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Aug. 2nd, 2007

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Making Dance Magic Happen

 I've had this idea of getting back into choreographing dances for a while. When I was 16 I dreamed about becoming a choreographer and said that's exactly what I'd become. 

About a year ago I moved from the “C” unit to the "A" unit in the Victorian flat my brother Mark bought. This gives me a great living room with wooden floors that is my sewing room. If you brake down that table in the middle it transformers into a dance studio. Yesterday that's what I did. I broke down that table to see if I had enough space, (besides teaching someone to waltz) to create in it or not. It was a YES. 

How great does the dance look that I started creating? Well if feels great! What do I plan to do with them after they are finished? Perform them somewhere – sometime or teach them. Perhaps perform them during a FNW brake? Become an entertainer at someone's party for money? Create a dance troupe? End up on U-Tube? How about “Do You Think You Can Dance”!  Become rich and famous so I'll never have to worry about making money again!? Well one always dream BIG :-)...

Jun. 14th, 2007

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June Sayings

Keep Knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who is there.
-Rumi

In this world of change,
nothing which comes stays,
and nothing which goes is lost.
- Anne Sophie Sewetchine

Learning is movement from moment to moment.
-Krischuamurti


Spirit of Innocence


I bless the world with my simple purity, always trusting in the essential goodness of the human spirit. Wars may rage, and empires come and go, but eternal innocence and hope will always pervail.

Jun. 1st, 2007

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Taken from: The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin
By: Idries Shah

Saying of Mulla Nasrudin

If I survive this life without dying, I'll be surprised.

If I know what two and two were - I would say Four!


I might do you a favour

Nasrudin was penniless, but did not want his friend Aslam to know it. Unfortunately Aslam asked him for change for a gold coin.
'It is rather worn,' said Nasrudin.
' How worn, Mulla?'
'So worn that it is worth less than the rate of exchange. Try someone else.'
'No, I trust you. Give me just what you think it is worth.'
'Well,' said the Mulla, 'it seems to me to be worth so little that you would have to pay me something to take it off your hands.'


Needs

As the Mulla emerged from the mosque after prayers, a beggar sitting in the street solicited alms. The following conversation ensued:
Mulla: 'Are you extravagant?'
Beggar: ' Yes, Mulla.'
Mulla:  ' I suppose you like to go to the baths every day?'
Beggar: 'Yes.'
Mulla: '..And maybe amuse yourself, even, by drinking with your friends?'
Beggar: 'Yes, I like all these things.'
'Tut, tut,' said the Mulla, and gave him a gold piece.
A few yards farther on, another beggar who had over heard this conversation begged for alms importunately.
Mulla: ' Are you extravagant?'
Beggar: 'No, Mulla.'
Mulla: "Do you like sitting around drinking coffee and smoking?'
Beggar: 'No'
Mulla: 'I suppose you like to go to the baths every day?'
Beggar: 'No.'
Mulla: '...And maybe amuse yourself, even, by drinking with your friends?'
Beggar: 'No, I am only to live meagerly and to pray.'
Whereupon the Mulla gave him a small copper coin.
'But why', wailed the beggar, 'do you give me, an economical and pious man, a penny, when you give that extravagant fellow a sovereign?'
'Ha,' replied the Mulla, 'his needs are greater then yours.'


The end of the world

'When will the end of the world come, Mulla?'
'Which end of the world?'
Well, how many are there?'
"Two, the Greater and the Lesser. If my wife dies, that is the Lesser End of the World. But if I die - that is the Greater End of the World.'

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Someone Cared

Taken from: The King's Son...

