Certain

1 : fixed, settled
2 : of a specific but unspecified character, quantity or degree
3 (a): dependable, reliable; (b): known or proved to be true : indisputable
4 (a): inevitable; (b): incapable of failing : destined

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Certain (adj.): c. 1300, “determined, fixed,” from Old French certainreliable, sure assured” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin certanus, from Latin certussure, fixed, settled, determined” (also source of Italian certo, Spanish cierto), originally a variant past participle of cernere to distinguish, decide,” literally “to sift, separate” (related to: crisis).

Of persons, “full of confidence in one’s knowledge or judgment,” from mid-14th century. Euphemistic use (of a certain age, etc.) attested from mid-18c. Certainer, certainest were common to c. 1750, but have fallen from proper use for some reason. Expression for certainassuredly” is attested by early 14c.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.”

John Keats (1785-1821, English Romantic poet, died at the age of twenty-five, but was one of the major second generational Romantic poets of his time, publishing only fifty-four poems.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/john-keats

“There is only corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, author, screenwriter, novelist, philosopher, and a member of the prominent intellectual Huxley family; best known for his 1932 novel, “Brave New World.”)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/aldous-huxley-9348198

“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.”

William Osler (1849-1919, Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet, Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital)

Bio Source:

www.oslersymposia.org/about-Sir-William-Osler.html

“If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.”

William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943, American author, critic, and scholar, who popularized the teaching of contemporary literature.)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/William-Lyon-Phelps

“To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about the winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.”

Summer Sanders (b. 1972, American competitive swimmer, Olympian champion, philanthropist, health advocate, traveler, and more…)

Bio Source:

www.summersanders.net

“I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.”

Bréne Brown (b. 1965, researcher and story-teller, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; and best known for writing the New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and Rising Strong)

Bio Source:

brenebrown.com

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, a spokesman for democracy, America’s Founding Father, principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801-1809))

Bio Source:

www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/thomasjefferson

Meditation

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.”

— John Keats

Life’s circumstances can be jolting causing uncertainty that can stress and make us feel vulnerable and uneasy, splitting our worlds apart.  It’s can also be very disconcerting, especially when we are hijacked by our fears, dread, and anxieties.

Our work is to stay grounded and centered in who we are and in the Love that course through all that we are.   And we must also come back to our belief systems, to those principals we hold dear, and not get caught up in our world’s turmoil.  Instead we must continue to abide in the nourishing Love and Light of Universal Source Energy.

That’s sometimes easier said than done.  I know.  Not only do we have to pray ourselves through our circumstances, but we also have to laugh ourselves out of the pain.

There’s a great deal of charged emotions and tensions swirling around our planet right now that has very little to do with us, personally, although it does have a lot to do with us, collectively.  We all have had our part to play in the creation of our world.  But, there’s beauty even through our struggles and suffering.

Individually, we must pay very close attention to what charges us up, because there’s rich information and treasure-hunting in self-examination.  It provides the tools to facilitate the healing of our past hurts and allows us to purify and elevate the unknown shadow parts of ourselves.

Once we dissect, untangle, and clean out our spiritual closets we will begin to discern what is sacred and holy and what is pure rubbish.  With clearly, we will then be able to observe our beloved planet from a place peace, hope, and love, and shift our global civilization to its betterment.

Always dwell in Love and Hope, my friends.  Never ever give that up.

Much Love, Tonya

 

 

 

 

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