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Bliss | Lars Toomre

Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Bliss

The Artist's Way Every Day - July 11th

Blonde American actress and model Molly Sims in a blue bikini at beach

Mythologist Joseph Campbell advised those seeking fulfilling lives to follow their bliss. Nowhere is this better advice than in writing. When we choose to write about what we truly care about, when our values and the characters' values coincide, when our stakes and the story's stakes coincide, we write with passion, purity, and purpose. Like lightening bolts, we hit our target and shed some light in the process.

Thought for Today: The Power of Purity

The Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge at twilight in Germany

A powerful, yet often misunderstood, aim of spiritual study is purity. Purity of the soul means to return to its original divine qualities. The soul has become so polluted with less than divine qualities, it can hardly enjoy being alive. Purifying the soul puts the higher self back in charge — useless and negative thoughts are removed and annoying habits finish. A pure soul cannot be touched by sorrow; indeed the power of purity is such, it serves to remove the sorrow of the whole world. Purity restores happiness — even bliss. All you need to do, in order to re-establish your purity, is want it. But you need to want it intensely, to the exclusion of everything else. The one thought, "I must become completely pure" sparks a fire of love between you and God. This fire melts away all the pollution, and your purity becomes such a power that it frees you from all battles for ever.

Thought for Today: Bliss Of Self-Respect

Autumn leave colors in Porcupine Mountains Wildness Park in Michigan

Experience the bliss of Self-Respect and give respect to others at all times. When I am prejudiced against another, my narrow vision and small heart lower my self-dignity and self-worth.

Relinquish The Need To Control

Blonde actress Amanda Booth was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for February 2014

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.

American doctor and author of "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul"

Examine Your Addictive Thinking

In all instances, you need to examine your addictive thinking. Virtually every spiritual tradition teaches that your higher self is the presence of God within you. When you know this power within yourself, you no longer think in terms of anything that you must have or do with reference to external needs. In Christianity, this inner knowing is referred to in the commandment that says ‘... for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ In Confucianism we are told, ‘What the undeveloped man seeks is outside. What the advanced man seeks is within himself.’ In Buddhism we are reminded, ‘If you think the Law is outside yourself you are embracing not the absolute Law but some inferior teaching.’ In Shintoism we are implored, ‘Do not search in distant skies for God. In man’s own heart He is found.’ And finally, in Hinduism we are told, ‘God hides hidden in the hearts of all.’ Within each and every one of us is a divine power that needs no substance or anything external to know bliss.

Joseph Campbell on Follow Your Bliss

Brunette Playboy model Cara Michelle in a red dress

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

American educator and philosopher who coined the phrase Follow Your Bliss (1904 - 1987)