The first man I ever felt I had done something worthwhile for was C. For four months I had performed this ritual of going out and looking for him and every time had helped him back to Simonlight and fed him Complan with a teaspoon; every morning after soup he shuffled out in search of more dink, and I knew I would be looking for him again that night. When he left next morning, he never smiled or said thank you, and often I would feel despondent, and that I was wasting my time. Then one day I picked C up and he was very ill; the meths was burning him up fast. I got him back to our shelter and for two days I sat with him as he died. I held his hand hoping that at one minute or another he would become conscious enough to realize that he was not along and that someone cared. I fed him regularly and bathed down his sweating body and I prayed. When he rallied two days later, I was still there and he knew it. His eyes were weak as a result of the meths so he could not see me, but his grip on my hand tightened. For the first time since I had known him he smiled and said, ' Girl, yer the first person who's loved me.' I wept many a tear when a few days later he died.

From 'Bury Me in My Boots' by Sally Trench.


May. 30th, 2007

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Observations By: Idries Shah

Have you noticed that when you are wrong, it may only need a child in a crowd to point it out; but that if you are right, it can involve dozens of scholars and decades of work to investigate and vindicate you?


Teaching is like setting bones. In both cases it is not just that something be done, but that it be done correctly and with knowledge. Real teachers spend just as much effort in preventing 'wrong learning' as they do in promoting right learning.


The stationary wheel does not squeak: does not, that is, show its need for lubrication.  


Three understandings

There is understanding;
Then understanding of understanding - 
And, finally, the understanding of 
what one did not understand.


I do not say that the scholars do not know anything about Sufism. You can see from their books that they know all about it - except what it means.


Ignorance is servitude and knowledge gives hope. But only understanding is freedom.


May. 28th, 2007

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Reach Out for Your Dreams

A collection of poems edited by: Susan Polis Schutz


One day at a time – this is enough. 
Do not look back and grieve over the past,
for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, 
for it has not yet come. Live in the present, 
and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. 
- Ida Scott Taylor


Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die,
life is a broken 
winged bird that
cannot fly.
-Langston Hughes


Whatever the struggle
continue the climb
it may be only
one step to the summit.
- Diane Westlake


Those who bring sunshine
to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.
-Sir James Barrie


The best and most beautiful
things in the world
cannot be seen
or even touched.
They must be felt 
with the heart.
- Helen Keller


A dreamer lives for eternity.
- Anonymous


All things are possible to him
that believeth.
-Mark 9:23



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May. 27th, 2007

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Reach for the Stars

 "Even if I don't succeed the way I planned at least I tried, and now knowing where that leads me. If I didn't follow my dreams I would never know if I could make it and I have made it this far. No matter what, at the end I always learn, making it worth it." 


"I believe in miracles, but they don't happen while sitting on the couch. You have to get up and help make it happen - do your part. It's a give and take."


"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
-Louisa May Alcott


"What did you learn, Mom?" I asked
"I learned I can do anything I decide to do. I've got a whole life in front of me now and I'm going to live it."
-From the story: "Stepping out into the Blue" 
By: Mary Manin Morrisey


"The moment you are born into this world of form an escape latter was put out for you."
-Rumi

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Dear Friend

Birthday Thoughts: November 8th 1999

...No matter how short or long a friendship was, I found them all to be relevant in learning how to see different aspects concerning life through contrary minds, eyes, questions and words of wisdom. The most important aspect from friendship learned was giving through having to let go of thinking only about me by making time to give to someone else, There is not a day that goes by now when some friend's words of wisdom or giving heart hasn't helped make life easier to get through during some of the hardest times.


"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay a while and leave foot prints on our hearts and we are never the same."
- Unknown


"...The part of me that responds to delight is in you too. We're all in this together."
- Taken from: Out of the Blue


"If I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me."
- Abraham Lincoln

 
Spirit of Empathy

Dear Friend, your tears moisten my own face, your joy make my heart sing. I am always with you, sharing each moment's emotion, and you need bear nothing alone. Reel my hand in yours, warm and strong, and be comforted.
2007 Calender "Angel Spirit"



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Religious Imitators

Taken from: Learning how to Learn
By: Idries Shah

Chapter 1: Real and Imagined Study


Sufis and their Imitators
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Q: What can you do about imitators? It has been observed that, since you started to make Sufism known really widely in the West, numerous small groups have been enlarged, and entirely new ones have sprung up – and most people realize that these are just cults, and not Sufi groups at all.


