: marked by a fast rate of motion, activity, succession, or occurrence
Rapid (adj.): 1630s, “moving quickly,” from French rapide (17c.) and directly from Latin rapidus “hasty, swift; snatching, fierce, impetuous,” from rapere “hurry away, carry off, seize, plunder,” from Proto-Indo-European root, rep– “to snatch” (cognates: Greek ereptomai “devour,” harpezein “snatch away ,” Lithuanian raples “tongs”). Meaning “happening in a short time” is from 1780. Rapid-transit first attested 1852, in reference to street railways; rapid eye movement is from 1906.
“True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks be yond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.”
Ellen G. White (1827-1915, American Christian author and pioneer; along with Joseph Bates and her husband, James White, she formed the Seventh-day Adventist Church.)
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
George Washington (1732-1799, First President of the U.S., the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.)
“If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.”
James Monroe (1758-1831, 5th U.S. President, and the last President from the Founding Fathers)
“Strong women, when respected, make the whole society stronger. One must be careful with such rapid changes, though, and make an effort to preserve, at the same time, the positive traditions of Indian culture.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (b. 1956, Indian-American bestselling author, poet, activist, and teacher of writing)
“No individual is alone responsible for a single stepping stone along the path of progress, and where the path is smooth progress is most rapid.”
Ernest Lawrence (1901-1958, pioneering American nuclear scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 for inventing the cyclotron, and prolific writer)
“I’m very concerned about the tone of politics in recent years. We’ve seen a decline in civility and bipartisanship, and a rapid increase in hostility between those who have differing opinions. I think this has led to the alienation of the public in governance, which jeopardizes democratic participation.”
Kyrsten Sinema (b. 1976, American politician and U.S. Representative from Arizona’s 9th congressional district, first elected in 2012.)
“True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.”
– Ellen G. White
I know I focus a lot on love. I’m not writing so much about romantic love, although that’s extremely important too. I am speaking more of abiding love, the agape unconditional love we all should have for ourselves, for each other, and for all of Life. The Magic, the mystery and the mystical happen when we open ourselves to this Eternal Love.
That doesn’t mean we don’t protect ourselves or have healthy boundaries when needed. It’s vital to be protected as well as opened, as we are all on different spiritual journeys and energy streams.
When I first started my intense spiritual quest over 26 years ago, there was so much new information and downloads I was experiencing all at once. It’s a wonder that I didn’t get totally overwhelmed by the process. Intuitively, somehow I was divinely guided to let go and to flow fearlessly down the many rapid streams of new knowledge and wisdom.
As I developed a comprehensive spiritual routine my nervous system calmed and the rapids motions of passion slowed down too. Eventually, I was strong enough shut out external noise, focus in, and hear the nuances of my divine directive and guardianship.
There may be times when we all have to accelerate and respond to unforeseen circumstances with our lives. But, for the most part, there should be a focused intentional push to balance our inner peace within our external worlds.
Stay well, great beloveds.