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The Art of Memory

  The Art of Memory When we can traverse the plains of memory, stopping at each fire to warm ourselves before we start again on our journey, there is a world inside a world that keeps going on to infinity.  If we are lucky enough to hear the eternal melody that is at work in these moments, many fine hours may come upon us.   But sometimes the solace and hospitality are too much and we live with our new found companions, taking them along wherever we go, as a shadow upon our eyes.  The memories of Thoreau, or the early frontier narratives of Indian captivity, are something that I have felt eternal and unchangeable in human nature, not for any piece of information they have given me, but because my melancholy has always found peace in their environment.  For some the world is old or the world is new, but the point is that we tend to look at it through memory.  One memorable event confounds all future celebrations; we remember so as not to forget, but we do not remember that we are able t

The Aspect of Immortality

 

The Aspect of Immortality

The strange powers that arise from interest can lead us to immortality.  Time is only a conditioning by which we see things endure; every thought, action, or idea, because it is perceived of through searching, has no other choice but to end.  In reality there is only one moment, never ending.  Most of the time we see it coming or watch it go, but that is only the mind believing in time; in truth, the moment since our birth has never been anything other than what it is now.  Everything else that is a part of that reality is what changes; so even before our birth, and even after our death, there will still be just this one moment.  Thus when our interest arises, we see an aspect of the present, but since our attention is focused on only one perspective, we see it through a mind of mortality.  When we finally take this interest to the wide and formless ocean of the unborn, it finds the remnant of immortality.  Every interest that we have, or ever will have, is a calling for us to leave our egos with their mortal bodies, and to step into the real wake of reality.

--Douglas Thornton

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