Perception in an Evolving Society

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” -Albert Einstein

“You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like Heaven.” -Jimi Hendrix

“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” – Robert G. Allen

I have recently rediscovered Einstein’s quotes, theories, and life view over the past year and I think he was onto something bigger than the main history books teach. Innovation in this society truly happens a lot more slowly than we give it credit for. The truly innovative ideas are often dismissed as crazy, and unreasonable until enough time has passed and the idea has grown into widespread acceptance. Sure, we have breakthroughs in technology all the time, but it seems to take so long for the rest of the world to wake up and accept amazing discoveries as fact. Think about how you would try to explain the world isn’t flat to a world of people who would vow to their children that the world is flat. The age of the Sphinx is a great modern day example of this. There is an abundance of evidence that suggests that the ruins are much older than mainstream textbooks claim, but because it challenges what is widely accepted as creation, anything on the contrary to mainstream belief is being swept under the rug.

My point is to you– all of you lonely people out there who feel the grain of people are constantly against you–that you are in great company. The greatest thinkers in society throughout history have been mocked, hated, misunderstood, tar and feathered, hung, and even imprisoned and tortured. Keep the faith. Hold on to your convictions, and trudge forward fearlessly into the direction of your wildest dreams. Don’t stop for anyone, and when you finally reach the top, the naysayers will seem so small. When you stop trying to win the people over that don’t believe in you, the real miracles occur. Let go and let yourself keep dreaming big… the world truly needs it.

The Goddesses of Easter: Ostara vs Ishtar

May you all have a blessed Spring Equinox this year!

Julie Tour

A few years ago, I had a dramatic restoration of faith in God. During this time of my life, my husband and I ended up renting out to a roommate to help with bills. I don’t believe it was an accident that he just so happened to hold a bachelor’s degree from one of the state’s best universities in Comparative Religions. Since he did not personally affiliate with any particular religion, I often got an unbiased perspective of the control of information (and sometimes misinformation) in religions. I found myself asking him many questions on historical references for things I had been discovering through intuition and spiritual truths. Growing up, I had lost interest in traditional holidays I celebrated in my Catholic upbringing, but I found myself on a quest to separate fact from fiction on why the modern world practices and believes what it does. Holiday origins were some…

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Flavorful and Rich Vegan Shepard’s Pie

  
I personally want full-flavored, Irish goodness on St. Patrick’s Day. When you have decided to eat compassionately for the planet, you may find yourself feeling a little left out (and grossed out) amidst all the corn beef chomping population beside you. Luckily for all you plant-based eaters out there, I have decided to share my favorite Irish, vegan recipe. 💚

Start by boiling 8 red skinned potatoes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Filling

Add the following ingredients to a sauté pan with a little olive oil:

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, cubed

8 cremini mushrooms, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh thyme

1 tsp fresh sage

Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Add two cups of tomato soup, slowly.

Add 1 cup of organic frozen peas.

Add a splash of red wine.

Let simmer until veggies become soft.

Add 1 tbsp flour, and continue to let simmer until thickened.

  
Potato topping

At about 15-20 minutes of boiling, the potatoes should be tender. Check with a fork or knife.

Drain the hot water from the potatoes. I usually cut the potatoes in half with a knife and leave them in the same pan.

Add 4 tbsp of your favorite vegan butter (I use Earth Balance whipped).

Add 2 cups of your favorite nut milk (I use cashew milk).

Add garlic salt and pepper to taste.

The tender potatoes and added ingredients should be easily mashed and mixed by hand with a potato masher.

  
Putting it all together

Spray pan with olive oil.

Completely cover pan with thickened veggie filling. Make sure it is even by spreading with the back of a spoon.

Evenly layer mashed potato mixture on top of the veggies. Make sure it is spread as evenly as possible on top to keep a good ratio between potato topping and veggie filling.

Spray top of potato mixture with a little olive oil to promote browning.

Cook pan on the top shelf of your oven for 30 minutes, or until potato topping starts to brown and crisp.

Let dish cool for 5 minutes before serving.

  
Voila! A delicious, full flavored vegan St. Patties dish!

Enjoy, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Gift of Misjudgment 

 A shift in perception can change even the darkest of circumstances. I have learned to become grateful for those who talk bad about me or falsely judge me. The truth is, you can tell a lot about another person when they accuse you of something. Accusations often reveal what the other person would do. Their projected accusations are expectations because it would be their truth in your shoes. Difficult people will show you exactly who they are if you really listen. 
 

Source: Spirit Science

 
As human beings, we tend to yearn to be liked. It makes the path a little easier, and situations a little more comfortable. However, when someone is difficult, it can actually be a gift if we change our focus from why they see you as inadequate to why they see themselves as inadequate. It saves you the grief of getting too close to someone who may treat you unkindly. When we stop trying to win the people over in our lives who aren’t meant to be there, we make room for those who truly see the best in us. Your focus on making space for those who would celebrate you instead of judge you attracts the best situations meant for you.