Friday, November 21, 2008

An Inner Knowing 55

Welcome, beautiful traveler. I greet you with a 55 that I thought better-suited to this blog than to my "other writings" one. Here it is:

Worlds open up to the heart that asks itself, "What do you want?" and then waits patiently for an answer.

It is the readiness to know the self that primes us for understanding our place in life.

This trust of what is inside, even things hidden, surpasses any pangs that might assail us from without.


Thank you, goddess of love, for questions and for ears.

Lovingly yours,

A devotee


Akelamalu said...


Being open to the universe can bring many answers. :)

Mona said...

That is a wonderful 55ve. Indeed turning inwards and self introspection opens a whole new world to us.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Ah, a time for going inside...Nice!

Devotee said...


And almost as good as bringing answers, it can bring you to the right questions. The process of investigating those questions is ultimately as good as or better than the answers, because it is a process that puts you in control of your own destiny.


Well put. I would add that it opens us to the notion that we have worlds within us, which is a very empowering notion. (Even if some of those worlds are confusing or even frightening.)


It is nice ... as long as one remembers to go back out again later!

; )


Love to all!


Mojo said...

Very nicely put. And I agree with your comment too; often knowing the questions is more important than knowing the answers. Because once the question is determined, the answer is frequently obvious.

g-man said...

Trusting Soul aren't you? I'm curious to know if you were raised in a large city, or in a rural setting.
Thanks for visiting, thanks for playing, and have a Great Journey!

Strumpet said...

I've been trying to figure out my response to this 55.

It has made me THINK a great deal, every time I read it.

It's fantabulous.

But, every time I read it, I think something different.

One of your comments at my blog was about awareness and it made me get into this whole thing about the difference between being 'aware' and being 'self-aware' and after just talking about that, when I came here this time and read this 55 ... kind of made me think that maybe I'm not that self-aware.

Maybe I just want to be self-aware.

But, don't we all?

And don't we all THINK that we very much ARE self-aware?

But, I don't think achieving that state is as simple as it may seem.

Even if we WANT it.

Maybe it is about being scared, or frightened by what we might find when we REALLY look inside.

I'm just not sure anymore.

This is a wonderful 55, Your Devoness, and it has been making my mind ponder all week long.

Thank you for that.

xo's to you

Devotee said...


Maybe the fact is that most questions are trees. They only lead up so far, and then you reach a point where you can't climb them any higher. A really good, tall one will let you poke your head up, and from there what you'll see is a bunch more trees.

But if you can get a sense of how all the questions are the same, then you'll start understanding the whole forest, which is still a question, but a bigger question with a different sort of answer.


When very young I moved around a lot. The most stable location in my life was a small town where my grandparents lived and where we went to visit on a regular basis. We settled down in a big city when I was 8, but kept going back to that small town for summers and holidays.

So the answer is "a little of both," although I generally consider myself a big-city person.


There's a whole school of thought that says consciousness is an illusion. The brain, they say, is essentially a biochemical automaton that responds robotically to incoming stimuli. It forms new neural connections constantly, so it changes and learns and remembers, but it doesn't really have a choice about any of its activities or its responses.

While it's possible that this is true, the idea actually makes itself irrelevant, because if it IS true, then there's nothing you can do with the information anyway, because whatever you choose to do with it is really just a robotic response of the biochemical machine that is your brain.

The incredible Therion has a song called Voyage of Gurdjieff, which refers to a crazy philosopher who believed that most people live their lives in an unawakened state. He's pretty interesting to read about (see Wikipedia), but one has to wonder how exactly Gurdjieff realized that he himself was asleep, so that he could then work to awaken himself to the fully conscious state he claimed people were capable of attaining.

I find myself thinking about these kinds of things from time to time, and whatever the truth is, I think it's a very good sign that we find these ideas interesting.



Mona said...

Happy Thanksgiving Devotee!

Strumpet said...

Personally....I am lost somewhere deep inside that forest right now.

More and more trees keep popping up all over the freaking place and I can't see where I'm going and it's so dense and thick the sunlight barely gets in.

But, somewhere, way down on the other end, I see just a little bit of it trying to poke through.

For now, I'm not letting any more trees... cover that spot of the forest up.

Have a Happy, Happy Turkey Day, your Devo-ness.


Devotee said...

Mona and Strumpet,

Thanks for the nice T-day wishes!

I did in fact have a great Thanksgiving, though I ate way too much and was sorry about it for hours and hours.

I will say, though, that even though I didn't read these comments until I got back from my trip, on Thanksgiving day I was definitely thankful for both of you!



Strumpet said...


Glad to hear you ate well.

I ate too much too.

I couldn't even eat pie, because I ate so much turkey.

And I keep eating turkey.

I had leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce for breakfast this morning.


It was damn good though!

Devotee said...

I'm actually disappointed about one aspect of my Thanksgiving trip -- namely, that I was out of town for Thanksgiving and therefore have no leftover turkey to continue eating until I get sick of it.

I really love a good sandwich of leftover turkey on (you may find this gross) hot buttered toast.

None of that to be had this year, unfortunately.

So count yourself lucky and eat a bite or two of turkey for me!