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Smoke | Fear's ugly head raised, dragon unleashed breathes his fire, and smoke clouds our eyes. | HartHaiku.com

Smoke | and Numbers

Do you remember the wizard in Wizard of Oz? He used the classic “smoke and mirrors” magic act props to create the illusion of an all-powerful, omnipresent ruler of Oz.

What was his most powerful tool to manage people? FEAR. When Dorothy’s dog Toto pulled back the curtain, a little and old (but power hungry) man was revealed, working the controls of the giant smoke and mirrors illusion.

Right now our greatest fear, DEATH, has permeated every day existence with its grim presence. That fear has become tangible in the form of a daily burgeoning number. The monster is growing from a mouse to a roaring dragon right before our very eyes, its yawning mouth ready to swallow us in flames.

The virus is real. But, consider that we are being consumed by something much more dangerous than any biological threat. Fear of death is expanding in the consensual collective mind.

We have the power to vanquish this dragon. We may not have control over the virus, but we do have the choice about our fear. We own it.

When we allow ourselves to be ruled by fear, we do not see clearly; our perception and judgement may be clouded. In the final analysis, what you believe and I believe about the viral numbers, our own mortality, and the fate of humanity, could make all the difference in the outcome of this.

Smoke and numbers.

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Freedom | Freedom is a door, you turn the key in your mind and you walk through it. | HartHaiku.com

Freedom | Is Yours

“You are free when you believe you are.” I know, this sounds too simplistic, yes? But think about it, you were born as a free spirit into this world. What convinced you that you are not? Society? The rules? Your upbringing?

Freedom begins in our minds. It is a belief, a thought form, it resides in the deepest part of our souls. It is always there, but it can become very buried.

Ask yourself today, “Am I really free in my mind?” And if your answer is no, perhaps it is time to ask yourself why. What are the thoughts that hold you hostage?

“You are free when you believe you are.”  The doorway is waiting.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.” ~ Thucydides

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~ Bob Marley

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Freedom | Is Yours © Susan L Hart 2020

New Frontier | Explorer Spirit, the haunting call of my soul to forge new frontiers. | HartHaiku.com

New Frontier | Spirit

Famous explorers of old had the support of their kings and queens to discover new lands, fresh opportunities for growth and settlement, expansion of old empires. Supplies and some men and ships, plus gold coins as incentive and fortification of the spirit, got the job done. Rumors of more riches to be had, as well as peoples to be conquered, further fueled the desire of some power hungry leaders of exploration.

But for the more common men and women who followed them into the New World, their reasons were different. A deep desire burned for a new life outside of their known society, to feel the wide open spaces where one’s spirit could breathe again, and explore the freedom of a more personal say in the course of one’s own destiny. This was not an easy path. It took courage, sacrifice, hard work, and diligence to make a life in unknown territory.

Determination of the human spirit

History has a way of repeating itself. We see patterns of domination and control, followed by humanity’s uprising of spirit to find a way out, onward and upward. The human spirit has proven over and over again, it will never be defeated. Sometimes it gets lost, but in times of challenge it reveals itself one again, ready to blossom and flourish.

Our current experience is feeling limited in potential and tired in spirit. In short, it is old. The question to ask ourselves right now is, “What is that next frontier we want to carve out? What does that next new world we desire look and feel like?”

We will create that next new experience

Consider that since new places on this Earth are getting used up, perhaps that next frontier is not one just fueled by spirit, but it will be one OF spirit, an expansion of our collective consciousness.

It is time for us to develop that vision in our imaginations, creating and honing it with the fire of our deep desire. This new world will be ours. We just need to muster a little courage to head out into the unknown, and we will never look back.

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New Frontier | Spirit © Susan L Hart 2020

Spirit | How can something which gives us joy be deemed by them "Unacceptable"?

Spirit | Uncrushable

Someone once told me, “Music is part of the joy wave”. This is not hard to grasp, when you consider that each generation has its music, its sound, that special combination of notes, words and beat that resonates and speaks to its heart and soul.

Post WWII in Russia, there were citizens who risked their own personal freedom to bring western music to the people. It had been banned; only particular Russian music could be possessed and played. This is a story about more than music. It is one of freedom, and the will of the human spirit to overcome soul crushing oppression.

It’s a fascinating story, even if you’re not particularly a huge music lover. Rest assured, there is something that you love as much as they loved music, that you would fight not to lose. The story of Bone Music here:

Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays

In freer western societies, it may be hard for people to comprehend not having the simple access to music they love. That basic freedom of choice just is. And yet, is it? Right now there is heated dispute about who should decide and dictate what people can think and say. And I stand back from it and I think, why is this even in debate? Were we not born with the inalienable right to think our own thoughts and express them freely?

Food for thought for your day.

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