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  • Stroll

    Stroll sandy dunes in a dawning
    walk waterline at dusk
    ogle the purple spreading heavens
    bloody crossroad side of my sea

    She Was Sometimes Too Pretty

    She was sometimes too pretty for those who were tired
    Of her sometimes too drunk for the discretion required,
    But she wasn’t that girl with bells or a whistle,
    Hers was a free fall friend for a while
    Slowly she showed you her smile.

    St-Pierre, I.O.

    Forgive me entire seasons pass without a word.
    All summer I painted the house with many windows
    built new steps & wooden bridges.

    Among the scudding clouds I was happy
    lying down in the waist-high grass
    from the fireside the river ran all summer
    & her lights at night would dance.

    On the island all summer then
    a dog & a cricket choir at dusk
    with my hands I was working the day.

    From each of the many windows
    blue-green the far-rounded hills
    all summer time whisked me wildly
    ripples on rills in an ocean of hours.

    Sooner Or Later

    "Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these."
    Susan B. Anthony


    1. The world is what you think it is. (Ike)
    2. There are no limits. (Kala)
    3. Energy flows where attention goes. (Makia)
    4. Now is the moment of power. (Manawa)
    5. To love is to be happy with someone or something. (Aloha)
    6. All power comes from within. (Mana)
    7. Effectiveness is the measure of truth. (Pono)

    • The World is What You Think It Is (Ike)

    Positive thoughts attract positive people and events, and negative thoughts attract negative people and events.

    Corollary: Everything is a dream.
    Dreams are real and reality is a dream. The only test we use for a reality check is whether or not someone else experiences it.
    Hallucination means "your dream doesn't match my dream." "Reality" to a shaman is mass hallucination, or a shared dream.
    If this life is a dream and we can wake up fully within it, then we can change the dream by changing our way of dreaming.

    Corollary: All systems are arbitrary
    All meanings are made up and the Absolute Truth is whatever you decide it is. What matters is how well the system works for you and not how true it is (which is an arbitrary concept).

    • There are No Limits (Kala)

    We experience two kinds of limitations: creative and filtered.
    Creative limitation assumes the purposeful establishment of limits within an infinite universe in order to create particular experiences, made by God or our own Higher Selves.
    These limits enable us to experience life as humans on Earth (to play by that particular set of rules - breaking the rules changes to another game with similar/different limitations).
    Filtered limitations are imposed by ideas and beliefs that inhibit creativity rather than enhance it, like beliefs that engender hopelessness, helplessness, revenge and cruelty. They generate focus without the potential for positive action.

    Corollary: Everything is connected
    The usual metaphor is a web of interdependence.

    Corollary: Anything is possible
    All you have to do is believe. However, because you are not alone in the Universe, the degree to which something can be shared depends on the beliefs of others around you.

    Corollary: Separation is a useful illusion
    Pure empathy makes you as helpless as the one suffering. Fear makes you lose sight of your role as dream weaver.

    • Energy Flows Where Attention Goes (Makia)

    Meditation and hypnosis are simply different techniques for doing the same thing - refocusing your attention toward more positive beliefs and expectations. As states, both are identical conditions of sustained focused attention.
    Those aspects of your present experience which seem enduring are the effect of habitual sustained focused attention carried on by your subconscious.

    Corollary: Attention goes where energy flows
    Attention is attracted to all kinds of high energy intensity.

    Corollary: Everything is energy. Thought is energy and one kind of energy can be converted into another kind of energy.

    • Now is the Moment of Power (Manawa)

    Karma exists and operates only in the present moment. It is the whole of your beliefs, decisions, and actions today about yourself and the world around you that give you what you have and make you what you are.
    Thanks to memory we may carry over habits of body and mind from day to day, but each day is a new creation and any habit can be changed at any present moment - even if it isn't easy.
    You select out of the immense resources of your gene pool those characteristics that best reflect your present beliefs and intentions. Your parents/social background have nothing to do with your present, except what you believe about them now and the manner in which you react.

    Corollary: Everything is relative
    You define "now" based on your focus (second, hour, year, lifetime).

    Corollary: Power increases with sensory attention
    Many people living today aren't even here - most of their attention is focused on the past or the future. To the degree they diminish their awareness of the present moment, their power and effectiveness in the present also decreases.

    • To Love is to Be Happy With (Aloha)

    Love exists to the degree that you are happy with the object of your love. The unhappy part comes from fear, anger and doubt. To be deeply in love means to be deeply connected, and the depth and clarity of the connection increases as fear, anger and doubt are removed.

    Corollary: Love increases as judgment decreases.
    Criticism kills relationships; praise builds and rebuilds them. When you give praise you reinforce the good and it grows. When you criticize you reinforce the bad and it grows.

    Corollary: Everything is alive, aware and responsive.
    Your subconscious takes any praise or criticisms it hears to heart, even if it is directed elsewhere, even if you're saying it.
    Each criticism separates you from and decreases your awareness of what you criticize, until you end up responding to a secondary creation of your own that may no longer resemble the original.
    When someone criticizes you, praise yourself to counteract it.

    • All Power Comes From Within (Mana)

    For every event that you experience you creatively attract it through your beliefs, desires, fears and expectations, and then react to it habitually or respond to it consciously.
    This does not mean that you are to blame for your abuse or injury, because you were probably not conscious of your negative beliefs, attitudes and expectations.
    It also does not mean the other person is innocent.

    Corollary: Everything has power
    You do not have ALL the power in the world - everyone has the same power. The good news - you can work with these powers.

    Corollary: Power comes from authority. Confident authority is the key to conscious creation.

    • Effectiveness is the Measure of Truth (Pono)

    The means determine the end, not the ends justify the means. What is really important is what works.

    Corollary: There is always another way to do anything Every problem has more than one solution. If the goal is important, you should never give up, just change your approach.

    Sunshine & Harbour

    Dark clouds & threatening above the horizon,
    but sunshine & harbour in your company.
    Carcass & foreboding strewn along the beachhead,
    but conviction & promise in every stride we took.
    Such a hidden bistro beyond the skin,
    of each assumption & every thought, we think to know already.

    South Again

    Moons ago you went away,
    south across the border.

    Left behind, house-alone
    I called you, told you
    wasn’t sure about me.

    Things the more have changed since then
    south again you’ve left me north
    but house-alone I’m fine.

    Where do I & you begin?
    If it’s ended do we show it?
    You know I can live without you
    Can you say the same about me?

    Last time you left me north.

    Still At The Plate

    Still at the plate though the count is full
    fourteen pitches fouled off
    both eyes trained on the ball.
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