Sunday, February 28, 2021


"'It's not possible!'  'No, it's necessary.'" ~ Interstellar movie

I watched the movie Interstellar again, finishing it tonight.  It is a rather stark movie at times, and I had DVR'd it quite some time ago.  I was finally inclined to watch it.  

One impression I had, unrelated to the movie, had to do with the fact I DVR'd it in Fall 2019, long before the current era we are experiencing, in the multiple intense ways it has arrived.  This was especially evident in the commercials I was skipping over.

But with that aside, even if it approaches interdimensionality in a way that is far too "materialistic" for my tastes, it at least approaches interdimensionality.

Humanity needs to take its game Higher.  It may appear to be impossible.  But, yes, it's necessary.   



Photo Credit:  NASA

Saturday, February 27, 2021


"...we are you, and you are us..." ~ Alex Haley, Roots

I have been progressively watching the 1977 mini-series Roots during the month of February - and finished the series yesterday.  I DVR'd it when I happened to stumble across it.  I've had more than one person tell me that it is so visceral and heartbreaking, they never felt they could watch it again, even many years later.  

I felt called to watch.  I'm quite certain this is the third time, though the second was also quite long ago.

As for the first, I was in Junior High, and that week didn't only leave a lasting impression on me, but it was a profound nation-wide phenomenon in early 1977.  Every night, an unprecedented audience watched, young and old, night after night, for 8 nights.  And I never forgot it. 

The quote above in the series (actually from the book) was specifically related to the descendants of Kunta Kinte, but even without remembering it, as something similar appears at the end of the 8-night series, I felt it at the beginning.  The unwaivering strength and dignity and spirit of Kunta Kinte, who passed on what it actually felt like to be free, and the dream of freedom, and how to never, ever surrender what that is, is an inspiration to all of us.  We are him, and he is us.  Inseparable.

Flying Free Photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Friday, February 26, 2021


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

I have been reflecting on this fundamental and essential notion of dignity lately.  So much of what ails our modern world has to do with assaults on the dignity of other human beings.  The worst of human behavior emerges when dignity is no longer respected, and history has very tragically revealed this to us, again and again.

Do we really need to be repeating this cycle yet another time?

We really have no choice this time, except to do better.  Otherwise, we may not have that opportunity again.

Reflection photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Random Beauty

"Fair Quiet, have I found thee here,

And Innocence, thy sister dear?" 

~ Andrew Marvell, The Garden

It seems the older I get, the more I return to appreciating how a child sees the world.  I've written before about this notion of being "childlike" (versus "childish").  

We can wander through the world in a state of natural wonder.  We can combine this with maturity by being consciously Still. 

Tonight, I "randomly" turned to the poem The Garden by Andrew Marvell, in a very sizeable book.  It was exactly that.

Beauty awaits us.




Early Spring Wildflower by Susan Larison Danz.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


"Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language." ~ Meister Eckhart

It took me a while to add "Mystic" to various "About Me" statements online.  I've tended to refer to my spiritual orientation in a variety of ways.  

Am I using the term "correctly"?

There is no "correct".

For me, it is an integration of the Sacred into everyday life.  We get distracted from the Sacred.  But it returns to us, and we return to it, when we are conscious of returning. 

The Divine is present.  And mysterious.  It reveals itself when we're open.  We don't need to pry the door open because it even assists with the opening.  Once open, there can never be a closing.  Yes, we get distracted, but the Sacred never really leaves us.

Clouds and Water photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." ~ Oscar Wilde

Authenticity begins with being honest with ourselves.  That is not an easy process.  It's not actually about what anyone else perceives.  People see what they see, and even when you attempt to be authentically open (which is rare, except in very special relationships), people still tend to see what they see. 

It takes very deep work, but it's worth it.  Who are you, really?  And who are you growing to be?

Reflection on Path Photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Fear and Existence

"Fear is the mind-killer . . ." ~ Frank Herbert, Dune

It might be even more appropriately said that "Fear is the Heart killer." - but yes, it can certainly extinguish our minds as well.  That's why it is so very important to be in a conscious relationship with our fears.  A long time ago, I created an online radio program about moving beyond fear, The Frontier Beyond Fear.  And yet, we are human. It's a process.

What I can say is that it absolutely is possible to over time, make significant progress in calming your fears.  I know this because I have lived it.  Calming does not imply "completely".

