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December 2009 Blog Posts (50)

WELCOMING 2010

POETRY OF INNER GROWTH & AUTHENTICITY

Celebrating a bit more than twelve months of writings



(c) 2009 Howard McQueen





Is the external world going from bad to worse?

Many of us feel extremely stressed out living in this rapidly changing world. The vast majority of us feel our sense of financial security is slipping away. Many of us are also perplexed, if not deeply discouraged, in our efforts to engage in and sustain intimacy with a significant… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

INNER SURRENDER IS ...

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Surrender is an integral part of the inner journey of uncovering authenticity.



Surrender is learning to consciously discern and choose what needs to be released, in order for something new to grow.



The terms and conditions connected to inner surrender are love, truth and integrity.



Surrender releases aspects of you that you have judged insufficient and/or guilty. Surrender releases the you held prisoner, pardons your sins,… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 31, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

What we are looking for is What is looking (St Francis)

We do live in a body. God living in all these bodies simultaneously.
What an adventure. God Inside, who doesn't want to be known that way,
yet God nonetheless. So we have these imperfect human life stories
whilst all the time the Perfection Within is peering out of our eyes.
Wow. Maybe the imperfection of the human and the it's life story is a
constant reminder to look back within and Be who we really are.

Added by Cullen Anderson on December 29, 2009 at 2:47pm — 4 Comments

DETOURS INTO SECURITY

© 2009 Howard McQueen



So many of my “big life” decisions

were formed around servicing

my



INSECURITIES





Please load and run the program



“Lets get Married”



It is playing on every jukebox,

all over the airwaves

and surprisingly even in the churches.



Shezzzam!



I am in the process of wiping clean

the infrastructure queue,

the stack of inauthentic programming



RUNNING… Continue

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

EVOLUTION’S MOMENTUM

Vulnerable or Machismo?

© 2009 Howard McQueen



To be vulnerable

is to be yielding,

unprovoked

unwilling to interfere (enter the fear of or for another).



To not take the bait,

fail to validate,

not even mimic

the mainstream

habitual machismos:



- putting on armor or weaponry

- hardening the heart

- becoming distant from our natural vulnerabilities



Some may call this dispassionate or disengaged,

hurl… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

APPRECIATING A LOVE BEYOND THE PERSONAL

CONVERSATIONS WITH YIN AND YANG

© 2009 Howard McQueen



YIN, dipping deeply into devotion to spirit, recites the lyrics[1]



You are the bravest man I’ve ever met

You unreluctant at treacherous ledge



You are the sexiest man I’ve ever been with

You, never hotter than with armor spent



When you do what you do to provide

How you land in the soft as you fortify



This is in praise of the vulnerable man

Why won’t you… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 28, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

BLESSING FOR A NURSE

I've made a recent friendship with a hospice nurse and just forwarded this note and blessing on to her.



Hello new and soon-to-be dear friend,



I was rapidly thumbing through the book of blessings, thinking I would take one to the family Christmas dinner. As chance would have it, the pages stopped on the blessings for a Nurse. Then, I remembered you were a hospice nurse, and then I knew why the page stopped on this blessing.



I got to know the entire rotation of… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

HOW AN ADEPT TEACHER “SHOOK MY WORLD”

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Ah, to be with an adept, present teacher. Being personally present and face-to-face, over long-stints of time with an adept, in an intimate setting, sinks into your bones and cellular structures. There is a contagious effect that is set in motion. When I write in my poetry about the great viral Love, this is a direct experience from being in group facilitated by an Adept teacher.



An adept can help you see your hiding places, and can slow down the… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 27, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

THE GAUNTLET OF FEAR

CONVERSATIONS WITH YIN AND YANG

Draft Version 1.0 – December 27 2009

© 2009 Howard McQueen



YIN speaks up, breaking the silence and says

Everyday I fight my insecurities ... my fears of not having enough - of not being enough. Savings dwindle and I cower inward toward places that avoid and freeze all action and ability to create. Wish I could just say F_CK-IT and chance losing it all!!!!!





And YANG stirs and gently… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 27, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

THE FIFTH AGREEMENT, a Practical Guide to Self Mastery

A Toltec Wisdom Book

Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz



Several excerpted quotes from this fine, easy to read book



The mastery of awareness is to be aware of our own creation, to be aware that it’s [what we are creating from moment to moment] alive.



