Tag Archives: khalil gibran

Ravaged by Truth

15 May

20130515-090044.jpg

Philosophers have often commented about the inevitability of truth. It always comes to the light or it will set you free. What they have not always said is that it will turn your world inside out. We have been trained to fake it, to lie, to deceive, but if and when the truth comes for you (as they say it inevitably will), succumb to it. Let it ravage you.

However uncomfortable, embarrassing, or painful, let it take you. We should always give ourselves over to the truth when it comes. Most often it will be laced with a lie that will incite us to protest, but we shouldn’t protest. Anywhere there is truth, let it be. We should it have its way with us, because in that part that is truth we will be made free.

20130522-014339.jpg

The freedom that comes with truth is the liberation from the lies. We will find a way to stand bare before the world and say “this is who I am. It is not all pretty or all perfect but I commit to it.” When we embrace the truth we disarm those who would oppose us, we liberate ourselves to focus on that which truly matters…love and truth.

Violet Ambitions seek truth.

The Miracle Position

1 Feb

miracles

Miracles do happen. They happen everyday. We live in a world of miracles: planes, spaceships, televisions, cell phones, electricity. All these things at some point were beyond belief. Now they are a part of our daily reality. That’s how miracles work. When a miracle happens it is so thoroughly consuming that it changes a world, indefinitely.

We live in a society that is about as pleasant as a jaded lover. Somewhere along the line we fell out of love with the world. We decided that it just didn’t live up to our expectations and that was its fault and not ours. So, now, we are skeptical. We are bitter. We are faithless. And miracles are made of faith.

It is surprising how many people would say that they do not believe in miracles when all they would need to do is look at the world around them and see it for what it is: a miracle. As people, we are some of the most ungrateful and irreverent creatures on the planet. And what’s worse is we have the audacity to be sarcastic and cynical. We are so out of touch with the truth that we cannot understand and see that there are, at least, as many possibilities in the world as there are limitations.
All it takes is an open face (I have issues with open minds lol). All we have to do is be willing to see and focus on that which is positive and hopeful, despite the opposition.

When we get in the miracle position we begin to see the world from an angle that makes anything possible. The glass becomes half full instead of half empty, love seems possible, hope abounds, and faith endures. What does it cost one to believe? he risk of disappointment? Well that, too, would be a matter of perspective. But we’ve been disappointed before and somehow survived. So why not take the chance? There’s infinitely more to be gained than there is to lose.

Violet Ambitions are everyday miracles.

What We Know

1 Dec

20121130-070319.jpg

What we know is that as we stand face to face with the darkly glass what we see begins to melt away. We see the limitations of flesh and circumstance fading and the shadow of truth is illuminated. The truth is that we are infinitely more than we coul ever have imagined and that truth is not limited to us but extends to everyone.

What we know is that as we stand face to face with the others we see the truth about them and it brings us to the truth about ourselves. What we do to others, we do to ourselves. What we fear about others, we fear about ourselves. What believe about others, we believe about ourselves.

What we learn about ourselves is that we are more than what we see on the surface. The substance of our humanity is intangible and infinite. We are spiritual beings. Spirituality is about relationships and the connection that is shared by every living thing on this planet.

What we know is that there if there is any way that we are going to change the world into a place where dreams come true, we will have to recognize our individual place in the collective journey. We may think we walk alone but truthfully we are not the only ones taking the exodus from reality. We are not the only ones seeking our dreams; we are all awakening, we will all make the exodus from what we call reality. We may not always see the others. They may not always be exactly where we are on the path. But we are not alone. On the deepest level, we are all connected.

Violet Ambitions are shared collectively.

But Then Shall We Know

27 Nov

20121127-090038.jpg

“Knowledge is power” by WAK

We must understand that however expansive a lifetime may seem, it is but a blip in the lifespan of the planet, a speck in the lifetime of the universe, a blink on the continuum of eternity.

