Serendipity?

What a shame that you found out your parents had feet of clay – horrors!  They did stupid things when they were young!  How could they!  Didn’t they know that some day they would have children who would be embarrassed by them!  Just a thought for the day.  Think about it.  Give your parents a break.  They were young once too, just like you.  If you’re entitled to do stupid things to be overlooked by the next generation then so are they. 

Sleep On It!

Yesterday evening my 15-year-old grandson and I were having one of our occasional heart-to-heart talks. As it was getting close to bedtime the subject turned to why, as we’d heard, sleep was necessary.  Why couldn’t a person just rest awhile, without sleeping?  Because–we had heard–if unable to sleep or allowed to, one would eventually go mad.  The question which came to us next was:  Why?  Did we “go” somewhere when we slept? 

This morning when I awoke I found myself ruminating about recent experiences. Realizing, for the first time, certain aspects of personal problems I had been unaware of. Even to the point of failing to address them. Answers awaited. Filling in the gaps in my understanding.  As if I had consulted an oracle in my sleep who answered questions lingering in my mind.  I now understand “Sleep on it” for the first time.

A Voice of Wisdom From the Past

“It has been Europe’s destiny. . . to provide the intellectual foundation for the emergence of new powers and new social ideals.  It seems to be America’s destiny to be the main field within which the two basic possibilities of use and management of those powers have to fight for supremacy.

“The fight is on, as perhaps never before and it need not be a violent fight in the streets, although our city streets every day spawns violence and crime.  The basic area of conflict is the mind of American men and women, even if this conflict is so often masked and distorted by emotional whirlpools and devotional glamour.  This conflict is inherent in the whole Western civilization and has been since the days of ancient Greece.  In a sense it is the conflict between individualism and holism, individual freedom and group participation, intellectual curiosity and soul-wisdom, Gemini and Sagittarius.”  The Astrology of America’s Destiny, A Birth Chart for the United States of America.” Dane Rudhyar

This book was published in 1974 after Watergate and describes what is still relevant 45 years later.  Dane Rudhyar was a great leader in the world of astrology.  This book has languished among my astrology books for several years, a second-hand copy I ran across and bought to “read later”.  I think it was the “Destiny” part that scared me a little but I finally dove in.  I’m glad I did.

The astrological community owes thanks to this author and astrologer who led the way to humanistic astrology.   

Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

Since this is my blog it occurs to me I have bragging rights.  Today I want to brag about my son Justin.  Not only is he a wonderful son, father, brother, etc., he started out life with a great attitude, that he was born with the ability to make his own choices in life.  He realized this at a very early age.

My brilliant son at the tender age of five came home from his third day in kindergarten.  “Well,” he said with satisfaction, “I learned all I want to know.”  I explained that he had only begun his education and there was much more to learn.  He was still insistent that he “had learned all he wanted to know.” He had no intention of returning to school.  I didn’t want him to feel he had no say in the matter, that school was something which was forced on him.  I wanted him to see it was a journey just begun and look forward to learning more.  To be honest I was bewildered.  It was one thing, I thought, to hate school as some children may say they do, but another to think they have learned all they wanted to know after three days in kindergarten.  I wondered if I’d given him the impression that school was like Tot Lot, which he’d attended for a few weeks the summer before. I talked to the Principal and he thought my son may need some special attention.  He would come offer him a ride in his little red sports car.

My son did not act impressed when the Principal came but agreed to go with him.  I don’t know what the Principal did or said but my son did return to kindergarten and became a happy brilliant student. He grew up to become a wonderful adult with a career in the Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He recently returned to his hometown and began a new career.  You can see why I breathe a sigh of relief.  For an intended kindergarten dropout, he has done exceptionally well.

A Wise Quote From a Genuis

I ran across the following quote from Einstein yesterday. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein

It’s not too late to open our minds and hearts to recall the sacred gift of intuition granted to us at our birth. It awaits hopefully to be rediscovered and renewed. How many times have you learned something new and then discovered you had already known it before you learned it. You had just forgotten it for awhile. It had been waiting in the back of your mind for you to remember.