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“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…
They don’t find it,” I answered.
And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”
Of course,” I answered.
And the little prince added, “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Why can what we find be found in one rose but not in five thousand? Why is it that we pass hundreds of people every day and yet there is only one that makes our heart sing in a certain way? How can we read every holy book, every self-help manual and every book of philosophy out there and yet one question from a child can reveal more universal secrets than any of them?
There is no answer to these questions that cannot be gainsaid or argued. The true answer is in the asking itself. There are questions that the heart asks out of its experience that the brain is not equipped to answer for it is far beyond the mind’s subjectivity.
I am just at the edge of knowing courage enough to write about these questions and returning to the heart’s vision. I have owned my inner scarecrow and inner tin woodman, the lion has been on his way. Our inner depths stir calling to us, and we fear their shadows. Yet we can steer through them also when we are guided by our heart’s voice and vision.
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Heart’s Web by G A Rosenberg
Geiger Encounter by G A Rosenberg
“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. “
Occupy Vancouver in its first day has been amazing. 5000+ people (I have a feeling that if you counted everybody who came and went throughout the day, the figure was much higher). People coming together because they realize the need for change in how things have been done. Whether they were talking about changes in our political systems, our financial systems, our educational systems or in the way we view things, there was a deep realization that we need to evolve new ways of dealing with ourselves, each other and our planet. Still there was more joy than anger. We shared laughs, marches, slogans, hugs and purpose. I look forward to watching the occupation movement evolve. Will change come from it or will it be ultimately a release of built up social pressure, I have no surety. Something has begun with this movement in this next month and I look forward to seeing it continue. Few things in my life have made me feel quite as proud as participating in today has.
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I don’t know who this lad is but somehow he and his sign symbolized today nicely for me. I want this boy (and all children including of course Zev) to grow up in a world of growing hope and happiness.
Heart’s Vision by G A Rosenberg