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Where’s the fire!?

There was a man who invented the art of making fire. Hetook his tools and went to a tribe in the north, where it was verycold,  bitterly cold. He taught the people there to make fire. The people were  very interested. Heshowed them the uses to which they could put fire:  they could cook, couldkeep themselves warm, etc. They were so grateful  that they had learnedthe art of making fire. But before they could  express their gratitude tothe man, he disappeared. He wasn’t concerned  with getting theirrecognition or gratitude; he was concerned about  their well-being. Hewent to another tribe, where he again began to  show them the value of hisinvention. People were interested there too,  a bit too interested for thepeace of mind of their priests, who began  to notice that this man wasdrawing crowds and they were losing their popularity. So they decided to doaway with him. They poisoned him,  crucified him, put it any way you like.But they were afraid now that  the people might turn against them, so theywere very wise, even wily.  Do you know what they did? They had a portraitof the man made and  mounted it on the main altar of the temple. Theinstruments for making  fire were placed in front of the portrait, and thepeople were taught  to revere the portrait and to pay reverence to theinstruments of fire,  which they dutifully did for centuries. Theveneration and the worship  went on, but there was no fire.

Where’s the fire? Where’s the love? Where’s the freedom?This is what  spirituality is all about. Tragically, we tend to lose sightof this,  don’t we? This is what Jesus Christ is all about. But weoveremphasized  the “Lord, Lord,” didn’t we? Where’s the fire? And ifworship isn’t  leading to the fire, if adoration isn’t leading to love, ifthe liturgy  isn’t leading to a clearer perception of reality, if Godisn’t leading  to life, of what use is religion except to create moredivision, more  fanaticism, more antagonism? It is not from lack ofreligion in the  ordinary sense of the word that the world is suffering,it is from lack  of love, lack of awareness. And love is generated throughawareness  and through no other way, no other way. Understand theobstructions you  are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happinessand they will  drop. Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness willdisappear.

Anthony de Mello

(Somehow I lost this post – it crashed the blog!)

Keith said: I love this! It speaks to the mimetic theory of ReneGirard too. Girard believes that social chaos leads to the scapegoating of anindividual – usually an outsider and that because ridding the society of theoutsider has such a profound peace-making effect the scapegoat is instantlyturned from guilty party into a god to be worshipped.

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How to paint a sea turtle

Fun fun fun…! Some old friends of mine!
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Going going… ?

I’ve become so accustomed to this beautiful part of my ride home, in fact I’ve loved it since I first took the journey 10+ years ago, the seasonal change here is always visually striking!…  but a ruddy great sign proclaims that it is to be *@”£&*  @£$%^&*!!! ££££
Hummm… Persimmon Homes.



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My shins hurt!

Last week the same ride saw emotional, logical and even spiritual resonance on many levels…

This week a poetic beauty and essencial truths seemed to be replaced by sufficient chemical analysis…

Same weather, same route (perhaps that’s why)… dunno why but that’s what happened.

New art – essential chemistry… etherial love – raw life… adventurous dreams – omniscient reality…

Twyford drop.

Happy Daze.

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enchanting

When I “sit and watch the birds” or “cycle through the countryside”, am I entering an irrelevant hyper-reality?
I have often been curious of the idea of “enchantment” and “joy”. Does this run ‘above’ or ‘underneath’ our hour-to-hour “real” lives.
How might the hyper-real affect the idea that “the visa needs paying”, “the plumbing needs fixing”, “I love my wife”, “I’m thankful for this food”, “I have been drop-kicked…” etc

If a depression is an out-of-focus reality; a space of low pressure, a space where ideas are unfocused, where things fall apart, where structure collapses…
disillusion,  disappointment, dismay, gloom, misery, melancholy, misery, pain, sadness, sorrow, trouble, unhappiness, woe

Could a high be an over-focused reality; where it all makes sense, an enchantment, a fascination, an enthralling captivation… “joy”: a beatitude, bliss, cheer, contentment, delight, ecstasy, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, enchantment, good spirits, high spirits, hilarity, hopefulness, jubilation, optimism, pleasure, vivacity…

The happy focused conducted view and the lost expansive wild(?) view…   hummm….


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Endomondo Cycling Workout

Endomondo Cycling Workout: was out cycling 23.50 miles in 1h:44m:49s using Endomondo.

’twas a great ride. Leicestershire is relatively flat buy it’s great reaching the top of an “incline”, u get a great view of things, fields of grain, combines going full steam, cricket on the greens, wild fowl and rabbits… a rich experience. All accompanied by a great shuffle on the ipod
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Hallelujah – beautiful

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To be or not to be…

If one is to be, then one needs to act, this needs direction – acting and even unscripted improvisation is triggered by direction…
Guide me oh thou great director…
Hummm… why would I be guided?
Growth, fruit, decay and death are part of the seasonal drama that sees old make way for new…
We recently hosted 10 caterpillars and watched the stages as they grew, formed crysalis and grew into 10 butterflies… 8 flew off to fates unknown, 2 malformed were unable to fly; undirected they died.

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…MORE bubbles!

Further to my post: Blog Post Fri 12th August Bubbles   …
…if only our bubbles might burst…  but then, what might we construct… ?

More bubbles?

I love some of my bubbles. And you might yours too!
Perhaps it’s good to absorb yourself, emerse yourself, and really drink your fill before you share your cup with a neighbour.
Don’t be distracted by the bitter wind, but embrace the shelter and the soaring eagle, the intricate creation, the unfathomable distance. Enjoy the sillyness and fragility of a laugh, don;t let the bugg*** get you down.  
Blow more bubbles!
Who knows where you may glide.

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Endomondo Cycling Workout

Endomondo Cycling Workout: was out cycling 21.56 miles in 1h:53m:37s using Endomondo.