Comedy is a Necessity


Christopher Reeve's best friend in life was Robin Williams. As I mentioned on here before, comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. So always keep funny friends around you. Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles.



Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles. - Suzy Kassem
"Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles."
 -- Suzy Kassem

What is Truth?



WHAT IS TRUTH?


Truth is not a thing
Or a concept.
It is as multidimensional
In its meaning
As it is in its reflection.
It is both invisible
And visible.
It carries tons OF weight,
But can be carried.
It is understood first through the spirit
Before science,
And felt in the heart,
Before the mind.
Truth is not always heard by reason,
Because reason sometimes
Ignores Truth.

Always listen to your conscience.
Your conscience is your heart
And reason is your mind.
Your mind is there to reason
With your heart.
But remember,
Truth is in your heart,
And only through your heart
Can you connect to the light of God.
He who is not motivated by his heart
Will not see Truth,
he who thinks only with his mind
Will be blind to Truth.
He who does not think
With his conscience,
Does not stand by God,
for the language of light
can only be decoded by the heart.
He who reads and recites words of God
Also does not stand by God –
If he merely understands
Words with his mind
But not his heart.

Truth is black and white,
And the entire spectrum
Of colors in-between.
It can have many parts,
But has a solid foundation.
Truth lacks perfection,
For it is the reflection of all,
Yet its reflection as a whole,
Is more beautiful
Than the accumulated flaws
Of the small.
Truth is the only brand
Worth breathing
And believing.
So stand for truth
In everything you do,
And only then
Does your life have
meaning.

“WHAT IS TRUTH?” by Suzy Kassem, Copyright 2010.
All Rights Reserved. Also found in 'Rise Up and Salute the Sun'.

Beware of Those

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BEWARE OF THOSE

Beware of those who are bitter,
For they will never allow you
To enjoy your fruit.

Beware of those who criticize you
When you deserve some praise for an achievement.
For they secretly desire to be worshiped.

Beware of those who are needy or stingy,
For they would rather sting you
Than give you anything.

Beware of those who are always hungry.
They will feed you to the wolves
Just to get paid.

Beware of those who speak negatively
About everything and everybody.
A negative person will
Never say a positive thing about you.

Beware of those who are bored
And not passionate about life.
They will bore you with reasons for not living.

Beware of those who are too focused with
Polishing and beautifying their outer shells.
They lack true substance to understand
That genuine beauty is in the heart
that resides inside.

Beware of those who step in the path of your dreams.
They only dream to have the ability
To take half your steps.

Beware of those who steer you away
From your heart's true happiness.
It would make them happy to see you
 Steer yourself next to them,
Sitting with both your hearts bitter.

Those who are critical don't like being criticized,
And those who are insensitive have a deficiency
In their senses.

And finally,
Beware of those who tell you to BEWARE.
They are too aware of everything –
And live alone, scared.

“Beware of Those” by Suzy Kassem, Copyright 2009. All Rights Reserved.
Also found in the book ‘Rise Up and Salute the Sun’ 2010.

Faith is the Emperor of Dreams

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FAITH IS THE EMPEROR OF DREAMS

 

A great emperor is born from one tiny sperm.
A large eagle grows from one small egg.
A giant tree grows from one tiny seedling.
For the newborn and wise,
Everything begins small.
However, it is faith that builds
the staircase to your dreams.
Always have faith in yourself
And the universe –
For One will not get you anywhere
Without the other.
Both must be equally strong to reach your desires,
For they are the wings that will lift you to your dreams.
Not a single bird makes its first leap From a tree without faith.
And not a single animal in the jungle
Starts each day without faith.
Faith is the flame that eliminates fear,
And faith is the true emperor
of dreams.

Copyright 2002, Suzy Kassem. All rights reserved.

Remember the Lotus Flower

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REMEMBER THE LOTUS FLOWER

Great people will always be mocked by those
Who feel smaller than them.
A lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena.
A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey.
A nightingale does not stop singing its beautiful song
at the intrusion of an annoying woodpecker.
Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.
Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud,
It does not allow the dirt That surrounds it
to affect its growth or beauty.
Be that lotus flower always.
Do not allow any negativity or ugliness
In your surroundings,
Or anybody at all,
Destroy your confidence,
Affect your growth,
Or make you question your self-worth.
It is very normal for one ugly weed
to not want to stand alone.
Remember this always.
If you were ugly,
Or just as small as they feel they are,
Then they would not feel so bitter and envious
Each and every time they are forced
To glance up at magnificently
Divine YOU.

