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Humans, from the planet Earth, are the newest sentient species of notable size to enter the galactic stage and are the most rapidly expanding and developing. They are generally seen to be very intelligent, abnormally ambitious, highly adaptable, individualistic and thus, unpredictable. They have a powerful desire to advance and improve themselves, and do so with such assertion that the normally staid Council races have been taken aback by their restlessness and relentless curiosity.

Allow yourself to expand and develop into the person that you are meant to become. Regardless of who you are and who you will be, you are always beautiful.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Every time I see a post about young Leia that mentions Bail approximately 1500 times and never once mentions Breha, I lose another year of life.

Some rumored leaks of upcoming FFXV update:

“1.05 update makes Somnus play through final dungeon (Insomnia) through fights. Further development of FINAL FANTASY XV is ongoing.

- Additional cutscenes with Ravus and Niflheim to be added into New Game mode in addition to EPISODE PROMPTO content.

- Additional cutscenes with Noctis and Luna to be added into New Game mode.

- Additional cutscenes with Cor Leonis and Regis to be added into New Game mode in addition to EPISODE GLADIOLUS content.

- PLATINUM DEMO to be added to main game as bonus mode.

- EPISODE IGNIS to be released Q4 2017.

- Unannounced expansion, "WORLD OF VERSUS” to be unveiled at E3 2017 (release Q1 2018.) Expect this to be of a much darker tone than the base game. Covers “The demons Noctis faces during his 10 year slumber.” This is the “VERSUS” world, the world of dreams that Noctis can enter in his slumber. Themes of loss and tragedy will be developed and expanded upon.

No further updates at this time.“


The Houses

1st House- House of self. Holds your ascendant. Can sometimes expand on your Risings development.

2nd House- Rules over wealth and possessions.

3rd House- Rules over early childhood, education/learning, basic expression, extended family, siblings, and short distance travel.

4th House- All about family and home.

5th House- Rules over hobbies, love affairs aka your love life, celebrations, your approach to children & what your children might be like.

6th House- Rules over health, routine, work environments, and pets.

7th House- House of relationships, love, harmony, and partnerships.

8th House- Talks about Transformations, intimacy, and joint finances.

9th House- Rules over higher education, philosophical pursuits, role models, and travel.

10th House- Career and reputation. (MC sits here)

11th House- Rules over friendships and groups!

12th House- House of secrets. Rules over subconscious, secret fears, strengths, weaknesses, sometimes desires.

remember back in the days of yore when Peridot was still an antagonist and Always Serious and grumpy and people were legit convinced she was going to be an extremely nightmarish Bad Guy that would put the show into straight nightmare fuel land and

then someone found a bit from her model sheet that showed her smiling, the fandom went wild over this, people fantasized about Peridot Smiling because it was so surreal

and then Character Development happened and

a good Peridot episode is a Smiley Peridot episode

Unusual Word Headcanon Prompts #1
  • Acersecomic: How much effort do they put into personal grooming and hygiene?
  • Biblioclasm: Is there something about themselves they wish fewer people knew about?
  • Cacodemonomania: Do they believe in the paranormal? If so, have they had any supernatural encounters?
  • Dactylion: What are their views on swearing and profanity?
  • Enantiodromia: What's the most extreme personality shift they've gone through in their life?
  • Fanfaronade: Are they one to boast? What things are they prone to brag about, if any?
  • Gorgonize: What distracts them when they're trying to get things done?
  • Hamartia: What is their worst character flaw that they themselves don't recognize?
  • Infandous: What topics will they refuse to speak about?
  • Jettatura: If they could place a magical curse on their worst enemy, what would they want the curse to do?
  • Ktenology: Have they ever planned a murder, whether serious or not? If so, describe what they planned to do.
  • Leptosome: How is their body image?
  • Montivagant: How often do they get lost?
  • Noegenesis: Are there any topics that they love to think about deeply?
  • Ostentiferous: What's the unluckiest thing that's ever happened to them?
  • Pogonotrophy: What are their thoughts on facial hair, both on themselves and/or others?
  • Quockerwodger: Who do they most often mock?
  • Recumbentibus: What was their greatest victory?
  • Scripturient: Are they a good writer? What do they usually write, if anything?
  • Tarantism: Describe their dancing style.
  • Ultracrepidarian: What do they think they know more about than they actually do?
  • Vernalagnia: Does their mood or outlook on life change with the seasons? If so, how?
  • Welter: What subject will they never fully understand?
  • Xenization: How do they feel about interacting with strangers?
  • Yonderly: What kinds of things do they think about when they zone out?
  • Zugzwang: What's the trickiest problem they face in their life right now?

