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REMEMBERING JIM MORRISON ♡

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☆♥♡{James Douglas “Jim” Morrison}♥♡★
American songwriter, poet, lead singer of The Doors.
(8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971 aged 27)

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REMEMBERING JOHN LENNON (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

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(͡๏̯͡๏)(͡๏̯͡๏)  ♫♪Imagine ~ John Lennon♫♪
( , , )( , , )   (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)
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Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

{John Lennon}
John Winston Lennon, MBE
English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide
fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles.
(9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

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Don McLean – Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxHnRfhDmrk&feature=player_detailpage

 This is one of my favourite songs –
enjoy!

 

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Lyrics

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul…
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.

Now I understand
What you tried to say, to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free:
They would not listen; they did not know how —

Perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.

Now I understand
What you tried to say, to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free:
They would not listen; they did not know how–
Perhaps they’ll listen now.

For they could not love you
But still, your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do–
But I could’ve told you, Vincent:
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you.

Starry, Starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn, a bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

Now I think I know
What you tried to say, to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free:
They would not listen; they’re not listening still–
Perhaps they never will.

[Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch Painter]

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Elvis Aaron Presley

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{8 January 1935 ~ 16 August 1977}

Happy Birthday! You will always live on through your music.

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Pleasant Surprises – Adam Lambert

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I love surprises, the unexpected, these “out of the blue” moments, they are exciting. I had one such moment on  Saturday 16 June.

I was attending a Byron Katie Talk in Kensington and at lunch time decided to go get something to eat from Whole Foods – and there he was at the Salad Bar – ADAM LAMBERT! He was so sweet and he really is beautiful!

I’ve watched Idols since it started in the UK and then 11 years of American Idols, and Adam is my favourite Idol to date. I simply love his voice. Now I find out he will be performing with one of my favourite Bands – Queen – at HMV Apollo in Hammersmith in July!!!! Can’t Wait.

So would like to share this with all the Glamberts out there!
Enjoy my Pleasant Surprise it is worth smiling about!

 

  

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To Believe

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Amazing makes my soul Smile

Watch “Jackie Evancho Video – To Believe with Lyrics HD” on YouTube

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Simple Pleasures

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Definition of Pleasure :
The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified
A source of enjoyment or delight

There are obvious things in life that give pleasure like love, appreciation, gratitude, faith but then there are those “Simple Pleasures” that make me feel joy – these little things I indulge in that require no effort but make me feel so good and make me smile inside and out.

Taste of Chocolate
yummy absolutely heavenly

 A Walk in Nature  
makes me feel close to God

Listening to Music and Dancing like Crazy
makes my body laugh and my soul soar

Taking Photographs of Beautiful Views –
feels as if I captured the beauty of the moment forever

  Sleeping in on a Rainy Day
mmmmm so soothing

Reading a Good Book
or watching a Good Movie
 –
awakens my creative mind

Seeing a Rainbow
makes me feel that dreams can come true

 

Fresh, Clean Bed Sheets & Pyjamas
as the Dalai Lama said “Sleep is the best meditation”

Colouring  In
since childhood (many many years ago)
I loved colouring in books
and to this day it is one of the most relaxing
indulgences I still partake in.

 

 Stuffed Toys
I have always collected stuffed toys
(Beanie Boos are my latest indulgence)
they give me such pleasure and make me smile –
I mean no matter how old you are, who can resist
looking at these faces and not smile?

  

 It just proves the theory that we don’t need “big expensive things”
to bring  us pleasure, “little simple pleasures”
do the trick amazingly –
so delight in them as often as you possibly can !

“Celebrity”

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The death of Whitney Houston has made me think how fragile life is and the illusion that is celebrity. I think of some of the great entertainers who died due to drug related addictions like Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Andy Gibb, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston – to name a few – and I am deeply touched by the manner of their passing at a young age.

I know that unfortunately millions of people die due to drugs, but the impact of the death of a celebrity is so strong and felt on a worldwide scale because entertainers have an impact on our culture and our individual psyche.  These are the people we see as role models, these are the people we look up to and admire; we aspire to become as successful as they are, we strive to have what they have – the money, the talent, the fame, the glamorous lifestyle, – to have the best of the best that this world offers because at some level we all want the fairytale.

So we ultimately put them on pedestals because of their accomplishments in this material world, we are fascinated by them– but we forget that they are just as human as the rest of us with the same feelings, insecurities, indulgences, vulnerabilities – just like us, and we especially forget that on a spiritual level we are all the same, we are all special, we are all pure potential, we are One.

