The Precipice

Tilda Swinton:

I wouldn’t go on performing were it not for this interest in unpicking or examining how it is that we lumber ourselves with the idea that we have one identity, and we have to carry it, and we cannot change it or modify it in any way until we die.

And that both moves me and saddens me; that society has somehow hoodwinked us into thinking that this is the case. Because as far as I’m concerned, identity is a sort of … I’m not sure I believe identity exists. I think the only thing we can really rely on is change, and our sense of ourselves is completely amorphous.

And so, when, if I’m talking about a narrative, and I look back at my work, very often I’m looking at the story of someone who reaches what I call a precipice in their life. When they have to encounter their sense of identity, and they have to shift. Or, they have a choice about whether to shift or whether to perish in some way.

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You Are the Life-Dreamer

Tim Freke, author of Lucid Living:

You are the life-dreamer dreaming the dream of you.

It is an amazing, transformative, bittersweet dream, full of laughter and tears, triumphs and losses, hope and despair.

If you give yourself to this great dream it will awaken you to what-is.

If you consciously engage with this deep drama it will teach you kindness and make you wise.

So why not dare to commit to the adventure of your life?

Because essentially you are always safe, even when the life-dream becomes a nightmare.

That’s right, isn’t it?

When you dream it can be terrifying, but if you dream lucidly you know you are always essentially safe, because you’re not just the person you appear to be in a dream. You are the dreamer.

In the same way, if you live lucidly there is a deep knowing that you are always essentially safe.

So take the risk and really live!

You are the one appearing as someone and your life is deeply significant.

You are the one who can light up the darkness.

You are the one who can bring love to your world.

You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

I am writing these words to wake you up, because I see what a wonder you are.

You are infinite potential playing at being a person.

The creativity that created the whole universe is within you and it wants to express itself through you.

Can you hear the call to share your gifts with the world?

You are the mystery of life made manifest.

I am in awe of your vastness and touched by your fragility.

I see your greatness and your smallness — and I celebrate both.

I encourage you to wake up to oneness and feel the limitless love, so you can embrace your vulnerable, tender, ambiguous humanity — just as it is.

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Go Forward

T. Lobsang Rampa:

Everything is in a state of movement, all life is movement, even death is movement, because cells are breaking down and turning into other compounds. Let us remember at all times that one cannot stand still on a tightrope, one can either go forward or backward.

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Focus on the Beauty


Focus on the beauty of your environment in every way that you can. Immerse yourself. Engulf yourself. Do everything that you can to be in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this. Do everything that you can think of, to do in a day, that will make you happy while you’re doing it.

Because your intentions are already in your Vortex. Your Inner Being already knows what you want, and the path to it. So you just gotta be as happy as you can be, so that you’ll be in the receptive mode, so that you’ll be ready for the idea.

The ideas are being flowed to you all the time. You gotta be happy to get the idea. To receive it. To understand it.

And to feel enough momentum in it to say, ‘This is what I’m going to do.’

If you can get it, that all you gotta do is tap into that, you will never be discouraged again. You’re only ever feeling a feeling of discouragement when you’re not tapped into that.

So, our encouragement to you is, do everything that you can do to just stay in this happy place.

There are so many reasons to be happy.

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Risky Bets

Paul Graham:

Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn’t a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don’t seem risky either.

Biographies of Newton, for example, understandably focus more on physics than alchemy or theology. The impression we get is that his unerring judgment led him straight to truths no one else had noticed. How to explain all the time he spent on alchemy and theology? Well, smart people are often kind of crazy.

But maybe there is a simpler explanation. Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think. Physics seems to us a promising thing to work on, and alchemy and theology obvious wastes of time. But that’s because we know how things turned out. In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”

Newton made three bets. One of them worked. But they were all risky.

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The Universe in Your Coffee Cup

Vadim Zeland:

In the context of infinite space it is ridiculous and even petty to argue about the advantages of one model over another. Try to imagine the infinite in terms of increasing distance that never reaches a horizon. Oddly enough, infinity in terms of decreasing distance has no limit either. We can observe only a limited portion of the visible universe for telescopes and microscopes have their limits too. Nonetheless, infinity in the context of the microcosm is no different from infinity in terms of the macrocosm.

