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Pema Chödrön on Relationships (with ourselves & others)

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8052.Pema_Ch_dr_n?page=1

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”

“[F]eelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.”

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”

X2 Radio : Neil Kramer & Brooks Agnew on the Boston Marathon Bombing

http://neilkramer.com/return-to-x2-radio.html

“Neil Kramer returns to X2 Radio to talk with host Brooks Agnew. We discuss recent events at the Boston Marathon, the esoterica behind the headlines, freedom of speech, rubbish media reporting, and truthfulness in modern society.”

“We talk about the details of the Boston Marathon Bombing, what happened and what didn’t happen, corporate media hype and conditioning, shutting down a city, kill squads vs cops and robbers, Chechnya not Czech Republic, demonizing independent thought, racial profiling of new enemies, the aftermath is what counts – not the event, humanity separating off into those who want truth and those who do not, dark sorcery, magical operations with energetic analogs, esoteric correspondences, Egyptian goddess worship through sacrifice, charging reality tunnels with blood, reason and intuition in discernment, the importance of spiritual gatherings, and more.

Use the following direct download links for MP3s of the show: HOUR 1, HOUR 2, and HOUR 3.” [Neil Kramer is introduced at 30 minutes in Hour 1.]

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Blue House

“Mexican artist Frida Kahlo expresses her feelings about her husband, Diego Rivera.”

http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/132

“Nobody will ever know how much I love Diego. I don’t want anything to hurt him. Nothing to bother him and rob him of the energy he needs for living. For living as he likes – for painting, seeing, loving, eating, sleeping, being by himself, being with someone. But, I never want him to be sad. If I had good health, I’d give him all of it. If I had youth, he could take it all.” ~Frida Kahlo

Neil Kramer : The Construct

http://neilkramer.com/the-construct.html

“Neil Kramer writer, philospher and teacher takes us on a journey in his own unique way through what he describes as ‘The Construct.’ A matrix of distraction and disinformation which diverts our gaze away from the ‘Organic Signal’ that encompasses us.”

“The world really isn’t the way we were told it was. Now, that is very, very self evident and there is no real escape from that… It’s not a rumor, it’s not a notion and it’s not a vague or faint possibility. It’s something that is right there, we can see it. It doesn’t function; the system is broken…

When we rewire our inner landscape, that is the only thing that shifts the outer landscape…

Move away from [The Construct’s] media… move away from it’s broadcasts. They do not represent actual reality in any way, shape or form. The filters of those broadcasts are so at odds with what’s actually happening in the world that it really deters us from seeing clearly from our own filters, from our own way of looking at things – and it creates a sort of noise. So, we have to decontaminate ourselves from the mainstream media and that’s a very powerful way of doing that. Not just, ‘don’t watch tv,’ the whole thing. Everything.

So, to move away from that noise creates space for us to receive the real signal of reality. The only signal is the organic signal, and that does not come through the media. It’s not possible to perceive clearly when you are continually force feeding yourself with news and violence and sports and celebrity and those deceits. You have to detach from it…

You don’t detach yourself by hiding, you detach yourself by reformulating your own perceptive operators. To say, I am going to see things as they are… I am going to decide what is newsworthy, and I am going to decide how much attention I pay to local, national and international affairs, and what is relevant and what’s important… You claim the power, in this respect, by determining for yourself what you want to look at, what you want to put your energy into, [and] what you want to become conscious of.” ~Neil Kramer