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Animism encompasses the belief that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical (or material) world, and souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in some other animals, plants, rocks, geographic features such as mountains, or other entities of the natural environment, including thunder, wind, and oceans.
The soul, in many religious, philosophical and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a living thing. According to most of the Abrahamic religions, immortal souls belong only to human beings. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" (anima) to all organisms but argued that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Jainism and Hinduism) teach that all biological organisms have souls, and others teach that even non-biological entities (such as oceans and mountains) possess souls. This latter belief is called animism.
This belief has strained our longing disastrously. This is so lonely since it is human longing that makes us holy. The most beautiful thing about us is our longing; this longing is spiritual and has great depth and wisdom. If you focus your longing on a faraway divinity, you put an unfair strain on your longing. (...) Yet we do not need to put any strain on our longing. If we believe that the body is in the soul and the soul is divine ground, then the presence of the divine is completely here, close with us."
Sorry I have been on holiday. Will take time to catch up on all my contacts photos.
Probably the most famous tree in Bangor. Rihanna shot one of her music videos near this tree.
Back in 1996 I had the privilege to met Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was so charming. This timeless Great Man, called Madiba by his people, represents what I most admire in a human being. Passion, belief, strength, compassion, tolerance, dignity, humanity.
To Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a Man for All Seasons
suspending belief for a moment
allowing time to slip by
permitting all senses to be spent
without ever asking why
Whatever your belief, religion or philosophy, it's clear that on the other side things will never be the same.
( thanks to Marcus Ranum for the girl )
We had this belief about photography, but that's about to disappear because of the computer. I actually welcome this development; I'd like to think that more overt recognition and discussion of the manipulation which has always been inherent in photographic representation is healthy.
~Esther Parada - Writing in 1993 about her work with digital photographs.
P.S. Non-HDR-processed / Non-GND-filtered ● Black Card Technique 黑卡作品
Our discarded beliefs have much to teach us, if only we could recall them.
Reworked for HSS!! A couple more of yesterday's playtime below..
There are so many questions one may have on any given day. This is a new day in a new year, but although the numbers have changed, it is just another day.
► ya de regreso en Flickr, aprovecho para felicitaros el Año Nuevo y desearos una magnífica producción fotográfica durante estos próximos 12 meses.
► already back on Flickr, I take this opportunity to congratulate the New Year and wish you a wonderful photographic production over the next 12 months.
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Durga puja 2010.
Location: Shakhari Bazar, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh
A thought without belief has no power,
a thought with belief can start a war
When you listen to a thought,
you are aware not only of the thought
but also of yourself as the witness of the thought.
A new dimension of consciousness has come in."
Fill your mind with sacred thoughts, or neurotic ones will plague you.
for the Art Uni International Magical Background Competition
“The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions”
It is a widespread belief in the western world that crying is therapeutic and also the converse, that failure to cry is a danger to our health. Randolph Cornelius (1986) systematically analysed the content of popular articles on weeping in the press from 1850 to 1985 and found a major theme was that crying was considered an important means of releasing physiological tensions; if it wasn't released, it would find an outlet in some other way, such as affecting the person's body and possibly causing disease. 94% of articles recommended letting tears flow.
Psychotherapists and counsellors from nearly every school or persuasion regard crying during the process of therapy as constructive rather than destructive, though there may be some exceptions to this general rule such as depression, some neuropsychological conditions and manipulative crying. Sometimes a patient enters the therapy office for the first session and may cry with relief within minutes in the presence of the therapist, who is effectively a total stranger. Often patients who cry during sessions whilst talking about subjects of crucial emotional importance to them, spontaneously say how much better they feel or may report in the next session how they were upset at the time but felt much better afterwards. Whereas in normal life people may try to steer others away from crying, in therapy the psychologist often steers into crying.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
~ Henry David Thoreau
take a look on black
Macro Mondays: belief
Masterpiece photo by Eric Goncalves
photo manupulation by Sako
Did you say "Digital Photography"? Magical!, isn't it? Nah?
Whatever your style,
whatever your taste and
whatever your belief
Nothing beats the lights from above!!!
This represents something very special to me. The magical arrival of a son due in a couple of months.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm @200mm, f/16, 1/125s, ISO 100, Hoya circular Polarizer, 3stops GND, 8stops ND filter
Thank you for your visits, comments and support. Have a nice one :)
Location: Barudi, Narayanganj, Bangladesh
Thank you Lenabem-Anna for texture
“It's my belief that history is a wheel. 'Inconstancy is my very essence,' says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like, but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.”
Boethius - Itay (0479-0524)
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A lot of exploring and accessing certain locations is all by luck, one day something could be locked down beyond belief, everyone says its not doable, its too risky etc. Yet you could walk by the next day and the front door has been left ajar and you can waltz right in. If you do strike gold you know you have to be quick to react and have to get on it. You cant be making excuses. You will never know how long this will last. You have to make the most out this type of situation when it arises, and take all that you can from it. Obviously you only come across situations like this by going out and about constantly checking anything and everything, not by sitting at home on a forum, watching your phone for someone to text you the next big thing or by browsing blogs adding locations to your shopping list.
Many situations like this can be handled in a lot of different ways. The way anyone handles this will be different and will be based on how they think or what their goal, or aim is. My personal goal would be to pro-long the length of time this so called location can be accessed in the same manor, especially if it is easy. This not only means you can enjoy it yourself, but you can share this with others over time. Obviously you have to think who you will want to take or tell. This is as people will have different, I am not saying the wrong incentive, but just different goals to your own. This can lead to a place being made hot or getting sealed. Its a knock on effect of someone knowing, they tell their select few, then that select few tells their selected friends, or co-explorers etc. Quickly 1 person turns into 9. As much as you think you could trust those people you told, somewhere down the line it will be leaked. There will be that one person who wont think about the safe keeping of the information, and therefor everything will be ruined.
Its always that person who wont think about said things properly, who will always be the first to complain and winge that they weren't told about a lead. But this then arises another question. If people were told about a 'hot' or 'risky' location being doable in some way, would they actually leave their computer to check it out? Would they go and find this way in? Would they venture into the unknown? Would they take a risk? Or would they only visit if someone had posted a 28dayslater thread, with step by step instructions with every last detail of how to access the said location? Would they also need to be told its risk free and they wont get into any trouble by following this elite exploration manual?
People will obviously disagree with this whole statement, but the vast majority of you so called 'explorers' hardly explore, you never tread the unknown, you dont find any leads, you dont push any boundaries. Yet you all want to be the next big thing posting something with in hours of arriving home and wanting to get mad props for your write up. I just find that most of you lack any motivation because you might have a few wasted nights checking shit for yourselves. You all seem to hate the thought that you will come home empty handed and will have no content to do a post on. Yet you expect a certain few to go out every week, bust their nuts finding leads, slaving to find ways in, taking any risks involved, to then just turn around and give all of this work condensed into a digestible packet for you to use. So for future reference, dont run your mouth saying people have done something bad and are wrong because they havent told you about a location being open pr easy. Instead go out and use your time wisely and you wont miss out the cream of the crop...
My daughters on their snorkels at the Ancient Thermal
pool ( Turkey ) .
I don't push my Christian beliefs to family members. The more I push the idea of God to them, the more I get the opposite reaction , they'll keep a distance , even run away from even the slightest chance to believing . So the best way is to leave it to Lord's time, keep them in the intercessions , standing for them before the Lord praying not one should perish . We just take the role as the sower ( Parable of the sower ) and let God take care of the seeds we've sown . We can't save our friends / family members and make them accept Christ on the spot as we share the gospel. It doesn't always work that way . That to some Christians, they get crazy if the family member refused and sometimes get argumentative. I was one of those, and that was when I was young in faith. Scaring them about hell, end time topics which to my understanding wouldn't work unless God open their spiritual eyes. Instead, it may end up as subject of ridicule to the ones of less understanding. Only God the father can draw people in to Christ according to His will and timing. We just have to do the work according to our calling.
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
What comes to mind was the testimony of near death experience of Ian Mac Cormack, a former Atheist. His mother stood for him in her prayers that on his tragic moments facing death, he was given a chance to received Jesus and repent. He died and seen hell, but Jesus took him from the pits of hell to heavenly realm.
Myself haven't seen the real heaven either, but every miracle I have experienced and the impossible made possible by God's intervention are levels of heaven to me . Therefore His word assuring us of heaven and eternal glory must be reserve at the end awaiting for everyone that loves the Lord.
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Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddha
As long as the sky exists
And as long as there are sentient beings
May I remain to help
Relieve them of all their pain
---Shantideva (AD 687-763)
Texture by : Sirius-sdz
Religion and mythology
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religion and mythology differ but have overlapping aspects. Both terms refer to systems of concepts that are of high importance to a certain community, making statements concerning the supernatural or sacred. Generally, mythology is considered one component or aspect of religion. Religion is the broader term: besides mythological aspects, it includes aspects of ritual, morality, theology, and mystical experience. A given mythology is almost always associated with a certain religion such as Greek mythology with Ancient Greek religion. Disconnected from its religious system, a myth may lose its immediate relevance to the community and evolve—away from sacred importance—into a legend or folktale.
An aspect of Freemasonry that has always fascinated me is the belief of some that it is a "secret fraternity." Well, if you are aware of it, then it isn't secret, is it? It is, however, a fraternity with secrets.
This photograph, treated with a texture to give it the hint of age, is of a stairway located in the Colonial Room of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple in Utah. This room, as well as others, is open for public visitors at nearly anytime by simply making a phone call.
Most importantly, nearly everything you see within the photo is steeped in the symbolism of Freemasonry. As an adept in the Craft, I must take care that I don't disclose more than what might be considered courtesy explanations. For example, I titled the shot, "Stairway to ....." To where? I cannot say.
While one can find those explanations by searching the Internet, only by being a brother within the fraternity can you internalize that meaning into your life and use it for positive change.
And that is the Secret of Freemasonry.
Nikon Coolpix P4, flash, 7.5mm, 1/181sec, f/2.7, adjusted in Adobe Photoshop by adding texture, cropping out and obscuring the really secret stuff, and various and sundry other janitorial work. Or, in lay terms, I took a crappy old photo with bad lighting and buggered it up with a texture to make it look more valuable than it really is. Sort of like how they antique and distress new furniture so they can charge more for it.
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The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. Richard Bach