Copyright 2008, Suzy Kassem. All rights reserved.

Reflections of Truth

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The Weather of Love

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THE WEATHER OF LOVE

Love
Has a way of wilting
Or blossoming
At the strangest,
 Most unpredictable hour.
This is how love is,
An uncontrollable beast 
In the form of a flower.
The sun does not always shine on it.
Nor does the rain always pour on it
Nor should it always get beaten by a storm.
Love does not always emit the sweetest scents,
And sometimes it can sting with its thorns.
Water it.
Give it plenty of sunlight.
Nurture it,
And the flower of love will
Outlive you.
Neglect it or keep dissecting it,
And its petals will quickly curl up and die.
This is how love is.
Perfection is a delusional vision.
So love the person who loves you
Unconditionally,
And abandon the one
who loves  you
Only under favorable
conditions.

Copyright 2011, Suzy Kassem. All Rights Reserved. 


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The Kingdom of Light and Day

This story comes from a collection of writings from 2007. It has also been previously published on my web site and both blogs as "A World of Black and White". You may have read it before, but I want all of you to remember this one forever. All my stories have a surface meaning and a deeper meaning. Study them all well.



THE KINGDOM OF NIGHT AND DAY

There was once a king who feared the light so much, because it revealed all his flaws and scars. So he ordered all the people in his kingdom to sleep during the day and work only at night -- using only the light of the stars.

For years, the people lived in fear and total darkness. If anyone dared to open their eyes during the day, even by mistake, the king’s privileged guards that patrolled the village at all hours – were ordered to immediately execute them.

Slowly over time, the children in the village were getting sick and falling over like poisoned flowers. The selfish king blamed these events on the candles that were brought in from a nearby village to light up the holy temples. So the temples were abandoned and closed, and the king had also succeeded in preventing anyone from worshiping anybody higher than him.

Eventually, a young courageous doctor dared to speak up and to say to the king, "Without the rays of the sun to light up our souls and heal and feed our bodies, we will all die." But the king had the doctor immediately executed.

Over the next few years, the villagers spent most of their time at night digging graves for those who opposed the king, instead of planting seeds to eat from their gardens.

Then again, another brave soul, a concerned scientist, stood up and shouted to the king, "If we go against the way of nature, the normal cycle of life, we will all die." And just like those before him who had dared to speak out against the king, the man was quickly executed.

Another decade went by, and many other women and men dared to voice their concerns to the king about living in utter darkness. And again, one by one, they were all executed.

Then finally the day came when the king suddenly died in his sleep. In celebration of the news, the huge gates of the kingdom flung open, and the people danced and rejoiced under the bright sunlight.

In the evening, the villagers threw the biggest feast surrounded by the light of a million candles. Yet to the surprise of many, the event quickly escalated into a violent riot. Villagers were arguing over the king's belongings, and swords were waved between friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters. Within just two hours of the celebration, the village was overtaken by theft, rape, and the brutality towards the weak, old and poor. Then suddenly, amidst all the commotion, the candles surrounding them accidentally tipped over and quickly burnt down the entire kingdom.

Nobody understood what could have gone wrong. Was life truly better under their horrible king?

No, it was not. But all the good people who had dared to take a stand for what they believed was right, were now all gone.

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Copyright 2007, Suzy Kassem. All rights reserved. Image by William Blake.

The Day Will Come

The True Powers of the Senses

We are taught about our senses at a very young age, but not about all their powers. For example, we know about the power of sight and its effect on stirring the mind and heart. And we know about the power of smell on stirring or repelling our appetite – or in physical attraction. We also know how the power of touch and the power of hearing (music) can both heal, yet we have not been taught about the healing powers of smell vs. taste (or digestion).

In medicine, we are often given pills or fluids to help remedy illness. Yet little has been taught to us about the power of smell to do the exact same thing. It is known that the scent of fresh rosemary increases the memory, but this cure for memory loss is not divulged by doctors to help the elderly. I also know that the most effective use of the blue lotus flower is not from its dilution with wine or tea – but through scent. To really maximize the positive effects of the blue lily (or the pink lotus), it must be sniffed within minutes of plucking.  This is why it is frequently shown being sniffed by my ancient ancestors on the walls of temples and on papyrus. Even countries across the Orient share the same imagery. The sacred lotus not only creates a relaxing sensation of euphoria, and increases vibrations of the heart, but also triggers genetic memory - and good memory with an awakened heart ushers wisdom (see the article I posted before this one). Therefore, the meaning of the Egyptian lotus is wisdom. The same applies to all eastern schools of thought, and explains why wise people are often illustrated holding a lotus flower in their hands. We often see it and know its correlation, but many people do not know exactly why.

