Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.
The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.
Tao Te Ching v63
Heaven and Earth
Chapter 3 – The Shadow of Future Creation
Since the first breath of God at the beginning of all the worlds, it was pre-ordained that Creation would exist within a rhythm of expansion and contraction. Eventually there would come a time when the physical universe would stop expanding and begin to contract. The Hindus refer to this process as the in-breathing and out-breathing of Brahma, the process through which God breathes out all of Creation, and then breathes it all back in again. At this point in linear time, we are very close to the middle of the cycle, soon to reach the exact midpoint between the out-breath and the in-breath of God. The universe began to reach this mid-point as unicellular organisms were emerging on the Earth, but the exact mid-point is yet to be attained. It will coincide with what has come to be called the Second Coming of Christ. When any vibrational system reverses the momentum of its direction, as a pendulum does at the uppermost point of its swing, there is a moment of complete rest before it resumes its movement in the opposite direction. Since rest, or the total cessation of movement, constitutes the opposite of time, there is at the precise moment of its occurrence, a micro-interval of non-time, a moment of eternity. This is the same interval of non-time that occurs many times each second as the atoms of the physical world vibrate back and forth. This is an opening into the nagual, a doorway into the Presence from which all Life-energy springs. What happens when a universe stops expanding and begins contracting?
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Field of Play
The Prerequisite for Leadership
These words are worth consideration. They go straight to the core of a being an effective leader: “Live as though you’ll die tomorrow. Learn as though you’ll live forever.” The words convey a fitting sense of energy and urgency. Don’t squander a single day, and seek knowledge as if you will never die. It is an instruction on how to be an enlightened leader— one who lasts. Longevity in leadership is related, in part, to your love of learning and the sense of urgency you attach to it.
The Essential Wooden, John Wooden and Steve Jamison
The American Presidency
Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.