Twitter is the real-time social media site that has the most members, thus it offers the best opportunity for immediate and spontaneous interactive conversations. Any speech or conversation cab always also bee understood as a kind of prepared or improvisational performance. Art imitates life but life can be art.
When people have the freedom to make connections and immediately interact responsibly the results can be inspiring and even transforming.
On a recent weekend morning when when I was still not quite awake, I was relaxing and enjoying my coffee as I began the day on Twitter. After messaging my good morning greeting I sat back to lurk the ongoing stream of messages.
Immediately I came upon a quote by St. Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive,” which was tweeted by @skystjohn.
It is a concept that is universally found in most religions and paths worldwide. I have always appreciated that quote so I ReTweeted it (RT).
Over 47,000 people follow me and I happily follow them all back as a strong supporter of promoting equal two-way communication relationships. I am good at visually skimming for information. What sort of “jumps out at me”, is usually information that tends to become useful to me. I use this knack in libraries, books and printed materials, art shows, and just about anywhere I am looking, including the Twitter stream.
After I hit click to send the St. Francis RT, another great quote “popped out”.
annq “How soon not now, becomes never.” Martin Luther.
Of course this is another way to say Hillel’s famous, “If not now, when?”
I RT’d the Luther quote, too.
This was fun. It’s easy to ReTweet someone else’s message when I agree or it adds value for my followers. It promotes whoever I RT to my followers and I share credit for passing on the information.
Before I could move on the originate information myself , almost as if it was swimming in the stream straight to me came:
sczepanski “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” Lao Tzu
So many ways to say ideas such as “And the Truth will set you free..” and promote lovingkindness, charity, prayer and trust, which are all soft things.
At this point I realized that in a matter of minutes I had RT’s a Roman Catholic monk, a founder of the Protestant Reformation and the author of the TAO.
More significantly, my Tweets were being busily RT’d and then RT’d again my others.
Although I am not for a one world religion, I do appreciate and promote how many truths the religions and paths of the world share. My life work is founding Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory, which among other firsts is the only religious theory of art founded in the USA As such it is fully inclusive for all religions and spiritual paths.
Almost immediately came this:
ultimateAleks up to YOU – The thing always happens that u really believe in; & the belief in a thing makes it happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright was a Unitarian. Yet, again the quote is restated in one way or another universally. Almost immediately a flip way of stating the Wright quote was RT’d in the stream.
I RT’d both quotes.
At this point it dawned on me I was going to use this week’s blog. It was as if the blog was being divinely handed to me through the stream.
Often I am asked why I follow everyone back. One of the key reasons is The Divine [please substitute the best Name for your faith] works through people. People who I know, those who are fairly new to me in a follow/follow relationship and others who were followed by my followers were Tweeting and ReTweeting messages that became the heart of this article. Had I not followed, I would have missed a meaningful and uplifting experience, plus the opportunity to share it with you.
I tweeted: “Now lurking stream hoping to find more uplifting quotes to RT, esp Jewish or Hindu or LOA now. So I get all in.”
Immediately aimed as replies to me came:
pacmanangel “Optimism is positive thinking lighted up.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
studentofsucces“Develop success from failures. Discouragement & failure are 2 of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie
I RT’d them and watched as others did also. Then Again I Tweeted a request.
“Com’n. Someone send me a Jewish or O.T. quote Reply (so I don’t miss it) to RT. Rather RT you that originate 1, but I can do that”
InnerWizard “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. ” – Jewish proverb
Of course, this is another way of dealing with the commandment on coveting.
I RT’d it the also replied with this message:
Still lacking one needed quote, I tweeted:
judyrey Next I need an uplifting, inspiring Hindu quote to RT.Reply one 2 me plz (hint: many avail from Dr. Chopra
Then a wonderful tweet floated down the stream headed to me:
InnerWizard “Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” – Deepak Chopra
I RT’d it.Then followed up with:
judyrey Quotes I just RT’d are each & all echoed in the teachings of Catholic, Protestant, Bhuddhist/Tao, Jewish Hindu, LOA, Pos Thinking
Social media such as Twitter is providing people around the world with ways to connect and share their truths and discover how much we have in common with one another. As we share friendships are built and tolerance becomes a meaningful experience that can actually bring us closer to The Divine I ourselves, others and everywhere.
[Note: Discover more about how you can learn to see The Divine everywhere at Art of Seeing The Divine. See more about Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art through the You Tube videos and information, including images at http://ungravenimage.com.]
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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