Zen Sayings to Ponder
Wisdom comes from many sources. Take a moment to digest the following Zen sayings and maybe you will find a peal of great price.
Never forget: We are alive within mysteries. Wendell Berry
Few among men are they who cross over to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side. The Dhammapada
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. John Berry
By definition, human beings do not see or hear. I broke loose from definition. Jelaluddin Rumi
Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all. Carlos Castaneda
Silence is the essential condition of happiness. Heinrich Heine
Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking. Antonio Machado
One may conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, yet he is the best who conquers himself. The Dhammapada
Our entire life, with our fine moral code and our precious freedom, consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are. Jean Anouilh
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
To sit without emotion, hope or aim
In the loved presence of my cottage fire
And listen to the flapping of the flame
Or kettle whispering its faint under song
We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free. J. Krishnamurti
You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are the echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles after a carriage goes past. I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Truth Drug – Extreme Consequences Excerpt
The panel slid open, and Amelia turned. Her heart racing, she rested a hand on Imogene’s arm. Jacques held a white box printed with a green cross.
“I’m told Schneider uses sodium pentothal, the truth drug,” he said. “Now we can get to work.”
She felt Imogene cringe, then clutch her arm. “The child’s terrified. This is monstrous. Let us go.”
Jacques, his face inches from hers, glared at her. “Are you fond of your young brother?”
She stiffened. “What do you mean?”
“You will do precisely what I say, or he will never see tomorrow. Understand?”
Amelia nodded and looked at Imogene. “I don’t know how to give an injection, and I can’t see her co-operating.”
Jacques grabbed Imogene’s other arm. “Look, kid, play along, or your parents will suffer. Understand?”
Wide-eyed, the young girl nodded.
“Good. Let’s get moving.” He pushed them toward the makeshift office.
Imogene lay down, her gaze fixed on the syringe Jacques had just filled from a phial. He crossed the room and swabbed her arm and jabbed the needle in.
“Ouch, you hurt me!”
“Suck it up, kid.”
Amelia watched her for signs of physical distress. Imogene’s eyelids grew heavy, and she fell into a light sleep. Amelia dropped the pendulum into her pocket, then looked at Jacques. “What shall I do?”
“Talk to her. Induce her into a deeper state, as you would do in normal circumstances. When she’s deep enough, I want her to meet with Sakhment, the priestess.”
She drew in a breath. “Imogene, imagine you’re on a beach. You can feel the white sand between your toes. Gentle waves lap beside you, and you can feel a light, warm breeze. You see palm trees on your left, and hear birds singing in the fronds. In the distance, you see a temple. I want you to walk toward the building.”
She glanced at Jacques. He nodded. “You’re doing well.”
“Imogene, please tell me what you see.”
The child’s eyes darted beneath her lids. Her blonde lashes barely hid the purple smudges she’d developed over the last two days.
“The temple looks like a small pyramid,” she said, softly. “There’s a large stone figure on each side of a dark opening.”
“Good. That’s excellent, Imogene. Imagine a white light forming around you, a protective aura, then step forward and enter the opening.”
“The painted walls have Egyptian figures, boats, and animals. Oh, there’s someone here.”
Jacques nudged Amelia. “That’s her. Ask Imogene to speak to her.”
Amelia leaned closer. “Imogene, please ask the person’s name.”
Imogene’s fingers lifted, one at a time, then relaxed against the white leather. “Her name is Sakhment, and she says she’s the temple priestess. She has long black hair, and a twisted golden snake around her head. Her gown catches the light from the candles nearby. She’s beautiful, but her energy’s dark. I don’t like her.”
Jacques moved closer. “Tell her I want to talk to her.”
Imogene coughed, and her mouth twisted. A deep, feminine voice came out.
“Jacques, my dear, at last we meet. My spirit has been guiding you since your childhood, and I have long wished to communicate. My power is at your disposal. What would you have me do?”
Adrenaline rushed through Amelia, her skin tingled. “What’s happening? That’s not Imogene!”
Jacques grinned. “I have a simple request today. Is it possible to bring about the appointment of several Troth members to The Environmental Protection Agency, to influence business-related decisions?”