In an article published in 2006 by Eleonore von Bothmer in the American Scientific Mind, she notes that, “The human sense of smell is often seen as insignificant. But this sense is keener and more influential on our species than many people realize.” And also, in a BBC article published in 2008, it was noted, “It's commonly known that we have five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Smell is potentially the most powerful.” Yet the most neglected. 

So why is mankind not educated on the powerful effects of smell vs. our other senses? It could be because most cures for many of our ailments are already found freely in nature. However, the system wouldn’t benefit from us if we made trips to the forests and lakes for natural medicines - instead of continuing to make trips to the doctor’s office to fill Big Pharm’s fat pockets. Negative side effects? Who cares as long as they are making money and forcing us to keep coming back to also cure those side effects. 

I would also like to add that I do believe that we have more than five senses. Apart from the basic five, we also have the gut and the third eye. The gut being the seat of all feeling and the third eye being the seat of intuition (foresight).  But what can we expect from science, which is incomplete and flawed? How can science be called the study of nature without it acknowledging the soul? Or the ether? If science did study both these two crucial elements, which I feel are at the very heart of nature, then it would be forced to also acknowledge organized design in nature – which would then lead one to discover the heart of the universe. The core of all existence, of all vibrations, of all matter. By doing so, would ultimately bring one to acknowledge cause and effect, and ultimately - the conscience.  But nevermind this “esoteric” ideology that could bring about world peace and unity of all mankind. If man knew how connected he was to all things and how the effect of his every action has an impact on all things, then we would no longer be able to convince him that some life on earth is meaningless to justify war.

In closing, the point of this article is to encourage all of you to go out and experiment with nature. But do remember, that not all fish in the sea are meant to be eaten, just as not all plants are to be used as remedies. Nonetheless, I do believe that every living thing was created with a purpose. So please, use the process of elimination to get to the root of every breathing thing’s existence.  Mankind has yet to discover half of earth’s true wealth. If you are a teacher, take your students out to the woods to collect some flowers and herbs. Dedicate a day to each plant. Have them list every sensation they experience after sniffing each one - by the minute, hour, and the rest of the day.

(9/12/2014)

Copyright 2014, Suzy Kassem. All rights reserved.

Enlightment is a Lighter Form of Genius

When I was a child, my father told me that my grandfather was a very wise man. He lived on a meager salary from the Egyptian government, working as a civil servant. Yet his days never stopped when he left his office. People from all walks of life would come seek his help for all kinds of problems. And though my grandfather could have easily commanded monetary compensation for all of his guidance, he never took a dime from anyone. He told my father that he served only the Creator, and that his good deeds were his contributions to humanity, to thank God for giving him life, and to encourage his fellow men to share and pass on good words and actions to all their neighbors. Most importantly, he said that he could not take money or gifts from people for helping them. It was his obligation to do so as a conscious citizen of the world.

Though my grandfather died a week before I was born, he had a great influence on me. It's so strange how the one relative I never met could inspire me more than anyone else in my family. And to be honest with you, I now understand why he never took money for the things he could do. I noticed that if I took payment for helping people, even a free dinner, I couldn't write again for weeks and, sometimes, even months. And also, if I have knowledge about something but don't share it when it is needed, I can't sleep or write until I disclose the information.

Even though I don't want to be a writer, it is the gift I have. However, I do see myself as a thinker more than a writer. I am able to solve complex problems and tap into fountains of knowledge that seem to come from the mouth of God. This is why I cannot take payment. Even though my words have my name attached to them, I do feel that they come from a source greater than me. I am flawed and my writing is flawed, but when I am wide awake and restless, this powerful force swallows me and puts me in a cold trance. And when it does, I start to stream words. I can feel myself getting colder and colder but I can't stop writing.

The volumes of work I have on the internet prove this compulsiveness to write, to divulge information. I have two blogs on the internet loaded with over 1,000 posts each. I have stacks of folders and notebooks from 1993 onward - that are jammed with some things that I never fully understood until years later. I never took anything when my book was published, and just before it came out, I announced to those following me on social networks that almost everything in it was already online for free.

