1. Jesus Saved You on Flickr.
A street sign seen in a vacuum sales & service shop downtown Champaign, IL.
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    Jesus Saved You on Flickr.

    A street sign seen in a vacuum sales & service shop downtown Champaign, IL.

  2. Hello, I got a little stuck on my spiritual path wondering how to openly confront the bigger issues like world problems, poverty, corporations & lobbyist taking over, animal cruelty in food industry,... I know there is not a lot of free will out there, people get manipulated and are made to stay ignorant in their lives. I try not to judge, keep my mind pure and think about how I could help the world.. but it feels pointless and useless in the bigger picture.. Humans are messing up the world..


    Who were you before the world was seen? That is the spiritual path. 

    No one has seen the world without a body. All of these assumptions we have about being separate from one another started with the false identification regarding the body and mind appearance. 

    It is not a question of staying pure or saving the world. It is about awakening to the reality of existence. 

    No one can truly keep another in ignorance and conversely no one can truly awaken another. Others can encourage ignorance or encourage awakening but in the end it is up to us. 

    The world will outlive humans. That’s not the problem. The problem is the way we pass around suffering instead of confronting our own. 

    We think change will come from the outside, that someone will set the world right and it will stay that way. But any peace that has come from such external conditions has always been temporary. 

    The only lasting change will be the one that starts locally and grows from there. It comes down to how we live our lives, confronting our own ignorance. No amount of ignorance is too big or too small to go uninvestigated within ourselves. 

    Before seeking to set right the world, set right your own ignorance. 

    “Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.” ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

    This doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t help where possible. But if the food industry is a problem to you, for example, then move into it and change it from within. It’s one thing to look from the outside in and say this should be different. It’s another thing entirely to view it from the inside and say “Okay, this is what needs to change and this is how I’m going to help that happen.”

    It’s not about making enemies and pointing fingers at who is to blame. It’s not about us versus them and creating more conflict. It’s about awakening from differences, it’s about using our intelligence in combination with compassion for all, and it’s about aspiring for harmony over a conception of perfection. 

    And in the end it is important to remember that your thoughts about the world are not the world. Drawing conclusions about the ‘state of the world’ is a game invented by mass media. You don’t have to play their game in order to be of help. 

    Namaste sis :)


  3. Disability Thinking: 3 Ableisms: Part 2 - Systemic Ableism


    Systemic Ableism tends to be hidden in plain sight. Most people don’t even notice, much less question the basic, familiar structures of everyday life. “Systemic Ableism” is probably the easiest form of ableism to change, and yet the least likely to be changed, just because the only people who tend to notice Systemic Ableism are those of us who experience it directly.

  4. May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
    Neil Gaiman (via lazyyogi)
  5. Disability Thinking: 3 Ableisms: Part 1 - Well-Meaning Ableism


    “Well-Meaning Ableism” is the idea that the ableist thoughts or actions in question are motivated not by hostility, but by misguided good will. I would also include unexamined assumptions; it has never occurred to the Well-Meaning Ableist that their beliefs or practices might be off-base or offensive. They often think that they beliefs about disability are progressive, when in fact they may be two or three decades out of date. Also, while they are well meant, they are based on faulty assumptions about living with disabilities and what people with disabilities actually care about most.

    Examples …

    I grew up in the ‘80’s and became an adult in the ‘90’s when terms like “differently-abled” came into use. I assumed these terms were thought up and preferred by disabled people so it was such a shock to learn that instead many feel offended by the very terms I memorized in an effort to be politically correct, and in my mind, more enlightened and kinder. That’s why blogs like Disability Thinking and posts like this one are so important—and appreciated. Thank you, Andrew!