Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes on Music and Love

Love gives itself, but is not bought.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Endymion)

The human voice is the organ of the soul.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Spanish Student, 1842)

Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Outre-mer, 1835)

The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Nun of Nidaros)

And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
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Canticle of the Sun by St Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

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Odes to the Mystics

Hello friends!

I wanted to take a little time to write about a new upcoming project I have been working on lately, a project which I have given the title “Odes to the Mystics” or just “Odes”. In this new feature on the website I will reveal and put myself, the creator of the iPerceptive website, out there by creating original music and poetry. This is something that I see as a necessary step to make iPerceptive grow even further, and thus spreading the light of direct experience even more. Since I can’t compete with the other quotations websites when it comes to quantity, I’ll try to go the qualitative path towards the summit. I am after all just one guy who made this whole site out of a passion for wisdom 🙂

Moving on, this first volume of Odes will be an homage to the mystics of the world, and I’ve made a preliminary list of 8-9 individuals whose works and lives I will read and absorb, and after that write songs for.

The list so far contains 9 mystics separated by time and space but united in existential and spiritual contemplations:

  1. Heraclitus (6-5th century BCE) (Greece, Asia Minor)
  2. Zhuang Zhou (4-3rd century BCE) (China)
  3. Plotinus (3rd century) (Greece, Rome)
  4. Omar Khayyam (11-12th century) (Persia)
  5. Meister Eckhart (13-14th century) (Germany)
  6. Kabir (15th century) (India)
  7. William Blake (18-19th century) (England)
  8. Khalil Gibran (19th-20th century)  (Lebanon)
  9. Simone Weil (20th century) (France, Jewish)

Note that the list is preliminary and can come to change in the near future, depending on the feels I get for each ode I write to these beautiful souls.

The purpose of this is to simply sing about their lives, their way of expressing themselves and their individual and collective journey to the “highest” state of consciousness. This is something I look forward for very much, and I can say that I will release the Odes on this blog, the youtube channel and perhaps when I am done with all the songs as an album on iTunes.

But for the time being have fun and stay strong!



Victor Hugo Quotes on Music and Life

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
Victor Hugo (Intellectual Autobiography)

It is man’s consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.
Victor Hugo (William Shakespeare, 1864)

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo (William Shakespeare, 1864)

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.
Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)

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Robert Frost Quotes on Poetry and Writing

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Robert Frost

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. 
Robert Frost (The Figure a Poem Makes, 1939)

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Robert Frost

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. 
Robert Frost (NY Times, 1955)

It is only a moment here and a moment there that the greatest writer has.
Robert Frost (Home Burial, 1915)

A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words. 
Robert Frost (Letter to Louis Untermeyer, 1916)

A poem… begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with. It is at its best when it is a tantalizing vagueness.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on Nature

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 1, 1836)

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Education)

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Works and Days)

The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 7: Spirit, 1836)

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 3: Beauty, 1836)

But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 1, 1836)

Nothing divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive. The beauty of nature reforms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature – Chapter 3: Beauty, 1836)

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How to Always be Free from Disturbances and Stress

When something is disturbing you, it is messing up with your existential mojo. You innately and intuitively want to be in a state of balance, whether its when your walking or when sitting or what have you. When unwanted external matters present or force themselves unto you, they very easily can trigger a sensation of agitation or out of touchness with your own essential peace of being. Your natural state is a state of unbroken silence and peace, so how then can someone or something push you out of your essential condition? The good news is that they can’t really, and the bad news is that they can only if you believe that they can. So in a way, its paradoxical but nonetheless straightforward. What I’m saying is that you are the supplier of energy to everything that is happening in your life. Without you to witness and perceive things, they cannot exist in your subjective reality. Same goes for stress or other kinds of disturbances, or rather especially those. When you decide to cut the supply line to negative and distressing patterns of thought, you are taking a stand against some mental process or entity that is trying to suffocate you or limit your potential. Continue reading “How to Always be Free from Disturbances and Stress”


How to Become Enlightened Forever

You cannot become enlightened. Enlightenment is not something that you possess as an attribute or personal possession. Becoming is the antithesis of enlightenment, whereas it is the thesis of the natural world. The natural world is ever morphing, evolving and developing into more complex or simpler forms. Enlightenment is the ascension of the spiritual from the material to the immaterial. It is discovering the unchanging unground or substratum of your own reality. Enlightenment is therefore a discovery and not an possession.