What we endure in a few decades is brief. We must make the most of it in order for it to count. We love, we lose, strive, we succeed, we fail, we try, and we try again. What we know, we learn again, but that’s okay. In every now what we know and what we can be is limited.

But now is constantly moving towards then and eventually what is becomes what was and what will be overcomes the limitations of what is. A child can only comprehend within the confines of what they know at that stage of development. Then as they mature they develop a new understanding of the very same concepts the encountered years before. We know this and realize that it is part of the process of growing up. In comparison to the world, to the universe, are we not merely children struggling to grow up?

Then is a moment ahead of us where everything we have experienced, learned, suffered, survived, and endured will make sense. It will all seem worthwhile in the by and by. The purpose will be revealed, after while.

The purpose of evolution is perfection. We are getting better. Even if only by fractions. It doesn’t seem so now because our understanding is confined, but then shall we know.

Violet Ambitions is a journey away from now leading to then.

The Awakening

25 Nov

20121123-140107.jpg

To stand face to face and witness the essence, the truth, of another human being will, inevitably bring us to the truth about ourselves. In that truth all the external and superficial will begin to dissolve and we will be left with the substance of what it means to be human: that which is common to man.

The spirit of humanity that resides in each of us, while expressed individually, is universal. And we learn that what we see in others is also within us, we do to others we do to ourselves. What we believe about ourselves we believe about others. We learn that the world is a group of individuals. Society is a collection of people. Life is a relative experience and the journey is only as lonely as we make it. We are only as separate as we choose to be.

That knowledge will comfort us on our exodus from the confines of reality: in our search for our dreams. The world is sleeping and dreaming- that we have in common- the only difference is some of us have awakened and are brave enough to seek the truth and believe that all things are possible. The rest of us are still waiting to be awakened, but they’re day will also come.

Violet Ambitions, once awakened, refuse to sleep.

Shadows of Truth

19 Oct

20130522-014040.jpg
Perception is but a shadow of truth: it mimics that which is real. The imitation it creates is not nearly the truth, but it pervades the senses so strongly that an individual can hardly tell the difference.

The truth we see in the mirror must be bare and bold and without adornment. It must be bare and bold for it to be of good use. Otherwise, it becomes a mask, a facade, that we come to believe in. This type of delusion is addictive infectious. It has already created an epidemic in our society. We only need to look around to see that people everywhere are succumbing to the emptiness of the shadow.

Bad things (disappointment, failure, or heartbreak) are real and do happen in life. But the thought that they will always happen; that they are the only things that happen is a shadow of the truth. It’s a perception and a negative one at that. We must be careful of what we allow ourselves to become in response to what happens to us.

Circumstance can beat hope from our veins and make us like walking corpses: animated but not alive. If only we could have as much faith in the light as we do in the dark; if we could cling to hope as we hold on to hurt; if we could just believe that maybe the truth is dreams can be real.

Violet Ambitions whither in the shadows.

What’s So Bad About Polly?

1 Oct

20120930-100641.jpg

Pollyana was a little girl who refused to be negative. In any given situation she would look for the silver lining. In every individual she would look past the flaws for the good.

When we recognize the truth about ourselves, the perfect nature of our imperfections, it changes the way we see the world and the people around us. They call this being “Pollyana,” but it is in fact just being truthful.

It is a tragedy when an individual defines their existence by misery and suffering. When a person does this they turn their backs on the sun to stare into the night. It is much harder to see the truth in the dark. Everyone they meet will seem menacing and threatening. Every situation will seem like a conspiracy to destroy them. They become the sort of people that drain those around them. They constantly crave positive reinforcement and attack or shun anyone refuses to acquiesce to their demands for validation or challenges them to turn to the light. They become the kind of people who are always defensive and can only see the negative in people and situations.

While it is true that the no one is perfect and that the world holds at least as much bad as it does good, I submit to you that becoming attached to negativity is no way to live. There is nothing wrong with being sad, angry, or disappointed; just don’t live there. Embrace the equilibrium of life. Know that there is more to the world than tragedy and more to people than their flaws.

