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A Man Without Avarice

A Man Without Avarice

 

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In the Halls of the Immortals, where the virtuous and brave dwell after their time spent on the mortal coil was done, there was great consternation. There were no more recruits from Earth, not in the last hundred years.

A conclave was called and the situation on the Earth was viewed, and reviewed. The problem was immediately apparent; greed and materialism had taken hold in every part of the globe. Nobody did anything anymore unless it produced material gain for themselves or, blocked their competitor from attaining an advantage.

One would assume that all this preoccupation with wealth would lead to a cornucopia of abundance, however quite the opposite was true. People, afraid of theft or jealousy, hid their possessions while the rest of the populace lived in abject poverty. Those who could not contribute to the economic engine or whose lives could not be gainfully exploited were cast aside with no further consideration. They were of no value, and therefore of no concern.

The Immortals, however, could not believe that humanity had deteriorated so far and chose to believe there was some semblance of virtue still in existence. Surely there was someone on Earth who had not been tainted by the rot of materialism. Keeping alight this hope they resolved to send an emissary to the mortal realm to find this exceptional being, and they commissioned a discerning member Briannhon, who could turn base rock into fine gold nuggets with his touch.

 

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Dispatched to the Earthly realm, Briannhon wandered the four corners of the globe, repeatedly using the same method to test those candidates who seemed most likely to rise above their base instincts.

Presented with a likely applicant, the Immortal tested him. He would first turn a small pebble into a large gold nugget and offer it to him.

 

 

Most people quickly picked up the nugget and walked away. If they were a bit wealthier they examined the nugget then pocketed it and asked for more.  For those who held out for more, Briannhon then took a larger rock and turned that one into an even larger ingot of gold.

 

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 The greed however was never satiated, they still asked for more and when, being disappointed in them, he did not deliver, they shrugged and went away with curses on their lips.

 Briannhon continued testing person after person, growing more disillusioned as time wore on.

 

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Finally he reached a small village on the edge of human habitation but even there, far removed from cultural influences, they still exhibited the same greedy and materialistic traits.

Then one day he heard of a person who was commonly regarded as living totally outside of the norms of society, a man who had no regard for anyone or anything in the village. His mother had shown up one night out of nowhere, gave him birth, and then summarily died. Poor peasant looking to train him as a goat herder took him in and let him live and be nursed in the goat shed. When the orphan showed no promise the peasant cut his losses and cast him into the streets to fend for himself.  But with his will to survive, he persisted, endured untold hardships and humiliation, often   eating the garbage people tossed at him for amusement’s sake. As he had never been given a name, people called him “The Idiot”.

 

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The Idiot was sifting through the latest deposit of waste at the garbage dump on the edge of the village.   Briannon called out to The Idiot and summarily elucidated his objective of finding the right kind of person and after a test for which he would be empowered to make this worthy individual rich beyond imaginings. 

“Are you interested? “, he then asked.

The Idiot had listened intently but pretended not to care.

 

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When the Immortal turned a pebble into a golden nugget as a demonstration, The Idiot appeared to be unimpressed and continued in his search through the rubbish.  

Surprised,  Briannon turned a larger stone into a fine golden ingot as an  enticement.  The Idiot turned his head to see, then turned it right back again quite uninterested.

 

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Briannon was encouraged to see this response.

Finally the Immortal turned the entire heap of trash surrounding them into fine minted ingots of gold, piled up one on top of another but all his efforts earned him was another scowl from The Idiot.

 

 

“You appear not to want gold, sir. What is it that you want after all?”

The Idiot a pursing his lips, he finally grunted, “What’s the use of all this gold?

 Better to sew your finger onto my hand. In this way I, too, can turn rocks into gold and enjoy endless wealth.”

 

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The End.

 

 

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Happiness via discarding of negative energy

Happiness via discarding of negative energy

 

01-A Beach Promenade - 1896- Michael Peter Ancher-Danish, 1849-1927

 

The whole concept of negative energy may be an alien thought to the steadfast realist.  Nevertheless, it does exist and it manifests in various forms that sometimes foster unhappy, unfulfilled or unsettled lives. 

This is not to say that one can shirk off all responsibility concerning one’s state of affairs.  One still needs to be held accountable for their actions, relationships, beliefs, thoughts and overall well being.

