There is far more to this world than taught in our schools, shown in the media, or proclaimed by the church and state. Most of mankind lives in a hypnotic trance, taking to be reality what is instead a twisted simulacrum of reality, a collective dream in which values are inverted, lies are taken as truth, and tyranny is accepted as security. They enjoy their ignorance and cling tightly to the misery that gives them identity.

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over ignorance.

Knowledge is the key to unlocking our potential. It gives us the self-​determination, responsibility, and power necessary to cast off the chains of covert oppression. Knowledge is therefore the greatest protector, for it also gives us foresight to impeccably handle the challenges of life and, most importantly, to sidestep the traps on the path to awakening. The more you know of higher truths and apply what you know, the more you begin operating under higher laws that transcend the limitations of the lower. -Montalk

Redefine your perceived notion of common sense.

Subjects covered: history, science, evolution, psychology, mysticism, archeology, spirituality, the cosmos, philosophy, occultism, secret societies, UFOs, and ETs.
I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn’t happiness.
William Saroyan (via xhromosomes)

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If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.
Pythagoras (via observando)
Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau (via observando)
What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself.
Pema Chodron  (via saud23)
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.
Julia Cameron (via childrenofthetao)
Getting high is misunderstood. For me it was forced contemplation on the riddles of our world. A tweaking of the mind to break patterned and limited thinking. It reveals what we take for granted. It is a philosophical tool. It brings expansion in our relationships with others through shared laughter and honest dialogue. It makes us ‘real’ for just a moment, to temporarily display the beauty of a calm and loving state. Because of your experiences, you take them with you into your sober state and slowly integrate each realization you discover and eventually, do away with it and just be. And lastly, the side-effect of impaired memory is actually a benefit because it helps you forget about the dreadful past and allows you to sharpen your views onto the present.

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Interesting view. 

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Many people have a romantic idea of enlightenment. To many of us, it looks like a superhuman state. Really, it’s not superhuman at all. To be the Buddha, one is completely authentic in the Now, whatever shape it comes in. When a Buddha feels sad, they simply feel sad, when they are angry, they are angry. The only difference between an average person and a Buddha, is that the Buddha is not afraid to be human. They do not hold an internal dialogue of the Present Moment, they simply go along with it.
Hxni (via modernshxmxn)
I enjoy the types of conversations I have with friends, significant others, and cousins, where we can easily and freely exchange in non-sensical, sarcastic tones, mostly sharing crude and harsh disses - and still resulting in distasteful, pleasurable humor. All the while being verbally slammed, in our attempts to dismantle each other’s fragile egos, and yet still have the foundational understanding that the intent of this exchange will always be based on love. Those are the best.
Learning how to think is far more important than learning what to think.
Dennis Lewis
Despite what you may believe, you can disappoint people and still be good enough. You can make mistakes and still be capable and talented. You can let people down and still be worthwhile and deserving of love. Everyone has disappointed someone they care about. Everyone messes up, lets people down, and makes mistakes. Not because we’re inadequate or fundamentally inept, but because we’re imperfect and fundamentally human. Expecting anything different is setting yourself up for failure.
Daniell Koepke (via fairestregal)
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
Albert Camus, The Fall  (via larmoyante)
Stop loving people into corners.
Donna-Marie Riley, Love and Other Small Wars (via creatingaquietmind)

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animallifeworldo219031904lond_0016 by The Ernst Mayr Library on Flickr.
Animal life and the world of nature : a magazine of natural history throughout the world. v.2 (1903-1904) London : Hutchinson, 1902-1904.


animallifeworldo219031904lond_0016 by The Ernst Mayr Library on Flickr.

Animal life and the world of nature : a magazine of natural history throughout the world. v.2 (1903-1904)

London : Hutchinson, 1902-1904.

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (via bookmania)
When we see the results of our high-tech, high-risk, and highly toxic economic system, many of us question our frenetic consumer lifestyles. We yearn for a simpler life based not on refusing all technology, but on going back to appropriate technology.
Yvon Chouinard (via explore-everywhere)