Opening The Mind. Main Section.

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Life’s Valuable Friendships • Community • Trust • Enjoying Yourself • Opening The Mind 

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Opening The Mind Section

Be Your Own Guru: Better than preaching would be to let a person find truth within themselves.

Awakening: Helping others to their truth can be better than teaching.

See Better With Closed Eyes: See truth better by closing one’s eyes.

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Inhibition: Skepticism is the biggest squasher of creative flow.

Fresh Slate: Open the door to higher learning by realizing we know nothing.

Flow: May your life flow with fantastic creative energy.

Passion: Imagination is fueled by passion.

Connecting The Dots: Some people see commonalities between things missed by others. Learn to be patient with those who don’t make the connections.

In The Rough: A block of marble’s magic is in the eye of the sculptor.

Chaos: Creativity can come from chaos.

Opening Up: Imagination is released when one becomes unstuck from certainty.

Beyond Intelligence: Imagination transcends the intellect.

Section On How Friendships Are Built On Trust

Trusting friendships can nurture magical friendships. Steve Kays

It’s better to have fewer friends you can trust, than have many acquaintances.

A lie can go around the world, meanwhile truth has only landed on the next shore.PassionateBrillianceLoveFor every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. Bo Bennett

To nurture open communication with friends, be very careful not to directly or indirectly exploit their trust in you. Steve Kays

Trust is the glue of real friendships.

A friend is the person who comes to you, when others leave.

Trust and friendship in the rainbow between to souls.

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain. J. K. Rowling

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  Shakespeare (died about 400 years ago in 1616).

True friendship is trusting you will be there when they need you, it’s not measured by the times you were together.  Steve Kays

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough. Frank Crane

True friends are people who really have your back.

roommates passionate morning fogDisclosing pertinent information nurtures trust. Sadly some listeners think it’s a bad situation, as they themselves might hold back disclosing uncomfortable truths. These shallow listeners might think there are worse things that aren’t being disclosed because they assume others hide the truth just like themselves. I trust more those who lay out all the important information. Steve Kays

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein

Reliable consistency nurtures trust. Steve Kays

Stay connected with God when people are being horrible to you.

It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. Graham Greene

We’re under daily pressure from society to show how great we or what we stand for are. The pressure to create that “positive image” makes it all the more necessary to carefully look into yourself and ask if you are being fully honest.

On the Legal side, protect yourself from trouble makers:
Have all important matters signed in wet ink. Visitors to your place should indemnify and hold you harmless. Don’t guarantee anything from safety to what other people might do. Failing prior mediation, require arbitration in the host’s county. Minimize frivolous law suits by requiring the loser pay the winner’s legal and other costs. Statements shall not be construed as advice or therapy. Bar drug and alcohol abusers. Case in point, this paragraph applies to all coming onto our property.

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. Samuel Johnson

Lost in all the hype, people often overlook their feelings about how they skip fully disclosing all pertinent information. One has to be delicately in tune with oneself to maintain full honesty.

Section On Life’s Valuable Friendships

Two things you will never have to chase: True friends and true love. Mandy Hale

It would be mortifying to the feelings of…ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of a man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire… Woman…her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more…

Have better relationships with those who truly seek us rather than those sitting on the couch watching us move mountains trying to prove ourselves.

IntegratedLivingNapaHouseForRentIf more people recognized the difference between friendship and mere attraction, or how love must partake of both to prosper…there’d be more happy people.

True sacrifice is the offering of self so that God can realize the power of creativity, compassion and friendship in and through your life.

Sweet responsibility is part of true friendship. It’s not about opportunity. Steven Kays

Don’t let a thief into your house three times. The first time was enough. The second time was a chance. The third time means you’re stupid.

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. Helen Keller

It’s a good sign but rare instance when, in a relationship, you find that the more you learn about the other person, the more you continue to desire them. A sturdy bond delights in that degree of…intrigue.

Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they…guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist? chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. Jim Morrison

The important thing is not what we (look) like, but the role we play in our best friend’s life.


Love Is The Truest Spirituality: It is learning to Love that which is difficult. Be willing to explore the unknown parts of our spirituality. We need the courage to see ourselves with all of its perfections and imperfections. Learn to accept that which we cannot change and change what we can. Many avoid seeing themselves by thinking about themselves; rather than being one’s spiritual Self. True love for all and everything is the ultimate.

Sharing common tastes in consciousness can lead to a beautiful friendship.

People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become (like) a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints.

I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason

Bringing something we…learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow. If we let them and we help them in return.

We all want someone to build a fort with. We want somebody to swap crayons with and play hide-and-seek with and live out imaginary stories… we get it in our heads that we need to get that feeling…intimacy, from a single someone else… When you take sex out of it, what we want is a companion. And we make that so…hard to find.

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

New friends can often have a better time together than old friends.

Friendship: The spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you.

Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.

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The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. Henry Thoreau

Finding New Friends: The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go. Shannon Alder

Friendship might last longer than love.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Quotations On Friendships & Communities

“It’s wonderful to find and share yourself with a creativity community of like minded people who share aspirations for higher consciousness.”

“Trust and friendship are essential within a healthy inspiring community.”

“A healthy community widens its higher consciousness as it’s member’s grow: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” Stendhal


“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” Ruth Reichl

“Sharing in community: “We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.” Oliver Sacks

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”  Kurt Vonnegut

“People use illegal drugs, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. Some need drugs, apparently, because they have lost their community.” Wendell Berry

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” Michael Pollan


“The best communities enjoy people from diverse backgrounds: “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”  Gene Roddenberry

“World garden community: “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”  John Donne, No Man Is An Island

“Be kind with your neighbors. Be accepting of their different view about life style, freedom, and political views.”

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”  Dorothy Day

“Creativeness is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.”
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It is…the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.

At other times….there are the minutiae, the minnows of this…metaphor of idea chasing.   ….Bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.”  Terence McKenna

“Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.” Wendell Berry

Much happiness comes from nurturing friendships within a creative community.

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