Somerset Flood Images. Seeing Beauty in the Devastation

Somerset floods, Shaun Green

The flooding of the Somerset Levels UK, seen through a different lens.

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Flooded House♡.¸¸.✧˙˚

Although Devastating and Heartbreaking the levels still look Stunning.
Hopefully there is brightness ahead for all those suffering
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A. King

Just reading the Facebook posts (where I borrowed these quotes and some of these images from), it seems that that brightness and loving-kindness is already shining through people.
Like M. Perry said, “I think that it has brought many people together.

Flooded Somerset Levels Peter Spencer

Empowering Ourselves

Because seeing things with a lighter mind makes us feel brighter.
Changing how things appear to us, changes what they are in the here and now.

Everything being merely an appearance to our mind empowers us to change the way things are.
We’re not the powerless victims of circumstance,
we’re in control.
We are co-creators of our own destiny.

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Groundhog Day & Mercury Retrograde beginning

A time to be kind to ourselves and others, as Mercury gets into its loop-de-loop.


Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day!

A very funny movie with a brilliantly spiritual twist 😀

Poor old Bill Murray living the same day over and over, until he got it right.
That meant developing a lighter, kinder mind; getting a sense of consideration for others; and basically wising up before he could move on and up into a life of his dreams. Because that’s how we get there, isn’t it.

Knowing this we can avoid repeating our mistakes, while creating a better space for ourselves instead.

Sense of Consideration

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso describes a sense of consideration as:

a very special inner wealth. It makes us become spiritually rich.”
He also says “it is like beautiful clothes that cause others to be attracted to us.

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Mercury Retrograde

This week is cosmically relevant as well.
Mercury is in his retrograde pre-shadow phase right now. It actually goes retrograde February 6th 2014.

Scientifically this means that the little grey planet’s trajectile loops back on itself, before continuing in a more direct fashion across the night sky.

Astrologically the effect of  Mercury’s swing backwards is all about about re-thinking, renovation, reforming… you get the picture.

The traditional advice here, is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.”

Darkstar Astrology

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Awaken to 2014 with a New SuperMoon

Affirmations and qualities to promote
for the Capricorn Supermoon.

 New Super Moon !

The New Moon in Capricorn January 1st 2014 is a SuperMoon.
It’ll affect us all, regardless of star-sign.
* A SuperMoon is “
a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth.” 

“Capricorn is an earth element, cardinal mode of energy, so it is highly dynamic and has the potential to be excellent at management, organization and delegation.

The New Moon in Capricorn’s themes are letting go and paving the way for rebirth and aligning with quality and integrity…The climb to the top of the symbolic mountain may feel rough, yet imagine the new possibilities and view when you arrive at the peak.

With persistence and gentle discipline, all things may be achieved.”

Starseeds Spiritual Awakening

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2014

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A few people have commented on how super charged the energies feel just now.
A friend texted me this morning, “Energy feels good and positive. Welcome 2014.”
I couldn’t agree more.

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New Years Affirmations

New Years Prayer

“On this day, I will strive to see the peace that is everywhere and access the abundance of beauty and joy that lie in every moment.
It is the Eternal Now that I am after.

I will strive to be a magnet for powerful, positive, and miraculous truths, images, words, and music.
I will do everything in my power to clear my mind of the negative energies that have obfuscated my view and distorted my words and actions.
I will create a new paradigm that helps me to recognize only the good qualities in every person, place, and thing that composes my environment.
I will raise my energy and my light to the highest frequencies of love, generosity, charity, compassion, forgiveness, and truth.
I will fill my head with constructive thoughts and images that will help me to further my individual growth so that I can illuminate and inspire the lives of others.

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Time, Doctor Who, and CosmicLoti.com

post-milestone-200-!Hello people!
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Now that Cosmic Lottie’s officially 2 years old,
and has topped 200 posts;
(that’s her e-card from Word Press :~) her birthday gift is complete! So just FYI ~

the jasbaku.com domain expires today

Smith, Tennant, the Doctor

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Well, ‘today’ begins and ends at different times depending where on the planet you happen to be. For me, it’s now 4.30am and a new day is just beginning (tho even the birds won’t start their dawn chorus for ages yet).

It’s possible that the sun will have risen (and set once or more times) by the time that you read this, but definite that my ‘now’ will be your past. * Though in that all three times are functioning things; past, present and future all exist in the present.

Which just goes to show that even with time being relative, it doesn’t really exist. It’s kind of ‘wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey‘ as the Doctor would say. “Our time is personal for us; there’s no such thing as absolute time.” Einstein via Prof Brian Cox (The Science of Doctor Who, YT)
Why wait to wake up when there’s so many intresting things to experience and share?

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JasBaku.com re-generates as CosmicLoti.com

Fingers crossed, you won’t even notice the difference!

Talking about anniversaries and re-generation; this is the extended trailer for “The Day of the Doctor”, the 50th anniversary programme of Doctor Who. I am so looking forward to this!
Everyone excited?

