Sunday, November 28, 2010

In Passing

- a leaf cutter worker ant courtesy the National Geographic

"To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that "summum bonum," the greatest good." - Bishop Desmond Tutu

"The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions." - Thich Nhat Hanh

(this is to say that there are practices which aim at developing the necessary skills and that free an intuitive capacity - that lead to empowerment in a real sense and that are required if one is to advance very far spiritually)

"Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them forgive yourself."
- William Shakespeare

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

No shape shifter is ever evil before learning to shift. All pass through forgiveness first, compassion and clarity first, and then develop the skill before turning evil. There is no way to protect against this feature of free will.

Shape shifting. I made a mistake one day and ended in an ant body, female of course, and just a worker, not a soldier, not an attendant to the queen. A forager is what I was. See above. Funny. I thought that was you who passed by.

If you want to shape shift you have to be prepared. You won't be any more perfect there than anywhere else in your life. Ending in the wrong body can be embarrassing and worse. There is always the chance that something happens that will make you forget how to get back...but really that's pretty rare since you will have your own will to live supporting your return. I am really grateful for that.

*sigh of relief*

In Passing

Walking the ant road,
all six legs in tune, feelers
on the wide alert,
and so here you come
the other way. I smell you
before I see you
and now! feelers out,
tangle, untangle. Though I
expected Plato,
I got, "here I am",
the symphony of presence,
and then you went on.

September 7, 2009 3:49 PM


  1. Is it shape shifting of the soul, you refer to?

    Maliciously (sorry - recent events) I thought about applying this to someone I know, who has the ability, OH GREAT PENDULUM SWEEP! - to shift from loving, to what sure passes for evil in my books. And I consider free will. Then I quickly take this to myself and think, my pendulum shifted in my shapeshifting soul, and I am not so sure of the free will of it. My actions, yes, but in my soul, I am not so sure. And then back I go to a conversation last night, in which I defended that same evilish person with, it is honestly who she is, how she feels in reference to the world. It is authentic for her.

    And so I end up with this - loosely - as I'm not sure what I believe, but am just working through this - that perhaps the soul is not chosen with free will and yet our actions are? Is that possible? Whoa! I've never for a moment truly considered this as a universal truth. Could it be?

    And yet our actions groom our soul. Do they?

    I like to think of us reduced to ants and walking by one another, on and on with our work. Here we are.


  2. Erin sent me here.

    I love the quotes and the poem, not sure how I feel about the shape shifting. I'm thinking I'll be doing some reading today.

  3. Erin, I am mostly just playing on the shape shifting thing, though I want shape shifting to be real and suspect it is under the right conditions. And yes, it does pertain to souls. And yes, some people I know seem to shift under certain conditions and it is spooky to see. The thing I have said pertains to magic generally. Magic is "white" not "black". Once mastered, magic can turn "black" should a master decide it's worth the risk to gain the power personally to selfish ends.

    Lillith, welcome

  4. Symphony of presence...I like this. We just brush each others lives sometimes, linger long with others. Each contact is a destiny of addition to me, a subtraction of me, until one day I am exactly the sum of all that contact. What will I look like then? I wait, rather impatiently.

  5. Beautiful photos! Great poetry and I love the quotes! This is a very interesting blog. I will check back in soon!


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