It's Still June . . .

 "Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs." ~ Russell Eric Dobda

I've had a note next to me on my table to write a blog post before June ends.  So here it is I'm blogging as the night draws to a close.  

I needed to take a break, and perhaps still do.  

Writing takes us where it will.  

 

 

Bird, Suspended Photo by Susan Larison Danz

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

When Luke Skywalker Trusted . . .

 "Use the Force, Luke....Let go!" ~ Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars

Given it is May the 4th, Star Wars Day, it is the perfect time for an important reminder, one that had a lasting impact I could only just begin to glimpse when I first encountered it in 1977.  I could spend some time talking about what it was like in 1977 to view the first movie in a spectacular old-school "Cinerama" theater, one of the best, I would wager (even though Cinerama was no longer used in 1977).  Oh yes, my first encounter with Star Wars was an all-encompassing experience - and everything about it.  

My older brother had gone to see it with my mother on opening day, while I was at school in junior high - he had seen an article about it in Time and they decided to go to the first showing - apparently it was very easy to get into that day, even at this wonderful, unparalleled theater that no longer exists (like most theaters like that).  My mother was not one to stand in line at movies, and they didn't expect a line - they were simply going to a movie together that was supposed to be good.  He told me later I would like it, and that it was about a princess.  

That's not why I liked it.  I'm not even sure I knew yet why I not only liked it - I loved it - and I did everything I could to see it again and again after that first viewing.  It changed my relationship with the movies forever, but not just that.  I already had a regular relationship with magical stories by that age.

Luke taught me something.  Something important.  Something I'd need quite a bit later in life.  He didn't trust at first.  He didn't believe.  I was never a skeptic like Luke and some people, not even as a child or a teen.  He didn't believe any of it - at first.

But what he ultimately demonstrated for all of us in that first film (and let's not confuse it with its later renumbering - for those of us who saw it first, it was the first), was Trust.  It wasn't total Trust, not exactly - but it was enough in the moment.

A sudden flash of Trust that astonished and at first alarmed others, just about everyone else in his immediate circle, some of whom claimed to believe in it, but not yet enough.  In panic, they asked him why his computer was off.  Wouldn't he NEED THAT????  Actually, no.  It was a hindrance to what it was he needed to do, and he had guidance far better.

Some people claim to believe in the Force, just as it is described in Star Wars.  The Force was always far too "mechanical" for me.  The Real Force is much more Loving and Mysterious - it too invites us to Trust.  Every single day, it is asking us to Trust, even those like Luke who may not believe in it completely (that's a tall order!) and there are always those searing, misguided skeptics who try to scuttle the thing, but they'd know it as well, if they could see it.  

When you see it, when you see what this is, when you see how "impossibly" Magical and Miraculous (and Loving!) it actually is, there is no more skepticism.  You simply know.  You may not know everything about what this is - but you surely do know something's happening.

Luke's Trust (with the help of some insistent Guidance) saved the day.  He still used technology, though one could argue it is ultimately extraneous - and everything changed.

The same can happen for us.  I'm thankful to Star Wars for not exactly planting a seed, as I was no stranger to Magical stories, but for doing whatever it did, in the way that it did it.  It changed me forever, I sense.  It only becomes more necessary and important as the years unfold.  And like Luke, many of us continue to learn.   I believe what this IS is entirely capable of saving our day as well.  And I also sense we are going to need it.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

It's May!

 "Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


It's May!  How will we step into more expansive energy?

Listen to today's broadcast of The Frontier Beyond Fear here:  It's May

This program includes quotes from several authors, including L.M. Montgomery, Geoffrey Chaucer, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Emily Dickinson and Percy Bysshe Shelley - plus reflections about movies such as Camelot and Maytime.

 

Spring photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Non-Linear Time: Here, There and Everywhere

"...the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." ~ Albert Einstein


Today at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT on The Frontier Beyond Fear broadcast: Non-Linear Time: Here, There and Everywhere. Listen live or to the podcast afterwards.

What are the truly astonishing implications of non-linear time? How is our linear thinking impacting our perspectives on what is truly possible? How does it impact our understanding of life on Earth, life beyond the Earth and even life on the "other side", beyond the veil?
 
 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

All We Need

"All you need is Love . . ." ~ The Beatles

 

What more needs to be said?