Thursday, April 15, 2021

Trust, Trust, Trust

 "Love can never lead you astray. Trust Love to guide you Home." ~ Susan Larison Danz

Sometimes we find ourselves repeating the word:  Trust.  There are many things that happen in the world which undermine trust.  As human beings, we fail.  But we must never give up.  Because Trust is worth it. 

 

 

Blue Skies photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Soul is Not Containable

"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." ~ Yoda

  

As I write, I'm listening to someone talking about AI on the radio.  We hear so often from people who have a strictly materialistic, non-spiritual view of reality who claim that it is possible to essentially duplicate, read or preserve your mind using mechanistic means.  The entire assumption (and it absolutely is an assumption) is based on an unproven premise about Reality, of course.  

Anyone who has seen evidence of Spirituality knows we cannot be "contained" in this way - because we aren't what "they" think we are, no matter how arrogantly they proclaim it.  How sad they're missing out on actual Awareness - but there is always a chance to discover it.  There are so many more "useful" things we could be studying.

We yearn for immortality, it seems, but if they could create what they seek, they would be trapped, not freed, not forever of course, as that's impossible, but in ways that are unnatural - and undesirable.  We aren't intended to be trapped.  This state is temporary.  

Our minds are not our Souls.   It's like grasping for a rope at the edge of a cliff when we can fly.  

 

 

Light Reflected photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Love Train

"Start a love train, love train..." ~ The O'Jays

 

Love is the only way forward.  

There was never any other way, really. 

Love is the way.


 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Authenticity, Again

"Surrendering your authenticity to be heard is ironically the path to silencing your voice." ~ Susan Larison Danz

When we're aware of it, we tend to revisit it, again and again and again.  And as we learn and grow and go deeper, it goes deeper, too.  

Authenticity. 

It meets us where we are, if we allow it - or perhaps we meet it in the middle - or sometimes we miss it entirely, and even intentionally.

And that's the problem.

We yearn for what this is.  We seek it.  And if we are fortunate, at least we get a handle on it within our own heads (and hearts).

But that doesn't mean we can adequately share it, should we choose to, even when we want to.

And when we can't, sometimes skimming the surface just isn't enough.

Is this enough?  Here?  Actually, yes.  In this moment, yes.  That's not always true.  But sometimes, yes.  

Authenticity is a journey.

 

Reflection photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Balance

"The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you've lost it." ~ Unknown

 

I was talking to a friend about balance tonight.  Why is the desire for such a simple, straightforward concept so elusive on the planet?  We seesaw between one edge or the other - and lose sight of the Center. I'm not saying balance itself is necessarily easy to create, but when we aren't even looking for it, we lose our way.


Rainbow Photo by Susan Larison Danz

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Trusting the Path

"Be thankful for all of life's nuances - and keep trusting!" ~ Susan Larison Danz

It seems it is a continual experience as a parent, even as many years pass, to repeatedly need to surrender to trust.  I'm not sure we ever really master this, though I suppose we can improve.  Spirituality does help.  

What does it mean to trust the path?  

It's not just about trusting in your own path - it is trusting in the paths of everyone you care about - and yes, of course, the two are not completely separate.  

There's always some new experience, some new challenge, some new adventure, and it begins even before the very first moment, which is an adventure in itself.  

Do we ever really learn to surrender?  Perhaps, and maybe not.  It's a process that repeats.  

Eventually, of course, it happens in reverse, and they are needing to trust in YOUR path, too, so it's a mutual experience.  This is Love on Planet Earth.

The more we can manage to trust the path, even when it's difficult, the more we can breathe into it, the more approachable it becomes.  Is it ever really perfect?  Does it need to be?  

 

 Path photo by Susan Larison Danz.

 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Honesty and Fear

 "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 

  

Listen live to The Frontier Beyond Fear Blog Talk Radio program Saturday at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT:  Honesty and Fear  (The program will be available at the same link afterwards, too).

How is being fearful related to honesty?  How can fear not only impact what people share with us, but how we accept the information, and how we share things ourselves?  How can we be more discerning by becoming more aware of our own relationship with fear? 

What is the distinction between discretion and dishonest omission?  We can still be discreet and authentic, in appropriate circumstances.  How can we honor this in others and in ourselves? 

How can we come to understand that all paths to authenticity are essentially a lifelong journey?  We can realize we are imperfect, even while increasing our conscious intent to be authentic and empathic. 

Greater awareness can help us, in every way, as well as respect for ourselves and one another.  This also leads to more courage, which can help us immensely. 

When we are intimidated or disabled by fear, we are unable to see things with clarity.  This can often lead to harmful or hasty choices, for ourselves and our societies. 

What is a better path forward?  How can we discover it?  Host Susan Larison Danz reflects on these important topics.  It is very likely she will also introduce another passage from history or literature as a part of the exploration.

The Frontier Beyond Fear is in its 11th year, with over 400 episodes.

