Guest Post by Hal Manogue
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on’t! Ah fie! ‘Tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this
Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play, and one of the most influential tragedies ever written in the English language. Hamlet has been analyzed, dissected and argued about over the last four hundred years. Why Hamlet hesitated in killing his uncle in the chapel seems to be a complex ethical, as well as philosophical issue. Hamlet’s decision may have been fueled by religious beliefs that were called truths at that time. Perhaps Hamlet believed that killing a praying villain would send him to heaven instead of hell.
We create our own weed-filled garden. It is a blend of beliefs, associations and influences. It is a root-filled comedy; a seed-filled tragedy, and a guilt-filled emotional flower. We materialize all our beliefs; the positive as well as the negative, in order to completely understand that our thoughts create our reality. We don’t completely understand the power of our thoughts until we physically experience what they create. Our garden is a world of mirrors. We plant and pick the images we want to experience. Our choices show us the beauty of recognizing our inner self or the folly of believing we are separated from it. Every choice creates an assortment of probabilities to experience. In each moment we can make another choice, and change how we perceive truth in our self-created world.
Born in Philadelphia, Howard (Hal) (Howie) Thomas Manogue spent the first twenty-one years of his life conforming to logical beliefs and rituals. He spent the next twenty-six years of his life rebelling against those beliefs and rituals in one way or another. For the last twelve years he has been studying and writing about consciousness. His journey has taken him through the history of religious thought and the intricacies of philosophy as well as other associations and influences that impact the human belief system.
Retiring from the shoe industry after 35 years of “sole” searching, Hal discovered his real soul when he started writing poetry in 1996. His first book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends, was self-published in 2003. His second book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends 2006 Collection, was released in May 2006. His third book, Short Sleeves a Book for Friends 2007 Collection, was released in January 2007. Short Sleeves Spirit Songs was published in July 2008. Spirit Songs Echoes of Silence will be released in 2014. Essays from his book, Short Sleeves Insights: Live An Ordinary Life In A Non-Ordinary Way (published in May 2008) have been republished in other books and newsletters around the globe. All these books are available on his Web site: http://www.shortsleeves.net/ as well as in book stores.
Hal’s poems have been published by Mystic Pop Magazine, Children of the New Earth Magazine, New Age Tribune, Seasons of the Soul Newsletters, The Ascension Network, Lightship News, and Writers in the Sky E-zine. On his blog, he has published hundreds of essays on consciousness. More of his essays can be found on: bizymoms.com, authorsden.com, holistichealth.com, and newagetribune.com, and www.halmanogue.blogspot.com.
Hal currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Joanie.