Monthly Archives of: July 2013

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Fear of “not being accepted” makes many into the shallow shadows of others.

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.     Fear of “not being accepted” makes many into the shallow shadows of others.

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.   [Note: Immediately under each of the Katydid’s front leg knees are holes; these are the Katydid’s “ears.”  If you are a small, slim, narrow creature — like our Katydid friend — you’ll have the best stereophonic hearing, helping to protect you from predators, (if your ears are situated in your widely spread legs).]

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Katydid --- blending in... by Thomas Peace 2013

Katydid — blending in… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Interestingly, true enlightenment (i.e., nirvana) has nothing to do with visions, images, patterns, sounds, tactile feelings, or your “being.”

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.     Interestingly, true enlightenment (i.e., nirvana) has nothing to do with visions, images, patterns, sounds, tactile feelings, or your “being.”

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Radiant Butterfly (a Red-Spotted Purple)...Be a jewel among the plain stones... by Thomas Peace 2013

Radiant Butterfly (a Red-Spotted Purple)…Be a jewel among the plain stones… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Confucius said: “The first man who perceives the yeti’s track in the soft mud has a mind that goes into a deep depression.”

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.     Confucius said:  “The first man who perceives the yeti’s track in the soft mud has a mind that goes into a deep depression.”                                                    😉

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Frog by very strange tracks by wooded area of river bank... by Thomas Peace 2013

Frog by very strange tracks by wooded area of river bank… by Thomas Peace 2013

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One of the chief duties of one’s mind is for it to transcend depression and sadness…

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.     One of the chief duties of one’s mind is for it to transcend depression and sadness.  Keen, holistic awareness and direct, non-fragmentary perception is the flame that will burn the dross of dull monotony.  

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Transcending the low depressions... by Thomas Peace 2013

Transcending the low depressions… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Thought is always “about” energy and/or the patterns that energy seems to take; true enlightenment is…

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.    Thought is always “about” energy and/or the patterns that energy seems to take; true enlightenment is communion (i.e., direct engaging) with that energy… it is not mere images or symbols about it.  

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Dragonfly resting (with Exoskeleton Friends)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Dragonfly resting (with Exoskeleton Friends)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Snakes Alive! :0 Multi-Photo…

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.     Snakes Alive!   :0    Multi-Photo…

A lot of people were taught to (and also innately) fear and hate snakes.  All my life i’ve admired them for their true beauty and excellence (as some of God’s amazing creatures).  When Steve Irwin died, i cried and cried and cried; for he was a brilliant and wonderful spokesman for the true beauty and joy of snakes/spiders and similar creatures.   Steve was such a supreme spokesperson for all of life’s amazing wildlife.  When he died young… a lot of species — here on this earth where many animals are cruelly abused — lost their most important, kindhearted friend.  

When very young, i used to briefly catch snakes just to admire them; then i’d release them back into the greenery.  We had a large family picnic recently, and i purchased a lot of rubber/plastic snakes for the young boys of the family (of which there are many).  While purchasing them, the cashier at the store cringed, and stated that she hated snakes.  She then went on to say that she and her mother recently killed one that was in her mother’s yard.  Many people kill snakes when they see one.   I informed her that there are really no poisonous snakes in northern Illinois  — the Massasauga is basically extinct and is illegal to kill if found — and that snakes are very beneficial in that they eat disease carrying vermin such as rats and mice.

Below are a few photos of a large Bullsnake that was in our yard recently.  It gave off a wonderful fake rattling sound when it was curled around some dried leaves (at one point).  It was beginning to shed its skin, so i grabbed it by the tail and moved it to where it could safely get under our gazebo.  It was large and awesome… a beautiful, incredible animal!     😉

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Bullsnake (1)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Bullsnake (1)… by Thomas Peace 2013

Bullsnake (2)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Bullsnake (2)… by Thomas Peace 2013

Bullsnake (3)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Bullsnake (3)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Multi-Photo… The gravity of living with awareness and kindheartedness outweighs the minuscule misery of mindlessness.

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.    Multi-photo:   The gravity of living with awareness and kindheartedness outweighs the minuscule misery of mindlessness.   Break free…

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.  [Below is a Cicada emerging from it exoskeleton case.  Prior to this, they lie buried for 7 or 13 years or so… depending on the species.  These are the insects that make loud symphonic sounds at the tree tops.]

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Cicada Emerging (1)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerging (1)… by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerging (2)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerging (2)… by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerging (3)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerging (3)… by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerged... by Thomas Peace 2013

Cicada Emerged… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Roses are red, violets are blue… please wake up and realize…

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.     Roses are red, violets are blue… please wake up and realize that what you perceive is you.

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.  [We are addressing this in the psychological, not physical sense, regarding the mind.  When you look at the blue sky, your mind — as actual conscious perception (which you are) — consists of blueness… not of actual ozone, and updrafts of a stratosphere.]

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Rosy outlook... by Thomas Peace 2013

Rosy outlook… by Thomas Peace 2013

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If a book doesn’t pull the rug out from underneath you, and if it doesn’t contain true (not fabricated) mystery…

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.      If a book doesn’t pull the rug out from underneath you (buckling your knees), and if it doesn’t contain true (not fabricated) mystery… then — as with most books — the author probably shouldn’t have written it.

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Quiet and alive... by Thomas Peace 2013

Quiet and alive… by Thomas Peace 2013