Louise Daniel Hutchinson (1928-2014) was an important contributor to the preservation of African American history. She was a driving force behind the Anacostia Community Museum in Washington D.C., created specifically with the intention of bringing culture closer to the particular neighbourhood.

She started working for the Smithsonian in 1971, researching  African American portraits. In 1974, she became the Historian and Director of Research for the Anacostia Museum, expanding its collections and developing its oral history programme. Some exhibitions she brought to the museum include Out of Africa: From West Kingdoms to Colonization, and Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds.

The CEO

Hello, everyone. It’s been a while since I last posted anything. I’ve been working on the story for several weeks, but I wouldn’t finish it without my dear petal, @little-black-dress-24. It all happened thanks to your idea, your patience with me constantly tormenting you to read this stuff. So, huge thank you, E. And E, I’m really sorry for my dramatic, aesthetic, perfectionist ass. Luv yeh. xx

I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Feel free to comment, share or at least like, if you fancy my work. 

Harry is a lawyer and he is faced with the challenge of cooperating with his new boss. The boss turns out to be a beautiful woman. 
Word count: 9,500-ish



You were sitting in a comfortable armchair with a cappuccino in a white coffee cup, right in front of you on a coffee table. You took a deeper breath from time to time to relax your tense body. You weren’t scared but you were nervous, in a good way. Finally, you achieved one of your career goals. You applied for your dream job in one of the best prospering law companies in the UK. You were determined to achieve your goal and so it happened. You were the first and the youngest woman to become a CEO in the company.

It was your first day and you were waiting for one of the Board Members to officially introduce you to the team. Your head was full of ideas on how to expand and develop the company. You were very excited about the job to a point where you couldn’t sleep at night because you were so full of energy and excitement for the new things to come.

You looked at a golden chain watch on your wrist and realised you should have been called inside about 10 minutes ago. You were tapping your fingers on your knees in excitement when you heard a man shouting in the office you were about to enter in the next couple of minutes.

‘You promised me this job and you lied to me, John! You know very well that it’s me who should have been given this job, I worked my ass off and I deserve it!’ you heard.

Hearing this, you felt an uncomfortable cramp in your stomach and a wide smile disappeared from your face immediately. Is someone getting fired because you got this job? That certainly wasn’t a good start, you thought. Several seconds later, the door to the office opened with force and a man stormed out from the inside. He was tall, very lean, dressed in a tailor-made navy-blue suit, white shirt and a black tie. His face was furious; eyebrows frowned, lips pursed in anger. When he noticed you sitting next to the door, his eyes lingered on you for several seconds as he was walking by, like he was examining you, wondering who you might be. Then he laughed sarcastically, spitting a silent ‘Obviously…’ under his nose. He disappeared behind the door and you were called in by Mr. Stevens as it was your turn to meet in his office.

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Bare with me for a second yall. I believe that Season 8 is a huge season for Michonne. As much as I love and adore Danai as Michonne I feel like she could start to outgrow her character’ role on The Walking Dead. Outside of Andrew Lincoln and possibly Jeffrey Dean Morgan, she is a star of the show but Michonne’ character isn’t completely simultaneous with that. I have never complained about how Michonne was written and I am a die hard Richonne shipper but Danai’ star is continuing to ascend and Michonne is entirely too important to the show to be underutilized this season. I’m not saying I need her in every single scene, every single episode, that’s unrealistic but I don’t want Michonne to fade to the back especially with ‘All Out War’ coming and all these different story lines and characters being introduced. Sis is special, like once in a lifetime type of talent SPECIAL. A Tony Award winning playwright, great films under her belt, plus she’s entering the Marvel universe. TWD better realize that they have a gem in their hands…Continue to develop and expand her role, let sis shine. I’m hoping that they will in season 8 because it’s not many that can hold a candle to her right now. She was magnificent before but now the entire world is on notice. Queen Danai, you’re royalty sis. Peace and blessings.

uprootingtheroots  asked:

Why is it that I only see people use the 7th house for relationships and never the 8th? The 8th holds love, intimacy and all that but I never see any mentions about the 8th house, only the 7th? What are you're thoughts?

the 8th house relationship expands on that developed in the 7th, the 7th is a looking glass, a projection of ourselves, the 7th is illusive in this sense, so we transit through the 7th and form this union, and its very Libra and amiable. then this planet enters the 8th house. and its like, i dont want to know what that person at work said, i want to know your soul, your secrets, your poisons, your sins, your addictions, its intimacy in every sense of the word that which transcends physical form, the 8th house is sex for this reason, 1 reason being the ‘peak’ of orgasm mimicking death, the regenerative functions, and also the desire for spiritual intimacy, touching souls, nothing less will do, the 8th is also the relationship of shared resources, it can be quite intimate for people to join bank accounts and write each other into wills, takes trust, something that can only be developed in the truthful black mirrors of the 8th house  

Paul Ryan either doesn’t understand insurance, or he’s lying about it.

