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Don’t give up before the miracle, or do what you love: Jim Carrey

“Don’t give up before the miracle happens.”
—Fannie Flagg in I Still Dream About You.

Imagine:

Hundreds of years from now, the children of our children’s children’s children’s children face a seemingly insurmountable challenge. To inspire themselves to succeed they look to wisdom from the past. They scan their retinas (because surely they’ll have Google Retina by then) for pithy, profound insights into the complexities of life.

Might they find inspiration from Rumi? Perhaps. Jesus? Also possible. Shakespeare, Einstein or Confucius might also be strong contenders. But they might also stumble upon some wisdom from another great wise man: Jim Carrey. 

Who would have thought, right? But Carrey nails it in a convocation speech at (of all places) the Maharishi University of Management. In less than a minute he alludes to one incident from his life that encapsulates these spiritual principles:

  • Be here now
  • Make your decisions based on love not fear
  • Ask the universe for it and allow yourself to be surprised by the miracle
  • You can fail at what you don’t want, so do what you love.

Carrey says:

“. . . all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying—I’m the proof—that you can ask the universe for it.

He went on to say:

“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”

Drink more water

Holding a glass of water, Julie Desmarais walked into the room. “I had a feeling you might need some water,” she said.

I hadn’t wanted water, but I didn’t want to be rude. “Thank you,” I said and took a sip.

She pulled out a deck of cards—Doreen Virtue’s Ascended Masters. She spread them out in a fan shape, face down. “Pick one,” she said.

I chose a card at random. When I turned it over, I saw a picture of Oshun, “the Yoruba understanding of the cosmological forces of water, moisture, and attraction.”  “Drink more water,” the card read.

Huh.

Just one more inexplicable adventure I thought I’d share, so you could ponder it.

Español: Glass of water. Español: Copa con agua.

Español: Glass of water. Español: Copa con agua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Repelled by Richard Dawkins, drawn to Julia Cameron

1585421464It was  one of the irrational experiences that drive Richard Dawkins crazy.

Several years ago, before I started this blog but when the idea for it percolated in my brain, Dawkins published a book: The God Delusion. I don’t care for his writing—I find he adopts a condescending “I’m smarter than you are” tone—but the subject of his book related to topics I pondered then, so I resolved to buy his book and get through it.

Like a dose of Buckley’s cough syrup.

I made a trip to the book store. I saw the silver glint of the book face-out in the “New Arrivals” section. I couldn’t get close to it. Something about that book repelled me. I had a little talk with myself. “Now, Arlene,” I said. “You came all the way to the store. You’ve got the money in your pocket. Don’t be ridiculous.” Intellectually and rationally, I knew I needed to read Dawkins’ arguments. But I couldn’t take that step closer. A force pushed me away from the shelf.

After some mental back-and-forth talking, I turned away. “I’m going to a friendlier section,” I told myself. I wandered around for a while until I landed in “Art and Architecture.” I saw The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I had the opposite experience with this book. I felt drawn to it. I couldn’t keep my hand from picking it up.

I used the money in my pocket to buy that book instead, and the ideas in Julia Cameron’s book transformed my life. The stories in this blog come through the morning pages I write every day. The ideas for my fictional creative writing come through the same process.

I borrowed Dawkins’ book from the library later and read it, and, yes, I bristled at the “I’m smarter than you are” tone. He worked hard to convince his readers that there is no God separate and apart from us, and some believe he succeeded. But he didn’t manage to convince me that there is no God-ness. I experienced that while buying, or rather not buying, his book. It was one of the irrational experiences that drive Richard Dawkins crazy.

Life overflows with them.

You aren’t where you think you are

Here is a piece I posted in September 2011. Summer is a good time to take stock and put everything into perspective. This post helps me to realize my place in a vast and ever-changing universe.

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You aren`t where you think you are, or at least, where you are keeps moving.

I recently picked up the tome that is The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe by Roger Penrose. This book is not for everyone; it is a book for people with a high level of education and the ability to grasp complex mathematical equations. That is to say, not me.

Regardless, he has some interesting ideas, and I especially like his description of our place in the universe. As we go about our days brushing our teeth and sitting down to our dinner tables, the world around us feels so stable and stationary. But we are, in fact, hurtling through the atmosphere.

He asks us to pick a fixed point on Earth—perhaps where you are right now. Take out your imaginary black marker  and draw a dot on your spot. (The dot will stay in that place, and you will move on.) Ten minutes from now the Earth will have rotated—and you along with it—to a position about 10 miles away from your original black marker dot. But that’s not all, the Earth is also moving around the sun, so in fact you will be about 100 times farther away, but in the opposite direction, and the earth will have moved so far away that your dot will be beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. And then the sun moves around the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, which is a part of clusters and super clusters, and so on, and so on . . .. In a mere ten minutes, you will have moved unbelievably, mind-bogglingly far through space.

I find this idea comforting somehow.

The perspective helps me to sort out what is really important. Does it matter that my library book is overdue, we have tuition to pay, or that I just spotted a new wrinkle?  No!  We’re all just hurtling through space.

English: Artist's conception of the Milky Way ...

English: Artist’s conception of the Milky Way galaxy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today” – Pam Grout

soul-eyesThis post from Pam Grout came to me last week:

Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.

I have left the message in my Inbox so when I open my e-mail every morning the words “Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today” greet me.

Is there a more positive way to start the day? I don’t think so.

When I live with that thought in mind, I surge with energy and attack the day with vigour. It puts me in a mindful place, so I look for “amazing” in events around me. It centers me in gratitude, so I celebrate many seemingly simple things as amazingly awesome: the brilliant red cardinal in my birdbath—awesome; getting all the green lights on my way to the store—awesome; the view from the hilltops of Gatineau Park—awesome; the ability to hike up the hills of Gatineau Park for a whole day with a healthy body and no sore muscles—amazingly awesome.

This simple phrase has a profound (amazingly awesome) effect on the nature of my day. I hope it will for you, too.

http://pamgrout.com/2013/06/01/something-amazingly-awesome-is-going-to-happen-to-me-today/

Higgs boson: The science and the story

I love watching scientists using stories to explain new breakthroughs.

This week’s cosmic news was the almost-certain discovery of the Higgs boson. Physicists have been searching for this for decades. They think they’ve found it, and now they must try to explain to people.

On Tuesday, my friend Susan Murphy at Suzemuse shared this video on her Twitter feed. It illustrates Higgs boson using barracudas and overweight men.

Giles Whittell of The Times uses the image of Angelina Jolie moving through a Hollywood party to make the concept clear.

The New York Times  described the discovery of the particle as being like “. . . Omar Sharif materializing out of the shimmering desert as a man on a camel in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Scientists love facts and figures, proofs and evidence.

They shun imprecise artsy stuff. How delicious that they can’t function without it. Similes and metaphors abound. Why? Because life at its fullest involves facts and fun: the science and the story.

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