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Black & White | Duality trap, endless spiral of hate thoughts, malignant abyss. | HartHaiku.com

Black & White | Duality

Here we are, once again, faced with in an extreme example of the duality of our three-dimensional world. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

What were once thought to be the worst race riots in U.S. history occurred during the 1960’s. (The spiral of time has unfortunately brought Americans around again to a place where those U.S. riots may be outdone, triggered by an abuse of police power that killed one black man, George Floyd.) The major 60’s riots are outlined here: Race Riots of the 1960s. Notably at the end of the article, I find this quote:

“The race riots of the 1960s led President Johnson to establish a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in 1967… There is little evidence that serious efforts were made to correct the problems raised by the commission. The Johnson administration, and those that followed, viewed the riots as law-enforcement problems rather than signs of social imbalance.”

There comes a point (and this may be it), where we have to admit to ourselves that social imbalances are increasingly causing chaos in our world. This current example is the U.S., but in 2019, we saw a rise in serious protests in various countries worldwide. It just happens that the ones in the U.S. are dominating the news at the moment. We should all be concerned about this worldwide trend.

Seeing the Duality of Our Own Nature

We as a collective seem to have the inability to adopt wider perspectives; we become too entrenched in our duality thinking, the need to adhere to one point of view. We observe the hatred “outside of us”, but it is part and parcel of not just the collective, but ourselves. Our souls came here to learn and grow within the duality of our own nature. One of our big lessons is the path towards loving better.

A revered leader in the 60’s was, of course, Martin Luther King Jr. There are many great visionary quotes by him. The thing I love about his words is this. They do not focus on the political arena or drill down to details, but rather they express a higher vision of what we are capable of as individuals, and as part of humanity.

It’s time to take a look not at just at what is wrong with the society external to us, but, how we each can become better human beings to contribute positively to our society. It’s time to pull ourselves out of the malignant duality abyss, heart by heart, and reach for the light.

Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

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Our Stories | Words woven in time, threads of our humanity, written by each soul. | HartHaiku.com

Our Stories | Our Humanity

We make sense of life through our stories. Life is mysterious, scary, wonderful, big – replete with challenges, stumbling blocks, triumphs, sorrow and joy – and we feel a deep need to put it into words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.

When another person listening to our own story looks into our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We feel understood in our journey.

The Bigger Story of Humanity

As for the bigger story of humanity, just look around and ask, “What kind of story are we currently collectively writing?” What kinds of words describe this story? Is it a story we will be proud to pass onto future generations? Or, not so much?

On the face of it, the big picture story being written right now is fraught with pain and divisiveness. This story is not unified, nor is it a pretty one. On the other hand, there is an undercurrent of a blossoming at hand. The thin veneer of society is cracking. Some of our old beliefs and protocols are no longer sustainable in an awakening humanity.

We each contribute to The Big Story

Are we not all ready for a new story? Remember, we as individuals can choose to write the story we will live. If we don’t exercise our free will and choose, someone else will write our story for us.

Be clear on what you want your world to look like, envision it, intend it, contribute to it. Don’t get distracted by or caught up in the story someone else is trying to write for you. To ensure that your vision of life and the world is written, you must get in the game and start creating it now, word by precious word.

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Perspective | The Other Eyes

Perspective has a Latin root meaning “look through” or “perceive”. When you interact with others, are you seeing the situation through your eyes only? Or do you make a conscious effort to also see it from their perspective?

Perspective is also an art term, the techniques of which create the effect of 3-dimensional space on a 2-dimensional flat surface. This idea can be applied to our own lives. In order to understand another person or a situation objectively, we need to step back and consider the other point(s) of view. This enables us to create a meeting ground, a place of better understanding.

Trying to Solve Problems with Linear Thinking

The situation right now with COVID-19 is highly illustrative of our need to improve on our ability to see the many points of view. There are two camps that are extremely polarized. Fear particularly can cloud our ability to see the wider perspective. It freezes us into the one point of view where we personally feel the safest.

But, the situation in the world right now is actually highly complex. Why are we as a collective trying to analyze a 3-dimensional problem with 2-dimensional linear thinking? Many people are feeling displaced, vulnerable, and upset. The other person may be dealing with a whole different set of problems than you around this set of circumstances.

It behooves to at the very least show more kindness to the person who may contradict our personal belief system. Also, to allow them the right to have a different point of view. We are way too inclined to want everyone to agree with one consensual reality. We may be “a herd”, but, we are always entitled to have and express our own sovereign viewpoint. People seem to be forgetting that.

A Wider Perspective Leads to Better Understanding

Let’s have some respect for each other. In the long run, carefully considering other viewpoints could actually stand the herd in good stead. There is a very big gray zone between the black or white to which most people are staunchly trying to adhere. There may be answers there, if we could all commit to trying to understand the other perspectives. Let’s meet in the middle and discuss them, instead of all this divisive bickering.

Slowly but surely, it’s killing us.

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Inspirational Quotes:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.  When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” ~ Henry Ford

“If we possess narrative sympathy, enabling us to see the world from other’s point of view, we cannot kill. If we do not, we cannot love.”  ~ Richard Kearney

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Perception | What is hiding there 'neath the distracting facade, but right in plain sight? | HartHaiku.com

Perception | Of the Observer

We are all trying to make sense of a world that feels just a little bit crazy lately. The proverbial rug was pulled out from under our feet early in 2020. Question is, how to get our bearings and re-set the compass to move forward? So much is unknown and uncertain, and it can be very confusing. I posted this back in November 2019, but it may be more important than ever. Finely honed power of perception as the observer is an important tool to have under our belts.

The Layers of Reality

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In the first version, the color is highly distracting; my eye moves rapidly around the photo, taking in and enjoying all of that luscious, variant color. Also, it’s a sunset, so although the sailboat is highly prominent right beside it, that bright yellow ball overrides the boat. The sun is mesmerizing.

In the second version where color is removed, the focus is different. The texture and detail of the water are much more evident, and particularly at the shoreline. Instead of constantly circling the picture, my eye goes back and forth in a line, between one point on the shore and the boat. Removing the color from the sun has pushed it back in the picture; the boat now dominates.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? In every encounter, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, strive to look deeper. What is there, right underneath that which is first apparent and perhaps monopolizing your attention? Don’t look just with your eyes, but also “see” beyond the surface with your feeling sense. Listen to what your gut is telling you.

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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