As we struggle to understand the so-called Republican “health care” plan, which seems to have little to do either with health or care, it may be useful to review the underlying concept of that thing called “insurance,” which many in the GOP, particularly Paul Ryan, seem to have trouble understanding.

Among people with a basic high school education, it’s common knowledge that English civilization began expanding dramatically into the Americas in the mid-1600s. There are of course many explanations for this; among Christians, a favorite is the notion that colonists came to America to escape religious persecution. There’s some mild truth in that, if the only colonists you’re concerned about are the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, but the greater truth is, most colonists and the companies that financed their colonies established themselves in America for one reason– to make money.

Trade was the reason for developing and expanding the American colonies; shipping was the method by which trade was made possible; and insurance was what made England’s shipping trade profitable, turning a small island into a great ship-building empire that within a hundred years had colonies and dominions across three quarters of the globe.

The key to all of this, the reason America exists, the reason there was a British Empire, was insurance. Specifically, the concept of shared risk, in which the costs of individual disaster could be spread among many, for the benefit of all.

Ever hear of Lloyd’s of London? It’s the world’s oldest insurance underwriter, and in a real sense, it’s the reason Britain ruled the waves.

Before the mid-1600s, mounting a colonial expedition to the New World was so risky a proposition that only governments could afford to do it. Spain, of course, had a New World colonial empire a hundred years before England did– but despite the benefits in gold and precious metals, in many ways the colonial experience was a drain on the Spanish Empire, an extractive enterprise with all the diminishing returns of every extractive enterprise. (In the long run, extracting resources from a colony ends up costing more than the value received, which is one reason the South American colonies were eventually abandoned by the Spanish and Portuguese, or left to flounder under disengaged administration.) In the mid-1600s, in England (and more or less simultaneously in the Netherlands) that reality began to change.

Thanks to insurance.

In a coffee house in London, owned by a man named Lloyd, a group of wealthy merchants came together to pool their resources in a mutual insurance fund. The situation was simple: an almost-predictable number of colonial expeditions were certain to fail, and an almost-predictable number of ships were going to be lost at sea in any given period of time. The problem was, despite all of a merchant’s best efforts, there was no way to know which expedition and which ships would fail or be lost. Any merchant who financed a ship was as likely (or unlikely) to lose his investment as any other merchant. You couldn’t know in advance, which meant there was no way to mitigate the risk of your investment by yourself. Potentially your entire livelihood was in danger on a single roll of the dice. Only a madman would take such a risk (which is why most early colonial expeditions were led by madmen or religious cults).

However… if a group of merchants, each with his own expedition or his own ship, could be persuaded to pool their individual risk exposure, and to share the risk, what was potential financial suicide for an individual would become a reasonable loss spread across a group of individuals.

Shared risk made individual investment and national expansion possible.

Insurance empowered trade; trade created profits; profits created wealth; wealth created opportunity for individuals and the nation alike; individuals flourished and the nation became an Empire.

True, rational conservatives know this. Insurance– that is, shared risk across a group to protect the individual against predictable dangers– is a fundamental building block in business and finance. The Republican party, supposedly the party of responsible business, knows that insurance is a vital component in business, and, by extension, in life as a whole.

So why do they lie about it? Why would Paul Ryan, in his defense of the indefensible Trumpcare anti-insurance bill presently before Congress, describe the basic premise of insurance as “the fatal conceit of Obamacare”?

This is what Paul Ryan said:

“The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that we’re just going to make everybody buy our health insurance at the federal level, young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for older, sicker people. So the young healthy person’s going to be made to buy health care, and they’re going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s, or who gets heart disease in his 50s … The people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It’s not working, and that’s why it’s in a death spiral.”

Paul Ryan, the supposed policy expert who supposedly understands economics and business, is describing the basic premise of insurance– insurance, which made possible the world we currently live in– as a “fatal conceit.”

Either Paul Ryan is an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t understand Business 101, doesn’t know even high school economic theory– or he’s a mendacious liar playing to the ignorance, greed, and prejudice of the Republican base.

My bet’s on the later.

Shared risk is the basis of business investment; it’s at the root of every modern economy; it is the DEFINITION of society.

Universal health insurance isn’t an imposition on individual freedom: it’s a guarantee of individual freedom, a recognition that what might destroy us as individuals can be borne easily by all of us as a group. It empowers the individual to take risks he or she would otherwise never consider. It strengths the group by sharing a common burden.

It makes nations into Empires.

