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Book of Days

23
October

All I do is dream of you

You’re every thought. You’re everything. 

A wonderful song perfected.

Chico at he 88s. If youve’never seen this, you’re in for a treat. If you have seen it, I know you’ll want to see it again. 

 

 

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22
October

Morning Pages

 

For some people, this simple practice is transformative. 

It certainly was for me. 

My daughter made me promise to write morning pages, and I have done so every day for nearly two years.

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Spend some quality time with your Higher Power.

The stream of consciousness monologue? In time you find out: it’s a dialogue. 


21
October

Changes

The I Ching: meditating on change.

When I face dilemmas, I will often consult the I Ching.

Trying to get a sense of how my intent accords with the changing flow of the Universe. 

You might enjoy trying this yourself. 

 

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I Ching Online - the Online Book of Changes

There are lots of online I Ching sites. Most suck. But I like this site because the interface is easy (”Throw coins virtually”) to ge an instant reading, because the readings are updated and non-cryptic, and because each reading links to the extremely murky Wilhelm translation. 

 

Also this is the only site that understands the precedence of the changing lines in a reading (I’ll discuss that in a second.) The site also retains your readings in the browser history.

 

 

If you really want to know more about this is supposed to work, just Click to read more...

 

What to ask?

After a few tries you’ll probably find that the type of question the I Ching answers best is something like “How does this notion/idea/plan of mine accord with the will of Heaven?” You’re not going to get a helpful answer to “Should I wear the paisley tie or the purple ascot to the party?” But if you ask something like: “Is it a good idea to buy that 1967 Jaguar XKE from my brother-in-law?” the answer the oracle gives may appear very relevant indeed. 

 

Carl Jung and the I Ching.

I’m a big fan of the I Ching, because like Carl Jung, I’m kooky and smart. 

 I first read Jung’s essay on the I Ching in high school, about 200 years ago. In it, he first introduced his concept of Synchronicity. The essay was the introduction to the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm. He called it the Book of Changes. You can find the full text here

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Carl Jung


20
October

Bacon Popcorn

 

That’s right. Bacon. Popcorn. Bacon popcorn. 

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Easy to make. Hard to resist.

Also: pretty much impossible to unclog your arteries afterwards. 

 

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18
October

Cucumbers came scrolloping across the grass

 


“Here’s a quarter. Phone your mother. Tell her you will never be a writer.”

 
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She was beautiful, and funny, and crazy, and she wrote like a dream.

If I could write, I’d write like this:

From Orlando by Virginia Woolf

 

But what was worse, damp now began to make its way into every house —damp, which is the most insidious of all enemies, for while the sun can be shut out by blinds, and the frost roasted by a hot fire, damp steals in while we sleep; damp is silent, imperceptible, ubiquitous.

 

Damp swells the wood, furs the kettle, rusts the iron, rots the stone. So gradual is the process, that it is not until we pick up some chest of drawers, or coal scuttle, and the whole thing drops to pieces in our hands, that we suspect even that the disease is at work.

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17
October

The Center

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For me, the Center is the center of the earth:

The hub of the wheel; the still point. The Center is the place where for at least a little while, the craziness fades away, and what remains is peace.  

 
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For the Jews of my work-in-progress (2nd cenury BCE) the Center was the Temple in Jerusalem

As the navel is set in the centre of the human body,
so is the land of Israel the navel of the world... 
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“They don’t know where the center of the earth is.”

Said by Old Lodge Skins in Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man. He’s trying to understand what makes the white man crazy.


14
October

Love is coming to us all

 

When I woke up this morning, this lyric was in my head and wouldn’t leave:

“Now witness the quickness with which we carry on...”

I looked up the lyrics and rediscovered a song I’d not thought of in years that completely reflected my morning thoughts and mood.

 

Click to listen — I forgot how great it was. First song on the album, if I remember right.

 

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Carry On

One morning I woke up and I knew

You were really gone
A new day, a new way, and new
eyes to see the dawn
Go your way, I’ll go mine and
Carry on

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12
October

Real happiness lies in making others happy

 

When I admitted that my life was unmanageable, I turned my will and my life over to God’s care.

I have been a follower of Meher Baba for many years, but when it came right down to it, I thought I could do a better job caring for myself than God could.

 

This was an error of judgment.

 

I dedicate this blog, and anything else he may want, to Meher Baba.

Here are some words of Meher Baba’s that I like:

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