108 Days of American Sentence ~ Day 14

3:00 AM

The Purple Elephant Parade begins at the House of Origin.



I’m beginning to see the light . . .

How do you perceive the world?

“Well I’m beginning to see the light.” ~ Lou Reed

“There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.”  ~ Stendhal

“What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb – but the darkness of the womb?”Valarie Kaur

“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…. this is not dying.” – John Lennon

“Let me know that into the knot of self comes the thread called time, and that what I am, disgraced or blessed, came from what I was, goes to what I yet may be.” ~ from Ahabs Wife or, The Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

wet-succulent-2016-holly-troy“We are not in the business of fighting darkness, we are farmers of light.” – Jewel

“[Writing is] like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  ~ E.L. Doctorow

“When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”  ~ Isaac Asimov

“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Buddha

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” Robert Greene, Mastery

“As a child I assumed that when I reached adulthood, I would have grown-up thoughts.” ~ David Sedaris

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”Max Planck

“The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly
like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he
became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great
example.” – Carl Jung

“You see things less clearly when you open your eyes too wide.” ~ Italo Svevo

“I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one. I imagined that I felt the calling and prayed that it be so.” ―from JUST KIDS by Patti Smith

“None of us knows where to look, but all of us know not to look down . . . Our question is: what would happen if we looked down? Would it be as bad as we imagine? What might we see? Could it even be good for us?”  – Paul KingsnorthThe Dark Mountain Project

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

“We tend to judge others by their behavior, and ourselves by our intentions.” – Unknown

“Permit your dreams to see the daylight.” ~ Bernard Kelvin Clive

“What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi

“The eyes of compassion see the many beings
The ocean of happiness and endless life is boundless”
—Hakuin (1685-1768)
from the Lotus Sutra, calligraphed on self-portrait as Kuan-yin

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” ~ Annie Leibovitz

“Yes, I see your net, but we are here.” – Ram Dass

“I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

“Perspective is everything . . . It’s everything.” ~ Brian Glazer

“To give your positive or negative attention to something is a way of giving energy. The most damaging form of behavior is withholding your attention.”  ~ Masaru Emoto

“We live in the Time of Capital; in Machine Time. We are refugees from a war on a Time we cannot remember; a war nearly erased from our collective memories. The Time of Nature is hidden from view, and we are crippled by our loss of Time.” ~ Rhyd Wildermuth, The Time of Your Life

“We are made of stardust; why not take a few moments to look up at the family album?” ~Natalie Angier

“I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb . . . The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard P. Feynman

“Please believe that one single positive dream is more important than a thousand negative realities.”  ~ Adeline Yen Mah

Chakra Mantra Connection


Below is a lovely meditative short video by Mama Maga on the energy of each chakra. Try consciously running a situation or topic that repeatedly comes up for you through each chakra. Listen to what your energy has to say to you from the perspective of the chakra mantra.

For daily astrology information, check out Mama Maga’s youtube page.

Imagination and Belief ~ Light and Gravity

How do you see the world?

“She believed, of course … because without something to believe in, life would be intolerable.” ~ Rosamunde Pilcher

“We don’t get what we want, we get what we believe. What do you believe is possible for you?” ~ Kelley Rosano

“I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.” ~ Brian Selznick

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.” ~ Nora Ephron

” . . . and so castles made of sand slip into the sea eventually.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

“I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.”  ~ Nikolai Gogol

Goodbye Sunset (c) August 2015 Holly Troy“The camera … may want to know, to develop, to expose, but what it can also do, if pressed, is reveal the flowered vacancy of the invisibilities, the mixed-up motivations, that only a wise author could portray.” — Alexander Nemerov, Silent Dialogues

“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.” ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” ~ John Updike

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Albert Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

“This or something better now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways, for the higest good of all concerned.” Shakti Gawain

“All that you see was and is for your sake. The numerous books, uncanny markings, and beautiful thoughts are the ghosts of souls who preceded you.” ― Khalil Gibran

6th Chakra Wisdom

Steve Vai talks about how our perception of the world is how the world seems.

“How you perceive the world is how you receive the world” ~ Anodea Judith

How we perceive the world is how we receive the world . . .

Third Eye Chakra

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.” ~W.S. Merwin

“She who opens herself to the expanded vision of boundless awareness gains inner and outer purity” (Rk Ved)

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the
whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” — Marilyn Monroe

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

“Human reasoning can never answer the mysteries of our lives.” -Caroline Myss

“Let go of how you thought your life should be and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.” -Caroline Myss

see more . . .

Bringing the Crown Down for All to See

Patti Smith has a way of drawing in that open crown chakra energy and bringing it down to earth and expressing it through every chakra.

See more on this at The Power to Dream – The People Have It.

photo by Linda Smith Bianucci

Ajna – Perception

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

imgres-3My friends the Wyld Olde Souls wrote a song on this theme.

Check out Dream Within a Dream

The 7 Heart Chakras

The 7 Heart Chakras –
1st – connect the heart to the heart of earth
2nd – the heart of instinctual spontaneous creativity
3rd – creative action guided by love
4th – radiate love
5th – communicate love
6th – loving perception
7th – connects to the heart of the universe

Geordie Numata (my reiki teacher, brilliant astrologer, free-thinker and friend)