The heart is structurally different in different states of emotion.
All suffering is believed to come from the hallucination of the separate self.
There is no separate self.
We are all one.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT…
Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends on what we look for.
What we look for depends on what we think.
What we think depends on what we perceive.
What we perceived determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.
David Bohm, Berkeley 1977
‘Creating Freedom’ is a project comprising a series of films, essays, and paintings on the subjects of power, control and freedom.
The independently produced documentary series explores the relationship between freedom and power in democratic society, drawing together interviews with some of the world’s leading intellectuals, academics, journalists and activists. A wide-ranging analysis of the mechanisms and manifestations of power, ‘Creating Freedom’ joins the dots between the education system, the media, PR, democracy, and economics to offer an alternative perspective on today’s society and the future we are creating.
All the films will ultimately be freely available on this site.
The author of the series, Raoul Martinez, will periodically be writing essays developing and expanding on various ideas explored in the films. These will be sent to all those on the mailing list and catalogued on this site.
The ‘Creating Freedom’ project began with an idea for a multi-media exhibition on freedom and control. It was to include a series of symbolic paintings, essays, video interviews with, and painted portraits of, thinkers and activists. In time, ambitions for the project grew and the video interviews evolved into a film, and then a series of films.
Elements of the original concept remain, including a growing number of paintings and portraits. These elements have been integrated into this site.
“There’s an unspoken presence that about you that illuminates peoples hearts. That’s why people like to be around you. When you walk into a room you create a sense of calm just with your being. How can one not be intrigued by angelic posture? You are a born soilder of the Light. The world is changing fast and none of us can afford to fall back to old habits. You are a born leader, I think we both are. I don’t want to make exceptions but it seems we both are coming into our power. Again you are an angel and I’m happy you for you. It’s your dharma to help people, no doubt about it. Stay light don’t allow the illusory world to weight you down. Remember who you are every day. I know you are a powerful extraordinary person.”
I have had some crazy relationships I must admit. Without them, it would not have given me the strength, wisdom, love and courage I have for myself today.
Choose wisely and live in your own loving truth of what is
good for you.
To be truly humble is to remain open…Everyday I am experiencing things about myself and others that constantly open the door for opportunity for instruction in my life.
I am constantly being reminded to avoid being committed to results and to seek to change myself.
Challenging but very true I once read that a true humble person will:
Never Forgets the Needs of Others…
Humility reveals what pride conceals.
It soothes where pride incites.
It is silent; while pride speaks.
It listens; while pride holds back.
It gives; pride takes.
It compliments; pride criticizes.
It helps; pride destroys.
Vanity, selfishness and pride can keep you enclosed in a fortress of your own making.
Humility softens the heart, it grows and it opens the door to all other virtues in life.
Everyone is a mirror for us.
So easily do we forget that we cannot operate in the world if we don’t have others to help us see ourselves.
It’s a life long practice to see the weaknesses in ourselves instead of denouncing the faults of others.
The defects I see in others are a mirror and into a world in which I might better examine myself.
The heart can recieve only that which it is willing to give…
AND so, when I bolster another with honest affection, my heart opens up to receive affection.
And when I give harsh judgements or withhold praise, I notice this is what I receive from others…
In every interaction, I look for the opportunity to give that which I myself needs.
THIS is a simple rule, yet I am only human…
There are times I fail to see its benefits when I am focused on receiving while engaged in the process of giving.
False flattery will only get you the same, and condescending compliments will do little to raise your spirits.