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Every one of us experiences many little deaths and re-births throughout our lives.
Each death is just another part of the journey.
Each re-birth brings with it imprints from the previous life; so best to make it worthwhile while it’s there.

“By each crime and every kindness we birth our future”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Never the spirit was born, the spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams.
Bhagavad Gita

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♡ Shanti

tiny smilie fowie.¸¸.✧  The Url Trilogy:

Vote on my URL!
Thanks for 2 years at WordPress

Mere Name! Cosmic Loti . Com is here ⍲‿⍲
CosmicLoti.Com is replacing JasBaku.Com as the site’s url.
Why is this important? Planets, your socks and this web log, only exist because they were named.

Time, Dr.Who, and CosmicLoti.com
Isn’t it best to make things worthwhile while we can?
On time and Dr. Who

.¸¸.✧  More on Dr.Who:

Equalising Doctor Who & The Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom ~ Part 1Part 2
Doctor Who & Transforming Bad Situations into Something Better Than They Were Before

 

Credits:
Dr. Who screenshot and Video trailer from the BBC
WordPress for helping with the re-generation

We Are All One Animated Lump of Stardust

Sagan Earth…It’s what we do with our time on this planet that is the important part.

☆ * •. ¸ A sparkly, spiritual podcast of my thoughts after the Perseid Meteor Shower, and stargazing up at the Pleiadies.
The universe is so big and special and we’re not separate from it,
so we’re  all special too. Which is a humbling thought.

 ─━★ Our place in space

 ─━☆ Please turn your volume up! I get even quieter later on ❤.¸¸.✧
(Video taken from previous post on the Perseids)

We Are All One ~
Not as Different as We Think

“Just as I wish to be free from suffering and experience happiness so do all other beings. In this respect I am no different from any other being; we are all equal.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

“We are all equal; we are all one.”
Ashtar, Pleiades

“Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return.”
David Fontana

“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Stardust - Krauss

We Are All Stardust

Krauss’s quote rocks until the last few lines. 

That we are all born in the heart of a dying star isn’t just inspirational poetry, it’s scientific fact. (And used to be Cosmic Loti’s tagline ;~)
99% of the elements on Earth were formed at the heart of a star, and scattered throughout the universe as the supernova exploded into death, forming the basic make-up of planet and people.

Prof Brian Cox deliciously shows this here,
where he explains that ‘C’ is for Carbon:

Going back to Krauss, it’s fact that at the very least, Jesus was a historical figure who taught beautiful and profound truths which remain with us today.
Invidiously offending his followers is rude and unnecessary; and completely misses the point.

* nb. If you want to offend the deserving, then this is far more accurate:

Is this fair?

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re: top video:
* that 1st line: Perseid Meteor Shower – didn’t see many, but the Pleiades looked sweet.”

** this is just one Buddhist take on why We Are All One.
Thanks for watching :~)

as we ascend

From Sci-Fact to Sci-Fi, earlier posts on how we are all cosmically  equal:

Equalising Doctor Who & The Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom (pt 1)
Equalising Doctor Who & the Daleks with Emptiness (pt 2)

(Click on images to make biG)

And talking of equality,
Happy 50th anniversary to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “
I Have a Dream” speech.

Let freedom reign

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we are one

 

Mel Smith. RIP _/\_

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Came home yesterday to the news that Mel Smith had died of a heart attack.
OMG

But he wasn’t that old!

Mel’s early death at 60 made people question their own mortality. He died in his sleep at home, which would be the majority preference if we were given the choice.
But 60 does seem a bit young.
Thinking about sad news about Mel Smith. Only 6 years older than me. Time to get on with things I want to do. Life is no rehearsal.
AJ on Twitter

Buddha said that our biggest mistake is that we think we have time.

Mel’s death seemed to resonate with people.

It was trending on Twitter yesterday, and some lovely tributes have been made.
Even the sun round here has gone in out of respect, leaving an appropriate chill in the air.

Robert Llewellyn ‏Tweeted: “Very shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mel Smith. He was a truly wonderful, funny and very kind man. Bit dazed by the news.”
and FJ replied, “Utterly heartbreaking. I’m not ashamed to say I shed tears at the news. A terribly tragic loss.”

Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far, but I did shed a few tears.
Sad news about Mel Smith. Not the Nine O’Clock News was my first ever essential comedy show, aged 9.” Like Dara O’Briain, I went to school with these comedy sketches going round my mind.

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An essential part in a golden age of British satire

Mel Smith and friends’ satiric take on topical events was intelligent and funny and lifted the heaviness of living in Thatcher’s Britain.
It offered another way of looking at things that was altogether lighter and brilliantly skewed. Much needed.

Since things change according to the way you look at them;
by consciously viewing thing in a different way, we can alter not only how they appear, but what they are to us.
This idea is valuable and worth playing with. It gives us some distance, and therefore a clearer perspective on events. Incredibly helpful.

