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An Extraordinary Life

You would be crazy to busily polish the silverware as your house burned down. Similarly, it is insane to live a normal life in today’s world. Maybe if millions of children were not malnourished, maybe if torture were not commonplace around the globe, maybe if species and entire ecosystems were not dying, maybe if genocide were forever gone, maybe if all the injustices I’ve chronicled in these pages did not exist—maybe then the “normal” life presented us would be sane. Maybe then it would make sense to absorb ourselves in professional sports, soap operas, the stock market, material acquisition, and the lives of celebrities. Given the reality of the world today though, the only life that makes sense to live is an extraordinary life.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Ascent of Humanity“)

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A Big Heart

People in the world aren’t balanced
Love and hate, they do both to extremes
You have to take this heart
And make it bigger

Compassion can overcome all hardships
If you see all beings with a compassionate heart
Then your heart is big
And all troubles are gone

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds

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Acting like a Thief

There’s nothing real from the start
Every day, morning to night, gathering things

Big and small valuables
Money, name and recognition
Gathering it all up into your lap

Like you’re holding the golden key
Busy your whole life for nothing
Acting like a thief

Why not put all this energy to liberation?
Put this mind to the Path

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds

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Busy, Busy, Mine, Mine

Ten thousand things, all in this breath
Why are people in this world so busy?
Just for this one breath
They say “busy, busy, mine, mine…”

Busy a whole lifetime for “Me”
When this breath is cut off
You let go of the whole universe
Why not let go from the start?

— From the documentary Amongst White Clouds

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Vastness

Fallen into
This vast universe without meaning
Lonely and caught up in confusion
Taken away by the winds of separation

Suddenly
A glimpse of reunion
Guided by precious beings
Although no beings can be found anywhere

A longing to be united
With unconditional peace
Searching for miracles in the wrong places
All of them to be found within the breath

As body and mind become transparent
The heart
Steps out of its self-made confinements
Into the vastness of it all

— Andreas Frickinger

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Thought

Thought creates the world and then says – I didn`t do it.

— David Bohm, quantum physicist & philosopher

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The Nature of Our Impact

The healing of this planet is not a matter of humanity stepping out, creating a separate human realm and leaving nature untouched. It will not come through minimizing our impact. It will come through changing the nature of our impact. It will come through a different kind of participation in nature—one where humanity returns to being an extension of and not and exception to ecology.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Climate: A New Story“)

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The Extraordinary Irony

The extraordinary irony is that we have become so obsessed with exploiting and abusing our actual treasure—a flourishing biosphere with healthy forests and topsoil, lakes and oceans full of marine life, an unpolluted atmosphere—in order to maximize something that in itself has no value whatsoever—namely, digital numbers in bank accounts. Because all the world’s economies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the earth’s biosphere, our preoccupation with ever-increasing production and consumption is now disrupting the ecosystems of our planet.

— David Loy, buddhist teacher (from the book “Ecodharma“)

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To Study the Self

To study the self is to forget the self, and to forget oneself is to realize one’s nonduality with the world. I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains, rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.

— Dogen, zen master, 13th century

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A Deeper Current

Our system moves according to a deeper current, namely – our civillizational mythology. The stories, meanings, perceptions and agreements that constitute what we think to be reality. The world’s healing must and will come from outside the mythology of separation that bought us to the present impasse.

— Charles Eisenstein, visionary & philosopher (from the book “Climate: A New Story“)

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