Beginning to Understand Karma

by Lama Thubten Yeshe

BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND KARMA

There’s not just one, fixed, mathematical way of explaining karma; there are many different ways, including the subheading and numbered list approach. Sometimes it seems that people new to Buddhism find karma hard to understand, but actually, it’s easy to get a rough, initial understanding of it.

Of course, once you get into the details, karma can be extraordinarily complex, too, but when I introduce it to beginners, I try to keep it simple so that they can get at least a basic, intellectual understanding. In reality, the only way you can get a total understanding of karma is through your own experience, and that experience is beyond words.

Trying to get a total understanding of karma through the intellect alone is like trying to count every atom of earth, water, fire and air in the universe, which is impossible,

Fundamentally, what is karma? Karma is your body, speech and mind. That’s it. It’s very simple. If I were to try to compare the subject of karma to the kinds of thing you study in the West, I’d say that it parallels in some ways the theory of the evolution of everything that exists. Karma encompasses everything on Earth and beyond, every existent phenomenon in the universe, throughout infinite space — in Buddhist terms, every phenomenon in samsara and nirvana. Karma is the energy of all phenomena and has nothing to do with what your mind believes.

If karma encompasses all relative phenomena, are these phenomena interconnected? Well, even modern science understands that all the energy in the universe is interdependently related; it’s not just Buddhist dogma.

For example, where does all the green vegetation we see around us come from? It doesn’t arise without cause. First there has to be a cause; then, the effect — the relative appearance of the green — arises. Similarly, each of us also has a cause; we, too, are interdependent phenomena. We depend on other energies for our existence. Those energies, in turn, depend on yet other energies. In this way, all energy is linked.

You probably think your body comes from the supermarket: as long as the supermarket’s there, you can eat; as long as you can eat, you exist. Obviously, it goes much deeper than that. Therefore, your conception of what you are — “I am. I’m this; I’m that; I’m this — is like a dream. Intuitively, your ego has this notion that you’re independent, that you’re not a dependent phenomenon. That’s complete rubbish.

If you look, you can easily see how you’re interdependent. It looks complicated; it’s not complicated. It only becomes complicated if your mind thinks it’s complicated. Your mind makes things up; that’s karma, too — an interdependent phenomenon; it exists in relation to other energy. If you understand the basic simplicity of this, you’ll be more careful in the way you act because you’ll realise that every single action of your body, speech and mind produces a reaction.

We describe samsara as cyclic: it’s like a wheel, it goes round; one thing produces another, that produces another, and so it goes on, one thing pushing the other. And each karmic action is like the seed that produces a flower that in turn produces hundreds of seeds, which then result in hundreds more flowers that produce hundreds more seeds each. In this way, in a relatively short time, one seed produces thousands and thousands of results.

The actions of your body, speech and mind are the same. Each action, positive or negative, good or bad, produces an appropriate result.

Also, karma doesn’t depend on your believing in it or not. The mere fact of your existence proves the existence of karma. Irrespective of whether you want to know about karma or not, whether you believe in it or not, it doesn’t matter: you are karma. Whether you accept karma or reject it, you can’t separate yourself from karma any more than you can separate yourself from energy. You are energy; you are karma. If you’re a human being, it doesn’t matter whether others think you’re a human being or not — you’re a human being. It doesn’t depend on what you think, either. The truth of all existence doesn’t depend on what people believe.

Sometimes you might think, “OK, Buddhists accept karma. They try to do good, avoid evil and perhaps enjoy positive results, but what about people who don’t believe in karma?”

But whether you believe or not, your suffering and problems have a cause. They don’t depend on what you believe. Do you think you suffer only because you think you suffer? No. Even if you say, “I’m not suffering,” you’re suffering. Suffering comes along with your very life.

Therefore, I often say that the Buddhist connotation of religion is a little different from the Western one. But when I say that, I’m not saying Buddhism is better; it’s just different. Its analytical approach is different.

UNDERSTANDING KARMA

When we teach karma, we often refer to its four characteristics, the first of which is that karma is definite.

Karma means action, your energy, and karma’s being definite means that once you have set in motion a powerful train of energy, it will continue running until it either is interrupted or reaches its conclusion. Karma’s being definite does not mean that once you have created a specific karma there’s nothing you can do to stop it. That’s a wrong view of karma.

Take, for example, the attitude of certain followers of the Hindu religion. You’ll find many people like this in India and Nepal: they believe in karma, but they believe it’s completely fixed. “I was born a carpenter. God gave me this life. I’ll always be a carpenter.” “My karma made me a cobbler; I’ll always be a cobbler.” They are very sincere in their belief, but very wrong in thinking that karma can’t be changed. When Westerners come across such people they can’t believe that they can think this way. Westerners know immediately from their own experience that if you really want to change your status in life you can do so.

