A long time ago, I asked myself what contribution I could make to the world, something that no other human being would likely do. I was a devotée of Ken Wilber, a spiritual writer. For decades, Wilber has attempted to integrate spiritual approaches, to create a structure that would honour them all. He devised a system of quadrants, lines and stages of development.
Well … if it’s good enough for Ken, it’s good enough for me! I would take a different slant, however. I would scour through all these books I owned and find nuggets of wisdom that “sang” to me. Then I’d write them down. No singing, no writing.
I started to create categories of wisdom. Certainly “Love” would be included. I ended up calling them “Transformational Subjects”. After composing a list of these subjects, I gave them each a number, alphabetically from 1 to 1000. I numbered by 5’s: 1, 5, 10, 15 … When a new topic came to mind, there was lots of room for new numbers.
Why did I start doing this, you ask? My vision was that if great minds had a profound sentence to say about “Peace”, and I accumulated what I considered wisdom from many sources, the whole would be infinitely greater than the sum of the parts. “Peace” would shine in previously unimagined glory.
There were years I worked hard on this, and years I didn’t. Random slips of paper became Day-Timer sheets, and eventually recipe cards. I bought more books written by a wide variety of spiritual authors. I found the shining nuggets, and I entered them on little white rectangles. I refined my categories.
Finally the question came: “What am I going to with all this?” How are people going to see this huge collection of ideas and musings? Will I be in deep do-do because I have no idea who said what? Is some author going to sue me? So I did what any abnormal human being would do. I hired a lawyer to research copyright regulations. Several hundred dollars later, I received the good news that as long as I included a disclaimer at the beginning, saying that I had no intention to steal anyone’s words, and that I wouldn’t be making any money from this, I’d be okay. The omnibus would be online only, so if any author objected to me sharing their thoughts, I could remove them quickly.
That’s my story up until a little while ago. Stay tuned. Oh … and here’s one of my category pages: