End of Year Cheer

I will be away from blogging until next year, so I want to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting and commenting on Inkspeare and for making the WordPress¬†experience so enjoyable, and that goes for WordPress staff as well. My most sincere and loving wishes for the Holidays and for the new year. May your light keep shining and may you find joy and love in everything you do. This poem is from me to you ūüôā

One in Many

On this day I shall wish
many blessings, harmony
 When the night gives in to day
and the day nestles the night,
we will be as one in many.

Shine your light for it will be
as the beacon one will see
Always seek your love to give
without measure, plenty and free.

As you give you will receive,
one in many it has been.
 Me, You, It, one and the same,
Love, One Source, is One in many.

As you wish it will be done,
may you wish, joy, peace, and love
For it returns the wish to wisher,
two ten fold, as one in many.

Hope that you enjoy the poem and may you have a blessed, prosperous, and happy New 2013!

The Little Tree That Could

It is very hard to keep the Christmas cheer when so much pain and tragedy has ocurred these days in this country.  However, our hearts seem to want to get a hold of a little bit of hope; I saw that over the weekend.

My husband and I went to a local antiques market over the weekend.¬† I was looking for the old-fashioned melted popcorn christmas ornaments – the ones I loved so much when I was a little kid.¬† Although I did not find any, I found much more that day.¬† Walking around the many vendors, I saw an older couple who were selling a few different things and had two tiny live christmas trees in pots on the floor, and next to their table.¬† If I was not looking down, I would have miss them.¬† Immediately, the tiniest one caught my eye (don’t know why since it looked more like a crooked Charlie Brown tree with one lonely small christmas ball on it), and I asked the old couple how much was it.¬† The older man smiled and told me¬†that the little tree was $5.00 dollars.¬† I said, “I’ll take it.”

We kept walking around, and¬†then, something unusual happened – I started noticing that people were looking at the little tree, and smiling.¬† In fact, they were smiling with their eyes as well.¬† I stopped at a table were there was an old-fashioned bear wreath on display; an old woman and whom may have been her son, greeted me.¬† They look at the little tree and smiled.¬† She kept smiling, and he said, “that is a Northern Spruce.”¬† I had forgotten to ask the man who sold me the tree what kind of tree it was, so I said, “Thank you for letting me know; I totally forgot to ask.¬† It looks like a Charlie Brown tree to me, a baby one.”¬† The man smiled, and went to grab a bag he had in one of the boxes¬† placed on the dirt floor.¬† While I was paying the older woman for the bear wreath, he came back and handed me a bag, saying, “Here is my contribution to your Charlie Brown tree.”¬† The bag had small ball ornaments.¬† I said, “thank you so much, may you have a wonderful Christmas.”¬† The woman smiled and offered her best wishes to us.¬† We said goodbye and kept walking, encountering the smiles and a few comments from strangers who happened to take a glimpse at the little Christmas tree I was carrying.¬† I found this very unusual.

I decided that such a special little tree deserved a better container where its roots could spread a bit¬†more.¬† We kept walking around some more and we noticed the absence of planters; in fact, we didn’t see any other little live christmas trees.¬† When I was ready to give up, I saw an old milking container laying on the dirt, with a taped handwritten note – $3.¬† There it was, the perfect planter for the little tree.¬† I told the vendor that I wanted the¬†container for the little tree.¬† He smiled and said, “There, it even has some old dirt inside, someone used it as a planter.”¬† I paid for it and we kept on walking.¬† An older couple who was resting nearby, next to an empty table smiled, looking at the little tree.¬† The man said, “what a cute little tree.”

In all this, my husband was having a good laugh, never thinking that my obsession for the little tree, would have caused so many smiles along the way …¬† We decided to keep growing it inside until it becomes so big that we will have to plant it outside.¬† After arriving home, we cleaned it up, placed it in its new¬†planter,¬†decorated it with the gifted¬†ornaments, and wrote 2012 on the¬†original christmas ball to keep track of its age.¬†¬†We named it Little Tree.¬† Here is a picture of the little tree that made people smile.

 

Little Tree

Little Tree

Did it make you smile? ūüôā

 

 

 

The Festive History of Fruitcake

I love fruitcake! There I confess. Despite all the jokes about fruitcake, I think that the holidays are not complete if there isn’t a slice of fruitcake at home. I found this post “The Festive History of Fruitcake” from Figis, very informative and entertaining as well. I am sharing it with you, because “I LOVE FRUITCAKE.”

Man of Few Words, Master of a Timeless Audience

English: Infant Jesus and John the Baptist, Mu...

English: Infant Jesus and John the Baptist, Museo del Prado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: 1950. Oil on Canvas. 94" x 70&qu...

