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Desiderata and An Empowering Exercise from the Spiral Un-Workbook…

June 30, 2011


Perhaps pitch perfect wisdom for our times… From Wikipedia…

Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”, plural of desideratum) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945).[1] The text was largely unknown in the author’s lifetime and became widely known after its use in a devotional.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.



Spontaneous in-breath…


Spontaneous in-breath.


spontaneous in-breath.

While doing the exercise cover your ears lightly at first with your finger-tips and then play with the pressure so you create a resonant hum. Try then to dynamically hold the resonance.

The hum is a high-maker for reasons that will become obvious quickly. You will want to prolong the out breath to prolong the hum to prolong the high. Take it from me! 🙂

hum as high as you can and as low as you can. And everything in between. Somewhere between the frequency of the hum and the pressure of your fingers on your ears is that magical resonance. Find it, hold it.

The mmmmnnnnmmmmmnnnnnmmmmmm structure of the third cycle make you aware of an interesting, subtle space in your resonant cavity. Find it. You will be called to seek others naturally.

Slow down………… the hummmming exercise makes you want to breathe out deeply, to prolong the hum, because it is intoxicating for reasons that will become apparent to you or I can share someday.

Breathing out is the key. It is an outward projected existence, see? The inbreath is natural, spontaneous…. after a deep and powerful projection of the out-breath.

Finding the resonant space by playing with the pressure of your fingers to create a harmonic resonance of the hum, shows you, by an interesting acoustic effect, your inner cranial structure, through sound. Then you can massage it…. with sound…..Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………..

It’s an age old exercise. It’s a sonic vacuum cleaner for your system.

And it slows you doooooowwwwwnnnnnnn.
And in this day and age, slowing IS speeding up. Literally.
Try it and let me know what you feel. For more on Spiral, see the My Practice….Spiral  Tab on the upper Right, in bold black.
And print out the Desiderata, share it widely and pin/stick it somewhere where it becomes a part of your being, vibrationally.

It is the slow who find balance.

A big hug/m all around…

Hmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. 🙂


27 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura W permalink
    June 30, 2011 1:52 pm

    Dearest V,

    This is precisely, exactly, and completely what I needed this morning, thank you. I will roll it over in my head as I stroll about in the cool summery breeze in these beautiful mountains, and when I tuck into my soft bed at night.

    Light and love, LW

    PS – you should record it on your you-tube station…love to hear your voice.

    • July 2, 2011 3:21 pm

      Hey Laura, long time! Good to know you are still here on occasion. 🙂 It is beautiful, is it not?
      And I’m coming out with something shortly where you’ll get my voice aplenty! Really soon actually!

      Say hi to the mountains of SLC for me.

      🙂 A big *hug* to you.

  2. Nadall permalink
    June 30, 2011 6:23 pm

    How cool. I was thinking about this quite recently, trying to remember it. Desiderata used to be on a wall in just about every house of every cool person in America (at least where I visited) back in the late 60’s or early seventies (along with a “black light and other posters). There was also a wonderful artist (does anyone remember his name?) who did truly great posters of surreal scenes such as someone (an angel) chained to a rock on a cliff and another angel, with a sword, swooping down to free him.

    • Nadall permalink
      July 26, 2011 6:11 am

      Oh …. this reminds me of a series by a Sci/fi author a long time ago … the Amber series …. dancing the pattern to the real world in the center of all the other alternate ones … Maybe Roger Zelazny? Let’s dance, I say!

      • dmt permalink
        January 5, 2012 10:35 pm

        Amber! What a fascinating world. Roger Zelazny was truly a master of wordcraft and imagination.

        I found him through a video game believe it or not … Planescape: Torment.
        Like no other. It transcended the idea of just “a game” and became something more – a living work of art – and the lead writer claimed one of his main inspirations to be Zelazny.

        Thank you for this V, this poem struck a chord deep within, and always … the branches .. connecting us and everything in life… fascinating.

  3. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 1, 2011 4:51 am

    Nadall your causing a flashback. I certainly remember all those things but not the names of the artist . There were several very good ones and popular at the time as it was the pop culture.
    Interesting how much different it is today, so much more destructive and of course deliberately violent/sexualized to what seems extremes.