When fear dominates our lives, we can neither think nor feel clearly.  There is a further quote from Dune, which was a favorite of my teens, worth reflecting on: 

 "Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration."


Because when we allow it to dominate us, we are diminished piece by piece, and eventually our freely expressed authenticity, which is a fundamental spiritual concept, is crushed.  We lose sight of ourselves and our choices.  When our choices are gone, we are too.



Winter Tree photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Reconnecting to the Sacred

 "Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again." ~ Joseph Campbell

I found myself over the weekend rather unexpectedly drawn into a deep and reflective video of a sacred spiritual event, arising in a place and a culture very different from what surrounds me here, and in a language I do not know (with a narrator translating).  As can often be the case with such things, it just "showed up" - in this case, virtually, as most experiences must these days.  

It reconnected me and reminded me of something important - especially in our current tumultuous world.  We need to come back into relationship with the Sacred.  

I've needed this.  I've needed the Honesty of what this is, unfiltered.  I've needed the Simplicity.  I've needed the Depth.  

In our seemingly "advanced" society, we've forgotten a great deal.  So many seem to think they're just too "smart" to listen to so-called "simple people".  They scoff at such things.  They are far too busy racing towards a future that would harm us more than help.  This kind of "intelligence" that congratulates itself continually on being so "clever" is hollow at the core.  Exposed for what it is, it  falls short in the presence of Wisdom.  Wisdom is what "advances" Humanity - and nothing else.

Early Spring photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Hiding in Plain Sight

"The sky is falling..." ~ Chicken Little

One of the people I assist in my work lives in the community over which a plane engine disintegrated today and fell from the sky.  Despite close calls, no one was hurt, either on the ground or in the air.  The plane landed safely.  That's really quite miraculous.

But it led me to ponder the things that are hiding in plain sight, that we tend not to think about.  Like airplanes over our heads, or even satellites, or any number of other things that might befall us.

I could write about fear and how it's best we don't think about such things.  To survive day to day, that is true (at least in reasonable peace).

But this isn't about that.

They say the metal probably gave out, from fatigue and use, but nobody knew it.  They do try to look for such things.

But this isn't about that, either.

What else in our world is like that disintegrating engine, precariously hovering over our heads?  

We can be thankful for miracles, and hope for more.  They do happen.  And we can also pay attention and act before things fall.



Up in the Sky photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Friday, February 19, 2021


 "The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words." ~ William H. Gass

I realized earlier today that I may have written more entries in this blog in 2021 than in any other year since it has been in existence.  And sure enough, yes, that's true.  

What "they" say about writing is actually true as well, though I do quite a bit of it daily in other ways.  We simply need to write.  This blog is an intentional project - that will grow into others, I sense. 



Walking Stick of the Woods photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Expanding Our Horizons

 "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." ~ Carl Sagan

I watched the Mars landing today on NASA TV.  It is in our human nature to yearn to explore and expand.  I heard one of the project leaders (or someone associated with the mission, not sure of the role) talk about how this venture is asking some of our more important questions, like how did we originate and are there signs of life beyond the Earth.

I've worked in the sciences, and I know people still working in that domain, and no doubt this is all very exciting.  One one level, yes.  This is how we feel led to expand our horizons under the auspices of the materialistic world view.  

But there is another way, a way that is no less intriguing, and ultimately no less based in truth.  This is my second night on a similar theme, but it's an important one.  

While we are so busily exploring in the space of physicality, in the material space, we have neglected another way.

That way is Consciousness, the expansion of Consciousness.

You see, I have a theory as to why the areas of space we can look at are not teeming with technologically generated signals.  Must I repeat myself?  Yes, I will.  We are losing sight of something that is very important.  For whatever reasons, we have diminished it, but we have done so to our detriment.  

I do not believe most technological civilizations survive, not if that's their only way of "advancing".

No, I don't.  And it's even logical.

If a civilization is not developing their connection to Consciousness in parallel with other types of material advancements, they may not make it.  And other civilizations may focus solely on Spirituality - they would have a better chance (and a much more satisfying way of being).


Industrialization, in as many as it enhances life, it has another effect.  It eliminates our basic skills in survival because we become dependent on a more intricate way of life.  This then puts us in peril, particularly if we depend upon electricity.  And yes, there are situations going on right now in the U.S. that demonstrate just how vulnerable we can be when we don't have electricity.  All it would take is one Carrington event (search for that if you don't know what I'm talking about - a very large solar flare that is inevitable) and all of our modern conveniences vanish.  Not only that, electronic records would be wiped out as well.  We aren't thinking very mindfully about this.  But that's our tendency.

The planets of industrial/technological societies are incredibly vulnerable.  The people become like infants, helpless without the "tools" they require.  We become dependent on elaborate mechanisms, and when such things disappear, we are lost.

Plenty of people have talked about how a technological society might destroy itself, especially after developing nuclear capabilities.  Yes, that also is a scenario that no doubt has occurred on technological planets.  It could also occur here.

But the problem with not developing our Spiritual Skills is they are the quickest route to shielding the planet.  Or dealing with mundane aspects of human life.  Or getting along with one another.  If you are skilled in healing, and many of us have indeed witnessed or experienced essentially "impossible" healing in the spiritual domain, physically, you have no need of "physical tools" if you develop such skills to a sufficient level.  Or at a simpler level, if you haven't become so dependent on a materialistic medical infrastructure, perhaps you haven't forgotten what our ancestors knew about various herbs and other simpler techniques.  One of these, though it didn't go that far back, actually came up during Covid, how to help someone breathe, how to position a person, if a ventilator is not available - we don't remember these things because we assume there will be a hospital with whatever we might need, or at least some semblance of a chance of receiving reasonable care, the best that might be offered in such materialistic settings.  Non-materialistic techniques for healing the psyche are already vastly superior to the alternatives in many cases - and certainly would be for all if properly developed.

And it's not only that.  Spirituality is the Gateway to Exploration, in ways that are far more dramatic than any physical mechanism could provide.  There is no separation across space, or across time.  I've heard it said that if "someone" was "out there", they would have no way of knowing we are here.  Well, even in a physical way, we now realize they probably would, as we are already developing skills to analyze what may be habitable planets - keeping in mind that what might be habitable for life as we know it may be very different for life as we do not know it.  But beyond that, in a Spiritual way, an Aware species could easily find us, and no distance could hinder that, and not even time.  We are fully capable of looking through the eyes of another.  What an astonishing thing that is to ponder...and so it is, I'm pondering it again.  Because it's important.



Moon photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Higher Focus

 "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~ Arthur C. Clarke

Although I truly consider myself some kind of an eclectic expression of a neo-luddite, and oddly, that has in a way always been true, I have spent a lot of my life working with technology.  

Arthur C. Clarke's famous quote does not exactly apply to what it is I am about to say and have pondered many times and discussed on radio.  I believe technology, for those civilizations which venture that way, is likely a very brief step.  Most technologically oriented societies probably destroy themselves.  Perhaps some survive, but there simply is absolutely no comparison to essentially developing "Magic".  How we evaluate "advanced" is skewed towards materialistic thinking.  What is actually Advanced is altogether different.  In reflecting upon the vastness of the Multiverse, there are likely many civilizations that are "Advanced" which either never developed technology at all or discarded it rapidly along the way. 

This may sound like wishful thinking, to those who haven't witnessed the potentials, but for those who are on a Spiritual path, it is indisputable that Spirituality is real - and has real-world implications.  Societies like ours where materialists are dominant face significant challenges.  If we could develop our spiritual gifts, we could essentially do anything (in a different way) than any "sufficiently advanced technology".  Healing, telepathy and telekinesis are just a few practical examples - and that's just the "practical".  The possibilities are truthfully unfathomable and wonderful.  Arthur C. Clarke wrote about this as well.  I have never personally witnessed telekinesis, but I have definitely witnessed and experienced healing and telepathy.  When we notice, these things happen more than we realize.  Imagine the potentials - and ignore those who mock.  They are wandering lost in the lowlands, essentially - while some of us are already venturing to Higher ground.

We need to set our sights Higher.  And persist.



Sunbreak over LAX photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Seeing Through the Eyes of Another

 "Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another..." ~ Alfred Adler

Imagine what it would be like if you could truly see through the eyes of another?  What would we notice?  What would we feel?  Our Consciousness is truthfully inseparable.  There are no boundaries, of space or of time.  A truly evolved species would be able to connect to anyone, really.  This is Omnipresence.

Monday, February 15, 2021

What Resonates, and What Does Not

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." ~ Doug Floyd

Lately, there have been impulses, it seems, to diminish authenticity, and although this isn't new, it's particularly intense, recently.  Conformity has always had its way with us, in one way or another, and these days, more so.