 

Forest Path photo by Susan Larison Danz.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Voices

“Study the past if you would define the future.” ~ Confucius

 

Making the time to listen to voices of the past is increasingly establishing itself as a day-to-day pattern in my life.  The past has a great deal to teach us.  It can teach us about passageways and perceptions that led to more expansive places, and it can teach us about corridors that narrowed into dead ends.  I particularly appreciate listening to first-hand accounts, rather than second-hand interpretations.  

The voices of history can speak to us in other ways as well - through poetry, through music, through art.  

If we want to navigate productively and expansively through this current perilous era, we don't need to do it alone.  Others have seen things.  Others have chosen.  Others have spoken.  They have much to tell us.   

 

Reflection photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Enabling Trust

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

It's surprisingly simple.  What enables Trust?  Honesty.  When honesty and transparency are missing, trust is missing, too.  

All forms of authenticity require a journey, and even being honest about that helps to enable trust.

Life is often confusing, especially in times like these.  Open vulnerability, including admitting mistakes, is all a part of the journey to trust.  And forgiveness.  Which leads to even greater trust.

We need more of this, not less.


Spring Tree photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Stereotypes

"As Napoleon once said 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'" ~ Dan Brown

Looking at History through the lens of what people chose to write about is an increasingly interesting pursuit for me.  Sometimes the descriptions surrounding a particular writer or an era of writing speak to me of our own times.  Today in an American Literature book, I was fascinated to read that not all Puritans, in fact many Puritans, did not fit the stereotype of a Puritan that I have essentially been taught since childhood.  

I was surprised to read this in an introduction:  "Puritans in general were lovers of life, their clergy were well-educated scholars in whom the Renaissance lamp of humanism still burned.  They did not forbid gaily colored clothes if they could get them..."  This passage did not neglect to mention that there were indeed harsh things that happened within Puritan culture, but that was not the entire story.  It said that many Puritans even drank in moderation, enjoyed the arts and made several advances in education that we tend not to think about (like creating Harvard).

History is far more nuanced than we tend to know.

 

Tree photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Blossoming in Place

 "Bloom where you are planted." ~ Saint Francis de Sales

This particular lesson has returned to me many times in my life.  I recall first seeing it as a child, and I know it was written on something in the home where I grew up, but I can't quite recall where. 

I was reminded of it today.  Wherever we find ourselves, we can still blossom.  We are here on Earth to grow.


Flower photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Staying on the Path

"Listen to simplicity. Its gentle voice has much to say." ~ Susan Larison Danz

Every once in a while, we think perhaps we are headed in a particular new direction.  Then, all of a sudden, something happens to shift it.  It may shift it slightly.  It may shift it dramatically.  The key question in the process is:  Are we listening all along the way?

This happened to me today, with something I had tentatively planned (unrelated to my work), and it sure seemed like things were heading that way, but then I felt things begin to change, and as I listened and aligned with how this felt, I realized this particular change in direction was feeling less likely, and less necessary.  And circumstances became stronger, positively supporting the current path. 

And I realized:  All is well.

 

Forest path photo by Susan Larison Danz. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hope, Revisited

"To the poor loveless ever-anxious crowd, 

Ah! from the soul itself must issue forth

A light, a glory, a fair luminous cloud       

Enveloping the Earth" 

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Today's Frontier Beyond Fear broadcast explored Hope:

We could all use some time reflecting on Hope.  Host Susan Larison Danz shares how we can find our way to Hope, no matter what is going on in our lives or our world.

A portion of the poem Dejection: An Ode is read and discussed as a part of this program.  It is very approachable for all listeners and was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1802.  Samuel lived 1772-1834 and struggled with a number of things in his life - heartbreak, financial failure, doubt and serious addiction - and yet he writes of how he looks for hope and joy in this poem.  There is also a brief reference in this program to the phrase "Hope springs eternal", written by Alexander Pope.  When we read literature, we find it is more approachable than we realize, and we can learn so many things useful for improving our lives and world today through studying the writing of imperfect lives in imperfect times, just as our own lives and times are imperfect.

Listen to the podcast here:  Reflections on Hope

 

Azaleas photo by Susan Larison Danz.

 

 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Reflections on Hope

 "Hope springs eternal..." ~ Alexander Pope

Listen live to The Frontier Beyond Fear broadcast Saturday at 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT (or to the podcast at the same link afterwards):  Reflections on Hope

 

 

 

Flower photo by Susan Larison Danz.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Coincidentally....

"The most important things are the hardest to say." ~ Stephen King

Oddly related to what I had to say yesterday about free expression, I had an experience today, and in a respectful and compassionate, yet relatively open and honest way, which I hope is a "glitch", in which some private messages in a conversation on a social media platform mysteriously vanished.  It's been several years since this particular platform has been "glitchy" in that way, and so I wondered.

I do hope it is simply a random glitch.  And even if it is, do you see how we have all become more sensitive to such things?  And why?

And so it is I'm here again, writing.   And will find more ways, not less.