Friday, November 16, 2018

The Meaning I Picked - A Quotation from Richard Bach


"The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life.

Overcome fear, behold wonder."


Richard Bach



An older post & link to a free download of one of  Richard Bach's books:       

http://mnhopkins.blogspot.com/2017/08/illusions-book-by-richard-bach.html





Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Simply, Remember What We Truly Are - An insight & Quotation from M.N. Hopkins


Chains of ego
Those of us who often consider ourselves enlightened often say without thinking,  "We have yet to evolve to a higher state of consciousness."

After, the gathering of my own thoughts on this subject, I came to the realization that in reality, we have de-evolved from a higher state of consciousness and awareness to our current state.   

Then in order to reach a higher state of enlightenment or consciousness all that is necessary is for us to simply, remember what we truly are and from where we came from.


©  2018 M.N. Hopkins

Note:   This insight came to me while thinking of a conversation I had with another a few days earlier and reflected upon what I had said and that the words were not really mine but rather a standard answer that many parrot.   I wrote out my thoughts on this and this is the result which I published as an insight and quotation for the first time on my blog on the 14th of November, 2018.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

25 Lessons of An Old Greek Shepherd by George Giotis


“25 Life Lessons By An Old Greek Shepherd”
by George Giotis, Greece by Greeks

“The road to the destination is never straight. To reach out to the winter shelter someone must take a lot of turns, travel along rough roads, suffer losses. You have to make sure that you always take food supplies with you.

Leave the past behind. If a wolf eats your goat, you can't do anything about it. Just make sure that next time you will be more careful.

Don't live just for saving money and don't be stingy. Don't postpone the tasting of joy for future times. Do it now, while you are still young. Make your hard work worth even more.

Struggle, fight. You are the only one in charge of yourself. Don't be truant, don't expect your dogs to do all the work in herding the sheep.

Ask for the respect you deserve, don't let others use you as a doormat. Set limits, put up fences, protect your animals.

Blessed are the ones who make mistakes. Make mistakes. These are life lessons, we call these experience. Don't forget who you were until yesterday. Start today and define with your actions who you are going to be from now on.  Learn to forgive, starting with yourself. Don't feel guilty, you have no time for that.

Blessed are those who doubt. Don' t let your life be ruled by dogmas. Remember that if some people hadn't t doubted previous knowledge, mankind would have still lived in caves. Examine the information, be skeptical, think critically, think rationally, revise. You haven't seen any fairies and ghosts in the forest, just wolves.

Be careful. Observe others. Look them in the eyes. Like a Greek saying, "If it is not shown in the goat, it is shown by the horn ."

Life is a journey, not a destination. And it is valuable. The previous word you read already belongs to the past.

Don't advise the young constantly, it's a waste of time. There is no right way to teach them pain or misery, solely experience will do that.

Go travel! Trips are experiences that stay with us forever. Get out, try, taste, savor images greedily. Let your senses free. Expose yourself, let it go, crumble, lose your self-control from time to time. Not just your self-control, but stop controlling others too.

You have been isolated enough in your winter shelter, get out. Go find your friends and companionship.

Do not try to control others. You condemn in anxiety and suffering not only yourself, but also those who you try to control. Let others live, and live for yourself. Leave the other flocks to their shepherds, take care of yours. 

Life is not fair. The universe does not owe you any solace, and it is certain that at the end of the road you die. Hurry up.

You can be a winner. Learn from those around you. Become a child with children, play with them, but also go to the cafe and talk to the elderly. You can learn from their accumulated experience.

Do not take everything into account. Do not take everything seriously. You are probably overreacting today. What bothers you or you are afraid of now, most likely tomorrow will seem lukewarm or insipid. Try to see yourself from a distance, take a look at the sight of your flock from the hill.

Have patience. The goats do not give birth every month. But when that happens you need to be there because they need you.

Quarrel with your partner if necessary, it is not terrible, let the feelings be defused.Make decompression in anger. The fire is sometimes beneficial. If an area of kernes oak get burnt, spring will give again vegetation, fine food for goats and their young. Careful though, the words you say you can't take them back. Watch what your goats eat, they don't know how to pick. If they eat the shoots of trees, the forest cannot be created again, the place will be left bare fallow.
  
Be balanced. Enjoy the food and your drink. Do not forget that the world's poor walk miles for their daily food while the rich walk miles to digest it.

There is no perfect time, the circumstances and conditions will never be ideal. Start from where you are now! Do not postpone.

Be polite. A smiling face reflects similar behavior. Make gifts. Even the gift of a good word is important. Behave well to the elderly, you will soon be like them. Behave well to animals, they are not mean or envious, they have no obsessions or selfishness. They forgive without limit.

If you know how to read, read a lot! Those who read live extra lives. Not only their own but also all of those who you have read about.

Be bold. The fear keeps you tied but it is not real, it just comes from the unknown which is not in your head.

Do not get attached to things. Life is like the path of the pastures and the shepherd's bag. The more you fill it, the harder you will walk. Take only the necessary things with you. The flock keeps walking, it will not wait for you if you can't move because of too many heavy things. Let them go, release them, feel more flexible and free.”

- http://greece-by-greeks.com/25-greek-shepherd/

Translated by Eleni Vafeiadou

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Now, You Will See Clearly With The Heart - A Quotation from M.N. Hopkins


Now,  you will see clearly with the heart.  For through the heart way lies the greatest happiness while living one's life as a human being.  It is the heart way that seeks a better way for all inhabitants of the human community.  It is the heart way that balances and brings the peace and certainty of Spirit into one's being.  The heart way bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth and allows one to enter into realms of unlimited potential. For through the heart one can again know that one is neither apart from or separate from the Whole.  One becomes the heart of a Larger Heart, which beats with the rhythm of the One Heart, which is the Essence of All of Life.


©  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wrote this as part of a longer inspirational writing perhaps 15 years ago.  I decided to release it as a quotation on a post on my blog today, the 10th of November 2018.  This information or knowledge is timeless.  It is my hope that it sparks an insight in the reader that leads to a direct knowing of this and perhaps even a healing within.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Our Joy Arises - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins



Life is full of pain

This too will pass on our way

Our joy arises

© 2018  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  This poem was both inspired,  written and published for the first time on my blog today, the 5th of November 2018.  I was inspired during the watching a television production of a future apocalyptic world  in which the characters endure such great suffering and despair and yet continue to survive in the hope of creating a better future.   The human dilemma in a nut shell.  Ever persistent and resilient we are within our humanity.      

I wrote this poem in the haiku style of poetry which can be short of words yet big in meaning.   I believe that this form leads the mind to it's own unique insights of the same theme.

If you like my poem, you can find many more at:

https://www.poemhunter.com/michael-hopkins/   

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Guest Post & Quotation from Magnus Ericsson

To read more clearly, click on the picture to enlarge.


While being in a human body, you will say and do things that will hurt other people.  Hence God gave a gift to you:   That is the gift of Forgiveness so you once again can reunite and open your heart and feel love and loved again.   Teach this gift to all children and Mankind will once again live in peace and harmony upon planet Earth.
© 2018  Magnus Ericsson