Every one of our beliefs, from a minimal… Continue

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

It All Starts With Mindfulness

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season, and gearing up for the new year to come. The days have started getting longer and Winter has reminded us what it's like to be on the side of the planet tilted away from the sun ;) If you're interested, below you will find my latest blog post. Be well.



I took a bit of a break from writing between March and November. I felt a need to wind down a bit. That’s due in part to a feeling of, “What more is there to say?” Anything I said would… Continue

Added by Trey Carland on December 26, 2009 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

LETTING GO OF ALL INTERMEDIARY SYMBOLS

Defending our freedoms from ignorance and Pretence.

© 2009 Howard McQueen



If we are not seeing and feeling

the One Presence everywhere,

then we are out of focus,

our perspective has collapsed,

we are in the throes of separation,

we are worshiping the ten thousand

self-limiting beliefs -- using our words

as symbols and sentences

to wall ourselves in,

insulating and separating ourselves from life.



The infant is wide… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

PERPETUAL SABBATICAL, RETIREMENT, SURRENDER?

© 2009 Howard McQueen



I recently informed my mother that I had retired. This seemed to have brought her some relief, as the life I live is considerably more unstructured than anything she can imagine.



In actuality, I consider myself on perpetual sabbatical, in a state of opening to learning about myself, from the inside out, as well as from my relationships with all things external.



I decided that it was easier for my mom if I just used the word… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 23, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

FORGIVENESS

Several quotes on the healing process of forgiveness, with author's names intact:



From a place of radical responsibility, the below quote on forgiveness is pretty illuminating:



"Forgiveness is really self-forgiveness. If the world is simply a reflection of your own mind, if all blame and judgement are projections of your own guilt and self-attack, then forgiveness of others releases both the others and the subconscious guilt within you. Guilt is really a form of arrogance… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 21, 2009 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

THE FEVER AND DELIRIUM FROM THE ANCIENT VIRUS

© 2009 Howard McQueen



The old habits linger, hoping to again feed and snack.

The false fellowship held in these ancient, resurrected addictions,

their remains, the occasional energetic

tug and pull,

the ever-cajoling,

sweet,

intoxicating whispers,

not fully powered down yet,

still running,

within my own operating system



I recall the wisdom teaching contained in the story of Odysseus and the Sirens



The… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

THE ABUNDANCE OF SHARED BEING-NESS

(C) Howard McQueen



To be at peace and able to enter play and be playful.

To have been depressed and stressed

and to have pierced through all this

makes for such an amazing journey.



It is a beautiful thing to uncover yourself

and trust in what is buried deepest within.

It is a treasure, a trusting, an allowing,

a resting in a love

that stops the mind,

for there is nothing to compare.



It is our true nature,

unbound from… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 21, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE: EARTH & HUMANITY

Riding the waves of Douglas Adam's wit in his many books [1], if there were a galactic curator aware of the vast inter-galactic forms of life, how might our earth-bound humanity be referenced in an short blurb in a inter-galactic travel brochure?



The Grand Galactic Curator's notes on

why you might want to pay a visit to earth / humanity:




Six.five billion canvasses,

a small, rare, loosely held together,

often conflicted

life…
Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

THE HIGH BAR OF EXPECTATION

© 2009 Howard McQueen



I’ve seen it rise up in myself

and in many others, countless times,

this raising of the high bar of expectation,

so high

even a great Olympian pole-vaulter

could not begin to elevate and ascend.



Overcome with feelings of deep neediness,

sizzling inside, like a bead of water

dropped on a white hot frying pan,

our expectations rise.



We prepare all our tricks and manipulations,

ready to hook the… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 19, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

THE EXPRESSIVENESS OF HUMAN CLAY

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



To label yourself, or anyone broken,

or permanently damaged goods,

is to subscribe to the notion

that a yet to be completed,

rare piece of living art

is something other than Creation's utterly

magnificent work-in-process.



Human-ness, the eternally malleable

and grand expressiveness of clay [1]

constantly being shaped and animated

through the invisible hands

of the grand force of… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 19, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

THE BEAUTY IN NOT DOING

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



Very few things in the external world

really need tending to.

So much motion and commotion

and momentum already underway.



When you let your inner self

really wind down,

old habits and their effortings

tend to drop away.

And people connected to these effortings

drift along and on their own way.



What is left in the quietude and silence,

are the raw materials and environment

for new… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on December 19, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

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