Adamantine

1 : made of or having the quality of impenetrable hardness
2 : rigidly firm : unyielding
3 : resembling the diamond in hardness or luster

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Adamantine (adj.): c. 1200, from Latina adamantinus hard as steel, inflexible,” from Greek adamantinos, from adamas.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Truth is a point, the subtlest and finest; harder than adamant; never to be broken, worn away or blunted. Its only bad quality is, that it is sure to hurt those who touch it; and likely to draw blood, perhaps the life blood of those who press earnestly upon it.”

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, English writer and classicist poet, who wrote a significant proportion of his poetry in Latin; well known for his prose writing, Imaginary Conversations and the poem, Rose Aylmer.”

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/walter-savage-landor

“‘I have done that,’ says my memory. ‘I cannot have done that’ – says my pride, and remains adamant. At last – memory yields.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and scholar who inspired leading figures in all walks of cultural life.)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/nietzsche/

“Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.”

Lao Tzu (died 531 BC, Chinese philosopher who is credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism and best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching; his name is not a personal name but a title meaning, “Old Man” or “Old Teacher.”)

Bio Source:

www.ancient.eu/Lao-Tzu/

“No design, no matter how common or seemingly insignificant, is without its adamant critics as well as its ardent admirers.”

Henry Petroski (b. 1942, American engineer specializing in failure analysis; professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University; and prolific writer.)

Bio Source:

cee.duke.edu/faculty/henry-petroski

“One of the things I’m adamant about as a bandleader is not micromanaging. I’m an advocate for the concept of allowing everyone to be fully vested in what they’re doing, so everyone contributes whatever they’re inspired to contribute.”

Stefon Harris (b. 1973, American jazz vibraphonist and leads a jazz ensemble.)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/talks/stefon_harris_there_are_no_mistakes_on_the_bandstand?language=en

Meditation

“When you breathe in light, you are breathing adamantine particles into your sacred heart. When you breathe out unconditional love, the adamantine particles of pure God essence are empowered or ignited by your loving intention so that they may be used for the greatest good. You are the receptacle for these God particles and your love is the activator.” – Ronna Star

I didn’t always comprehend the full meaning of adamantine particles. But, I do sense their meaning when I take walks under the healing warmth of the Sun; when sitting by a natural source of water, like a lake, river, or the ocean and taking in the energies of the waves; or while in meditation and stepping through the veil back into The Maternal Wound. It is then I am conscious of the strengthening support of these golden particle energies. I am especially aware when breathing deeply and consciously.

It’s all about the heart right now, and how much we can expand our capacity to love unconditionally.

In David Brooks’s book, The Road to Character, he writes: “The more you love, the more you can love. A person who has one child does not love that child less when the second and third child come along. A person who loves his town does not love his country less. Love expands with use.”

Our potential for love is infinite, because we have experienced and are experiencing, first-hand, the cruel destructions of our ignorance and have chosen alternate light-filled paths.

When I lived in NYC around of the time of the 911 terrorist attacks there was one magical week when people were kind and loving to each other. People looked out for one another, and there was little tolerance for unkind acts.

While riding the train one morning there stood on the train platform an African American father and his young daughter. The train was crowded so he said he would wait for the next one.   But, everyone moved back, to his surprise, and made plenty of room for the both of them.

Another morning while commuting on the shuttle train from the Westside to the Eastside, a train car was jam-packed with very little room for anyone. But, a very belligerent man violently pushed his way on board. Everyone in that car got quiet and stared him down to check him. It was a palpable and justified response.

We must be adamant in our love for each other and not succumb to the fear that swayed us in the past.

A wise and dear friend recently proposed that maybe Mr. Trump was teacher mirroring our collective hate and biases, a symbol of the bully who hides behind a hubristic mask.

Spiritual teacher and mystic, Caroline Myss, writes the following of the bully archetypal personality, which is closely connected to the coward archetype:

“Conventional wisdom holds that underneath a bully is a coward trying to keep others from discovering his true identity. Symbolically, the Coward within must stand up to being bullied by his own fears, which is a path to empowerment through these two archetypes.”

Do we have the courage to stand up, face our fears, and clean up all of what we have haphazardly co-created?

I believe we have all of what it takes.

Keeping the Faith, Tonya

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