Quote: Maintaining Freedom

“Freedom or independence means that our lives are shaped by personal priorities rather than external constraints or social pressures. It means we are able to follow our own deepest values and exercise our judgment even when others disagree or disapprove. To maintain independence, we must recognize our natural human tendency to assimilate–to gradually conform our ideas to those of groups or leaders that we like.” 

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Quotes: Dead Poets Society (movie)

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♦ Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!

♦ We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

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♦ [Keating stands on his desk]
Keating: Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
Dalton: To feel taller!
Keating: No!
[Dings a bell with his foot]
Keating: Thank you for playing Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.

♦ John Keating: There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

♦ John Keating: Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

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Affirmation: Being Centered and Clear

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“My energy is free from outside influences. I am centered and clear.”

from The Crystal Ally Cards by Naisha Ahsian

 

Related article: Positive Affirmations /vitalaffirmations.com

 

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Chiron: Aquarian Themes – Staying Independent in the Collective Field

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Inspired by Linda of the litebeing chronicles blog and her wonderful post Poetry – adventures in stillness and vast mysteries  I made my own random pick from the book Chiron and the Healing Journey: An Astrological and Psychological Perspective by Melanie Reinhart.  To those who are not so familiar with this idea: these kinds of random picks can be playfully used to receiving answers to questions as well.

From the chapter: Chiron in Aquarius and the Eleventh House 

“With Chiron in Aquarius or the Eleventh House, we are vulnerable to the collective unconscious in the sphere of ideas and ideals. Although we have the potential to be  original and iconoclastic thinkers, we are also prone to taking on stereotyped attitudes. Rather than risk expressing our own opinions, we may adopt a party line of some kind, following the political or spiritual aspirations of a group to which we belong. We could become enslaved by the ideas of another person, not realizing that these hinder our own development; we may take on and subsequently reject many different systems of ideas on our quest. With this Chiron placement, we benefit by learning to use our own individual minds creatively, concretely, and with rational discrimination. If we can build a suitably Saturnian vehicle for the Uranian energy of our thoughts, we may find ourselves able to make an important contribution to others through our truly independent thinking. In this process, we will perhaps discover many useless “shoulds” and “oughts” which we are slavishly believing or obeying.”

“Until we have found a measure of inner freedom, we might fear commitment (and may have a horror of groups and the collective, for one thing, to be taken over by collective ideas). However, Chiron brings the possibility of individual freedom within commitment to life.” 

I also recalled this quote and am thanking with it all those people who have dared, and dare, to be independent and often ahead of their time sometimes also needing to face much opposition:

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  – Albert Einstein

What is your random pick?

Thanks again for the idea, Linda!

 

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