Look Alive

11 October 2010

INSIGHTS :: week of 10.10.10 :: Chileans Saw Base (and Emerged)

Pledge (the premise and promise of the illusion) - Turn (the point that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary) - Prestige (the resolution and return of what was once believed lost)...

Watching Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman's magician characters spend years enduring a fatal blend of competition provided a moment of oddly entertaining downtime after a dynamic week. Even Scarlett Johannson's sycophantic damsel role was tragicomical as she, too, deceived herself into thinking that (assisting) another man's destructive obsession would equal love for her. I began thinking about the places common sense and one's own radar go when recruited by stories told to assist the dirty work of a "friend". Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar's ambulatory shame for Bill O'Reilly's generalized 9/11 blame on "The View" also surfaced.

Consider the now-famous 33 from the South American country's dusty depths. Whether rising to a complex relationship, the satisfaction of newborn 'hope', ongoing media success or simply a healthy life above ground via the Fenix 2 apparatus, each of those trapped dealt in the dirt for the benefit of his neighbor, with elder wisdom bringing up the rear. That part of the effort didn't spell much sense to me until a recent conversation with my godmother reminded me of wisdom's importance in refining hindsight. Of course, her wanting to see a picture of someone I used to know wasn't nearly as profound as having the 63-year-old "navigator" help ensure the other 32 men's escape, but I trust you get my drift. In order to achieve the rescue without further agitating the surrounding earth, an easy pace up a narrow way had to be employed. With guided patience, a good plan can yield success in the emergent, see?

Certainly some stories that begin at the base of mines will never see the light of day. That doesn't make their impact or the power of God to rectify them any less potent. Chiiile, listen... when the heat is on, even in a controlled lab environment, the elements of our formulae can become unstable and seek release from the darkness by any means. How we get cool or otherwise balance the equation is key. So, have YOU ever been "rockbottom"? Does it seem as bad or, God forbid, worse in comparison to this ordeal? From those places, do we take our time and reach up or do we sooner defy the hearing of faith's call, as well as Midnight Marauders era Q-Tip, and "wallow in the mire" to our further demise? The old folks may arguably say that youth is wasted on the young, but know that wisdom is not (to be) wasted on the 'wise'. Who needs it and seeks it on higher, unselfish levels for keeping yet sharing its Love can also thrive.

P(e)ace and a present,

LEVI(RO)TATION :: 26 Ways to "Love You to the Letter"

I have yet to marry. A wealth of personal journeys, observations and long-term friendships, especially with males, have granted me what feels like a decently balanced perspective to keep me open only to God's best plan without the need to force or unnecessarily tie any hands. Some have labeled that and other life choices as unmarriageable (and ideal and Black and White and female and 'like a guy' and big and small and boring and wild and old and young and 'hood' and bourgeois and broke and privileged and brilliant and slow and ugly and beautiful...). That's the assumption of opinion & that's ok, because I know I AM -- grateful for ample inspiration to build upon right relationship(s) with/in the All.

Starting with lyrics like "Life is always changing / constant rearranging, but / nothing changes with You", the qualities sung about in the featured tribute song may have been intended solely for a human mate with whom love is hopefully worthwhile work. I can't help but hear reverence for the Divine in the midst, however, with Whom the bees and things and flowers daily tell me Love is truly effortless. In moments of downtime,
I set some of my lessons to letters...


A T. Tribute...

"Anita" is said to mean grace or favor. No good relationship is complete without either.

Brickhouse or not, the capstone of her last name (Baker) represents the "beta" energy, or a balancing counterpart, of the alpha presence. For constructive building tips, put Psalm 127 and more goodness in the oven.

Credit belongs where it's due! "Compositions" is the title of her beautiful 1990 album for Elektra featuring this song as track #8. James McBride is the composer of this infinite favorite.

DO... dance to your own beat, but complement your partner's rhythms, avoid stepping on any toes & stay in pocket!

Examine all the angles without excess ego and envy. Partners may not always see eye-to-eye, but with positive, common goals, outer limits are less likely to be tested.

Fight fairly, if you must at all. The flames of anger are hard to quench once ignited, so the proverbial wisdom of never letting the sun go down on wrath, revenge being best chilled (not always served) & soft answers for an upset partner are always fresh! If those fail, instead of fanning them, FLOAT on and refuel your energy.

Give -- not just to, but as you want to -- get! Simply put, it's golden! :)

Hold on to hope in what is heavenly! It is the seed of faith, which will take you ever higher if you wholly do the work of climbing together without pulling each other down.

I AM breathed into our different vessels for one overall purpose -- to be glorified, not cast aside, via your individuality. Shine!

Just a matter of time before your relationship develops into the fullness of its joy and/or purpose. Let NOTHING but the Most High sever what the Most High joins! Stay juicy :)

Keep kindness close! Kindred spirits sometimes cut each other easily because you know each other best.

LOVE! It's the most obvious but neglected ingredient. It isn't control, domination or force. It is self-controlled, willing to yield loyally for what's right & powerful enough to harmonize opposites ala Isaiah 11:6. Bless God ~ laugh at all you've learned apart and together!

May the warmth of Love melt any unnecessary hardness and futility away until only what matters remains. After all, the mandate and magic of true marriage is what I'm talking about in these love lines. I trust there have to be ways to happily maintain the long but light haul.

NOW is the right time to express your Love, even after an eternity. All things can become new by the Almighty. Except to evil, NEVER say never!

Open your heart, mind and soul to the One ~ our Creator ~ for guidance as to the earthly one for you. Graduate from old lessons & allow that one to get to know you too. There's no future in frontin', people. Omission is just commission you might not see!

Pursue & practice ~ fervent prayer, patience, privacy, purity and peace with your partner. These are stronger than pride. Make the loving as perfect as possible!

Quiet as it's kept... sometimes silence is the sweetest, most profound sound.

Respect your reflection all-ways! Be ready to see yourself and straighten up when you do, remembering that regard and reward are two very different things. The former is a basic human right, but the latter is only for the upright :)

"S/he say" is not the final word! Don't be stupid, but substantiate the most pressing stuff and don't sweat the rest. Time is like sand: small units comprise a vast yet flighty reality. Seize it sincerely; treat it sacredly!

Truth must prevail throughout time & space. Be tender and tough where necessary in this Life. Trust will find you and follow.

Understand this: there is none other just like you! No matter how hard one tries or the similar tale of the outside, uniqueness is the Most High's specialty.

Vision is vital! Vengeance is God's, but we are gifted with discernment & healthy values to promote our victory. This commonly used symbol for peace (to which unity is intrinsic and always implied in my book) is arguably inferior to a joined finger gesture resembling the ASL letter "H". Revisiting the heights in that letter, the dispute is void. Very interesting!

Worry negates your faith and work, so why give yourself reason? Even wise Solomon could've benefitted from said seasoning. Don't fall off the wagon of your true worth. Well enough deserves to be left alone.

X usually marks a spot for a reason. Sure, there may be treasures there, but clear and accurate direction must be provided first. Unless you're a scavenger, exit the scene until an exclusive map is given. No excuses.

Yes & Amen (meaning "so be it" in some traditions) are the only answers we need, according to the Word. When the human experience presents forks in the road, maybe we should eat more of that Divine food until we know the right way to go at that time.

Zones of resonant Love may be beyond our natural sight, but not beyond our (tempered) zeal. Is the zephyr any less real than the hurricane? No. What's missing is the devastation & pain. Find your true Love zone and get there if you can.

'A-Z' Love text and visual collage (c) Tara Nova for Psalmbody/PMLLC

10 October 2010

PROPER GANDER. :: (I) AM Radio Knews

Been it
W/in it
For Word
set sights
God lights
the path
in darkness
and at day
Another offers
the world for a time
No deal
What you want
to give
is already mine
Legal and regal
pre-paid prize
and still I rise
to honor my assignment
as true wisdom
paves the way
past traffic
       you all's static
       frequency asthmatics
With gratitude for breath
first I pray...

LEVI(RO)TATION :: Universal's New Mind Control

Why did I think this was Bilal when I first heard it in late summer? Why must this youngin' have been taking Black Moon to heart (and soul music) on some 'mind rules the body, body thinks the mind is crazy' tip? Why did my easygoing Sunday appreciation for a "Jamaican Girl" parlay into gladness for Bajan water just now? Hal Linton, y'all. Choose him. "Choose Life!"

  • Etana - "Living Love Life"
  • Notorious B.I.G. & 112 - "Sky's the Limit" (instrumental)
  • Reflection Eternal - "Back Again" (instrumental)
  • Selections from the Jazzyfatnastees - The Tortoise and The Hare album
  • Tarsha' McMillian Hamilton - "Praise Him"
  • Usher - "Here I Stand" (instrumental)