1: trail, drag
2: to direct the growth of (a plant) usually by bending, pruning, and tying
3 (a): to form by instruction, discipline, or drill; (b): to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient
4: to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill
5: to aim at an object or objective: direct
Train (v.): “to discipline, teach, bring to a desired state by means of instruction,” 1540s, probably from earlier sense of “draw out and manipulate in order to bring to a desired form” (late 14th century), specifically of the growth of branches, vines, etc. from mid-15th century; from train (n.). Sense of “point or aim” (a firearm, etc.) is from 1841. Sense of “fit oneself for a performance by a regiment or exercise” is from 1832. The meaning “to travel by railway” is recorded from 1856.
Train (n.): early 14th century, “a drawing out, delay;” late 14th century, “trailing part of a skirt, gown, or cloak;” also “retinue, procession,” from Old French train “tracks, path, trail (of a rome or gown); act of dragging,” from trainer “to pull, drag, draw,” from Vulgar Latin traginare, extended from tragere “to pull,” back-formation from tracts, past participle of Latin trader “to pull, draw” (related to: tract).
General sense of “series, progression, succession, continuous course” is from late 15th century. Train of thought first attested 1650s. The railroad sense “locomotive and the cars coupled to it” is recorded from 1820, from notion of a “train” of wagons or carriages pulled by a mechanical engine.
“Life is rather like a long train ride; you may encounter a great many people, but looking out from your own small compartment of self you catch only a glimpse of other people's joy or despair.”
Faith Baldwin (1893 – 1978, U.S. author of romance and fiction, publishing some 100 novels, often concentrating on women juggling career and family)
"I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger."
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913, escaped slave and leading abolitionist before the American Civil War, who led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad)
“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and playwright, known as one of the most successful and respected poets in America)
“Every morning I look in the mirror and remind myself: No one owes you sh*t! In this way, I am never disappointed. Never placing blame.”
Brandi L. Bates (bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and philosopher-poet)
"When the ideas are coming, I don't stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn't come along all the time."
Dr. Dre (b. Andre Romelle Young in 1965, American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur; also founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics)
“When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” — Dr. Dre
A flood of ideas descending down is a gift. But, we must train our minds and hearts to be opened, aware, and accepting of the inspiration as it flows in.
That’s why spiritual practices of our choosing are super important. These disciplines are not so much about creating opportunities as they are about letting go of our old patterns so that we can be opened to new information, knowledge, and wisdom.
It’s for us to surrender out cultural noises, those voices and programs that try to convince us we are limited and pinned into make-believe realities of not our own choosing. These box-prisons can create emotional bondage and are capable of taking our minds, hearts, and bodies.
Once we clear out the cobwebs from our souls we will then be poised to connect in and receive The Greater Universe’s original ideas from great beyond. However, there’s no way we can predict how and when the inspiration will come through. What matters is that we become our own blank canvases, so that when it’s time, we can take our time and create our masterpieces.
Stay alert, sojourners, and exercise your mind, body, and spirit to the subtle levels of real world that exists behind the curtain.
Be well, my friends!
Much Love, Tonya