I am disillusioned by their deaths, I feel that mostly when we hear of a drug related death we tend to judge – he was a hoodlum or she was a street walker – and somehow we react as if they got what they deserved because of the lifestyle they led which was conduciveto such a fate.  However, when it is a celebrity we somehow excuse their behaviour and say it was the pressure of the limelight that led them to this unfortunate disease.  We tend not to judge them harshly and we justify their actions. One can blame fame, money, people in their lives etc. but at the end of the day it was their responsibility, the blame was ultimately their own as it is of any addict.  But we need to forgive.

I am angered by their deaths, I feel  as they got in life everything we associate with happiness in this world and they somehow wasted it, squandered it, and destroyed themselves by their addiction. It feels in a way that they were selfish, ungrateful and disrespectful to their talent because if they really cherished it they would not have become addicts. Their talent was cut short and somehow they robbed us of their gifts that were still due to manifest and meant to be shared with the world. But we need to forgive.

I am saddened by their deaths as these people who gave the world so much joy with their God-given talent were unable to find joy for themselves even with all the love and adoration they received from the world. They did not find their sacred Self deep within that is perfect and does not need the material world for happiness. They did not find their bliss – and neither will we if we do not get out of this grand illusion of the material world and get in touch with our authentic Self as the spiritual beings that we are.

However, at the end of the day, I feel very blessed and am very grateful to have been able to experience the joy they gave me through their talent,  the precious gifts they bestowed to all of us during their lifetime and beyond as their spirit will live forever. They will always be a part of my life.

Thank You and R.I.P.

I am reminded by two songs from one of my favourite bands, Styx,
that I can relate to with “celebrity”
and I herewith share these powerful and poignant lyrics with you:

“Show Me The Way”

(Band: STYX – Songwriter: Dennis DeYoung)

Every night I say a prayer in the hope that there’s a heaven
And every day I’m more confused as the saints turn into sinners
All the heroes and legends I knew as a child have fallen to idols of clay
And I feel this empty place inside so afraid that I’ve lost my faith

Show me the way, show me the way
Take me tonight to the river
And wash my illusions away
Show me the way

And as I slowly drift to sleep, for a moment dreams are sacred
I close my eyes and know there’s peace in a world so filled with hatred
That I wake up each morning and turn on the news
to find we’ve so far to go
And I keep on hoping for a sign, so afraid that I just won’t know

Show me the way, Show me the way
Take me tonight to the mountain
And wash my confusion away
And if I feel light, should I believe
Tell me how will I know

Show me the way, show me the way
Take me tonight to the river
And wash my illusions away
Show me the way, show me the way
Give me the strength and the courage
To believe that I’ll get there someday
Show me the way

Every night I say a prayer
In the hope that there’s a heaven…

 

“Grand Illusion”

(Band: STYX – Songwriter: Dennis DeYoung)

 Have you ever been sittin’ at home watchin’ television
and suddenly something comes on the TV and you say to yourself,
“Hey, how come my life ain’t like that?”
Or maybe you’re sittin’ lookin’ in a magazine,
you see some pictures, some advertising, you says,
“Man, I must really suck because my life sure ain’t like that.”
Did you ever feel that way? Yeah-
Well, you wanna know why your life isn’t like what you see on TV
and in movies, in magazines and such, you wanna know why?
‘Cause that’s all bullshit! That’s right-
Don’t you go believing movies and TV and rock videos and all that crap,
come on, I mean- All that is,
is somebody else’s fantasy, you know what I’m sayin’ to you?
In fact, all it is, is really more like a “Grand Illusion.”

Welcome to the grand illusion
Come on in and see what’s happenin’
Pay the price get your tickets for the show

The stage is set, the band starts playin’
Suddenly your heart is pounding
You’re wishing secretly you were a star

But don’t be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazine
They’ll show you photographs
Of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasies

So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same
We’re all the same

So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause your neighbor’s got it made
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
Deep inside we’re all the same

America spells competition
Join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motor car

But someday soon we’ll start to ponder
What on earth is this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder
Who the hell we are

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Imagine

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Imagine a world like John Lennon did ……

IMAGINE

 (John Lennon)

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” A Journey Of “How To Know God”

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Dear fellow bloggers

I decided to create a blog to share my views on experiences that enlighten me, give me joy and make me grow and hopefully would do the same for whoever read my blog.  I wanted to have a Soul 2 Soul discussion.

Sitting on a bench by the River Thames in London, listening to music on my mobile while contemplating what my first blog post should be, Neil Diamond’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” track started to play.  As synchronicity would have it, right at that very moment some people started to throw bread into the river and suddenly a flock of Seagulls flew in.  The timing startled me and I observed the seagulls as the haunting music and Neil’s beautiful voice and powerful lyrics soared in my soul.

