What is Trust? By David Straker ~ http://changingminds.org/

Trust is both and emotional and logical act. Emotionally, it is where you expose your vulnerabilities to people, but believing they will not take advantage of your openness. Logically, it is where you have assessed the probabilities of gain and loss, calculating expected utility based on hard performance data, and concluded that the person in question will behave in a predictable manner. In practice, trust is a bit of both. I trust you because I have experienced your trustworthiness and because I have faith in human nature.

We feel trust. Emotions associated with trust include companionship, friendship, love, agreement, relaxation, comfort. ...more

Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.


Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.


Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. ...more

Neale Donald Walsch // Here, in 1,000 words, is all that the human race needs to live:

(1) We are all One. All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is. This means that you are Divine. You are not your body, you are not your mind, and you are not your soul. You are the unique combination of all three, which comprises the Totality Of You. You are an individuation of Divinity; an expression of God on Earth.
(2) There’s enough. It is not necessary to compete for, much less fight over, your resources. All you have to do is share.
(3) There’s nothing you have to do. ...more

It is in It or It is what It is – An Intro to Rumi by Doug Marman

100dpi Red R (B&W) 40Br.gif (5256 bytes)ecognized as perhaps the greatest mystical poet of Islam, Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) communicated something through his writing that has attracted spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, for hundreds of years. Even in his day, Rumi was sought out by merchants and kings, devout worshippers and rebellious seekers, famous scholars and common peasants, men and women. At his funeral, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Arabs, Persians, Turks and Romans honored him. Listen to his call for seekers of truth:

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow

a hundred times. ...more

Connecting the Dots

  • A line is a dot that went for a walk (author unknown)
  • Perhaps story is just data with a soul, (Brene Brown)
  • All models are flawed, some are useful (George E.P. Box)
  • We don’t tend to author stories about what we are experiencing, (it is difficult to describe new behavior with old language) rather we try to capture an experience once it begins to fade (Jung/Freud?)
  • Joy is written in the blank pages of history (Jeremy Rifkin)
  • His-story is an idea that takes us on a relationship journey
  • Mythology. Theology, Science, Technology (to be renamed in new language)