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August 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Echinacea: The Symphonic arrangement

Echinacea, the symphonic arrangement of words, music & photos, Edited & Produced by Marta Fakhoury
The beauty of this digital age is that we are free to enhance someone else's work and create something so entirely new and refreshing, that talks to and through the heart, compelling us to share our love of creation.

Thank you Marta! -- Howard

Added by Howard McQueen on August 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

HUBRIS NEEDS A GOOD TAKIN' DOWN

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Hubris (defn): Excessive pride or self-confidence, arrogance relentlessly practiced (so pronounced as to anger the ancient gods and stir them to set things right! - HM)





My Dad offered me the perfect gift when I was young.

He demonstrated connection thru humility: how to step beyond anger and be connected to your actions and the faces of others.



The perfect gift from my dad

When I was around ten and living on an… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

HONE IN ON THE CONCEPT GENERATOR

[Subtitled: The Lifting of Oppression]

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Your mind can be a tireless, vivid Concept Generator,

that you mistakenly take up residence and inhabit.



From this vantage point,

You become the Grand Marshall of the parade;

You broadcast your commentary,

ogling at the magnificently adorned and decorated flotillas passing by.

Life is celebration, your personal Charade.



Inclement weather arises, bringing wind… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 29, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

NOT YOUR GARDEN VARIETY AWAKENING!

(c) 2009 Howard McQueen



This is not your garden variety Awakening

This is the Tsunami of Life come calling

There is nothing to do or say

Abandon all hope

Way to late to try running away

Cease thinking that there is any way

to continue duping Yourself



You are totally surrounded

Already suffused in the Silence

Completely abiding in infinite Love



R ~ E ~ L ~ A ~ X ... {Pilgrim}



Take the load off

lay… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 29, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

WELCOME TO THE HUMAN OPERATING SYSTEM

© 2009 Howard McQueen



We were created and have evolved to Believe and Manifest limitless possibilities.

We have been conditioned, mostly by fellow humans, our past experiences (or at least our retained memories of these experiences), and the continuous viral influence of our culture.



We grow and cultivate filters,

We grow and cultivate judgments.

Self defensive strategies coalesce into energetic armor.

Self offensive strategies are rewarded, stimulating… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 27, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

GUANO, MOLASSES & QUESTING

© 2009 Howard McQueen



I woke up at 5:30 this morning, got out of bed, turned on the light and "ducked" to the floor as if someone was already in motion swinging a baseball bat at my noggin. Up on the ceiling, circling my rotating ceiling fan was a furry, winged, squeaking sonar navigating bat. Hmmmm. Such an omen to begin the day -- such guano on yesterday's freshly vacuumed carpets.



I warmed up my early morning chai, went upstairs and happened to glance at an open… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 26, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

SINGULARITY ARISINGS

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



I’ve been recently drawn to this word, singularity. My original context was around feeling into the increased momentum of change and the pressures being focused on us humans and our human-constructed systems (economic, psychological, etc.). Here are some definitions retrieved from the web.



Definition: singularity



• the quality of being one of a kind; "that singularity distinguished him from all his companions"



•… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 25, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEELING INTO THE “WINCE” OF LIFE

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



Every time we encounter our shadow, we are standing on the brink of a threshold.



We feel discomfort, we become short of breath, we shrink, we become numb, filled with anxiety. We feel very compelled to manufacture something to distract us from our discomfort.



A female friend and I were out having lunch recently, enjoying ourselves immensely, celebrating the continued unfolding of our natural, loving friendship.



We were sitting… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 24, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

SWEET FULLNESS IN RELATIONSHIPS

© 2009 Howard McQueen



This wearing away of self.

This inviting in the ferocious,

house-cleaning, transformational Love --

Makes room and space in this moment for heaven on earth.



And I stand alone,

feeling into being rooted

in this sacred relationship.



Knowing the process will bring about

many more beginnings and endings.



I am sensing the fullness of possibilities

for cultivating the most fragrant, sensuous… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

LOVE IS ...