But because these people’s misconceptions are so strong, they can’t change. It’s silly, isn’t it? That kind of super-belief is religious fanaticism. It’s ignorant; it closes your mind and prevents you from expanding and developing it.

I also sometimes see great misconceptions about karma in new Dharma students. They read and think about karma, accept its existence, but then become too sensitive about it. If they make a mistake in their actions, they get emotionally terrified and guilty. That’s wrong, too.

The karmic energy of your body, speech and mind comes from your consciousness. Some scientists say that there’s a totality of energy from which all other energy manifests. Be that as it may, in the same way, all of the energy of your body, speech and mind comes from your consciousness, your mind — from your mind; your consciousness.

If you put your energy into a certain environment and a certain channel, a different form of energy will manifest. It changes. If you direct your conscious energy one way, one kind of result will come; if you direct it another way, a different kind of result arises. It’s very simple. But what you have to know is from what source your actions come. Once you do, you’ll see that you are responsible for what you do; you can determine what you do and what happens to you. It’s more up to you than to your circumstances, friends, society or anything else outside you.

If, however, you don’t know that it’s possible to direct the energy of your body, speech and mind or how to do it, if you have no idea of how cause and effect operates in everyday life, then of course, you have no chance of putting your energy into positive channels instead of negative ones. It’s impossible because you don’t know.

Positive actions are those that bring positive reactions; negative actions are those that bring negative reactions, restlessness and confusion. Actions are termed positive or negative according to the nature of their effects.

In general, it’s our motivation that determines whether our actions are positive or negative; our mental attitude. Some actions start out negative but can become positive due to the arising of an opposing kind of energy. The Abhidharma philosophical teachings talk about absolute positives, such as the true cessation of suffering, but for us, it’s more important to understand positive and negative on the relative level. That’s what we’re dealing with in our everyday lives: relative positives and relative negatives.

However, we’re usually unconscious whenever we act. For example, when we hurt our loved ones, it’s mostly not deliberate but because we’re unconscious in our actions. If we were aware that every action of our body, speech and mind constantly reacts internally within us and externally with others, we’d be more sensitive and gentle in what we did, said and thought.

Sometimes our actions are not at all gentle but like those of a wild animal. Next time you’re acting like a wild animal, check up which channel your energy’s in at that time and understand that you can change it — you have the power, the wisdom and the potential to do so. You can redirect your energy from the negative into the positive channel.

Also, you have to accept that you’re going to make mistakes. Mistakes are possible. You’re not Buddha. When you do make an error, instead of freaking out, acknowledge it. Be happy: “Oh, I made a mistake. It’s good that I noticed.” Once you’ve recognised a mistake, you can investigate it intensively: what’s its background? What caused it? Mistakes don’t just pop up without reason. Check in which channel your mind was running when that mistake happened. When you discover this, you can change your attitude.

In particular, you have to understand that negative actions come from you, so it’s up to you to do something to prevent their negative reactions from manifesting. It’s your responsibility to act and not sit back, waiting for the inevitable suffering result to arise.

Therefore, instead of simply accepting what happens to you, believing “This is my karma” and never trying to work with and change your energy for the better, understand that you can control what happens to you and be as aware of your actions as you possibly can.

KARMA, INNER STRENGTH AND LIFE ITSELF

To over-simplify, according to even normal society’s way of thinking, anything you do dedicated to the benefit of others is automatically positive, whereas anything you do just for your own benefit automatically brings a negative reaction. Whenever you act selfishly, your heart feels tight, but when you try to really help others, psychologically you experience openness and a release that brings calm and understanding into your mind. That is positive; that is good karma.

However, if you don’t actively check your motivation, you might think or say the words, “I’m working for the benefit of others,” but actually be doing the opposite. For example, some rich people give money with the idea that they’re helping others but what they really want to do is to enhance their own reputation. Such giving is not sincere and has nothing whatsoever to do with positive action or morality.

Giving with the expectation that others will admire you is giving for your own pleasure. The end result is that it makes you berserk, restless and confused. Check up. Look at the way normal people act; it’s so simple. Even if you give away huge amounts of money, if you do it with selfish motivation, expecting tremendous results for yourself, you end up with nothingness. It’s a psychological thing; there’s more to giving than just the physical action.

Take me, for example. I can sit cross-legged in the meditation posture and you’re going to think, “Oh, Lama’s meditating.” But if my mind is off on some incredible trip, although it looks as if I’m doing something positive, in fact I’m doing something completely neurotic and confused. You can never judge an action from its external appearance; its psychological component is much more important.

Therefore, be careful. In particular, acting out of loving kindness doesn’t always mean smiling, hugging and telling people, “Oh, I love you so much.” Of course, if that’s what somebody needs, then go ahead and stroke or hug that person; I’m not saying that you have to give up all physical contact. You just have to know what’s appropriate at any given time.