The woman’s silky voice arose from Imogene’s lips. “Consider it done.”
He punched the air, and Amelia shook and clutched her chest. “Can…can we finish now?”
He walked to the door and looked back over his shoulder. “Care for her. We’ll have another session tomorrow.”
The door swung shut behind him, and she turned back to Imogene. “Relax as I count backwards from ten. When I reach the number one, you will awaken. “Ten, nine, eight…”
The young girl moved restlessly, then screamed.
“What’s wrong? Speak to me, Imogene.”
“The priestess grabbed my hands. The power, the energy—I can’t let…”
Her head fell to one side.
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Freedom is curtailed every day. You’re told what you can and can’t do, and punished when you break the rules. Nanny state is a term often used as governments pass more and more laws. Read More…
Terror thought attacks occur around three in the morning. You wake in a sweat, stare at the ceiling as fearful thoughts race through your mind. This is the time when your confidence and common sense seems lowest. Worries of what might happen or how you have messed up tangle and twist through your mind. Read More…
Observe means taking a step back and wait before reacting. Your natural instinct is to react automatically, often to your detriment. You may jump in with an action or opinion for instance, when you would be better served waiting before making a decision. Often doing nothing is the best course in many circumstances. Read More…
Many people live with hurtful memories, maybe childhood incidents from parents, schoolmates or difficulties in your upbringing. Adolescence brings its own problems, including peer pressure, college and deciding what career path to choose. Even simple bodily changes such as pimples breaking out on a first date, or rejection for some other reason. Adulthood has even more hurtful events such as partner challenges, work and a host of other hurts large and small. Read More…
Accepting People and Circumstances
Accepting ‘what is’ can prevent frustration and unhappiness if you haven’t the power to change your circumstances. For example you’re stuck with your relatives even if they fail to live up to your expectations. You may have an illness to endure for a time, or a work colleague you find difficult to cope with. Railing against conditions you can’t change is a waste to time and energy.
Obviously, you do the best you can to avoid certain people, try new drug treatments or change occupations, but often you can’t immediately or even ever. By accepting whatever is happening in the moment you can avoid further hurt, upset and frustration. Meantime you can choose to go with the flow.
People are who they are, you haven’t the power to change them, they can only choose change whether you like it or not. Have you the power to change the weather, the government’s decisions, even your own actions seem automatic at times don’t they?
Each day the unexpected turns up, and you feeling like screaming! For example this past week I have had the Internet line broken to the house. No telephone, Internet or television, resulting in hours of phone calls to try to get the problem fixed. Meanwhile I have read many books from my library and had some relaxing downtime off the never-ending round of social media. The choice wasn’t easy, but I did what I could then accepted the situation and made the best use of my time.
Struggling against the unchangeable is futile, a waste of time and energy. If you are facing difficult circumstances then I urge you choose acceptance. You will be happier than the alternative waves of anger and frustration.
‘There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.’ James Russell Lowell
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Opinions – Yours or Others
People have many opinions and it’s easy for you to sway from one to another. Popular at the moment are President Trump, Muslims, the Middle East, Brexit, Climate change and a host of other subjects. How influenced are you?
The Media is perhaps the biggest influencer, but do they always tell the truth? Having confidence in yourself allows you to read and listen without judgment to several points of view, and then make your own informed choice. It may even be you have no strong opinion at all, preferring to suspend your belief until you have further information.
Why should you question and make up your own mind, and not go with public opinion?
You have to make important decisions in your life, and sometimes going with the crowd or letting someone unduly influence you, could be disastrous. For example, would you let another choose your life partner, the house you live in or even the hobbies you follow? I think not. Unfortunately, many of us are people pleasers and want to blend in with the crowd rather than stand up for our own beliefs, forfeiting our happiness.
Wendell Phillips said: “Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.”
Choosing your own opinion means you should give others the same courtesy. Trying to impose your ideas on others is not acceptable, as to be fair, you don’t like people doing the same to you. Having an opinion is great, letting others differ with their opinions, but listening to them anyway is civilized. An opinion is just that, it may be right or wrong or somewhere between.
