Anaïas Nin Quotes to Inspire Deeper Living

–Courtesy of Pila of Hawaii (aka William P. Chiles)

(In light of the COVID-19 outbreak):

“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. 
…so we lost our center and have to find it again.”


You cannot save people; you can only love them.
If you limit yourself only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as ‘we’ are.And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws, and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.
*Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another …’unevenly’. We grow partially.  We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or ‘fix us’ in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Dreams are necessary to life.

*I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

Do not seek the ‘because’ – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions ‘stems’ the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

*Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you 


“We write to taste life twice…in the moment and in retrospect.”-Anais Nin(*Pisces, Libra North Node)

“We Read to explore something we think we don’t know, to find something we think we don’t possess, and to experience something in fantasy we have lost or fear in real life.  The actual purpose of the reading process is to lift, reconnect and inspire.”

“Books are delicious, the menu varied.  You can gorge on pizza or dine seven course.”-Pila of Hawai’i

Open Call for COVID-19 insights

In response to a recent Bathtub Bulletin posting BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN BRINGS TOGETHER TOP AI EXPERTS TO TAKE ON COVID-19, one of our members made this comment:

“Perhaps a group of Ontologists could present an alternative viewpoint, using TR and RHS to bring forth a vision that spans the seeming chasm from Reality to Actuality.”

Just as I was about to write this post I got an email from fellow Prospero and Bathtub Bulletin member William P. Chiles indicating that he wanted to share some of his COVID insights. (“Before they [email], I will answer.” Isiah 65:24.)

Here’s Bill’s contribution:

*After the pinnacle, at the end of an Age, ‘that which is unresolved, surfaces in threat’.  It’s not out -of-the-blue, as plagues may seem to be, but always in relation to what the “grand cumulative expression” was …and therein lies the first clue to ‘handling it’.

*It is actually formed in the denial-wake (shadow) of that Vital Expression (your second clue) …as a byproduct, an afterthought.  As the “blossom” of the Vital Expression ebbs and begins to wither, that ‘shadow element’ aids in its demise, and can threaten to consume it entirely.  Divine, Higher Plan logic might contend that this is for the purpose of ‘clearing the stage for the upcoming, next (more evolved) Vital Expression’.  (Or at least so it may seem so with history …the chapters that didn’t just repeat themselves.)

*The ‘denied element’ began as a weed in the “garden of the new idea” …and often, if not addressed, ends up consuming or strangling it …in the End.  Speaking of which…

*As with blossoms, there is ‘seed’ (new idea/beginning) ‘growth’ (forming), ‘expression’ (blossom) and ‘ending’ (destruction …harvest? transformation??)

*The depiction and enactment of the “denial element” is always symbolic in its threat, of what needs to be “embraced in understanding” …to survive and evolve.


SO FAR, my best insight for “immunity” against the Coronavirus …to overcome and ’transcend’ it,  is to simply “RADIATE” one’s ‘magnificence’ (who and what we were “formed in the image and likeness of”).  Especially RADIATE your JOY.  In doing so the “virus cannot ‘hook on’ and ‘rob, steal, suffocate’ (which is its symbolic nature).

As for the word “immunity”, the true understanding lies beyond “resilience”.  It has to do with “Sovereignty” (Individuality).  GROUPS are more subject to plaque and victim consciousness.  INDIVIDUALS hold the power of Immunity.

HOMEWORK:  Check out the other plagues in history for their ’symbology of what was going on at the time and needed to be embraced’ (including some of the wars that toppled dynasties).

NOTE:  The biggest human fertilizer for this sh*t is a ‘denial element’ I call “Guilt over Sell-Worth”.  It was in the ‘bad-habit filth’ of our ‘excess’ that ‘produced’ the Black Death that wiped out 60% of the population.  This time, although based in similarity and again, excess, is a little different …attacks our very ‘breath of life’ and stands (thanks to selfless UNenlightement at the very top) to be “all or nothing”.

A few more ‘hip shots’ for you:

“The Vampire requires a Host, it has no Life Force of its own.”

“Parasites are the product of excess. In balance they (regulate) disappear.”

“Shadows are not real, just turn on the light …they dissipate into the nothingness from whence they came (were ‘conjured’)

“Do not argue at the level of the lie.  It will always win.  The best you can get out of it is a screenplay.”

-Will ‘Pila’ Chiles, author, Fortune 500 Speaker

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–Mike Zonta, BB editor

‘Growth of coronavirus slowing down in Italy’s Lombardy,’ regional VP tells FRANCE 24

Issued on: 30/03/2020 (

By:Marc Perelman

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Fabrizio Sala, the vice president of Italy’s Lombardy region, discussed the deadly coronavirus outbreak in his region, the epicentre of the pandemic in Italy. He sounded an optimistic note, saying “we have less people in our hospitals than other days” and said he was considering a partial resumption of economic activity “after April”.

In Italy, more than 10,000 people have died from Covid-19 and more than half of the victims were in Lombardy. ” More than 6,000 people have died,” Fabrizio Sala, the vice president of Italy’s northern Lombardy region, told FRANCE 24. ” Around 40,000 people are now infected” by the virus in the region, he added. 

Northern Italy is one of the epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic and authorities there decided to close schools, bars and other public places in a string of towns back on February 21. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte later placed the whole country on lockdown on March 9 in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus, with only essential businesses remaining open.

Sala believes the lockdown measures are bearing fruit. “The growth of the virus is slowing down,” he told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman. “We have less people in our hospitals than other days. So in the future the situation is positive.”

Sala also said he was mulling a “very slow” reopening of the economy “after April”. “We are studying how to open because we will be able to open only (with) some kind of people, and only some kind of jobs and so on,” he explained.

Emerson Quartet & cellist David Finckel: Schubert’s String Quintet in C, D. 956, Op.Posth 163

Michael Parloff 00:00 Allegro man non troppo 15:12 Adagio 29:33 Scherzo: Presto. Trio. Andante sostenuto 38:18 Finale: Allegretto 1st violin: Philip Setzer 2nd violin: Eugene Drucker Viola: Lawrence Dutton 1st cello: Paul Watson 2nd cello: David Finckel This performance of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C, D. 956, Op.Posth 163 by the Emerson String Quartet and guest cellist David Finckel took place on December 16, 2018 on Parlance Chamber Concerts at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Parlance Chamber Concerts (Michael Parloff, Artistic Director) presents 8 concerts per season featuring world-class performers.

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The teacher who disarmed, then hugged, a student will receive the citizen Congressional Medal of Honor

By Scottie Andrew, CNN

Updated 9:16 PM ET, Tue March 31, 2020

Watch the emotional moment after a coach disarms student

(CNN) Keanon Lowe saved a life on the day he took a gun away from a young student and then hugged him close in the halls of the Oregon high school where he coached football.And for his bravery and compassion, Lowe will receive a Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honor.He is one of six such honorees chosen by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. While Medals of Honor are typically awarded to members of the US military, Lowe and the other citizen honorees “exemplify the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism,” the society said.This football coach disarmed a student with a gun. Then he hugged himIn May, Lowe stopped a student from harming himself with a shotgun at Parkrose High School in Portland, where Lowe coached football and track.Lowe disarmed the student and handed the firearm to nearby faculty member, footage released in October shows.close dialog

Then, Lowe wrapped the student in his arms and held him close.The teen, who said he’d planned to take his own life before Lowe intercepted him, was later sentenced to three years of probation and mental health treatment for bringing a weapon to school, the Oregonian reported.

“In that time, I felt compassion for him,” Lowe told CNN affiliate KATU in October. “A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”Lowe was honored with the Single Act of Heroism Award by the society. He shares it with Riley Howell, a college student who died protecting his classmates last year from a gunman at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.The Medal of Honor ceremony for citizen honorees has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the society said.

CNN’s Dakin Andone and Sarah Jorgensen contributed to this report.

How we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage and hope

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks|TED Connects

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks offers thoughts on how we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage, hope and empathy. With wisdom and clarity, he speaks on leadership, fear, death, hope and how we could use this moment to build a more just world. Watch for a special, impromptu prayer about halfway through the conversation. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and head of curation Helen Walters. Recorded March 30, 2020)


Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks · Religious leaderRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is one of Judaism’s spiritual leaders, and he exercises a primary influence on the thought and philosophy of Jews and people of all faiths worldwide. He is an award-winning author whose latest bestselling book is “Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.”

Chris Anderson · Head of TEDAfter a long career in journalism and publishing, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.

Helen Walters · Curator

Helen Walters is the head of curation at TED, where she has the immense privilege of overseeing the work of an absurdly talented group of specialist curators and deep thinkers to bring the very sharpest minds and ideas to the TED stage.