You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks


There isn’t anything that you can’t be or do or have.
~~Abraham Hicks

In our society here in Canada, and many others, there is such a emphasis on the external. What your job is, how you talk, where you live, what degree you have.  I think that one of the main reasons we focus so much on things like this is that these are the things that others can easily see, judge, evaluate, and compare.

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Stars vs Grains of Sand

“There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches of the world.”

I’m looking out my bedroom window, enjoying the view of the Big Dipper which is nicely centred in the frame.  

Every time I look up at the night sky, and other times during the day, I think of the quote at the top of the page and try to wrap my mind around such an incomprehensible number.   And every time I smile when I run up against the limits of my human brain.

I love the fact that there are things like this that are simply beyond us.  I’m excited when I think of just how many other pieces of the Universe are out there that will blow our minds and turn over the way we look at life, reality, and ourselves. 

The Space Between

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory can not possibly have understood it.

~~Niels Bohr

It was thought for a time that atoms were the smallest bits of matter. Now scientist can see that atoms are made of electrons around a dense nucleus made of protons and neutrons, which are in turn made of quarks of different flavours.

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I Want What I Want When I Want It!

“Timing is none of your business.”
~~Abraham Hicks

Ah, time.  This was a big stumbling block for me.  I would be lying if I said I was completely over it, but I’d like to think that I do at least have one leg over the top of the block.

According to Abraham Hicks a lot of the questions people ask about their desires trip them up.  Wondering who is going to bring it, where it’s going to be, and so on  throws a big, shinny wrench in their vibration.  If we could trust that the Universe will take care of the who, what, where, when, and how and just focus on why we want it, things would go a lot smoother for us.

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Be the Change in Your Relationship

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
~~Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is beautiful and so simple that it seems obvious.  The best quotes are.   If you think people should be more considerate in public then be considerate.  If you think people complain too much then stop complaining.  I had a nice, little laugh at myself when I realized that I was complaining about the fact that other people were complaining. ūüôā

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Do you live on planet Earth?

Several months ago, I read a scientist’s comment (I’m sorry, I can’t remember his name) that instead of saying that we live on planet Earth, it would be far more accurate to say that we live in planet Earth. The Earth isn’t just the ground beneath our feet. It is also the air that surrounds us, the layers of atmosphere arching over us, and the magnetic field extending from the interior of our world and flaring up and out around the planet, shielding us from the solar winds and charged particles.

Reading this actually stunned me. It was as if I had walked into a brick wall in my head. Just a switch of prepositions, but it brings about such a different perspective and feeling. When I run the thought, “I live in planet Earth” through my mind, I have a feeling almost as if I’m wrapped in a warm, snuggly blanket. Or maybe even a feeling similar to being in the womb – curled up, safe, warm, and protected.

It also gives me a feeling of connection. Regardless of how many kilometres may be between two people, they are both cells in this large organism we call Earth – an ocean of air flowing between them.

A new name for the Big Bang?

The most widely accepted scientific theory of the creation of our universe is the Big Bang.

While the birth of our universe is, of course, an interesting topic, something else caught my attention recently.  The fact that we call it the Big Bang and talk about that initial moment where our cosmos went from not-being to being as a violent explosion is a bit telling about how we see things.  It could have been The Great Expansion, The Massive Surge, or The Vast Becoming, to name a few possibilities.  But when we look at that initial, wondrous instant the only way we can conceptualize it is by using the same terminology that we use for weapons of destruction.

Is it just that we find it hard to understand a wave of that much energy doing anything but destroying everything in its path, or is it an indication of our aggressive, weapons-oriented way of thinking?

First Post

Finally.¬† I’ve moved past my excuses and imagined hurdles and started my blog, and this, as the clever title of this post suggests, is my first blog post.

First, I have to say thank you to my wonderful friend Danushka and her lovely husband Yuta for providing the final nudge I needed to start.

So, what will Stumbling Towards Serenity be about?  My occasionally frustrating but overwhelmingly illuminating journey down the spiritual path that I started about five years ago.

I also think humanity as a whole is stumbling along towards a more serene future. ¬†We’re reaching for more balanced and harmonious relationships with each other, the planet, and, most importantly, ourselves. ¬†So I may also include topics that I think exemplify our expansion as a species.

One very cool thing that I’ve realized is just how closely related physics ¬†and metaphysics are, so I’ll also write about any interesting physics topics that I come across.

And I promise that the post titles will get a bit more creative.

Here we go!