Freedom to choose your thoughts, beliefs and ideas are the right of every human being. Giving others the same freedom without being judgmental is being kind and thoughtful.
People are all different. The culture, the country, parents, friends and education all play there part in shaping beliefs and ideas. Allow and even revel in the myriad of opinions expressed, you may just learn something new.
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A senseless assault. An agonizing, life-threatening decision. In the moment of truth, with countless lives at stake, how can justice hope to prevail?
New York City trauma surgeon, Dr. Christopher Ravello, has it all. A breathtaking, vivacious wife. Lovely children. Life-saving work, and a beautiful home in one of the City’s most coveted neighborhoods.
But in an instant, Chris’ world is shattered.
The brutal and senseless assault of his mother, Jacqueline, leaves her barely alive. Consumed with anguish and fear, battling time and circumstances, Chris’ search for a life-saving treatment leads to an agonizing decision and takes him down a path of no return.
In the wake of his mother’s assault, Chris and life-long friend, Detective Kevin Kennedy, risk their lives and livelihoods tracking down Jacqueline’s attacker.
When Ravello, driven by an all-consuming rage, at last comes face-to-face with his mother’s assailant, every fiber of his being calls out for vengeance. In the moment of truth, with so much at stake for he and his family, what will Chris choose?
This fast moving read leaves you wanting to read the other books by this insightful author.
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Why care what others think?
The adage ‘You can’t please all the people all the time’ is true. Expectations assault you from every side. Family, Friends your work colleagues, customers and society in general all have their say in what you say or do. Are you trying to please everyone and raising your blood pressure and stress levels in the vain attempt?
People have their own agenda’s and want you to fit in with their wishes and wants, but why should you? Some do have your best interests at heart but most don’t, they only want to fulfill their own needs yours.
Your own ego often causes you to buy a bigger house, car or boat. Taking on debt you can ill afford, and for what? Do other people really care if you carry a designer handbag or were an expensive watch? If they do then they are shallow minded friends and you would be better off without them.
When the mortgage is foreclosed, the car repossessed your so called friends will be gone. If you can afford to have what you desire then do so, but if you are putting yourself in strife, that’s pure folly.
Teaching your children greed and fulfilling their every desire is damaging their character. First teach love, support, caring and belief in their own strength to work and save to buy fripperies. You teach by example. Spending time with anyone enjoying simple pleasures is more memorable than shopping for yet another new outfit or man toy.
Living within one’s means will bring peace and a good night’s sleep. It’s in the early hours of tossing and turning as you fret over the pile of bills on the kitchen bench you damage your health.
When it all boils down, people don’t really care about your possessions, looks or even behavior. They barely notice, and even if they do it is for a moment then forgotten. Forget what other people expect of you and be your own person. Do what’s best for you?
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Intuition Gives Wisdom and Insight
“We belittle an intuition, calling it only a hunch, and therefore not be taken too seriously. I encourage you to take your hunches and intuitions very seriously. They contain some of your highest, most profound insights and wisdom.
Intuition! How many times have you ignored a hunch or gut feeling to your detriment? Can you remember times when you have taken action instead and received a benefit? I know I can, and have seen firsthand the latter is the only way forward.
Sometimes, you dismiss your conscience to your disadvantage, when it is another name for intuition or instinct. You know you shouldn’t do or say something and carry on anyway, then regret the decision often for years.
So, what is intuition? You feel it in your gut at times, or it can be an idea or perhaps a flash of insight comes unbidden into your mind. It’s an inner knowing without an outward sign.
Where does intuition come from? It can be from your subconscious, your higher self, or perhaps an outside spiritual guide, an angel or the Universe. The thought resonates in your heart giving you surety of a thought you should act on.
Ignoring these heartfelt deep thoughts and ideas can cause repercussions, some lasting a lifetime. It can mean missing a great business idea, or a connection with a future partner or friend.
Be aware, and question each intuition you think you receive before action. It may not be a true heart instinct. If the thought is good and doesn’t cause harm to another then you can go ahead.