I started looking out for “Jonathan” and sure enough I found him, cause just above the flock was a solitary seagull observing the scene from high above.  I felt the chills and then memories flooded in of my 15 year old self many many years ago sitting in my school auditorium in Johannesburg watching the movie “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” on the big white screen because I loved Neil Diamond’s music.  To this day I still feel the profound impact this movie and the book by Richard Bach had on me.  I wish now that I had not got rid of my diaries when I decided to move to London so that I could have read exactly what my 15 year old self felt at the time, but I know for sure that it set me onto a path I have followed since … my very own journey into the Self.

The fable of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is of a bird determined to be more than ordinary, a bird that dared to question and dared to dream of seeking a higher purpose in life.  His lack of conformity to the limited seagull life leads him into conflict and is outcast by his flock so his journey begins.  He learned from all of his efforts that there are no limits and he could do anything, if he wanted it badly enough.  With each flight to better himself, he soars to higher levels of awareness of Self and God, becoming a teacher/guide to others.  He realizes that you have to be true to yourself: “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way”.  He believes that human and God, regardless of the all immense difference, are sharing something sacred that binds them together: “Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom”.  By not compromising his beliefs and his higher vision, he gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence and learns the meaning of love, kindness, forgiveness and grace.

Observing the seagulls it dawned on me that Jonathan’s journey so aligned and linked with what Deepak Chopra wrote many years later in one of my favourite books “How To Know God” which I had just finished re-reading – to paraphrase/quote – that the brain is hardwired to know God because the human nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to seven levels of divine experience.  These are avenues to attain some aspect of God and with each level of fulfilment proving God’s reality at that level.

Level 1 (Fight-or-Flight Response):
God is the Protector
World of bare survival
I am a Survivor
I cope
I find God through fear & devotion
My life’s challenge is to survive & protect
My greatest strength is courage
Biggest hurdle is fear of loss & abandonment
Greatest temptation is tyranny
You fulfill your life through family, community, a sense
of belonging and material comforts.

Level 2 (Reactive Response):
God the Almighty
World of competition & ambition
I am Ego/Personality
I win
I find God through awe & obedience
My life’s challenge is maximum achievement
My greatest strength is accomplishment
Biggest hurdle is guilt & victimization
Greatest temptation is addiction
You fulfill your life through success, power, influence,
status and other ego satisfactions.

Level 3 (Restful Awareness Response):
God of Peace
World of inner solitude & self-sufficiency
I am Silent Witness
I stay centered
I find God through meditation & silent contemplation
My life’s challenge is to be engaged & detached
My greatest strength is autonomy
Biggest hurdle is fatalism
Greatest temptation is introversion –
You fulfill your life through peace, centeredness,
self-acceptance and inner silence.

Level 4 (Intuitive Response):
God the Redeemer
World of insight & personal growth
I am Knower Within
I understand
I find God through self-acceptance
My life’s challenge is to go beyond duality
My greatest strength is insight
Biggest hurdle is delusion
Greatest temptation is deception
You fulfill your life through insight, empathy,
tolerance and forgiveness.

Level 5 (Creative Response):
God the Creator
World of art, invention & discovery
I am Co-creator
I intend
I find God through inspiration
My life’s challenge is to align with the Creator
My greatest strength is imagination
Biggest hurdle is self-importance
Greatest temptation is solipsism
You fulfill your life through inspiration, expanded creativity
in art or science and unlimited discovery.

Level 6 (Visionary Response):
God of Miracles
World of prophets, sages & seers
I am Enlightened Awareness
I love
I find God through grace
My life’s challenge is to attain liberation
My greatest strength is holiness
Biggest hurdle is false idealism
Greatest temptation is martyrdom
You fulfill your life through reverence, compassion,
devoted service and universal love.

Level 7 (Sacred Response):
God of Pure Being – “I Am”
God created a Transcendent World
I am the Source
I Am
I find God by transcending
‘Good’ is the union of all opposites
‘Evil’ no longer exists
My life’s challenge is to be myself
My greatest strength is unity
Biggest hurdle is duality
Greatest temptation is beyond temptation
You fulfill your life through wholeness and unity with the divine.

