Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

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Foreordination Definition From Devil's Dictionary

FOREORDINATION, noun: This looks like an easy word to define, but when I consider that pious and learned theologians have spent long lives in explaining it, and written libraries to explain their explanations; when I remember the nations have been divided and bloody battles caused by the difference between foreordination and predestination, and that millions of treasure have been expended in the effort to prove and disprove its compatibility with freedom of the will and the efficacy of prayer, praise, and a religious life, — recalling these awful facts in the history of the word, I stand appalled before the mighty problem of its signification, abase my spiritual eyes, fearing to contemplate its portentous magnitude, reverently uncover and humbly refer it to His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons and His Grace Bishop Potter.

Prove My Critics Are Liars

I will prove by my life that my critics are liars.

Plato

Greek author and philosopher in ancient Athens (427 - 347 BC)

Thought for Today: Diamond Consciousness

Iceberg in Antarctica surrounded by blue ocean and sky

When you look at the world through your physical eyes, you will see all the facets of our diversity: culture, race, personality, religion and so on. Seeing only through your physical eyes, it is easy to become stubborn and to try to prove yourself right. However, where there is stubbornness, there is no love. And trying to prove the self right is equally offensive. A diamond will sparkle even in the dust; you do not ever need to prove that you are right. In the face of the dangers that come from seeing only with the physical eyes, always think: now is the time to go beyond all divisions, beyond all that limits us and our sense of self. Whatever the race, the religion, the class — our consciousness now has to go beyond all of that.

Thought for Today: Truth and Good Manners

Blue skies above Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Canada

The sign of truth is having good manners. If you have the power of truth, you should never leave your good manners behind. You may prove the truth, but do it with good manners. The sign of good manners is humility and the sign of a lack of good manners is being stubborn. When your words and activity are based on good manners, you will receive success.

Thought for Today: On Being Right

Orange sky in land of midnight sun near Lofoten, Norway

Who doesn't enjoy being right? But it becomes a problem when the conversation turns into an argument where each one wants to prove that they are right.

Even when you know you’re right, instead of trying to win the argument and prove the other person wrong, try to:

  • Let go of your need to be right.
  • Stay open to other possibilities.
  • Discuss for better understanding.

Thought for Today: Trust Yourself

A dock with lights stretches out into water against blue skies at twilight

You must begin to trust yourself. If you do not then you will forever be looking to others to prove your own merit to you and you will never be satisfied. You will always be asking others what to do, and at the same time resenting those from whom you seek such aid.

Everyone Is A Friend

Blonde Playmate Tyran Richard

Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise.

Capable Of Showing A Pioneering Commitment

If we prove capable of showing a pioneering commitment, we shall create a commmunity listened to around the world.

French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007 (born 1932)

The Artist's Way Every Day - February 2nd

Brunette beauty Jalin Wood smiles as Miss Mississippi USA 2007

I believe and know creativity to be a spiritual issue. "Faith moves mountains" — Christ told us that, and he may have meant it literally. We speak of the Great Creator, we speak of Christ but seldom make the connection that the spiritual laws he taught are actually the spiritual laws related to creativity. "Knock and it shall be opened." "Ask and you shall receive" — these are spiritual laws as they relate to manifestation. As artists, we routinely ask for inspiration. We need to learn from Christ's example that we can also ask for the material manifestation of our vision to come to use as money, support, opportunity. Our faith, which is a request coupled with an expectation of it successful fulfillment, is no different from the faith of a navigator setting out to prove the world is round. Creative dreams come to us as visions that we are charged with fulfilling. When we allow the Great Creator to do this to us, through us, then we are aligning ourselves with the spiritual power necessary to negate the "odds."

When Givers Prove Unkind

Blonde American actress Kate Hudson

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language (1564 - 1616)

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 19th

Blonde model Gemma Merna by the pool in a pink pattern bikini

Morning Pages are meditation, a practice that brings you to your creativity and your creator God. In order to stay easily and happily creative, we need to stay spiritually centered. This is easier to do if we allow ourselves centering rituals. It is important that we devise these ourselves from the elements that feel holy and happy to us. A spiritual room or even a spiritual corner is an excellent way to do this. An artist's altar could prove a sensory experience. Burning incense while reading affirmation or writing them, lighting a candle, dancing to drum music, holding a smooth rock or listening to Gregorian chant — all of these tactile, physical techniques reinforce spiritual growth. We need to unlearn our old notion that spirituality and sensuality don't mix. We are meant to celebrate the good things of this earth.

Know Much More Than One Can Prove

Blonde model January Jones sits on couch in black evening dress

You know much more than you can prove. Let your amazing ability to reason move you forward, but don't let it put limits on how far you can go.

Creator of wonderful The Daily Motivator website

Do Not Over Count Today's Reality

Blonde Kara Monaco was Playmate of the Month for June 2005

You too must not count overmuch on your reality as you feel it today, since, like that of yesterday, it may prove an illusion for you tomorrow.

Italian dramatist, novelist and writer who won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 (1867 - 1936)

Step Away From Own Ego and Useless Needs

Blonde Playmate Irina Voronina hugs herself wearing a blue sweater

Take a step away from the concerns of your ego and you'll be stepping away from a lot of useless needs that only hold you back. You'll be stepping away from envy, spite, the need to prove yourself, and the constant worry about how others perceive you.

Creator of wonderful The Daily Motivator website

Trying To Prove Other Party Unfit To Rule

Brunette Brazilian model Karolina Szymczak sites wearing long blue dance soks

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.

American journalist and satirist (1880 - 1956)

That Which Is Wholly New

Brunette Playmate Sandra Nilsson poses in lovely purple wrap

We can never really be prepared for that which is wholly new. We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem: we undergo a test, we have to prove ourselves. It needs subordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling.

American social writer and philosopher (1902 - 1983)

Jealousy Of A Free People Ought To Be Constantly Awake

Blonde model Jessica Barton poses for portrait with hair in front of her eyes

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

Founding Father, 1st US President, ‘Father of the Country’, source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521) (1732 - 1799)

Hold Fast That Which Is Good

Brunette, American actress Milla Jovovich in a white dress

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Bible