I have seen many students come to a meditation course, learn about love, compassion and bodhicitta for the first time, and at the end of the course be all fired up, wanting to help others: “Lama, I want to go to Calcutta and serve the sentient beings suffering there.”

I say, “You want to go? OK, go and try to help as best you can.” So they go, full of emotion, and, of course, see terrible suffering; poverty, starvation, disease and so forth. After a month, they have to leave, exhausted, because they find that simply going there, trying to help, isn’t really the solution.

A couple of my students, beautiful young women, went to Pakistan and Calcutta, hoping to express their loving kindness through serving where suffering was greatest. I told them to go, and return when the time was right. When they got there they discovered that what they were doing wasn’t really helping, and it wasn’t long before they were back.

Actually, expressing loving kindness through action is quite difficult. You have to be very skillful. It takes great wisdom. If you set out on a mission with no understanding, just a tight, emotional feeling of wanting to help, you’re in danger of losing yourself. For example, if you see somebody drowning and emotionally jump in without being able to swim, all that happens is that you both lose your lives.

Our physical energy is limited. Therefore, we’re limited in helping others in this way — we try to help others physically but come up empty; it’s beyond us. If you do want to help others out of loving kindness, act according to your ability and know your limits. Don’t overburden yourself because of emotion and incomplete understanding.

Mental energy, however, is practically unlimited. If we realise loving kindness, we’re like a ship. No matter how heavy the load, a ship can bear it. Similarly, with true loving kindness we can handle any situation that arises without freaking out. Furthermore, a ship does not discriminate; it carries whatever it’s given. Similarly, with loving kindness, we won’t favour one person over another: “You — come in; you — go away.”

When we practice Dharma and meditation, we build the inner strength necessary to be of greatest benefit to others and are able to face any difficulty that arises. Practitioners who are afraid to hear about suffering aren’t facing reality. The maha in Mahayana Buddhism means “great.” A Mahayana practitioner is supposed to be capacious and, like a ship, be able to take whatever comes along.

If we’re small-minded and hypersensitive, even tiny atoms can cause us to recoil: “I don’t want that atom.” That’s not the way of the Dharma practitioner.

Even the average, simple person who wants his or her life to be successful should be able to face whatever situation arises. If you freak out at the smallest thing, you’ll never make even this life successful. Everyday life is completely unpredictable; you can’t fix things to work out in a certain way. As things change, you have to change with them. You have to be flexible enough to deal with whatever happens.

If this is true for the ordinary person, how much more true must it be for the Dharma practitioner? You have to have the courage to face any difficulty that you encounter: “I can overcome any obstacle and reach perfect liberation.” Crossing the ocean of samsara is not easy, but it’s not samsara that’s difficult — it’s your own mind. What you actually have to cross is the ocean of your schizophrenic mind and you need to be confident that you can deal with that.

First you have to be able to think, “I can face whatever comes without running from it.” Life is not easy; forget about meditation — life itself is hard. Things change; the mind changes. You have to face each change as it comes.

Going into retreat doesn’t mean that you’re running away from society and life because you’re afraid of them. However, you need to develop confidence that you’ll be able to handle anything that life throws at you. What you really need to judge, though, is what the most advantageous thing to do at any particular time is: to stay in society or go into retreat. Whatever you undertake is in your own hands; what you need to know is why you are doing it.

KARMA, REALITY AND BELIEF

We often talk about how we waste our lives following the eight worldly dharmas — attachment to temporal happiness, receiving material things, being praised and having a good reputation and aversion to their opposites: discomfort, not getting things, being criticised and notoriety. Each time we get involved with those, we create negative karma.

For example, when somebody praises you, you feel happy and puff up with pride, and when somebody criticises you, you feel unhappy and depressed. Each time you go up and down like this, you create karma.

Why do you feel elated when praised and dejected when criticised? It’s because you don’t accept the way things truly are. You’re controlled by your hallucinating mind, which is totally divorced from reality. Whether you’re good or bad isn’t determined by what other people think but by your own actions. These are your own responsibility. If all your actions are positive, even if I say “You’re bad, you’re bad, you’re bad…” all day, it won’t affect your qualities. Therefore, you should understand what really makes an action positive or negative. It’s not defined by what other people think.

This is scientific fact, not religious dogma. If you go up and down because of what other people say, you’re hallucinating; you’re not seeing reality. You should have strong confidence in your own actions and take full responsibility for them. Then, even if all sentient beings turn against you, you’ll still be laughing. When you know what you are, you never get upset. If, on the other hand, your body and mind are weak, if you have no self-confidence and feel insecure, then of course you’re going to experience problems.

