Diverge

: to move or extend in different directions from a common point
: to become or be different in character or form : differ in opinion
: to turn aside from a path or course : DEVIATE
mathematical: relating to or being an infinite sequence that does not have a limit or an infinite series who partial sums do not have a limit.

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Etymology

Diverge (v.): 1660s, from Modern Latin divergerego in different directions,” from dis- “apart” + vergere “to bend, turn.”

Deviate (v.): 1630s, from Late Latin deviatus, past particle of deviare “to turn out of the way.”

Source: http://www.etymonline.com/

Wisdom

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

Frank Zappa (1940-1993, American musician, bandleader, composer, recording engineering, recording producer, and film director. His career spanned 30 years where he composed rock, jazz, and orchestral works.)

Bio Source:

http://www.zappa.com/

“I never considered Miles Davis a perfectionist; I always considered him as an excellence-ist, where deviation is actually kind of cool.”

Charlie Trotter (1959-2013, American chef and restaurateur, a self-taught chef who opened a restaurant in Chicago in 1987. His intense creativity and “never-repeat-a-dish dictum” made Charlie Trotter’s the most talked-about restaurant in Chicago.

Bio Source:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-05/news/chi-charlie-trotter-dead-20131105_1_beard-award-lincoln-park-home-james-beard-foundation

“Any deviation is looked upon as a perversion, is feared, and is usually a target of hatred and prejudice.”

Joey Skaggs (born 1945, age 69, American prankster, and is responsible for organizing numerous media pranks and hoaxes. He is one of the originators of the phenonomenon known as “culture jamming.”)

Bio Source:

http://www.joeyskaggs.com/

“Truth is generally kindness, but where the two diverge and collide, kindness should override truth.”

Samuel Butler (1835-1902, an iconoclastic Victorian-era English author who published a variety of works. His autobiographical novel, The Way of All Flesh (1903) is considered his masterpiece.)

Bio Source:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/86551/Samuel-Butler

“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”

Aristotle (384-322 BCE, Greek philosopher and scientist. Together with Socrates and Plato, Aristotle laid the groundwork for western philosophy. When Aristotle turned 17 years of age, he enrolled in Plato’s Academy. He tutored Alexander the Great, and later founded his own school, the Lyceum in Athens. He spent most of life studying, teaching and writing.)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/aristotle-9188415

“In the end we are all separate: our stories, no matter how similar, come to a fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because of our similarities, but it is our differences we must learn to respect.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German, poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, best known for the two-part poet drama, Faust, which he started around the age of 23 and didn’t finish until before his death sixty years later. He is considered one the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period.)

Bio Source:

http://www.egs.edu/library/johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/biography/

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road – the one less traveled – our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”

Rachael Carson (1907-1964, American writer, scientist and ecologist. She graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham College) in 1929, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and later received a MA in zoology form John Hopkins University in 1932. She wrote pamphlets, edited scientific articles on conservation and then on her free-time wrote a couple of books on conservation while employed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She later resigned from the government service to devote herself to her writing.)

Bio Source:

http://www.rachelcarson.org/Biography.aspx - .VLNU9SjDlkE

Meditation

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up,” wrote Veronica Roth, the author of the young adult’s science fiction book, Divergent.

Why is it important for us to diverge from our collective state of fear and turbulence, so that we can live primarily in our present state?

I love watching science fiction movies or television series. They are one of my favorite genres.

You ever watch television or a movie or turn on the radio and answers to your questions mysteriously appear, especially when you need them the most?  I am always on the look out for signs and information’s mystical paths to solve some of life’s puzzles.

So, while surfing my cable channels over the weekend, I came upon the movie, Star Trek : Insurrection.  In this movie the famous Captain Jeann-Luc Picard (Ok, I’m a nerd) meets and falls in love with a very ancient woman who naturally looks very young and beautiful.  She knows some of the laws of the universe and shows Picard how to slow time down by being fully present.  She called it a “perfect moment.”

Hmmm, that’s interesting.

I turned the channel again and come upon one of my favorite movies, After Earth starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden.  This movie, I interpret, is about man’s relationship with God The Father.

What’s infinitely more interesting is Will Smith’s character’s initiation of his son.  The father character teaches his son that in order to defeat the monsters, these illusions of fear, the son must be fully present in his body.  He must not react out of emotion, but get centered in his body and thus present moment.  When Jaden’s character is able access all of his physical senses and relax his mind, he moves at higher vibration and becomes “invisible” to the monsters and is then able to defeat them.

Being fully present in our bodies and in the moment gives us the ability to access Source and to think at a higher level.  Presence also provides us the ability to diverge from the paralysis of fear, get back on track to clarity, and become the fearless spiritual warriors and co-creators we were originally made to be.

Fearlessly and Unconditionally Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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