God and Conciousness according to Hugh Jackman

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The ideas Hugh Jackman discusses are not new. What is new is seeing the vulnerabilities and sincerity through this interview. At times his eyes fill with emotion. One can see the answers for this interview were not pre-meditated. Even for the person that has never seen any of his movies (Kate & Leopold, The Fountain, X-Men…) or doesn’t like them, one can see the openness and honesty with which he answers the questions.

Heaven is… that we are by nature truth, consciousness and bliss… within painful or hard times, there can be an experience of bliss…”
– Hugh Jackman

Paraphrasing more of Jackman’s statements… “…God (or consciousness) can be present in the midst of fear as well as joy. He infers that admitting your human nature (not denying the fear) and still finding rest in the midst is choosing to be in communion with God.

“…I just think God – consciousness – is what brings all of us together.” H.J.

Check out this 3-part interview for yourself as you relax with a cup of tea. Tell me what you think of this interview. Does it change your view of God? Confirm it? Does it change your view of Hugh Jackman? If so, how?

Limits and dwelling in the box

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People often try to think outside of the box. To free ourselves from the limitations of ________ (fill in the blank). But what if those limitations are physical? What if, like my Papa, our box consists of the confines of a wheelchair and hospital bed? Will thinking outside of the box make him ‘free’? Will hard work with his therapists be enough to remove the confines of the box? Perhaps. But will his mind still feel trapped, as he recalls how well he operated as a middle-aged man versus a 93 year old man?

When we find ourselves unable to ‘fix’ the limitations suitably, we have a choice to make: will we simply find something else to do/think/etc that enables us to nearly forget the confines? Or will we work within the confines of our limitation and discover new and amazing ways that end up leaving us limitless?

Check out this Ted Talk and you will have a clearer image: http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake?language=en

My Kid isn’t “Unprotected,” OK?

Christina George:

Many of the comments to this post are great additions to this article.

Originally posted on Levi Quackenboss:

protectedIf I hear one more time that unvaccinated children are “unprotected” from common diseases I’m going to lose it.  For crying out loud, how on Earth did the modern human race survive for 200,000 years with such a sissy immune system?

That was a trick question.  Our immune systems are fine until something is injected to wreck them up.  “But wait, Quack!” you say.  “200,000 years ago the average lifespan was only 33! Right thurr is proof of how much we need vaccines!”

Vaccines for what?  Drowning?  Wooly mammoths?  Falling out of trees?  Here’s how it was in the caveman years:  if you could make it to puberty, you’d live long enough to die of old age, and there ain’t no vaccine for that.

Do you know what my kid has protecting him from scary diseases?

GODA God-given freaking immune system.  In the words of a fed-up autism mom: people…

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A Short History of the Word ‘Serendipity’

Christina George:

Serendipity. What a beautiful word…

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

The curious origins behind one of Britain’s favourite words – and its link to Gothic fiction

The word ‘serendipity’ was invented on 28 January 1754. It was one of two literary creations by its inventor, Horace Walpole, that would achieve widespread popularity. Indeed, both inventions are still with us: when Walpole (son of Britain’s first de facto Prime Minister, Robert Walpole) put down the word ‘serendipity’ for the first time, he was giving the English language one of its most beloved, but bewilderingly difficult, words. His other invention, created ten years after the coining of ‘serendipity’, would spawn a whole now genre of fiction.

As we highlighted in a previous post on the first Gothic novel, Walpole was a prolific inventor, or at least populariser, of new words. He is credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing over 200 words into the English language, among them beefy, malaria, nuance…

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