All your feelings, perceptions, discriminations and the rest, especially those mental factors that bring negative reactions, arise from the hallucinating mind. Therefore, quite early in their training, I teach my students to meditate on the nature of feeling.

We always think that whatever we feel — physically or mentally — must be right. Similarly, we think that whatever we see is real; we really do believe in what we see. I’m not talking about spiritual belief in the supernatural; I’m saying that we believe in the concrete reality of what we see around us every day. Do you think that’s right or wrong? It’s wrong.

For example, say that you’re tremendously attracted to a particular object. At that time you have a certain fixed idea of what that object is. But you’re fantasising; it’s a hallucinated fantasy. If you check your mind of attraction closely, you’ll see that its view is totally polluted and that what you perceive is a fantasy — neither the reality of the object nor that of the subject. A kind of cloud has appeared between your mind and the object and that’s what you see. All delusions arise in that way.

So, in the end, who has more beliefs — a religious person or an atheist? It’s the atheist. Atheists are prone to say, “I don’t believe anything,” but that’s just their ego speaking. They believe what they see; they believe what they feel; they believe what they think. For example, atheists consider certain things beautiful — that’s belief. This is the scientific truth of the situation. It doesn’t matter whether or not they use the word “belief” — they believe; they’re completely captivated by belief.

I can make the definitive statement that if your mind is clouded by the dark shadow of ignorance, if attachment rather than free communication is driving your personal involvements, you’re a believer. This is simple and logical. That’s why I always say that Dharma is very simple. It reveals the reality of yourself, your life and the things around you… the reality of everything. That’s the meaning of Dharma.

When some people go into a supermarket, they see the incredible display of goods as a reflection in a mirror. It’s like when you look into a mirror, you see your reflection but at the same time you know it’s not really you. That’s how those whose view of the nature of the supermarket is closer to reality see it — like a reflection. Therefore, they can control any attachment that’s likely to arise. Those whose view of the world is that of a more concrete reality see the goods in a supermarket as fantastic and can’t stop their senses from vibrating.

That’s the nature of ordinary attraction. Objects to which you’re attached make you tremble with desire and things that you hate make you shake with anger. Either way, it’s because you don’t understand reality.

Actually, those who really understand the absolute nature of the supermarket don’t see anything at all. The whole thing disappears. That might be too much for you to comprehend, but there’s truth in what I’m saying.

In conclusion, then, no matter how negative the things you’ve done, if you have powerful understanding, you can purify them completely. There’s no such concrete negative action that can never be purified; there’s a solution for everything.

Some Christians speak of certain concrete sins that send you to a permanent, everlasting hell. I’m not criticising; it’s a philosophical point of view. It’s good; it has a purpose. Any philosophy with a purpose is always good. But you should never think, “I have created such horrible negative actions that I’ll never be able to overcome them.” That’s an incredible devaluation of your human nature. Any kind of negativity, no matter how great, can be purified. That’s the power of the human mind.

That’s why the lam-rim starts out by teaching how great our human potential is. We have to understand the true value of our life. We always seek value externally. People even lose their lives in pursuit of material things or recreational pleasure. What a ridiculous waste of life!

Check within yourself very skillfully to see if you value material things more than your internal potential. That will show you how much you understand.

the 8th house relationship expands on that developed in the 7th, the 7th is a looking glass, a projection of ourselves, the 7th is illusive in this sense, so we transit through the 7th and form this union, and its very Libra and amiable. then this planet enters the 8th house. and its like, i dont want to know what that person at work said, i want to know your soul, your secrets, your poisons, your sins, your addictions, its intimacy in every sense of the word that which transcends physical form, the 8th house is sex for this reason, 1 reason being the ‘peak’ of orgasm mimicking death, the regenerative functions, and also the desire for spiritual intimacy, touching souls, nothing less will do, the 8th is also the relationship of shared resources, it can be quite intimate for people to join bank accounts and write each other into wills, takes trust, something that can only be developed in the truthful black mirrors of the 8th house  

Alright but

Bruce also doing a ton of other things after being shown them by all of the sidekicks and newer heroes.

Like finding out about the prioritizing of athletics before anything else in school systems.

“They renovated the football field and bought new equipment for all the team?”
“Not just the team. Even the people that don’t play.”

Bruce is sitting there at another table, cowl down. He’s currently reviewing earnings and gross while adjusting a few policies that had been brought to his attention.
Apparently some jerk tried to get another man fired because he wouldn’t use the ladies room, trying to claim ‘they had no business lying to everyone’.
Said jerk had already been terminated, so now he was diverting and sorting out how much various having various factories and plants, in addition to the Wayne Tower itself to have extra bathrooms added to floors and strict policies that prevented this discrimination again when Danny had come floating past and commented on the papers.