The next time you take a mouthful of coffee ask yourself how many universes you have just swallowed. Infinity cannot be divided into parts and so if you think about it, every time you swallow a mouthful of coffee you are swallowing an infinite number of universes. Flying through a microcosm takes as long and seems as far as it does flying through the boundless expanse of outer space.

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Go Deep

Chris Bowler:

Be ready, because if you blink, you might miss it. Miss what? Something good!

Can we all agree to just let go? To stop caring that we might miss something big, something important?

The output is not going to stop, to lessen, anytime soon. We can never read it all, study it all, or even skim it all.

A few reminders:

To create is better than to consume.

But create for the few, not for the many.

Create for those you can see face to face.

Consume, but remember that the dose makes the poison.

When you consume something that is good, great, transcendent, consume it over and over … meditate on it, then act on it, be changed by it.

Go deep!

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The No List

Liz Danzico:

So I started a list. Instances of saying no.

When I say no (e.g., conference talk invites, “pick my brain” invitations, jury solicitations), I immediately add my regret to the No List. I nurture this growing list of no-things, adding category data like dates events would have happened, themes, and date turned down.

Suddenly, I’m making list of cities not seen, airplanes not embarked, and time saved, rather than time taken away. Several months later, I have a made a substantial something. It’s how I’ve marked time.

There are many instances where deadlines are crucial, where getting things done needs to get done. Sometimes saying yes is just the thing that must happen. But just as importantly, most times it is not.

Stop reading a book halfway through, keep a list of your turn-downs, and celebrate the fringe benefits of no.

I’ll be right there with you.

Shawn Blanc:

When we say no, it doesn’t have to be because we are too busy. It can also be because we are intentional and purposeful about what we do with our time and energy.

David Allen:

You can do anything, but not everything.

See also: Saying no to everything else

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Infinite Creative Play of Exploration

Tim Verhoeven:

We create all the time. Knowing and unknowingly. The conscious act of creating can help to bring you closer to the nature of creation itself. It all starts with a vague vision that ultimately crystallizes into existence with the guide of an unwavering focus and faith. Faith in yourself to bring forth whatever you envisioned in the first place, and all along that path you can face many dragons. Self-doubt and distractions as we collectively navigate a reality where we give our power away so easily. Everything is asking for attention.

We try to fit in, seek acknowledgment and to please. We give our power to other people, politicians, media, entertainment, influencers, COVID and so forth. All but distractions along a path.

The human spirit is the upward moving spiral force that has driven our evolution forward. The drive to create, shape and explore ever expanding experiences is the same force found in nature that makes this all possible. To align yourself with curiosity, infinite creative play of exploration and participation in to the joy of life is what brings fire to the soul. You and I are reflections of the one creative spirit that generates and is all realities. Out of infinite love for the unfinished masterpiece we are called to be co-creators into the experience of life.

We are Infinite consciousness manifested in a myriad of forms exploring itself and returning to itself. A divine cosmic dance of infinite beauty that radiates its light to all corners of existence and aren’t we all chasing that light. Looking everywhere. All but within.

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The Whole Universe Inside You

From a Redditor’s mushroom trip:

When you travel far, you reach distant lands, like in the past on 2g dose I experienced my consciousness flying over the forest near my home. When you travel very far you reach other planets, stars and distant galaxies, which I have experienced previously on a 3g dose. This time my consciousness had left my body and it was beyond all the galaxies and everything. There was nothing but just my consciousness. I was observing my own consciousness. My consciousness was greater than the whole universe. I observed that the whole universe was just a tiny fraction of my consciousness. I observed my consciousness had no limits. My consciousness was vast, deep and it had several dimensions which I cannot describe. I observed that my consciousness is the ultimate beauty. I realised my consciousness is sacred. I realised there is no universe but just my consciousness. My consciousness has no beginning, no end and no limits. My consciousness is the god and the creator of this universe.

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