Yep. It’s true. I’m an alien. I don’t know much about love — to love and be loved. Love’s a mystery that, if we have the courage, commitment and patience, will reach across the abyss of wounds between the alienated genders to heal, to make whole, strong and free. — Steven Kalas

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+mysterious+and+mystical+love&qpvt=images+mysterious+and+mystical+love&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=7B18C82AF7C2E219A9AF84294DEB3D2764FB0BF2&selectedIndex=516

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In deepest reverential repose/silence, reflect upon the mystery and miracle of love  — just flow in the moment, baby!        🙂

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/love-happens-flash-keeping-it-gets-tricky

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Falling in love is a gift. If you’d like to keep the gift, you have a lifetime of work and rigor ahead of you. In-love-ed-ness is a beautiful yet fragile garden that requires tending, attention and nurture.

Thirty-four years later, I’m watching “What Planet Are You From” (2000), starring Gary Shandling and Annette Bening. Shandling is an alien from a planet whose denizens are advanced intellectually, but feel no emotion. He is sent to Earth to clone a baby with an earthly female, to the end that his planet can take over the world.

But, being close to the woman changes him. He cries in one scene, reaching up to touch the tears, saying, “Oh look, now I’m bleeding.” He is stunned to find he is in love. Love has changed him. And love is what makes him decide to leave.

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“I’m an alien,” he confesses. “I only came here to take over the world. I could never be someone you deserve. I don’t know anything about love.” And he walks out the front door.

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Seconds later, the door opens. The woman comes out and says the damnedest thing: “Hey. I don’t know anything about love, either. Maybe we could learn together.”

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/im-here-to-love-and-be-loved/

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Sometimes the worst pain comes from feeling abandoned (estrangement) and unloved (alienation).  That happened to me when my marriage of more than three decades ended. When my wife walked out on me, she took my sense of self-worth with her.

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Without her to validate me as a human being,

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I began to think I wasn’t worth anything at all.

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It is very hard to let go of your past.  For years I held on to my old life, refusing to let go. I just couldn’t see any other life worth living. Letting go of your past is a long, hard process, and for me that process isn’t over yet. In some ways, it’s just beginning.

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But here is why it’s important that we put in that time and effort — because if we live in the past, we will never discover our destiny.      Destiny, promise, potential, purpose — all of these are things that have to do with the future, not the past.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antoinette-tuff/three-steps-to-turning-pain-purpose_b_4979660.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul&ir=GPS%20for%20the%20Soul

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Yes, one who lives authentically and in the moment suffers persecution, taking a line from exemplar Christ.         http://biblehub.com/2_timothy/3-12.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-davis-phd/saint-francis-and-pope-francis_b_4967289.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/life-advice_n_4979765.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul&ir=GPS+for+the+Soul

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After all, metaphorically, we are poured out (blood on the cross) and broken (the body of redemption).               http://www.jesus.org/following-jesus/communion/the-body-and-the-blood-of-christ.html

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Greatest New Testament prayer   —    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+17&version=NIV  —       and the rhema (partaking of Christ in each of us by the holy spirit )  — http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+3%3A14-16&version=NIV

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“For me, there’s hardly a gnat’s whisker of difference between the psychological idea of healthy individuation and the Christian idea of salvation. Both include the lifetime journey of authentic living.”

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Title quote from Steven Kalas    http://www.lvrj.com/living/living-authentically-a-challenge-worth-embracing-89350462.html

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/the-choice-is-not-whether-to-have-or-not-have-a-worldview-in-which-you-place-faith-the-only-choice-is-whether-we-are-willing-to-choose-with-intention-clarity-commitment-sage-steven-kala/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/we-dont-need-to-belong-to-any-religion-to-hear-the-universal-invitation-what-would-happen-if-we-decided-to-live-more-expectantly-what-would-happen-if-we-suspended-our-deep-beliefs-about-the-way-th/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/by-putting-aside-our-selfish-interests-to-serve-someone-or-something-larger-than-ourselves-by-devoting-our-lives-to-giving-rather-than-taking/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/salve-to-our-crisis-of-meaning-repugnant-narcissism-bildungsroman-a-literary-genre-that-focuses-on-the-psychological-and-moral-growth-of-the-protagonist-from-youth-to-adulthood-coming-of-a/

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I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms.  Possible explanations for this phenomenon:  Crisis of meaning, for example. An increasingly vacuous culture, with significant evidence of devolution. Or, perhaps depression/depressive episodes is in part provoked by the emotional self-absorption of moderns – the observable, inexplicable delay of real emotional conversance and maturity in modern people. — Steven Kalas

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/love-desire-and-thriving-connection-arent-mystical-gifts-given-and-withheld-by-a-genie-in-a-bottle-these-gifts-are-cultivated-every-day-by-life-partners-whose-wish-is-for-the-gifts-to-thr/

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Hope (as in salvation/inner joy-peace) beyond suffering is what moves us to suffer for the good of others.

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The spirit of fear (self-conscripted insecurity/ego defensiveness)(smallness ergo self-inflated importance to mask our insecurity) is selfishness, whereas as examples the fear (respect) of God & the Wrath of God have selfless-altruist outcomes.

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Which is why deepest thinker/soulful pilgrim Steven Kalas intones that authentic Christianity/Christian mysticism are incompatible with today’s “hip”  New Age outcomes of narcissism/me-me-me mentality. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_mysticism#Biblical_influences

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_mysticism#Modern_era

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age#Late_20th_century

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Do you know that theologian Martin Luther’s tabletalk (intimate heartfelt dialogues with others) helped inspire Luther’s deep comprehension of Scripture (selfless sacrifice for the good of others)?    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/luther/tabletalk.html

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And that mysterious and mystical  exemplar Christ’s tabletalk with diverse/divergent ones from atheists to believers  — inspire our deepest connection with compassion for others??

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Platonism (the mystical) was considered authoritative in the Middle Ages, and many Platonic notions are now permanent elements of Christianity.  Platonism also influenced both Eastern and Western mysticism.    

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While Aristotle became more influential than Plato in the 13th century via Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas‘ philosophy was still in certain respects fundamentally Platonic (mystical).   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonism#Christianity_and_Platonism

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Aquinas placed more emphasis on reason and argumentation, and was one of the first to use the new translation of Aristotle’s metaphysical and epistemological writing.

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This was a significant departure from the Neoplatonic and Augustinian thinking (the mystical)  that had dominated much of early scholasticism (early church fathers).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholasticism#High_Scholasticism

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/augustinian-mystic-martin-luther-aquinas-cognition-john-calvin-and-yet-bertrand-russell-apostle-john-are-augustinian-plato-logos-analytical-acolytes-huli-au-upside-down/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/augustine-acolyte-original-sin-john-wycliffe-1320-1384-was-the-impetus-to-luthers-protestant-reformation-a-century-later-for-this-reason-wycliffe-is-called-the-morning-star-of-the-reformatio/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/in-praise-of-pastors-calisto-violet-mateo-of-our-god-reigns-ministry-at-1289-kilauea-ave-hilo-suite-h-phone-808-961-6540/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/ouvre-nearly-half-a-century-of-deepest-passion-i-can-see-it-in-your-eyes-that-you-despise-the-same-old-lines-you-heard-the-night-before-and-though-its-just-a-line-to-you-for-me-its-true-a/

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2014/03/the-life-tradition-versus-the-death-tradition-in-christianity/

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/kurt-vonnegut-xavier-letter_n_4964532.html?utm_hp_ref=books

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Acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut Once Sent This Amazing Letter To A High School  —

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Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals [sic]. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

God bless you all!

Kurt Vonnegut

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