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July 2010 Blog Posts (15)


Version 2.1 | 8/01/2010…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 31, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Spiritual Correctness

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the Summer heat. Enjoy it while it lasts ;)

I've been sitting on this blog post for a while now. It's created a bottle neck effect on the other ones that want to push through and be shared, so I had to get it off my chest, so to speak.

I have found myself at a bit of a crossroads lately. I’ve written quite a bit on the subject of “enlightenment” over the last few years, much of it representing where I envisioned readers to be on their… Continue

Added by Trey Carland on July 30, 2010 at 1:20am — 3 Comments


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The pleaser in us
also wanting to avoid conflict,
can quickly cover over our authenticity,
call steal our voice to speak clearly,
to clearly and succinctly represent
our own needs and requirements.

The insecure pleaser places the needs of others
ahead of the welfare of the self.
This can undermine vitality, always keeping…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 27, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments


(c) 2010 Howard McQueen

When we find the courage,
the curosity to remain in inquiry
when another has lost
the connection to their core,
we gain a greater wholeness
being present with our greater integrated potential.

We can then rest more comfortably
within our own center,
our inner capacty readied and available,
to be responsive and in the service…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments


(c) 2010 Howard McQueen

We are constantly encouraged
to live a life
punctuated by distraction.

Perpetually distracted,
we slip-slide toward a life
devoted to the delusional,
constantly avoiding our discomforts,
constantly empowering our choices,
with preferences that attempt to preserve
a secure sense-of-self.

And, we…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments


Version 1.2; July 19, 2010
(C) 2010 Howard McQueen

My anger has again hurt someone I love,
and they have chosen to feel sadness and anger.
Now I cave in again, trying my best to avoid their sadness,
secretly not wanting to know it as my own.

"Please don't let us go to sleep so deeply saddened".

To this plea, I stop avoiding the my partner's sadness,

Added by Howard McQueen on July 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments


(C) 2010 Howard McQueen

When we encounter the inner psychological pressure we know as stress,
we are invited to ask the question

What aspect of my self identity is insecure and threatened?

Often, staying with this question will begin to reveal what the self wants so desperately to not accept.

What a wonderful opportunity to see
what is false in us,
what we…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 11, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Human Tapestry

All of us are born into an already existing human tapestry. The cultural habits, the beliefs, rituals, ways of thinking, etc. This tapestry has existed since the beginning of human history.

This tapestry is woven and held together with language. The nouns; labels for objects and locations. The adjectives, the way in which we describe the tapestry, the verbs, the way in which we move about in this tapestry. This tapestry exists in the domain of language and is everything we think is… Continue

Added by Norio Xoximei Kushi on July 9, 2010 at 10:17am — No Comments


(C) 2010 Howard McQueen

Emory (my wife and partner) are now into our eighth week of intensive scrabble play.
As a result, I have relearned how any activity, if incorporated into our inner work,
can be used as our own personal bohdi tree.

For the first few weeks, Emory won about two-thirds of the games, and I had
seemingly adjusted to this slightly inequitable state of outcomes (;-)…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Resisting Evil?

In Stephen Mitchell's forward of his fine translation of the Tao Te Ching

"The teachings of the Tao Te Ching is moral in the deepest sense. Unencumbered by any concept of sin, the Master doesn't see evil as a force to resist, but simply as an opaqueness, a state of self-absorption which is in disharmony with the universal process, so that, as with a dirty window, the light can't shine through. This freedom from moral categories allows him/her the great…

Added by Howard McQueen on July 8, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Evolution of the Human Brain

The way in which the current human brain operates, is from the underlying position of a "separate me." Along with the underlying separate self identity, there comes with it an underlying fear of its vulnerability, the fear of death, or ultimately, the fear of non-existence. In a nutshell, our current way of using our brain…

Added by Norio Xoximei Kushi on July 6, 2010 at 10:18pm — No Comments

The real power of language, a double edge sword

I just read this for the first time, and I love it! "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."…


Added by Norio Xoximei Kushi on July 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments


© 2010 Howard McQueen

What do you constantly lend your attention and awareness to?

Knowing this will help you to see what you cultivate, what you worship,

the shaping of your life,

this odyssey of experience.

As of late, I’ve been checking the stock market about three times a day. I’ve also, at least daily, been…


Added by Howard McQueen on July 5, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


© 2010 Howard McQueen

One of the challenges

we (each and all) face

is discerning and separating

that which is real,

from that which we imagine.

May you find within,

again and again,

the ability to learn and apply…


Added by Howard McQueen on July 3, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

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