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Stephen Hawking: Miracle mind inside a miracle body – UK – Scotsman.com

 

Stephen Hawking: Miracle mind inside a miracle body – UK – Scotsman.com.

January 7, 2012 Posted by | health, history, mental, Philosophy | Leave a comment

Meus Violatus Fidem (4)

 

 

Much of what I am about to say will offend you in one way or another. For this I am sorry. I am simply taking an opportunity to express my particular set of beliefs and my viewpoint. You dont have to agree with me, but if you are unable to accept any criticism of your religious beliefs, I suggest that you dont read what I have to say. Pax et Bonum.

For many years now I have fought to maintain some semblance of faith while struggling with doubt on the existence of God and with the particular doctrine and dogma that I grew up with. By every definition of the word, I am an Apostate. Almost a decade ago I refuted my belief in the brand of Christianity that I was born into. For a time I even denied the existence of God completely. But my own conscience would not let me stay this way, so I attempted to find a religion that best suited me. I went to a Synagogue, I went to a Mosque, I went to Buddhist meditations, I even tried some not so well known faiths that I will not discuss any further. To make a long story short, I did not find anything that led me to believe that any other faith (or lack of faith) was any better or held more truth than Christianity. So, over the past 9 months I have slowly come back towards a faith that I once renounced. But I am still angry, I still doubt, and I still do not accept a literal translation of the Bible. So, even though I proclaim myself a christian, in most christians eyes I am nothing more than a heretic and doubter.

via Meus Violatus Fidem (4).

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By: Mackie Dalton Smith

July 21, 2011 Posted by | Philosophy, religion | | Leave a comment

Thomas Jefferson – Top 10 American Political Prodigies – TIME

In 1781, Thomas Jefferson, having served as governor of Virginia, declared he’d had enough of politics. And he wasn’t even 40.

In the next two decades, Jefferson would take on many public roles — U.S. minister to France, the nation’s first Secretary of State, vice-president under John Adams, and, of course, the third President of the United States of America — but by 1781 he’d already earned a place in the history books. A delegate to the Second Continental Congress, he was just 33 in 1776, when he drafted the remarkable Declaration of Independence. Two years before holding those truths to be self-evident, he penned A Summary View of the Rights of British America while serving in Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

Read “The Philosopher-President: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Thomas Jefferson.”

View the full list for “Top 10 American Political Prodigies”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2025265_2025267,00.html#ixzz14t1Alwlr

November 10, 2010 Posted by | culture, government, history, Philosophy, politics, social | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Before the 20th century, friendship was single-sex. – By Juliet Lapidos – Slate Magazine

Before the 20th century, friendship was single-sex. – By Juliet Lapidos – Slate Magazine.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | culture, history, Philosophy, social | | Leave a comment

Belmont Club » Children of the Weaker God

Belmont Club » Children of the Weaker God.

September 5, 2010 Posted by | culture, mental, Philosophy, religion, social | Leave a comment

Worthy Causes

I remember a story of a member of the K.K.K. who was a devoted member for years until he had a son born with a cleft palate. His Grand Master told him to put the boy away in an institution and forget him, he was not perfect. The man realized how wrong his beliefs had been for so many years and changed his ways completely. My point is this: sometimes we profess to be so involved in the “right” cause, until it touches us personally. Only then do we see how others have recognized the issue.

August 16, 2010 Posted by | mental, Philosophy | | Leave a comment

Sadhguru: Accepting the Death of a Loved One

Sadhguru: Accepting the Death of a Loved One.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | death, mental, Philosophy | Leave a comment

Michael Ruse: Darwinism and the Moral Argument for God

Michael Ruse: Darwinism and the Moral Argument for God.

August 1, 2010 Posted by | Darwin, Philosophy, social | | Leave a comment

Spiritual Quotes

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37.) “It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the “I Am,” our real presence, can awaken.” G.I. Gurdjieff
38.) “We have always been involved in spiritual evolution. We are spiritual beings, we have always been spiritual beings and we will always be spiritual beings.” Gary Zukav
39.) “Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.” Rumi
40.) “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” Buddha
41.) “The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.” Thich Nhat Hanh
42.) “The continual awareness of what was going on made me feel ashamed I wasn’t saying anything. I burst out because I could no longer play that game any more, it was just too much for me.” John Lennon

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43.) “Without faith, hope and trust, there is no promise for the future, and without a promising future, life has no direction, no meaning and no justification.” Adlin Sinclair
44.) “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha
45.) “We must have the faith that things will work out somehow, that God will make a way for us when there seems no way.” Martin Luther King
46.) “Through awareness, you get a certain attitude. That’s the way, you see, to achieve more peaceful, more compassion, more friendship through that way.” 14th Dalai Lama
47.) “Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.” Ram Dass
48.) “The sage seeks freedom from desire. He does not collect precious things. He learns not to hold on to ideas. He brings men back to what they have lost.” Lao Tzu

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49.) “If we knock on the door until it opens, not taking no for an answer, our lives will be transformed as we step up into a higher awareness.” James Redfield
50.) “I see the potential for a new world being born in front of me and all around me, and I feel the only way to bring that potential into being is to know myself.” Gary Zukav
51.) “No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. It’s a shame to waste those by doing what someone else has done.” Joseph Campbell
52.) “We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” Shakti Gawain

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53.) “The highest level of creativity consists in being, not doing. When the being is intense enough, when the words are spoken enough, when the thoughts are thought enough, the doing will automatically follow.” Marianne Williamson
54.) “Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.” Carlos Castaneda
55.) “If you deny yourself access to the child within because you’re too serious, you also block your connection to the divine Light and your feminine self. Every creator who’s any good uses their feminine side to create with.. Whether a scientist working on a hunch, a painter working on the interplay of colors, or a musician dealing with the juxtaposition of notes and chords.” Stuart Wilde
56.) “Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky
57.) “The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.” Deepak Chopra

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58.) “I think the new spirituality will be a spirituality that’s not based on a particular dogma. And that steps away from the old spiritual paradigm that we have created on this planet, which comes from a thought that there is such a thing as being better.” Neale Donald Walsch
59.) “I have an almost religious zeal… not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up.” Dan Millman
60.) “Where is the peace in more is better? This idea keeps us exclusively in the physical domain. You can replace the more is better belief with an inner serenity that doesn’t need more to be acceptable. There is no peace in more is better, and if it doesn’t being peace to your life, then it’s something you want to discard.” Wayne Dyer
61.) “Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.” Zig Ziglar

Zen

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July 19, 2010 Posted by | culture, gardens, mental, Philosophy, social | Leave a comment

Epictetus’ Top 7 Timeless Pearls of Wisdom

Epictetus’ Top 7 Timeless Pearls of Wisdom.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | culture, Philosophy | | Leave a comment