Every day, my wife and I go for a walk to town (Woodstock, NY). The other day, a new thing appeared in the center of town. On a metal stand, where the telephone company removed their public telephone some years ago, somebody attached a little house on it. On close inspection, it turned out to be a “Free Library”. It is self-explanatory: take a book, leave a book. Later I learned it is part of a larger project/initiative to not only promote the reading of books, but to put it in a context of free-dom. Not only get books recycled, but the concept of sharing, leaving a book for somebody else to read, is so badly needed in this consumer and money oriented society. There is no money involved. Those who put up such a mini Free Library, are advised to make the structure out of recycled wood. It encourages people to freely give unconditionally, and to freely take with respect and integrity to the whole project.
I find the whole idea important because it creates an attitude of sharing, that, hopefully, will extend to other actions or initiatives in one’s life. We live in a civilization in which so many objects/products are so easily discarded, filling up the landfills. Many of these objects/products are still good enough to be given away to somebody else to enjoy, even if they need to be some minor repair. We really need to leave that consumer mentality and be more responsible for what we buy, use and throw away recycle.
More on the Free Library project: http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/
I am a life long spiritual seeker, exploring the mysteries of man, life, and the universe. I had many mystical experiences during my life. There is nothing spectacular about them. These experiences are often unexpected, and lie outside what we have been told is possible. They served to learn about the Greater Reality, that part of reality that is not talked about in school, government or corporation. Nevertheless it is very real, and a part of being human on this planet. I have studied many different doctrines and teachings, both esoteric and scientific. I have learned to see the common essence in all these disciplines, and the many connections between them.
I have found that many people have spiritual, mystical or just unusual experiences they never talk about because of the many taboos this society has about certain subjects. However when they encounter someone they see they can trust they open up. It is time now for people to talk openly, and not to fear ridicule.
I see it as my task to write about all these subjects and experiences that can enrich a person's life. Exchanging ideas, opinions, beliefs and experiences will bring us together and we will realize that we are not different from each other. It does not matter where you live on the earth, or what your cultural background is. If we pay attention to our humanness, then we can create a better world for all of us.