What A Laugh !

This blog tries to be quite serious. It’s aim is to address the crises assailing our world by using news clips, commentary, and appropriate spiritual quotes.

This means I spend most of my time looking for news that can be illuminated with higher thought—issues brought up to the level of Principle—raising consciousness far above the mire and muck of current materialistic concerns.

Some days my search for appropriate news clips brings me only unrelieved sorrow, depression, and heartbreak.

Today was one of those days, so I turned to my favorite comic relief, Jon Stewart. If you watch him you might have a few belly laughs while also seeing the absurdity of the competing parties in our sorry world drama.

For a good time, click here…

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Since this blog is my global home, I chose the following spiritual quote:

“My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined….”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a Tablet, published in Star of the West, vol. 9, no. 3, (28 April 1918), p. 40

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Light In The Darkness


“The bed-rock of a strategy that can engage the world’s population in assuming responsibility for its collective destiny must be the consciousness of the oneness of humankind.”
Bahá’í International Community, 1995 Jul 16, Realization of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

From The New York Times: Bank Investors Redefine Bad News
“…it has now been a year since the credit crisis erupted, and, so far, the optimists have been proven wrong time and again. Skeptics say it could take years for banks to recover from the worst financial crisis since the Depression. And even when things do improve, the pessimists maintain, banks’ profits will be a fraction of what they were before.”

From Forbes: Wachovia Loss May Spell End For Bank Rally
“After reporting second-quarter earnings that fell short of expectations, American Express said it does not expect to meet or exceed long-term financial targets until the economy recovers because conditions worsened more rapidly than expected.”

So much of the world is overextended.

So many people suffer.

A few get rich as the rest get poorer . . .

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I used to work as a telemarketer (Oh, my God, Alex, how horrible !) for one of the major credit card companies. There came a point when they expanded their services into Ireland. The CEO said the Irish appeared to be overly careful in their finances—they weren’t carrying any balance on their cards. I quit the company right after I saw a quote from the CEO: “We have every confidence in the Irish market. It may be slow now but we will educate them.”

Educate them . . .

Time for class kids! Gather round. There ya go. See, this is a wall socket. Some people say its dangerous to put your finger in here but today we’re gonna learn that it’s actually fun !!

We all need education, constantly—from the bottom up and from the Top down.

Sometimes I get a little nutsey and think that the separation of Faith and State has brought ruin to both.

“…material civilization is like unto a beautiful body, and spiritual civilization is like unto the spirit of life. If that wondrous spirit of life enters this beautiful body, the body will become a channel for the distribution and development of the perfections of humanity.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 11

Things sure are headed Somewhere . . . In fact, that reminds me of an old saying, “If ya don’t know where you’re goin’, any road will take ya there.”

“…it is unrealistic to imagine that the vision of the next stage in the advancement of civilization can be formulated without a searching re-examination of the attitudes and assumptions that currently underlie approaches to social and economic development….We are being shown that, unless the development of society finds a purpose beyond the mere amelioration of material conditions, it will fail of attaining even these goals. That purpose must be sought in spiritual dimensions of life and motivation that transcend a constantly changing economic landscape and an artificially imposed division of human societies into ‘developed’ and ‘developing.’ “
Bahá’í International Community, 1995 Jul 16, Realization of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

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Interview with Liara Covert

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“Thank thou God for that thou hast had such a revelation in the world of dreams.”
Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v2, p. 244

Liara, would you tell us about the images on your blog—the woman at the table and the fish?

The painting is an oil on canvas called “The Sorceress” (1911) by John William Waterhouse.  Upon closer look, it juxtaposes diverse symbols, including a jaguar, leopard, elixirs, books, floating spirits in a hazy setting framed with arches. In my own way, I relate to each symbol.  I’m a jaguar woman, leopard woman, alternative chemist, and spiritual counsellor of sorts who values the mysteries of human existence and beyond.

Fish remind human beings that deeper insights are always available through exploring the unconscious mind.  Each person has inner power to bring profound ideas to the surface.  As a dream analyst, I encourage clients to explore their true selves which includes uncovering thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors and why they have become part of their identity.

Your blog, Dream Builders, shows a very wide range of topics. Would you comment on the top three by count of posts—Success Principles, Self Improvement, and Consciousness? Tell us why you write about them and what you hope to impart to your readers.

Each human being has his or her own ideas about success.  As each person has constant opportunities to learn, views of success may change or limit self-growth.  Many people don’t recognize the origin of their beliefs or source of external influence.   I invite readers to raise their own consciousness about how and why they judge, create values, and perpetuate patterns that may not serve them. I encourage people to step back and be more open to thinking and perceiving differently.

What  they used to think may lose importance.   Its part of the process of getting-to-know oneself.

Through a process of raising self-awareness, I have come to discern versions of success and self-improvement are measurable, while others are also immeasurable.  I detach from comparison and judgment to evolve into the roles of an observer.

Your first two categories, Astral Dreaming and Business Strategies, are, to most folk, worlds apart. Would you comment on this?

Everything is connected, although links may not seem obvious. Writing itself is a tool in the process of self-discovery.  Since the birth of this blog, I’ve progressively eliminated articles and topics which no longer serve my purpose.  I will continue to do this based on what makes sense and what doesn’t.  I’ve learned certain perceptions must be dissolved in order to awaken the power that lies dormant inside your being.  You know what I mean inside yourself, when a thing just feels right.

Your blog’s structure (like your writing) veers from the road of conformity. You have categories displayed, but not the usual lead article. Tell us why you decided on this format.

