Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
Tao Te Ching v16
Heaven and Earth
My work will be complete when I have put you in touch once again with this ancient language. When you have learned to allow the silencing of your thoughts and have begun to focus attention on inner vibrational frequencies, you will become aware of a far more comprehensive picture of all that I am now telling you. Until such time as the life-giving information that comes to you from the source of your being is more readily accessible, I will work within the limitations of your linguistic structure and translate as accurately as I am able.
Human beings have a tendency to become imprisoned in their concepts. You must remember that words and concepts can be both fallible and misleading. They are not absolutes. Do not confuse them with the realities they represent. No statement that I will make can be taken as an absolute statement. This does not mean that I am coming from a vague place. On the contrary, it means that your words are not precise enough to express the levels of vibratory awareness that I am attempting to communicate through them.
From Chapter 1 Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey
Field of Play
The Olympic Games took their name from the Greek city of Olympia and though there were important athletic competitions held in other Greek cities in ancient times, the Olympic Games were regarded as the most prestigious. The games were held every four years during August and September and the word “Olympiad”, which referred to the four year intervals between competitions, was commonly used to measure time. The first documented Olympic champion was a man named Coroebus, a cook from Elis who won the sprint race in 776 BC. Historians believe that the games had already existed for at least 500 years prior to that date. The Olympic Games originally featured only one event: a race called the “stade”, equal to a distance of about 210 yards. By 728 BC two additional races had been added, comparable to the 400 meter and 1,500 meter races of the modern games. The Olympics came to include wrestling, boxing and the pentathlon, as well as specialized events for soldiers and heralds. It was only in 472 BC that the events were spread out over a period of four to five days, previously they had all taken place on a single day. Participation in the Olympic Games was originally limited to free born Greeks, but as Greek civilization was spread by the conquests of Alexander the Great, the Games drew entrants from as far away as Antioch, Sidon and Alexandria. While the only official prize was a wreath or garland, successful athletes were supported by the governments of their cities and devoted much time to training. Most of the competitors were, in fact, professionals. After the Roman conquest of Greece in the second century BC, the Olympic Games suffered a decline in popularity and importance, but the Games persisted until AD 393, when the Roman emperor Theodosius I ordered their abolition.
The American Presidency
Bill Moyers has been a consistent curious explorer of the human condition for almost my entire adult life. It wasn’t surprising when I googled Ten Great Presidential Speeches it was Bill Moyers who was first in the queue. Perhaps these speeches can give us some insight into our selection process between now and November. These are weighty times with much at stake.
The Democratic Convention convenes today and as they did last week The New Yorker is providing some insight and background.
The Democratic Party
Punch, counterpunch: that’s the promise of Democratic and Republican Conventions held back to back. Last week, in Cleveland, Republicans did their best to rally behind Donald Trump. (How about Michelle Obama’s words of endorsement? Amazing.) This week, in Philadelphia, Democrats will try to form a more perfect union around Hillary Clinton. This has been a divisive year for the Democrats, too, and the pieces collected here trace the fault lines in a party being transformed by populism and a wave of young voters. In dispatches written in the past few months, Ryan Lizza, John Cassidy, and Benjamin Wallace-Wells explore the debate over the Party’s future—