Violet Ambitions need the light of the sun to thrive.

20120930-100436.jpg

Remain in Truth

21 Sep

20120920-235007.jpg

The answer to the question of who we are and we are becoming is not a secret. It’s all around us. Our problem is we can’t see the forest for the trees.

We, as a people, define ourselves according to our suffering. We often try to out suffer or out victim each other. Maybe we feel we are not being boastful when we do so or maybe we have experienced so much hurt that hurt is all we know. Either way we become problem focused and not solution focused. So most of the time the answers are right in front if us; we just refused to see it.

The change that occurs when we stand face to face with our own truth may seem fleeting. Sometimes it seems hard to hold onto. This is because we allow ourselves to drift from the source if the answer. We’d rather gaze into the darkness than turn to the light.

As we are remaking ourselves and the world around us, the mirror will serve as our anchor. We have to return to the mirror constantly and stand before our reflection. It will remind us of who we are and who we are becoming. It will never let us forget the creating power inside us; we are dreamers.

Violet Ambitions thrive in truth.

Face Truth

14 Sep

20120914-105913.jpg

“God Is In Me” by WAK (Kevin A. Williams)

Here is a promise. That no matter what we cannot understand, what we cannot see right now, we will.

The answers do not hide from us; they wait for us. They wait for us to find them. They wait for us to understand them. They wait for us to embrace them. Our job is to learn how to find them and prepare ourselves to accept them, whatever they are.

Standing open faced in a darkly glass we come face to face with ourselves and see the truth and that knowledge will change us forever.

We will find imperfections and they will be perfect. We will find adversity and prosper, we will find judgment and be made free, we will find failure and we will not fail.

Violet Ambitions fear no truth.

Open Faced

12 Sep

20120912-055748.jpg

As we stand open faced before the glass, the truth stares back at us. Whatever truth we see there, is what we become.

The mind is a powerful tool. Perspective is everything. How often we stand before ourselves and only see the imperfections. Or better yet what we would call imperfection. What we fail to acknowledge is that our concept of perfection is built from the limits of our own thinking.

We ascribe to an aesthetic that is shaped by media, culture, and a number of external forces. But how often are these factors our own creation?

Before we face ourselves we must rid ourselves of preconceived notions. This is what it means to be open faced. We must come before ourselves open faced and accept what we see there. Dare to see the beauty of every scar, every wrinkle, every failure, every indiscretion because what stands before is beautiful and good. And there is a chance that without those ‘imperfections’ we might not be as beautiful or as good.

Violet Ambitions are perfectly imperfect.

RBG THE SOUNDTRACK

Nuk ba an khat an ren

Our Culture's Different

Rap Music from an Extrospective View

Miz Doss

Now Entering My Mind *Proceed with Caution*

A Different State Of Black

Randomness From The Mind of a Black Introvert

African-American Culture 101

A Safe Place for White People To Learn About Black People

Dreaming of a Colorful Future

I am a social justice activist, student, artist, parent, and educator.

United States Hypocrisy

A critical analysis of the American empire's high-minded rhetoric, and the ways in which it fails to square with reality.

Bishop's Travels

You don't have to come from money to see the world

Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle

cast away illusions, prepare for struggle!

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

this is... The Neighborhood

the Story within the Story

Joshua Lawrence Lazard

The blog of the one formerly known as The Uppity Negro

THE MIND OF RD REVILO

Conscious Thought: Driven by Intelligent Awareness

Verbal Manifesto

Meaningful Perspectives from a Hip Hop point of view....

theimaginationmuscle

Birthplace to all ideas:please, let me share a few of my own.

Exposing PseudoAstronomy

Talking about bad astronomy everywhere it rears its ugly head.

Is This Really Happening?

Some Thoughts About Some Things.

More Caffeine Studio

Internet Marketing and Web Design firm Charleston, SC

%d bloggers like this: