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"It is your prime responsibility to acquire useful knowledge from others and to apply it appropriately. You don't have to reinvent the wheel, but you do have to learn from those who did."
—Gary Ryan Blair.

"It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly."
—Mabel Newcomber.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
—Dr. Seuss.

"It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier."
—Thomas Robert Gaines

A Brief Look at Fear

Regardless of what particular fear any of us may be feeling, like with most other things controlling us, we must shift our focus onto the exact opposite of the fear!  This is about reversing the focus completely: 180 degrees!  Once you've actually identified your fear (or I've helped you to do same), then begin to focus on verbally and visually living the 'safe' focus-point!  I can help with specifics, but here is a great overall list of mantra's or affirmations to focus on, which covers the most common stuff for most people!

I feel safe in everything that I do!
I am safe financially - and I feel safe financially!
I am safe physically - and I feel safe physically!
I am safe spiritually - and I feel safe spiritually!
I am safe emotionally - and I feel safe emotionally!
Every day, in every way, I am safe - and I feel safe! .

No Water, No Moon

When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.

At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!

In commemoration, she wrote a poem:

In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!

Tony Juniper.

Who Is Tony Juniper?

Tony Juniper is the director of Friends of the Earth and vice chair of Friends of the Earth International. His environmental work spans more than twenty years and ranges from activities with primary school children on local conservation projects to helping the global campaign to highlight the impacts of world trade policy on the environment. He has been a leading figure in many of the main environmental campaigns of recent times, including the anti-road building protests of the 1990s and the mobilization against GM crops and foods. His present focus is climate change. In addition to running Friends of the Earth, and his lobbying and public awareness work, he writes and comments on environmental issues. Tony is a naturalist, an ornithologist, and a recognized expert on parrots. He is the coauthor of the award-winning Parrots: A Guide to the Parrots of the World and of the widely acclaimed Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird. He is also the author of How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Planet?: 95 Ways to Save Planet Earth.

Five books that have deeply inspired Tony:

When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten
Life on Earth, David Attenborough
Biodiversity, E. O. Wilson
Six Degrees, Mark Lynas
First Light, Geoffrey Wellum.

Insight from Tony Juniper

The creativity and brilliance of humanity could so easily be harnessed to create paradise. We already know how to sustainably farm, use low carbon energy technologies, conserve nature, and live efficiently. If we turned our attention to solving the twin crises of environmental degradation and deepening inequality, then we could all live in comfort and feel secure. The missing ingredients are not technological; pretty much all we need for everyone’s needs to be met sustainably is already invented. The challenge is economic and political. A different economic system that values the Earth is what’s required. The intellectual work for this is largely done: now we need leadership and inspiration to give it life. A new approach to development needs to be built on cooperation more than competition, and geared toward well-being rather than crude growth.

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