Vocatus Atque non Vocatus Deus Aderit | Deo Duce, Ferro Comitante | Vox Populi, Vox Dei

The World Needs Less Junior Therapists and More Spiritual Mentors
Life is not Relative – There Are Absolute Rights, and Absolute Wrongs

Friday, September 28, 2018

Return to Innocence | イノセンスに戻る | Culpa

In the Religion of Love there are no believers OR unbelievers -
Love embraces all.

---Rumi (excertpted)

A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn't reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn't waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man's job?
If you don't understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

---Tao te Ching, 27 (Mitchell, 1989) (excerpted)

... Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family differences, explaining the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending money and securing jobs for each other, when justified — these are everyday occurrences. No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially — if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies — these are laughed out of countenance. Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them. How could they?

----Alcoholics Anonymous 161:2 (excerpted)

On Suffering | 苦しんで | De Patientia

The pain you feel are messengers in disguise...Listen to them!

---Rumi (excertpted)

When you recognize the children
and find the Mother,
you will be free of sorrow.

If you close your mind in judgements
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren't led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.

Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.

---Tao te Ching, 52 (Mitchell, 1989) (excerpted)

... We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.  We will not regret the past nor shut the door on it.  We will comprehend the work serenity and we will know peace.  No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

----Alcoholics Anonymous 83:4 (excerpted)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Let Go and Let God | 行こう、神を捨てる | Vade ergo et Deum

I can explain this, but!
It would break the glass cover on your heart...
And there's no fixing that;
You must have shadow and light sources both.

---Rumi (excertpted)

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master acts without doing anything;
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
Acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

---Tao te Ching, 2 (Mitchell, 1989) (excerpted)

... We ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or decision...We don't struggle...We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while; ...(it) gradually becomes a working part of the mind.

----Alcoholics Anonymous 86:3 (excerpted)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Change or Die | 変更または死ぬ | Mutata aut Morere

I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences…
They jar something deep inside; allowing him to grow
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens
The sleeper must awaken!

---Duke Leto Atreides, DUNE (F. Herbert)

If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial
If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked
If you want to become full, let yourself be empty
If you want to be reborn, let yourself die

If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.

---Tao te Ching, 22 (Mitchell, 1989)

... Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. 

----Alcoholics Anonymous 152:2 (excerpted)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Don’t Fear the Reaper | 死者を恐れるな | Ne Timeas Messor

There is no greater illusion than fear;
No greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.

---Tao te Ching (excerpted) (Mitchell 1989)

Fear is the mind-killer
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me
And when my fear is gone
 I will turn and face fear's path,
and only I will remain.


Fear…this short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances, which brought us misfortune we felt we didn't deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble.

----Alcoholics Anonymous