Even so, we need to trust in how we feel.  We need to trust in what resonates.  Many are called to the path you choose not to take.  The key to living in peace with yourself is recognizing what brings you peace.  You know it when you find it.  The key to living in peace with others is living in peace with others.  We are not here to sing together in a monotone.  We are not here to create a uniform mosaic.  Harmony requires a variety of voices.  When we listen, we might learn something.



Geese in Motion photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Always Space for More

 "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." ~ Isaac Asimov

All of my life, I have wanted to write.  And I've written.  I haven't always written in the ways I expected - in fact, generally, not at all.   "You were meant to be here, from the beginning." are the words echoing in the background, as I write tonight.  (It's Sunday night music tonight, instead of Saturday.)  

I have to be honest and say I started to wonder if this was actually worthwhile, coming in to write, every night, before midnight.  If I only write a few words, if I require it, or if I rely on something I wrote before, is it really serving a purpose?  Apparently, it is.  Because I'm here.  Every day, I write elsewhere, but here has its purpose.

What I was thinking about a little bit ago is what a glorious thing, truly, it is, to be a writer, in whatever ways we choose to write.  There's always space for more.  Sometimes, I've stopped.  And then it returns to me.  I never give up on it.  Ever.  And I never need to give up on it.  I'd like to say I've changed my expectations, and in many ways, I have.  Writing itself has changed, and the ways I can write.  It doesn't always need to have a destination, except to exist.  It gets to the point there's nothing to "give up" on.  It simply is. 

There is always space for more.  And there always will be.  That's pretty wonderful, really.

Magical Bridge photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Saturday, February 13, 2021


"...the river is everywhere at once..." ~ Hermann Hesse

It's about Flow.  A stream cascading over rocks encounters "obstacles".  And yet the flow is enhanced, not diminished.  



Stream photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Page Break

"I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.  Writing a poem is discovering." ~  Robert Frost

I must admit it has been a busy week, and by the time I get to this blog, I'm rather spent - though I continue to be dedicated to my intent to blog daily.  I'm thankful for my Saturday night poems for this purpose!  Here is another one from last Saturday night.  Did I mention I haven't written many poems in recent years?  Some scattered about, but not many, and not lately - writing, yes, but poetry, no - Saturday night was a spontaneous exercise, and one I intend to repeat.  When I was a teen and young adult, I loved to write poetry, but things were different then . . .

Page Break

In the old days

there was actually

a stack

a page

a pen

or maybe a typewriter

I can’t decide if this is better.

~ Susan Larison Danz

Poetry is an artistic adventure.  We don't need to be Robert Frost to proceed down the path.  We just need to be ourselves, and that is enough. 



Forest path photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Thursday, February 11, 2021


"Write what should not be forgotten." ~ Isabel Allende

Another Saturday night is coming soon.  Will more poems arrive?  We will see....this one is from last Saturday.


What’s the point, really?

Is there really a point

to writing

with a veil?

Perhaps the wind will take it

And what will we discover?

The wind has its purpose.

~ Susan Larison Danz


The Beauty Beyond photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


"Fear knocked at the door and Faith answered. No one was there." ~ Old English Proverb

Faith is often dismissed and diminished in our world today.  But when you have it, it changes everything.  



Glimpses of the Spring photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


We sweep....and sweep....and sweep....

Yet another poem from last Saturday night, and worth sharing . . .


We are very effective 

with our brooms 

We sweep 

And sweep 

And sweep. 

Did we never even notice 

it’s not something 

we can sweep away?

~ Susan Larison Danz 



Raindrops photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Songs, Returning

"Music is the soundtrack of your life." ~ Dick Clark

 More Saturday night poetry . . .

Songs, Returning 

I’ve been listening to songs, lately 

Songs I heard when I was young 

When they spoke of growing older 

I hadn’t realized 

It was yet another passageway 

From me, to me.

~ Susan Larison Danz 

Dimming Forest photo by Susan Larison Danz

Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Times

"Poetry is what gets lost in translation." ~ Robert Frost

I created a spontaneous exercise late last night and wrote some poetry.  I didn't actually know if the exercise would work, but apparently it did.  And so I'll be sharing some poems along the way, when they arrive.



The Times

We talk about the times 

They talked about them, too 

We’re not the first 

Neither were they 

Listen to them. 

Listen to us. 

And move forward.

~ Susan Larison Danz 

Frozen Reflection photo by Susan Larison Danz.