Meanwhile, through applications of the suggestions listed below, you can discard any unpleasantness and, ultimately improve your life’s sparkle:

 

Visual Stimulation:

 

An inspirational movie with a great narrative, paintings, photographs are one way to, through visual and vicarious experience, eliminate that pesky negativity.  And the common joy that is shared by many is the experience of a seaside excursion and summertime fun activities. To get you started on this, here’s a gallery of artworks set in a slideshow.

 

 

Click here to see: Summer Breeze and Puffed up Sleeves Slideshow

 

Music:

Who would dispute that Music is a required food for the soul. Depending on the melody, the mood is transformed into joy, excitement, somber reflections, peace or despair. As one has the choice however, chose carefully to attain happiness and to re-align good energies in yourself and your space.

Furthermore, if you can, play an instrument, sing a song or simply listen to an upbeat melody, you’ll be well on your way to fostering that upbeat energy. It’s a well documented fact that singing or listening to buoyant music promotes good health. It certainly can improve cognition, strengthen your lungs, lower blood pressure and improve posture. And the best part is, you can take it along with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

Foliage and Flora:

A leisurely walk in a forested region does wonders to ease those weighty concerns. The cacophony of Nature’s concert soothes all ears while bountiful oxygen fills the lungs and you are energized. 

Regarding indoor space plants are an essential garnish for establishing a positive space.  The soul is lightened by the confirmatory accoutrement of green hues of leaves and stems sometimes supporting colorful flowers. And that’s not all; plants also act as energy filters by cleaning and improving air quality. Moreover, it propels us to open curtains or blinds to invite the sunshine, the bright beneficial light, to energize and filter the room of unwanted negative energy.

 

Fragrance to delight the senses:

 

Here, a caution is warranted as we live in an age where some people have serious sensitivity to certain artificially made scents, sprays, mists, colognes or perfumes. One thing is for certain, bad odors and smells do beget negative moods; whereas memorable ones (like mom’s cooking or clean laundry) and pleasant, heavenly scents, uplift the spirits and make one function more effectively.

Bear in mind however, depending on the individual’s preference and life experience, certain aromas and ointments can either be pleasant or repulsive and detestable. Use common sense before striving to conceal those pesky, persistent odors while concurrently clearing away negative energies through the use of readily available store bought oils, sprays or catchy gismos. 

For the superstitious, there are also these options available:

Smudging:

 

Regardless of race and creed, a typical process for cleansing space of negative energy uses:  incense sticks, containers with lit incense within, lit candles, or bundled up dry herb leaves that are smoldering and releasing smoke.   The smoke is the key factor here, believed to be responsible for cleansing the adverse negative energies.  Carry the smoldering smoke throughout a home, business, special abode, holy building or sacred grounds. In cleansing your home, once you’ve reached the stopping point, then you can open a window to allow all the negativity to flow out.  

Use of Crystals:

 

Obsidian and black tourmaline are two of many crystals that are used in absorbing negativity. Place these in spaces requiring cleansing; in particular, around electronics that are known to foster disruptive, chaotic energy.

 

Below are some of my favorite paintings, enjoy! :

 

1-Alexander Gunin

Alexander Gunin

2-Boys Playing at the Beach - circa 1885 - Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

Boys Playing at the Beach – circa 1885 – Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

3-brown beach 800

-brown beach

4-Caillebotte, Gustave - French, 1848-1894 - The Diver - 1877

Caillebotte, Gustave – French, 1848-1894 – The Diver – 1877

5-Michael & Inessa Garmash2

Michael & Inessa Garmash

6-Duffy Sheridan

Duffy Sheridan

7-Evening at Padstow, Cornwall - 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

Evening at Padstow, Cornwall – 1890-Sir William Llewellyn -English, 1858-1941

8-Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

Fernando Saenz Pedrosa

9-Summertime-garden

Summer-garden

10-Francesca Strino

Francesca Strino

11-Path to beach

Path to beach

12-Gleb Goloubetski

Gleb Goloubetski

13- bThe Cliff

The Cliff

14-Irving Willes

-Irving Willes

15-Jim Daly

-Jim Daly

16-Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910). La pennellata come un soffio di vento.

Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) Sotto il baldacchino (1910)

17-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 - August 10, 1923

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (February 27, 1863 – August 10, 1923

18-Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno - After the Bath (1902)

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, (Spagna, 1863-1923) Dopo il bagno – After the Bath (1902)

19-John Lavery 1856-1941)

John Lavery 1856-1941)

20-Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

Lady by a Window 1918- Louis Ritman -American (1889–1963)

21-Little Boat - 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

-Little Boat – 1884-Albert Edelfelt -Finnish, 1854-1905

22-milk-lake2

milk-lake

23-My garden in summertime

-My garden in summertime

24-Paul Hedley

-Paul Hedley

25-quaiside-cafe-3DC-web-1

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26-Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

Time with Dad by Steve Hanks

27-Vladimir Volegov - lovely morning

Vladimir Volegov – lovely morning

28-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

-Vladimir Volegov cooling her feet

29-Vladimir Volegov

Vladimir Volegov

30-Monika Luniak

Monika Luniak

 

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Season of Joy -6- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Season Of Joy- 6

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Sugar Plum Decorations (2)

Click  to enjoy the music video with pictures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ7Hg7AeLdo&feature=share&list=UUmI3ZvZVSfN28HOBM9pOnDQ

Sugar Plum Decorations (1)

Sugar Plum Decorations (3)

Sugar Plum Decorations (4)

Sugar Plum Decorations (5)

Sugar Plum Decorations (6)

Sugar Plum Decorations (7)

Sugar Plum Decorations (8)

Sugar Plum Decorations (9)

Sugar Plum Decorations (10)

Sugar Plum Decorations (11)

Sugar Plum Decorations (12)

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Season of Joy 4 – Little Drummer Boy

Season of Joy 4

Little Drummer Boy

View this carol on YouTube (lyrics included): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fji9CRtf29s&feature=share&list=UUmI3ZvZVSfN28HOBM9pOnDQ

Scroll down and sing along: Lyrics are below the pictures.

Little Drummer Boy (22)

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (21)

A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (20)

Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (3)

To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Little Drummer Boy (4)

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,

When we come. 

Little Drummer Boy (6)

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (8)

I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (11)

I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (12)

That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

Little Drummer Boy (13)

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,

On my drum? 

Little Drummer Boy (14)

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum 

Little Drummer Boy (16)

I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,

rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

Little Drummer Boy (17)

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum.

Little Drummer Boy (18)

Title: XS-   LITTLE Drummer Boy — | Christmas Music | Free Royalty-Free Downloads for YouTube Videos
Artist: Jason Shaw
Playlist: Happy Holidays
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Season of Joy 3 – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

 Season of Joy 3

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (3)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (6)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (4)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (11)

We Wish You A Merry Christmas (13)

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas (14)

View this carol on YouTube (lyrics included): http://youtu.be/WADJU3GRY6Q

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding.
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding.
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.

We won’t go until we get some.
We won’t go until we get some.
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here.

Enjoy the Holidays.

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Title: WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS | Royalty-Free Download for YouTube Videos
Artist: Jason Shaw
Playlist: Happy Holidays

Copyright: Jason Shaw. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Verify at http://www.audionautix.com

Season of Joy 2 – Silent Night

Season of Joy 2

Gifts

Bows

Ball on Tree

Late Night Hockey

Santa is Watching

SILENT NIGHT

Click on the video link: http://youtu.be/yXJ68z_fYcI

to open up a video with the music. then sing along with the lyrics:

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

 

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born

Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

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Title: SILENT NIGHT – | Christmas Music | Creative Commons | Royalty-Free Music
Artist: Kevin Macleod
Playlist: Holiday / Christmas
Copyright: Kevin MacLeod 2000. Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ verify at http://www.incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

Music from Ecuador- the band Villamarka

Band Villamarka

Music from Ecuador- the band Villamarka

Music is the necessary nourishment for the soul.  That being said we all have our individual tastes when it comes to melody, instruments and vocal arrangements.  I was fortunate enough to listen to this band playing in Toronto, and from the very first I loved it.  They are lively, talented and all in all – fantastic!  The band Villamarka uses traditional Andean Instruments such as the Pan Flute and Charango. This performance was at the International Stage CNE in Toronto. The band played music from various South American countries.

I therefore am obliged to share this wonderful music with whomever I can.  Enjoy these videos here: http://youtu.be/VMGEoO9oZ7k

And here:  http://youtu.be/Y17rGSZOIQI