    I would agree we would all be much better off to return to those days/lifestyles. I am already headed there and further back actually.

  4. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 1, 2011 4:56 am

    Vivek – can I post an email from an inquirer about the communal property thingy . It is quite long but answers all questions and would save a lot of back and forth so may end up the shortest route ? I will not post any names This person had some experience and asked some good questions and raised some as well . If not people can simply contact me and that is fine as well.

  5. dw in tahoe permalink
    July 1, 2011 4:02 pm

    Hi All,
    it’s quite ironic here in america that the people who did not trust ‘the man’ in the 60’s are ‘the man’ now.

    The status quo is the hardest drug to purge out of your system.

    The baby boomers are soon to have their ‘great depression’. They have never known really hard times.

    Death to this global fiat! Death to their control! The meek will overcome!

    Love to all, DW in the Tahoe forest

    • Nadall permalink
      July 1, 2011 5:17 pm

      Sweeping generalizations …. I am a ”boomer’. Nothing you said applies to me. BTW ( I learned an acronym!) Is it love to all or death to all or huh? Oh, and “the man” is younger than us Boomers. We are the (almost) dead weight lugging down the system. Useless eaters. ( Wow. Looks like you really hit a nerve). Anyway, the point is that some of us old folks never did sell out and never will co-operate and never have fit into the system. A lot of those ugly old homeless men you see at intersections are my age and so …. there ya go. P.S. Homeless is a VERY hard time. I’ve been there and done that.
      P.P.S. I normally enjoy your comments. Please look into the true state of 60 plus year olds in this country. It’s really sad for a lot.

      • Nadall permalink
        July 1, 2011 5:19 pm

        Oh. And when we wish death to anyone we become the very oppressors we so despise. Love to you. And I mean that.

      • July 2, 2011 2:14 pm

        I think DW means that the spirit of the generation was transformed.

        My father is a boomer, too, like you. He also never sold out, so to speak. He is disappointed in his generation, which he thinks had great promise in its youth. Surely you would agree that the music did in fact die?

        As I am now a mother myself, I think I understand part of the reason why. It is easy to to be anti-establishment when you’re only responsible for yourself. Children engender pragmatism and fear of failure in their parents.

        • Nadall permalink
          July 6, 2011 8:44 am

          Honey, I couldn’t agree more on ALL counts. As far as little ones who depend on you, sometimes the most pragmatic thing that can happen is to get off the grid to keep them safe, but for most parents, I doubt this is even possible. Homeschooling is a great option. I hope they don’t take that away. Communes (such as Stephen’s) seem to be springing up again…perhaps another great choice, but I live in Texas and remember Waco quite clearly. They can take that away too. Maybe expatriation ain’t such a bad idea if you can do THAT. Like Vivek, I wonder just how bad it’s gonna get before it gets better. All blessings to you and your family.

      • July 5, 2011 8:31 am

        I never sold out either and, as a consequence, I have been made homeless several times (though never quite “living on the streets”, if nearly once).

        There is a problem with having principles, a conscience and actually caring in this increasingly psychotic world … hook up with a “very charming” psychopath/sociopath/personalty disorder and see what happens.

        Sooner or later he or she will got everything she/he wanted and you will get spat out, vilfied, treated with contempt and ruined.

        An object lesson is the man who has inspired me SO much … Socrates (via Plato).

        “Know Thyself.”

        “To thine own self be true.”

        “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

        These are precepts I have held dear for many years (with more or less success) and in full knowledge (for several years) that they cost him his life at about my age, which is 68.

        If you are interested: then get a copy of “The Last Days of Socrates”.

        If you are even more interested: then get a copy of Plato’s “Republic”.

        Be warned, though, these books cannot just be read.

        First time I tried to do that I thought they were rubbish … next time around – after a severe jolt in my life which “turned my eye inwards” – I suddenly found that I began to understand … not just Plato made sense; also such as Rene Descartes, David Hume, Kant and Jung.

        • Nadall permalink
          July 6, 2011 8:32 am

          Yup. Did that too. (hooked up w/a monster. Whoops. Was alone for 14 years because of THAT little escapade.) I read them about a billion years ago. Time for a re-check. I adored Jung in particular as a teenager. (I knew I was crazy way back then and was looking into psychiatry/ology trying to fix myself.) Didn’t work. (Picture a “Smiley” here.)