I would suggest checking in on your feelings often and at first act on the smaller higher-self ideas for a time before going for the bigger ideas.
Wishing you love and success in every area of your life.
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The Hidden Reality – Review
About the Book
With The New Reality now in control of the world’s nations, the brilliant doctor and inventor Alex Pella finds himself caught in a deadly power struggle between the tyrant who rules and the one who would. As he sets out on a mission to unravel the New World Order, he must also face the hidden truths about his own genetic heritage, truths that are slowly destroying him. When he receives an ambiguous message sent from a man long since dead, Alex learns that the only way to win his battle against The New Reality is to defeat a long-forgotten enemy nearly 2,500 years old.
From the Author
I he wrote The Hidden Reality more than just to entertain the reader. I wanted to create a modern day Orwellian Animal Farm to allegorically forewarn my readers of a possible dystopia future that awaits all of mankind if humanity continues to proceed down its path of self-destruction.
In The Hidden Reality, I included such hot-button contemporary topics as genetic cloning, unprecedented economic debt, the rise of big government, and the threat of a New World Order run by the economic elite, while bringing the reader back almost 2500 years into the past when the ancient city state nation known as Greece fought the mighty Persian Empire for world domination.
The Hidden Reality is issue-oriented fiction. There are real concerns facing society today that threaten both the sovereignty and prosperity of our future generations. Though fictional, my novel addresses some of these issues and predicts the potential consequences we face as a nation and the world if they are not properly addressed today.
About the Author
Stephen Martino is neurologist practicing in New Jersey. Though not separating conjoined twins like Dr. Ben Carson, he is part of an active medical practice and is currently participating in concussion research and inventing new medical products. When he is not working, he can be found with his five children doing homework or cheering them on at a soccer field, basketball court, or dance recital. Martino is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Cub Scout den leader and is an active public speaker, helping to provide stroke education to the local community, EMS squads and healthcare professionals.
Extreme Consequences – Imogene’s Past Lives
Imogene’s Past Life Regressions cause dire Consequences for Mankind. Is Reincarnation a Reality?
Imogene’s Past Lives is the second book in the Imogene series.
The Phineas Priesthood and the Guardians of Avebury Circle battle to save or destroy mankind. The Council of Elders use Imogene, daughter of Guardian Xantara, to instigate penalties against the world. Despite the efforts of Frank Carrington, British prime minister, world leaders will not agree to disarm and share their countries’ wealth.
Osahar, an ancient Egyptian priest, works with Imogene to release the promised consequences. Doctor Ernst Schneider has his own agenda as he hypnotizes the young girl and leads her to remember her past lives. Jacques de Sales, leader of a subcult in the Bilderberg Group, uses Imogene to advance his power and wealth. Meanwhile news anchor Susanne assists the prime minister in his desperate efforts to convince the British people to believe Imogene’s message.
Will the world turn from their evil ways, or will the Phineas Priesthood kill Imogene first? What makes this eight-year-old girl special? Who are the Light Beings, and what is the role of the Council of Elders? If you enjoy a fast, exciting listen, then this series is tailor made for you!
Contains Religious and New Age themes, and some violent scenes.
Edited by noted editor and author Don McNair
5 Star Review Still trying to catch my breath!
ByThomas A.on October 28, 2014
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Imogene’s Past Lives by Christine Sherborne is book II of the Imogene series.
I finished book I over the weekend and immediately purchased book II and my mind has been a whirlwind over the last twenty-four hours, I have not been able to stop reading. Imogene’s Past Lives is just as heart pounding and full of action as the first book, and what I love is, both of these books stand-alone. This is some of the best original fiction I have ever read, and I am so glad to say it’s fiction, because, the events that happen in this book are downright scary!The entire time I felt like I was watching the best season finale of any television series. Sherborne’s writing style is brilliantly visual, and like the first story, I was flipping pages like mad. I don’t dare give away any plot details because it would spoil the story for new readers, Book II completely exceeds the excitement of the first book and if this is any indication of what is to come, book III will undoubtedly be monumental.