Thank you Mel.
Our prayers are with you.
May they be guiding lights for the next stage
of your journey.

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Warning: contains dubious use of Latin word play.

Equalising Doctor Who & the Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom (pt 2)

Continued from
Equalising Doctor Who & The Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom (pt 1)
Dissolving generations of enmity between the Doctor and the Daleks with Buddhist wisdom.

The Doctor suffering from Dalek aversion

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 We’re in a Fabricated Reality

~ just like Oswin is.
Having discussed the basics of equanimity and equalising the Doctor and the Daleks in part 1, we can explore them further with Oswin.
We met Oswin when she helped to guide the Doctor and companions safely through the Dalek asylum in episode 1 of the new series.

Poor Oswin, she’s an intriguing character. Self admitted ‘slightly sexy genius’, she’s a cyber geek who can be cleverer than the Doctor.
Reclusive even for a geek, she doesn’t leave her shipwrecked cabin. Oswin’s been hiding there, unscathed for a year. She’s hacked into the Dalek’s hive mind. She has a tongue that’s a little too sharp for comfort.

These and other hints lead us to the chilling discovery that Oswin is actually a Dalek herself – something so unacceptable, she won’t even admit it to herself. She’s made up a whole reality to protect herself from the truth. The shipwrecked cabin she’s living in, is in reality, a mental fabrication.

[* video temporarily out of order]
*  The Doctor tells Oswin how she’s dreamed up her own little world to live in
….as do we all.

Our Reality isn’t Real

We’re all in a similar situation, BTW. Well, we haven’t all become Daleks; but the words you’re reading, the screen you’re looking at, the room you’re in – even the body you’re in – it’s all just a mental fabrication. No more real than the text on Oswin’s monitor or the cabin she’s in. It’s all an illusion created by a desperate mind.

OK, so that’s just TV, made in a TV studio. But the analogy is spot on for our situation. Our minds might not be that desperate, and the mental fabrication we’re living in is a result of our karma, rather than a coping mechanism; but it doesn’t exist outside of our minds, anymore than the soufflé Oswin makes exists outside of her mind.

This is profound Dharma. It takes some thinking about. (Many years, if you want to go down the rabbit hole to liberation ;~) But it’s worth some patient consideration anyway, as it can immediately take the sting out of things.

Emptiness

Buddhists call this lack of concrete, unfindable existence ’emptiness’. It’s how things exist. It’s the ultimate nature of reality. Everything comes from the mind, and even that doesn’t exist from it’s own side. Without even knowing it, we dream all this up – the joys, the pain, the everyday routine – none of it’s real.
As the Doctor tells Oswin “It’s a dream Oswin. You dreamed it for yourself.”

It’s not real. None of it is.  It was never really there.

Buddha explained emptiness emptiness using the dream analogy.
Ever noticed how real the dream appears to the dreamer? “In our dream a whole world appears to us, functioning in it’s own way… completely independent of our mind.” (Geshe Kelsang) When actually, the dreamscape is inseparable from the mind that’s dreaming it. Of course it is. But that’s how our waking world exists as well – inseparable from the mind that’s creating it. And it’s nowhere to be found outside of that mind.
Phenomena’s unfindability is its emptiness.” (Gen Samten)

the Equality of Doctor Who & the Daleks

We can see that there is no difference between the Doctor and the Daleks, in that they all want to be happy, and not to suffer (as do we all), and they’re going about it in completely the wrong way. They see each other as hostile, alien species. But showing a pretty young girl who’s been fully converted into a Dalek, shows us how underneath the metal casing and that  bow-tie; the Daleks and the Doctor aren’t so disimilar as they’d like to think.
As the 7th Dalai Lama said, “Whoever I behold, of high position or low… in essence they are all equal. They all experience problems in their lives.”

How many years have  the Doctor and the Daleks been fighting? And just how much do they hate each other? The Doctor says “I’ve tried to stop.” It hasn’t happened so far, but maybe with this understanding it could.

In emptiness there isn’t even a Doctor or any Daleks.

This is the killer shot that completely equalises them.

They’re all just mental fabrications, dreamed up by their respective minds. There’s no basis for hatred in the space of emptiness – and that’s what’s so blissful about it. Even just a glimmer of this wisdom in a mind darkened by anger can lighten it.
(more to come on this...)
The characters here are fictional – but it doesn’t take too much thinking about to equate it with situations we’re familiar with.
It’s not the easiest truth to get your head around, but so worth it. It’s ‘profound’ because it’s subtle and hard to understand. But as you do, everything rapidly changes for the better.

Credits:
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso quotes from old hardcopies of Heart of Wisdom and Joyful Path of Good Fortune
Copyright of Dr. Who video owned by the BBC, reproduced for educational purposes.

See also:
Equalising Doctor Who & The Daleks with Buddha’s Wisdom (pt 1)
Meditations on emptiness from Vide Kadampa
Discussion on emptiness from Luna Kadampa
Luna’s current article A Temple for this place and time  (as above) reads well with this one

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