Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -)
God is a concept not a being. God is the black face of the universe, the stars, the planets, the solar systems, the dragonfly, the elephant, the mouse, the spider, the woman, and the man, but these are life forms we know exist. There are obviously countless others in this ever expanding universe. You don’t ‘see’ God, you feel God inside yourself and in everything you do: good or bad, there is no judgement. God is not the vengeful image depicted hurling fire and brimstone down upon Sodom and Gomorrah. The universe(s) is/are God. You are made up of the same elements as the stars. Your molecules are star dust. You are God. God is not out there somewhere watching you. She is inside expressing life through you. Each differently. Each connected. God is what Teilhard de Chardin referred to as the ‘Omega Point’, the supreme point of complexity and consciousness which is the actual source point of the expanding universe. God is the ever beginning and the ever ending, as are you.
It’s about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth… Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple…
You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway always sounds like Hemingway. A Beethoven symphony always sounds like a Beethoven symphony. Part of being a master is learning how to sing in nobody else’s voice but your own.
Immanuel Kant (April 22, 1724 – February 12, 1804)
Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe […] the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
Alan Paige Lightman (November 28, 1948 -)
…And I do not believe in the existence of a Being who lives beyond matter and energy, even if that Being refrains from entering the fray of the physical world. …There are things we take on faith, without physical proof and even sometimes without any methodology for proof. …Faith, in its broadest sense, is about far more than belief in the existence of God or the disregard of scientific evidence. Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand. Faith is the belief in things larger than ourselves. Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments and at others to ride the passion and exuberance that is the artistic impulse, the flight of the imagination, the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.
Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)
Then it was that books began to happen to me, and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas.
If faced with a rock, for instance, one should stare deep into the place where its rockness begins to form. Then the observer should keep looking until his own center starts to sink with the stony weight of the rock forming inside him, too. It is a kind of perception that takes place within the body, and it requires the observer to be both the seer and the seen. To observe with empathy, one sees not only with the eyes but with the skin.
Justina Chen (1968 -)
There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision. When you know there will forever be a Before and an After…I knew there would be no turning back if I designated this moment as my own Prime Meridian from which everything else would be measured.