To paraphrase/quote Deepak Chopra from his book and interview on Larry King – his definition of G-O-D : is the Generator, the Organizer and the Deliverer of the universe.  We tend to make the mistake and project how we think of ourselves onto divinity, as shown in the 7 levels of thinking, but divinity being infinite, unbounded, eternal, beyond space and time, is not a he or a she, but a field of intelligence, pure being and infinite potential.  It would take you progressively to increasing levels of understanding until you actually could become intimate and one with it and experience it within yourself.  As Christ has said, “The kingdom of Heaven is inside you”.  If you go in the gap within your thoughts, which is the window to your soul, you start to eavesdrop on the cosmic mind – “Be still and know that I am God”.  If you know God, you will have the ability to love and have compassion.  You have the ability to experience spontaneous joy and spread it to others, you have a sense of meaning and purpose in your life and you have a sense of connection to the creative force of the universe, which expresses itself as your own creativity.  The more you begin to understand the mystery and wonder of who you are, the more automatically you have reverence and feeling of the sacred.

On his journey of the Self, Jonathan climbed his ladder of the 7 levels found in HTKG book.  He met God in the Transition Zone/Quantum Domain – the “filling” of the “reality sandwich” Chopra describes where Man and God do meet – “the two slices of bread” of the sandwich being God/Virtual Domain and Material World/Reality.  Thus Jonathan learned How To Know God and how to live in sacred unity with the “I Am”.

Jonathan climbed his ladder of the 7 levels found in HTKG book.  As per the “reality sandwich” Chopra describes where Man and God do meet ie.  “the two slices of bread” of the sandwich being God/Virtual Domain (the field of Spirit) and the Material World/Reality (the field of physical existence) and the “filling”, the “meeting place” in between the sandwich is the Transition Zone/Quantum Reality Domain (the field of Mind) – where Man and God do meet.  Thus on his journey of the Self, Jonathan found his bliss as he learned “How To Know God” and how to live in sacred unity with the “I Am”.

Therefore during our journey, as we gain insight and awareness and come to know God and Self better through climbing our own ladder of these 7 levels of experience, we accomplish our longing to have direct experience of divinity.  As Deepak Chopra writes “God is our highest instinct to know ourselves”.

This is what Jonathan discovered on his journey and this is the quest that each of us are on – the journey into the Self with God.

          “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Neil Diamond 

And then begins a journey
A story as old as time
The tale of the dream and              the dreamer
A reflection of that spirit
that lives within us all
Our case in point one
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Lost
On a painted sky
Where the clouds are hung
For the poet’s eye
You may find him
If you may find him
There
On a distant shore
By the wings of dream
Through an open door
You may know him
If you may
Be
As a page that aches
for a word
Which speaks on a theme
that is timeless
And the Sun God will
Make for your day
Sing
As a song in search of a
voice that is silent
And the one God will
Make for your way
That we dance
To a whispered voice
Overheard by the soul
Undertook by the heart
And we may know it
If you may know it
While the sands
Would become the stone
Which begat the spark
Turned to living bone
Holy, holy
Sanctus, Sanctus
Be
As a page that aches
for a word
Which speaks on a theme
And for the first time he
asked a question
And for the first time he
needed the answer
Dear Farther we dream,
we dream, we dream
While we may
And who are we to need
We need, we need
While we wait, while we wait
So Jonathan began
what was to be
the longest journey of all
the journey into the self
Lonely looking sky
Lonely sky, lonely
looking sky
And being lonely
Makes you wonder why
Lonely looking sky
Lonely looking night

And the Sun God will
Make for your day
Sing
As a song in search of a voice
that is silent
And the one God will make
for your way
And being lonely
Never made it right
Lonely looking night
Sleep we sleep
For we may dream
While we may
Dream we dream
for we may wake
One more day
Glory looking day
Glory day, glory looking day
And all its glory
Told a simple way
Behold it if you may
Glory looking day
Lonely looking night
on a lonely looking sky
Sanctus Kyrie Sanctus Kyrie
Kyrie Gloria Gloria
Holy Holy, Holy Gloria
Skybird
Make your sail
And every heart will know
Of the tale
And for the farthest shore skybird
Songbird
Make you tune
For none may sing it
Just as you do
Make your song be heard songbird
Look at the way I glide
Caught on the wind’s
lazy tide
Sweetly how it sings
Rally each heart at the sight
Of you silver wings
Skybird, skybird
Nightbird
Find your way
For none may know it
just as you may
Sing out your heart little nightbird
Make your song be heard songbirds
Rally each heart at the sight
Of you silver wings
And with this insight came
a new beginning
And with this new beginning came
a new understanding
That we dance
To a whispered voice
Overheard by the soul
Undertook by the heart
And we may know it
If you may know it
While the sands
Would become the stone
Which begat the spark
Turned to living bone
Holy, holy
Sanctus, Sanctus

(I would like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Diamond, Richard Bach and Deepak Chopra for the joy they bring to me)

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