English: 1950. Oil on Canvas. 94″ x 70″ (239 x 178 cm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is near, the time when many religions around the world celebrate Jesus.¬† Although I don’t consider myself a religious person in the traditional meaning of the word, I celebrate Christmas and I like to read what he had to say.¬† In many bibles, Jesus words are highlighted¬†in red, and although he gave many speeches during his lifetime, only a few words can be¬†found of what he had to say, never a long written account of his speeches during that time.¬† This is why I say that he was a man of few words, and since those words have lasted for¬†a few thousands years, he is still a master of a timeless audience.¬† Will continue to be so as long as bibles are printed, downloaded, and his message is¬†preached.¬† Personally, I think that “religion” has twisted his wisdom; however, his words still touch people in a very personal way – despite the many religious interpretations.¬† Maybe the way he intended those words to be received by each and one of us.¬† So in tune with the Christmas spirit, I want to share through this post, my favorite Jesus quotes; here they are.

 

  • ‚ÄúAnd so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.¬† Keep on seeking, and you will find.¬†¬† Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened¬†to you.¬†¬† For everyone who asks, receives.¬†¬† Everyone who seeks, finds.¬† And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.‚Ä̬† Luke 11:9-10

I like this one because it is all about persistence, about keeping on, and never to give up.

  • ‚ÄúYou must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.‚Äô¬† This is the first and greatest commandment.¬†¬† A second is equally important: ‚ÄėLove your neighbor as yourself.‚Äô¬† The entire law and all the demands of the prophets¬†are based on these two commandments.‚Ä̬†¬† Matthew 22:36-40

I like this one for the obvious, but also because Jesus made a distinction between heart (feelings/emotions), soul (spirituality), and mind (brain/knowledge) Рthree aspects of our complexity, our being, and all should be in harmony.  But not only that, after he acknowledges our nature, he tell us to love our neighbor as oursselves, hinting that we are all one of the same, all related and intertwined, and all one in God.

  • “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12

This says it all; imagine the beauty of this existence if everyone did just that.

  • ‚ÄúSo don‚Äôt worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.¬†¬† Today‚Äôs trouble is enough for today.‚Ä̬†¬† Matthew 6:34

Love this one a lot; Jesus knew how our little brains work, and he let us know the importance of living today.

  • ‚ÄúYou have heard the law that says, ‚ÄėLove your neighbor‚Äô and hate your enemy.¬†¬† But I say, love your enemies!¬†¬† Pray for those who persecute you!¬†¬† In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.¬†¬† For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.‚Ä̬†¬† Matthew 5:43-47

Even that I find this one so hard to do, it is there and Jesus wanted us to know that yes, it is not all about me, and yes, it is harder for adults to forgive, and little children forgive so easily.  In that sense we must be as little children, and let go of a grudge, and keep playing together in this beautiful earth.

  • “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured¬†to you.”¬†– Matthew¬†7:1-2

Our human nature gets in the way, we judge what we see, hear … our five senses get in the way sometimes, and many times we must bypass them, so we don’t judge without really knowing.¬† Jesus knew that well and he needed to remind us.

  • “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”¬† -Matthew 6:27

Oh my God, Jesus had to tell this because we all are worry warts sometimes; I know I am, but am learning to work on this human trait that is so hard to ignore sometimes.

  • “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”¬† -Matthew 5:14-16

And this is one of my very favorites, because it speaks of our true essence, of the goodness in us, of the light that is our true being, our divine essence.

There are many other Jesus words that I love, but these are my few favorites and since soon it will be Christmas, what better way to celebrate it, but thinking about the meaning of Jesus teachings.

Blessings,

Inkspeare

 

Beam Me Up, Scotty

English: Compact fluorescent light bulb

English: Compact fluorescent light bulb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, I was reminiscing about my childhood and how simple life was in those days.  When you got a cut, all you needed was a band-aid, a bit of iodine and mercury, and you were back running and playing in the green pastures.  Then, I started thinking about mercury and all the controversy surrounding this element.  To give you a bit of an introduction to the element, I will cut and paste some information from Wikipedia:

  • Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic number 80. It is commonly known as quicksilver and its scientific name is hydrargyrum¬†( < Greek “hydr-” water¬†and “argyros” silver).

Mercury has been used by ancient cultures in medicinal and religious applications, as well as in alchemy.  Mercury is used in many instruments and devices and in scientific research applications.  It was used or still is used in dentistry as amalgam for dental restoration.  It is used in electrical, electronic, and manufacturing applications and according to Wikipedia,

It is used in lighting: electricity passed through mercury vapor in a fluorescent lamp produces short-wave ultraviolet light which then causes the phosphor in the tube to fluoresce, making visible light” “Mercury is a heavy, silvery-white metal.¬† As compared to other metals,¬†¬†it is a poor conductor of heat, but a fair conductor of electricity.

