Gypsy Soul

“A gypsy soul isn’t lost and looking.  A gypsy soul is one who loves movement and finding the pulse in nature and flight as a metaphor.  One who thinks everything is music.  One who knows and holds an inward and therefore outwardly contagious kind of freedom.” ~Victoria Erickson, Edge of Wonder

What is Ayurveda?

“Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.

Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.” ~Deepak Chopra

The Sushruta Samhita – An English Translation Based on Original Texts

He whose doshas are in balance, whose appetite is good, whose dhatus are functioning normally, whose malas are in balance, and whose body, mind, and senses remain full of bliss is called a healthy person.” ~The Sushruta Samhita

Book Excerpt : Forging the Hero

“It is popular in some circles to blame the troubles of our current situation on the self-interested manipulations of secret cabals of super-rich oligarchs who control the wealth—and thus the politics— of our nation and world. While this is undoubtedly true, and only a jackass would argue otherwise, it is also not any sort of novelty. Whether you are discussing Rockefellers, Carnegies, Gateses, Waltons, or others in our own time, or the Patrician class of ancient Rome, every empire has resulted in the creation of a class of super wealthy oligarchs who gathered enough wealth to their families that they could control the political decision-making cycle for their benefit and continued enrichment.

Conspiracy theories make it possible to believe, “if we could just get rid of ‘them,’ then everything would go back to ‘normal.’” The problem is not the existence of a patrician class of oligarchic aristocracy however. The problem is when the virtue of service is replaced with the virtue of selfishness, and both the oligarchs and the common man begin caring more about themselves than they do about their nation and their community. The problem is that the patricians—like the rest of society— lack the long-range vision necessary to recognize that what seems beneficial to them in the near-term, even though it might be detrimental to the rest of society, is also detrimental to them in the long-term…

The problem is when the common man, hoping to benefit from government largesse, allows greedy, selfish men, susceptible to corruption, into positions within the government, where the patricians can afford to bribe them. The blame is not just on the oligarchs. It is on every man. The problem is greed… The common man sees those around him apparently doing better than him financially, with all their material belongings and begins to believe in this new virtue. Now, he’d rather work long hours and extra days than spend time with his wife and children, teaching his children the values of their forefathers that made their nation great…

The people, and thus the nation as a general whole, are no longer interested in honor and glory. Their only interest is in retaining their wealth and their luxury.”

A Wanderer’s Handbook : Purpose

“To wanderers, “purpose” is a central word. There is usually some feeling that one has come into life with a purpose, a mission of some kind. It is not usually felt as a burden, but as an honor and a duty. The search for just what that purpose is can be life-long…

It is my feeling that our main mission here is a very simple one, but one that is almost always missed by wanderers because of our enculturated work ethic and our assumption that the mission must be one of doing something specific. But I feel this is not the case. Rather, I feel our purpose is to be present within the Earth planes, to live our lives, breathe the air and enjoy the experiences of the school of Earth. Our main mission is a mission of essence. We came here to be ourselves, for when we do that, our vibrational frequency reflects the higher-density vibrations of our home densities or our awakened hearts, and this aids in lightening the vibrational frequency of the Earth planes…

We came here to offer our lives, moment by moment, for Earth and for her peoples. This is not a “big” mission in the sense that this is not a doing at all, but a being.”

~ Jack Kerouac ~

“Let’s all just say “the hell with it!” and become really creative at last… free, basking, wandering, idly stopping here and there, tasting, enjoying.”
~Windblown World

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
~On the Road

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
~On the Road: the Original Scroll

Osho : Innocence

“Innocence is your very nature.  You do not have to become it, you are already it.  You are born innocent.  Then layers and layers of conditioning are imposed upon your innocence.  Your innocence is like a mirror and conditioning is like layers of dust.  The mirror has not to be achieved, the mirror is already there – or rather, here.  The mirror is not lost, it is only hidden behind the layers of dust…

The mirror is not lost, but forgotten – forgotten because it is not functioning anymore as a mirror.  Not that any defect has arisen in it, just layers of dust are covering it.  All that is needed is to clean it, to remove those layers of dust.

The process of becoming innocent is not really a process of becoming, it is a process of discovering your being.  It is a discovery, not an achievement.  You don’t attain to something new, you simply attain to that which you have always been.  It is a forgotten language…

Just drop all knowledge.  It hurts because you have carried that knowledge for so long and you have been bragging so much about that knowledge – your degrees, M.A.s and Ph.Ds… [D]rop all that nonsense…

Just be as simple as a child. Just be again a child as you were born, as you came into this world. In that mirrorlike state you will be able to reflect that which is.  Innocence is the door to knowing.  Knowledge is the barrier and innocence is the bridge.”
~Osho (Tarot in the Spirit of Zen – The Game of Life)

Power, Freedom, and Grace

“When you know your true essence, you get in touch with that part of yourself that is beyond time and space and the source of both. You no longer identify with the changing behavior of the ocean of consciousness in all its different forms; you identify with the unchanging essence of consciousness itself…

Beyond the illusion of a material world is a world of power, freedom, and grace. Understand your true essence, and you begin a journey toward enlightenment. By and by on this journey, you shed your habitual and conditioned responses. As you do so, you become a spiritual master and transcend all suffering, including the fear of death. You realize that the real you was never born, and therefore can never die. Only that which has a beginning has an ending. That which never began is eternal and always, and it is you.” ~Deepak Chopra (Page 78)