THE SMALL BOY AND THE EXAMINATION


A: That reminds me of a joke. It is said that a small boy was faced with an examination question: 'What is rabies and what can you do about it?' He wrote as his answer: 'Rabies is Jewish priests, and there is nothing you can do about it!


These Sufis are Sufists, not Sufis, and there is nothing that you can do about it. I am, however, interested in an inherent assumption: the one be hide the question- that one should either have to do anything about it, or that one could, indeed, do anything about it... If we do try to do anything about it, we risk attracting large numbers of disenchanted former Sufists, who would hope at first that we could give them THE REAL THING – but who would become doubly homeless, so to speak, when they found that one branch of the entertainment industry had closed down, and another failed to open up!


Sufi studies in the West and in the contemporary East, it should be remembered, are repeating a pattern. Throughout the ages there have been Sufis and imitators. Perhaps, to clarify things in your own mind, you might like to ask yourself this question: ' Why do I imagine that there is any activity that does not have imitators, charlatans, confusion and 'tourists' and passengers? People do not find that they can do anything about tricksters or cranks who offer a trip to the Moon – except to increase public information on spaceflight.


I cannot help feeling that the questioner is defining his own mentality and showing us that he is thinking in a more confined why then his limitations require.


If we can do anything about the imitation, it is to spread the information of the real. But our doing this depends upon the audience being prepared. The preparation involves a wideness of horizon and the intelligent use of the clear thinking methods which are already current in all present-day societies, though only lately coming into use in our area of interest.


The negative attitude is to look at the imitators. The positive one, surly, is to remember the worlds of Jalaluddin Rumi, who said that false gold only exists because there is such a thing as the Real...



ANALOGY OF THE FUR JACKET


In Fini ma Fihi we find the allegory of the Jacket. 'In Winter' says Rumi, ' you look for a fur garment, but when summer comes you have no time for it, it is an encumbrance. So it is with imitations of real teachings. They keep people warm until the time comes when they can be warmed by the Sun...'


So, like the fur garment, people will cleave to cults and imitations because these thing suit them, respond to something within them which call for cults and imitations.


At the same time, of course, they imagine all sorts of things about themselves, such as that they are genuine, sincere, unconcerned about themselves and concerned about others or about truth.

May. 24th, 2007

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What Religon Is

Social and Psychological Elements in Sufi Study 
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WHAT RELIGON IS


The belief that something which is really, for instance, a selfish self-absorption in religious activity is anti-religion in effect. Sheikh Ibrahim Gazur-Ilahi truly says: ' That which takes you to Love is religion/whatever stands between you and Love is “the world”'  How many pious people realize that?


The levels of sociology and psychology, which your question regards as a 'reduction' are, in fact, essential to examine at the learning how to learn stage, because unless the psychology is corrected oriented, there is no spirituality, though there can be obsession and emotionality, often mistaken for it. Those who trade in such things, mistaking them for spirituality, have of course - in the psychological and sociological levels. Those interested in truth, however, cannot afford such luxuries. As for the social level. This and the psychological are dealt with by this quotation from one of the greatest of all Sufis, who is not dealing in spirituality, if you define this term narrowly:


What is worship?
To realize reality.
What is the sacred law?
To do no evil.
What is reality?
Selflessness.


This is the Sufi approach – not the other way about. There can be no spirituality, according to the Sufi masters, without psychology, psychological insight and sociological balance.


So, if you are looking for spirituality which requires such insights, you have to look at the 'reduction' by the great classical Sufi masters, not by me, for I am no innovator in this respect. If , too, you imagine that the Sufis are not to be regarded as 'spiritual' because of there insistence on psychology and sociology, you are out of luck again: not only Islamic authorities but scholars from all faiths continue to regard the Sufis as among the greatest exponents of the spiritual among humankind.


There is no wisdom where there is no common sense: it cannot under those conditions find any expression.


They say: ' Seek wisdom while you have the strength, or you may lose the strength without gaining wisdom.'

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