          • July 6, 2011 2:54 pm

            Me too … Jung.

            Did not work, except that Jung kept my sanity in the face of false allegations.

            He gave me knowledge of ‘projection’ (false attribution of faults to someone else to someone else, which a person – mostly women – have in themselves.)

            Jung’s most important work, for me, is “The Psychology of the Transference”.

            Hey Nadall.

  6. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 1, 2011 10:22 pm

    DW – So are you saying the twenty somethings that created the algos and many of the derivative mechanisms because they havd PHD and MBA behind their names are innocent and all boomers or people of a certain age are to blame for all of it ? Not exactly a balanced or realistic view as I see it. Most of the boomers I know are completely against all that is happening and are not the controllers. But yes many of the controllers happen to be in that age group . It is simply greed not that age group that is at fault. I think you have palyed into PRAVDAs stereotype game which is exactly what they want you to do so you don’t see the truth and you can find someone to blame as a group. Most of the people of that age group have definitely seen lesser times the opposite of what you suggest and it is the younger generations that have never experienced anything but good times. That is why they are so easily swayed and led by the nose via PRAVDA. Time to rethink a bit I think. I would say that boomers did a lot of damage in various ways. The I/ME generation is full of huge mistakes and folly mostly caused by ego and a lack of realistic boundaries which allowed lots of bad decisions to be made on a social scale. I did as well no doubt. But to blame all economic woes today on boomers, simply does not hold water. In the last 30-40 years is when most of the excessive lifestyles have given the younger generations a false sense of security in thinking it will always be good times or maybe even FREE ! So lots of Illusions to be dealt with and I never expected free or bought more house than I could afford but lots of 30-40 somethings did. How do you explain that ? There is no explanation, it is just people and greed and stupid . Pretty simple stuff actually. The simple truth is there is plenty of blame to go around. Remember it took a willing numbskull to buy all those ZERO down houses that could never be paid for as well as all the other “Stuff” on credit cards. That was not all boomers . In fact it was largely people who were younger and simply did not care much less think about what they were doing . again time to rethink some things, I think.

    • July 2, 2011 2:28 pm

      As I mentioned a bit in my response to Nadall, the tragedy of the boomers is the promise lost…there seemed to be such a widespread growth in consciousness among them, and much of it withered on the vine. As for Xers, such as myself….we’ve always been cynical and jaded, on the whole.

      I guess the question becomes will ever an entire generation raise and maintain consciousness in a way that truly transforms the society, or will seekers remain outliers and mis-fits?

      Will the vaunted Age of Aquarius materialize?

      • Nadall permalink
        July 26, 2011 6:20 am

        Creation seems to have a weeding out/winnowing theme. I think of the sculpture of David (was it Michaelangelo?) where he said all he did was discard the parts of the rock that weren’t David. Or out of 4 is it million or billion sperm that start out and only one or so makes it into an egg. I believe (although I can’t say I know,) that a portion will experience the Age of Aquarius and beyond.

        • July 26, 2011 7:19 am

          Nadall, that is a really interesting way of looking at things! What a visually stimulating analogy, of the sperm and mikeyA and the D. A. V. I. D. sculpture. It was that one by the way,as I recall too. And such is how it is with our own inward journey also. A constant whittling!
          Thanks for sharing and sharing with such love. 🙂

  7. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 1, 2011 10:37 pm

    Vivek – I am not going to post emails it is too long and would require too much space. People can simply contact me if interested or ask a straight up question. Maybe I can condense it , we’ll see ? It really is not very complicated stuff . Mostly bringing together the right people of same mindset and then simply going forward with purchase/acquisition in LLC and working out all peripheals as all would have same interest both financial and physical effort. Would also be nice to have a place to come back to that was being taken care of and then the next guy could travel or whatever while you mind the home front . Lots of benefits. The right mindset/people is the key. I will forward the info to those who request.

    Good luck to all, the system is melting down .