Inner guidance orients my action.  I don’t think of my choices as “conforming” or “not conforming” but rather, as intuitive choices.  I don’t model myself or my blog on other people, but I’m inspired by traits I discern in the energy of others.  One need not always know, explain or understand why one acts.  I sense what I do and have done is worthwhile for what it is, period. To offer lessons learned is a resource that enables people to move ahead ‘their way’ in their own sense of time.  Positive feelings grow inside me and my reader audience grows as I take initiatives to get closer to my chosen destiny.

Please relate a bit about your education [which is also elaborated on her site]:

As ‘a woman of the world,’ I have come to value unconventional training because in my view, traditional education alone doesn’t prepare students for the truth of reality. To ‘learn on your feet’ means to adjust and adapt without a map or a rulebook. It means learning the value of listening to your instincts and developing resourcefulness. I have learned more about myself and human nature from real-life conditions than I ever did in a class.  Even dramatisations don’t equate to issues of survival.

Would you elucidate this statement from your blog?
“Her  perspectives have been enriched and expanded by her experiences in more than 55 countries.”

I have studied, worked and/ or travelled though parts of more than 60 countries. You might say I have actively sought ways to develop myself while I also assisted or interviewed people for research purposes.  Travel has enabled me to explore foreign languages and cultures, to challenge myself and come to expect the unexpected.  Astral dreaming and other experiences stretch or expand my sense of time and space.  Experience continues to teach me there is far more to life than I ever imagined.

Thank you, Liara !

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While preparing for this post, our email included me asking Liara if the lead quote was suitable.

She didn’t just say yes:

“Thank thou God for that thou hast had such a revelation in the world of dreams.”
Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v2, p. 244

Liara’s Interpretation

Human beings have infinite opportunities to trigger their own revelations in the world of dreams. Some people believe they dream throughout life and look forward to awakening when death comes to the physical body. Other people explore different notions of dreams, from those they consider conscious and unconscious goals, to nighttime reveries, to the magical places they envision with the mind as doorways to infinite dimensions of time and space.

Its up to you to forge your own paths, to rethink sensing and existing.  You define your own dreams.  What you think and believe transform into your life. You get out of it what you’re ready and willing to experience.  You limit yourself or expand your possibilities based on your energy vibration.  The more you explore dreams,  the more you will learn about your authentic self.  As you learn to lift up your thoughts and feelings to higher vibrations, you will discover your inner power extends into physical, mental, spiritual and other planes. Your current observations are conditioned. Dreams permit you to move beyond what you thought you knew.  Dreams enable you to better understand your own mental states and those of other people.  This enables you to shed light on your moods, ego and many areas of your life.

Love & Light,

Liara

Dream Builders


Thunderbird Magic

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Today’s post is a gift from Liara Covert who writes the Dream Builders blog. She shows us that ancient myths are alive and well, inside each of us…

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The Thunderbird legend is timeless. Some people believe it began as a myth of Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes. Yet, the legend spread much wider.  This great creature has been sighted by non-native people on many different continents.

Native American myths suggest the sizable Thunderbird is a guardian Spirit with innate power to influence changes in the elements and energy shifts, in everything. It has penetrating vision and even changes form to help regenerate and stabilize the energy grids of the Earth.

Legend says the magical creature flew with a whole whale in its claws and saved a Chilkat tribe from starvation. As lightning shoots out from its eyes and thunder pearls from its wings, you might imagine everyone would hear it coming.  Wisdom reveals the depth of your faith and the nature of your beliefs determine all you will sense and experience.

As it happens, the Lakota and other tribes believe that if you have repeated dreams of birds, the medicine or “alternative healing way” is part of your destiny. Yet, if you envision a Thunderbird, you are destined to be a ‘Heyoka,’ that is, to learn to channel and heal with electromagnetic energy.

According to Laughing Deer in the Encylopedia Mythica, Heyoka is “one who does things backwards or opposite…Spirit chooses who is Heyoka; it is a very difficult path to follow.”

Of course, difficulty is relative. Conditioning may have also taught you choose your own destiny. With this in mind, you’re never alone. Discerning that the Thunderbird serves the Great Spirit beyond enables you to realize you are also guided in ways you hadn’t foreseen by forces you have yet to understand.

Some people believe a Heyoka is a trickster to be feared, ridiculed and revered. Negative perception does not recognize illusion is part of the teaching medicine of Heyoka. Human beings won’t grasp life in the same way. Heyoka practices are sacred and have magical meanings that carry over into your life. Will you be empowered to shift your consciousness?

Heyokas are said to embody divine strength. They are trusted interpreters of dreams and heal with innate insights that even they themselves underestimate. They may unexpectedly enter your dreams or your apparent reality. Why? To remind you not to get too serious about your current mental state, physical form, thoughts and beliefs. Human beings are encouraged to be humble, to detach from their conditions and to recognize Spirit wields all power. You only determine how you will react to a given set of impermanent circumstances.

Thunderbird magic itself relates back to the mythical bird’s role as a catalyst in the lives of human beings.  It triggers revelation, transformation and energy shifts beyond superficial perception. Heyoka behavior, awakened by the Thunderbird, defies the status quo to awaken your senses to change your own behavior. The magic you hold within yourself enables you to initiate changes at the cellular level of your being. Thunderbird magic leads you back to rediscover the dormant magic within yourself.

After all, from birth, you master the art of producing your own illusions. Your perception is full of them. By extraordinary or mystical influence, you produce desired effects or results in every area of your life. How much of this do you realize? Supernatural elements are forces of your own nature. Thunderbird magic opens a doorway into another dimension of your soul.  As you raise your awareness, you prepare to explore infinity.