© 2009 Howard McQueen

LOVE IS:

Radical
Irrepressable
Combustible
Incandescent
Purifying
Unconditional
Universal
Liberating
Transformational
Unifying

Utterly transpersonal

and

best lived ~ constantly shared ~ spoken from the heart

;-)

Added by Howard McQueen on August 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

TRUE JIHAD

This appeared in EnlightenNext Magazine, excerpted here. I highly recommend that you read and digest the full article. Please visit the full text article True Jihad





TRUE JIHAD

by Elizabeth Debold

In a recent post on the EnlightenNext Editors' Blog, we featured a previously unpublished article written by senior editor Elizabeth Debold entitled, “True Jihad.” In it she speaks about the broader… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 21, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

DAWN AT TYBEE

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Dawn has arrived as I find my way out to the end of the Tybee Beach pier.

Sol is just breaking through clouds settled above the oceanic horizon.

There is a near constant fifteen knot breeze, keeping the summer morning abnormally comfortable.

Pelicans glide by hugging the agitated surface - not quite white capped.

Surfers gently bob up and down, sensing and awaiting their perfect wave.

Majestic clouds tower into the polarized blue sky,… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 21, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

WHAT MATTERS MOST

© 2009 Howard McQueen

What matters most is that unconditional love
is incubated and constantly cultivated
in the sacred internal silent space.

And those things covering over Love
fully embraced and blessed,
space made for surrender and forgiveness,
summoning acceptance and Grace.

and in death the dance is seen anew
and I am transformed
my relationship to the external world re-imagined
in Love

Added by Howard McQueen on August 17, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

AGGRESSION

© 2009 Howard McQueen





Let the words you speak to others reflect a We-ness,

an inclusive invitation of fellowship.



If you are unable to hold this intent,

Remain humble and hold off venting

Your personal wounded I-ness.



Take up pen and inscribe your poison,

The anger and injustice welling up inside you.

It will be triggered repeatedly.

Each occurrence will give you more of an energetic profile

A specific signature you can… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

MANUFACTURING LOSTNESS

© 2009 Howard McQueen



We have become so convinced that

something real has been lost

that we manufacture experience and personas

to live in our lostness.



Doubt, cynicism and with the world crying out

and rewarding oh-so-much-more inauthenticity,

We cover our our heart and

obscure our primal identity.



This is a powerful, constant obsession,

this cultural chorus of brutality,

veiled with confusion.



Feeling into… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 11, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

SUFFERING

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Suffering (psychological) is not an illusion,

but an emotionally-charged inner fiction.



Many of these fictional dramas are played out

with the external world.



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Suffering (psychological) is essentially

personal resistance

to accepting life

on its terms.



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Suffering



Suffering is not an illusion, it is very painful, full of stress and pressure. Suffering is your… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 10, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

THE PERFECT HI-JACKING OR ...

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Our awareness, our sensitivity, stolen,

given away, covered over

Perfectly hi-jacked -- again.



And the soul waits patiently

As the suffering mounts

As the pressure cooker is turned up.



"Please me again" says the ego.

"Provoke me further" says the Anam.



Bring your loving attention

to dig deeper into healing



- my confusion

- my division

- my conflict



I offer you the… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 8, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

COMPELLED TO INSCRIBE YOUR STORY

Text transcribed from Chris Cade's (C) Inscribe Your Life / Inspiring Quotes Video



I have become involved as a non-compensated volunteer contributor with Chris Cade and his Inscribe Your Life web presence. The first free community-building (and story-telling) ULR devoted "conflict", can be accessed below…



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Added by Howard McQueen on August 8, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

RADIATE O' SPIRIT OF FRANK ZAPPA !

© 2009 Howard McQueen

Lyrics by Frank Zappa



The other morning I was in Kannapolis at a trailer sales and supply store to have a towing wiring harness connected to my 1995 F-150. A buzz-shaved man in his late 30s was behind the counter, wearing a T-shirt print of skull and crossbones and other symbolisms. As I arrived at the counter, he spent every bit of five minutes telling me about what was going on in his shop and what was going on in his mind.



When his… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 6, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

For A New Beginning

For A New Beginning

Benedictus, A Book of Blessings (Bantam Press)

By John O'Donohue



In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.



For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.



It… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on August 2, 2009 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

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