  8. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 6, 2011 4:01 am

    It seems the only way there can be a substantive change for the better is for many to perish because that is the underlying problem. Not just in numbers but actions and mistaken thoughts/deeds and a gross lack of ? Too much materialism, misuse of everything and a complete lack of understanding about resources and the use of. The simple truth is there is no other way, many must perish or be thinned out however you want to perceive it . Perhaps 10-25% will be left if that. And that will be a huge game changer. I seriously doubt TPTB will survive as they think they will . But if they do it will all be for nought and there will be nothing to “WIN” by their perpsectives. This is why I keep saying all those who think everything will be just fine and a great change of good is coming are simply unrealistic and naieve . Many must perish for any good change to occurr. There is no other way. In the end that may well be a very good thing . Only time will tell .

    • Nadall permalink
      July 6, 2011 8:26 am

      Dear one, do you assume the survivors will be any different than humanity today? I’m afraid not. Maybe worse. If I understand it correctly, an 80% die-off is exactly what TPTB want. Alexandra is spot on in her most recent comment. I wonder too. As a matter of fact, I can’t even keep my own consciousness “raised” consistently. Richard Alpert (I think) aka Baba Ram Dass comes to mind. He was talking about how easy it is to be spiritual when you are living alone in a cave, but as he came down the mountain and got on a bus, the same old lusts hit him smack dab down. (Or even just getting high, for example … all spiritual but just let someone hit the right buttons when we’re straight and our goodness evaporates. Isn’t that what Marley/Rasta was sayin’?) Anyway, what I wonder is what it’s gonna take to change our basic screwed-up ness. I just don’t know.

      • July 6, 2011 3:15 pm

        I just do not know either … never did since reading Plato and Descartes some 30 years ago; but absolutely since Fu(c)kushima erupted a few months ago, with no end possible.

        Atleast Chernobyl was somewhat contained within weeks.

        Fuc(k)ushima can never be contained. The nuclear reactors there (and anywhere else where controls break down – everywhere eventually) are a permanent “volcanic eruption” of the most deadly substances for all forms of life.

  9. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 8, 2011 4:02 am

    Nadall – If we are repressed back to 20%, that in and of itself will reset the paradyme. Won’t matter who is left because the basics of survival is all that will matter and thinkng will change accordingly. Things will get very basic very quick and necessity will take over . In other words people will suffer enough to change to a simpler basis and that is not a bad thing just a lot less material stuff and social fluff/psychosis-neurosis . we simply have not suffered enough to make any serious changes YET !

    • Nadall permalink
      July 8, 2011 6:13 pm

      I’m pretty sure we are talking about 2 different things here. I agree that simpler is better though, for sure. Are you familiar with Mike Adams? I think you’d enjoy Natural News dot com. His nickname is the Health Ranger. He also talks about what’s really going on kinda like Alex Jones. The latest deal is how our govt. supplied 30K plus weapons to the “bad” guys (the drug gangs). Interesting times, yes?

  10. Stephen Baze permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:54 am

    Nadall – I think I just see it different than you do . We have not suffered enough to change anything means simply we have not suffered . So far only words . We still give obese people electric carts to cruise walmart on food stamps and SSI to dope addicts and alcoholics ? This is not suffering ? Here in US we are effed up in too many ways to consider so it must correct itself as it is all non-sustainable and quite insane . It is only a matter of time if one is honest and calls a spade a spade . Many will perish unnecessarily due to our own governments policies and TPTB . The gun ruinning by gov is just the tip of the iceberg . The biggest banks have been laundering mexican drug cartel money for years and it is common knowledge and documented. Nothing new here ? It is all basicly out of control and will get worse as it collapses. PRAVDA has done a very good job indeed of keeping all in hypnosis. The collapse has already started by the way, but in slow motion . US defaulted in 2008 when H Paulson told the biggest lie and nerly alll believed it . Sorry to say .

  11. Nadall permalink
    July 26, 2011 5:55 am

    Hi Stephen. Why do you think that suffering is what motivates/causes change? It certainly didn’t in MY case. I know you to be a seeker of truth, so …. that’s kinda harsh and judgemental. I share that view sometimes. I think change springs from acceptance and then perhaps understanding draws you forth. I KNOW it requires the overcoming of fear and anger has to be transformed into something useful rather than destructive. Change requires space and fear/anger/suffering are all restrictive/destructive claustrophobic conditions. (Try meditating when you’re suffering. I can’t do it.) Whatcha think?

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