Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Changing Our Perceptions
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Bonus Quote: We do not see things
as they are. We see them as we are.

The Talmud
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I will give them an undivided heart and I will place a new spirit in
them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give
them a heart of flesh, so that they may walk in My decrees and
observe My laws and fulfill them. Then they will be a people unto
Me, and I will be a God for them.

Ezekiel 11: 19-20
Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
What your birth means is that you are G-d's child. Your birth was not an accident; G-d chooses
each of us to fulfill a specific mission in this world, just as a composer arranges each musical
note. Take away even one note, and the entire composition is affected. Each person matters,
each person is irreplaceable. Your life is always leading you toward your destiny, and every
single moment is meaningful and precious.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
By Simon Jacobson
www.meaningfullife.com
Perrenial Currents, 2002
Nan Rae is a renowned internationally acclaimed Chinese brush artist.
She is responsible for the Zen-like artwork in the book, "Suma The Elephant."
and recently she presented a talk about the life challenges that are so
poignantly examined in "Suma."

As brilliant a speaker as she is a writer, what follows are portions excerpted
from Nan's presentation. I've intentionally selected passages that are less
specific to the book, in order to not lose those who've not yet read "Suma."

The theme of Nan's talk, as in the book, concerns saying "Yes" to life, to our
potential, to our purpose in God's Scheme. We begin part way into her talk...
If we open ourselves to the universe we will be gifted with all manner of
creativity and wonder.

To put this in perspective, when I had the privilege of speaking to you three
years ago, I addressed the 'Spiritually Creative Life' and the process of creating.
I closed with the suggestion that we say 'yes' to life because through the acceptance of our lives our
purpose becomes clear.

Today I would like us to think about what happens when our PERCEPTIONS block our saying  "yes."

So, what are Perceptions?
They are:
Based on our interpretation
Learned
Selective
Unstable
Inaccurate

And, they appear to be real by permitting into our awareness only what conforms to our wishes...

The we see reflects our internal frame of reference. Joseph Campbell spoke a lot on this and on the stories
we tell. It's said that everyone has a story and also that cultures have their story.

YOUR STORY DESCRIBES YOUR IDENTITY but can also keep you from...    
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A man or woman without hope in the future cannot live
creatively in the present. The paradox of expectation
indeed is that those who believe in tomorrow can better
live today, that those who expect joy to come out of
sadness can discover the beginnings of a new life in the
center of the old, that hose who look forward to the
returning Lord can discover him already in their midst.

From "Out of Solitude"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author of 40 books
If you have led a life dominated by worldly influences, do not let the
world impose it delusions on you any longer. You should control your
own life henceforth; you should become the ruler of your own mental
kingdom. Fears, worries, discontent and unhappiness all result from a
life uncontrolled by wisdom.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship
Whatever we perceive in the world around us reflects who we
are and what we care about most deeply, as in the old saying,
"When a thief sees a saint, all he sees are his pockets."

Robert Frager, Ph.D (1940-     )
Psychologist and founder of Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of
our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934)
English clergyman and theosophical author
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