“But I thought you were just telling us the other day about issues with the library and some damages still there from a Ghost attack last year.”

“Exactly! Look Bruce, this may come as a shock.
But a lot of public schools don’t prioritize intelligence.
This isn’t the first time stuff like this happens, not even at my school.
Last year some friends of mine tried to get the locker room showers redone, toilets replaced. They were sick an tired of only having a couple that actually work and even then, /BARELY!/”

Danny sighed, before changing back to human form and unceremoniously dropping into a chair beside Bruce.

“They want people who take orders and accept whatever sub par anything that’s thrown at them.

They demand all of these certain grades, but don’t give us the equipment to get them.
We /used/ to have a Chemistry And Physics Club, but no matter how much they asked, they wouldn’t update the classrooms and buy new bunsen burners or glassware for experiments or safety gear. /Safety gear/, Bruce.
They sent the tennis team to try for state and fixed their court and storage shed and bought new rackets.”

Bruce sets down the pen and folds his arms across his chest, before giving Danny his full attention.

“Is this why you suddenly were free on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday nights?”

Bruce was well aware that those times USED to be for respectively, an hour (or longer) long meeting with the kids in his space and astronomy group to discuss anything that had happened during the week, such as news from NASA or local happenings in the sky, such as a lunar eclipse.

They would also plan for Saturday, when they would set up telescopes and bring food, to stargaze and have more discussions and take notes, bringing textbooks from class and handling homework both for the class, and others.

“Yeah… They cut the class. It’s not going to be offered anymore.
Not even next semester! I would get into it but… It’s like with Dash. Remember when Dick found out about… Well, the bullying?”

Bruce nods as a scowl begins to form on his face.

No one was doing anything! Or at least, they hadn’t been.
That young man had been very talented at football, yes. But that was it. There were all of these allowances made in the school for him by teachers, left and right.
Turning a blind eye to the students he would harm, /especially/ Danny and not giving him the grades he deserved, which wouldn’t have allowed him to play.

This wasn’t the first complaint he had from the teenager,
Even if he was in his Junior year now — oh there was a thought. He had known this boy three years, he was a fine young man now who had grown into himself and his powers nicely.
Bruce could remember how shy and hesitant he had been about everything at first, unsure of his strength or abilities.
And how he had stuffed with being made fun of and pushed around by other boys at his school simply because he was, for lack of better term, different.

Now Danny had some of the highest grades in his year and had even given Bruce suggestions about things regarding expanding the development of space faring technology in his company…
The more he heard over the next hour completely made up his mind.
After Danny had left, he picked up his personal phone.

“Alfred, call for the helicopter to be started up to go for a quick visit to Amity Park.”
Perhaps their school board could use some persuading after a sudden and generous donation.

Proposal for the Usage of VOCALOID in US Colleges for Study and Educational Use

A piece I wrote for my final project in English composition in college. It’s a bit lengthy (1500+ words) but I am very proud of it. As a long-time VOCALOID fan and now a student at a US university, I wish to help spread awareness, interest, and love for everything VOCALOID in the United States during my years in college.

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On top of Sakura’s birthday, here’s some fan art inspired and dedicated to @vesperlionheart’s enchanting fic, Under the Rabbit’s Moon

Not enough Kawarama fan art in the world, so I shall help fix that.  If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend reading if you are interested in some badass Sakura, time travel AU: Warring Clans Era edition. Heart-wrenching angst, fluffy feels, and expanded character development ahoy! Also, Sakura is such a mom friend, atm, so adorbs.

To Vesper:

I particularly adored how you flesh out the characters and brought unique personality to the brief knowledge we had of them! You bring them to life! (Haha) I feel the way you portray Sakura’s handling of her new found powers in a world of the distant past gives a new take. It’s raw and tragic, but she keeps going and I root for her in her struggle to find compromise in some version of solace. 

I first came across your Obelisk series a few months back and after getting up to date, I became an avid reader of your stories! I’ve seen you’ve come a long way and I am just inspired. YOUR WORLD BUILDING AND WORD WEAVING IS AMAZING, YOU WIZARD YOU.

Anyways, I hope you like the piece! Thank you for sharing your ideas and I look forward to seeing your future writing endeavors! <3

Trump’s business network reached alleged Russian mobsters

To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.

Among them:

• A partner in the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.

•  An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.

• Three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.

anonymous asked:

I loved you as Donald in Pitch Perfect! Would you consider playing that character again or something along the same lines? Or how would you expand on Donald's character development/storyline if you could? Love you and hope you are well! 💜✨

I think Donald is the MAN haha. I’d love to play him again. In perfect world, Donald and Lilly are living happily ever after together raising weird, adorable babies and are sailing around the world on the back of a friendly blue whale.

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