I do what I do because I love God, as I love your children, as I love humanity, as I love peace, truth, and justice for all. I may not be a fan of religion, but I am a big fan of God. Yet I choose not to subscribe to any one religion because I recognize truths in them all....both the truths and flaws. For anybody to believe that any father would want to see his children fighting is madness. It does not make the Creator happy to see anybody massacre any of his beautiful creations. If you must know the religion I choose, I choose LOVE. If you must know the name of my God, his name is Truth, "He Who is One, The One Who is All."

They say that wisdom comes from suffering. This is not true. Wisdom comes from having unconditional empathy for all mankind. Any man filled with empathy is capable of gaining valuable insights on the human condition through the suffering of others. You do not need to suffer to know suffering, but you need empathy first to identify and feel the suffering of others around you. If you do not feel love for all mankind, nor see everyone around you as a valuable human and an extension of yourself, then you will never feel real empathy. And if you do not have empathy, then you will not gain, learn and remember valuable knowledge from your experiences, or those around you, so that you one day become wise. Yet most importantly, wisdom comes from having a good memory. If you do not remember anything, or are so disconnected from basic humanism to even care to dissect lessons to be gained from every experience in your life and from those around you - using simple reason and the juggling of feelings, then wisdom will forever remain a faraway planet to you.

In closing, enlightenment is a lighter form of genius, and genius is a form of mania. Every man in history who has been called a genius is typically one who can see beyond the scope of themselves, their community, their niche, their world. Textbook intelligence is not true intelligence. It only marks a man good at memorization. True intelligence does not necessarily mean one is capable of empathy, yet empathy marks one who is very sensitive; hence greater than the textbook intellectual but no less than the enlightened. 

God bless you all.
Suzy Kassem
(9/9/2014)

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stand up for what is right even if you stand alone. Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone. Suzy Kassem
we cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them. Suzy Kassem
the number of ways you can live in one lifetime is limitless. So why limitless yourselves? the sky is not the limit. Beyond the universe is. Suzy Kassem
the human ego is the ugliest part of man. Suzy Kassem
every nation needs two wings to fly. Any bird torn at the wings will never soar the skies. Suzy Kassem
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always surround yourself with friends with plenty of light in them. That way you will always have candles around you when days are dark. suzy Kassem
love is a flower that should never cease to grow. Nurture it and it will outlive you. Neglect it and it will wilt away and die. Suzy Kassem
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Suzy Kassem
Knowledge is as infinite as the universe. The man who claims to know all only reveals to all that he really knows nothing. Suzy kassem
unity is a beast in itself. If a wolf sees two little boys playing in the woods on one side, and a big strong man on the other, he will go to the one who stands alone. Suzy Kassem
love is meant to lift you up not tear you down. It is meant to strenghten you not weaken you. Suzy Kassem

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a man of god would never burn or harm a temple of any kind regardless of religion. Suzy Kassem
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truth can be found in a record of actions not intentions. Suzy Kassem
wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge. Suzy Kassem
never fear death for you will feel aroused by his sleep. Never cheat death or he will slap you with a sentence of misery for the defeat. Suzy Kassem
nothing exists without a purpose. Every experience you have in this lifetime was written for you to grow into the light you were meant to become. Suzy Kassem
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Thank you.

Words copyrighted 1993-2014, Suzy Kassem. All rights reserved. 

The quotes above are just a tiny sampling of my published words in print and on the internet. My father has had many books published and taught me at a very young age how to protect my intellectual property by creating timestamps and paper trails. If you see any of my words anywhere, please make sure they are attributed to the correct author. This is all I ask. You also have my permission to file DMCA reports on my behalf, but please send the infringing party a notice first as a gesture of good faith. Those selling my work without proper attribution are the ones going to court. The list so far is long and my team is hoping to compact them with patience. Trademarks apply only as a part of branding, but seasoned writers with volumes of work to show as their profession are protected under international copyright law if registered in the United States. There is a difference. I am not a copywriter nor intend to be one, nor do I just throw out words out of context to keep a Twitter page engaging and active. I do not have one. I am a professional full-time writer with a history of working for recognized networks. I even worked as a staff assistant for Congress in Washington and wrote and edited many bills and reports. All my words found between quotes are pulled from articles, stories, journals, my book, digital entries with timestamped newsletters, or magazines. Changing a word or adding two does not make someone's intellectual property yours if the meaning remains the same. Go talk to a lawyer. If you have been wondering why I haven't posted much this year, it's because I've had to go through this same routine every year. I do continue to write offline and also visit schools to direct my words to children. However, where there is no truth, you will not find me. -- Suzy Kassem