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Hierarchy empire,
kings and queens
in days of yore
ruled the peasants
with iron fist,
wrung the gold
from slaves’ sweat,
their inherent
birthrights stolen

“That was in
ancient times,”
I hear your retort,
but no, wake up!
See the deceit,
game is in play,
want-to-be kings
shroud their decrees,
money buys power,
little pawns weep.


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Myth of Happy Endings

I just revisited a great story called Message in a Bottle, written by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Although it is essentially a romance drama, it does not have the happy ending we yearn for in a romantic story. This would be a let-down for some readers, because we cling tenaciously to the idea of happy endings, particularly in love.

The whole idea of the happy ending ties into my last post, Courage to Love. So if indeed love does not always work out in the way we hope for, why have courage to love at all?

The idea of the classic happy ending is very superficial and one-dimensional within the context of our infinite souls. The happy ending suggests a destination in this particular life, a utopian ideal of what love “should be”, rather than what it is.

What it IS is our opportunity to learn from each other. In the case of Message in a Bottle, there is so obvious learning and growth for the two main characters, Theresa and Garrett. Their ability to love better and deeper expands. For any reader or viewer (it is a movie too) who is able to let go of their need for the cliché happy ending, it is an immensely satisfying story.

There are many types of love, not just the ones with romantic partners. Check out this article for more on that: The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)

What loves have you encountered in your life and what did you learn from them? (This is very personal, so I’m not fishing for comments.) The point of the question is, that when we realize the beauty, depth, and learning with each love encounter and are able to heal the wounds associated with an “unhappy ending”, we grow and have the courage to invite more love in.

Within the context of our infinite selves, this could be deemed as “happy without end”.

Myth of Happy Endings © Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy Nietjuh, Pixabay


New Frontier Spirit

Famous explorers of old had the support of their kings and queens to discover new lands, fresh opportunities for growth and settlement, and expansion of old empires.

Ships, sailors, supplies, and shiny gold coins got the job done. Rumors of more riches to be had, as well as “primitive” cultures to be conquered, further fueled the desire of some power hungry leaders of the world at that time.

But for more common men and women who followed them into the New World, the reasons were different. A deep desire burned for a new life outside of their known society, to feel the wide open spaces where one’s spirit could breathe again, and explore the freedom of a more personal say in the course of one’s own destiny.

This was not an easy undertaking. It took courage, sacrifice, hard work, and diligence to build a new life in unknown territory.

Determination of the human spirit

History has a way of repeating itself. We see patterns of domination and control, followed by humanity’s uprising of spirit to find a way out, onward and upward. The human spirit has proven over and over again, it will never be defeated. Sometimes it gets lost, but in times of challenge it reveals itself once again, ready to blossom and flourish.

Our current experience is feeling limited in potential and tired in spirit. In short, it is old. The question to ask ourselves right now is “What is that next frontier we will explore?”

We will create that next new experience

As there is not much uncharted geographical territory left, perhaps the next new frontier is not one just fueled by spirit, but it will be one OF spirit, an expansion of our collective human consciousness.

It is time for us to develop that vision in our imaginations, creating and honing it with the fire of our deep desire. Then we need to muster courage to head out into the unknown and never look back.

The next New World will not simply be discovered, and we won’t need kings and queens to finance it.

We will create it.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
~ Judith Thurman

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide

“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.”
~ John Wesley Powell

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”
~ Alan Watts

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden


New Frontier Spirit © Susan L Hart 2021 | Photo courtesy Yuri_B, Pixabay

The Mass Dream

Look around you. Humanity’s mass dream at the moment is dominated by illness, control, limitation. And yet, we were born into a world that is fundamentally built on creation, joy, abundance, and expansiveness. Where did it all go wrong?

Our current collective dream lacks imagination. It is spoon fed to us via mass media, a slow drip of someone else’s thoughts and ideas, designed to shape society.

How do we get to a place of dreaming and manifesting beauty, abundance, wellness, all of those attributes we think of as being part of a good and fulfilling life? The answer to that is that we must imagine and create it ourselves. Waiting for some external authority figure to deliver it will be a very long wait.

Firstly, it is essential to decouple from the mass mainstream media and political agenda. We must clean house and make space in our minds for creative thought. The news we are ingesting constantly is TOXIC, it is not propagating positivity. Our minds are being programmed to believe in and help create a negative universe.

Start being self-aware of your thoughts. Be diligent. Clean your mind. Extricate yourself from the sludge. It’s a beginning…



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Pinnacle of Spirit


Mighty Chimborazo! If you have never heard of it, Chimborazo is a dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador, and the highest peak near the equator. At 20,548 ft., its summit is the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center. The indigenous in Ecuador have dubbed Chimborazo “Taita”, meaning father.

Chimborazo takes my breath away

Two years ago I was fortunate to visit Chimborazo National Park. A guide drove our little group about three-quarters of the way up the mountain to a rest station, at about 16,000 ft. We got out of the van to walk around, and we all experienced dizziness and shortness of breath with very little exertion.

I was quite frankly in awe of the power and majesty of this mountain, and also the fact that one of my friends had (on a whim!) climbed from base to summit some years ago. What an accomplishment! Our guide told us that this is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world and other climbers have perished attempting to conquer it.

The feeling of freedom

As I stood at our rest point and gazed upward to the summit, my spirit soared. I have experienced this at other spectacular nature spots in my travels. I was lost in the magnitude and grandeur of the space. In that moment, I was simply a human being connected to the Earth, unencumbered by what I am required to be in our civilization.

It was just the sky, Chimborazo, and me.

And my spirit felt free.

More in Chimborazo here: Mount Chimborazo is Actually the Highest Point on Earth

Feeling a sudden urge to climb Chimborazo? A few tips for you: Chimborazo





Pinnacle of Spirit © Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photos, Susan Hart