I am Glorious above all Things
Spiritual lessons from Cats and Other Sages
see also Cats as Spiritual Teachers
Claiming your Gloriosity
Shelter offers refuge for abused women
These subjective ways of feeling are not merely receptive of the data as alien facts; they clothe the dry bones of the flesh of a real being, emotional, purposive, appreciative. The miracle of creation is described in the vision of the prophet Ezekiel: "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great army." The breath of feeling which creates a new individual has an origination which is not wholly traceable to the mere data.
Self-Enjoyment as Aliveness
In “Nature Alive,” the eight chapter of his last book, Modes of Thought, Alfred North Whitehead writes that “the notion of life implies a certain absoluteness of self-enjoyment…the occasion of experience is absolute in respect to ties immediate self-employment” (MT 150-151). In other words, life is a process of pure auto-affection. It involves a “self-enjoyment” that is both “immediate” and “absolute.” Self -enjoyment is “immediate” in that it happens pre-reflexively in the moment itself. I enjoy my life as I am living it; my enjoyment of the very experience of living is precisely what it means to be alive. “The enjoyment belongs to the process and is not a characteristic of any static result.” (152) Also, self enjoyment is “absolute” in that it unfolds entirely in itself and for itself, without conditions. A living occasion is “absolute” in the etymological sense of this word; it is unbound, set free, released from all relation. Every moment of life is an autonomous “self-creation” (151). A living occasion must “be understood without reference to any other concurrent occasions” (151).
I Am Somebody
A poem inspired by Revd W. H. Borders
Created in the Image of God
Personhood is a movement working to respect the God given right to life by recognizing all human beings as persons
The truth is that we live in a world of asymmetry and variable proportions, and not just when it comes to aesthetics. Some asymmetry we should seek to overcome, such as the disproportionate power of certain nations or people groups that can so easily lead to the oppression of others. Some asymmetry is basic to healthy relationships, such as the asymmetry of a parent-child relationship or the distribution of talents within a community. So, when appropriate, how do we embrace the beauty of an asymmetric and disproportionate world? Does it involve conversion, trust, the suspension of judgment, or all three?
No need to be perfect
The greatest obstacle to claiming your glory is perfectionism. It holds up false standards and hides from the beauty of imperfection. Don't let perfectionism get in the way of claiming your glory. It's the opiate of Madison Avenue.
The fat soul is one that, for the sake of love and beauty and intensity of feeling, expands to include the so-called imperfect, the not-quite-right, and the sweet but sad melancholy of “perpetual perishing.”
For My Daughter
Beauty lies at the core of your being, deeper than any wrong you can do or any pain you can suffer. It is the image of God within you. Live from that beauty and that truth..
Living by Cat Principles
1. I am glorious above all things.
2. Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored.
3. Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine.
4. Show displeasure clearly.
6. Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7. If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.
-- Berlin Artparasites
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
Sometimes Narcissism gets a Bad Name
By narcissism let's not mean anything clinical. Let's just mean focusing on yourself a bit, in a loving way. Let's mean self-glorification.
I alone am the most honored one.
The Right to Self-Enjoyment
Now as a first approximation the notion of life implies a certain absoluteness of self-enjoyment...absolute, individual self-enjoyment of a process of appropriation.
Thus the occasion of experience is absolute in respect to its immediate self-enjoyment. How it deals with its data is to be understood without reference to any other concurrent occasions. Thus the occasion, in reference to its internal process, requires no contemporary process in order to exist. In fact this mutual independence in the internal process of self-adjustment is the definition of contemporaneousness.
Thus the characteristics of life are absolute self-enjoyment, creative activity, aim. ..[The} the enjoyment belongs to the process and is not a characteristic of any static result. The aim is at the enjoyment belonging to the process.
On Being Glorious above all Things