“Patanjali says that if you can become aware of patterns that may be tripping you up, and then reflect on them, you can discover the cause of those patterns and how they may have influenced you over time in a way that may be keeping you from your goal of greater clarity. This greater understanding of your past (purvajati jnanam) allows you to move forward to live more fully in the present—free from the compulsion to keep behaving in ways that cause you suffering and unhappiness.” http://www.yogajournal.com/article/1600-to-3500/inquire-within/
- In July 1951, Harry Truman asks Congress for a formal end to the state of war with Germany.
- Citation, a racehorse, is the first horse to win $1,000,000.
- In Belgium, the king abdicates his throne.
- “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio feuds with his manager, Casey Stengel.
- It takes 96 grueling hours to remove an ovarian cyst from a woman in England.
- United Nations Troops recapture Seoul, Korea. The
- King and I opens on Broadway.
- Thermonuclear materials are added to the atomic bomb being tested in the Marshall Islands.
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States.
- Fear of Communism threatens Democracy in the United States, the fire fanned by Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy.
- Mohammad Mosaddegh is elected President of Iran.
Mom takes me screaming and inconsolable, removing most of my burning hand from the oven. Dad puts butter on the burn and I scream even louder. They call the doctor who tells my distraught parents that I might lose my hand, however, they care for and bind it with bandages. I scream and cry for three days as they continue to nurse the severe burn. Mom is beside herself with guilt. By the time The African Queen premiers in Hollywood, my hand is safe. By my first birthday I am walking because I cannot use my hand to crawl. I still have the hand, with a scar running the width of my palm. I do not remember this incident. My hand is not bandaged in Christmas photos. Mom relates these details to me years later, her guilt screams through her narrative as she emphasizes that both she and Dad were in the room.
Mom and Dad are arguing about politics when this happened. Mom adored Adlai Stevenson and Dad supports General Eisenhower. Mom does not like Richard Nixon. Dad adores Nixon, and notes that Eisenhower’s wife, Mamie Dowd, is a Coloradoan. Mom argues that Adlai Stephenson is brilliant and moderate. Dad argues that Dwight Eisenhower is strong, and will protect us from the Communists. Mom prefers isolationism and creating a strong infrastructure at home. Dwight Eisenhower runs on a platform of "Communism, Korea and corruption". Adlai Stevenson runs on a platform based on policies at home. According to Arthur D. Schlesinger, Jr., Stevenson was the “voice of a reasonable, civilized, and elevated America.”[i]
Throughout the remainder of my childhood, Mom relates this story to me until I can tell it as though it were my own memory.
Today I read palms. That scar runs along my relationship line (love line) raining havoc upon it “from birth,” the scar is on my left hand. It begins at the base of my Apollo and ends on my relationship line between my Apollo and Mercury. The scar is slowly disappearing.