It’s too bad that my man Mickey Rourke didn’t win the Oscar. However, I loved Sean Penn’s performance in Milk and I loved even more his acceptance speech -- it was spot on. As cute as it was, no way Slum Dog should’ve won all those awards.
Here’s something I never finished and I’m not even sure if I ever posted it...
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“We fear the thing we want the most.”
- Dr. Robert Anthony (1916–)
Oftentimes, it is the shadow -- the gap between an idea and its creation -- not our inability, which is our greatest obstacle. A shadow is created by blocking and deflecting, or intercepting light. Whenever fear appears, it lives and grows and remains a part of us by occupying our shadow -– between the light of creation and our inner knowing.
Paranoia, worry, doubt, disease -- all cast a shadow at every turn. Fear prevents us from seeing clearly. It acts as an obstruction to the natural ebb and flow of life. It blocks us from the flow of our very senses and denies access to our creativity.
Anxiety blocks out solutions or paralyzes us into procrastination. When we do manage to get started, it is fear that whispers, “I told you so... ” at the first sign of disappointment or criticism. It takes away our energy -- sucks at our life force. It keeps us ignorant, prolonging our awakening. Fear, gets us, as some like to say, “stuck on stupid,” causing us to repeat the same painful mistakes. It makes us lose sight of our intuitive common sense.
Throughout history, creative people have always felt a sense of being a part from their societies. Perhaps in their seeing too clearly the contradiction between what is from what could be, forces them to feel alone. Innovators have often been laughed at and persecuted, their ideas and insights too far advanced and too far at odds with conventional wisdom and morals. I think this fear of isolation strikes a chord within all of us. We fear that if we question or express our ideas, or act out on them, that others may withdraw from us.
It is at this point where your own inner visionary voice is the only thing that can save you. However, people are afraid to follow their own ideas. It is as if we have stopped thinking for ourselves, or we’re afraid that others may think us crazy.
As in Robert Heinlein’s book, Stranger in a Strange Land, a novel of an earthling who arrives on our planet with psychic powers -- even the ability to take control of the minds of others -- and yet completely innocent regarding the ways of humankind, we are harmed, not by our uniqueness, but by our fear of being unusual. What is normal except the expression of the Cult of Numbers -- its means, averages, and medians, encouraging us to believe in something called normal? What does all that have to do with being real? The concept of “average” or “typical” is nothing more than a mathematical illusion.
We fear that which disrupts our complacency -- that which challenges our most rigidly held beliefs and views. We resist talk of the paranormal because most of us weren’t taught to think outside the box. The ideas of telepathy, remote viewing, near-death and out-of-body experiences are fearful to many of us. The fact is that very little is known or understood about our nature...