: know that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
: feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)
: knowing and understanding a lot about what is happening in the world or around you
Aware (adj.): late Old English gewær, from Proto-Germanic ga-waraz, from ga-, intensive prefix, + waraz “wary, cautious.”
Wary (adj.): late 15th century, from Old English wær “prudent, aware, alert,” from Proto-Germanic waraz, from Proto-Indo-European root wer- (4) “to perceive, watch out for.”
“If you can't feel anything, it doesn't mean it's not hurting.”
Katerina Stoykova Klemer (multi-talented editor and poet who writes in both English and Bulgarian; best known for “The Air Around the Butterfly”)
“Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence.”
Noah Levine (b. 1971, American Buddhist teacher and the author of the books, “Dharma Punx: A Memoir and Against the Stream”)
“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950, Indian sage who revealed the direct path of practice of self-inquiry and awakened mankind to the spiritual heart of the world)
“There were moments, of course. Those small spaces in time, too soon gone, when everything seems to stand still, and existence is balanced on a perfect point, like the moment of change between the dark and the light, and when both and neither surround you.”
Diana Gabaldon (b. 1952, American author best known for the “Outlander” series of novels)
“I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.
All seems beautiful to me.
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me;
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me.”
Walt Whitman (1819-1892, poet, essayist, journalist, humanist, who transitioned between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both his work)
“If you can’t feel anything, it doesn’t mean it’s not hurting.”
— Katerina Stoykova Klemer
I have to honest. I was a bit numb, at first, when hearing about tragic shooting massacre in Orlando. I didn’t want to focus on it too much. Since the 911 terrorist attacks and many other numerous tragedies that we have had in the new millennia, like most of us, I’ve had my fill of senseless death all in the name of hatred. But, then sadness hits me and then rage floods in, not so much rage in anger, rather as the “rage against the machine,” the machine symbolizing our own destructiveness, intolerance, and collective insanity.
This is what I have witnessed from my life’s experiences. When humanity is on the brink of transitioning to another stage of our collective consciousness, the opposition will always challenge that advancement. That’s why Unity Consciousness is not an easy process. Enlightenment can be spiritual warfare in which we all must prove we are capable of loving more deeply and authentically. It’s not always about sitting in contemplation for hours. Conscious awareness is more about rolling up our sleeves, getting dirty, and challenging our beliefs, which may be mostly erroneous.
We think we know. We think we have it all figured out. We think we have God figured out too. But, maybe we are infants in this new evolving awareness, and Life is far more complex than we know. And maybe, just maybe, we need each other to solve our world’s problems.
Continue to be strong and aware, my friends. There’s so much to be revealed.
Much Love, Tonya