Mercury does not react with most acids.¬† It is an extremely rare element in the earth’s crust and it does not blend geochemically with elements found there.¬† According to Wikipedia,

“is a part of popular secondary reference electrode (called the calomel electrode) in electrochemistry as an alternative to the standard hydrogen electrode. The calomel electrode is used¬†to work out the electrode potential of half cells.[50] Last, but not least, the triple point of mercury, ‚ąí38.8344 ¬įC, is a fixed point used as a temperature standard for the International Temperature Scale.”¬†

In everyday applications it is used in cosmetics, fluorescent lamps, mercury vapor lamps, neon signs and of course, in human vaccines.¬† There is controversy about effects in children, autism, and although it has been a bit reduced, it is still found in significant amounts in the influenza vaccine, which pretty much everyone gets yearly.¬† And of course, we all know of high content of mercury found in¬†fish, especially¬†in tuna – the poor man’s food (most of the population).

“The European Union¬†directive calling for compact fluorescent bulbs to be made mandatory by 2012 has encouraged China to re-open deadly cinnabar mines to obtain the mercury required for CFL bulb manufacture” (Wikipedia).

Mercury is also used for ion engines in electric propulsion, and “Owing to its acoustic properties, mercury was used as the propagation medium in delay line memory devices used in early digital computers of the mid-20th century.”¬† In addition, “liquid mercury was used as a coolant for some nuclear reactors.” (Wikipedia)

So, it looks¬†like¬†in its various¬†applications and compounds, through history,¬†Mercury is a wonderful and toxic element and by now (if you are still reading),¬†¬†you may be asking where am I going with all this.¬† Well, I can tell you this – by now, with all the mercury in my body, from amalgam, bandaids, fish, vaccines … and the rest, I must be a walking vase of mercury (and so do many of you, especially children).¬† In a planet that is looking for alternative ways of energy, is concerned¬†about the electromagnetic field, and temperature/climate warming, where part of the population believes in an “ascension”¬† in different religions (no disrespect meant here), we might as well be the solution to all those problems, that is, as walking breathing living vases full of mercury.¬†¬† We will conduct electricity, cool the planet, help maintain¬†the electromagnetic field in case¬†there is a problem with the earth’s crust or core, and of course, facilitate¬†the ascension as a propagation medium, owing to its acoustic properties.¬† Best of all, is that since mercury¬†is a poor conductor of heat, we will not overheat.¬† All that is left¬†to say is,

“BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY.”¬†¬†¬†

The Quest for Mind Domination – Our Quest

English: Earth rotation as seen against the Mi...

English: Earth rotation as seen against the Milkyway-background. Animation from 20 single exposures with a DSLR on an motorized, equatorial mount. Deutsch: Rotation der Erde gegen√ľber dem Milchstrassenhintergrund. Animation aus 20 Einzelaufnahmen mit einer DSLR auf motorisierter, √§quatorialer Montierung. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day, I was thinking about what makes “me” and inevitably, I went down memory lane, visiting childhood and young adult memories.¬† I saw a young mind being shaped by the people and experiences around it, a series of beliefs, traditions, cultural traits … which began clothing and molding “me.”¬†¬† Although I turned out a decent human being, I realized that I could have shed out a few of those beliefs or ideas, with which I was not totally in tune with (as a young adult and older), but accepted anyway, since they had been passed on by generations and culture.

Many times, we feel obligated to believe or “honor” a system of beliefs/values/information that has been passed¬†along in our upbringing and we end up living our life in a constant silent battle of ideas.¬† Our mind has been dominated by other’s beliefs/ideas and they have nested in us for so long, that even when we feel that we no longer need them, we feel obligated to carry them with us, in fear of dishonoring someone’s memory or culture or social ties.¬† We don’t realize the harm that we are doing to “me” when we keep holding on to ideas that do not fit us anymore.

In being fair to “me” I realized that one can only continue to grow and evolve if one sheds out all that does not feel in tune with the actual¬†self, with the person that is and continues to be, whether that be religious, social, or cultural ideas.¬† Is that an easy thing to do? Not really; most likely, you will encounter opposition from¬†many sides, internal and external, as well as judgement or pre-assumptions.¬† The real issue here is, do you keep evolving or do you “play nice” and hold on to those ideas (which do not serve you anymore)¬†for self-preservation (avoiding judgement or hurting feelings).

It takes guts to say,¬†“I am finally free and I don’t have to believe in anything¬†anymore; I just am.”¬† The¬†key words here are have to.¬† When you feel that you have to believe or accept an idea which you have outgrown you are denying the essence of¬†being; you are reversing the process of creation, of creativity.¬† You may exist, but you are not – you are not creating, you are un-creating.¬† You are denying your essence (I’m not talking about ego here).¬†¬†I¬†choose to believe that I am part of a greater and collective creation, and that in order to¬†honor (LOVE)¬†that essence, first, I must¬†honor (LOVE) my own.¬† To be (part of creation), first¬†I have to know and respect that¬†I am.¬† By acknowledging that, I am opening the door to LOVE, the essence to all.