Enlightenment is the recognition that some fundamental aspect of your being has never moved an inch since your first memory. It is the knowingness that your truth is the truth of the universe. It is very simple, yet appears to be difficult or even complex. The mind and natural world is no doubt highly complex where they always can be divided into more minute parts and subsequently analyzed. Whereas the truth is not an object to be dissected by the inquisitive mind of man. Everything else can be studied or often times defiled by the scissors of the human mind, but your beingness or your consciousness is the only thing that cannot be harassed in this manner. Continue reading “How to Become Enlightened Forever”


The tears of my beloved

The tears of my beloved, swept by my heart furiously tonight
The fears that were uncovered, from this crystal clear sight.

She said unto me, rise my child rise. As I was mesmerised by the unfathomable beauty that her eyes projected unto this reality. She dances within me as me, through me. Tell me traveler, who has the ears to hear these words?

Only one who’s heart longs for the graceful touch of the beloved’s silken hands. It is known that rich men cannot enter the gates of heaven, but am I not wealthy when I have witnessed the grace of the beloved? People say this wealth is of a different kind, I’m not sure If I dare comply. You say that the wealth I speak of has limitations? When you denote it to be less in a different aspect from materiality?. How can I comply with these barbarous claims. Wealth is my heart’s abode, and my heart’s abode is my wealth. The bridal chamber is ever here in perfect condition waiting the arrival of the lover. The source which permeates all deems it so.

Truly, this beauty is the greatest wealth one can behold. Granted it cannot be possessed for that would blacken the lovely light. It is not my wealth, but the wealth of the beloved. I cannot own the grace of my beloved, I cannot make an product of the beloved’s infinite love, though my mind sometimes wishes to do so.

Words fail to describe the serenity and joy of the discovery of the absolute. The supreme being is all-pervasive, ever-free and eternally happy. The Dao lacks nothing yet it still gives birth to all worlds. Its overflowing with love gave rise to the myriad of universes.

Truly it is so, tis is so..


Meditation, presence and direct experience

What are the differences between meditation, presence and direct experience? Could they mean the same thing, or are there subtle nuances that are important to distinguish when discussing them. In my view, meditation most often entails that one consciously decides to sit or lie down in a given place and then try to calm ones own mental realm. There are many techniques to get into the meditative state and they all work up to to a certain point, meaning that the one that is trying to meditate is itself an obstacle to the aims of meditation.

On the other hand, presence is simply being present, wherein you don’t have to customise your surroundings or your stature, you simply have to switch on the light, or change to a clearer lens. When you navigate the world as presence you are simply there to be there, no need to add or subtract. You are merely present with the unfolding of every moment.

Now, on to direct experience.. Is direct experience, the term, that I’ve promoted on my website, videos and blog quite furiously recently, is it any different than meditation and presence? I’d say both yes and no. The important thing is to recognize that we are using words, and all words have their own subjective reality projected unto them by the subject that is perceiving them. That being said, in my view, meditation is more of an attempt for the person to actively reach a state of meditativeness or tranquility. Presence is simply that one decides to switch to the on button. Whereas direct experience is a combination of both, passive-active conscious contact with oneself and ones surrounding. Direct experience entails ones total experience, without filtration and embellishment. One simply is in the moment, with the moment, as the moment. You are total in your contact with reality, no superfluous thoughts or feelings that you have to deal with, but only the totality of life as it is presented to you by the universe and the beloved.