Catapult, Hurl, Toss

: an ancient weapon used for throwing large rocks
: to throw (something) with force
: to say or shout (something, such as an insult) in a loud and forceful way
: to throw (something) with a quick, light motion



Catapult (n.): 1570s, from Middle French catapulte and directly from Latin catapultawar marching for throwing,” from Greek katapeltes from kataagainst” + base of pelleinto toss, hurl” (related to Pulse). As an airplane-launching device on an aircraft-carrier by 1927.

Hurl (v.): early 13 century, hurlen, “to run against (each other), come into collision,” later “throw forcibly”; “rush violently” (late 14c); perhaps related to Low German hurrelnto throw, to dash,” and East Frisian hurreln “to roar, to bluster.”

Toss (v.): mid 15th century, “to lift or throw with a sudden movement,” of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Norwegian tossato strew, spread”). Food preparation (with reference to salad, etc.) is recorded from 1723. Intransitive sense “be restless; throw oneself about” is from the 1550s.



“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.”

Jonas Salk (1914-1995, American medical researcher and virologist, who discovered and developed the first successful polio vaccine.)

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“I’m a guy who has problems with moderation. All or nothing. Binge and purge. Kill or be killed. Gray is not a color I wear well. I should be dead. I know that. I should not be successful. I know that too. My daily existence is a toss of a coin – one side, fear, the other side, gratitude.”

Kurt Sutter (b. 1960, American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, known for The Shield)

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“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

Octavia Butler (1947-2006, American science fiction writer; a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards; and one of the best-known women in the field.)

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“He would catapult you forward, and that was his intention with the Jazz Messengers. He would take young people with a potential and help them develop a voice as a player and as a writer.”

Benny Green (b. 1963, hard bop jazz pianist w ho was a member of the Art Blakely’s Jazz Messenger)

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“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”

George W. Bush (b. 1946, 43rd U.S. President who served from 2001-2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995-2000)

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“I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, 34th U.S. President from 1953-1961)

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“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.”

— Jonas Salk

Do you feel a bit like a bamboo tossing and swaying in the wind? It may not be such a bad thing according the Chinese art of Qi Gong.  The bamboo plant patiently grounds itself in the Earth and simultaneous reaches for the heavens, and is also made of strong material and rarely breaks, a living example of what we all should aspire to be.

The world is changing fast, by quantum leaps and bounds. We are truly living a new paradigm.

But, instead of catapulting weapons or hurling rocks at each other, maybe it’s time for us to resist war by listening, connecting, and talking to one another in meaningful ways, even admitting our ignorance of what we think we know about each other.

The great Jonas Salk has pointed us to an interesting path of intuitive partnership. And like with any beloved relationship we must not only try to listen but also work to strengthen our trust.

If we can listen to our intuitive selves and acknowledge the inner higher voices that exist then maybe we can begin to shed our fear and work towards listening and respecting one another.

Any true connection requires knowledge, education, and patience, which are spiritual journeys, multi-stage marathons, so to speak. How one seeks truth and meaning in one’s life depends a great deal on practice and discipline.

So, as we hurl ourselves out into the world let us observe our thoughts without judgment, and discern what is fear-based and what is divine inspiration.

Intuition is linked to inspiration and sometimes comes to us directly through an inner quiet and peaceful voice. But sometimes it may come indirectly through a song, a dream, an animal spirit, book, or a television program.  We will begin understand that these signs are breadcrumbs, clues to shift and expand our world more towards the light.

But, we cannot do this alone. We need each in trailblazing these new frontiers toward healing our world. Our intuitions are the divine guidepost that will take us there, towards infinite creative new ways of being.

Stay well, my friends.

Much Love, Tonya





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